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When the wolves are at the door

You don't open the door to have a "discussion".
You open the door to beat them down with a baseball bat.

Plouffe, Durban, etc...need to understand that the wolves at the door are the private sector vulture corporatists and banksters disguised as the mainstream media and the Republican Party dying to feast on our safety nets.


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The framing of the "fiscal cliff" talks

It seems to me that we the working-class have already lost this frame and I am mad as hell.
The fact that Medicare, Medicaid, and especially Social Security are even in the "fiscal cliff" discussions shows to me that the corporatists have the upper-hand here. These corporatists and banksters have been trying for years to insert their privatization tentacles deeper and deeper into our public safety nets and they are succeeding.

Oh how I wish the Democratic Party, for once, had some unity and some testicular fortitude to tell the Republican party to go 'F' themselves. That they would tell the mainstream media that the people have spoken and elections do have consequences. That when it comes to the "Big Three"...OH HELL NO YOU CAN'T!!!!

Instead we have Democrats like White House senior advisor David Plouffe neutering our bargaining position even before we get started. With people like Rahm and David do we need any enemies?

I am with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
He is a fighter for us.


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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: This Is What Corporate Governance Looks Like

In 2008, the United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced the U.S. entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks as “a pathway to broader Asia-Pacific regional economic integration.” Originating in 2005 as a “Strategic Economic Partnership” between a few select Pacific countries, the TPP has, as of October 2012, expanded to include 11 nations in total: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia, with the possibility of several more joining in the future.

What makes the TPP unique is not simply the fact that it may be the largest “free trade agreement” ever negotiated, nor even the fact that only two of its roughly 26 articles actually deal with “trade,” but that it is also the most secretive trade negotiations in history, with no public oversight, input, or consultations.


MORE ABOUT THIS BEAST:
http://truth-out.org/news/item/12857-the-trans-pacific-partnership-this-is-what-corporate-governance-looks-like


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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline



We need to push our President like holy hell to oppose these monsters.


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Filibuster on the "other foot"


Say the Senate filibuster is removed.

Then let's say the Congress and the President agree to raising the eligibility ages or other bullshit cuts to the big three (SSI, Medicare, Medicaid) instead of enhancing them via revenue increases like lifting the caps.

What tools would say a Bernie Sanders or an Elizabeth Warren have at their disposal, in the Senate, to stop the cuts?


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The "FOX Bubble"

In my view a person's political intelligence can be measured very easily by how quickly they move from belief-based thought to knowledge-based thought. Or whether or not they move at all.

Those limiting their knowledge intake to rw talk radio and TV (CNN FOX) are going to have to peel back layers of false premises and false realities.

Let the peeling begin!


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This guy, responding to Krugman's latest, "gets it"

Marc Taylor - Kansas City

I wish the narrative would get off the "fairness" part of raising taxes on the rich and get to the heart of why continuing the cuts at the top are bad for our economy. "Fair" is taken for code for class warfare and is not a convincing argument... it sounds like simple whining versus supported policy.

During this recession, the Fortune 500 companies made record profits. "Trickle-down" economics, if it was real, should have kicked in and saved the economy without one more word said... it didn't.

During this recession, record lows were spent on reinvestment (equipment, people, expansion, and training). And although this violates supply side theory, demand-side people understand that reinvestment will not happen without demand.

So during this recession, record executive paydays and records amount of dollars went to off-shore accounts… via executive personal income… estimated at just under $100 Trillion.

So guess what? These artificially low taxes at the top (along with capital gains rates) let this happen under the guise of not taxing small business at higher rates. But remember, these taxes are PERSONAL income taxes, and speak directly only to the monies TAKEN OUT OF BUSINESS that was never intended for reinvestment or JOBS in the first place. These low taxes ENCOURAGE this money to be extracted... while increased rates would ENCOURAGE reinvestment... which is EXACTLY what we need.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/opinion/krugman-lets-not-make-a-deal.html?comments&_r=0#permid=270



I don't think that the damage that TV and radio have done...

...to political discourse in the USA can be overstated. The damage is severe since losing the fairness doctrine especially.

People actually believe Rush and FOX "News".

I am 56 years old and remember the dread kids had in high school when they found out we had to take American History and Civics classes to graduate. This lack of interest in basic governmental structure and function coupled with an overreliance on TV and radio as the two main sources for information have seriously torn our country in half in my opinion.

A few of us developed our critical thinking skills by not going along with, and resisting the best we could, this charade of deception however many people I fear would prefer authoritarianism. A king if you will. Someone along the lines of a Hitler type figure.

Critical thinking takes constant vigilance to maintain. It's not easy. It takes work and correction and the willing to admit when our thinking and feelings are uninformed and misplaced. It is tough on the ego and dare I say most people's pride will not let them go too deep in those realms because it's too painful for one's sense of self righteousness and the comfort that affords.

I fear a vast swath of the population takes the easy way out. The lazy way out. The way that lays back mentally and allows the mind to be filled with the garbage that flows over the mainstream airwaves. The sad part is that after this crap is ingested it is processed and then spewed out as if it is somehow now an original thought, an original feeling, as if the lazy willing victim came up with it on their own.

If I had better writing skills I could convey this even stronger but it all boils down to...when will we wake up?

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