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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:25 PM
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Polls Show Clearly How the Corporate Media Screws Democrats
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 09:30 PM by Time for change
With elections that could well determine the fate of our country for a long time to come just a few days away, nothing could give a clearer picture of how Democrats are screwed by our corporate media than considering the answers to poll questions that look at some of the most critical issues on which these elections will be decided. As an example, lets look at the two issues that work most strongly against Democrats and compare them with the issue that works most strongly in the Democrats favor, from a Gallup poll released on October 26th entitled What Democrats Would Do If They Win Control of Congress.


Raising taxes

Gallups recent poll shows that 63% of American adults believe that Democrats will increase federal income taxes if they win control of Congress, and only 23% of Americans approve of that (74% disapprove). That means that this will be a losing issue for Democrats with a huge percentage of American voters on November 7th.

I suppose that I shouldnt blame Gallup for asking such an idiotic question, since it merely mirrors the way that our corporate media has framed this issue for as long as I can remember. The Gallup poll question and the framing of the issue by our corporate media are both idiotic because they presume that taxes are necessarily an all or none, across the board issue that they must be raised on everyone equally or not at all.

To consider this issue in perspective, lets consider two rather distinct groups of people in our country. One group of people, whom Ill refer to as the rich, is those who make over a million dollars per year in other words, multi-millionaires and billionaires. The other group of people, whom Ill refer to as the middle class and the poor, are those single adults who make less than $200,000 per year and families of two adults who make less than $400,000 per year. This group includes the vast majority of people and the vast majority of voters in our country.

When people answer a poll by saying that they believe that Democrats will increase federal income taxes, I assume that those people are thinking of tax raises that apply to people in general or to themselves. So we should ask why so many people believe that Democrats will raise taxes on the middle class or the poor. Has a single Democratic politician said that he or she would do that in the past decade? Has a single Democratic politician provided any reason in the past decade for anyone to believe that he or she would do that? I doubt it. So why would anyone believe that? Obviously, people believe that nonsense because it is endlessly repeated by Republicans, and our corporate news media echoes those accusations and never bothers to point out the total lack of evidence for their veracity. And if anyone tries to point out that there is a difference between taxing the rich and taxing the middle class, they are immediately accused of class warfare by Republicans and their corporate media shills.

But the sad truth is that since the inauguration of George W. Bush our Republican Congress has passed a series tax decreases which have provided benefits exclusively for the rich, despite the fact that neither they nor our corporate media (with rare exceptions) ever phrases it that way. For example, a study by Citizens for Tax Justice showed that of the 2.4 trillion dollars (Thats $2,400,000,000,000) in tax breaks enacted by our Republican Congress this century, extending through 2010, 51% of the cuts will go to the top 1% of wealthiest Americans. Another way of looking at this is that these tax breaks amount to $483,000 per person ($48,300 per year) for the wealthiest Americans, compared to an average of $659 per year for middle income Americans over the same period, and $77 per year for poor Americans. However, it is much worse than those statistics would indicate. As Thom Hartmann points out in his new book, Screwed The Undeclared War Against the Middle Class, those who made less than $218,000 in 2005 actually lost money from the Bush tax cuts. The explanation for this can be found in studies such as those conducted by United for a Fair Economy, which showed that between 2002 and 2004 the Bush tax cuts amounted to a shortfall of approximately $200 billion going from the federal government to states, resulting in a combination of service cuts and tax increases by the states that equaled about that amount, and which was paid for disproportionately by the middle class and the poor.

So the honest thing to say about Democrats stand on taxes would be that some (I hope most) of them would like to reverse the Bush (and Republican Congress) tax cuts on the rich, in order to begin to pay down our national debt and to restore government services that benefit the good majority of American citizens, thereby enabling millions of people to climb from poverty back into the middle class. But to simply say that Democrats want to raise taxes is the height of hypocrisy.


Terrorism

Another issue which Gallups poll shows to be hurting the Democrats for this election is terrorism. 49% of poll respondents said that they believe the Democrats would cut back on efforts to fight terrorism, while only 21% of respondents approve of cutting back on efforts to fight terrorism.

