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    Nice way to demonize everyone advocating for populist economic agendas - including Democrats like me.  

    Sunshine on my shoulders...

    by pkbarbiedoll on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 07:00:26 AM PST

    •  As I recall your "agenda" (1+ / 0-)
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      was to remove the brown menace, which, you told us, was the cause of the problems in the economy.  The excitement of the past few months should have conclusively convinced any reasonable person that you were completely full of shit.

      "Dream for just a second and then do it!" -- Kolmogorov

      by theran on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 07:08:13 AM PST

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      •  I am insulted by your accusation of racism (2+ / 0-)
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        I am 100% pro union, pro labor, and pro worker.  I don't care what color or sex you are, or what language you speak.  I don't care who you sleep with, or what kind of music you groove to.  I don't care if you identify as man woman or something entirely else.  

        That doesn't mean I support scabs crossing picket lines during an organized strike.  Nor do I support wage suppression through "free trade", outsourcing, H1-b visa abuse, or offshoring.

        The fact that NAFTA decimated Mexico's ag industry isn't the fault of the Mexican people.  But a direct result of NAFTA is greater levels of illegal immigration.  Do you want people coming across the border unchecked, possibly carrying contagious diseases?  I don't.  Do you mind mass murderers strolling in under the radar, to your hometown where your daughers and sons attend school?  I don't.  

        Since you already wrongly accused me of racism and xenophobia, I am NOT insinuating that illegal immigrants are disease carrying ax murderers.  Nor have I ever, nor would I ever.  

        If we want to discuss improving immigration processes - fine.  Let's have that discussion.   But let's also have an honest discussion about removing subsidies from American agribusiness - the same subsidies that (in my opinion) encouraged greater instances of illegal immigration by Mexican, Chilean, and other people.  I'd rather build Mexico up as a strong fair trading partner and work on immigration law,  than continue with our current situation.  

        I'm sorry if that sounds racist to you.

        Sunshine on my shoulders...

        by pkbarbiedoll on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 07:28:14 AM PST

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    •  You really jumped to that conclusion? (0+ / 0-)

      Populism can be manipulated, if you don't worry about that then you are ready to be used, it can be very pernicious and very well done.

      Be sceptical do not rush in head first as you did with my diary.

      Examples were given, and history is littered with populist movements gone sour.

      Its a warning not a prediction.

      I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.~Terry Pratchett

      by LaFeminista on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 08:48:07 AM PST

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