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Crossposted from Hillbilly Report.

It is not hard to see all that is wrong in this country today. Everyday, everywhere you look it is easy to understand why this country has gone to hell if you want to accept the truth. The truth is no matter what happens working Americans can depend on one thing. Anything that levels the playing field with Corporate interests for them will be defeated. Sadly, anything that allows the 1% to continue robbing and raping our country blind will always be enacted as well.

While the Republican War Against Women is continuing this time it is an outreach of another, wider war. The War Against Working Americans. That is why anything, no matter how fair and no matter how much common sense it makes is defeated if it even hints that busninesss should deal more fairly with workers.

Such was the case earlier today with legislation designed to end the unfair gap in wages that exists between females and their male counterparts. Along party lines, the vote did not allow the bill to defeat the idiocy of the filibuster that requires sixty votes for a bill to pass the Senate:

The bill's defeat came after Democrats made a tightly coordinated media blitz to call for the bill's passage. President Obama, Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Barbara Mikulski (D-M.d.) and Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Rosa Delauro (D-Conn.) all held conference calls expressing strong support for the legislation. But Republicans strongly opposed the bill, leaving Democrats short of the seven votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Democrats said the paycheck bill's defeat is the latest example of a Republican "war on women."

Of course, no matter how much common sense a bill makes and no matter how much good it would do for our country as a whole, nothing can ever be passed in this country anymore that has the opposition of the greediest and least patriotic among us:

Outside business groups like the Chamber of Commerce also expressed opposition to the Paycheck Fairness Act. On Monday the chamber sent out a letter stating that it "strongly opposes" the measure and urged lawmakers to vote against it.
Indeed, once again common sense measures that would help so many who work so hard achieve the middle-class is defeated despite broad support from a wide coalition of Americans:
"This is a common-sense measure with broad public support. Nine out of 10 Americans – including 81 percent of men and 77 percent of Republicans – support this legislation," Reid said. "But once again, the only Republicans who are left opposing a common-sense measure to improve our economy and help middle-class families are the ones here in Washington."
Yes, once again America the interests of yourself and many of those that you love have been sold down the river so that some fat sack of crap can get even fatter and more full of crap while you can merely dream of living a comfortable life:
Democrats argued that not passing the paycheck bill would hurt the economy by leaving money in the hands of the wealthy instead of the middle class.

"This is an issue, Mr. President, that not only affects women, but our families and our economy," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said. "You would see the economy stimulated because middle-class families would spend those dollars, they don't hoard those dollars."

The saddest part?? Americans continue to allow these great injustices to be thrown upon them. It is like we are becoming a country of fat, brownnosing cowards who would rather believe what we are told and fight each other for scraps than actually find and accept the truth and stand up for ourselves and those we love.

It is not hard to see what is wrong with this country. We have allowed the very few elites to hoard all of the wealth to themselves and they in turn have manipulated the system to allow them the best government they can buy. It was not done overnight with one law but has been decades in the making and now we are beginning to see its culmination and effects.

Unfortunately it seems to me that this country is not even to the point where it will accept the truth, let alone rise against the scoundrels who are festering this country from the inside out. Unless we can wake up soon and begin to fight for things that really matter I fear that our democracy has fallen to far to ever rise from the ashes again.

Now is the time for all true patriots to come to the aid of their country.

Originally posted to RDemocrat on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:29 PM PDT.

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  •  Fair as moniker for policy is doomed as Truman's (1+ / 0-)
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    Fair Deal failed miserably. More depressing, as Ross Douthat points out in the NYTIMES,

     is that these fairness legislative initiatives of Truman occurred during times of an increasing revenue pie unlike today's tartlet economy. Even John Rawles modified his justice as fairness concept.

    I would restructure an approach to focus on equity and justice, but then we all know, life is not fair and there is no justice, so maybe just equity.

    "If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." Winston Churchill

    by Kvetchnrelease on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:37:11 AM PDT

  •  Your comment that (6+ / 0-)
    Americans continue to allow these great injustices to be thrown upon them
    is true and a real conundrum for me.  If we could figure out why people are doing this...and what to do about it...we could turn things around.  Is it some warped ideology versus common sense...or what?  Not paying attention?  How far do we have to sink before we get angry?

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:47:30 AM PDT

    •  I think people are doing this (5+ / 0-)

      in part because everywhere you go, you see and hear the inane, insane Fox "News" blaring.  People believe it's news, and they believe it's true.

