So it seems to me, that the Conservatives will make noise about an emergency caused by the inability of the legislature to agree and pass good law. All the while, they refuse to assist in fixing the problems that they caused by not doing anything before. When they're not doing that, they work to relax regulation so that instead of doing things, they are undoing things. If your head is spinning, you now exhibit the desired effect. This is how their friends can get away with robbing the world bold face, not even blind. It's as if the Potomac 2 Step is now followed up with a sucker punch.
That goes for immigration, health care, energy policy, international relations, and even castle intrusions (think everything from wire tapping, to who I fuck, and how I fuck them). I mean, seriously, I need relationship advice from closeted homophobic-homos? But they are not their sheep. It's not there fault they only get FOX, and Limbaugh, and their steady diet of false premise, fairy tail, horror stories.
So, what happens if people like those who would happen to read this, and see truth in my words, don't vote?......
As a vocal proponent of a Public Option, I am on the record pushing this issue because I was under the assumption that it was "our job", as progressives to pressure our leaders through vocal support for progressive ideas and leaders. I have never advocated "throwing it all away", as it were, just because I didn't get my way. I think the term "holding my nose" would be the best descriptor of my position on the current form of the HCR legislation.
So when I heard the sigh of relief coming from "democratic sources" on Capitol Hill over the resignation of Rep. Eric Massa, it wasn't my gay-dar that was set off.
Now I don't know what happened, and how it came to this, but if this account is true...
So, who wants healthcare reform? I’m not talking about a healthcare bill half ghostwritten by Republicans who refuse to admit that fact. I’m talking about real reform.
Apparently, not as many as I thought, at least that is what you would believe if you participated in the “Harkin Scolds Ed Schultz On Public Option” thread last night.
After running neck and neck with Republican candidate Pat Toomey while fending off a strong challenge to his left from former Navy Admiral and US Rep. Joe Sestak since the summer of 2009, long time PA Senator Arlen Specter has taken a sizable lead in recent polls.
So why the recent swing in the polls? What's changed?
Only one thing has changed, and Congressional Democrats would be wise to take note...
Here's a bit of extra credit for those who want to get more Democrats elected in November.
So we all remember the schooling that Obama gave the House GOP at their "retreat" last week, right? One of the key talking points that the GOP kept trying to push, was that Obama had raised taxes on Americans. So I got curious about what would happen if I had to file my 2009 tax returns using the 2008 1040. Guess what I found out.
Note: I am in no way pointing fingers at anyone in this community in particular with this diary. When I speak of "US" I mean the unconcious public.
Since 2004, the world has known the dirty little (not so little) secret of the Bush regime's torture programs. We were shown horrible and humiliating pictures. Naked men stacked like cords of lumber, cowering before froth-mouthed K-9's, and the infamous hooded man, seemingly wired to an electrical circuit. These pictures shocked the world.
Since that day - when the United States lost it's moral standing following the release of the original Abu-Ghraib photos - we have lost more military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan than civilians lost on 9/11. Most of those lost since the torture revelations died at the hands of militants and suicide bombers who sat on the fences till they saw those pictures.
Since that day, we watched the Bush administration slowly spiral into the gutter of world opinion, and drag America down with them. 4 years later, we have witnessed the most dramatic political shift in recent American history.
T. Boon Pickens, the man, who just a few years ago, was one of the most hated men within our community. The public face of thee most effective campaign to befall a qualified Democratic Presidential candidate, John Kerry. Last night, he deserved what he got.
So I was a bit curious as to how well the "Tea Party" would do in my home town. As I walked out my door, I was met by the bite of cold rain and wind. I thought to myself "this can't be good teabagging weather".
I got down to Love Park around 11:15 am. At that time, there were about 100 teabaggers, and probably half that number I would describe as organizers. These organizers, I tagged as people exiting Lincoln Town Cars on the corner of JFK, hovering around under the tent, or moving back and forth from the line of FOX News trucks lining the 15th street side of the park.
In the wake of the Rick Santelli rant against President Obama's proposed mortgage relief program and the homeowners in need of such relief, the republican spin machine has been busy attempting to organize a populist movement under the monikers of "Tea Parties" and "We Surround Them" events across the country. These lack luster events have drawn double digit numbers in places like Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Rochester, New York.
As some of us in the center and on the left have snickered with mild amusement at the apparent "crash and burn" of this so called movement, it appears that their "grassroots organizing" efforts have finally paid off in Cincinnati. But, as this video documents, it only appears that way.
My job on Tuesday, November 4th 2008 B.O. was a labor of love.
Me and my partner in hope, roved and backed-up under manned polling locations in South Philadelphia, and in the closing hours, shake the last tree: a hard hit, multi-cultural division that had a few missing votes.
Our efforts were mirrored across this greater country to an effect felt world wide.
These are my pics of what followed this historic feat of community organization.