Yet how many Americans are aware that the 9/11 Commission gave the Bush administration five Fs, 12 Ds, and two incompletes on their 2005 year-end report card, which dealt with measures taken to prevent future terrorist attacks, and that Democrats have repeatedly urged that the 9/11 Commissions recommendations be implemented? Why should that not be considered a major scandal, or at least substantially more important than Bill Clintons brief consensual affair with an adult woman? Why should it not be covered extensively by our national news media? And if it was covered by our national news media, can anyone believe that 49% of Americans would say that the Democrats are likely to cut back on efforts to fight terrorism?


Increase in the federal minimum wage

Since a close examination of Gallups poll results has shown that distortion of the news by our corporate media is largely responsible for why Democrats are believed to be on the wrong side of a couple of major issues, lets take a look at an issue that appears to be helping Democrats in the upcoming elections. Maybe well find that issue being distorted in the Democrats favor.

The issue that appears most likely to help Democrats in this election is public perception of their stand on the minimum wage. 74% of poll respondents said that they believe it is likely that a Democratic Congress would increase the minimum wage, and a whopping 86% of respondents said that they approve of that stance.

So lets consider why almost three quarters of Americans believe that a Democratic Congress would raise the federal minimum raise. Could this be due to news media distortion, as in the case of issues that benefit the Republicans?

Actually, the answer to that question is yes. The fact that the Gallup poll showed less than three quarters of poll respondents believing that the Democrats would increase the minimum wage if they had the power to do so means that more than a quarter of those respondents are totally ignorant of this issue. Democrats have repeatedly voiced approval and voted for increases in the federal minimum wage. For example, 100% of Senate Democrats voted for the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2005], and yet it didnt pass because 92% of Republicans voted against it. There is no question that a Democratic Congress would attempt to raise the federal minimum wage, and the fact that less than three quarters of Americans are aware of that is just one more example of how our corporate news media fails to inform the American public on issues that are critical to their well being.


Perspective on the role of our corporate news media in recent U.S. elections

In 2000 our corporate news media played a major role in Al Gores defeat. In addition to refusing to explain the effect of the proposed Bush tax cuts to the American people, they repeatedly echoed the bogus story that Al Gore claimed to have invented the Internet, and theybelittled him for supposedly wanting the Presidency too badly. When the presidential debates showed George W. Bush to be the idiot that he is, the media came to Bushs rescue by making a great big deal out of Gore sighing too much during the debates, even claiming that that constituted a win for Bush. And when, following Gores narrow loss in Florida he asked for a hand recount of the vote and the Bush team repeatedly claimed that several recounts had already been done, the media failed to point out that there never was a full recount of the Florida vote. Nor did they point out the scandal of the tens of thousands of illegally purged voters in Florida.

Same thing in 2004. The media failed to follow up on Bushs failure to fulfill his national guard obligations, while giving wide coverage to completely bogus claims by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against John Kerrys heroic war service. They failed to adequately point out that Bushs rationalization for his Iraq war was based on nothing but a pack of lies. And they failed to note that Bush was wired to his handlers during the presidential debates with John Kerry, even though they knew about it. And then, following another highly questionable Bush win, they utterly failed to follow-up with coverage of the likely election fraud that sealed that win, despite well documented evidence for it.

The list goes on and on. A few weeks prior to this Novembers election, one major TV station even aired a phony docudrama which revised history to claim that it was Bill Clinton who was responsible for the 9-11 attacks on our country rather than George Bush, even though Bush had been in office for eight full months by that time, and he had refused to follow up on the Clinton administrations warnings to take seriously the possibility of an attack by al Qaeda.

Now, the recent Gallup poll on the eve of the 2006 mid-term elections paints a clear picture of how corporate media distortions have gravely hurt the Democrats chances once again, by showing how voter perceptions of Democrats actions and intentions differ greatly from reality. The Democrats may very well win this election anyhow, since the agenda of our Republican Congress over the past several years has deviated so greatly from the public interest. But win or lose, corporate media distortion of the news will without a doubt once again cost the Democrats millions of votes.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:29 PM
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1. how many Americans are aware that the 9/11 Commission gave the Bush administration five Fs, 12 Ds
And so much more is left unsaid and ignored by the traitorous media. They betray democracy and undermine America with their slick corporatist propaganda. Then they, themselves, call the media "liberal" -the most vile label on earth!
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:25 AM
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12. The so-called "liberal media"
What a joke!