      I don't know what the answer is, though.  The 1% control the media, and things are going just fine for them.

      Stand Up! Keep Fighting! Paul Wellstone

      by RuralLiberal on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 07:10:03 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Oraganise, organise, organise! (2+ / 0-)
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      PSzymeczek, Catskill Julie

      They bust unions not only to drive down wages and benefits, but because unions are a big funding source for our side when it comes to elections.
      This has been a long-term strategy, they've been picking at it for years, starting with St. Reagan and the air traffic controllers.
      They de-fund education, drive down wages and now it's ok with some people because they sit in front of FOX and eat up every bit of BS they hear.
      If we let unions fall, we will no longer have a seat at the bargaining table. We can't stop taking it to the streets. This is only the beginning.
      There's somethin' happenin' here
      What it is IS exactly clear...

      everybody look what's goin' down!

      Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

      by Icicle68 on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 08:50:45 AM PDT

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      •  The question is HOW (3+ / 0-)
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        PSzymeczek, chicagobleu, fallina7

        to get people to realize, even in the face of poor media attention to facts, they're being screwed.  The people I know  who are "conservatives" have nothing to gain from the policies of the politicians they vote for.   How do we get them to understand this?

        The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

        by Persiflage on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 09:08:41 AM PDT

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        •  At the risk of sounding trite, (0+ / 0-)

          ..the same things the people were doing in Wisconsin need to happen everywhere. We need face-to-face contact with our neighbors so the doubters can see that we are truly all in this together.
          In another diary today someone wrote about how we, as a society, devote a little too much time to online communication, and spending less time actually interacting with each other face-to-face.

          Martin Niemöller, a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany said it well:

          First they came for the communists,
          and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

          Then they came for the trade unionists,
          and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

          Then they came for the Jews,
          and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

          Then they came for me
          and there was no one left to speak out for me

          Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

          by Icicle68 on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 09:31:53 AM PDT

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          •  at the risk of repeating my question (0+ / 0-)

            because I'm  really looking for answers...I can't talk to everybody..but I can write LTE's and influence others...but I have to get it right.  What are the HOW words to make people say "wtf am I doing to myself?"

            The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

            by Persiflage on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 09:51:30 AM PDT

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            •  We need to talk about... (2+ / 0-)
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              PSzymeczek, Persiflage

              1) Job security- Republicans use trade policy to offshore jobs
              2) Actual wages- Republicans freeze at best, and depress at worst, actual wages vs. the cost of living
              3) Representative government- The Republicans are bought and paid for by the rich and by international corporations, who is standing up for US?
              4) Freedom- This is one that is usually used by Republicans. We have to point out that When international corporations have the "freedom" to pollute your air and water, depress your wages and make everything you need cost more, they are taking away your Freedom

              This is just a couple things off the top of my head, do you get the idea? I'm not talking about screaming at people, I'm talking about reason. Each of us knows which issues affect us personally, those same issues affect just about everybody....

              Everybody got to elevate from the norm....

              by Icicle68 on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 10:13:05 AM PDT

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              •  #3 should read that both political parties are (0+ / 0-)

                paid off. We just elected the Blue Dog in CD 1 in Albuquerque NM for congress.

              •  I do get it and these are arguments that need (0+ / 0-)

                to be made...but it's not what i'm looking for.  People would know these things and more if they were paying attention.  As goofy and impossible as it may sound, I'm looking for...trying to develop...a reasonably concise set of words that will grab people and make them realize they're being screwed by their own misconceptions.  

                The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

                by Persiflage on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 05:13:25 PM PDT

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  •  People already see Equal Pay as currently law (1+ / 0-)
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    There was not really much of a price for Republicans to pay for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act as Democrats never said much about the specific changes the law brings.

    The specific important changes in law from the Paycheck Fairness Act has not been communicated very much to the public.  I suspect few here even know what legal changes it would bring.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 08:09:57 AM PDT

  •  ??? (1+ / 0-)
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    Why did Harry Reid vote against cloture on the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday?  He was the only one to do so.  

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it." - Mark Twain

    by Patience is Not a Virtue on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 08:16:30 AM PDT

  •  It's a question of branding (3+ / 0-)
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    thanks to the Koch brothers and the seemingly-endless stream of cash, anything or everything that might help the man or the woman on the street is labeled socialist.  This includes health care, paycheck fairness and UNIONS.

