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Paul Krugman at The New York Times writes several paragraphs of eyerolls over the Republican Ignorance Caucus:

To be sure, [House majority leader Eric] Cantor tried to sound interested in serious policy discussion. But he didn’t succeed — and that was no accident. For these days his party dislikes the whole idea of applying critical thinking and evidence to policy questions. And no, that’s not a caricature: Last year the Texas G.O.P. explicitly condemned efforts to teach “critical thinking skills,” because, it said, such efforts “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.”
The Editorial Board of The New York Times states in Quietly Killing a Consumer Watchdog:
The consumer bureau has taken seriously its mandate to protect the public from the kinds of abuses that helped lead to the 2009 recession, and it has not been intimidated by the financial industry’s army of lobbyists. That’s what worries Republicans. They can’t prevent the bureau from regulating their financial supporters. Having failed to block the creation of the bureau in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, they are now trying to take away its power by filibuster, and they may well succeed.[...]

The consumer bureau was enacted by law, and now Republicans are using backdoor methods to destroy it. There is no greater argument for Senate Democrats to ban filibusters of presidential nominees, particularly when the future of an entire agency is at stake.

Larry Summers at the Washington Post gives us some more of his spectacularly lame economic advice in The growth agenda we need in which he argues for accelerating growth of the natural gas industry to replace coal-fired plants while tossing in a clueless sneer about "fashionable efforts to promote renewables."

Check out other punditry on the bottom side of the orange Kosagon.

Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison at Patriot Post unfurl another round of the Obama-is-a-commie canard in Frozen.

James Thindwa at The Nation writes Time for Democrats to Pay Their Dues :

It’s time for organized labor to get tough with the Democratic Party and seriously threaten to withdraw its support if Democrats fail to take decisive action to strengthen workers’ rights, such as reintroducing the EFCA and calling for a national living wage.

Democratic leaders who believe the party can survive without labor’s support are grossly mistaken. Without labor, who will turn out the base— Electronic voter engagement has its place, but it is well known that door-to-door canvassing and phone banking—what unions do best—are the most reliable ways to get out the vote. Not just that, unions educate and mobilize their own members to vote.

George Zornick at The Nation wonders Does Mitch McConnell’s Pro-Gun Stance Threaten His 2014 Chances?:
You may have heard that there’s a tough pro–gun control ad up in Kentucky this week targeting Senator Mitch McConnell, who faces re-election in 2014. The powerful spot features a veteran speaking to camera with his grandson on his lap. The man, a Kentucky resident named Rodney, calls for an assault weapons ban and background checks—but the thrust of the ad is to depict McConnell’s anti–gun law stance as a direct byproduct of his gun industry funding. Says Rodney: “Senator Mitch McConnell is funded by the gun industry, and he opposes common-sense reforms. Senator McConnell, whose side are you on?”

Now, in more PPP polling results released first to The Nation, we see that hitting McConnell for his gun-industry backing is indeed fertile territory in Kentucky:

Who do you think Mitch McConnell represents more in Congress: his big campaign contributors or regular Kentucky voters?

His big campaign contributors: 53%

Regular Kentucky voters: 36%

Not sure: 11%

Leonard Pitts at the Miami Herald fantasizes a hopeful answer to Can GOP end the ‘carnival of the crazy’? and then pokes holes in it:
Because you know what you call a pig with lipstick on? A pig with lipstick on.
Morris Davis at The Guardian writes in The law of war does not shield the CIA and John Brennan's drone kill list:
Stated another way, Brennan says that President Obama needs to have a paramilitary force at his disposal to carry out operations the military is prohibited from conducting by the law of war.

Jack Goldsmith, former assistant attorney general in the George W Bush administration and now a professor at Harvard Law School, argues the past decade shows that the United States needs a new statutory framework governing how it conducts secret warfare. Perhaps that would be a positive step, but a new domestic statutory scheme would not make a civilian working for a civilian agency a lawful combatant entitled to immunity under the law of war for acts committed outside the United States.

