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  •  Can't we bury this stuff? (2+ / 0-)
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    smari006, followyourbliss

    No, we can't.  We can't bury the fact that lobbyists and corporate interests are calling the shots at the highest levels of government - and have been in every Oval Office and high office of Congress since the Reagan years.

    We can't bury the fact that the massive earmarking process in the Federal budget enables members of Congress to give massive financial incentives to corporate interests who donate to them directly and indirectly.

    We can't bury the fact that numerous members of Congress and numerous officials in every administration going back to at least Reagan have been bought and paid for by interests who have at heart not the best interests of the American people, but private interest and an ideology of greed.

    You forget too quickly that the "heyday of liberalism" also saw Nixon running one of the most closed and secretive governments in history, and liberals standing up for things like sunshine laws, FOIA, and, yes, FISA in order to ensure that government is open and accountable.  Liberals have always stood for transparent and open government, government that is available to and accountable to the people.  

    Only one candidate in this race is standing with the ideals of liberalism on honest, transparent government.  Only one candidate in this race has a record of implementing serious and strong ethics reforms at every level of government he's been involved in.  Only one candidate has the kind of sweeping and broad plans to change the way government is run that are necessary for reforms in any of the other things we want to reform.

    Ethical, open, honest government. Yes We Can.

    by mistersite on Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 02:46:20 PM PST

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    •  The heyday of liberalism was ... (0+ / 0-)

      Nixon? Who knew?

      The best fortress is to be found in the love of the people - Niccolo Machiavelli

      by al Fubar on Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 03:12:07 PM PST

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      •  Nixon had to govern pretty liberally. (0+ / 0-)

        He supported things like the EPA, Title IX, a national minimum wage, and the Endangered Species Act.  The question of whether he actually favored those things or he was just supporting them because he had to play along with a Democratic Congress's agenda is inconsequential to this argument; that someone considered in those days to be an arch-Republican implemented some pretty liberal policies, after following one of the most economically liberal presidents this country has ever seen in LBJ, leads me to call the '60s and '70s the "heyday of liberalism."

        Ethical, open, honest government. Yes We Can.

        by mistersite on Sat Feb 23, 2008 at 03:23:24 PM PST

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