    Someone on the Democratic side needs to take charge of a long-term re-branding strategy.  For too long, we have assumed things are self-evident.  Nothing is self-evident to this crowd.  Up is down, left is right, poor is rich.  The Democrats need a clear, cogent message that explains to the common person EXACTLY how these regressive policies hurt them - but, more importantly, what the Democrats offer as an alternative.

    It has to be new, flashy and catchy
    It has to be written in simple, clear and easy-to-pass-on terms
    It has to be positive
    It needs to appeal to people on a deep, visceral level, below the level of thought - as well as being intellectually compelling

    This should be an ongoing effort that never, never stops.  The Rs currently own the branding and marketing space - they've always been better at it, but now they are taking it to a whole new level.

    •  Democrats have failed in messaging. (2+ / 0-)
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      OregonMon, Sue B

      Just this morning, I heard Boehner saying that the Republicans were trying to solve the problem of student loans, and the Democrats were blocking it.  This is technically true, but he neglects to mention that his proposal had a funding mechanism that most voters would not accept.  Boehner's claim can be answered, but the answer is complicated, and voters get lost in the technicalities.

      Democrats need to find a way to reply quickly and effectively to every misleading Republican statement.  Maybe they should even learn to misrepresent things in a way that is favorable to Democratic positions.

      One thing that particularly concerns me is Romney's invoking the boogieman of socialism.  Socialized medicine would be a lot better than the system we have, but Democratic politicians are afraid to say so.  In other words, they begin the debate by conceding a fundamental point that they ought to be defending.  Reeducating the public is difficult and slow, but the long-term benefits make it a worthwhile effort.


  •  war (2+ / 0-)
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    qofdisks, PSzymeczek

    I am glad to hear it described as a war. It is a war, The right wants a war. Time to accomodate them. Otherwise, democracy is dead and we are slaves. Unions are the answer, and  revolution if that is what it takes.


    by joedennis on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 11:32:38 AM PDT

  •  The filibuster has to go nt (2+ / 0-)
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    qofdisks, PSzymeczek
  •  isn't it already illegal to pay women and (1+ / 0-)
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    minorities less?

    •  Yes, but... (0+ / 0-)

      the law doesn't have a lot of teeth.  Many companies forbid their employees from talking to each other about their compensation, so many women can't find out how badly they're being discriminated against.

      The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth. - William O. Douglas

      by PSzymeczek on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 02:37:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  And wasn't.... (0+ / 0-)

      The Ledbetter Act supposed to adress this problem.  Remember all the fanfare they gave that bill when it passed?  Now we find out that it really didnt do anything.  Typical.

      •  yeah. this is sounding alot (0+ / 0-)

        less like a problem that the legislature needs to solve and more something that needs to be taken care of in the courts. Laws are clearly already on the books and they have teeth if you can prove it.

        clearly this law could only do two things. One is lowering the standard for the current law to sue for pay discrimination and the second is just to have republicans vote against law that's supposed to be for women but would in reality not do anything and run that in the media fo a couple weeks.

  •  These people have such arrogance in doing whatever (0+ / 0-)

    they please, because they know so many will vote for them, against their own interest.... It's sad....

  •  Well, all I can say is: (0+ / 0-)
    Exit polls show union voters supported Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by a 71 to 29 percent margin over Walker
            This simple statistic show that at least 29% of active voters will vote AGAINST their own best interests. IMHO this means that 29% of Wisconsin voters prefer to listen to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the rest rather than to think for themselves. It's a real shame and makes me have serious doubts about what lies in store for the majority of us in the future.

    ",,, the Political whorehouse that is Fox News." Keith Olbermann

    by irate on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 03:03:30 PM PDT

  •  Courage! Stand up, be brave! For this . . . (1+ / 0-)
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    we are becoming a country of fat, brownnosing cowards who would rather believe what we are told and fight each other for scraps than actually find and accept the truth and stand up for ourselves
    COURAGE people!

    Okay, the Government says you MUST abort your child. NOW do you get it?

    by Catskill Julie on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 06:09:18 PM PDT

  •  Very little media coverage of this (1+ / 0-)
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    Apparently, the senate Dems media blitz didn't work very well.

    Your average American voter probably didn't hear much about it.

    It sounds as though they should have begun their media campaign earlier to build interest and educate the public.

    "We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty." Edward R. Murrow

    by Betty Pinson on Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 08:05:16 PM PDT

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