Patrick Cockburn at The Independent writess that Saddam and the US failed, so why should Maliki think he can control Iraq by force?:
The civil war in Syria is destabilising Iraq as it changes the balance of power between the country's communities. The Sunni minority in Iraq, which two years ago appeared defeated, has long been embittered and angry at discrimination against it by a hostile state. Today, it is emboldened by the uprising of the Syrian Sunni, as well as a growing sense that the political tide in the Middle East is turning against the Shia and in favour of the Sunni.
Amitabh Pal The Progressive writes in A Financial Transaction Tax is Necessary and Feasible:
As Ron Suskind reported in “Confidence Men,” his must-read account of economic policymaking under Obama, the President was sabotaged by his own underlings like Lawrence Summers and Tim Geithner.

“ A financial transactions tax on banks and financial institutions, to try to tame the trading emphasis that has swept those industries and along the way, raise money: Obama said, in one meeting, ‘We are going to do this!’ ” Suskind wrote. “Summers disagreed; it never materialized.”

Ann Russo at In These Times writes Of Rape and Roe—What the war on women means for teen mothers.:
Each day, it seems, brings another effort to undermine and attack women’s life choices, one of the most recent being a bill introduced in New Mexico to jail rape survivors who choose abortions. The bill follows months of Republican legislators' trotting out recycled rape myths, undermining rape survivors to bolster anti-abortion policies. These disembodied debates over rape and abortion dangerously overlook the complex contexts in which young women struggle to make choices that will impact the rest of their lives. I know this, because I once was one.[...]

I can only hope my now-10-month-old daughter will one day inhabit a world where the sexual assault of young women is not dismissed, where young women’s sexual identities and activities are not stigmatized and punished, and where healthy, non-abusive relationships are the norm, rather than the exception. We have a long, long way to go.

Connie Rice at the Los Angeles Times takes the optimistic path in Dorner's LAPD is on the way out:
There won't be a happy ending to Christopher Dorner's quest for vengeance against the Los Angeles Police Department. Nothing justifies his murder of innocents or his threats against LAPD personnel and their families. The only positive thing that can possibly be said at the moment is that today's LAPD is in the hands of new leaders who are slowly but surely ending the old subculture that Dorner describes in his online manifesto.

I am talking about the department's former tradition of systematically mistreating black officers.

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  •  anyone wanting to chat about the Pope (22+ / 0-)

    there's a separate post on that, with what little we know.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:36:27 AM PST

  •  Harry Levin fed is...really (1+ / 0-)
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      Amber6541, Gentle Giant
      The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinhart has one explanation: “[N]ow that Bush is gone, and his policies are unpopular, those Republican senators have no alternative worldview,” he writes, “With the exception of Iran, and perhaps nuclear weapons, they’re not even trying to propose alternative policies to the one that Obama and Hagel propose. They’re simply pandering to right-wing Israel supporters, and trying to gin up scandal on issues of no larger significance.”

      "Throwing a knuckleball for a strike is like throwing a butterfly with hiccups across the street into your neighbor's mailbox." -- Willie Stargell

      by Yasuragi on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:47:11 AM PST

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  •  It would seem that Larry Summers and Dick Cheney (13+ / 0-)

    have the same basic thoughts about the place of renewable energy in our nation.  Those damn Germans now get 26% of their energy from renewable sources, but that is not sufficient for "serious" men like Cheney and Summers.  Two losers who know better than any of us.  Why do we even bother with their wrong headed pronouncements.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:49:52 AM PST

  •  Considering the Republicans who (2+ / 0-)
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    keep getting elected, I would say their evil plan to keep folks believing bullshit has been a success. Paul Krugman needs to pony up and call the stupid out to it's face on one of these Sunday roundtables - the stunned expression is getting old.

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:50:17 AM PST

    •  Krugman calls out the crazies (10+ / 0-)

      in his columns and on his blog.  He's not getting much help, considering half the U.S. economists are being paid off by the Pete Peterson machine and the serious ones aren't getting coverage in the media.  I really appreciated Chris Hayes this weekend having an entire segment of his show focusing on Krugman as his lone guest and Dean Baker on the subsequent panel discussion.  Baker has recently (a few months ago) gotten his own column at the Huffington Post, and Brad DeLong has his own blog, but the rest of the economists who aren't deficit hawks have no substantial outlets to make a public case against austerity.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:22:13 AM PST

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    •  Everyone needs to "call the stupid out" as it is (3+ / 0-)
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      not just those stupid and/or pandering TP/GOP politicians responsible. It is a lazy and unchallenged segment of our population that can get by being ignorant as a bag of slugs. This quote from Krugman's piece sums it up:

      One side believes, at least in principle, in letting its policy views be shaped by facts; the other believes in suppressing the facts if they contradict its fixed beliefs.
      That is not the politicians. It is the people that will vote for them.

