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  •  To Youffraita your right time to tax the 1%. (23+ / 0-)

    Well said. Thanks for your support!!

    sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

    by Democrats Ramshield on Sun May 27, 2012 at 01:14:08 AM PDT

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    •  Thanks for the diary, DR... (35+ / 0-)

      It's really disheartening to know that greedy politicians and their corporate masters have effectively sold our cherished American Dream to the highest bidders... and left us with a nightmare.

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Sun May 27, 2012 at 02:18:17 AM PDT

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    •  I support much of what you said, however... (12+ / 0-)

      You name villains Greenspan and a couple other Democrat-opposition entities:

      The American dream has become pablum for the mind for the brainwashed masses who have fallen victims of the propaganda of the GOP led class warfare, who are only able to speak interminably repeating the Fox news talking points as if it were a Gregorian mass chant, which has taken on articles of faith akin to religious zealotry in their worship of the vast wealth holdings of the 1 percent as their new age American deity.
      ... while omitting any mention of the Democrats, who are also complicit in spreading the 1% American Dream fantasy, under a neoliberal trajectory they too are feeding and promoting.

      While you do name and applaud OWS, there is only need for OWS because of the corporatist mindset and actions of both parties. For example, while the GOP has loudly gone up against teachers unions - one of the strongest unions left standing in the USA - the Democrats, under Obama (and Ted Kennedy, too, due to his NCLB enabling) have been more friendly sounding, while nicking teachers and their unions to death by a thousand cuts.

      But now they arent even all that careful what they say. Witness a recent incident, where Obama's spokesperson, Stephanie Cutter boldly tweeted in defense of Obama's rightwing cred in union bashing, to counter Romney's claim that he was too union-friendly:

      Obama Campaign Boasts About Bashing Teachers Unions

      Good ole Stephanie backed up her claim by proudly including a link to a WaPo FACT CHECK piece, to show how little daylight there is between both Romney and Obama (GOP & Dems) when it comes to union DIS-membering. (It is something most teachers are well aware of.)

      FACT CHECK: Romney off on Obama’s relationship with teachers’ unions; it’s anything but cozy

      She later tried (oh so lamely) to walk it back, bien sur!

      My quibble with the sin of omission (as I see it, it's a 'sin') of not naming Dems as complicit in our equality unraveling is because it helps feed the unhelpful illusion that those who work against us are only in the GOP labeled camp.

      Hell, those who funded and promoted Obama's Race to the Top education agenda in NY, the laws for right wing change (and are now pushing vouchers in several states) were hedge fund operatives straight out of Wall Street, aligned with Democrats for Education Reform. They were successful, btw.

      Corey Booker (voucher advocate) is one of their darlings LINK, as is Obama. Probably Nutter. Also, there's Fenty, a real hero of the Dem party on education deform. Obama was tapped to help launch DfER, at a swanky event. They are busy privatizing public education, with big help from Obama/Duncan and all their posse who either overtly help or quietly let it happen.

      Here's a very telling link:

      Obama's Education Agenda

      One snip:

      While it was easy for the Wall Street tycoons to finance charter schools like KIPP and entrepreneurial ventures like Teach for America, what really excited them was using their money to alter the politics of education. The best way to leverage their investments, Brill tells us, was to identify and fund key Democrats who would share their agenda. One of them was a new senator from Illinois named Barack Obama, who helped launch DFER at its opening event on June 3, 2005. The evening began with a small dinner at the elegant Café Gray in the Time Warner Center in New York City, then moved to Curry’s nearby apartment on Central Park South, where an overflow crowd of 150 had gathered.
      Democrats for Education Reform is a virulent cancer of a corporate group.

      But here are more powerful Democrats who drink from its cup.

      DFER also befriended Congressman George Miller from California, the powerful leader of the Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee. DFER supported Cory Booker, who eventually became mayor of Newark. A DFER fund-raiser produced $45,000 for Congressman James Clyburn, “the most influential member of the Congressional Black Caucus,” who returned home to South Carolina to champion tuition tax credits and charter schools. Brill writes that DFER sent a memo to the Obama team immediately after the presidential election, naming its choice for each position. At the top of its list, for secretary of education, was Arne Duncan
      Enough on Obama's signature rightwing boost to education and union poisoning, ie, Race to the Top, and the go-along Dem choir that has supported it.

