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  •  Outside the liberal blogosphere (20+ / 0-)

    exists the Corporate Information Infrastructure Propaganda Networks.

    This morning's headlines specifically state, either verbally or in print--coordinated and everything--that "Obama is offering up cuts to SS and Medicare again".

    That doesn't look good for our President. You do understand that, don't you?

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:37:13 AM PDT

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    •  The OP is right (9+ / 0-)

      It's an incredibly dumb thing for Boehner to say.

      If Boehner wanted to move the debate in his direction, he should have said it's a nice start, but it also doesn't achieve nearly enough deficit reduction.

      But then again, I'm not paid to strategize for Boehner. And I'm not going to give him any tips.

    •  Yes, and the Republican response should be to say (10+ / 0-)

      "No cuts, no how".

      But what did they do?

      Say "You're holding them hostage for tax increases".

      They think tax increases are are worse than social security cuts.

      Message fail 101

      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:44:24 AM PDT

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      •  They think the majority of the country (10+ / 0-)

        wants entitlement cuts.

        They totally DO NOT. They want SOME cuts, but not necessarily to entitlements.

        They want the govt to streamline - but that doesn't mean cutting BENEFITS, it means cutting RED TAPE and duplication. And cracking down on the people and corporations that break the rules, bend the rules totally out of shape, and don't pay what they owe.

        Most people would also not be upset if the military got cut, probably pretty dramatically. Not the TROOPS, but the contractors, the out of control spending on weapons that even the generals don't want, the stupid push to privatize everything, spending twice as much in the process.

        •  The Republican Party cannot grasp that the (0+ / 0-)

          Southern Strategy is over outside the deadender states, and will soon be over even there with continuing generational and demographic changes. Only Lindsey Graham said it out loud.

          “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
          --Washington Post, August 29, 2012

          Not enough angry and fearful White racists. Not enough angry and fearful White (mostly) bigots. Not enough angry and fearful misogynists. Not enough angry and fearful warmongers. Not even enough angry and fearful Mammonites. Certainly not enough angry and fearful gun nuts.

          But in the short term, there are almost enough who achieved positions of influence from which it will be difficult to displodge them. Those who can get elected in the diminishing set of non-competitive Red states and Red districts will continue to pander to the worst of their constituents, while the rest of us increasingly get on with reality.

          The question for the Better and More Democrats brigade is how to deal with the filibuster and the gerrymander so that we can get to the debate between the Democratic and Progressive agendas as soon as possible. We know how to do this, primarily through organizing to put pressure on Democrats, support Progressives, and GOTV. It is barely possible that Battleground Texas could flip Texas by 2016, when it will be Purple, and nearly certain that we can flip it all the way to Blue by 2020, in time for the next census, and then get even more Texas Democrats elected after an honest redistricting.

          Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

          by Mokurai on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:15:45 AM PDT

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      •  And???? (2+ / 0-)
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        happymisanthropy, RenMin

         

         Those whose corporate task on the air and in print is to skew The Message on the GOPs behalf don't give two shits or a damn if some partisans on a blog laugh at them. How you gonna counter all their mouthpieces?

        You're not. So expect Dems to be blamed for this. Oh, and many, many thanks for helping to perpetuate another myth, and making the rank-and-file's job that much harder in 2014.  
         

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:22:27 AM PDT

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