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  •  I revere Tom Harkin (12+ / 0-)

    who has never given up fighting for the middle class, and for those in the dawn of life, the twilight, or the shadows, in Hubert Humphrey's great formulation of the challenges we should attend to.  He has never been as famous as Teddy Kennedy, but he shares the values that Kennedy and Paul Wellstone held, and that Bernie Sanders is a tireless fighter for.  When I really could give up on politics entirely, he brings me back to what is important with a proposal like this.

    Democrats should talk about this every day between now and election day, and then keep talking about it.  To hell with backroom deals to cut social insurance and extend the Bush tax cuts.  Ignore the shameless preening deficit hawks like Kent Conrad and Dick Durbin. We need to support the Democrats who are willing to sign on and fight for this.  

    The next time I am at a campaign event with Christie Vilsack I am going to ask her if she will vote for it.  Everyone else should be doing the same with their congressional candidates.  We need to set the table for this proposal, even if it takes a while to get it there.

    •  Hear hear (3+ / 0-)
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      And kudos for asking Christie Vilsack to "take the pledge".  :)  I think we ought to hold our own people's feet to the fire more often.  

      I voted for Tom Harkin, both for the Senate and when he ran for president in 1992. Like his predecessor Harold Hughes, he's a great American who represents the best of Iowa.  

      Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

      by Big River Bandido on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 08:07:12 PM PDT

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