As a coordinated Rebpublican talking point it has worked wonders for them. It's allowed them to fill the media with the likes of Ann Coulter and Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilley, in order to "balance out" the liberals, hand by comparison most other people seem moderate or "liberal". That way they can get away with putting up shills like Tim Russert and Chriss Matthews, posing them as real journalists.
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NRaleighLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:34 PM
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2. Money = Power, and the media has the money - and doesn't
want to lose it. I just watched Carol Lin shill for Bush on CNN headline news - all headlines featured either Bush or Pickles. Except for a few brave souls like Frank Rich, this whole thing is being spun for the right so hard that it makes my head spin - and has been spinning that way since the 2000 election theft. Each day I read or hear or see these things and I just can't believe it - defies ALL logic.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:09 PM
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3. The money has the media.
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:41 AM
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13. The money is with the owners of the media;
the large corporate conglomerates.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:27 AM
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14. I think you defined the logic of this in your first sentence
A small group of extremely wealthy individuals are now largely in control of most of the news that our country receives.

If there is a silver lining to all this it is that, despite the monopoly control of our news media by the wealthy, the American public has nevertheless been able to see through them enough that by all accounts they appear ready to elect a Democratic House and possibly Senate as well. But things had to get pretty damn bad to get us to this point, and the Foley sex scandal certainly helped.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:10 PM
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21. I watched that this morning and it made me ill..
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:44 PM
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4. Not according to Lynne Cheney-how's that for irony? nt
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:33 PM
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24. I can't stand that woman
And I would never even think about taking anything she said seriously.
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:48 PM
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5. No, to this question
"Has a single Democratic politician said that he or she would do that
(raise taxes) in the past decade?"

No, not a single Dem has said that...but not a single Dem has really seriously refuted that Rethug meme either. Why not? :shrug:
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:54 PM
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6. maybe
because raising taxes will be required in order to get the tab from this whiskey throttle Republican majority paid up -and everybody knows it. But they could state that they would only raise taxes on the top 2%, like Al Franken has talked about as a solution.
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JudyM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:54 PM
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7. Right. A large part of our failure is the failure to package our points in soundbytes.
As trite as this seems, that's one of the big differences between us and them. The rethugs hammer points home endlessly by using short phrases that are easy for the public to understand and easy for the MSM to parrot. We need to - sorry to say it - dumb down our communications. "We will not raise taxes on those making less than $200,000" repeated over and over *would* get through. But we're a party of social concepts, of principled thinkers, and we like to talk *about* things rather than just presenting soundbytes. That's a failing when it comes to getting through all the noise on the air and getting through to potential swing voters. When will we learn?
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:22 AM
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9. I believe that I've heard several Democrats say that they would not
raise taxes on the middle class.

What it seems to me that they've been very hesitant to do (if they've done it at all) is to say that they would raise taxes on the wealthy -- or reverse the Bush tax cuts.

I really wish that would do that. It seems to me that it would be very irresponsible of them NOT to reverse the Bush tax cuts if they had the power to do so. So, why aren't they addressing that point? My opinion is that they are just being over-cautious. And besides, once they make a distinction on who they would raise taxes on the corporate media is likely to jump all over them, accusing them of "class warfare".

The same thing with impeaching Bush. I think it would be irresponsible NOT to do it. I just hope to god that they take back both houses with a landslide and they use their mandate to make some very much needed changes.
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humbled_opinion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:53 PM
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32. and your wish may be granted the tide is turning toward a landslide n/t
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spag68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:27 PM
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8. Class warfare has been going on for a long time
The thing is that they, meaning big money people, have always done it. they only get upset when average people try to muscle in on their game. Remember 12 hour work days, child labor, starvation wages, I could go on but whats the use. from Andrew Carnegie< Mellon-Scaife now> to the robber barons like him, they have always waged war on us. After all what is Halliburton, but a new way of taking our money. They are smart, educated, and rich and they don't want you to join the club. Oh BTW the Carlyle group wants to buy the LA Times and the other Tribune news outlets, great, another fox outlet for propaganda.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:42 PM
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22. I didn't know about the Carlyle group wanting to buy the LA Times
When the Dems get back into power they better work quick to break up the monopolies on news in this country.
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moondust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:28 AM
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10. Americans don't care that much about taxes.
Circa 1998-2000 most of the "priority" polls going into Campaign 2000 showed taxes near the bottom of the list of important issues. I kept wondering how Republicans could hope to win anything if nobody cared about taxes. Apparently since the economy was doing so well for most people and the country had spent years digging out of the Reagan/Bush deficit hole there was not much discontent over taxes.

