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Robert Reich writes Why Washington Isn’t Doing Squat About Jobs and Wages:

The silence is deafening. While the rest of the nation is heading back toward a double dip, Washington continues to obsess about future budget deficits. Why?

Republicans don’t want to do anything about jobs and wages. They’re so intent on unseating Obama they’d like the economy to remain in the dumps through Election Day. They also see the lousy economy as an opportunity to sell Americans their big lie that government spending is the culprit — and jobs will return if spending is cut and government shrinks.

Democrats, meanwhile, don’t want to admit the recovery has stalled. They worry such talk will further undermine consumer confidence or spook the bond market. They don’t want to head into the election year sounding downbeat. And they don’t think they have the votes for anything that will have much effect before Election Day anyway.

But there’s a third reason for Washington’s inaction. It’s not being talked about — which is itself evidence of the problem.

The unemployed are politically invisible. They don’t make major campaign donations. They don’t lobby Congress. There’s no National Association of Unemployed People. ...

Well, that's certainly true.

But the politically invisible are supposed to have a champion in Washington. That champion, the elected Democrats, who are worried about votes in 2012 if the economy is still only anemically "recovering," ought to be taking every single opportunity there is to speak and act for those invisibles. Every day. And they ought to realize that more and more Americans have become, are becoming, invisible. Middle-class Americans.

This doesn't mean the gains achieved in the past couple of years should go unmentioned. President Obama was on the mark in his speech in Toledo last week in this regard. But it also means Democrats should not sugarcoat the very real problems faced by 25- to 30-million unemployed and underemployed Americans. They should speak for and about them boldly. Take responsibility for them. And point fingers. Otherwise, the fingers will inevitably, justifiably, point at them.

They should absolutely take note that the economic situation in January 2009 was a disaster inherited by the new administration. It was an acute disaster that can be laid mostly at the feet of the Bush administration, and a chronic one with its roots in voodoo economic theories and policies embraced over several decades. Every public chance they get, Democrats should point out the obstacles to fixing this acute and chronic economic disaster.

Not just the obvious obstacles on the floor of the Senate and House, the stubborn extremists who now run the Republican Party. But far more crucially, they need to inform the nation of the obstacles put up by plutocrats who have constrained regulatory agencies and concentrated the media into a tight little cabal committed to the distribution of baloney and bullshit. They should not pretend that if they don't mention this reality it will go away.

Some Democrats are already on the case. And huzzah to them for not having to have this stuff coaxed out of them by Rachel Maddow and a handful of other reliable people in the media. But more Democrats need to stand up. They should be making the plight of invisible Americans visible. Every day. They want to win elections? That is the way to do it.

• • • • •

At Daily Kos on this date in 2007:

James Carville, Scooter Libby  defender, via his wife:
Though my husband James Carville, a Democratic Strategist and Clinton supporter, shares neither political nor philosophical views with Scooter, he has deep respect for his intellect, his integrity, and joins me in the sentiments expressed here.

Among those sentiments are pablum like:

One of the many enduring and endearing memories of Scooter is his universal love of families.

Except for the Plame/Wilson family of course. And those of our soldiers stuck in Iraq...

• • • • •

See High Impact Diaries here. See Top Comments here.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Income Inequality Kos, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  the rethugs do their best pandering... (24+ / 0-)

    to the bigots at ralph reed's faith and freedom coalition...


    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:31:13 PM PDT

    •  Kudos to Bill Predergast for transcribing Bachmann (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      OLinda

      . radio interviews back in 2004-5, and that they're coming to the forefront (slowwwly) Thanks to Tim Murphy @ Mother Jones
        Bill Prendergast

      That's how it goes in the news media sometimes: a very important story is already six or seven years old--then, finally, a left wing publication writes something on it--and after that (if we're very very lucky) it makes its way into the rest of the political media. And then (if we're super-lucky; lottery ticket millionaire lucky:) people begin to take that issue seriously.
      Mother Jones
      "We're seeing the fulfillment of the Book of Judges here in our own time," Bachmann said, "where every man is doing that which is right in his own eyes—in other words, anarchy." - Michelle Bachmann
      It gets crazier & crazier
      Bachmann's prophecy-driven politics extends to education, as well. As a conservative activist in the early 2000s, she was a member of the Minnesota-based Maple River Education Coalition, a small network dedicated to defeating state and national curriculum standards.
      And it looks like she's in for the long haul, starting in Iowa
      •  Somebody yesterday - you know how kossacks can be (2+ / 0-)
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        Latins for Peace, Dragon5616

        They think they know better than everybody else when it comes to something. (I do know more about marijuana than pretty much anybody here, but I generally stick to what I know).

        Anyway, I was seeing a person all concerned that Bachman was more presidential than "we" give her credit for and talked as if the lady was something more than a jabbering babooon.

        People kill me with these useless worries, always couched as something they know more about than you, when the idea is just preposterous.

        Bachmann is as unhinged as any republican dipshit out there.

        The GOP has nothing to run for president, other than Ron Paul.

        Mitt Romeny, maybe. His hair is stronger than Obama's and hair matters in America..

