Few of us need a refresher on the situation facing the nation as we head into election season this year. The economy is set for yet another jobless recovery -- and this one promises to be even more jobless than the last. Up to 500,000 layoffs of civic workers are in the offing. Unemployment hovers at record levels, foreclosures are being driven sky high by unemployment, and yet the pundits discuss a recovery -- because all they think about is productivity, which is measured in dollars, and they see plenty of that. Joblessness does not figure into their equations.
A major event took place yesterday in Phoenix, Arizona -- the engine of America's crazy train.
It was a beautiful morning and a very stimulating crowd. I can't give you any idea of the sounds, tastes and smells, but I can show you some pics.
In particular, there were some very memorable signs -- always a treat at any political rally.
On Tuesday morning, I got an email from Jobs that are Left advertising one of the most memorable jobs I have seen in a long time.
Barack came back to Denver today. He spoke at the Fillmore Auditorium in a "Grassroots" fund raising event for Sen. Michael Bennet. Tickets, so I am told, were going for a mere $25.
The crowd of those with tickets, or at least expecting to get in, was impressive. It went halfway around the block.
The Fillmore is on a corner, and there were people on all three opposite corners holding signs and banners.
Below are a few pics from the afternoon.
I have asked and asked and I still have no adequate understanding of the current situation in DC and nationwide when it comes to competing interests. The textbook picture of how governing works is that there are competing interests trying to get their way on each issue. Compromise occurs when some of the demands of each interest are met, while some go unmet. For example, if a road is to be built, there will be those in favor and those opposed; there will be competition between those who want to get the contract to build the road, there will be competition to sell the materials to the contractors, there will be some with an interest in selling their land to the state to build the road on, and some who will not want to sell.
Governing means negotiating and balancing these competing interests for the greater good.
Yesterday, a billboard in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge made the news at Huffington Post, Coloradopols and DailyKos.
It was discussed on local Progressive Talk Radio by host David Sirota.
Late yesterday, the billboard was altered. It now includes the words "birth certificate" in addition to its previous message(s).
ProgressNow Action has launched a boycott effort against the merchant involved.
Right wing outrages just keep on coming, don't they?
Sometimes I wonder if the Democratic Party, its interest groups and the wider left are up to the task of both staying abreast of right wing outrages and fashioning a way forward at the same time. The nuttiness and illogic of the right is so all consuming sometimes that it is difficult to break out of one's defensive posture and cease to think about how righties think.
Nonetheless, I offer you one more example of the nuttiness.
There are lots of elections coming up. In all likelihood, there is one in your area.
Not many are worthy of the front page at Kos or Huffpo. But they are going to be occurring anyway.
This site exists in part to elect Democrats to office. So, it is fair to discuss why you should mark your calendar now, and vote this year.
The first Tuesday in November, 2009, looks sweet to local Republican operatives nationwide. In county and ward level offices, they brag and snicker. They are fully expecting to defeat sleepy democrats, as usual, in this year's odd year elections.
In case you have not been thinking about it, there is an election in your area soon. It will happen six weeks from today, on the first Tuesday of November, which falls on Nov 3rd this year.
And it matters.
It will not affect national offices, and, except in a few select locations, it will not affect state offices. But in almost all locations it will affect municipal and county level offices. These offices matter, and thus the election in your area matters.
The Colorado Democratic Party HQ was vandalized earlier this week.
As the day wore on, the story began taking on a strange coloring. We all assumed that the attack was the work of the lunatic righties. It turns out to have been something notably different.
Its still early here. This is breaking news at the coffee shops.
I wonder if there are other stories like this that I have not heard about.
Are there more to come?
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