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I hadn't seen these diaried so wanted to link to two good posts on the coming fiscal curb.   One is from Jonathan Cohn, the reasonable, and is a good pithy takedown of the (not just in the media) notion that both sides are equally to blame, using Starbucks' campaign as an example: "The Real Fiscal-Cliff Message Starbucks Should Put on It's Coffee Cups".

The other is from Kevin Drum, talks about the dynamics of last minute posturing as we approach the cliff, and brings a title worth repeating: "The Great Republican Recession of 2013 is Now Five Days Away".

Hope everyone enjoys these quick reads if they have time, and passes them around.  I'm sharing them with my moderately conservative friends, who tend to be blaming both sides right now.  I think the more the public realizes who owns this mess, the better the final outcome will be.

Have to get to work so won't have much time for commenting. Best, A4Q

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  •  Pass the Ball (2+ / 0-)
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    Ask 4 Questions, phonegery

    We sometimes drop the ball. The Republicans have a well-oiled email program of long standing. I've received hundreds of very slick, professionally produced psuedo-populist tea party type emails, many of them videos and some with humor (!)

    Rarely do I get an email from a Liberal.

    If the party or other organizations aren't going to get the email ball rolling, it's up to us.

    Pass it on.

    Thanks for the links and diary.

    A Southerner in Yankeeland

    •  A well oiled email program (1+ / 0-)
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      phonegery

      that seems "grass roots" in the sense that millions of people (my parents included) pass it on without thinking.  I don't know why liberals don't do chain emails very well.  I suppose it's because a chain email, to be effective and passed on, has to be dramatic and fear/anger inducing.  

      Real policy and the truth, though important, can be a bit less exciting, whereas untrue fearmongering is easy to make stick and pass on...If you live in a fantasy world, it's easy to drum up whatever emotion makes you pass it on.

      But I agree with your larger point, and I am more interested now in passing on emails with thoughtful articles, and winning "micro-conversations" than I used to be.  I don't let my friends or folks get away with stuff like I used to.  Hopefully more people will do that, as it's a real way to shift opinion, house-to-house, block by block.

  •  there will not be a recession (1+ / 0-)
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    there will be growth.  the problem is, it will be weak growth.

    which isn't a recession. positive growth even if 0.01 is not considered a recession.  decreasing growth is not a recession either, at least until we have reached negative growth, which would then be defined as a recession.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 10:26:47 AM PST

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