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  •  Another symbolic gesture (11+ / 0-)

    I am heartily tired of symbolic gestures, even when they force Republicans to act like Republicans in public.

    But unless we retake Congress, symbolic gestures are all we can hope for.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:25:20 AM PDT

    •  won't these symbolic votes help us (8+ / 0-)

      retake Congress? Scott Brown is desperately trying to portray himself as independent and moderate -- and as long as Dems admit defeat on issues before even trying, he'll be able to get away with that. We need him on the record.

      I'm all for putting this out there in every conceivable way. When this fails, put it out there again and again and again. Make the Repubs explain how they can scream deficit and refuse to do anything to do anything about that deficit. Let them explain why millionaires need breaks...

      I'm looking forward to Elizabeth Warren burying Scott Brown in the fall and votes like this will help.

      The search for truth and knowledge is one of the finest attributes of a man, though often it is most loudly voiced by those who strive for it the least -- Albert Einstein

      by theKgirls on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 06:49:48 AM PDT

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      •  Yes (4+ / 0-)
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        I am frustrated with the unwillingness of Republicans to compromise for the common good.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:57:57 AM PDT

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      •  I'm Dem, Warren WILL NOT WIN (0+ / 0-)

        I live in upsate NY, about 30 minutes from the MA border. I can tell you with no uncertainty that Brown has a much bigger base of ELIGIBLE VOTERS than Warren does. The fact that I and many other non MA citizens wish for her to win doesn't overcome the prevailing attitude that Warren is Democratic which at least in upstate NY and western MA is not the "party of the majority" any longer.

        I wish it weren't so, but it is. republicanism is strong here and I am not encouraged by it.

        Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable-John F. Kennedy

        by TexasTwister on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 07:59:13 AM PDT

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        •  Western Massachusetts is perhaps 20% (2+ / 0-)
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          of the voters in Massachusetts.

          http://www.google.com/...

          Population density in Boston exceeds 5k/sqmi. Most of Western MA is in the 50/sqmi range.

          In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

          by blue aardvark on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 09:12:21 AM PDT

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          •  just read your comment- funny (0+ / 0-)

            yeah, I guess i didn't realize how much difference it is, it should have been obvious to me though- it would be like the difference between Albany area and NY area!
            thanks for the info.!

            Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable-John F. Kennedy

            by TexasTwister on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 05:46:47 PM PDT

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    •  Agreed. It's pretty sad that (1+ / 0-)
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      this is where "liberal" policy has ended up: a theoretical tax increase that hits only a handful of voters at the very top of the income scale.

      It used to be that fairness meant people making a contribution based on society's actual need. We used to tax income above a certain level at 90% and had a balanced budget and a thriving economy.

      Now, we have a Democratic party that is afraid to raise taxes even on the rich. Only the ultra rich are fair game, even then only as part of a political gesture.

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