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  •  No safety-net cuts, Wall St transaction tax, (6+ / 0-)

    tax capital gains as real workers are taxed, tax rate increases on the rich, severe penalties on off-shoring jobs, and let the Republicans fight against the things which Americans, and voters, largely want.

    I'm not sure why buying the Republican's twisted and suicidal worldview, thus giving them power and credence they don't deserve, and helping them to stay politically alive is considered a reasonable course. Heck, even a sane one.

    I don't know the figures for 2012, but if it held with the last three Presidential Elections, 44% or so of registered voters did not turn out.

    So the actual elections results of the election were, roughly, for every 100 people registered

    Democratic: 29 voters
    Republican: 27 voters
    Not Voting: 44 voters

    Of that 44% I don't know the percentage but you have to figure a hefty percent didn't vote on the "no difference between them" trope. And almost all of those, I'd guess, should be natural Democratic voters. Switch 4% from not showing up to voting Democratic and we're the dominant party for a long time to come.

    So why give the Republicans the ability to say: See, Democrats are beating up your grandparents? Thus supporting, and increasing, the trend of people being disgusted as neither party stands up unequivocally for the nation's and the people's real interests.

    Add in that reducing people's income is Economically stupid beyond belief, and you have to wonder how we are to pop the Beltway Bubble, where nothing sane, economically or politically, seems to exist.

    The Internet is just the tail of the Corporate Media dog.

    by Jim P on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 10:50:29 AM PST

    •  The missed opportunity was in 2009. (0+ / 0-)

      Once the Rs got the House, we got the choice of bad, worse or worst outcomes.

      Their was a brief moment when the economy collapsed that could have been an opprtunity for deep change, but we got Summers, et. al.  

      Their will be another chance one day.

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:15:04 PM PST

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