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  •  there are a few pols with a plan (4+ / 0-)
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    there's the People's Budget, put forth last year to zero fanfare by the Progressive Caucus.
    There's every utterance of Sen Bernie Sanders, who I would love to see thrive in an environment less hostile than a corporate- controlled senate.
    There's a growing sense of what economic inequality means among a few more congresscritters, and among some of the challengers (like Warren).
    It's not all Obama. We have to push the right people, the right ideas, to create an environment where actual help for actual people becomes a priority, and not a problem, for politicians.

    Class war has consequences, and we are living them.

    by kamarvt on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 04:12:43 AM PDT

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    •  Obama Ignores ''The Peoples' Budget'' (0+ / 0-)

      If Obama embraced Bernie's plan and make it his own, that would be great.  However Obama has embraced the GOP's Grand Bargain in the recent past and there is no reason to believe Obama won't enbrace austerity in the future.  

      In any event it is clear Obama has no plan going forward.

      •  How many votes does Bernie have? (1+ / 0-)
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        Sanders is a great guy but unfortunately he's still a lone voice at this point...I doubt if he has even a handful of supporters in the Senate, and no more than a few dozen in the House. Until more voters are willing to support "socialists" instead of letting the mainstream media and the Tea Party tell them what to think, the People's budget is DOA. If Bernie's budget had some support, I'm sure Obama would gladly sign on.

        Ultimately the problem is that those of us who support the fundamental ideology of the Occupy movement (i.e. government needs to stop redistributing wealth upward and start supporting the needs of the economic majority) are at most 10-20% of the population, and we have a problem communicating with that 50% or so that isn't in thrall to the right wing but doesn't trust or believe in us either.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 08:47:18 AM PDT

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        •  True, sadly... (0+ / 0-)

          My heart soars whenever I hear Sanders speak.
          It astounds me that his no BS (ironic pun intentional) truth to power, populist message does not resonate more broadly. He is one of the few "genuine" voices in the US senate, and I wish there were more like him.

          The important and difficult job is never to find the right answers, it is to find the right question. For there are few things as useless–if not dangerous–as the right answer to the wrong question. -- P. Drucker

          by The Angry Architect on Sun Apr 29, 2012 at 04:19:33 PM PDT

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