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Maddow: Shameless, Craven, Unprincipled, Partisan Hackery…

These guys are the height of unprincipled…except when it comes to undercutting the President…
They have blocked policies that they themselves have initiated or co-sponsored or supported, as far back as ’08, as soon as the President says he agrees with it. Too often this sort of context is missed by the mainstream media and the Repugs continue this unpatriotic behaviour and get off scot-free. This portion of the political debate needs more light given to it and the American people need to make these hacks pay…

: Shameless, craven, unprincipled, partisan hackery.


O’Donnell & Harris-Perry: Debt Ceiling Vote Held Hostage

I know we avoided a government shutdown last week and that is an old news issue… But, I ran across this clip that I was meaning to share last week and I felt it was still relevant. Listen to Harris-Perry and her critique of the Republican treatment of Macro and Micro economics. This is the type of counter narrative that I have been arguing NEEDS to be made, by Democrats, in the face of the continuous and dishonest budget and deficit framing done by the Republicans.
The bottom-line: You cannot treat the government’s wallet like your household wallet. The two are not the same and macroeconomics doesn’t work that way…

msnbc video: Debt ceiling vote held hostage?.

Why Washington Doesn’t Care About Jobs

As an independent progressive, my take on Republicans is well chronicled. But hidden in my extreme distaste for Republicans is my utter lack of patience for some Democrats. Namely, Blue Dogs, DINO’s, conservative Dems or anyone else who has taken on the talking points and perspective of a Republican but somehow still wants to call themselves a Democrat.

The analogy that Chris Hayes refers to about the lack of heat in certain office buildings, I think, makes the point. Washington does not have the sense of urgency that is needed when it is the people’s interest they are supposed to be serving. The notion of servanthood is lost, in most part, it seems to me, in the milieu of money and lobbyists and self-grandizement that appears to rule the day in Washington…meanwhile, regular people need heat or the opportunity to get the heat turned back on. Washington seems insulated, figuratively and literally.

Social distance of this sort isn’t new, of course. The “out of touchness” of the Beltway is such a cliché that Beltway denizens themselves love to invoke it to demonstrate their self-awareness. But I’d wager the social distance that characterizes this moment is probably as bad as it’s been in at least a generation. We’ve had more than three decades of accelerating inequality that has placed the top 10 percent further and further away from the bottom 90 percent, followed by a financial crisis and “recovery” that has only exacerbated these distributional trends. There were already Two Americas before the Great Recession, but in the wake of that seismic disruption, those two continents have only moved further apart.

This manifests itself in our politics in two ways. For one, it just so happens that policy-makers, pundits and politicians are drawn from the classes that are in recovery, and they live in an area where new sushi restaurants are opening all the time. For even the best-intentioned and most conscientious staffers and aides this has, I think, a subconscious effect. Think of it this way: two office buildings are operating side by side in Chicago’s Loop in the middle of a brutally cold January day, when the heat in both buildings gives out. The manager of one building has an on-site office, so he finds himself plunged into cold; the other building is managed remotely, from a warm office whose heat is functioning. If you had to bet, you’d guess that the manager experiencing the cold himself would have a bit more urgency in restoring the heat. The same holds for the economy. The people running the country are not viscerally experiencing the depredations of this ghastly economic winter, and they lack what might be called the “fierce urgency of now” in getting the heat turned back on.

The other problem is that our system is responsive only to voices at the top of the social pyramid—the bankers and businessmen who are raking in record bonuses and the professional upper middle class, which is recovering much faster than the nation as a whole. In a 2007 paper titled “Inequality and Democratic Responsiveness in the United States,” Princeton political scientist Martin Gilens analyzed 2,000 survey questions from 1981 to 2002, looking for the relationship between public opinion and policy outcomes. He found that “when Americans with different income levels differ in their policy preferences, actual policy outcomes strongly reflect the preferences of the most affluent but bear little relationship to the preferences of poor or middle income Americans.”

