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So the "Pledge for America" was written with no actual input from America, all the people who went to the Republicans' Web site that was ostensibly created for America to write the new GOP agenda. Now we know why America didn't write the agenda. The Republicans turned the pledge over to corporate America to write.

The Republican Party's 21-page blueprint, "Pledge to America," was put together with oversight by a House staffer who, up till April 2010, served as a lobbyist for some of the nation's most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.

In a draft version of The Pledge that was being passed around to reporters before the official release, the document properties list "Wild, Brian" as the "Author." A GOP source said that Wild -- who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner's payroll -- did help author the governing platform....

Until early this year, Wild was a fairly active lobbyist on behalf of the firm the Nickles Group, the lobbying shop set up by the former Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Don Nickles. During his five years at the firm, Wild, among others, was paid $740,000 in lobbying contracts from AIG, the former insurance company at the heart of the financial collapse; $800,000 from energy giant Andarko Petroleum; more than $1.1 million from Comcast, more than $1.3 million from Exxon Mobil; and $625,000 from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc.

Wild has been through the revolving door before. At one point, Wild worked for Pat Toomey in the House, for VP Dick Cheney, and for former Sen. Hank Brown. But in the middle of all that, he also took time out to lobby for the Chamber of Commerce, apparently seamlessly moving from the Hill, to K Street, to the White House, and back to K Street and then back to the House.

And in true irony, Wild is currently the executive director of America Speaking Out--the organization created to allow America to write the Republican agenda. What more evidence do you need to know that the only America that exists for Republicans is corporate America?

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:21 AM PDT.

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    •  The Pledge only has White People Pics! (1+ / 0-)
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      Into The Woods

      I'm looking at the pretty pictures of the various GOP leaders and the crowds. It takes me a second to notice - where are the black people? Where is anyone that isn't white?

      This thing is more restricted than a Southern white only high school yearbook from 1955 - at least they had a picture of the janitors in the back pages.

      Way to reflect their version of America.

      •  Look no further than Fox News (1+ / 0-)
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        New Rule

        and all those nice, blonde, white girls and those trustworthy, old, white guys for this phenomenon. Identity politics is very real, and conservatives have gotten every drop out of it that they can squeeze:

        "They look so 'normal,' they have to be looking out for MY interests!"

        Wrong. It's about class and economic interests, and they aren't on your side Mr. Average-Fox-News-Viewer.

        •  The Declaration of It Depends (0+ / 0-)

          The New GOP Contract on America continues to put forward their re-writing of our founding documents including their new

          Declaration of It Depends

          Unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness*.

          *It depends on whether you're:

          White
          Rich
          Republican
          Conservative (by which they mean 'conservative enough")
          Christian (by which they mean Christians that ignore major portions of the New Testament in their intentionally myopic obsession with personal decisions concerning sex and procreation and their supplementing Biblical text with the prosperity gospel.)
          Heterosexual
          Male (or properly submissive female)
          Sovereign American Citizen  (which they define in whatever way includes themselves and excludes people they don't like)
          Tax Haters
          Government Conspiracy Theory Buffs
          Corporate Upper Management

          Discouraged? Disillusioned? Think about the roots of those words. Then take courage and resolve to avoid illusion.

          by Into The Woods on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 12:33:47 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Cloture Vote Result FAIL (0+ / 0-)

      Yes. We. Did. ... Begin.

      by understandinglife on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:51:29 AM PDT

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    •  Motion to invoke cloture on S.3628 just went down (0+ / 0-)

      Yea: 59 , Nay: 39
      Diclose act shut down by Gop

      Before that Mitch McConnell actually said on the floor: "Have they [Democrats} no shame" - those actual words.11:21am; 9/23/2010

      I don't want your country back..I want my country forward - Bill Maher

      by Eric Nelson on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:55:11 AM PDT

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  •  Ptiy... (6+ / 0-)

    So the "Pledge for America" was written with no actual input  from America, all the people who went to the Republican's Web site that was ostensibly created for America to write the new GOP agenda.