        21st Century Republicans would much rather legalize murder than marijuana.
        DK4 Cannabis Reform Group Writing Guidelines

        by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:07:11 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  The Vandals took the Handle (10+ / 0-)

    When I think about vandals who damage public property, I imagine there is some sort of disconnect with the community. They don't see the property as being theirs, too. One deep fear I have is that the poor will not stay invisible much longer. They will have weaker and weaker connection to the community and at that point, why the hell should they care about a system that has failed them, that is run by rich and powerful people who get rewarded for gaming the system, which is led by people in government that are bought and sold between each and every election?  I am horrified to admit, I don't think the days of domestic suicide bombers is far off.

    The person who defines reality wins.

    by Taylorbad on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:39:19 PM PDT

    •  Welcome to the 1960's. (5+ / 0-)

      We lived all this a long time ago for all the reasons you point out.

      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 Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:02:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hard times are affecting more (9+ / 0-)

      than just the poorest.  The effects of the recession have been felt all the way up through the upper middle class.

      And don't forget the high unemployment rates among young adults, the group who supported Obama in 2008.

      It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:13:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Was just going to mention this (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Betty Pinson

        as it's not just the under and unemployed...although I feel their plight....spouse and I are working double time just to keep pace....we live modestly...but just trying to put kid in college and not incur huge amounts of debt while doing so....for every 1 step forward it seems like we get hit with something that puts us 2 steps back...our wages have stagnated but the COL has not....I'm not complaining (well maybe a little) because I know how lucky we are to have multiple jobs and work...but boy if it is this difficult for us to just try and keep pace....I can't imagine how the rest of those who are less fortunate are coping and managing.

        Democrats living in their elite Washington gated top 1% bubble communities need to get their heads out of their butt and stop denying the very real hurt and pain outside that bubble that exist in the land of us 99%ers....we just can't take much more of this...and Bush's/republicon economic theories have proven tax cuts/decrease gov't regulations do NOT produce jobs or a sound economy....hammer that home when republicons say that is what needed.....

        The masses are hurting....we need more voices speaking out for us and not some voodoo "the deficit and the debt" austerity for thee but not for me" compromise bullshit economic theories...but I don't think the current crop of Dems in congress or the WH are for anything other than the "status quo". The system is broken and we have to break the system...because right now it's the best gov't the top1% can buy. Until we change that...we 99% will continue to be in a world full of hurt.

        "When will the American teachers follow the lead of Wall Street and start making some sacrifices for the children"..Jon Stewart

        by emal on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 05:44:51 AM PDT

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        •  Deficit and debt are a symptom not a cause (2+ / 0-)
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          Meteor Blades, emal

          The whole debate over deficit spending is political gamesmanship.  No one is talking about the fact that the deficit is largely the result of high unemployment and the recession.

          Tax cuts haven't helped consumers or the economy much, but they've also added to the deficit.

          Our household and so many others are facing similar problems.   I was recently shocked to see there are 4 foreclosures in process in our small neighborhood, a place where homes are in the 3,000 sq ft and larger range.  People living here are professionals, attorneys, teachers, small business owners, etc.   Parents can no longer afford to send kids to 4 yr colleges, instead choosing 2 yrs of community college with hopes to finish the last 2 yrs at the state university.

          Voters of all ages and income levels are under stress right now.  Underestimating the concern about the economy is a big mistake for Obama to make.

          It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

          by Betty Pinson on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:22:32 AM PDT

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    •  The GOP is working very hard on creating them. (1+ / 0-)
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      ItsaMathJoke

      This is why the PATRIOT Act was rolled out.

      They knew a long time ago the system would crash as it did.

      The PATRIOT Act is about protecting the 1% from the rest of us, not about protesting us from al queda -  that's horseshit.

      Republicans are by far a bigger threat to you and your family than al queda. Al queda didn't buttfuck your economy.

      al queda doesn't work day and night to fuck up the economy and cause people to lose jobs.

      al queda isn't working diligently to kill your unemployment or raise your gas prices, or limit your freedoms or tell you who you can marry.

      When the American suicide Bomber is born, thank republicans.

      21st Century Republicans would much rather legalize murder than marijuana.
      DK4 Cannabis Reform Group Writing Guidelines

      by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:13:00 AM PDT

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  •  Just out of curiosity, (26+ / 0-)

    why is there no National Association of Unemployed People?

    Might not get enough dues to buy a swanky office in Reston, but, lord, the membership numbers would be huge.

    Hell, if you're bored enough to hang out here, might as well check out my site.

    by Crashing Vor on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:39:49 PM PDT

  •  Time for a Union of Unemployed Workers (22+ / 0-)

    Reich is right.  The unemployed are being ignored because they are not sufficiently visible.  
       In the Great Depression, there were marches of unemployed people demanding government action.  Time to bring that back.

    •  The Depression Economy Was American. (10+ / 0-)

      Ours is global. The American economy increasingly doesn't need Americans either for labor or consumption. Both parties have spent a third of a century liberating our economy from our nation and people.

      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 Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:59:16 PM PDT

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      •  You're wrong there. (5+ / 0-)

        The American economy needs consumers.  The transfer of wealth to the (already) rich that began in the 80's killed the "pay as you go" consumer . . . replacing him/her with the "credit" consumer (which brought us the boom of the '90's and early 2000's).  And then the credit ran out.

        Until the American worker has a job that pays enough to settle his debts and leave a surplus to buy things there will not be a "recovery".  The folks at the top will continue their game of shoving chips back and forth across the table pretending that they are "winning" . . . but there's going to come a day when even they are going to have to reckon what those chips are really worth.  When that happens there's going to be hell to pay . . .

        Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

        by Deward Hastings on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:21:25 PM PDT

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        •  Does the elite need consumers? (4+ / 0-)
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          OLinda, nonnie9999, Badabing, bablhous

          "Consumerism" as we've had it was in response to the peasants uprising. Bread and circus, plus tech and gadgets.

          An unjust elite has two ways to keep the peasants from having any say in things: mollify them or terrify them.

          So with their new police tactics and new weapons -- sound, heat, flashes, stink, electric shock -- and all these not on a drawing board but being used in the US and Europe.

          Add in near-total official surveillance, and you know Apple or Goggle or AT&T will hand over whatever tracking info your phone reveals if asked, routine infiltration of dissident groups ...

          The odds tell me there's at least a powerful faction of the Elite which would see a feudal society as easier and cheaper to manage than to try to revive a dying consumer society.

          (This apart from the reality that a consumer society cannot be maintained by Earth, which opens up a whole other discussion.)


          Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

          by Jim P on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:08:11 PM PDT

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      •  posted similar way below. nt (2+ / 0-)
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        nonnie9999, Eric Nelson

        America is so not like her hype.

        by OLinda on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:12:56 PM PDT

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  •  The Repubs are screwing it up big time (11+ / 0-)

     So the Dems better not mess this up.  This could be a huge landslide; the Repubs are basically laying down on a platter in front of the nation's poorest folks, whom they have systematically robbed, lied to, stripped of their rights, their health and their homes----and all the Dems have to do is stay on message and hammer it home.  

    •  If Dems count on Republican self-destruction, (7+ / 0-)

      they are screwing it up bigtime.

      Right now, every one of us knows that somewhere there's a false scandal, or eight, being conjured up about the President; there's another dozen faux outraged sensibilities to be farted about MediaLand.

      They'll make Photoshop pix of Obama and Michelle beating baby seals to death with baby penguins if they have to.

      So if the Dems can't come up with "We are going to do exactly this about The Jobs Crisis, but you must Vote for us." then it really isn't going to matter which of the Repub transparent sociopaths run, they'll have a chance of winning.

      But, look like you are engaged with the people, look like you have a plan, plus justly bash the Repubs, then it's all Landslide City. You win the votes, you win the Seats.


      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:15:01 PM PDT

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      •  You know, "Hammer it home" kind of implies (0+ / 0-)

        more action than waiting for self destruction.  

        And if we don't fight back against the photoshopped crap,  well, then, we'll get what we deserve.  

        •  Propaganda trick Repubs mastered and Dems (0+ / 0-)

          fall for every time. Like Kerry against the provable coward and liar Bush.

          Every time Kerry defenders said "swiftboat charge is false" the public heard "swiftboat" again. Given the established light attention the majority of voters put on what they hear, the defense against the charge helped cement the charge. We wasted weeks on that.

          The response to an attack is a more-furious attack. When you can base it on the truth, you just need to use language people use instead of the wonk-speak Democratic p.r. & politicians fall into.

          Attack, attack, attack is rule number one in a political campaign. And part of "attack" is having clear policies where your opponent has, at best, clearly destructive policies.


          Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

          by Jim P on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 07:22:42 PM PDT

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    •  They are not alone. (1+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse

      The Democrats have been screwing it up big time as well.

      I only need to walk down the streets of my town to see that.
      Foreclosed homes for sale, factories shuttered, and more "space available" signs than you can shake a stick at.

      Republicans didn't win in 2010 because we all love Republicans.
      They won because Democrats were going to focus on jobs and the economy once they got more important things handled.

      Trouble is, nothing is more important than jobs and the economy when you've got a family to care for.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:15:59 AM PDT

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      •  Gee, all that stuff was because of Bush (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe you should blame him for that and not expect miracles with the way the Repubs have been sucking up to big business right and left.  You have to play a part, too. How many congresscritters do you have on speed dial? How many letters have you written? How many marches have you been in?

  •  they don't get it (16+ / 0-)

    Admin economic advisers don't seem to grasp that this recession requires outside-the-neolib-box thinking to address.

    This doesn't look good at all. Seems like we're in for a year and a half of bullshit, then an election between two parties of failure.

    And of course, our mission for a better America led by better Democrats is still in its early stages. -- Markos Moulitsas, 5/26/11

    by mightymouse on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 08:55:47 PM PDT

  •  2 1/2 years after the bailout, the stench still (10+ / 0-)

    lingers.  Everyone knows it.  I think they just don't want to remind everyone about how much treasure attention was spent propping up Wall Street and how little was done for Main Street.  

    It's not that the unemployed (and underemployed and working poor) are invisible...it's more that they are like the red headed stepchild.  We are an annoyance and an inconvenience.

    If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. H. L. Mencken

    by Keith930 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:00:50 PM PDT

  •  Yves on FDL kind of touching on the $ell out cla$$ (7+ / 0-)

    today -

    the Democratic "Leadership" cla$$ don't do anything cuz they don't give a f'k cuz for 3+ decades the "leadership" of the Democratic Party has been a bunch of outta touch upper middle cla$$ dilettantes & political incompetents on a good day -

    when they're NOT just being rubin geithner clint-0-bama DLC neo lib sell outs.

    rmm.

