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  •  I agree in principle (1+ / 0-)
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    And if I thought that we could get publicly funded elections by 2016 I wouldn't have written this diary.  But sadly I don't believe the President is interested, and to finally free our elections from private interest will require a real goddamn brawl in Congress, then an epic showdown with the Supreme Court.  I think that there are some Democrats who would be willing to finally put an end to this legalized corruption, but we need to get more of them elected first.  

    I personally believe that publicly funded elections are the key to solving virtually all of our nation's problems, and once we have slain that dragon, all our our nation's problems will finally begin to see real solutions.  But in the meantime, if we're ever going to defeat the Republicans with real populist candidates and not these Neoliberal centrist Dems, then we're going to have to look beyond the Sierra Club for money.

    And though the American fiberglass insulation industry and the American concrete producers may not be sexy, their money is a hell of a lot more honest than that of the Wall Street companies Democrats are currently prostrating themselves before.

    Besides, by allying ourselves with all the hardworking, humble industries that stand to grow through insourcing, SuperPAC money can actually be used in a productive and honest way.  Instead of getting a giant lump of secret cash from Goldman Sachs, which they use to smear candidates in attack ads, we could run positive pro-insourcing trade reform ads featuring the CEO of a company representing his/her workers and the rest of the steel industry, or the rest of the power tools manufacturers, or the rest of the vinyl siding industry, etc, wherein this featured speaker talks about why his/her industry will grow and prosper and vastly increase employment if __ fair trade Democrat is elected on a populist platform.  That kind of an honest pitch, from a wide array of different CEOs and union leaders, labor and business hand-in-hand against free trade deals, would have a fantastic effect without the sleaziness of our current kowtowing to Big Money.

    Sherrod Brown 2016

    by Stormin on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 08:21:25 AM PDT

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    •  Wherefrom come these "neoliberal" dems? (1+ / 0-)
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      Keep in mind that to get elected to congress now takes millions of dollars.  That kind of money requires lots of wealthy backers.  And those wealthy backers are not simply giving away money; they want something in return.

      The reason why we have so many "neoliberal" democrats, or why so many democrats are so willing to embrace conservative policies (i.e Bill Clinton happily repealing Glass-Steagall), is because those are the kinds of policies needed to attract the wealthy interests to a campaign.  In other words, democratic candidates HAVE to twist themselves into conservative foot-soldiers so that the big money donors will give to dems.

      In essense, in chasing big money, we have become our own worst enemies.

      We are not going to eliminate the influence of big money in our politics by trying to get more money, anymore than we can have peace by bombing more.

      Workers and consumers are the little guy in this fight.  We therefore need to use a political ju-jitsu - we fight them with our purchasing decisions.  I suggest a worker and consumer boycott: stop buying stuff, buy local only, demand a living wage and healthcare before shopping at the national chain.

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 09:22:38 AM PDT

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