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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 27,948

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Just remember: if Democrats cave now, Cruz and company will look like geniuses,

saviors of their party.

Democrats are making the right noises now, which is GREAT! And I don't particularly expect them to cave his time. But if, God forbid! they do, it will be even worse than normal after the dust-up that's happened. The Cruz wing will have shown that they alone among the GOP had the temerity to fight Democrats mano-a-mano and win.

It wil suck - the crazies will be in full control of their party.

There is NO backing down now.

A little bit of trivia - most Germans thought Hitler was perilously crazy when, against the Treaty of Versailles, he re-armed the German military than starting grabbing territories from other countries. "Surely the Allies will attack us!!!" They thought. But the attacks never came, the territory was held, and Hitler became viewed by Germans as a genius of super powers who could pull off mayhem and stare down the Allies.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Oct 7, 2013, 11:46 PM (23 replies)

If the Koch brothers are truly the driving force behind the Congressional Anarchists,

then Obama and Congressional Democrats must attack them directly. Attacking their useful idiots in Congress will do nothing - because they're idiots. They don't excel at rational thought.

Americans need to know who's driving this mischief. We can vote with our pocketbooks.

And the President should invite the good brothers to the White House for a discussion. A discussion about how he'll dance on the graves of their companies if they don't cut the bullshit immediately. And how Holder will divert resources from busting medical marijuana growers to investigating the shady international dealings of their companies. Might lead to criminal conspiracy charges, wouldn't that be a shame?

We know that Presidents can do a lot of damage to people behind the scenes, e.g. the TPP and unlimited banker bailouts with no strings attached. They can do stuff to the 1% too, I understand, when needed. It's time.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Oct 6, 2013, 11:19 PM (34 replies)

I just want to say: the President's doing a good job on handling the GOP right now

Many of us here disagree on how things got to be the way they are.

But right now, I think that almost all of us agree that Obama's doing the right thing. There's a good ways to go before we're out of this particular briar patch, but if Democrats hang tough we've a much better chance of getting out in one piece.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Oct 3, 2013, 11:16 PM (129 replies)

Um, this has more to do with 20+ years of Third Way Dems appeasing real crazies,

than it has to do with the fantasy that Liberals stayed home in 2010.

When you appease crazies, they just push it further next time. And after enough go-rounds... well, here we are.

Hey, ConservaDems, cut the BS. You played with fire, we all got burned. Own it.

The time grows near for FDR Liberals to crawl out from under the bus, dust ourselves off, and get FDR results.


First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Oct 3, 2013, 02:19 AM (184 replies)

Looks like No-Drama Obama gets to pick his drama

Seems to me that his choices are one of the folowing:

1. Default on US debt
2. Ignore the debt ceiling, but have Fox News say mean things (and poosibly lose in court, but not likely)
3. Grand bargain the 99% further into our grave in exchange for a few more months of breathing room - might not work, Syria and "Toonces" Summers demonstrate that he doesn't have good control of Congressional Democrats anymore.
4. Hope that there's a revolt within the Clown Car. Don't hold your breath...

All are a big #%^*ing deal.

2. is the way to go.

Good luck to all of us!

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Oct 3, 2013, 12:16 AM (9 replies)

If some parts of America gleefully elect these shitheads to Congress...

Is there any realistic chance that the whole country can move forward together?

Getting those people to vote in their own best interests will be like teaching quantum physics to Beavis and Butthead.


Hopefully I'll be less despondent in the morning.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Oct 1, 2013, 12:26 AM (2 replies)

If Democrats cave now, do you *really* think things will *ever* get better?


Reversing course means first stopping the plummeting. We can argue motives, but what's happened is indisputable: For 20+ years, Democrats have been appeasing and capitulating. And the 99% have plummeted.

Appease, capitulate, plummet. Repeat.

Until we end this cycle, the plummeting continues. Does anyone think that's not true? Does anyone think that the Radical Right will suddenly become decent people who value peace, prosperity, and love for all?

A government shutdown will be painful to many, but we must not trade away pain today in exchange for far more pain tomorrow.

I ask that all Democrats, both the right and the left, join together in rock-solid rejection of negotiations. Any negotiations. No clever words, no "common sense bipartisan changes that make our government better", no nothing.