    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:04:43 PM PDT

  •  My great-grandmother (32+ / 0-)

    grew up in Dickensian poverty in Manchester, England . . . until she was given away by her parents in 1880 or so (when she was 5 or 6 or 7, she wasn't sure) and placed on an orphan ship and sent to Canada as an indentured servant.  She married a good-looking rogue while still in her teens, bore three children . . . and watched him run off with a redhead named Lucille.  She worked as a janitress in Vermont, raised her children, grew beautiful dahlias.  She lived long enough to see all of her grandchildren (and a couple of great-grandchildren) graduate from college. I was 14 when she died, and I adored her.

    I cannot imagine what she would think about the Dickensian poverty that is now growing in America . . .

    PROUD to be a Democrat.

    by noweasels on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:04:54 PM PDT

  •  Invisible (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Lucy2009, nonnie9999, bablhous, dkosdan

    means just that, out of the picture, forgotten.

    But don't think unemployed wheels can't squeak.

    Just loud enough.

    Over confidence is a clencher.

    When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace- Hendrix

    by Maori on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:07:17 PM PDT

    •  You'd think 2010 would have gotten somebody's (0+ / 0-)

      attention, but no.

      A lot of "stupid voters", "short memories", etc. Not much "Hey! Maybe we're screwing up."

      Wasn't there a news item the other day about housing prices in DC going up -- the only major city in the country where that's true?

      A different world out there.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:21:30 AM PDT

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  •  Yet another peg (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brooke In Seattle, Lucy2009, bablhous

    In which I sincerely think that term-limiting the entire Federal Government would be a good idea.

    People who are only able to campaign for so long and can only worry about campaign dollars for so long might be more willing, I'd like to think anyway, to do more of the "right" things, as opposed to simply doing whatever will get those fat-ass checks coming in from corporate puppet masters.

    But that's probably some sort of "Unserious" fantasy world, so.

  •  They pour syrup on shit and (6+ / 0-)

    call it hot cakes. Meteor Blades

    The most precise distilled passage about Republicans that I have ever read.

    It now seems Democrats like eating syrup drenched cow-pies of unemployed workers.

    "Misfortune shows those who are not really friends." Aristotle Fuldheim's long and distinguished career - where, at age 91, .,,,. suffered a stroke on July 27, 1984, shortly after interviewing U.S. President Ronald Reagan via satellite.

    by JugOPunch on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:12:05 PM PDT

  •  Fox news uses Tina Fey pic for Palin??? (4+ / 0-)

    lolWUT???

    http://twitpic.com/...

    Heard it over teh twitter, so maybe it's just a joke.


    "I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD"
    - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:13:30 PM PDT

  •  Pakistan militants on the run. (3+ / 0-)
    One thing that Ilyas Kashmiri's death confirms beyond doubt is that the top al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders are now on the run.

    We have it from credible sources that Mr Kashmiri arrived in the Laman village of South Waziristan tribal region on Friday night as part of his plans to relocate there.

    His base in neighbouring North Waziristan was under threat, amid reports that the Pakistani army may launch an operation there, the sources said.

    The US drone struck merely half an hour after Mr Kashmiri's arrival in Laman. Tea had just been served, and not everybody had said their greetings yet.

    /

    The fact that he featured on the top five most-wanted list in the US indicates that his death would be hailed as a major success in America's "war on terror".

    By the same measure, it is certainly going to dampen the morale of the militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan's most secure militant sanctuary so far.

    The fact that Mr Kashmiri was on the run during his last days is an indication that space for militants is shrinking in Pakistan's tribal regions.

    But whether some important groups will be able to relocate to other areas is yet to be seen.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:15:53 PM PDT

  •  Libyan 'rape victim' heads to US (3+ / 0-)
    A Libyan woman who said she was raped by supporters of Col Muammar Gaddafi has left eastern Libya for the US, according to her sister.

    Eman al-Obeidi was heading from the rebel-held city of Benghazi to Washington DC, her sister Marwa said.

    Eman al-Obeidi's case came to attention when she rushed into Tripoli's Rixos Hotel in March and told her story to foreign journalists staying there.

    Earlier this week, Ms Obeidi was deported from Qatar.

    She had sought refuge there after arriving from Libya, via Tunisia.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:23:39 PM PDT

  •  The Unemployed will get attention.... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lucy2009, Badabing, anarchyintheusa, emal

    ...when they can write big checks like the Koch brothers, command media air time like Sara Palin/Donald Trump, be taken as seriously by the punditry as Paul Ryan, and wreak the kind of havoc in primary elections that the tea party has.

    Until then, don't hold your breath.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:23:46 PM PDT

    •  A version of that is happening now, but, (0+ / 0-)

      unfortunately, it takes a destructively long time to happen.

      The most powerful instrument We the Powerless have is our votes.

      We exercised them in 2008 and again in 2010.

      Didn't do much good last time -- the idiots in DC went about their merry way complaining about stupid voters instead of stupid legislators, but...
      that can't go on forever if only because people like power and the money it brings.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:27:15 AM PDT

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  •  if economic ideology (0+ / 0-)

    does not equal economic policy, then there will be problems.

    government spending and big tax cuts does not a stimulus make.

    Led by the deceit of the Ryan budget and aided by an administration ready to compromise, government spending on unemployment is not forecast.