Then came the Republican propaganda machine hammering hard on the non-issue of taxes. The rest is history/make-believe.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:09 PM
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23. Well, it's one of the few things they think they can make an issue of
People care about taxes if they see them as affecting their financial status. And the Republicans try as hard they can to make us believe that government is "bad" and has no useful purpose. As long as they can make people believe that government programs, such as pell grants, regulation of industry (such as what the FDA does with the pharmaceutical industry), and even Social Security are not worthwhile programs, then people will resent having to pay taxes.
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LeahMira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:29 AM
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37. People aren't worried about paying taxes...
Taxes are inevitable and as long as no one goes crazy with increasing them a huge amount all at once people don't get upset. They ARE worried about the ways the tax money is being spent, though. When people see their children's education suffering, the Katrina victims still homeless, gas prices going up and down like a yo-yo, seniors paying more for Medicare... things like that, then they resent taxes because they know someone else is wasting their money.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 11:17 AM
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39. I don't agree -- Taxes are often a big political issue
It is true that people are concerned about how their tax money is spent, but many people believe that they should be paying less taxes. That's why Bush repeated over and over again during both of his campaigns that he is the candidate of low taxes. And that's why 74% of respondents to the poll noted in the OP said that they disapprove of raising taxes at this time.

And that's why it's important when taxes need to be raised to pay for necessary programs that they be explained well to the American public -- otherwise there is almost always a substantial political price to pay.

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caduceus111 Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:17 AM
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11. Great analysis.
This is one of the reasons why the Dems are up 15-20% in the polls and not 40-50%. I think a lot of Americans are duped into believing what they see or read in the MSM.

Collectively, the public seems to have a short memory. In 2000, when the election fiasco was decided by the SC, I thought, "there's no way this country will forget this during the next election." Then comes the next two elections, and the Dems get spanked...WTF? 911? Katrina? WMD? Warrantless wiretaps? Patriot Act? Record deficits? Osama still at large? Torture? Gas prices? The list is endless! I can't believe it's actually taken this long for people to become "disturbed" over the policies of this government.

America over the past 50 years has generally been a "straight shooter". Although our policies were not perfect, we generally stood for doing the right thing, for human rights at home and around the world, for prudent security measures, policies and diplomacy, for bipartisanship and we were respected generally in the world for it. I'm so ashamed to see what has become of our country. One by one, our liberties are being eroded by this oligarchy. Let freedom ring, my ass!

One can only hope for a landslide victory for the dems this November. We can't afford to have another wingnut on SCOTUS, which is precisely why we need to win the senate.

=caduceus=
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:39 AM
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15. A landslide victory -- Yes, that's exactly what we need
And once we get it we need to make the most of it. This talk about taking impeachment off the table needs to be done away with. We can't give out a message that presidents are kings and can do whatever they want. Impeachment was written into our Constitution for a very good reason, and it is bullshit to say we don't have time for it, or that there are more important things we have to deal with.

We need to get our voting rights back and our news media back. And then we'll be in a position to put our country back together again and, as you say, earn back the respect of the world.
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:46 AM
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16. Taxes. pffffft. My taxes have not gone down one single penny...
...since these crooks have occupied the white house. As a matter of fact, my property taxes increase each year, so I have been consistently paying more.

Then again, I am not a member of the upper 10 percent in income either. I'm just a Joe-schmoe middle class working stiff.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 02:05 PM
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20. With all the talk about lowering taxes I guess they hoped that
people wouldn't notice that their own taxes weren't lower, or if they were the amount was so minimal that it doesn't make up for the loss of services and increase in state taxes, etc.
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:08 PM
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41. That's why I have an accountant.
People that fill out the 1040-EZ probably won't even notice. Me, I have to itemize everything, and have actually noticed that my taxes have increased at the local level, and even with those deductions on the federal, have not really gone down at all on my federal return. Definately not enough to make me notice.
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:58 AM
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17. I will be giving Thom Hartmanns "SCREWED" to everyone
on my xmas list this year.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:33 AM
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18. It's a very informative book IMO
I highly recommend it.
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:47 AM
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19. I have not read it yet but I listen to him every day
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Bullshot Donating Member (807 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 07:41 PM
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25. As I said in another post,
The media are setting the Democrats up for failure in the November elections by dictating the dialogue. They are making it seem that anything less than a Democrat takeover in BOTH the House and Senate is a failure for the Dems and evidence that Americans want to stay on Bush and the Republican's agenda.