The beginning of the end of this garbage must come now.


First-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Sep 29, 2013, 11:12 PM (111 replies)

A government shutdown will suck

But we must hope that our Democratic political leaders hold tight and do the right thing.

No deals. No clever word games. No "practical, common sense changes to government that both parties can agree on."

Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

We are here thanks to 20+ years of appeasing a band of desperados, thugs, idiots and lunatics. As in all other known cases of appeasing people with awful intent... well, here we are.

It must stop, or else it will only get even worse.

The end.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Sep 28, 2013, 11:33 PM (38 replies)

What's your guess on how the continuing resolution theater will conclude?

My guess is that Republicans get 20% of what they asked for, and Cruz proclaims victory - he'll claim that without his stunts, they'd have got nothing.

Your guess?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Sep 27, 2013, 10:15 AM (2 replies)

Seems like I have some fences to mend [sorry, long!]

There were some unfortunate things that happened on DU last night, and I had a lot to do with them.

I'm sorry.

I realize that I throw a sharp elbow every once in a while: I believe that this was picked up during my childhood in a slightly-rough section of New York City. It was a useful behavior at the time as it put bullies on notice that I wouldn't go down easily. But now I'm among friends, and it's become no more than a bad habit, creating furor where calm would be best.

Look: In the end, all of us Democrats want the same thing, both the moderates and the moonbats. We all want peace and prosperity. We all want a little security for ourselves, and a brighter future for our children. I understand this in my bones. Please realize that my bull-in-a-china-shop routine comes from a good place, from my overwhelming desire to build an America where we all have these things.

We all agree on what we want, but how is the sticking point amongst some of us. And we can quibble over methods, but in the end it's results that we seek. Results, not theory. Especially not Marxist theory!

So let us review together the proven results of moderate Democratic policies.

For almost 21 years, we moderate Democrats (notice I didn't use the inflammatory "sensible") have guided our grand old party forward. And the evidence is unequivocal. America has experienced a renaissance the likes of which have not been seen since Europe from 1348-1350.

Year after year, our bankers have had record harvests. Even in the darkest days of 2008, our financial institutions were pulled back from the brink of suspending ginormous banker bonuses - this is a proud testament to the powerful and nimble government institutions we moderates have pioneered. Our big banks have grown mightily since then, now almost 30% larger than they were during that dark time. Now they're really, really too big to fail. No, honest. (Stop laughing, you sound like a @#$%ing hyena, it's embarrassing.)

And the little people have not been left out, not this time! Trillions of dollars in twitchy derivatives owned by the wealthy are now backed by their bank accounts and the FDIC, so if another financial calamity occurs, everyone will be totally @#$%ed, not just the wealthy. Well, at least we'll have more of the little people's money to give the wealthy. In any case, somehow we're all in this together now. It's complex, most of you wouldn't understand anyway.

Entrepreneurism is building daily. Many millions have decided to leave the rat race for good, and are adventuring into the hustle and bustle of small business, often conducted from the funky cars and cardboard boxes they call home.

True, some groups have unfairly benefited from circumstances - namely the poor, the aged, and the sick. But we moderate Democrats, along with our partners on the other side of the aisle, are ready for the challenge of taking on these well-financed pressure groups with their slick lobbyists. More than ready. A Grand Bargain will be made, and fairness will be restored

After so many years of unrelenting success, our track record is clear, and it's time for each of us on DU to look into our hearts and ask some simple questions:

1. Are you better off than before our great crusade began in 1993? (Wait! Before you answer, remember that you have the Internet and self-adhesive postal stamps now, aren't those really great?)
2. Shouldn't moderate Democrats be given the chance to complete the job?

No need to respond directly to this post with your answers. Just mention them in an email or phone call to any third party whenever convenient, and they will be logged and stored permanently in a "#2 mayonnaise jar" on "Funk and Wagnall's porch" in Utah, until we need a favor from you. Such is the fantastic technology that our Way has wrought!

Results! Results! The evidence doesn't lie!

Yours in Brotherly Love,

Third-WayModerate-Democrat Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Sep 23, 2013, 09:03 PM (160 replies)
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