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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 01:59 PM
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I'm sorry--electioneering and asking for billions of dollars to keep your job in this economy makes
me extremely ill.

I know that some will say that is "just the game"...but people are starving, losing jobs, losing homes, etc and politicians have their grubby mitts out asking for money.

It makes me sick.
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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:01 PM
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1. You must be new to the game...
This has always been a brutal process. Nothing new here.
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:02 PM
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2. then don't donate.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:02 PM
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3. The Koch Brothers approve of your position.
:shrug:
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:15 PM
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13. You can keep your strawmen to yourself
Seriously.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:22 PM
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23. Why is it a "strawmen"? Koch Brothers are going to try to buy the election
that is a fact.
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:09 PM
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34. the koch brothers are not "going to try to buy" the election
criminies, they already own it outright. They don't have to "try" anything. As yoda said, "There is no trying. There is only doing.

Well, ok, maybe there will be an auction and they'll be bidding against Larry Blankfenstein and other wall street banksters.

But we're out of it. Oh, he'll take our pennies of course. But what are we against their trillions? nada. :shrug:
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:02 PM
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44. BALONEY! The Koch brother HAVE bought elections and if they can, they will
continue trying to buy elections.

:wtf:

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stevenleser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:01 PM
Response to Reply #13
29. That is not a strawman. You may not like what that person wrote, but there is no logical fallacy
therein.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:55 PM
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42.  What is the point being made?
The Koch brothers are multi-billionaires and will spend billions to get what they want. We know that.

Just how are ordinary working people supposed to outspend these billionaires?

'The Koch brothers will love that you are not donating your $10.00 this time'.

Why would they care? They can easily outspend the 'little people'. Maybe they'll just spend $10.00 less if the OP doesn't donate?

That ought to make them happy, saving ten bucks!

What a ridiculous thing to say.

Billionaires will be donating to Obama also. After all, he has done a lot for them.

I intend to donate to members of Congress as I cannot compete with the billionaires who buy the presidency these days.

So, our little donations are not going to buy us any clout in the WH, as we have seen. We were excluded from most of the important debates over the past several years. However, there is a better chance of having SOME influence with members of Congress. So it's way more practical to spend the limited funds where it can US, the people, the most good.

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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:20 PM
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51. Your $10 when coupled with 40 million more americans,
work out to $400 million dollars. The Kochs are rich, but much of their money is pretty illiquid. Coming up with $400 million in a flash hurts even the Kochs. I will give more than $10, a lot more. And I wish that there are 10 million like me out and about ready to give money to stop a rightwing assault of american and what being an american means to me.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:36 PM
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55. Well, the Kochs get something for their money. They get to
influence policies.

We discovered after doing exactly what you are wishing for, donating millions to the last Presidential election, that once elected, we were told to 'get lost'. To 'STFU'. We were called names, 'the professional left' our ideas were called 'fucking retarded' And no progressives or liberals were included in the health care debate. Lots of millionaires had a say, and even Republicans got over 200 of their ideas included in the bill, according to the president himself. We didn't even get in the door. That's fine, but don't come asking for us to GOTV this time. I am focusing on Congress now, where I will have more of a say if I get real Progressives elected.

Do you think the Koch Bros would continue to spend money on a party that called their ideas 'retarded' or told them to 'stfu'?

I don't think so. And neither will we. I hope Obama wins, the alternatives are scary, and not pleasant to look at either. But I have little interest anymore in the WH. I believe we the people's power is in Congress and as such that is where we need to focus our efforts. A strong, progressive Congress that actually represents the people, can curb the WH when it is not working for the people. Last time we spent way too much time and money on the Presidential race and many good Progressives did not get the help they needed. That's where I want to focus my limited resources this time.

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stevenleser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:46 PM
Response to Reply #51
61. As the person to whom you are responding is on my ignore list, I doubt a logical response will work
but I applaud the try.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:45 PM
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40. Do you really think that kind of attempted emotional blackmail
has any positive effect on what it is you are trying to effectA?