    Too bad. If they'd pledged to train an army of Ninja Cats, they would have at least gotten some points for having a sense of humor about themselves.

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:24:04 AM PDT

  •  That's not completely true (4+ / 0-)

    I read their entire pile of tripe: Diary

    There some good Tenther stuff in there, some good anti-abortion stuff in there, some good anti-gay stuff in there.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:24:23 AM PDT

  •  yep, K STREET wrote this idiocy (6+ / 0-)

    80 % of success is just showing up

    by Churchill on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:24:53 AM PDT

  •  Meet the New Pledge. Same as the Old Pledge. (10+ / 0-)
    What is old is new again. Hoping to once again party like it's 1994, Republicans Thursday unveiled their 2010 campaign "Pledge to America." But what the Daily Beast referred to the as "bastard child" of the Contract with America isn't just a warmed over version of the GOP's very successful ploy from sixteen years ago. The 21 page document differs little from the 2008 Republican platform, the April Tea Party "Contract from America" or even would-be Speaker Boehner's proclamations in Cleveland last month. And by committing the Party of Nothing to actually standing for something, the new Pledge could boomerang on Republicans this fall.

    For the details, see:
    "Meet the New Pledge. Same as the Old Pledge."

  •  So it's not a Pledge to America, but a (8+ / 0-)

    Pledge to Big Pharm/Oil/Finance

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:25:07 AM PDT

  •  Looking forward (4+ / 0-)
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    to the reporters focusing in on the specifics.... Pat Buchanan was 100% right.... before, it was all about the horrible Dems and their policies,.. now, its going to be all about the Repubs policies and how vacuous they are....they will be defending the fort now.

  •  Ninja Cats, ReThug's fantasy de jour (2+ / 0-)
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    Hannibal, TofG

    •"We need to train an army of Ninja Cats. Cats are natural born hunters and predators, and it is known that they indeed have 9 lives.

    They are also excellent at hiding themselves and would be ideal for sneaking into countries and assassinating communist leaders to lessen the ever growing threat of communism, finding key terrorist leaders and shattering the global terrorist network. In fact they could be potentially useful in the current Korean crisis.

    Loyal to their trainers, the cats could rain destruction and fear throughout the world, and if
    ever captured would never tell who they are serving.

    Finally, after they have solved the worlds problems, they could serve as border patrol and show unflinching resolve at keeping illegals where they belong, anywhere but here."

    80 % of success is just showing up

    by Churchill on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:27:52 AM PDT

  •  The folks want marajuana legalized. (10+ / 0-)
    I was watching Rachel Maddow a few nights ago, and snoozing off.......but I'm pretty sure she said that one of the biggest comments that they got on their GOP website was that folks wanted pot legalized!!!   LOL  

    Considering how uptight the GOP is I thought that was really funny.     :)

    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

    by Lucy2009 on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:28:10 AM PDT

    •  The GOP is THE reason marijuana is still (6+ / 0-)

      illegal.

      Repubs and the Dems who enable their bullshit.

      There's no actual, defensible reason for it to be illegal.

      Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:32:50 AM PDT

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      •  Which is exactly why Dems should be the ones (1+ / 0-)
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        Angie in WA State

        pressing this.

        The beauty of it is that the Dems don't have to look bad doing something right or helping people - they can do it just to fuck with the GOP, which would be the political thing to do.....

        Alas....

        Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:36:10 AM PDT

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      •  I don't know a single person (1+ / 0-)
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        cybersaur

        who cares about keeping it illegal.

        Not one.

        Not even hard-card Baptist Bible-Thumping Republicans care, to my experience.

