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I have been reading lots of posts about how we are going to lose this year, and how it is going to be a bloodbath. Well, sure, if we do what they are doing all over the country and put out a centrist, non-populist message. For the life of me, I don't understand the messaging, even by people in my own district, NY 21. The powers that be in this district seem to think we need a moderate candidate and I do agree we cannot have a gun-hating, immigrant-embracing candidate. Sad. But true. At least in this district, which is rural and lily white. And deeply afraid of immigrants "stealing" their job. It kills me, but that is the fact in a lot of our country.

But people here in this district and many others are hurting. Big time. And they need some kind of help, especially for their kids. So here are some messages I think would resonate with people throughout the country, people who are afraid for their futures and the future of their children.


1. You will reduce or remove Social Security over my dead body. People always say government doesn't work. Well, every single month, the elderly and the disabled get a check, without fail. This check has been the single largest determining factor is getting the elderly out of poverty. Government programs work.

2. You will reduce or remove Medicare over my dead body. In the world, the United States is 39th in health care outcomes. Health care here is excellent - if you can get it. Many can't. Once people hit 65 years old and go on Medicare, our health care outcomes even out with the rest of the civilized world. This is remarkable. Medicare works. Government programs work.

3. Our kids are paying 8% and up for their student loans, while corporations are paying .75%. Yes, .75. (Thanks, Elizabeth Warren, for that stat.) We need our young people to have access to more government loans at the same rate as corporations, as opposed to these Parent Plus loans that cripple them for life. Many of my ex-students have 80 or 100K in loans, $800 a month. How can our kids start life with this kind of debt??

4. Income inequality is worse than it has ever been. The rich are running away with the bank while we squabble for crumbs. We are divided on social issues, while our bank accounts are getting lower and lower, our home values decrease, and our kids's futures look bleaker and bleaker.

5. We need jobs for our kids, and govt programs to train them and create jobs. Any corporation that outsources American jobs - no break on taxes. Period. None. You take away our jobs, we will no longer reward you for this. We'll use these extra taxes to create jobs and job training programs.

Talk about the lack of opportunities and jobs for kids, and how to address that. Moms will agree, it is very hard out there for our young people, and we are very worried about our children's futures. Like, sick with worry.

These are just a few ideas that will resonate with John and especially Jane Q. Public. We have to start addressing what the Republicans and some corporate Democrats have done to our economy. I would talk about how the banks all got bailed out, and how the individual homeowners were left hanging. Who did that?? Congress. So maybe those running again shouldn't mention that, hey? But new people should. And should talk about how we need to start caring about the 99% of people who are not being taken care of, while the rich whistle off with the bank.

Originally posted to adigal on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    No, I won't leave. And if you don't like it, why don't you find the door yourself?

    by adigal on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:19:14 AM PDT

  •  Poverty in Rural America is (4+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, mwh191, Odysseus, Sunspots least as bad...if not worse...than poverty in some of the poorest urban areas. That message also needs to be incorporated by Democrats...everywhere...because it's true. Not only in rural areas of upstate New York but throughout rural areas of the south...and everywhere else, for that matter, including West Virginia.

    When Democrats start giving struggling folks in rural America a reason to start considering them...they might just start to do so.

  •  A candidate like Alex Sink says none of that (6+ / 0-)

    The message has to be totally one of working class issues.  Also have to be totally against and Trade Deals or Immigration Reform that includes Guest Workers.

  •  good job! (1+ / 0-)
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    hope they hear you.

    that is always the problem.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:42:19 AM PDT

  •  Yes! (3+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, adigal, Sunspots

    We win a majority of voters with common ground.  We should talk about issues that resonate with everyone, starting with your list. Here are some more:

    Support veterans - homelessness, jobs, health care
    Transparent government
    Fix the Roads and Bridges
    Raise the Minimum Wage

    Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. John Lennon

    by GwenM on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:46:02 AM PDT

    •  Yes! And that the Republicans have voted (2+ / 0-)
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      against veterans should be sued to beat them over the head with! And that 1/4 of our "evil" homeless are veterans needs to be shouted from the mountain tops. The Republicans got us into these wars, and have deserted the warriors.

