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  •  if only we could get this upset (4+ / 0-)

    about things that really matter.

    like, say, chained CPI, unemployment benefits, real economic stimulus. . .unionization of the workforce, deregulation of the commodities trading, banking regulations, progressive tax rates. . .

    •  Gun violence doesn't matter? (2+ / 0-)
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      •  Economic issues are always paramount (1+ / 0-)
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        especially when the country has been in a depression for 5 years.  

        But even if the economy were booming, economic issues are of the utmost importance because of what one's economic view says about their viewpoint on every other issue.  A budget is a moral document:  it expresses the values of the person or institution that creates it.  

        Create a government actually dedicated to a wise and just economic policy, and most of those other common-sense issues (like violent crime) will fall right into place — because the working majority accepts some fundamental precepts about society and the body politic.  

        If we had a Congress willing to pass what is needed economically — about $4-5 trillion in stimulus — passing anti-gun violence measures would be done rather quickly and quietly.  

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

        by Big River Bandido on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:10:39 PM PDT

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        •  Beyond that, the economy has a major effect on (1+ / 0-)
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          the mood of the electorate.

          How much easier would it be to make environmental progress if so many people weren't out of work or afraid for their jobs.

          On the one hand, more tax revenue and lower service demand free funds for other things.
          On the other,  people who aren't frightened are often more open to change.

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          by dinotrac on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:37:33 AM PDT

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      •  There's gun violence and there's gun regulation. (0+ / 0-)

        The regulations will, at best, nibble around the edges of gun violence.  The vast majority will go on unabated.

        Doesn't mean the regulations aren't worthwhile, but it's easy to overstate their impact.

        In that sense, it's easy to see other issues as being more important.

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        by dinotrac on Wed May 08, 2013 at 02:35:17 AM PDT

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    •  Like I've never seen comments... (2+ / 0-)
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      Laconic Lib, conniptionfit

      ...on those other topics!

      We've had lots and lots of upset here over the past few years on several of these subjects, specifically chained CPI, the inadequacy of stimulus proposals, and the weakness of the response in reregulating big finance.

      Don't know how anyone could have missed the zillion diaries and comments on these subjects.

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:05:51 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, I agree. Where is the outrage on any of (1+ / 0-)
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