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  •  Get used to it (5+ / 0-)

    I think we're about to enter an aggressive vicious circle in public policy.

    1. More and more cuts to useful public programs under the slogan of Balancing the Budget
    1. Resulting in overall deterioration of quality of life
    1. Resulting in lower tax revenues
    1. Requiring further cuts

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:02:37 PM PST

    •  And we have to take the Democratic party ... (5+ / 0-)

      ... back from the corporate wing to get it into the hands of the Democratic wing in many cases, which requires us to get interested in primary politics early, like the rightwingnuts do in the Republican party. All too often we are busy chasing our tails on the issue of the week and letting the long slog of staging primary challenges across the country slide until it is too late.

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      by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:14:12 PM PST

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      •  Yes, the useful work is neither fun nor glamorous (2+ / 0-)
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        The Democratic Party is really our only hope (slender though it be). Even primarying candidates for federal and statewide office is late in the process. The bench of candidates is developed from such tedious posts as transit board commissioners and local party chairmen.

        And then it's not just the party. The mass media, though not unequivocally tied to the Republican Party, are yet very leery of rocking the boat of insider consensus.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:32:24 PM PST

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        •  Aha, when I say primaries ... (2+ / 0-)
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          ... I'd assume it would be read as going down into State Representative and State Senator races as well, but it really does need to go down to local school board and county board of supervisors and etc. as well.

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          by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 08:41:13 PM PST

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        •  "The Democratic Party is really our only hope" (2+ / 0-)
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          Barf.

          True, though. Easier and more satisfying than trying to flip the repugs.

          •  If the Whig Party was the only hope ... (4+ / 0-)
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            ... of abolitionists in the early 1950's, it would have been a depressing thought ... but then the pro-slavery Whigs drove the anti-slavery Whigs out of the party, resulting in the collapse of the Whigs and the construction of the Republican party, with the pro-slavery Whigs one of the building blocks.

            If in the end the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party is purged because we cause too much of a nuisance to the Corporate Wing, well then we can take it from there. Until then, the fight to organize and mobilize the Democratic Wing of the party has to continue unabated.

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            by BruceMcF on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 10:25:00 PM PST

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