'You must want Palin to win' etc.? Those kind of childish tactics have done more to harm the Democratic process than you can imagine.

If you have a case to make, leave the talking points out of it. They only alienate intelligent people who assume they are now dealing with the mindset of kindergarten age children. These issues are for grownups, childish talking points are for children.
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:29 PM
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52. George W Bush won in 2000 after progressives voted for Nader.
And Roberts and Alio sit on the Supreme Court. The federal courts are chock full of rightwing judges. President Obama has had to spend valuable time bringing the country out of the huge economic hole that the one George W Bush put it in. No one is trying emotional blackmail on you. The reality is that if you continue on the path that you are taking, you, as a progressive will suffer larger consequences than this moderate. And the consequences that you, modern progressives and progressives not yet born will be profound. Go ahead, waste your vote, sit around being angry and resentful, you hurt yourself the most.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:44 PM
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58. The Supreme Court appointed Bush to the presidency.
Why are you letting them off the hook for one of the biggest acts of treason committed against this country in living memory?

Stop with the Nader nonsense. Gore WON the election. The SC took it away and handed it to Bush.

My path now is Congress. The WH has been bought, regardless of which party wins. But a strong, progressive Congress can stop the WH, even if a Repub. wins.

Obama has said over and over again that he can't do anything because of Congress, or he 'doesn't have the votes' etc. etc. So many excuses. Well, I have observed now that what we need is a Congress made up of real Progressives, people like Bernie Sanders, and no matter who is in the WH, we the people WILL be represented IF we spend as much time and effort on Congress as we did on the WH in the last election.

I hope Obama wins, not because I have much faith in him anymore, just that the other side is so much worse. But I want more than the 'lesser of two evils' now, Sick of playing that game, it provides nothing for the people other than a few crumbs every once in a while.

Congress is where the people's hopes lie, and that is where I intend to focus my efforts this time.
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PVnRT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:20 PM
Response to Reply #52
65. No, Bush was appointed by the supreme court after "moderate" Democrats
voted for Bush to make it close in Florida.
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:44 PM
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59. Fail.
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stevenleser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:44 PM
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60. Wrong, WIN!
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KarenS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:03 PM
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4. I whole-heartedly agree with you on this!! n/t
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:03 PM
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5. I don't disagree.
It makes me ill as well. Unfortunately, there is no real groundswell of support to put an end to it and the assholes on the court have stacked the deck.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:06 PM
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6. the nerve of FDR running for reelection in 1936. The nerve of him!
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:06 PM
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7. It's not just his job he's trying to keep....
it's the workers who still have them too. I'm sure you are aware of what the pubs are doing to promote jobs....nothing.
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iemitsu Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:02 PM
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21. obama is doing nothing to save a job
or anyone's ability to make a lining in this country,
he is the one who gave away the bank.
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stevenleser Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:03 PM
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30. Tell that to all of the teachers whose jobs he saved with the stimulus that gave money to states
But then again you arent interested in the truth are you? You're just interested in bashing Obama.
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iemitsu Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:34 PM
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36. i am a public school teacher.
there has not been any president (including baby bush) who was as hostile to the teaching profession.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:33 PM
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47. You write like that, and are a teacher?
Okay, if you say so.
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:51 PM
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35. No, that would be his predecessor George W. Bush.
Barack H. Obama kept the country from going into a depression when the predecessor left the country going belly up.

Ask GM about jobs saved, they'll tell you which President kept them alive.
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:07 PM
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8. I have a great idea for you: take the money they want you to donate ...
... and donate it to the starving, the jobless, or the homeless.

Sounds like a winner!
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:06 PM
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32. And they are going to need it more under a Republican President!
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:27 PM
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46. I like that idea. Politicians do not need our money
Except maybe those who do not take millions from Corporate America.

