Posted on March 17, 2012 by Dan (Fitness)
Let’s put this nonsense to bed forever. If the opportunity comes up to stand up for women’s rights – the only moral reaction is to seize that opportunity and fight to win. Failing to do so is not shrewd, playing to the middle, or anything other than weakness.
For the sake of victims of domestic violence, VAWA should be reauthorized as soon as possible, but Democrats need to remember that we all know they’re in the midst of a tough election contest, too. Fight the good fight for women, but please, leave the noble posturing at home.
That’s right, it’s a tough election fight and the last thing Democrats need is to look like all they care about is a bunch of whiny bitches. Let’s not lose our heads here.
Believe me, this is not an uncommon reaction. How do I know this? Because I’ve been watching this go down for my entire adult life. Any time “women’s issues” start to become prominent, a certain kind of liberal male gets very nervous. The stuff I heard during the 1992 “year of the woman” election was enough to curl my hair. And I see no reason to believe anything’s changed. I’ve already seen plenty of evidence that it hasn’t.
This is a noble fight. Advising Democrats to pretend it isn’t kills your credibility.
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Posted on October 20, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
I was reading a post on Crooks and Liars about Maddow blasting Conservative Democrats when a familiar name popped up (source TPM):
“Conservadems like Jon Tester and Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman are siding with the Republican senators, who are siding with no voters — not even their own!” Maddow exclaimed, noting a recent CNN poll that found that 63 percent of Republicans favored saving the jobs of teachers and first responders.
That name rang a bell… Oh right here he is, and again here with other “netroots” candidates. What should we do with outsider candidates we vigorously supported and helped win office, when they turn directly against us once in office?
Help vigorously support their primary opponents.
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Posted on August 26, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
August Pollack nails it:
The 2012 Republican nomination race seems to be a battle over which candidate has the most proven record of being horrible to people. Thankfully, the president feels that we can reach a compromise and only kick people in the head instead of the balls. I am so ready to win the future.
Make the compassionate choice: concussions over nut-kicks. Just as Bush was dubbed a “Compassionate Conservative”, Obama has proven himself a “Compassionate Compromiser”, a tool of corporate interests and no friend to privacy rights. He’s up against what is looking like a truly horrifying Republican field with the two most likely candidates, Bachman and Perry – full on psychotic theocrats hell bent on a Ultra Conservative Christian Nation.
Here is our choice in 2012:
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Posted on July 22, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
Boehner walked away from debt talks with Obama. Given how insanely far Obama has bent, this is madness. Or maybe just good strategy.
Obama has ruled out the simple answer, the constitutional option. However that, coupled with how this damning quote (emphasis mine), slams home the reality that our President wants to sabotage his own efforts:
“Essentially what we had offered Speaker Boehner was over a trillion dollars in cuts to discretionary spending. Both domestic and defense,” Obama told reporters in a hastily-arranged White House press conference.
“It is hard to understand why Speaker Boehner would walk away from this kind of deal and frankly, if you look at the commentary out there, there are a lot of Republicans puzzled as to why it couldn’t get done.”
He said the American people were “fed up” with political posturing, and said he was willing “to sign an extension of the debt ceiling which takes us through 2013.”
The nation needed to do more, Obama added, though adding that he would accept a fallback option if that was the best deal lawmakers could strike.
That’s a fallback that would go beyond the already overly conciliatory and generous offer the President made. This is not the first time this kabuki dance has taken place on the national stage, but it is strikingly naked.
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Posted on April 7, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
Since Congress is going to shut down to appease the Republicans (who will settle for nothing less than complete Democratic obedience) – this means DC will need to cut services:
The city would close Department of Motor Vehicles locations and suspend public works operations like street sweeping, and the city would let a week go by before collecting trash, Gray said. All of D.C.’s libraries would be closed, as would the city’s recreation centers.
Why not cut off trash collection and cleaning for Congress (and all congressional offices) until the budget has been passed?
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Posted on March 20, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
Here’s what you need to know when engaging with Republicans and ConservaDems on the budget.
Our deficit is about $1.2 trillion a year.
We are spending just over $1.2 trillion a year on our military. We are basically spending our deficit every year on our military.
Extending the Bush Tax Cuts is costing us $860 billion a year.
Corporations are not paying their fair share in taxes, costing us billions more a year in lost revenue.
Republicans (with support from many Democrats) want to enact “austerity measures” – which basically means “cuts for the poor and middle classes”. These measures total $61 billion, a dollar amount spread thin over a massive number of programs:
From education to job training, the environment and nutrition, few domestic programs were left untouched – and some were eliminated – in the measure
If we did away with the Bush tax cuts, lessened loopholes corporations exploit, and trimmed programs for the military (like their sponsorship of NASCAR) we could totally eliminate the federal deficit.
As it stands today the likelihood of this happening is nil: the intelligence, foresight, and will to enact an approach like this is missing in Washington. Instead we will reap the benefits of tax immunity for corporations and the wealthy, and austerity measures for everyone else: decreased spending power in an economy that relies primarily on spending power to function.
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