    That's ok. With their stratospheric profits, our good buds in the oil industry are going to really rev up alternative energy and create a booming US led industry in time for 11/12.

    what we can do, we will do

    by lemarais17 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:24:16 PM PDT

    •  At this point, nobody cares about ideology. (0+ / 0-)

      Certainly not the millions who can't earn a living.

      Get the economy rolling and people will be on your side.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:24:04 AM PDT

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  •  Portugal election: Socialists admit defeat (2+ / 0-)
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    basquebob, Lawrence

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

    I don't get how the people think that their lot will be improved under right wing governments. UK, Spain, now Portugal.

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:27:13 PM PDT

    •  When people see... (5+ / 0-)

      ...the so called "socialist" behaving like or cowing to the "neo-liberals" (European for hard right conservatism) they either don't vote or vote for the other guy. Kind of what happened here last November. In Spain in particular last May 22 left leaning voters simply refused to vote. The gains of the right in real numbers were minimal. They felt that voting for the socialist party was the same than voting for the other guy because the socialists in power have acted like the other guy. Of course the media and the right wingers hailed it as a great victory for the right but the real numbers tell quite a different story. There is a lot of pent up anger and it might not take much more for that anger to "blow up" (sorry I couldn't think of a better expression).

      "Capitalism has defeated communism. It is now well on its way to defeating democracy."
- David Korten

      by basquebob on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:48:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I get the anger but not the enabling your enemy. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Lawrence, basquebob

        Do they really think that a center-right wing (they're forming the government alright, forget the margins) is going to help them in any way ? Look at what UK cone govt is doing there right now.

        Business Secretary Vince Cable has warned delegates at the GMB union's conference that co-ordinated strike action may lead to tougher union laws.

        Union leaders have warned that there could be strike action taken by 750,000 public sector workers on 30 June.

        Mr Cable said that while the level of strikes is low there is not a compelling case for tighter laws.

        But he warned that the pressure on him to act would ratchet up if there were to be widespread disruption.

        GMB general secretary Paul Kenny told the BBC he was disappointed that Mr Cable was going to attack the unions, having been invited to talk about jobs.

        "I don't think that any strike in this country could inflict the sort of economic damage on our country that the banks and finance houses and frankly current government policy have done," he said.

        "It's funny how ministers encourage strikes in Egypt and places like that, but they want to ban them in Britain."

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/...

        One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
        A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

        by amk for obama on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:48:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It is not about what they think. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          amk for obama

          It is about what they know. They know that they have been betrayed by the people they voted for in the past. They feel that their options are bad and worst. Faced with those options some people reach the conclusion of let's get it over with. Again, the vast majority of the gains in the right are not because people are voting for them. Those gains are coming because people on the left or center-left are not voting. People in this last group feel that no one is representing them and have learned that the least worst option is not really an option.

          "Capitalism has defeated communism. It is now well on its way to defeating democracy."
- David Korten

          by basquebob on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 10:06:34 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  It's basically the same thing that happened in (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      amk for obama, emal, catfood

      Germany in 2009, in the U.S. in 2010, and now in Spain and Portugal.

      And there's really no excuse for it in Portugal and Spain, where it is fairly easy to form new parties and or shift your vote to the Green Party.

      The German's had almost immediate buyer's remorse with their new, conservative govt. and it'll likely be the same in Spain and Portugal.

      The very wealthy and the big corporations do love it when voters act like this, though.

      "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

      by Lawrence on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 02:51:30 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Maybe one reason jobs are on the back (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    basquebob, dkosdan, Lawrence, JeffW

    burner right now is that getting the debt ceiling raised takes priority.  At least in the view of the Administration.  If that doesn't get done, you all (and we'uns) are going to be in a world of hurt that could really bring on another Great Depression.  The world financial markets seem pretty delicate right now because of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.  Plus the e-coli outbreak seems to be having a terrible impact on European agriculture.  Add in the state Japan is in because of the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear catastrophe and the brink is way too close for comfort.  

    And further add in that the freshman Republicans simply are incapable of understanding that any of this matters to them.  

    The one big thing the Administration can contribute to stabilizing the financial system is somehow or other getting the debt ceiling raised.  For your sakes, you gotta hope the President can save Medicare and Medicaid in the process.   And the Affordable Care Act.  

    To try to suggest to Congress that they should pass a new stimulus package with a very heavy emphasis on infrastructure spending in order to put people back to work could be worse than futile right now.  Or that's how I see it, anyway.

    We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

    by Observerinvancouver on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:27:44 PM PDT

  •  I turn and walk away... (0+ / 0-)

    "Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." — Howard Zinn

    by blueyedace2 on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:30:31 PM PDT

  •  No Consumer Spending Stimulus = No Recovery (5+ / 0-)

    By now, everyone knows that consumer spending is 70% of the demand that drives the U.S. economy.  It is also responsible for the housing market which is a huge part of our GDP.

    But nobody in the government wants to stimulate consumers to spend money because that would be "morally wrong."  OTOH,  it is perfectly acceptable to the leaders in Washington to condemn millions of Americans to long-term unemployment.

    As usual, the moral choices made in Washington are terrible for the rest of the country.

  •  Someone please help... (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson

    How do I find diaries I have hotlisted?
    Thanks.

