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I just put together a quick spreadsheet based on total jobs gained or lost per state. Here are the numbers:

Blue States: 27, 138 jobs lost

Red States: 14,710 jobs gained

More number crunching on the jump....

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Sat Nov 06, 2004 at 07:16 AM PST

Whose values?

by Montco PA for Kerry

For those of you still grappling with the emerging "values" debate, please don't lose track of the fact that values issues exist for Kerry voters, too.

The following letter is in today's Philadelphia Inquirer (registration required).

I think it expresses a thought that needs more attention

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I was commuting to work this morning along Rt. 422 in Montgomery County, PA. Entering the highway on a round sweeping cloverleaf, there were the usual assortment of Presidential and candidates signs that have sprung up over the past weeks.

But this morning, a new one stuck out. Homemade black and white computer-generated and taped to blue construction paper and stapled to a wooden stake, in huge block letters it read:

"Terrorists for Kerry"

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According to this story, mid-level employees in the Bush Labor Dept. have been hard at work reading the tea leaves about prospects for their boss's reelection.

The Labor Department report, obtained by The Associated Press, includes an analysis of economic models that suggest Bush will beat Democrat John Kerry. Titled "In Focus: Predicting the Election Outcome," the memo says, "Nearly every single model has him winning."

As if they'd find otherwise. But give them credit for their methodology:

The models looked at an array of economic indicators, including gross domestic product, unemployment and inflation. The analysis also discusses a futures market that lets players bid on a probable election outcome. It also checked Web sites of oddsmakers in America and abroad.

Not surprisingly, the article makes no mention of actually considering voters or ballots.

The Kerry campaign condemned the memo as a waste of taxpayers' money and accused Bush of turning American government into his own taxpayer-funded political machine.

"We are facing a potential public health disaster."

This isn't campaign rhetoric. It's commentary on the flu-vaccine shortage by Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania that's on today. (read it here)

In addition to his observations on the seriousness of the crisis and the growing problems of distributing the tiny amounts of existing vaccine (transplant patients begging for protection, while black-market vaccine peddlers try to sell theirs for $800 a shot), Dr. Caplan also comments on the Bush Administration's insane reaction to the shortage:

The Bush administration has also suggested Canada as one possible source for extra vaccine. But the degree of hypocrisy in turning to the north for vaccine -- when the president and his health officials have been bellowing all summer that drugs from Canada are not safe -- is impressive. And it is not clear that our neighbors over the border will come through.

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Tue Oct 05, 2004 at 03:27 PM PDT

Here's your Coalition, pal

by Montco PA for Kerry

Tonight we're undoubtedly going to hear our smirking Veep say something like this out of the side of his mouth:

"We haven't been going it alone in Iraq; we are standing side-by-side with a coalition of 29 other nations..."

It was part of Bush's disjointed message last Thursday, it will surely be part of Cheney's tonight.

We've heard next month's President-elect say that US troops have suffered 90% of the casualties while we've borne 90% of the costs. Here are the numbers for the rest of the "coalition:"

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Tonight, friends, I need to share a dirty little secret with you:

I listen to wingnut talk radio.

Not just once in a while, either - almost every day. I live near Philadelphia, where there are a few choices when it comes to talk. In addition to the world's most obnoxious sports talk radio station, WIP, we've got a 24-hour, 50,000-watt right-wing propaganda machine - 1210 AM, "The Big Talker" - along with a much-less-powerful partial Air America affiliate, WHAT-AM, and our NPR station, WHYY, that airs some local and national talk programming.

So there are lots of places where I could put my ear. But so far this election season, I find myself tuning into the wingnuts more and more. There are probably deep and disturbing psychological explanations for why I do this, but I don't want to go there. Instead, I want to ask a question:

As Kerry supporters, what is our best reaction to Right-Wing talk radio?

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How should Kerry supporters deal with wingnut talk radio?

7%1 votes
35%5 votes
0%0 votes
42%6 votes
14%2 votes

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Sat Sep 25, 2004 at 06:24 AM PDT

PA 13: Schwartz up by 13!

by Montco PA for Kerry

In a Keystone Poll released yesterday, Democrat Allyson Schwartz leads her opponent Dr. Melissa Brown, 45% to 32% in Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District.

But that's no reason to get complacent about this open race to succeed Joe Hoeffel. According the poll, nearly 1 in 4 voters (23%) are still undecided. There's still lots of work to be done.

PA-13 is a gerrymandered district that includes much of suburban Montgomery County and portions of Philadelphia. In the past, Brown, who lost to Hoeffel two years ago, has used racially divisive tactics involving Sec.8 housing to try and rouse her base.

Congress is expected to pass a new five-year extension of the so-called middle-class tax cuts and send it to Bush by next week.

Bush and the GOP will no doubt trumpet this as a crowning acheivement and proof that they are watching out for average citizens.

We can't let that stand for one single second. From Kerry & Edwards down to every conversation we have with friends, the message we need to carry is this:

They are looting the National Treasury.

This, to me, is the perfect expression of the Bush fiscal policy. And it affords us a chance to tie together all the various ways that this administration has robbed from the poor to give to the rich.

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