        Obviously, someone somewhere is making some serious coin off marijuana being illegal, and some of that coin is reaching GOP coffers. Probably the private prison industry.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:40:16 AM PDT

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        •  Big Pharma and alcohol industry hate pot (3+ / 0-)
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          The big pharmaceuticals hate cannabis because it might have a multitude of medical uses. They hate it because it is basically non-addictive, which is a negative with the pharmaceuticals, even though it is good for humanity. They also hate it because you can grow your own supply relatively easy. They don't call it "weed" for nothing. How the heck are they supposed to make money on that?

          Big alcohol distributors hate it because once people realize it has many of the same relaxing qualities of a few drinks, with none of the negative stuff, like premature death and hangovers, it will cut into their profit.

          Decisions aren't being made to benefit humanity. They are being made to increase the profits of corporations and rich people. If we don't watch out, these corporations will destroy humanity and the world.

          Since when did corporations have more rights than living breathing human beings?

          Everything I write is within a margin of error of precisely 100%.

          by Bailey Savings and Loan on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:58:41 AM PDT

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          •  Since Citizens United (1+ / 0-)
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            Eric Nelson

            In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

            by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 12:00:39 PM PDT

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            •  It started with this.Corporate Personhood : Civil (2+ / 0-)
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              New Rule, blue aardvark

              rights protections intended for flesh & blood citizens.

              Corporations gained personhood through aggressive court maneuvers culminating in an 1886 Supreme Court case called Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific. Until then, only We the People were protected by the Bill of Rights, and the governments the people elected could regulate corporations as they wished. But with personhood, corporations steadily gained ways to weaken government restraints on their behavior—and on their growth. After steady progress over the decades, they made huge strides in the 1970s through Supreme Court rulings that awarded them Fourth Amendment safeguards against warrantless regulatory searches, Fifth Amendment double jeopardy protection, and the Sixth Amendment right to trial by jury. These blunted the impact of the Clean Air Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act, and the Consumer Product Safety Act, which were enacted to protect workers, consumers, and the environment.

              This used to be the rules for corporate charters:

              No corporation doing business in this state shall pay or contribute, or offer consent or agree to pay or contribute, directly or indirectly, any money, property, free service of its officers or employees or thing of value to any political party, organization, committee or individual for any political purpose whatsoever, or for the purpose of influencing legislation of any kind, or to promote or defeat the candidacy of any person for nomination, appointment or election to any political office.

              I don't want your country back..I want my country forward - Bill Maher

              by Eric Nelson on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 12:25:58 PM PDT

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        •  Read some of my diaries. Plenty (0+ / 0-)

          of otherwise intelligent kossacks think it should remain illegal - none have any reason for this, of course, they just "feel" it shouldn't be.

          I try to find it amusing, but it's annoying.

          I want to think more highly of others....but backwards belief systems are a turn-off.

          Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 12:04:12 PM PDT

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          •  Pure ignorance about cannabis (0+ / 0-)

            People who have never used it, or maybe used it once and had a bad experience, are way too prone to believe the propaganda about pot. They also make the false assumption that it will be as bad for people as alcohol and tobacco, which is another myth. Pure ignorance is driving them.

            Everything I write is within a margin of error of precisely 100%.

            by Bailey Savings and Loan on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 01:22:31 PM PDT

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            •  I have to interject...regarding health and pot... (0+ / 0-)

              My uncle, an old hippy from the 1960's, is now in his early 60's. He has heart disease where fluid is collecting around his heart. I think it's COPD. Anywho, he's been getting stoned...pretty much everyday since he was in his late teens. He also smoked until 15 yrs ago. He quit the ciggies because he was coughing alot and didn't want to die. What he didn't know is that pot is really hard on the heart/lungs also. I say this totally secondhand, do your own research......but he says that it's hard on the body, and has contributed to his heart disease. I'm not sure if he's quit toking or not, but.........    :)

              Just wanted to put that out there so folks who enjoy imbibing can check this out for accuracy, if they choose.

