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  •  So is one question, 'what (6+ / 0-)

    policy positions result in massive voter turnout?'

    And if so … what's the answer?

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:03:17 PM PDT

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    •  I do know that if enough fuss is made (7+ / 0-)

      about voter suppression, people will flock to the polls.  Your right to vote: use it or lose it.  

      As for the policy positions, I'm sure there are a lot of different views on this here.  It's a good question and the challenge is to distill the long wish list of progressives into a few easily communicated statements.  

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:04:19 PM PDT

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    •  Rejecting the Keystone Pipeline (4+ / 0-)
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      Proposing a 22 dollar min wage.
      Expanding Social Security payments and lowering the eligibility age.
      Lowering the Medicare buy in to 50.
      Student loan forgiveness and or lowering the interest payments to the same % banks get for borrowing money like 0.001% per year.

      Even proposed those would motivate our base to turn out.

      There is only 1 of those things that we can directly control now with the political process and that is rejecting the Keystone Pipeline. That's on President Obama. All the other things we need control of the House and then 90 (for dem bills) votes in the Senate.

      “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

      by Tool on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:05:40 AM PDT

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      •  What percentage of Americans (4+ / 0-)
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        have even heard of Keystone? I bet it's shockingly small.

        I wonder what percentage of Americans makes less than $22/hour. (Where'd you get that particular number?)

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 07:37:49 AM PDT

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        •  The base has. The ones we are trying to get out to (2+ / 0-)
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          the midterms.

          “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

          by Tool on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 09:04:51 AM PDT

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          •  not just our base (3+ / 0-)
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            but many so called 'apathetic' non voters and people that have just given up on the corrupt rigged political process. I really don't think people are as apathetic or stupid as the political myths/fictions we suffer under would have us believe. Young people especially turned out to vote for Obama because they naively believed in what he preached, bottom up change.

            Blaming the people who refuse to vote for the lesser evil seems to me to be insult to injury. Low information? well most know what the R's are about and they also know they really do not have a choice other then the degrees of austerity and misery that are going to be implemented. It comes down to do you want a vagina probe with your austerity? Sometimes fear just isn't enough to get people to ratify the latest spokesperson/candidate the 'owners of the place' have selected to run this farce that Axelrod says is 'the world as we find it'.      

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