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  •  A party within a party (0+ / 0-)

    0) A third party of the left obviously won't work.
     - See Nader, 2000
     - Our first-past-the-post system makes it inherently self-defeating, and too much trouble to change that system
     - Actually, I've got an idea for getting around this, but it's hard to imagine real human beings following the script
     - so forget a third party.

    1) Then the only alternative is fixing the Democratic Party.

    2) Next question: what's broken?
     - failure to fight for the interests of working Americans
     - failure to address climate change

    3) Solutions I: Fighting for working Americans: create an identifiable party-within-a-party (PWAP) inside the Democratic Party that would fight for job creation, Social Security and Medicare preservation, increased rights for workers
     - the three P's: primaries, procedure, and party discipline
     - organizers of the PWAP would identify Congresscritters that support the PWAP agenda, seek to get them to identify with the PWAP
     - would identify Congresscritters that undermined the PWAP agenda, especially either (a) relative to their district, or (b) in ways that were publicly visible or otherwise politically problematic
     - would routinely primary the underminers
     - would ultimately seek a working majority of the Dems identifying as PWAP members
     - once there, want to use tools of committee assignments and chairmanships to reward support of PWAP agenda and ensure at least some consequences for DINOs from going too far off the reservation
     - especially want to enforce party discipline to change Senate procedures to either end filibusters or redesign them so the burden of inconvenience is on the minority, and get rid of other procedural obstacles (e.g. make motions to proceed non-filibusterable, end the post-cloture debate requirement)
     - then we won't need 60 freakin' votes to pass a progressive program

    4) Solutions II: climate change
     - reduce payroll tax by cap-and-trade auction revenue
     - if payroll tax eliminated altogether and there's still excess revenue, rebate it to taxpayers on per-capita basis
     - even if a likely Dem voter thinks climate change is bunk, it's no skin off his/her back

    That's my plan.  If you can improve on it, please do - no matter how smart I am (and I'm pretty smart), I'm a lot dumber just by myself than I am when working together with other reasonably smart people.

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