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  •  The moneyed interests will always be with us ... (9+ / 0-)

    ...short of that revolution that isn't coming. What we need to do is ensure that the moneyed interests aren't the only - to use a buzzword - "stakeholders" who have a say in making policy. For all but eight of the past 26 1/2 years, the moneyed interests have been the only stakeholders to have a say (and nowadays) to have a stranglehold over public policy. In the Clinton years, their influence was high, even paramount, but not exclusive.

    Making sure that the interests of rank-and-file are paramount (though not exclusive) will always be an eternal struggle inside the Democratic Party. The Republicans gave up their struggle in that regard when  Teddy Roosevelt became a Progressive.

    "Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process." - JFK

    by Meteor Blades on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 05:10:57 PM PST

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    •  Of course they will be with us... (1+ / 0-)
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      I understand the tension.  The goal as I see it is to find a medium that leans in the direction of the public interest.

      •  The question is: Why have the R's been in power (0+ / 0-)

        26.5 years with the exception of WJC?

        Why does the public lean in that direction and succumb to their ideology and talking points. Why?

        Why haven't they embraced the Dem philosophy more often? Until this question is analyzed from every angle we'll never understand the American public's mindset and more importantly, how to bring them to our side. Just why have we been rejected in so many elections.

        If it wasn't for the war in Iraq, Bush's rating would be much, much higher. So don't believe the Republican's necessarily doomed. We have yet to convince the majority that ours is the best policy for them. Since LBJ, the Dems have been vilified and the claims have been hard to overcome.

        Dubya: often wrong, but never in doubt.

        by auapplemac on Mon Nov 19, 2007 at 12:03:35 AM PST

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    •  They Were Not Always With Us (2+ / 0-)
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      Wealth distribution from the 30's to the 70's was nothing like today or before.

      What's it like in Europe and Scandinavia?

      It's entirely a matter of choice.

      But I'll agree with you in one sense. The power structure has learned its lesson and will let the country fall to dust before letting that happen to them again.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 06:25:18 PM PST

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