      Whenever these sluggish minds try to impose their benighted worldview on the general public, as in education, it is up to those on the reality based world to stand up. Yeah, it has consequences. I've had neighbors and acquaintances, in later years e-mail correspondents, go hostile after attempts to lead them into a fact based view and then "undermining" them by hitting the holes in their "tooth fairy" beliefs. I think that is necessary because, though many if not most will never be shaken, some have come around.

      Personally I am very tolerant of race, culture, sexual orientation and such—including relatively harmless religious belief. The one point of extreme intolerance is willful ignorance and particularly any attempt to enforce that ignorance upon the rest of us. I think it is necessary to treat those efforts with real "prejudice" or our future is doomed.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:36:56 AM PST

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  •  Summers: Defender of Entrenched Elites n/t (6+ / 0-)

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:51:27 AM PST

  •  I read a news report about FMLA (1+ / 0-)
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    in today's Washington Post.  After reading this story I found myself reacting, so I offered How the US Is NOT number 1 which I invite you to read

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:51:55 AM PST

    •  The U.S. is most definitely not #1 in many first (0+ / 0-)

      world criteria. Our treatment of such family friendly factors is a scandal in much of the world, particularly Europe. Even some "emerging" nations are far more family friendly in law .

      Is it no accident that the groups screaming loudest about "family values" are mobilized to keep us that way? (What was that about a stuck pig?)

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

      by pelagicray on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:49:05 AM PST

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    •  About the only things I can think of (3+ / 0-)
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      that this country is number one in is military spending and incarceration rates.

      Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

      by milkbone on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:05:08 AM PST

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  •  I explore the Krugman column (1+ / 0-)
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    in this post on which there is already some interesting commentary.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:53:15 AM PST

  •  The Dem who's doing the most damage to labor.. (2+ / 0-)
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    DRo, judyms9 also the one who's most beholden to it.

    Take a bow, Harry Reid.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 04:56:56 AM PST

    •  How is Harry Reid damaging unions? (2+ / 0-)
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      The damage to unions is being done in red states, and in blue states with right wing nut jobs for governors.
      Let's all remember 2010 and the fallout many are still suffering from and GOTV in 2014.
      Let's take some of these states back from the crazies.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:44:37 AM PST

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  •  Relitigating the election (3+ / 0-)
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    If the only consequence of this latest round of Republican intransigence and bullying is the loss of a small percentage of the Pentagon's bloated and pork-filled budget, that would be a good thing for the fiscal health of the country. But the GOP is intent on doing much more damage, putting our economy and Americans at risk of even another recession if the conservative dual agenda of austerity cuts and impotent government oversight is enacted. How can the president negotiate with a party so determined to stake their ideological claim, and with the goal of relitigating the 2012 election solely to embarrass Obama?   -  progressive

    •  Mann and Ornstein were just kidding. (0+ / 0-)
    •  Except that's not the only consequence (0+ / 0-)

      An equal amount will be slashed from domestic spending and will cause the loss of thousands of jobs, and a contraction of the economy. We just saw it in the last quarter, where the negative growth was caused by public sector layoffs (private sector added jobs).
      The Republicans hold the House- how do you expect the president to get anything passed without the House?

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:47:46 AM PST

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  •  As Mr Spock would say....It is logical to assume (5+ / 0-)

    that there is an Ignorant Caucus in a Stupid Party.

  •  Thanks for the comprehensive roundup, MB! (4+ / 0-)
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    Lots to ponder today.  

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:13:20 AM PST

  •  Yeah, the LAPD is definitely reforming itself. (4+ / 0-)

    Why, hell, in the old days they would have put 300 rounds into a newspaper delivery woman's car, not a mere 107.  Keep up the good work, fellas!

