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This group is all about politics no matter who you support!! Lets see if we can get things done and make a change for the better.

Location: USA
Members: 33
Latest Activity: Nov 8

THE FIRST DEBATE!!!!!!

OK everyone says that Romney beat Obama in the debate and is that really shocking? Obama is the sitting President and he is dealing with a lot of stuff so maybe he wasn't at his best. While Romney had more time to prepare so he should of won. If everyone is going to have the debates decide who they are voting for then as a country we have more issues then you can shake a stick at.

 

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Third Party Politics and the Duopoly

Started by Alyssa Röhricht. Last reply by John Dewhurst Jan 20. 16 Replies

Who here is in favor of building up our third-parties? The lack of diversity of opinions expressed in the mainstream media and given attention during election season is terrible. Where is the…Continue

Deferring to Hispanics on Immigration

Started by Fred Bauder. Last reply by Fred Bauder Jan 1, 2013. 40 Replies

It has occurred to me that since immigration from Mexico, legal, illegal, with the benefit of amnesty, or without, affects Hispanics more than anyone else that the rest of us should defer to Hispanic…Continue

After the "Election", How Should We Oppose the Establishment?

Started by Jason Richardson-White. Last reply by John Dewhurst Nov 24, 2012. 8 Replies

Regardless of who wins this charade putatively known as an election, there will be the need for massive, ongoing grassroots efforts to fight the encroachments of... yes, the "Establishment".I'd like…Continue

The Politics of Single Payer

Started by DSA Hoosier. Last reply by DSA Hoosier May 16, 2011. 9 Replies

I think that adding this discussion is called for, so that Brother Joe and I don't blow out the comments section of this new group.I have been a supporter of and campaigner for the single-payer…Continue

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Comment by Anna Theofilopoulou on November 8, 2014 at 10:19am

Of course you did not offend me John.  How were you supposed to know about my background? Talking about the recent events I have to admit that not only I did not get involved, but also I found myself so disgusted with the Democrats, showing no backbone or convictions and running away from the President thinking that somehow if they appeared as "republican lite" they would win! I only heard Bill Richardson on MSNBC really giving it to the democrats for their cowardice and predicting that they would lose. And boy did they ever!!

I was particularly insulated by what was happening through my own grief, having lost my beloved cat of 15 years on October 30. Although once I took a look at what had happened, a few days later, it took my breath away.  The country is in very deep trouble and it will only get worse. This is a given.  They say that people get the government they deserve, but what about the rest of us? Anyway, as I told my sister who also lives in PA, at least you guys deserve congratulations for having gotten rid of the governor as does Colorado for having kept theirs. But looking at Florida and Wisconsin what were those who voted to keep their sorry governors thinking? not to mention the white, poor and previously uninsured voters in Kentucky, who found themselves for the first time with health insurance thanks to the dreaded "Obamacare" but voted for McConnell! as the other say goes, the chicken will come home to roost soon enough.  The Supreme Court is getting ready to lend a hand to the republicans to totally dismantle it.  Have a nice weekend.

Comment by John Dewhurst on November 4, 2014 at 6:17pm

I hope I didnt offend you about being a novice about politics. I know alot of people (men/women) who re clueless about politics until the elections come around and then they think they know more then most people including myelf. I didnt get a degree in Political Science but worked on many campaigns in NYS in the 80's - 90's so I have been there and done that. I am impressed with you being with the UN and I fully understand not criticising any government because it is not right or the correct thing to do. I am in the Poconos area of PA. I stay active either calling or helping with lesser known candidates and if I didnt get paid nicely with my career (music manager/booking agent) doing something political (not a candidate) no one would vote for me because I ould take no kick backs from any company/group.

Comment by Anna Theofilopoulou on October 21, 2014 at 2:38pm

Actually I am far from a novice about politics in this country or internationally given that I worked for the UN during almost all my whole professional life.  I got active in US politics after I left the UN as when there, one of the rules was that we would not get involved in any member states politics and as a US citizen (I have dual citizenship) I was particularly careful about criticizing internal US politics.  However I did get very active with Obama first campaign and went out to your state to work on the ground for several weeks.  Not quite where you are but further down south, in West Chester PA where my sister lives and which, as you might know, is an affluent republican area.  However we did turn it around the first time round, although not the second, although at the end we did get the state.   

Comment by John Dewhurst on October 21, 2014 at 11:40am

Anna.......I love a women or any person who knows her politics and what they are trying to pull. It seems the only time a politician agrees with the President is when it is beneficial to them any other time they act like they dont know him. This midterm election is a major factor of the out come of the 2016 Preisitdential election and e all should be worried. So are you a novice political fan or a full blown political fan and not just about our country but the rest of the world?

Comment by Anna Theofilopoulou on October 21, 2014 at 11:01am

Oh yes, I am following and I suspect many others do also, but I am disheartened (and disgusted) seeing democrats (see KY, LA, ARK, GA, Alaska) defining their platform as disagreeing with Obama and running away from issues that thanks to Obama, have benefited their state. I know about the south, the republican base and all that, but have they thought about attempting to educate their voters? do they really think that they will win by coming across as "republican lite"? most of them will not win and quite frankly maybe they deserve not to win.

Comment by John Dewhurst on October 21, 2014 at 10:50am

MIDTERM ELECTIONS

It seems to me no one cares or maybe thay not speaking about it and how come? These elections also have an inpact on our future. I for one will be voting and am hopeful for a change. OK, is anyone seeing and taking note on some of these races? I see some races might not be settled till Dec or Jan which is very interesting.

Comment by Anna Theofilopoulou on May 15, 2013 at 11:44am

We can trust Chris Hayes to flag out the real problem with the latest hoopla about the IRS targeting right wing organizations for scrutiny. As he points out, we can thank Citizens United for the proliferation of so-called social welfare groups claiming tax-exempt status, while being political PACs helping and targeting political candidates, pure and simple. While left wing PACs might have followed the same model, right wing and tea party groups  abused the tax code a lot more, which might help explain the IRS extra scrutiny. The republicans are already working full time to exloit their newly acquired victiimhood. The democrats, starting with the President, need not go overboard in their own righteous indignation to made amends.  Let's find out how many left wing groups have been targeted by the IRS and then let's focus seriously for the much needed debate on and reversal of Citizens United.

Comment by Anna Theofilopoulou on May 13, 2013 at 10:07am

The New Athenian: A racist attack every 2 days in Greece
www.thenewathenian.com

The shame of it! I've known that racism and xenophobia have been flourishing for a while now in my country of origin but was stunned to read the article above during my current visit. It appears that some Greeks have found a new scapegoat for the country's troubles instead of practicing some much needed introspection. And some politicians encourage it for their own purposes.

Comment by Anna Theofilopoulou on May 13, 2013 at 6:28am
An excellent piece by two respectable academics who clearly know what they are talking about, regarding the deadly side-effects of austerity. Visiting Greece my country of origin, right now, I can see even more closely the misery caused by the austerity and punishment administered by the EU, ECB and IMF. As for the GOP talking point, that the US will turn into Greece if it does not practice the austerity advocated by the plutocrats (for the middle class and the poor), it is nonsense, pure and simple. Continuing with the sequester and further cutting the deficit in the short term, both further increasing the unemployment, risks bringing the US closer to the pitiful condition of Greece.
How Austerity Kills
www.nytimes.com
People do not inevitably get sick or die because the economy has faltered. Fiscal policy can be a matter of life or death.
Comment by Alyssa Röhricht on March 21, 2013 at 12:11pm

How about student loan debt forgiveness? Anyone else burried in debt? http://thecrashculture.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/drenched-in-debt-a-...

 

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