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Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 12:25 PM PDT

The Last Straw

by VA gentlewoman

I'm 63 years old. I was in 10th grade geometry class when Kennedy was killed. People I went to high school with were killed in Vietnam. I've lived on the edge of the midwest, in New England, in the south, and on the west coast. I canvassed for McGovern and donated to Dean. I went to college at night while raising my kids and working a full-time job. I've been an entrepreneur and run a small business. I've worked for a defense contractor. I raise hay. I am an American. I am being betrayed by the man who seemingly represented our best hope to get our country back, and by his administration. I've run out of anti-depressants to try, and this business of meeting the other side halfway so they can drag you another good piece further is the last straw.

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President Obama, who I personally want to believe is a good, smart man in an incredibly difficult job, trying to lead a nation beset with a whole menu of disasters and challenges in a world confronted with even more, made his first Oval Office address to the nation tonight, and I sat down to watch it with an incredible amount of hope that he could recapture with it the spirit of the night of his election, when change and progress seemed possible again.

This speech didn't do it, for me at least, and it didn't do it because something was missing, and what was missing mattered.

What was missing was the big picture, the place each of us occupy in it, and the steps we each have to take to make change happen.

It's very dangerous that he didn't or couldn't get that across to us in this speech. The worst possibility, one I'm almost afraid to contemplate, is that he has no idea about those things.

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The general reaction to the President's announcement on offshore drilling on this site has amazed me. If Bush had made this announcement we'd be apoplectic. Have we lost so much from the health care reform DEFEAT we suffered (yes, it was a defeat not to have even a weak public option) that we too have joined the non-reality-based universe?

More offshore drilling is certainly going to increase our chances of a real environmental disaster. Where is our outrage?

Have we forgotten so quickly, can we ignore so much? Or is oil drilling really no big deal, environmentally? I decided to go out and see what the industry track record has been recently.

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"Freedom from Corporate Domination"

This is the meme that can win for us, and it IS a winning meme. The Supreme Court gave us the perfect opportunity to use it. But it has been waiting there for us to pick up and run with it ever since the crash began.

It is the meme that was lurking under the Obama victory, and yet since then he and his administration seem to have turned their backs on it.

Let's not bother to ask why. Let's just join our voices to drive them back to it.

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Using my daily diary quota to update the DKos community about the most recent request from Partners in Health for volunteers and supplies for Haiti.

Partners in Health needs for Haiti

Also below is a website that collects some on-the-ground info from charities working in Haiti now.

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I am so sick at heart right now, between Haiti and the MA election, and the reactions to those things, that I almost am incoherent. So please forgive this. I'm a liberal old person who is watching all my dreams for this world just go down a sewer.

But grab some good from it, somehow: can we do Medicare for all through reconciliation? Can we find a way to just do a breakeven cost plan to let people buy in to Medicare on a sliding scale fee?

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A reminder: The UN's ReliefWeb website contains a wealth of detailed infrastructure and operational information for those who wish to be informed about the state of the region in considering humanitarian efforts now underway.

If you are feeling the need to understand the earthquake in Haiti beyond what is being shown on the cable TV news, this site may help.

Here is the Haiti earthquake master page:

UN ReliefWeb Haiti earthquake page

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The Partners in Health website


has issued this call for volunteers to help the earthquake relief effort in Haiti

Update: January 13, 2010, 7:30pm
Wanted: Surgeons, nurses, and other medical personnel to help in Haiti

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I'm not a DKos long-timer. I've never been to a convention or met any of you in person.

So you won't care if I go.

It is clearly time. I'm trying to figure out why we aren't all standing on the steps of the Capitol singing the Battle Hymn of the Republic at the top of our voices, and wmtriallawyer has the choir apologizing for even trying to find a subtle harmonic.

But I wanted to leave a small tidbit for you.

So, just a tidbit, below.

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Mon Nov 09, 2009 at 12:06 AM PST

Look, there's a squirrel

by VA gentlewoman

distract: verb

to draw attention away

The party leadership now has a way to distract us from the public option in conference. They allowed the Stupidpak amendment to be put in so that we will focus much of our attention on taking it out, and will be distracted from what otherwise would be our focus on the quality of the PO in the final bill out of conference.

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Thanks to the Huffington Post for recording another revolting develpment in the continuing saga of our elected and supposedly Democratic representatives siding with industry against ordinary consumers.

In this case it is investors who are getting no help and whose interests are being sacrificed. A last-minute amendment in committee is likely to exempt half of business from the audit requirement that was supposed to keep future Enron situations from being able to persist. It's a massive step backward in the effort to provide transparency and regulation of securities.

A House panel voted Wednesday to permanently exempt more than half of all publicly traded companies from a seven-year-old post-Enron measure designed to prevent fraud.

The vote came in the form of an amendment, offered by Reps. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) and John Adler (D-N.J.), to the Investor Protection Act of 2009, a bill otherwise intended to protect investors from fraud and manipulation.

Huff Post: House Panel Votes to Exempt

Ten Democrats on the committee voted with Republicans to attach the amendment to the bill as it goes to the House floor.

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Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 01:29 PM PST

A heroine for our time

by VA gentlewoman

She's about my age, faced many of the same issues I did growing up and getting educated.

She's fighting a necessary battle to regulate and control the financial institutions that have led our economy and so many households to the brink of collapse.

Do you know her? Her name is Elizabeth Warren. The Boston Globe just published a very nice article about her, which I'm pleased to offer to you courtesy of Commondreams.

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