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  •  So says conventional "wisdom" (8+ / 0-)

    in the Beltway Bubble. Meanwhile, 70% of the population wanted something like it. Including a majority of Republicans, and a much larger majority of Independents.

    The "would not have been passed" is because we are a democracy in name only, and because Congress is on the take.

    If it had been proposed, as promised in 2007, there's no telling how that would have affected 2010 elections.

    But it was so off-the-table for our Corrupts people weren't even permitted to testify about the advantages in Congressional hearings.

    Let's not pretend that "inside the beltway conventional wisdom" is anything but a load of horse-hockey laid down to keep us from being a functioning nation.

    Actual Democrats is the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats

    by Jim P on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 01:58:00 PM PDT

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    •  Excuses, excuses... (0+ / 0-)

      That was the softest 70% you can conceive of. A 70% that would do little more than curl up and whimper to get what it said it wanted.

      If that 70% were willing to put its money where its mouth was, it could have collected enough cash to buy every member of Congress. If that's what it takes. Do the damned math. There are 314 million people in the United States. 70% of 314 million is 220 million. Now, suppose you could get even 10% of those people to contribute as little as a dollar a week. That would have raised well over a billion dollars, which cut up into campaign contributions, would have gone a long, long way.

      Compared to the reserve financial power of the population of the US as a whole, the Kochs and so on are bit players. Why do these latter have so much influence, then? They know what they want, they'll work for it, and they don't give up. Until a significant fraction of the population as a whole has these virtues, they'll continue to be fed shit sandwiches. And, I hate to say it, but they'll deserve them.

      "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

      by sagesource on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 04:50:15 PM PDT

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      •  I've long advocated a "Congress, tell (0+ / 0-)

        us your price" campaign, and then raising enough, er, free speech to buy, er, make a compelling argument.

        I was thinking we'd start the campaign with a telethon or summat, on NBC, or maybe ABC, or CBS, or .... but I'm not sure where we'd start that.

        Actual Democrats is the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats

        by Jim P on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 06:02:54 PM PDT

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