              I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson

              by Lucy2009 on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 05:30:58 PM PDT

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      •  Well they have (0+ / 0-)

        to keep feeding the prison industry with customers for one thing.

      •  They are a part of the problem, (0+ / 0-)

        but you'll find plenty of democrats (not Liberals) that would love to see the drug war continue.    No one side is completely blameless here.

        "To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition." - Woody Allen

        by soros on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:53:24 AM PDT

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        •  Blue Dogs and Dummies. (0+ / 0-)

          The only Dems that want to keep it illegal.

          They are not really entitled to have an opinion about this, given their utter lack of knowledge about the issue.

          But that's politics.

          Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 12:05:56 PM PDT

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  •  The GObP IS Keyser Söze (1+ / 0-)
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    Churchill

    GOP ignored America because they listened to AIG, Exxon, Pfizer, Chamber

    "...calling for a 5" deck gun is not parody. Not by a long shot." (gnaborretni), AND........."I don't vote for a Teabagger God"

    by annieli on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:28:44 AM PDT

  •  typical (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Churchill, Giles Goat Boy

    the GOP looks out for those who butter their bread.........

  •  a wildman, Brian Wild, wrote this LOL ROF LMFAO (2+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, Giles Goat Boy

    80 % of success is just showing up

    by Churchill on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:31:18 AM PDT

  •  The content reveals - as if it hadn't... (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    ...already been revealed a zillion times previously - how much they want to demolish America. But the 21 pages of detail don't matter because most people will never read a single page. It's the sound bite that matters: Pledge to America. That just sounds soooooo good. It shimmers with inherent red, white and blue sparkles. It's practically a Norman Rockwell painting all in those three words.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:32:54 AM PDT

  •  Apparently... (5+ / 0-)

    ...the real Americans who offered their input must have said things like:

    "Please give the owner of my company a big fat tax cut. But none for me, thanks"

    "Please make sure my 25-year-old son can't get coverage from my health care plan."

    "Please give my employer more incentives to export my job overseas and lay me off."

    What an odd set of wishes from real America.

    Weenie liberals of the world unite! ...soccergrandmom

    by Giles Goat Boy on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:33:00 AM PDT

  •  the True Irony? When the Rs put up their website (3+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx, cybersaur, Eric Nelson

    and asked "real America" what they wanted the Republicans to do for 'America and Americans'...

    the answer (just as it was when OFA did it last year) was by an overwhelming majority -

    Legalize Marijuana

    bwahahahahahahahaha

    note on sourcing: I heard this story on MSNBC two or three days ago, but I haven't verified it anywhere else

    •  Republicans are the reason marijuana is still (2+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur, Eric Nelson

      illegal.

      Republicans and Blue Dog - same thing - oppose any change in this stupid law mostly because they are stupid.

      It's 100% stupidity.

      There's no salient reason for it to be illegal.

      Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:38:03 AM PDT

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      •  I have to suspect it's like illegal immigration (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Eric Nelson

        Someone somewhere is making coin off of this, and sending it the GOP's way.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:42:02 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Its a huge issue, bigger than most people realize (3+ / 0-)

          Cannabis is a natural competitor for petroleum. Won't replace it but would cut into the Big Oil monopoly on petroleum as the central means of producing power and goods.

          It is great for cracking down on dissenters - most of the 800000 people arrested each years for touching pot aren't high-level republicans.

          It's also got a massive issue related to all the lying that has been done about it. Once marijuana is relegalized and all the bullshit problems people think will occur DON'T people will demand to know why it was illegal for so long and WHY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT fought so hard against Americans who tried to fix this crap earlier. It's like the Soviet Union in that respect.

          I hear Democrats snoring already - I used too many words.

          Spray tons of carcinogens into the ocean to hide petroleum spewed from a hastily-drilled hole from a greedy corporation, but don't smoke pot.

          by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 12:01:14 PM PDT

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          •  I blame Harry J Ainslinger, the man who (0+ / 0-)

            nearly singlehandedly made weed the bane of the entire world.