      Roads and bridges - we ALL need them? Tax dollars at work.

      Why don't they talk about these things? I am pro-choice,  but won't even discuss it with with anti-choice people because no one is changing their minds. And it is divisive. Talk about the things we are all worried about.

      No, I won't leave. And if you don't like it, why don't you find the door yourself?

      by adigal on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 10:53:02 AM PDT

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  •  Excellent points everyone (2+ / 0-)
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    adigal, Sunspots

    Populism is the winning formula in hard times.  

    The right does it based on culture rather than income.  Their populism is a lie but it resonates with the fearful.  

    As to the hot button social issues, I think the rejoinder "invasive government will not solve these problems."  The best antiabortion policy is full employment at living wages.  As far as gay marriage is concerned, they struggle to pay the bills just like we do.  Turn the conversation that way every time!

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

    by Kangaroo on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:26:18 AM PDT

  •  It's not going to be a bloodbath (1+ / 0-)
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    We're not going to break any records, but it won't be a bloodbath. We're going to maintain the status quo, with some pick ups in the house, but not enough to gain control, and some losses in the senate, but enough to lose control.

    In Florida, only 30% of Alex Sink's district turned out, compared to 50% of her opponents, and she still almost won with a 20% deficit. Obamacare is not the cudgel it was in 2010, because it's working.

    The real shift will occur in 2016, that's when we have the most solid chance to take the House and pack the senate. We need a focused effort to break single party red control of blue and purple states, because redistricting in 2020 is a top priority. Arizona needs to be a top priority - Electoral college, a senate seat, and a few congressional seats at a minimum will be up for grabs.

    Explosive gains in Hispanic voters will put states in play that haven't been, we just have to be ready to run up the score when it does.  

    This revolution is not scheduled!

    by harrylimelives on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:29:34 AM PDT

    •  I hope it won't be a bloodbath (0+ / 0-)

      But we need a populist message - not the divisive issues our candidates get sucked into.

      No, I won't leave. And if you don't like it, why don't you find the door yourself?

      by adigal on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:32:50 AM PDT

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      •  it's part of the problem with our platform (2+ / 0-)
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        in order to do the things we want, which this country needs, people (at least some) need to pay more taxes. good luck reducing the military budget which would help but won't happen.

        republicans have it easy. people don't like paying taxes and it doesn't matter how you explain it. the soundbytes kill us.

        sure national polling shows we are winning the people over on some things more and more. however, when you break it down to the districts that matter, those national polls aren't representative of the area.

        check out the congressional maps. the sea of red is huge. it's a toss up for control of the senate. sucks but not the end of the world. certainly not a bloodbath. the red wedding was a bloodbath.

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

        by Deep Texan on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:44:46 AM PDT

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    •  agreed (1+ / 0-)
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      it's a toss up for control of the senate. might end up tied.

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

      by Deep Texan on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:33:49 AM PDT

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    •  "We're going to maintain the status quo..." (2+ / 0-)
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      wow, that sounds exciting... I'm not sure how you motivate voters going into 2016, with nothing much getting done by congress for the next two years.

      "We are beyond law, which is not unusual for an empire; unfortunately, we are also beyond common sense." Gore Vidal

      by Superpole on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 02:16:59 PM PDT

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    •  we have to grow some candidates (0+ / 0-)

      We need to get people running for the lower offices and support our own when they do run.

      Talk's nice. Work is better.

      I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

      by samddobermann on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:39:56 AM PDT

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  •  That kind of talk scares off donors. (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama: self-described Republican; backed up by right-wing policies

    by The Dead Man on Thu Mar 13, 2014 at 11:34:44 AM PDT

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