Some progressive Dems deserve support because they consistently stand up for the people. Those are the ones I am willing to donate to. And orgs. like the ACLU which does more for the people than a vast majority of DC politicians.
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:33 PM
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54. I am doing all of those actions, AND contribute to President Obama's
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 08:34 PM by bluestate10
re-election fund. The stakes for the causes that I value are to large for me to not aggressively support President Obama's re-election.
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:08 PM
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9. Its only bad when Obama does it. Fine for all other Presidents.
Why does that always seem to be the case?
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:17 PM
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14. I'm not just talking about Obama--did I say just Obama
Or are you making ASSumptions?
Phone calls, letters soliciting money...while they are in Washington figuring out how to give corporations MORE money and me less.

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Solomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:27 PM
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25. The point he's making is that these things only seemed to get
noticed because Obama is president. I agree with him.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:09 PM
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10. This is as close to a jobs program as we're going to get. n/t
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:11 PM
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11. It's what passes for "democracy" in this country. Those that have the gold make the rules.
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Tippy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:14 PM
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12. And if a Republican wins we all lose even more then we have already....
We will see people in this country starving, billions will be homeles, many more will die when health care is repealed, and education forget it average people will not be able to educate their kids..... but the since there will be no jobs excpt in the service sector, and how many will they really need since we will all be working for min-wage or less....I could go on and on but I won't
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:27 PM
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15. It's sickening that the Obama campaign plans to raise $1B dollars for his reelection.
It would be just as sickening no matter who did it. One billion dollars!!!!! When I think how many programs are being cut that could use some of that money, how many people it could feed, how many it could house, it's just stomach turning. Ditto for all the money that the Republicans are going to raise to try to elect their candidate.

The whole system is so screwed up, how can any decent person who is not wealthy or has the capacity to raise oodles of money run for office?

x(
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:25 PM
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24. That makes no sense, the money is coming from donors, not the federal budget
Although I agree I would love to see some serious campaign finance reform.

Practically speaking re 2012, the Koch Brothers and their ilk will have no problem dropping Billlions on the Election. Dems have to try to compete with that.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:51 PM
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27. A GREAT deal of it is coming from tax breaks given to the wealthiest
while taking food out of the mouths of the poorest.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:44 PM
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39. I mentioned the Republicans too.
The money wasted by both parties trying to obtain or remain in power is just plain wrong. As long as we have a two party system there will never be substantial campaign finance reform. They each watch each other's back on this issue.

;(
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lumberjack_jeff Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:05 PM
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45. Yup. God forbid however, that those donors be expected to pay taxes. n/t
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:34 PM
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16. The only person holding the President's job is Obama.
And you refer to current issues. And he is the only one that anyone thinks will raise a billion dollars.

And many of those trying to raise money to beat Obama want his job.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:41 PM
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17. I agree
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 02:44 PM by Proud Liberal Dem
The amount of money that it takes to run an election campaign (at any level) is, in a word, quite obscene and keeps a lot of good, decent, ordinary people from out of public office where they might be able to do some good. I'm not saying all politicians are bad, corrupt, etc. and I recognize that loads of $$$$ is what it takes what it takes to get (re-)elected right now, particularly in the wake of the odious Citizens United ruling, but I'm a firm believer in having public financing of elections. Unfortunately, both sides have to be willing to "disarm" and, unfortunately, I don't see Republicans (or their corporate benefactors) willfully giving up one of their electoral advantages over Democrats. I mean, hell, they're actually trying to eliminate one of the few advantages that we have in the form of union support. The sooner that we can figure out a way to get all these billion dollar elections out of our political/government system the better IMHO.