            Seriously.

            Fool.

            Hemp is one of the world's wonders, and our stupid government still can't tell the difference between Pot and Hemp.

            One gets you high (which I, personally, believe is a fine thing, in and of itself); the other can be used to make, well, damned near anything.

            Did you know that one of Ford's early auto's was made of hemp-formed fiber (not the engine, obviously)?

  •  Uh huh (0+ / 0-)
    And as long as the Blue Dogs are listening to the exact same corporate assholes, the Pledge is good enough to win Congress to the GOP.

    Why not?

    It might be slop, but right now, both parties are offering slop.

  •  It is a Pledge for Two Americas (1+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade
    How lazy is the Republican congress that they have a lobbyist write this plan?

    Let Obama be Obama.

    by Yoshimi on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:38:37 AM PDT

  •  This does not surprise me in the least-- (1+ / 0-)
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    shaharazade

    it read like a teaparty manifesto, written by a modestly educated ghost writer.  What struck me about the document was how many times 'faith' was listed used an agenda platform.  

    I don't mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence, but I can't feed on the powerless ~ Temple of the Dog

    by surelyujest on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:40:37 AM PDT

    •  I was struck by the following (4+ / 0-)
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      cybersaur, New Rule, coffejoe, surelyujest
      1. Only 3 idea to fix the economy, and one of them is a simple change to the health care bill, and the other two are tax cuts
      1. Dozens of photographs showing hundreds of people, only 6 of whom are not white
      1. They embrace Tentherism

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:43:30 AM PDT

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    •  Evangelicals, 25% of US Population, Midterm Races (1+ / 0-)
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      surelyujest

      with low moderate participation are the chance for them to make the biggest gains for the GOP.

      Even the libertarian tea leaders recognize they can't get anywhere without the Christianist Warriors.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:48:34 AM PDT

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  •  To paraphase Jon Lovitz (2+ / 0-)
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    Can you believe these guys are outpolling us?

    The Republican motto: "There's been a lot of progress in this country over the last 75 years, and we've been against all of it."

    by Hillbilly Dem on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:47:11 AM PDT

  •  This Land is Their Land, (0+ / 0-)

    it is not our land.
    From Silicon Valley to Wall Street's island,
    From the old growth forest, to the gulf stream oil rigs,
    This land was made for them and theirs

    .

    Sorry Woody, that's their position.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:47:13 AM PDT

  •  Pathetic that (1+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock

    they have any power whatsoever. Too bad the Democratic party cannot muster up the courage and take them on instead of turning right and caving to them. Oh yah, they work for the same people that own them both. The by-partisan entities that ensure no progress is made and that the money stays where it is. What happened to our bottom up contract?  

    •  We Haven't Had Time to Enforce It as the Rightwng (4+ / 0-)

      did to the Republicans. It took them 10-15 years to gain major influence and close to 20 to take over the party.

      They didn't do it only by voting, and neither can we. They built programs for getting their own into power from the bottom up, school boards, town councils, a big local and regional farm system.

      For liberals it's called The 50 State Strategy and it needs both boots on the ground and suits into office.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:50:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well not to sound (0+ / 0-)

        like a whiner but Rahm and his ilk killed the 50 state strategy. Locally it is still working at least in OR where I live. Dean worked hard on all levels of local government, he helped take the state back precinct by precinct. Nationally it is dead in the water, almost seems like the Democrat's are reverting to Dixiecrats of old. This is not progress it's mind blowing regression and two legs better to boot.  

  •  why aren't we calling this the (0+ / 0-)

    Paris Hilton GOP Plan?

    that would resonate all over america.

    Republicans===the party of the 1% rich people in America. Or in other words..The Party of NO!

    by jalapeno on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:50:28 AM PDT

  •  Interesting diary title... (0+ / 0-)

    and who did Obama listen to?

