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Fiscal Cliff, New Year’s Eve : Democrats, Biden – ‘We Won The Election, Let’s Surrender.’ Progressive Push NeededWHat next?!
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/fiscal-cliff-new-years-eve-democrats-biden-we-won-the-election-lets-surrender-progressive-push-needed/WHat next?!... more
On Friday I wrote that a fiscal cliff deal that would appeal to enough GOP House and Senate legislators to provide a winning margin, particularly in the House, would invite a flanking movement from the left. 1 That may indeed be brewing. Today’s reports2 portray Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at impasse over both the $250,000 income ceiling for maintaining the Bush era tax rates, and the proposal sought by all Republicans and some Democrats (including the President) to use a new inflation indexing equation when adjusting social security benefits and tax rate income levels, the so-called Chained CPI. Dylan Matthews at the Times perfectly summed up its real attraction to our punch drunk pols this . . .
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/fiscal-cliff-countdown-unchain-us-senator-reid-from-chained-cpi/On Friday I wrote that a fiscal cliff deal that would appeal to enough GOP House and... more
Ask Fiscal Clifford
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/three-days-until-fiscal-cliff-will-a-house-progressive-uprising-scuttle-a-deal/Ask Fiscal Clifford... more
Add in some Godiva chocolates, and it's a deal!
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=2285Add in some Godiva chocolates, and it's a deal!... more
Snapshot Series Número Uno — In One Chart : “Why Republicans Are Suddenly Sending Flowers To Hispanic Voters”Our national melting pot on steroids http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=2376
Let's hope not, but she should be careful. She can't afford to be even a little bit like FOX.Let's hope not, but she should be careful. She can't afford to be even a... more
S&R Honors Richard Joshua Reynolds: self-interest, rightly understood, and our legacy of progressive capitalism | Scholars and RoguesPerhaps our most counter-intuitive honoree to date, but read on: "Part of that RJ Reynolds progressive bent is something that only the locals seem to know about. The Reynolda Estate was a massive operation and required a lot of on-site manual labor to maintain. So he built a village that included housing and a comprehensive set of services for all his employees. This included building top-notch schools for the children of black workers, at a time when educating blacks wasn’t on anybody’s agenda. His black workers enjoyed conditions (and even management opportunities) that were simply unprecedented at the time.
The Reynolds family also brought Wake Forest University, my alma mater, to Winston-Salem via a massive grant of land and cash, and that institution, which has grown into a top 30 national university, today stands as the largest employer in the county and the new center of an evolving innovation-centered economy. Wake’s motto, appropriately enough, is Pro Humanitate."Perhaps our most counter-intuitive honoree to date, but read on: "Part of that RJ... more
What's puzzling you is the nature of my game.
http://latestbloomer.uskoa.com/?p=2328What's puzzling you is the nature of my game.... more
This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on politics because it seems rotten to the core. You may prefer Obama to Romney but don’t think there’s a huge difference between the two, so you may not even vote.
Your cynicism is understandable. But cynicism is a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you succumb to it, the regressives who want to take this nation back to the 19th century win it all.
The Koch brothers, Karl Rove, the rabid Republican right, CEOs and Wall Street titans who want to entrench their privileges and tax advantages – all of them would like nothing better than for every progressive in America to throw in the towel.
Then America is entirely theirs.
The alternative to cynicism is to become more involved in politics. Help create a progressive force in this nation that grows into a movement that can’t be stopped.
We almost had it last year in the Occupy movement. We had the arguments and the energy. What we lacked was organization and discipline.
I’ve spent years in Washington and I know nothing good happens there unless good people outside Washington are organized and mobilized to put pressure on Washington to make it happen.
This isn’t new. In the election of 1936, a constituent approached FDR with a list of things she wanted him to do if reelected. “Ma’am,” he said, “I’d like to do all those things. But if I’m reelected, you must make me.”
We must make them.
I suggest a two-step plan.
Step one: Vote for Barack Obama for President and vote for every Democratic senator and representative in Congress. Get off your ass and make sure your friends and relatives do the same.
Step two: Starting Election Day, regardless of who’s elected, commit at least three hours every week to political organizing and mobilizing. Connect with other progressives in your city and state. Help find and recruit new progressive candidates to run against Republicans in swing states, and against conservative Democrats. Support the members of the progressive caucus in Congress. Raise money. Raise a ruckus.
Make it our goal to reverse Citizens United, even if it takes a constitutional amendment. And have public financing of elections (including requiring the media to provide free political advertising as part of their commitment to public service).
Also break up the biggest banks and resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act.
Put a 2 percent surtax on wealth in excess of $3 million. And a one-tenth of 1 percent transaction tax on every financial transaction. And restore top tax rates to what they were before Ronald Reagan became president.
Use half this revenue to pay down the national debt and half to make sure every American has a world-class education.
Put a tax on carbon, and use the revenues to reduce or replace payroll taxes.
Have a single-payer health-care system that delivers care at far less cost than our current balkonized and inefficient one.
And much else.
You say it can’t happen — the system is too rotten.
It won’t happen if you wallow in the comfort of your cynicism. But it will happen if you and others like you get fired up.
We’ve done it before.
I remember when progressives joined with African-Americans to get enacted the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. I remember when progressives stopped the Vietnam War. When women finally got freedom of choice over their own bodies. When the Environmental Protection Act became law.
Who would have imagined two decades ago that America would elect an African-American as President of the United States? Who would have supposed gays and lesbians would begin to achieve equal marriage rights?
Of course we can take America back.
Stop complaining and start organizing.
And by all means, vote.
SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!This is for those of you who consider yourself to be progressive but have given up on... more
A showdown in the political underground! The third party presidential debate takes on issues that President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney miss.
