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  •  From the perspective of people who have gotten (6+ / 0-)

    used to "cashing in" on their positions, serving the public probably does seem like a "downgrade."

    Without the freedom to reward the already wealthy, office holders are of little more value to them than they are to the rest of us. As you indicate power is usually used more fairly when it is dispersed ("the greatest good for the greatest number"). I think we all recognize that there are times when our government representatives need to protect the interests of minorities against "the tyranny of the majority," but our politics have gotten far out of balance. The 1% is the tail wagging the dog.

    Whatever the fate of the recall Walker effort, those who will abuse their voter-granted power in the service of the plutocracy have been put on notice: We're just as mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore! (As Paddy Chayefsky wrote)

    So was the mic check disruptive? Awesomely so. During the "health care debate" right wingers were even more provocative, yet many were not removed from meetings. Was that because the meetings were public? Perhaps by convening in private Walker and his ilk hope to insulate themselves from the citizens they have harmed. I hope we force them to rethink this.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 05:10:39 AM PST

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    •  Yes, from the perspective of our (6+ / 0-)

      rotating dictatorships, privacy is the key to secrecy and secrecy is the key to their power.  Which is why it could be argued that the FOIA is a more potent instrument for the transfer of power to the people (who never have had it, really) than the various civil rights legislative victories.  The people can't make informed judgments, if they are denied access to information.
      And that, btw, is the crux of banking regulation.  It is an exercise in getting the information of what the managers of our currency are doing and how they operate out into the public arena. Obama should be given credit for that. OWS has taken the ball and running with it.  Why should Obama bother to play cheer leader?
      Because nobody will know what he's achieved if he doesn't toot his own horn?  Shame on us, if that's the case.

      People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

      by hannah on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 05:45:31 AM PST

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      •  Interesting point about the FOIA, nowadays it (3+ / 0-)
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        seems as if we're often blasted with so much info (and misinformation, of course) that almost everything is available.

        The tools each of us with a computer and an internet connection have couldn't have even been imagined earlier in my lifetime. Even with the FOIA and our tools and determination we can still be kept in the dark sometimes. The good thing is that virtually no one can count on being able to control information as could have been, and was, done in earlier times. Dictators, wherever they are found, corporate moguls--in fact everyone, must expect exposure.

        Maybe I'm too skeptical, but I don't entirely trust the FOIA (or any of our other achievements). I can too easily imagine requests for info being denied improperly. While it can be abused it has undoubtedly done massive amounts of good. I know some of the more obvious examples, but think my appreciation would grow if I was more familiar with some of the other ways it has helped us.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 07:03:49 AM PST

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      •  Secrecy and lies... (2+ / 0-)
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        If you read Emptywheel (Marcy Wheeler's blog) you will learn about the lies.  She writes about them on a daily basis.

        Last March my friend's son was killed by members of the drug cartel in Juarez.  She went down there because she had to bring his body home and try to get her daughter-in-law, a 21 year old widow and her grandson home.

        When they prepared the body for cremation here in CO, they removed some 20 AK47 bullets from his body and his widow recovered another 80 on the property.  

        My friend is suing the Federal government for his death because the guns they killed them with were given to the drug cartel (and marked) so they could then trace them back and arrest the entire cartel.  It was an ATF "sting op" and now Holder is being harassed by the Republicans because the DOJ knew about the "corrupt and failed" operation and did not stop it until about a month ago.

        The local Denver station that is reporting on this failed operation asked her how she knew it was the same guns given to the cartel by the US government.  She told him, "... I pulled it off the Internet."  So he took the bullets and sent them to a lab for identification.  Now I've learned that Holder will testify (after releasing 600 pages of documents about the failed op) in front of the House Judiciary Committee so they can go after Obama/Holder for knowing about the operation and not closing it down.  

        Of course, their next step is to use the secrecy and the White House's knowledge of the program to impeach Obama.

        While they are doing this my friend is paying attention to all of it so she can provide video content of the hearing and pdf files of the 600 documents Holder just released to win a very easy to win multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Federal government for her son's death.  It is a no brainer because these corrupt politicians are ONLY concerned with their own bank accounts.    

        Moral of the story:  They are ALL corrupt.  If you can name me one member of the US Congress who isn't, it's likely Bernie Sanders who will win that trophy.  There may be a couple more,  but I don't know who they are.

        As much NOW believe that voting and politics is irrelevant and corrupt, we MUST find those amongst us who are beyond corruption (is there such a thing?) and do whatever it takes to put all of the criminal Dems out of office.  If we don't do that then WE THE PEOPLE are to blame.  

        •  Well, it is difficult to tell ahead of time (1+ / 0-)
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          how a person will perform in office.  But, those who have been in office and performed badly need to be replaced.  The Founders, in their wisdom, provided for a short, two-year term.  The failure to assess objectively does fall on the shoulders of the electorate.
          Which signals that this is a good time to post the Barney Fife Brigade:
          Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
          Joe Wilson(SC-02)
          Joe Walsh (IL-14)
          Steve King (IA-05)
          Michele Bachmann(MN-06)
          Tom Graves(GA-09)
          Paul Broun(GA-10)
          John Culberson(TX-07)
          Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
          Clif Stearns(FL-06)
          Frank Guinta(NH-01)
          Charles Bass(NH-02)
          Allen West(FL-22)
          Daniel Webster(FL-08)
          Austin Scott(GA-08)
          Lou Barletta(PA-11)
          Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
          Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
          Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
          Sean Duffy(WI-07)
          Eric Cantor(VA-07)
          Jeff Denham(CA-19)
          Steve Womack(AR-03)
          Steve Southerland(FL-02)
          Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
          Joe Heck(NV-03)
          John Campbell(CA-48)
          Andy Harris (MD-01)
          Peter King (NY-03)
          Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
          Nan Hayworth (NY-19)
          Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
          Mike Coffman (CO-06)
          Robert Dold (IL-10)
          John Fleming (LA-04)
          Diane Black (TN-06)
          Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
          Justin Amash (MI-03)
          Robert Hurt (VA-05)

          People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

          by hannah on Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 12:20:03 PM PST

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          •  Hannah, who have you ever worked to get elected? (0+ / 0-)

            ever? Who has been perfect enough for you? And how did he turn out?

            I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

            by samddobermann on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 01:08:06 PM PST

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        •  Except Obama and Holder didn't know (0+ / 0-)

          and as far as any law suit you really don't know much. these avenging suits tend not to be so sure.

          Remember the big super dooper great lawsuit on behalf of the Family of Natalie Sarkosian? I don't think one was actually filed.

          Victoria, your blithering will help put shiny white Republicans in office. Neither Obama nor Holder are corrupt. Not all of the Democrats are sell outs. You do the Kochs work for them.

          I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

          by samddobermann on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 01:04:41 PM PST

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      •  we are dedicated to taking down Obama (0+ / 0-)

        for some mythical perfect leader — which we would object to because s/he is not perfect.

        We have soured the public about the really good health care reform bill because it is lacking one particular piece that would not make much difference in the provision of actual real health care.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 12:53:08 PM PST

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