      What about Obama's/Dems' health'care' plan, straight from the vault of American Enterprise Institute? Or taken from Romney, for that matter. And all the Dems who championed it. Who voted against the drug reimportation amendment. Who voted for the excise tax. (Cant let those unions have too good a plan!) Who dropped the public option. Caving on tax cuts. Doing nothing on card check. What about Obama's ill-fated and just plain ill "drill baby drill" policy? One could easily imagine a chorus of cheerleading McCain/Palin supporters behind the plan, which was squelched only by the BP disaster that came 3 weeks on the heels of its announcement. A disaster which itself was tied to the mismanagement that still existed under Obama's Dept of the Interior.

      What about all the corporate money that goes to Dems, who then do the bidding of their corporate partners?

      There's too much to mention here (Iraq war votes? Never mind the illegality and immorality, just take the money drain from the social safety net), but suffice to say it is simply not reality based to name only  conservatives (the ones labeled as such), or GOPpers, when one sets about naming villains who are not only preventing us from evolving toward a more equitable social safety net, but who are, in fact, participating in unraveling the gains we made. In being truly responsive to the problem we face (ie, responsible) I think we cant knowingly omit the word: Democrats.

       

      Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

      by NYCee on Sun May 27, 2012 at 09:50:42 AM PDT

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      •  To be responsible re my comment on Nutter (3+ / 0-)
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        3goldens, aliasalias, mrkvica

        I searched for back up to my lumping him in with the other public school privatizers and came up with the goods:

        His particular involvement is classic disaster capitalism (Shock Doctrine, anyone?) via the corporate takeover of Philadelphia's public schools.

        Hey, "grow up," as he told attendees of a mtg on the issue. (We gotta kill them to save them, ya dumb bunnies!)

        Disaster Capitalism for Schools (as embraced by Dem Mayor Nutter of Philly)

        As for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, by far the District's largest union, they are having none of it.
        "This is a cynical, right-wing and market-driven plan to privatize public education, to force thousands of economically disadvantaged families to select from an under-funded hodge-podge of EMO- and charter-company-run schools and to convert thousands of professional and family-sustaining positions into low-paying, high-turnover jobs," Jerry Jordan, PFT president, said in a statement.
        Stay strong, PFT! Fight the powers that be! (that be Dem or GOP)

        Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

        by NYCee on Sun May 27, 2012 at 10:49:10 AM PDT

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        •  The low IQ DLC Dems (8+ / 0-)

          really do  believe that privatizing education is their next chance to get rich in a high paying, do-nothing job.  It's really sad, I hope we can stop it and save public education.

          "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty." Edward R. Murrow

          by Betty Pinson on Sun May 27, 2012 at 10:56:42 AM PDT

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          •  The DLC Dems may be the real movers of it... (4+ / 0-)

            but the non DLC Dems might as well be called DLC Dems, for all the fight they put up to stop it.

            Unions cave too. It's a vicious cycle.

            Could be that if more unions would stand strong, then the marginalized Dems who are less deform-friendly might feel more emboldened to push back. If they were to push back more, the union leaders wouldnt have the excuse that ALL the Dems are pushing them to capitulate to these "reforms"

            That is, apparently, what caused UFT leader, Mulgrew to flip for his Dem friends in the NY State legislature, for Race to the Top. He wasnt willing to go to the mat for the members when he came up against an unbroken bipartisan wall (it does take a particularly strong constitution to weather such oppo, and, too, his predecessor, Randi Weingarten, was part of the wall stacked against him. A  wall supported by hedge funders, lets not forget!

            Now the UFT seems to be one unending string of caves on other issues, like tenure, mayoral control, etc, as Weingarten surely must counsel him, her mentored successor, to do. She is such an A-1 traitor.

            Rank and file, whether of the D party or unions, needs to start waking up and shaking up the leadership. It's not working for us.

            Should a "progressive" Dem blog dwell in the safe zones of a lame party, or should it drive a lame party to break out? If it cant, should it break out?

            by NYCee on Sun May 27, 2012 at 11:24:50 AM PDT

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