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:18:54 AM PST

  •  Pie in the sky (1+ / 0-)
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    It’s time for organized labor to get tough with the Democratic Party and seriously threaten to withdraw its support if Democrats fail to take decisive action to strengthen workers’ rights, such as reintroducing the EFCA and calling for a national living wage.
    And what would come of reintroducing the EFCA? Filibuster in the Senate, most likely. And even if it did somehow pass the Senate, it would be DOA in the House. And you'll never get the House on board with a living wage when half of them want to repeal federal minimum wage legislation. "Calling" for things isn't going to get them done, and pulling support from Dems isn't going to help the unions.
    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      It's nice to opine on message boards and newspaper columns, but since we promote critical thinking here, let's be realistic and address the realities of getting anything through the House. Or the Senate for that matter.
      Where we really need to start is our state houses, not at the federal level.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:58:11 AM PST

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      •  This (1+ / 0-)
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        It has been abundantly clear for some time that the battle for progressive policies can't be won on the national level without fighting it out on the state and local level. It's high time that progressives and the left took this lesson to heart.

        Of course, effective political action on a local level would require discarding the elitest and contemptuous attitude toward the constituencies misled and bamboozled into voting for the GOP. This attitude is far too often in evidence in this and other Democratic venues.

        Nothing human is alien to me.

        by WB Reeves on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:44:10 AM PST

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  •  drone court via (0+ / 0-)

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:23:50 AM PST

  •  I think DEMOCRATS (10+ / 0-)

    not just labor, should tell Democratic reps "time to do a better job". Time to call out the drone stuff for what it is: a gawdawful policy. Time to call out the "serious people" in dc who can only talk about the deficit and nothing about jobs (because after all nobody THEY know are suffering from the economy). Time to call out the rethugs on their presentations of ugly and awful. Time to close down our military adventures and go for real diplomacy. Time to care about our children and their education.

    Oh wait...we have to wait until everything that is broken gets fixed which will be when hell freezes over.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:25:53 AM PST

    •  All of the GOP's obeisance to the 1% must be (3+ / 0-)
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      highlighted for what it is until the GOP numbers are also down to 1%.  Class warfare is ever present everywhere, but in the US a truce was called when we  once had a middle class.  But for now it's back to the battlements.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:35:04 AM PST

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  •  So Lindsey Graham is going to put a hold (11+ / 0-)

    on the nominations both of Hagel and Brennan at the same time he and the other Republicans in the Senate are claiming the sequester cuts will decimate the ability of the country to defend itself.  But he's willing to let the sequester go forward while the nominations for heads of two departments responsible for national security languish under his senate hold.  And why?  Because he wants more information on Benghazi.  Benghazi!  The GOP have become the Keystone Kops of governing.  It's no wonder the majority of voters didn't want them in control of anything anymore.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:31:01 AM PST

    •  Lindsey shoring up the base.....Recall how (3+ / 0-)
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      batshit insane McCain was in his last senate run.

      •  He's still insane. (0+ / 0-)

        In fact he's sliding more into irrelevance every time he opens his mouth in public - unfortunately the MSM hasn't caught onto his irrationality yet and continue to feature him as a reasonable voice on TV talk shows.  As for Graham, If he doesn't reel in his crazy he will be joining McCain in his dementia  and irrelevancy very soon.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:55:52 AM PST

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    •  Good job on that whole reform thing, Harry! (1+ / 0-)
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      If this doesn't prove Harry Reid is both gullible and way too lost in the past (the "Collegial" Senate) daze.  

      His pitiful efforts should be his true legacy in the Senate.  Fucking wuss.  

      A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -Carl Sagan

      by jo fish on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:15:46 AM PST

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  •  Labor "Leaders" OR laboring stiffs? labor stiffs (0+ / 0-)

    walk from the sell-out-0-crat$ for 2 sets of reasons:

    1. the marvelously effective lies of the lying thieves, who, have to be good at lying cuz all they want to do is steal ... (YAWN)

    2. the incessant sell outs by "leaders" called "compromise", the insider processes dedicated to insuring the headquarters office crowd ain't got anyone challenging their control over managing the sell outs, ... ummmm

    see #1.

    Anyone notice Mr. $300k a year Dennis of the NEA challenging Arne Duncan's right wing f'king lies tying student test scores to teacher evaluations?  hell no.

    THE most common appeal for supporting 0bummer THIS seattle teacher heard during the summer and fall of 2012 - LOTE LOTE LOTE ...

    they sure as f'k couldn't run on much else.


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

    by seabos84 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:45:54 AM PST

  •  Hope everyone has dug out (0+ / 0-)

    from their snow bunkers! I saw some amazing shots of snow on Twitter yesterday!

