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The midterm electorate is skewed far to the right.  Only 13 governors are elected by presidential electorate, while 36 are elected by midterm electorates and 1(Va.) elected the year following each presidential election(an even smaller electorate).  The results of this is far reaching and can be remedied to a large extent.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 08:46 AM PDT

Michigan Right-To-Work

by Charles280

I have searched a number of places a number of times to try to figure out what the strategy is for Michigan unions following the passage of the right-to-work law.  Initially, there was talk of a number of strategies to repeal, namely using a ballot initiative of some type.  There seems to be nothing going on at this point, so are they just resigned to accept it and try to work with it or do they have some other plan?

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I was disheartened after the UAW bid was defeated in Tennessee, especially after the workers on the Ed Show were certain it would pass.  It was a major gut shot and certainly angered me towards the republican politicians actions leading up to the vote.

However, I have increasingly come to think that this may be a golden opportunity to reintroduce minority status members-only unions to the country.

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A redistricting ballot initiative was put to Ohio voters in 2012.  It was ultimately unnecessarily complex and failed.  I propose a new ballot initiative that would achieve the desired result and have a better chance of being successful.

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I recently enjoyed the post by Isrealfox87 concerning union organizing and don't really get enough labor talk so I figured I'd see if I could start a conversation myself.  Organized labor is the key to a progressive society, and I don't think that is properly understood, even by the left.  While the current model of organizing is failing, labor needs to change to survive and grow.  Members-only unions are one place they could start but, the question is, what benefits could they offer members that would not be available to non-members?

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Much talk concerning the debt ceiling has revolved around the Republican wrecklessness and intransigence concerning the debt ceiling.  Using the global economy as a hostage and threatening a Lehman type economic disaster is a damnable negotiating tactic to be sure.

However, the President has the power to end this.  He wanted to power to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling, but he already has this power.  The 'platinum coin' option is a 100% legal way for him to avoid this.  There is no reason we should even get close to the debt ceiling, unless President Obama wants us to.  Does he think it is good to get concessions from republicans(or, as I fear, from democrats)?

Either way, he has full power to avoid any economic damage and uncertainty that will come from approaching the debt ceiling.  If he does not, then a good deal of the responsibility and blame for the economic damage that is unleashed on the working families of this country rests on his shoulders.

It is time to make sure he knows this.

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Does Obama bear some blame for the economic damage that comes from not ensuring that he will raise the debt ceiling using the platinum option if necessary?

42%17 votes
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In light of the Michigan right-to-work law that recently passed, which I hope they can overturn at the ballot box, I got to thinking about the messaging of right-to-work.  It is clear that the name 'right-to-work' gives the anti-union rights bunch an advantage.  I am curious to get some feedback about one way I thought of to fight these laws: push the federal government to change the law concerning the "duty of fair representation."  

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Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 05:47 AM PST

Why there will be no estate tax.

by Charles280

The estate tax is set to expire this year, and President Obama has proposed making it permanent at 2009 levels, which includes a $3.5 million threshold($7 million for couples) and a 45% top tax rate.  This would be projected to bring into the government coffers around $25 billion per year.  This is seen as a modest, at best, estate tax by most.  There is only one problem: the step-up basis of capital gains at death.

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Would you prefer Bernie Sanders' estate tax proposal raising $35 billion and keeping the step-up basis of capital gains at death or Obama's estate tax proposal with the elimination of the step-up basis of capital gains at death?

57%16 votes
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This is as much question as post, but my idea would be as follows.  President Obama should direct the Social Security Administration to make available to each state a list of all eligible US citizens broken down into legislative districts for the purpose of automatically registering its citizens to vote.  The following benefits of such a plan should be made clear.

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Sun Jul 01, 2012 at 10:26 AM PDT

How we will get to single-payer

by Charles280

Many people are focused on creating a Medicare-for-all health insurance system in the United States and for good reason, it would be the best.  However, I do not think this will happen.  We will, however, get a Medicaid-for-all system in the United States and I think it will happen by 2025.  Here's why.

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Do you think the road to single-payer in the United States runs through the states?

76%43 votes
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Two of the main problems being dealt with today are the lack of jobs and growth and the budget deficit.  These two problems on the surface seem to be diametrically opposed.  However, there are ways to radically increase the number of jobs and economic purchasing power of the American consumer without increasing revenue and without increasing the deficit.  Further, these are changes will improve society.

Paid vacation is one way to accomplish these outcomes.

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Do you think mandating paid vacation time for private sector workers is a good idea?

76%38 votes
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It is clear that Obama's messaging is all over the place right now.  He is spending a lot of time explaining that the economy is doing good, but not too good, but certainly not bad, etc...  George Bush did not say the war on terror is going well, but not too well, but certainly not bad, and is getting better.  He just came out and said we are safer now and winning the war on terror.  He didn't spend a whole lot of time explaining the positives and drawbacks of the process in Iraq.  He put it into a soundbite and repeated it over and over and over again.

President Obama's campaign is going to have to come up with a line that is his campaign in a nutshell.  This is the line I would use, feel free to offer your own.

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