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  •  Republicans haven't supported people, but enough (21+ / 0-)

    democrats allow them to succeed.

    Republicans want to take filthy criminals and treat them like Warriors, giving them military recognition.

    by CTMET on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 07:37:36 PM PDT

    •  was thinking the same (18+ / 0-)

      we can't get "our" policies through when we have majorities in both houses and a Dem pres.

      That's not a reflection on the Republicans. Its a reflection on us.

      I think we need a piece breaking down corporate patronage of Dems.

      •  Not really. (2+ / 0-)
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        Our side actually believes that whoever is in power should rule, but we believe that the minority should be a check on the excess of majority rule.  Perhaps stupidly, we expect the same treatment when they are in power. It actually used to work (largely) that way.

        The Republicans now believe that no one but the corporate masters should rule, and so when they are in the majority they enable the corporations, and when they are in the minority, they obstruct us from reinstating any semblence of rule of, by and for the people.

        -7.88, -6.72. "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins."--John Locke

        by caseynm on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 10:46:17 PM PDT

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    •  What's left of the Republican party, Faux News, (5+ / 0-)

      hate talk radio and the Baggers all give permission to voters to nurture their own prejudices and express them openly.

      Republicans who are in elected offices stay there because their base doesn't know or care that their best interests are hijacked by those they continue to elect and who reap the benefits of being in office.

      If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? Lily Tomlin

      by msmacgyver on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 07:43:21 PM PDT

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    •  And people actually vote for these assholes? (1+ / 0-)
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      Hard to imagine why. Are republicans that evil?

      •  Big Business Votes For Them (8+ / 0-)

        Reading from "Investors.Com" is very enlightening...
        Seizing Justice
        How's that for a title ? It gets worse.

        The president might be confident that Feinberg "will assure that claims are administered as quickly, as fairly and as transparently as possible." But we're not. The job shouldn't be a forum for expressing populist outrage toward the vilified oil industry. Nor is it supposed to be a mechanism for handing out political favors.

        Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton is right to characterize the $20 billion fund a "shakedown," just as GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is correct in calling it a "redistribution-of-wealth fund" and a "gateway for more government control."

        This White House is treading yet again on ground that it should stay away from. That the infringement has gone this far is a regret. If it goes any further, it will be a tragedy.

        The whole article is full of trash like this. Biz. has taken Bartons side so we know where the money to back the Republicans will come from.

        "Maybe the American eagle should be replaced with the ostrich."

        by SmileySam on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 08:01:18 PM PDT

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        •  Reagan & Norquist (4+ / 0-)

          Unfortunately, it looks as though it won't end until the Republicans can con enough people into voting against their own interest once again to regain power, and Grover Norquist and his gang of tax-cutters can resume proving the truth of their position that government doesn't work by consciously trying to keep it from working.

          •  We need to (0+ / 0-)

            Stop calling them Republicans,
            they are NeoCons looking to
            convert us to a Fascist state.
            Thanks Nixon, thanks Cheney.

            •  Huh? (1+ / 0-)
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              Nixon was not a neocon (he wasn't even really a movement conservative of any sort). Cheney, though absolutely a movement conservative, isn't really a neocon (though he's been an important ally of theirs for decades). You want neocons, look to, e.g., the Kristols (Irving and William), Paul Wolfowitz, Norman Podhoretz, Richard Perle, Doug Feith, and so forth.

              I think the extremism of the Republican Party absolutely deserves to be called out. And the poisonous brand of politics practiced by today's GOP has its roots in Nixon's political style (which is why the historian Rick Perlstein says that the US is still "Nixonland").

              But we do ourselves no favors by reducing terms like "neocons" and "fascism" that have particular referents to general terms of abuse for all that we dislike on the right.

              Obama's belief in the rule of law apparently takes the back seat to Obama's belief in his own ability to make the right call as executive. - Scott Horton

              by GreenSooner on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 11:30:20 PM PDT

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              •  Cheney's a Neocon (0+ / 0-)

                He's a PNAC signatory, which by definition makes him a neocon.

              •  I'll give you (1+ / 0-)
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                the poor use of the term "neocon" in the public discourse.  It's misleading and ultimately irrelevant.

                However, the term "fascism" needs to be bludgeoned into the ignorant.  The extreme right -- for example, Bryan Fischer -- use the term "fascist", for instance, when they call President Obama a "fascist" as Fischer did recently, without having the slightest clue what it means.

                Franco and Mussolini were Fascists.  Hitler was a Fascist in all but name.  And in this country, the tea-baggers and every Fox pundit are Fascists, by the only reasonable definition of the term.

                I'm so fed up with the idiots out there from the extreme hinterlands of the right who use "fascist" or "fascism" without realizing THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THEMSELVES.

    •  Democrats shouldn't be bullied by 40 republicans. (4+ / 0-)

      ... in the senate.

      They need to hurry up and nuke the filibuster, now.

      •  I don't agree with "nuke the filibuster" (1+ / 0-)
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        our side in 1990 used it (led by Paul Wellstone) to block an egregious energy bill proposed by Bennett Johnston that would have opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and enabled huge giveaways to the fossil fuel industry. The difference is that the filibusterers had to actually speak during the filibuster, unlike today where we have silent filibusters. I have a feeling the Republicans would make asses out of themselves defending their unpopular pro-corporate positions if they actually had to speak in pushing the filibuster. I say nuke the silent filibuster.

        "Trickle down economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower"

        by NoMoreLies on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 08:18:43 PM PDT

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        •  Don't need to nuke it (5+ / 0-)

          I think it's an important tool to keep the majority from just walking over the minority. But the rules on it need some revision and they need to just actually USE it.

          Whether or not they 'drag out the cots' is entirely up to professional pantywaist, Harry Reid.

          If the Republicans actually had to drag out the cots and give endless speeches EVERY TIME they wanted to filibuster, there wouldn't be any more filibusters because A> The American public would see exactly who is screwing them over and B> They don't have the kind of stamina it takes to actually maintain a filibuster.

          It's really that simple.

          Alternatively they could change Senate Rule #22 and just make it so that ONE senator cannot filibuster unless he can get 10 other senators to sign on for it.... and then they ALL must give actual filibuster speeches.

          The way it is now, the Republicans risk nothing because they're not on TV showing off the fact that they're screwing the American people for corporate masters... AND it makes them look good with the right wing because they're fucking the Democrats and defending us against 'socialism' or whatever the latest boogyman red herring is.

        •  bad exchange (1+ / 0-)
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          It's a lousy deal - Dems can occasionally block an R move when in the minority.

          In exchange, the Senate blocks almost everything when the voters gave D's both houses and the presidency.

          An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

          by mightymouse on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 06:09:49 AM PDT

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      •  ARE They Actually Being "Bullied" (0+ / 0-)

        or are in fact senate "democrats" more or less exactly like their repuglican counterparts?

        "Hate Arizona's new law? Ask Washington to do it's job". Ross Douthat

        by Superpole on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 05:27:07 AM PDT

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    •  Bipartisanship (3+ / 0-)
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      Yes, but I remember the days -- not so many years ago -- when it didn't take 60 votes to pass any significant legislation.  Everything wasn't strictly on party lines; both sides horse-traded and negotiated with members on the other side of the aisle to get things passed.  

    •  like I always say... (1+ / 0-)
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      the Democrats are 80% corrupt.

      But the Republicans are 100% corrupt.

      So choose the lesser evil.

      Apparently, nearly 50% of the people out there aren't smart enough to figure this one out for themselves...

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