  •  I've thought about it..... (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bablhous, dkosdan, Blue Bronc, mightymouse

    ...and as of November 2010, there is nothing that President Obama or the Democrats in Congress can do about jobs. You cannot stimulate the economy (and go into further debt) because the Republicans in the House won't let it happen and the private sector shows no signs of engaging in a hiring frenzy.

    The Republicans have their issue and we have no answer but to say once again what McCain mouthed at the first State of the Union "Blame it on Bush".

    Time will tell if that will work. In the meantime, the Republicans are busy gerrymandering, disenfranchising voters and busting unions.

    The November 2010 election was crucial. The Republicans control the budget and will take the economy over the cliff, as Reich points out.

    All Obama has is his mouth and he and his surrogates better start using them, and doing it in clever ways that forces the media to pay attention. Picture Bush going to a filing cabinet in Virginia and saying that's where all of the IOU's for Social Security are.

    We are beyond speeches. We need street theatre. We also need to awaken the base a la Wisconsin.

    Remember Wisconsin.

    I didn't intend the above as a factual statement.

    by Bensdad on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:49:41 PM PDT

    •  If FDR or Harry Truman (9+ / 0-)

      were around today, they would disagree.    They were Democrats of a different generation, who felt a moral imperative to fix problems like unemployment.  They didn't question whether it was necessary or put political jitters ahead of their fellow Americans.

      Wish we had more of those kind of Democrats in DC today.

      It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:21:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  They also had majorities... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        dkosdan

        ...,except for two years under Truman, in Congress. Of course the republicans didn't achieve another majority in Congress until 1994 (I think) again due to how badly they overplayed their victory. But that was then and this is now.

        "Capitalism has defeated communism. It is now well on its way to defeating democracy."
- David Korten

        by basquebob on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 12:57:11 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  EXACTLY (0+ / 0-)

        Nail on the head, Betty !!!!!!!!!!!!!

        -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

        by r2did2 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:17:21 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Takin it to the streets yes, and a constant (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      dkosdan, emal

      pounding of what actually went down for 10 years prior.
      Dems need to remind the nation of this:

      But far more crucially, they need to inform the nation of the obstacles put up by plutocrats who have constrained regulatory agencies and concentrated the media into a tight little cabal committed to the distribution of baloney and bullshit. They should not pretend that if they don't mention this reality it will go away.

      The story being bought sold is that what happened over Bush's reign is over and that it is time to move on.
      Bullshit. It's not over, it's just picking up real steam. The results of Citizens United was just getting warmed up for 2010. Now the organizations are hot to go.

      That we can keep pressure on

  •  any kossacks in los angeles (2+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, Eric Nelson

    want to get together and have a coffee somewhere?

    I need to get out more.

    May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back.

    by GlowNZ on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:59:14 PM PDT

  •  unemployment (6+ / 0-)

    Plus, the corporatocracy just doesn't need us any more. They don't need a middle class to make things, and they don't need Americans to be able to buy things anymore either.
    link

    Wal-Mart reported net income of $3.39 billion, or 97 cents per share, in the three months ended April 30. That compares with $3.3 billion, or 87 cents per share, in the same period last year
    ...
    Wal-Mart's US division posted a 0.3 percent drop in revenue at stores open at least a year, dragged down by a 1.1 percent drop at its namesake stores.
    ...
    Wal-Mart's international business, which produces 26 percent of company revenue, is a bright spot.

    The international division's revenue rose 11.5 percent to $27.9 billion in the first quarter, led by gains in Mexico, China and Chile. Revenue grew strongly in all international markets except Japan, which was hurt by the earthquake and tsunami.


    America is so not like her hype.

    by OLinda on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 09:59:19 PM PDT

    •  Hopefully those countries might learn... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      OLinda

      ...from Germany and Korea and send Wal-Mart on its way out if they know what is good for them, the countries, in the long run. And now that I think about it, Wal-Mart in China should make sense to the Chinese. After all they are buying locally made products by going to Wal-Mart.

      "Capitalism has defeated communism. It is now well on its way to defeating democracy."
- David Korten

      by basquebob on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:03:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I have to admit that I am really pissed off that (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    tardis10

    annetteboardman's lovely Teachers' Lounge diary from yesterday was turned into yet another pie fight. What is wrong with people around here?

  •  Remembering Robert Francis Kennedy (9+ / 0-)

    Photobucket

    PROUD to be a Democrat.

    by noweasels on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:27:53 PM PDT

  •  the republican strategy wouldn't work if people (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    amk for obama, bablhous

    didn't elect them for keeping them unemployed, now would it.

    There current actions should get them punished severely at the polls, instead some of the worst republicans we've ever seen got elected.

    stupid, stupid people.

    this stupidity then allows Obama and the rest of the democrats to stay comfortably far to the right giving us a choice between insane republicans and moderate republicans.

    big badda boom : GRB 080913

    by squarewheel on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:36:22 PM PDT

  •  Young people like this guy (9+ / 0-)

    help me keep a small measure of hope alive:

    "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation." - Barack Obama 12/2007

    by Sagebrush Bob on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 10:54:45 PM PDT

    •  This should go viral. n/t (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      tardis10

      "Capitalism has defeated communism. It is now well on its way to defeating democracy."
- David Korten

      by basquebob on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 01:07:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Failed capitalism (0+ / 0-)

      Capitalism has become "croniism", if that's even a word....but, you get the point.  It has become "I've got mine, you go get yours".  And, government has fueled it with little-to-no controls over that progression.  I don't think there's some cute little name for what we have right now in our country with regard to our economy or government's involvement (or lack thereof) with it.