Just to defend the OP, I don't think that he was talking about Obama but rather about the political system in general. I think that we can all agree it's a "necessary evil" at the moment but one that we should strive to eliminate in the future.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:46 PM
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18. you expect the President not to campaign? makes you sick?
you'll be real sick when the republicans win
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:42 PM
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56. I wonder whether some of the DU posters don't secretly want
republicans to win, including the White House. For the life of me, I can't understand why. I don't know what progressives are thinking, I can assume, but I am at an enormous loss to sense any logic in their thinking.
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gimama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:51 PM
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19. agree.. :( ..nt
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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 02:53 PM
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20. And then he spends it in outer space!
Instead of down here where that money can flow through the economy making jobs.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:15 PM
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22. Former Wisconsin Sen. Feingold agrees with you and tried to change the way the game was played...
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:27 PM
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26. And sadly he lost in 2010, lied about with a bunch of "CitiZens United" decision $$$$
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Hestia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 03:59 PM
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28. We've been priced out of selecting our president - we'll see competition between corporations &
Edited on Mon Apr-04-11 04:00 PM by Hestia
Wall Street, in who gives the most. May be hard to put that genie back in the bottle. Wouldn't it be great to see a daily total board as to the giving between Obama/Democrats & ?/Republicans?
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:05 PM
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31. You know if anything, it shows you suck with money because it takes you a billion $ to run a campaig
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 04:08 PM
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33. We've gotten to a point where money is more valuable then human life.
We've always 'kind of been there', but now it is part of the systems design. Request a billion dollars to run for office, while telling the poor you got their backs. The system is broken (like the judicial system) and we won't be able to fix it until the amount of money gets stupid - just wait, in 10 years a billion dollars will be chump change to whoever buys the POTUS.

The system is meant to help rich people. Always has and always will. Helping the working poor is NOT part of the plan, just the rich.

More tax breaks for the poor billion dollar companies...they promise to help Obama get elected (or the highest bidder).

Today the promise goes to the one with the most money, has nothing to do with ideology or character anymore.
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Starbucks Anarchist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:40 PM
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37. Who's being forced to donate?
If you don't want to or can't donate, then don't. Simple.

Meanwhile, the GOP/teabaggers are going to use Citizens United to try to roll back decades of progress -- I think a billion dollars is definitely called for to fight back.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 02:59 PM
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64. Deleted sub-thread
Sub-thread removed by moderator. Click here to review the message board rules.
 
nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:44 PM
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38. Wonder how many of us are all tapped out due to this shitty economy?
Or unemployment? Or forced back into the work force because some greedy pig gambled with their retirement fund?

Makes me sick too.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 05:46 PM
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41. I refuse to give in to worthless guilt trips.
Not getting played again. The only thing I will support are issues, period.
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davidthegnome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 06:02 PM
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43. I wonder...
what will all of these wealthy donors expect in return? That's a question we should be asking...

To some extent we know already - most of them already aren't paying any taxes. They whine about America's corporate tax rate being the highest (or is it the second highest? Seems to be some confusion on that issue) in the world, but they don't pay taxes... and now a democratic President will be depending largely on them to keep his job. Well, why not? The rest of us can't afford to fund his campaign. This is what happens when you have the majority of the Nation's wealth so heavily concentrated in the hands of so very few.

When the corporations get into trouble, you can count on the American tax dollar to come to the rescue, even when the Fed is in a serious financial shit-hole.

We need tens of billions of dollars in budget cuts - shared sacrifice for all! Well... except for the majority of the people who will be spending a great deal of money supporting our politicians. Hey, that's the way it works - and if we bitch about it we're just BEGGING for a Palin/Romney/Huckabee/Gingrich? Presidency.
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:59 PM
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48. k & r
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:06 PM
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49. KICK & REC
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:11 PM
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50. I have given to President Obama's campaign and will give more up to my limit.
The stakes are too high for the country for me not to give and help get President Obama re-elected.
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Blue-Jay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:32 PM
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53. It won't cost you anything to donate some time on the phones.
Problem solved! :P
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Lucian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:43 PM
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57. I'm just as sick as you are.
And that's why I'm not donating any of my money to any of those people.
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Puregonzo1188 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:46 PM
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62. Yeah I'm rather disturbed by that too.
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:52 PM
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63. It is outrageous, isn't it?
Sadly, my feeling is, he'll get it. From the poor, the uninformed, the gullible and the corporations. But not from me. At least I will be able to say I never donated money to this charade.
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TNLib Donating Member (683 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 03:28 PM
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66. Maybe I'm being dense but the MSN is floating this Billion dollar number around
Where are they getting that from?
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