There is only so much social distance a society can take. The social science literature shows that as social distance increases, trust declines and aberrant and predatory behavior increases. The basic mechanisms of representation erode, and the social fabric tears. “An imbalance between rich and poor,” Plutarch warned, “is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” – Chris Hayes

via Why Washington Doesn’t Care About Jobs | The Nation.

We Are ALL Liberals…we just call ourselves Conservatives.

We keep being told that the country is “Center-Right”. Center-Right!? Even with the latest poll numbers of the NBC-WSJ poll??

I am a consistent watcher of Rachel Maddow’s show and last night she echoed what I have been saying since the election of Barack Obama in Nov of 2008. The NBC – WSJ poll that she talks about basically shows the mandate that Obama walked into office with. Change we can believe in. From taxing the wealthy to the Public Option to protecting collective bargaining, Americans think a lot alike. No wonder the President was swept into office. I thought elections had consequences!?

Watch this clip of the Rachel Maddow Show and let me know what you think.


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Rachel Maddow: Democrats find their spine.

Crappy Jobs Caused by Plutocracy and Austerity

This is a great article that fully explains the ideas of “Plutocracy” where the wealthy and powerful control the levers of government for their own financial gain and “Austerity” which degrades the economy in a never-ending downward spiral.

It’s about time we understand what Republicans have planned for this country and it’s about time we force the Democrats to push back and defend the regular people and make sure that the sacrifice is shared by everyone. Trickle-down economics is a farce. It’s political propaganda designed to excuse the upward money vacuum.

Cutbacks shrink the economy. And expanding economy provides good jobs with good pay and benefits and fixes budget deficits. We want an expanding economy for We, the People, not tax cuts for the rich and cutbacks on the things government does for We, the People. Tax cuts and austerity provide an opportunity for a few to cash out and take off, but does not provide for the rest of us. – Dave Johnson

via Dave Johnson: Crappy Jobs Caused by Plutocracy and Austerity.

2007 VIDEO: Obama promised to “walk on that picket line” if workers denied the right to bargain | The Political Carnival

Barack Obama in Spartanburg, SC. Nov. 3rd, 2007.

And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I’ll will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.

THIS is the President I voted for.  Where is this guy!?

Your comments are welcomed and appreciated….

2007 VIDEO: Obama promised to “walk on that picket line” if workers denied the right to bargain | The Political Carnival.

Joe Scarborough isn’t fooling anyone…at least not me

The healthcare debate needed this. Instead of the “birthers” & “deathers” we needed a dose of reality. Straight Talk. Begrudgingly, this morning (I typically can’t stand the smugness and self-righteousness which is Joe Scarborough), I turned to Morning Joe and became riveted to the television. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard as thorough an argument against the current system of healthcare while dropping balanced rhetoric explaining why a single payer system, while not perfect, would constitute real healthcare reform and why a public option is the least that progressive democrats can settle for.

I think I have a pretty good handle on the politics here. The President wants a bipartisan bill and the polls seem to indicate that the American people want both parties to work together. I completely understand this sentiment. The problem seems to be that while the President has reached out to Republicans the ideological gap between the two parties seems to indicate that the Republicans will not vote for any compromised bill. They will not vote for single payer, thepublic option or the co-operatives that have been recently discussed. The Republicans will not vote for any version of a healthcare reform bill that they have demonized and demagogued and that their shrinking political base has railed against for weeks now. They truly are the party of no. Bipartisanship is a means,not an end. And it seems disingenuous to me for Republicans to claim the Democrats are averse to the bipartisanship that they refuse to commit too. Frank Luntz put out the GOP talking points months ago. Republicans were instructed to say they were in favor of reform but to attack any reform measures as an attack on personal liberties and to frame the debate around the notion of a government takeover of healthcare. This practice is in full effect. It’s time to turn the tables and I think Rep Anthony Weiner (D-NY) may have just helped our cause.

Updated: August 25, 2009

This guy should be tapped by the President to explain what the Healthcare Reform Bill is…when there is one Healthcare Reform Bill. Even a right-wing zealot can understand this guy…I mean if they actually live on planet Earth and not some mythical place they made up in their own head.