      Milton Friedman...a noted economist...said: "There's nothing free about the free market".  I'm thinkin' we're finding that out right about now.  

      To fix what's become broken, we're gonna have to spend some money, y'all.  Now, the ONLY debate should be where we're going to get it from.  

      -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

      by r2did2 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:24:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Nancy Pelosi: Blame unemployment on Boehner, GOP (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Eric Nelson, basquebob
    Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spoke with Bob Schieffer on the recent economic downturn, the Democratic plan for job creation, and if they can reach an agreement with the GOP on debt reduction.

    http://www.youtube.com/...

    Embed  function not allowed

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 11:19:11 PM PDT

  •  Building infrastructure (5+ / 0-)

    like high speed rail and keeping the manufacturing in the USA would employ many millions and get us back down to the acceptable level of 6-7% unemployment, but because to much of our employment is politicized ie: governors of repugs states turn down federal funding for infrastructure stating it is too costly (political BS) then we sit here complaining about unemployment....

    The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by Mindmover on Sun Jun 05, 2011 at 11:34:02 PM PDT

  •  from now on this will hang on top of my computer (6+ / 0-)
    ... to inform the nation of the obstacles put up by plutocrats who have constrained regulatory agencies and concentrated the media into a tight little cabal committed to the distribution of baloney and bullshit.

    ...pointing to it next time someone asks me to archive Sara Palin's or Michelle Bachmann's quotes or retrieving them for a "news" story...

    Rule number one:
    Do not enable distribution of baloney and bullshit.

    Thanks for the quote... :-)

  •  Bob, meet you at French Hotel for coffee (0+ / 0-)

    The answer is to connect the pieces in a single solution.

    We both know that with jobs comes national prosperity. And with jobs we reduce the deficit.

    The Grover Norquists of the world have a pledge to cut taxes so the Dems must have a pledge to create jobs as their brand.  At every turn the question must be Show me the jobs it creates.

    There's not a job being created by the GOP tax cuts. If they had been creating jobs with all those tax cuts since Reagan we'd be employing the entire planet. Instead $8 trillion has been squandered on tax cuts and wars and we have a pile of bills to show for it - but no jobs.

    Pelosi is too embarrassed to kick Haley Barbour in the balls and demand he show where any of his cherished tax cuts created a job - any job.

    I'd love to get some tax breaks for my startup, but startups don't need tax breaks because we pay no taxes!

    So Bob, what time do you drop by French Hotel daily?  I have to drive up from Palo Alto, but I'll be there. Or meet me at the Doge or Cool Cafe instead.

    •  The conservative objective is power. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      emal

      Power is not achieved by prosperity.  Power, to be felt, has to hurt.  Therefor, the people over whom power is to be exercised have to be deprived.  Moreover, since deprivation is relative, if power is to be increased, more people have to be deprived.  People who do good are not perceived as powerful.

      Powerful people may accumulate great wealth.  But, just as often they waste it.  That's because the wealth is merely evidence that the deprivation has been effective.

      Deprivation is perverse in that it targets assets a person doesn't even want for himself.  Deprivation is, in that sense, unselfish and, therefor, difficult to identify.  It seems irrational.  And it is.  Deprivation responds to an emotional deficit, driven by the illusion that one's own insecurity is lessened as another's is increased. Which, if correct, suggests that increasing national security has the effect of making Americans feel less secure.

      http://www.youtube.com/cyprespond

      by hannah on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:30:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Mostly, I try to avoid reading anything (0+ / 0-)

    by or about Robert Reich because he's a self-serving twit.  However, the notion that the unemployed are invisible has no rational basis.  Who is it that's got time to organize recall petitions in Wisconsin?  Who's signing up with Organizing for America but people with time on their hands?  One of the "advantages" of having virtually every adult employed full-time for wages was that nobody had much time to pay attention to the political arena.  That's now been lost.  While there was a time when the majority of women permitted their political attitudes to be shaped by fathers or spouses or other male relatives, that time is now gone.  Not to mention that 2010 demonstrated definitively that male management of political matters is not to be trusted.
    The promotion of O'Donnell and Angle and Ayotte and Haley and Bachmann and Palinesque variants needs to be hammered as a failure not to be repeated for any reason.

    "Remember the Palinesques and vote for competence."

    http://www.youtube.com/cyprespond

    by hannah on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:05:06 AM PDT

  •  May I Respectfully Add That DC Has Become (0+ / 0-)

    toxic with the same toxins of power that corrupted the king before them.

  •  Stockholder? Speak up. (0+ / 0-)

    Demand from the corporations the real reason they aren't hiring. My bet is that a whole lot of it is political. They simply don't like the rules in the new regime.

    And for all of the pundits here that think Obama is too pro-Wall Street, ask the street. He's walked a tightrope here, but improvements are on the books.

    Whether Warren ends up staying in her post (recess appointment) or in the Senate, she deserves a lot of credit.

    Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

    by MrMichaelMT on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:42:08 AM PDT

  •  Tens of millions unemployed or underemployed! (0+ / 0-)

    What a great diary...right to the point.  You know, it used to be that when we had a national tragedy, there were "specials" about it constantly on TV and even movies made about it.  But this one?  It was well put here...chirp, chirp.  It's almost like we, as a country, have just accepted this horrible situation.  