And they're dictating the dialogue by saying stupid things like the economy has been running well, which is good for Bush and the Republicans. They are serving as stooges for Bush by saying he's showing some flexibility on the war in Iraq, instead of calling it flip-flopping like they would have done had a Democrat done the same thing.

I think if the Dems gain one of the houses of Congress or neither, but gain seats, then take what you get and work harder for 2008. This is one of the few elections where I've seen Democratic candidates have a backbone and go after their Republican opponents the way the Republicans have been doing it for years. If the Dems make gains in both houses, but don't take control of either, then take what was earned and work harder in 2008.

If the Dems take both houses, then great. Then work to KEEP control by addressing peoples' needs and not be what the Republicans have devolved government into.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 08:19 PM
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26. Par for the course -- That's what they always do
If the Dems take over one or both Houses of Congress, let the media call it a failure. That won't change the fact that the Dems will have a great opportunity to make a big change in this country.
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IWantAChange Donating Member (974 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:16 PM
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27. The obstacle to Democrats posed by the media
is extremely difficult to overcome when presented by the so-called MSM or in the form of poll results. My only hope is that there are enough 'intelligent' voters out there to sift through the BS and make a judgment between hope and fear.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:42 PM
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29. It looks like they're going to do it this time
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 09:42 PM by Time for change
With an unprecedented 12-20% average lead in the generic Congressional ballot I don't believe that the Republicans will be able to steal this one. :)
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civildisoBDence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:30 PM
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28. What's worse than rasing taxes and increasing spending?
Lowering taxes and increasing spending, leaving future generations to pay our bills.

Newsprism
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:45 PM
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30. Even worse
Decreasing taxes on the wealthy
Increasing taxes on the middle class and poor
Increasing spending on useless military endeavors such as Star Wars and pre-emptive wars
Decreasing spending on needed government programs
And leaving future generations to pay the bills
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humbled_opinion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 09:50 PM
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31. The Terrorism set up is as follows:
The Democrats win control of congress. If we happen to have another attack in America between the 06 win and the 08 election the Thugs will point and hollar we told you so to which they will get much of the media supporting them. Our leaders do need a strategy to deal with something like that because it inevitably could spell disaster for the party.
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upi402 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 10:03 PM
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33. That's why there needs to be an instantaneous program snap into place
no handwringing, making-nice, and consensus building committees.

Time to produce will be very very narrow. I give it 3-5 weeks and the media will undermine any Dem majority in a significant way.

Time to produce. Everything at once, Adam Smith specialization style, and someone has to assign teams. The congressional black caucus is the standout group with spine and courage. It might take a new paradigm to make real change. It just seems the go-along DINOs will footdrag and want to seem reasonable.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:24 AM
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35. I agree -- And we can start by finally implementing recommendations
of the 9/11 Committee.
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humbled_opinion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 04:04 PM
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40. and getting the UN involved straight off. n/t
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danhan Donating Member (59 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:53 PM
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34. Huh?
I'm sorry. I agree with most everything in your post but does anyone really consider a single person who makes $200,000 a year to be " middle class?"

I know that I, and I am certan my coworkers would disagree with that.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 07:27 AM
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36. Yes, I believe it is correct to say that
And a person in that category would not be helped much by the Bush tax cuts, and may even be hurt, depending on what state he/she lives in and what services are cut, etc.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 10:56 AM
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38. Every mainstream media outlet is in the millionaire to bill-
ionarire catgory - No wonder we don't hear the truth

Inflation is really running about 9% but more if you yourself are trying to rent in the hottest real estate markets

Reagan's people took housing costs out of the inflation picture.

Why the middle class stands for being taxed on any earnings below 40% I cannot fathom
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