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  •  Trickle Down. Privatization. Deregulation. Free (18+ / 0-)


    These are the pillars of Republican economic 'thought.' We've had governance for over 30 years now with these 'ideas' guiding both political parties.

    And it was obvious even 10 years ago that ALL of these fail to produce a healthy economy and excel at producing corruption and waste.

    It is astounding to me that the Democratic Party, especially the leadership, especially in 2008 and since, has failed to bring the hammer down on this bullshit.

    Anybody with a lick of sense can see these Republican articles of faith do nothing good. Nothing.

    But to this moment the Democratic Party Leadership has refused to make this a central issue. Job creation is off the table. Reeling in the Banksters -- who's cheating and gambling is the proximate cause of the Depression most Americans find themselves living in and around -- that's off the table.

    And we have the President pushing the democracy-free Trans-Pacific Partnership, with Republican legislators trying to get fast-track authority for the coming bill. Meaning Congress will neither debate nor Amend whatever the corporate bastards come up with to steal from us and undermine our laws.

    All this is mind-blowing when the ostensible idea is that Democrats want to win elections. With a plan that goes: 'get lots of money to propagandize voters and thus get their votes.'

    Instead of just going directly for the voters by clearly and loudly representing their interests. In fact, by buying Republican assumptions, they seem set to hurt the voters more than they already are.

    But we know if anyone stood up for the people -- the sweeping power of '08s 'hope and change' slogans proved that -- those people would win elections, and hands down.

    So let's start with getting Democratic candidates on record with:

    • Repudiate and revile Trickle Down
    • Repudiate and discredit Deregulation
    • Repudiate and reverse Privatization
    • Repudiate and revise all existing 'free trade' agreements. Starting with NAFTA, and killing TPP in the crib.

    Because, as the sig says:

    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 11:10:21 AM PDT

    •  The Democratic party is on board with (9+ / 0-)

      about half of that. They have pushed privatization and "free trade" for quit a while. Look at Obama's support of charter schools and TPP for a perfect example of that.

    •  Job creation is "off the table" (0+ / 0-)

      because the Tea Party House has taken it off the table.

      I remember 2010. A lot of people pretend they don't. I heard a LOT of people on this site saying Obama was a disappointment/failure, and there was no point in organizing, donating or canvassing and there was little point in voting but maybe they'd do so anyway.

      Now we have an entrenched Republican majority in the House and local governments due to gerrymandering and it's going to be hard to get it out.

      You can spend your time attacking Democrats for not doing what you feel is proper messaging. Obama can go on TV and say "I repudiate Privatization and Deregulation." That's fine.

      But if you're not prepared to go and fight for Democrats, even if they aren't perfect, then you really shouldn't bother complaining because you're going to get more of the same.

      When we stop putting leaders from the past up on pedestals and ignoring their flaws, we can start seeing our present leaders for what they really are.

      by PhillyJeff on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 02:25:20 PM PDT

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      •  Obama has chosen to continue privatization (9+ / 0-)

        and so called "free trade". Ignoring that and pretending like the GOP is the whole of the problem is being willfully ignorant of the facts. The Democrats are complicit in the race to the bottom.

      •  BETTER Democrats. (3+ / 0-)
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        BETTER. The lot we have now, at least the leadership, is not interested in us nearly as much as they are in the Conventional Wisdom: please the 1% and all goes well.

        One really needs to make the distinction.

        Messaging is NOT the issue: policy is. Not sure where the tricky bit is.

        You want to win elections or not? Are you willing to improve the party, which is the only possible way to galvanize the voters, despite whatever personality loyalties one might have?

        Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

        by Jim P on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 05:31:25 PM PDT

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