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  •  can you come up with anything (0+ / 0-)

    that isn't 45-50 years old? It looks as desperate as the wingers crying about Obama smoking pot in high school.

    "When you're swerving on life's highway you're running someone off the road." Robert Earl Keen

    by Wordsinthewind on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 01:04:02 PM PDT

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    •  It's hard to forgive or forget... (0+ / 0-)

      ...when your farmworker cousin got his skull cracked open for sitting in at a packing shed.

      "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

      by chuco35 on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 01:51:14 PM PDT

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      •  I am sorry to hear that (0+ / 0-)

        about your cousin, we have so much shameful history here in Texas. We have also seen changes come about because people like your cousin were willing to put themselves on the line and shame the conscience of decent citizens. The Rangers changed in large part as a reaction to being used for such crass purposes, it has become a much more professional force that roots out corruption instead of participating in it.

        "When you're swerving on life's highway you're running someone off the road." Robert Earl Keen

        by Wordsinthewind on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 02:50:06 PM PDT

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        •  rebuilding Texas unions (0+ / 0-)

          The prior string of comments illustrate a key issue in turning Texas blue, which is rebuilding Texas unions as a core of the new Democratic strength.  Helping build the unions back up would be more effective that having a friendly billionaire help out, as was mentioned earlier in these comments.

          The construction unions, for instance, used to have  10s of thousands of members in every town along the Gulf Coast from Corpus to Port Arthur (and on to New Orleans).  Now they are down to 100s of members in places like Beaumont and fighting for survival.

          Meanwhile the Department of Energy poured billions of loan guarantee money into projects along the Gulf, without meaningful enforcement of fair (prevailing) wages requirements, so little of that work went to union members which would have helped rebuild union membership.  If Energy had enforced the wage laws we'd have thousands of additional union members, and stronger pro-Democratic unions, operating in these crucial electoral areas along the Gulf.

          In contrast, the approval of the Cushing-Houston leg of the Keystone XL pipeline will create work and boost union membership especially among the white working class where D's need the most help.

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