    I want to put all the blame on the GOP.  I know much of it DOES fall on them not just from a standpoint of inaction currently but from the standpoint of all this misery existing because of them in the first place.  But, we have two parties and both of them consist of elected leaders that ran for office on the promise to work "for the people" and to diligently focus on specific problems....biggest of which is this very national tragedy affecting just so many people.  Where in the hell is the media in all of this?

    These "forgotten people" need "our" help.  That's ALL of us.  There is no alternative.  There is no magic wand.  If the democrats and republicans don't come together on a viable plan to strengthen the very entity that employs the majority of our folks and go after the greedmeisters that take advantage of these dire circumstances, we're going to lose our national identy.  

    This isn't right.  As far as I'm concerned, they should cancel election year and suspend all other discussions.  The prime national debate should be about what can be done for these millions of families.  Nothing else, in my opinion, is more important.  Stop the politics, everyone.  Just STOP the fu*king politics !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -- **Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.**

    by r2did2 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:46:32 AM PDT

  •  sidebar: spaceport blog (0+ / 0-)

    http://spacereport.blogspot.com/

    'Avatar' Director Rumored to Have Bought First Ticket to the Moon (Source: Seacost Online)

    The first of two $150 million tickets for a pioneering tourist mission to the moon was off the market Sunday, and its owner was rumored to be the world-famous "Avatar" director James Cameron. Space Adventures, the American company offering the trip scheduled for 2015, said only that the buyer of the ticket was a "well-known" personality. The expedition will begin aboard a Soyuz spaceship launched from Kazakhstan.

    The orbit of the moon during the 17-day trip also includes a stopover on the International Space Station (ISS). The trip marks a new departure for space tourism. Only seven tourists have traveled into space since 2001. Tom Shelley, the British president of Space Adventures, would not even disclose whether the buyer of the seat was male or female, saying the name must remain "top secret." (6/5)

    Median income of a senior woman is $14,430 a year. Health costs under the Republican budget for that woman would be $12,500. She wouldn’t even have $2,000 for the rest of the needs of her life. ~ Sen. Barbara Boxer D-CA

    by anyname on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 03:54:28 AM PDT

  •  Repubs have done an awful lot about jobs (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    mchestnutjr, JeffW

    MAINLY DESTROYING THEM.

    I suppose it wil be too much to expect that Democratic LEADERSHIP will all the GOP to make this the Dems fault come 11/2012.

    They could be hammering away at them and their job-killing ways now... but I am NOT FUCKING HEARING IT!

    It's part of the 'deafening silence' mentioned in the first graf.

    If I had media access, I'd be able to craft a message.

    jesus christ, people - it's not trigonometry.

    Republicans are simply the single biggest threat most americans are going to face.

    They are.......my enemies. They hate me they hate you, they hate Americans with jobs, they hate Americans without jobs.

    Perhaps I am not really a democrat.

    21st Century Republicans would much rather legalize murder than marijuana.
    DK4 Cannabis Reform Group Writing Guidelines

    by xxdr zombiexx on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 04:02:37 AM PDT

  •  Santorum running for President (0+ / 0-)

    Just saw the Breaking News header on Yahoo.com

  •  No, my bad again. Santorum is running. (0+ / 0-)
  •  Washington Democrats are striving for voter (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    splashoil

    apathy and poor turnout.  Great strategy.

  •  Not having the votes is a bad reason for Dems (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Meteor Blades, lungfish

    to not bring forth jobs ideas and legislation.  Best case, we actually DO get the votes and something helps.  Worst case, it's more ammunition for 2012 to show that Dems are actually trying to help the middle class workers while the GOP simply has no interest in doing that, but would rather spend their time and efforts chipping away at the rights of women and middle class workers, and literally ripping away the healthcare rights of the poor and elderly.  

  •  Dems worthless - what's the plan to change that? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    splashoil

    This is the leading left-of-center political activism site on the Web.  If this discussion isn't happening here, then where would it happen?

    We've tried "more, better Democrats," and we see how far that got us.  What do we try next?

    I've been waiting for that discussion to take place here, but all I see is stuff like what Meteor Blades says here:

    "Some Democrats are already on the case. And huzzah to them for not having to have this stuff coaxed out of them by Rachel Maddow and a handful of other reliable people in the media. But more Democrats need to stand up. They should be making the plight of invisible Americans visible. Every day. They want to win elections? That is the way to do it."

    You can't expect the Dems to change until you make it hard for them not to change.  So what's the plan to do so?  Just saying for the 755th time just how disappointed you are in the Democratic Party yet again won't accomplish jack shit.

    If you want to be activists, be activists.  But it's really put-up-or-shut-up time for the Daily Kos universe.  You either want to change things, or you want to talk.  If you want to change things, you need a plan.  What's the plan?

    •  So, what DO we try next? If you've got a... (0+ / 0-)

      ...don't keep it secret. I've personally heard a lot of plans for ditching the Democrats, which, of course, enables the Republicans. Got a plan that doesn't enable Republicans? Because, if you do, I know a lot of people who are eager to try it.

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

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Jun 06, 2011 at 06:41:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  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.

  •  POTUS morphed into a Republican (0+ / 0-)

    Goolsbee describes the plan.  As Atrios says, this is one hell of a dance craze!

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