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Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:11 PM

Landrieu v Cassidy - How Liberals and Working Class Are Fooled By The Media Narrative

The corporate media has repeatedly pushed the narratives:

1. That the President is unpopular and politically toxic.
2. That Democrats are running away from President Obama and his policies.

Only stories that fit in this narrative are portrayed. Stories that are inconsistent with this narrative are ignored. This narrative fulls the public, including liberals, into apathy with the meme that Democrats' only platform is that they are not President Obama. In the meantime, as Bernie Sanders explained issues of relevance to the people are ignored. This is why voters could manage to vote for Republicans who are against the minimum wage while also supporting propositions raising the minimum wage,

If you look at the Landrieu race, you see thread after thread on this Board calling Senator Landrieu a DINO based entirely on her position on the Keystone pipeline, which should not be surprising since LA is one of the States that would likely benefit from the pipeline even though most other states would not benefit.

However, there are issues beyond the pipeline, and it is clear that there is a world of difference between Landrieu and Cassidy. Many of folks have insisted, even on Democratic Underground, that it would not make a difference if Cassidy beats Landrieu. The ignorance of this line of argument is exposed by the summary below of the candidate's stated positions on the issues. Some will argue why haven't we hard this? Perhaps it is because it just does not fit the media narrative that (1) Democrats are running away from President Obama and Democratic priorities and (2) that there just isn't that much difference between Democrats and Republicans. Look at how the mainstream media largely ignored the extreme positions states by Joni Erst in the Iowa race.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/campus-election-engagement-project/mary-landrieu-vs-bill-cas_b_6014592.html

Budget: Did you support raising the Federal debt ceiling with no strings attached?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Campaign Finance: Do you support the DISCLOSE Act, which would require key funders of political ads to put their names on those ads?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Campaign Finance: Do you support the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, which allowed unlimited independent political expenditures by corporations and unions?
Landrieu: No
Cassidy: Unknown

Economy: Do you support raising the minimum wage?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Economy: Do you support extending unemployment benefits beyond 26 weeks?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Economy: Do you support the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and sought to increase regulation of Wall Street corporations and other financial institutions?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: Yes

Education: Do you support refinancing of student loans at lower rates, paid for by increasing taxes on income over a million dollars?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: Unknown

Environment: Do you believe that human activity is a major factor contributing to climate change?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Environment: Do you support government action to limit the levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Environment: Do you support government mandates and/or subsidies for renewable energy?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: Yes

Gay Marriage: Do you support gay marriage?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Gun Control: Do you support enacting more restrictive gun control legislation?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Healthcare: Do you support repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?
Landrieu: No
Cassidy: Yes. Also authored bill permitting people to keep insurance policies that didn't meet the coverage standards of the law.

Healthcare: Did you support shutting down the federal government in order to defund Obamacare in 2013?
Landrieu: No
Cassidy: Yes

Immigration: Do you support the D.R.E.A.M. Act, which would allow children brought into the country illegally to achieve legal status if they've graduated from high school, have a clean legal record, and attend college or serve in the military?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Immigration: Do you support the comprehensive immigration plan passed by the Senate in 2013, which includes a pathway to citizenship and increased funding for border security?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Social Issues: Should abortion be highly restricted?
Landrieu: No, although supports ban on late-term abortions
Cassidy: Yes

Social Issues: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?
Landrieu: No
Cassidy: Yes

Social Issues: Should Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health services?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No

Social Security: Do you support partial privatization of Social Security?
Landrieu: No
Cassidy: Unknown

Taxes: Have you signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge to oppose any tax increases to raise revenue? (The answer to this question is taken from the database of signatories of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, created by Americans for Tax Reform. Signers to the pledge promise to oppose "any and all tax increases" meant to generate additional revenue.)
Landrieu: No
Cassidy: Yes

Taxes: Would you increase taxes on corporations and/or high-income individuals to pay for public services?
Landrieu: Yes
Cassidy: No. See above




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DonCoquixote Nov 2014 #1
TomCADem Nov 2014 #2
yeoman6987 Nov 2014 #3
IphengeniaBlumgarten Nov 2014 #4
localroger Nov 2014 #6
Imajika Nov 2014 #5

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:13 PM

1. so she gets to do somethign that can kill thopsands pof Americans

just because she is slightly liberal on some issue?

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:27 PM

2. Who says she gets Keystone? But do we write off Louisiana?

What about Howard Dean's 50 State strategy? Haven't folks argued that we need to field candidates who can win in their respective States? If we insist on running anti-oil candidates in petroleum industry States, then we might as well write off such States.

Also, looking at those issues, which one is just slightly more liberal than Cassidy? Is it climate change? Minimum wage? Help me here.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 10:28 PM

3. Wow! Just wow!

 

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 14, 2014, 11:29 PM

4. Isn't the pipeline vote political theater?

Landrieu is facing a runoff against Cassidy, and bringing the pipeline to a vote will dramatize To Louisiana that she is independent of the President on things that matter to businesses in Louisiana. But if the Senate passes it -- likely, I guess -- then Obama will veto it. Still, this will undercut the argument that Cassidy has been making to Louisiana voters that Landrieu is just the President's puppet.



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Response to IphengeniaBlumgarten (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 09:35 AM

6. THIS, yes it's theatre and the pipeline isn't happening

Obama has already promised to veto the pipeline bill. This makes it a safe vote for Landrieu, who can do something that undercuts Cassidy's only talking point (he can't seem to make an ad that doesn't point out how often Landrieu votes with Obama) without actually pissing off the rest of her party by getting it done.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Nov 15, 2014, 12:37 AM

5. Landrieu is a tough cookie and has survived a lot of these elections..

..that many/most people would have lost.

Not this time though. I don't see how she doesn't lose by at least 5-10% this time - possibly even more.

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