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  •  What spine? (12+ / 0-)

    THAT would have been a nice change

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 04:22:30 AM PST

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    •  Yes, which make his very very tepid "support" (12+ / 0-)

      of stem cell research puzzling - he should be whole heartedly backing it - if for no other reason than that he could really stand to benefit personally!

    •  Business as ususal...think Katrina and (6+ / 0-)

      ...NO IMPEACHMENT for the WAR CRIMINALS who were in office and still roaming free today (unless Cheney can buy his way out of Nigeria for $500Million that the CORPORATION CAN WRITE OFF on their taxes - so we the people pay anyway...).

      Dems job is to fold every time - R's appear to be to push them over = but in the end...

      THEY BOTH TAKE HOME THE MONEY for their corporate power brokers... leaving the rest of us - 99% - behind.

      One small example of many...

      Dr. Margaret Flowers, a pediatrician from Maryland who volunteers for Physicians for a National Health Program, knows what it is like to challenge the corporate leviathan. She was blacklisted by the corporate media. She was locked out of the debate on health care reform by the Democratic Party and liberal organizations such as MoveOn. She was abandoned by those in Congress who had once backed calls for a rational health care policy. And when she and seven other activists demanded that the argument for universal health care be considered at the hearings held by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, they were forcibly removed from the hearing room.

      "The reform process exposed how broken our system is," Flowers said when we spoke a few days ago. "The health reform debate was never an actual debate. Those in power were very reluctant to have single-payer advocates testify or come to the table. They would not seriously consider our proposal because it was based on evidence of what works. And they did not want this evidence placed before the public. They needed the reform to be based on what they thought was politically feasible and acceptable to the industries that fund their campaigns."

      •  Let me suggest a slight revision: (4+ / 0-)
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        "They needed the reform to be acceptable to the industries they control."

        I am increasingly convinced that the biggest part of the shell game involves the pretense that politicians and/or regulators have been bought or suborned by the industrial sector.  More accurate, I suggest, is the scenario which has politicians extorting monetary support in exchange for favorable legislation and monopoly protecting regulation.

        Government by the people doesn't threaten the industrial sector.  Government by the people threatens to undercut the politician's power structure.  The Tea Party people actually got that right.

        The conservative mind relies mainly on what is plain to see.

        by hannah on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 10:15:24 AM PST

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      •  She wasn't (0+ / 0-)

        she and seven other activists demanded that the argument for universal health care be considered at the hearings

        demanding "universal health care," she was demanding "single payer" which is a very different thing.

        They made it clear that they didn't want anything else discussed. Single payer was supposed to be the answer to all the problems.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... I'm asking you to believe in yours. Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Fri Dec 10, 2010 at 07:16:54 PM PST

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