    "To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition." - Woody Allen

    by soros on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:51:25 AM PDT

  •  this does explain a lot (0+ / 0-)

    'nuff said.

    http://www.SincereJobs.com

    by Lynnehs on Thu Sep 23, 2010 at 11:53:20 AM PDT

  •  Too lazy+ rebranding (1+ / 0-)
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    New Rule
    Let's review the causes for outsourcing:
    1. Too busy legislating(saying No takes a lot of time)
    2.  Too tired (fund raising is an arduous task, I'm guessing that OSHA lists it as a job related injury)
    3.  Too Inept, afterall, we asked the public and they didn't tell us what we wanted to hear, and that that gave us a headache.
    4.  That's what lobbyist's are for...they write out legislation, why not this?

    Rebranding:
    1.  Corn Lobby is trying to rename Fructose as Corn Syrup so that we can get more money to them and eliminate all the small farmer's.  A work in Progress, the GOP will shut down those scientists at FDA again...why do we have to do this every time we are in office (gop whine).
    2.  Healthcare via Obama - he had good ideas, but RL told us it would be bad to say that, so we can change the name and our unwitting voter's won't notice cuz that is what rebranding is all about and it is MUCH easier than actually thinking.  Cost - GOP congress has record of not being overly concerned and we' ll just fudge the CBO report's like we did for Medicare Part D.  No one will notice...oh did we mention doing away with CBO (that will also be part of our cost cutting - smaller gov't), surely one of our lobbyist can run the numbers.

  •  They listened to FOX--- (1+ / 0-)
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    they believe their own propaganda!

    Turn Off FOX! Go here: Sign up to Turn Off Fox!

  •  When those early meetings were convened by the (0+ / 0-)

    WH for the health care bill, who was invited?  Oh, the corporate "stakeholders."  I see.  Any single payer advocates?  Congressional public option advocates?  NGO health care advocates?  No.  Hmmmmmmmmm

  •  So it's really the Pledge to Corporate America (1+ / 0-)
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    And I think that's what we should call it.

  •  It's nice to know GOP definitions of (1+ / 0-)
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    "the American people" and "small business."

    I turned on MSNBC while at the gym at lunch.  Nora O'Donnell had asked U.S. House Rep. Thornberry (TX-R) who had written the pledge.  Rep. Jackass smugly replied "the American people wrote the pledge."  He went on to describe how he had learned so much from the people in his district as his town hall meetings.

    Nora replied

    Mr. Thornberry you said the American people wrote the pledge but actually lobbyists wrote it.

    She went on to mention AIG and others while holding up and waving the memo in front of the camera.  

    Thornberry smirked and then said he had worked on the national security aspect of the pledge and no lobbyists were involved there.

    Thornberry also said the GOP plan is to repeal and reintroduce HCR.  I guess the health insurance lobbyists will be writing that one too.

    We should start calling the GOP the Party of Puppets for Millionaires b/c that is what it is.

  •  Pledge to America (0+ / 0-)

    There has already been too much discussion of the "Pledge to America".  It is irrelevant.  If the House GOP leadership is seeking to be a voice for the disgruntled, they're too late.  The extremist Tea Party has already become that voice.  If the GOP wants to be viewed as something other than the party of "no", it's again too late; and they keep voting no.  This is discussed further on today's blog post, "Pledge to America:  The Politics of Irrelevance".  charley-liberaldog.blogspot.com

  •  the Republican's REAL Pledge to America (0+ / 0-)

    Someone needs to come out with the "Republican's REAL Pledge to America".

    For example: The Democrats could (and probably should have) done more investigating into the lobbyist scandals of the Republicans, the decisions that led up to the Iraq war, etc., but instead chose to take the high ground and actually try to pass meaningful legislation such as health care reform.

    The Republican's have strongly suggested that if they return to power that they will start a bunch of partisan investigations of the actions of the Democrats over the past two years.

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