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  •  Still not helping Tennessee. (27+ / 0-)

    Happy to help elect more and better Democrats, but we have too many Republicans with too much money here in TN and we are getting shafted.

    SNAP cuts.
    Medicaid expansion is a no-go.
    Veterans and military pay cuts affecting tens of thousands at Fort Campbell.
    Regressive sales tax.
    Constitutional amendment against income tax.
    No minimum wage increase.
    Constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

    We need a national solution to these problems because Tennessee is "winning" the race to the bottom, and hundreds of thousands are suffering at the hands of the Republican supermajority.

    I like Marsha Blackburn on Facebook. Don't hate.

    by Benintn on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 02:16:07 PM PST

    •  Obviously, (2+ / 0-)
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      You need to move from Tennessee ASAP!

    •  as the first guy on talk soup used to say (0+ / 0-)

      "sorry tennessee".  

    •  You are so right! (14+ / 0-)

      And every little thing that sets many I know back? Obama's fault! In all my 60+ years I have never witnessed hatred and stupidity, the like of what I have I have seen in my 9 years in Tennessee.

    •  Over time this sort of cruel idiocy (10+ / 0-)

      is going to benefit blue states economically (even more than it already has) and lead to people migrating to them for better jobs and living conditions, leaving these states to rot on the vine, become less electorally significant, and depend ever more on the rest of us. Eventually their remaining residents will wake up and elect better leaders, and reverse this insanity.

      It's unreal how much suffering some people are willing to endure to preserve their so-called white racist homopbobic anti-science "way of life".

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 05:18:10 PM PST

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      •  How long do you think it will Take for this to (0+ / 0-)

        happen?  I mean the part about the red states waking up and electing better leaders?  I don't think we can wait too long, hope it is by the next election.

        •  Multiple election cycles (0+ / 0-)

          I'm talking 10-20 years for things to really reverse. Things happen slowly in the land of Dixie. In some places it'll take even longer. As the many ethnic conflicts around the world demonstrate, identity trumps pretty much everything else, including self-interest. People would rather hold on to the illusion of belonging to the superior group than have food on the table and a good job.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 05:41:49 PM PST

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          •  10-20 years? That would be overnight (0+ / 0-)

            in many parts of the South.  Many of these people are still living in antebellum times.  Even glaciers move faster than the diehard souls in Dixie.

            "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

            by SueDe on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:13:50 PM PST

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      •  Wisconsin (1+ / 0-)
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        With the exception of the very brief Doyle (conservative Dem) administration, WI has been under right-wing rule since the 1980s -- and it shows. Family farms have fallen like dominoes, and our once-thriving manufacturing jobs are largely gone. The overall quality of life has deteriorated significantly. The impact of what began as a right-wing attack on the powerless poor is that there is now a sort of undercurrent of distrust and hostility among the people.

        •  There's really no other way to describe it (0+ / 0-)

          except as pure predatory parasitism, taking from others withing giving them anything back. These are people who resolved years ago that instead of actually working for a living and doing something productive with their lives, they'd just come up with ways of ripping off everyday people with no tangible benefit to society, even if it ultimately destroyed society.

          These are sociopaths who could give a rat's ass about society's well-being let alone economic fairness. And voters keep electing them, because they've cleverly marketed themselves as rock-ribbed salt of the earth conservatives to people who don't know any better, and divided them off from their natural economic allies on the left over bogus "cultural" issues.

          It's axiomatic that what you build, others will try to take. We got lax on that for some reason. Perhaps the Vietnam war did it, taking away peoples' natural defense mechanisms due to political burnout over the war and other 60's crises. Everybody retreated from politics, and the wolves came out to feast.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 05:08:21 PM PST

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    •  Work harder (2+ / 0-)
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      To coin a GOP 1%er, you need to work harder. I don't mean work harder at working nonexistent jobs or minimum wage jobs, but work harder at convincing Democrats to get out and vote and convincing poor Republican voters that they are voting against their own interests. I know that sometimes this is a loosing battle, but diligence and knowing and explaining the facts can sometimes win.

    •  Dem Party often anti-poor (0+ / 0-)

      These policies are complicated, esp. when trying to untangle whether the responsibility for cuts goes to states or the fed. govt. What I do know is that 89 Democrats voted to cut food stamps with the current budget.

      Democrats have, in fact, repeatedly targeted the elderly, disabled and poor ever since the Clinton administration. They know there are no real consequences, since liberal media tends to downplay the harm that Dems have caused to the poor, putting the blame on Republicans. It's often necessary to do the research to find out how legislators actually voted.

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