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Snotcicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:06 PM
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Katherine Newman makes a good point about electing a progressive like Edwards
The House and the Senate are primed to go big time Democratic this time.
To put a centrist in the WH would be a waste. Why start out compromising?
Start very progressive and if you have to then move to the center.
The other side has always started far to the right. The thing is, they never move.
The damage that has been done to our country is to great, to not take advantage of this opportunity.
IMO.
We have to bring our values back home. We have to restore the middle class through strong unions.
The only way to effectively balance the economic stability for the American workforce is through collective bargaining.
Collective bargaining helps all workers union or otherwise.
I have been a UAW member I'm Now a Teamster.
I have witnessed my union proceed when times were good, concede when times were tough. Always in the interest of maintaining
good jobs and a strong employer.
Thanks for reading my thoughts. Dan
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:16 PM
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1. Time to elect a president who represents people NOT corporations! Edwards is that
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 05:19 PM by saracat
the candidate of the people! Notice who is the only candidate walking the line with the WGA! Some others are getting handouts in Malibu and Beverly Hills! Writers are "real people" not lobbyists and corporations.
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PollThis Donating Member (125 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 05:21 PM
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2. He was going to walk with (I think) the GM workers, as soon as he went public they settled
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 05:22 PM by PollThis
I think somebody was shitin their pants.
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:34 PM
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3.  NO CHANGE --if we replace a group of Corporate Republicans
with a Group of Corporate Democrats.
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Evergreen Emerald Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:35 PM
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4. but ... he was elected to the senate and was not progressive
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Reno.Muse Donating Member (307 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 08:58 PM
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5. And I wasn't progressive back then either. Times change, some of us woke up
Move on!
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Evergreen Emerald Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:50 PM
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6. Ok. Has he apologized for ALL of his votes that were not progressive?
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frogcycle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 09:55 AM
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7. and whether he has or has not
why cut off your nose to spite your face?

He has the right positions now, and also has a chance at the nomination. He or Biden would be far better than either of the glamor candidates. Why hold out for someone who is more marginalized every day, who realistically will NOT get the nomination, and if nominated would be another Dukakis debacle for the dems? Why not get someone sympathetic in the big chair and then encourage the even-more-progressive purists to lobby for their positions in an atmosphere where they'd at least be heard?

"half a loaf is better than none" but in this case its more like 90% of a loaf, at worst, even if you don't elicit those apologies you seem to require

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Evergreen Emerald Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 01:21 PM
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8. The concern is what Kucinich said at the last debate
Why not get it right the first time? Edwards now SAYS he has the "progressive" ideals. But actions speak louder than words. And his past actions were not progressive.
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