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  •  that is exactly (6+ / 0-)

    why we need to lead and let the Senate know, as Durbin said, that it is not acceptable anymore to be slaves of the bankers whose asses we are saving while they continue to rip off the American public.

    I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain

    by route66 on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 06:03:43 AM PST

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    •  Agree fully and will make calls (10+ / 0-)

      ... but until we make corrupt fealty to big donors a campaign issue which defeats a sitting senator, they won't listen to us.

      I think Blanche Lincoln could be that sacrifice we so desperately need.  If she votes against health care or the jobs bill we should all pile on to drive her out in the primary.  And we should do it while shouting "corruption!" at the top of our lungs.  

      It's hard to imagine clearer illustrations of the corruption of Congress than we've seen in the past year, but more illustrations are coming up.  That corruption won't change until senators and congresscritters see the status quo as a direct threat to their seats, rather than a guarantee of them.

      To announce that we are to stand by the president right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -TR

      by Dallasdoc on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 06:12:16 AM PST

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      •  I'd love to see the blogosphere (5+ / 0-)

        concentrate all it's donation power on just 1 senate seat.

        As a whole we equal large amounts of money, but since we split it up between so many different candidates I don't think it makes us the heavy players we could be if we concentrated our efforts.

        If we were more focused, we could exert a lot more influence than we currently do.

        "It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion." Oscar Wilde, 1891

        by MichiganGirl on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 07:19:13 AM PST

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        •  Won't happen. (1+ / 0-)
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          We don't agree on enough to make it happen.  We'd never agree on a proper strategy, or find a candidate we could all be happy with.  The left blogosphere encompasses everything from fringe conspiracy theorists to democratic socialists to traditional labor dems to people who are actually conservatives but reject things like birtherism and theocracy.

          Clearly, I need to find a witty sig line.

          by libdevil on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 09:09:10 AM PST

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        •  But it's so hard to choose (1+ / 0-)
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          There are too many that are in need of unseating!

          "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

          by Nespolo on Tue Dec 08, 2009 at 09:27:56 AM PST

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          •  Our blogosphere tendency is for sections of us (0+ / 0-)

            to pick one, which in their estimation, is the most important one, and howl loudly when it is not given priority and doesn't get done with magic wand waving, done instantly, claim disappointment and stomp off in a faulx GBCW to the administration, because we, our little division of Blogosphere, didn't get its way first. All the little 'firsts'.

            So we miss the forest entirely. I am looking at this at the same time as the EPA finally got to send out its finding about the dangers of greenhouse gases, an essential predicate to new legislation, but one which did not get the 'me first' treatment, but got done anyway. There is a lot of 'me first' going around which blinds us to just how much of the work the various groups have that is in fact getting done.

            At the same time, 'me first' has a way of squashing other peoples' issues, such as those so determined to get an early version of HCR through that they threw women under the bus on the abortion issue, claiming it would be fixed in the never arriving 'later' and that women were being Debbie Downers and the like for complaining about their second class treatment. For one example only.

    •  There is a point politically at which this saves (0+ / 0-)

      a lot of money. If bankruptcy judges, not exactly a radical group as a whole, had had this power long ago, the current administration would not be paying all that money to induce banks to restructure loans - it would have happened in proper cases in the ordinary course, considered one at a time, as it should be.

      This was a classic special interest issue when it was defeated before, because banks didn't want anyone to tell them what to do with their biggest mortgage portfolio, and we are now all paying the price. There never was a justification for treating first home mortgages less favorably in bankruptcy than other mortgages. Except for the banks.

      I suppose we will hear that this makes them more difficult to securitize, but we already know how much damage securitizing mortgages has done, and bankruptcy judges are already having to deal with other aspects of that, when it turns out nobody can figure out who exactly holds a mortgage note at all, since it is never the servicer who brings the mortgage into court.

      All this does is put all classes of personal mortgages on the same basis, on a fair basis.

      Yah! Go Durbin.

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