Featuring: Progressive Jill Stein, Progressive Rocky Anderson, Conservative Virgil Goode, Libertarian Gary Johnson
Moderated by Larry King
.A showdown in the political underground! The third party presidential debate takes on... more
At Occupy Wall Street encampments around the nation last fall, most of the activists rallied against modern American capitalism and in favor of government aid to the now-famous 99 percent. But from New York to Philadelphia, from Seattle to Los Angeles, Occupiers were joined (or infiltrated, in the eyes of some) by activists talking up the benefits of a truly freed market, without government giveaways to favored interests or central bank manipulations of the economy. This minority took its inspiration from Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. The confluence between libertarian and progressive activism surprised many, including Paul himself. But it was the strongest indicator yet that the Ron Paul uprising poses a unique challenge—and potential attraction—to the American left.
Paul vs. Obama
During Paul’s latest bid for the Republican Party presidential nomination, his policies were to the left of the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama in many areas. Obama has expanded almost every aspect of the war on drugs, including federal raids on state-legal medical marijuana operations. Paul thinks it’s inherently illegitimate to arrest people for actions that harm only themselves. The Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants. Paul mocks border walls as essentially un-American. Obama presided over enormous bailouts of the nation’s largest financial institutions, and his economic planning team has been largely run by Wall Street insiders. Ron Paul is opposed to what both he and the Occupiers call “crony capitalism.” Even the president’s signature legislative accomplishment, ObamaCare (which Paul opposed), forces millions of people to buy health insurance from the very corporations progressives claim to despise.
Civil liberties and peace are the issues that first made some leftist hearts beat faster when contemplating this curious Old Right congressman. Obama has started new wars unauthorized by Congress and greatly expanded a civilian-killing drone program. Paul opposes drones, calls for an immediate end to all our overseas wars, and wants the U.S. military to withdraw from the world. By taking these positions, Paul has done more than even leftist icon Noam Chomsky to normalize discussion of U.S. foreign policy as the behavior of a criminal empire rather than that of the world’s great defender of liberty.
Obama has strengthened the PATRIOT Act and prosecuted whistleblowers; Paul opposes both actions and has defended accused WikiLeaker (and progressive cause célèbre) Bradley Manning. Obama has expanded the commander in chief’s powers to unilaterally imprison and even kill American citizens, aggrandizing the executive branch beyond even what the hated George W. Bush managed. Paul inspires thousands of students to boo any mention of Obama’s alarming yet largely unknown National Defense Authorization Act, which gives legal cover to the president’s power of indefinite detention.
Full Story: http://reason.com/archives/2012/10/23/ron-paul-man-of-the-leftAt Occupy Wall Street encampments around the nation last fall, most of the activists... more
Please, if you know anyone in the Seattle area, encourage them to vote for, volunteer for, or donate to this candidate. She made it onto the ballot in the general election, and she is the only opponent to a Democrat who doesn't know how to stand up for working families.http://www.votesawant.com Please, if you know anyone in the Seattle area, encourage... more
What do you think?
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/this-elections-unasked-and.html#axzz28uzO2dgSWhat do you think?... more
What's that spell?
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/five-minus-four-reasons-paul-ryan-got.html#axzz28uzO2dgSWhat's that spell?... more
More B.S. from the M.B.A.
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/fridays-unemployment-data-three-levels.html#axzz28XHXcm7jMore B.S. from the M.B.A.... more
Breaking News: Big Bird On Ledge Atop 123 Sesame Street, Seeks Meeting WIth Mitt Romney ~ They Will Say ANYTHING!Oh, the Birdmanity!
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/breaking-news-big-bird-on-ledge-atop.html#axzz28XHXcm7jOh, the Birdmanity!... more
As President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to square off in Denver, Colorado tonight, we look at how the Democrats and Republicans manage to shut out all third parties from the presidential debates. The Obama and Romney campaigns have secretly negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates. We’re joined by George Farah, founder and executive director of Open Debates, and author of the book, "No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates."
Video at the linkAs President Obama and Mitt Romney prepare to square off in Denver, Colorado tonight,... more
Jim Lehrer pitching tomorrow night . . .
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/its-playoff-time-handicapping.html#axzz277NLPFg6Jim Lehrer pitching tomorrow night . . .... more
Why we have courts . . .
http://mytinyspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/in-todays-court-ruling-pennsylvania.html#axzz277NLPFg6Why we have courts . . .... more
Hello fellow Progressives.
You have 4 choices in the 2012 Presidential election:
1) You can vote Democrat.
2) You can vote Republican.
3) You can choose to not vote at all.
4) You can vote for a 3rd party candidate that has NO chance of winning. *(A good way to show what policies you believe in but it has the same results in the end as not voting at all)
It is a Bad system but that is what we have right now. Do you want to change it? If you do want to change it then I have just one more question for you:
What do you think your chances are at changing our system to a more Progressive system if the Republicans get elected versus if the Democrats get elected?
Democrats: 40% *(I’m an optimist)
I’ll take the Democrats!
Yeah it stinks being forced into these limited choices so we MUST change things from within. First we Must get the Progressives elected on the Local and State levels. Then we will have a real chance of changing things! The President needs good people like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Alan Grayson and others to give him good bills to sign!
And Very importantly we must also pay attention to votes for State Court positions! Spread awareness that those are usually in completely separate sections from the main part of the ticket when you vote and Very importantly let people know which ones support progressive issues, (most people don’t even know who is running).
Make your choice wisely because we All have to live with it.Hello fellow Progressives. You have 4 choices in the 2012 Presidential election:... more