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:09:55 AM PST

  •  Twice now, (6+ / 0-)

    The LAPD has injured or shot innocent people in their quest for Christopher Dorner.
    One woman was shot twice in the back, and a man had his truck totaled by being rammed by a police vehicle, and injured his back and neck. He was shot at, but not hit, thank goodness (maybe these officers need more training with their guns under stress?).
    The LAPD has been out of control for awhile, time to get this department back under control before they get sued out of existence.
    And the column posted above makes a good point about the oft mentioned "law abiding gun owner":

    Dorner seemingly was law-abiding — until he wasn't.

    And that brings up a larger point: At minimum, he is another example of a so-called law-abiding, innocent gun owner who apparently went berserk and used his arsenal to kill people.

    It makes such comments as this one recently uttered by National Rifle Assn. executive Wayne LaPierre look particularly inane and off target: "Law-abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals."

    News flash: Some law-abiders do become violent criminals. And their kill rate too often increases with their firepower.

    Of course, this gets into the whole definition of "law-abiding." Unfortunately, you don't need to be exactly law-abiding to legally purchase a gun.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:18:09 AM PST

  •  I sincerely hope that Labor................. (0+ / 0-)

    does not give up on individual democratic candidates (unless they do not support Labor causes) if they decide to give up on the Democratic Party.  

    Hopefully, they will continue to support candidates who support labor's and other progressive's agenda; even if they have a "D" after their names. That is what a lot of folks on here do; ignore the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC while supporting individual dems.  It is still important that Democrats control both houses and the White House but with BETTER democrats.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:30:08 AM PST

  •  lipstick on a pig? wrong, inappropriate, cra-cra (0+ / 0-)

    Etc., ad infinitum.

    Dementia, you better treat me good. ~Conor Oberst "Slowly (Oh So Slowly)"

    by NotActingNaive on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:33:00 AM PST

  •  JSOC can do covert strikes just fine. (1+ / 0-)
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    The military component of the war against al Qaeda should be carried out by the military, where it can be subject to a higher level of Congressional oversight.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 06:53:18 AM PST

  •  Thanks For Nothing, Harry (0+ / 0-)

    "...They can’t prevent the bureau from regulating their financial supporters. Having failed to block the creation of the bureau in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, they are now trying to take away its power by filibuster, and they may well succeed.[...]"

    Thank you so much, Harry Reid!

  •  I don't know when more people (1+ / 0-)
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    will grasp what neo-liberals are doing to not only the US Democratic Party, but the world in general.  I will not be surprised if neo-liberalism is taught in future years as another world conquest scourge movement just as imperialism and colonialism is today.

    Summers here is a text book example, promoting oil and gas energy policy.  He sounds cut from the same cloth as another prominent neo-lib from over here: Gerhard Schröder of the Social Democrats who famously "reformed" state assistance (i.e. welfare) and after Merkel took his job, ran off to start a career with... get this.... GAZPROM!

    Of course, Summers and Rubin were the Clintonistas who went to Russia to teach them "Democracy", in other words, neo-liberal capitalism which is actually working just as planned in Russia.

    Don't be a dick, be a Democrat! Oppose CPI cuts! Support Social Security and Veteran Benefits!

    by Jeffersonian Democrat on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 08:53:30 AM PST

  •  but labor against progressive candidate in MA Sen (0+ / 0-)

    I and others are watching the Massachusetts U.S. Senate special election primary between progressive hero Rep Markey and conservaDem anti-choice, anti-Obamacare, pro-Iraq War Rep Stephen Lynch.  This race points out why progressive Democratic voters should not automatically support the labor-endorsed candidates in Democratic party primaries (in MA and other states).

    Mass. labor unions are throwing money, GOTV and other resources behind the candidate who was the O N L Y Massachusetts Democrat to vote FOR the right-wing GOP federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo family matter, against what her husband and doctors were recommending.  (2008 Almanac of American Politics)  He has been a reliable anti-choice vote his entire career.

    In June 2006 he was the only Massachusetts Democrat to vote against a motion to withdraw troops from Iraq. (2008 Almanac of American Politics). In December 2007 he was the only Mass House Democrat to vote FOR an Iraq war spending bill. (2010 Almanac of American Politics)

    Ignoring a personal appeal from Sen Ted Kennedy's widow, Victoria Kennedy, Lynch voted against the final health care overhaul in 2010.  He was one of only 5 Democrats in the entire Congress to switch his vote after having backed the earlier House version. (2012 Almanac of American Politics)

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