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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
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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 4 minutes ago

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 15 minutes ago

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-...

Comment by Jason Richardson-White on February 9, 2013 at 4:07pm

Well, there's a reasonable attitude.  This sort of argument is guaranteed to make me NOT visit your site.  With all due respect, respectable reformers DO THE HARD WORK.  They sometimes go months, years, without notice, without respect -- sometimes, they go a lifetime.  Nelson Mandela was in jail for 20 years due to protesting apartheid in South Africa.

I'm not saying not to press for your position.  But, if you want respect for it, then you have to engage people where they are.  You have to listen, to find out what motivates them, engage in their lives, show that you care, own your own faults, and (at the end of the day) build credibility.

Since you're new, we'll give you a "bye".  Why not explain (succinctly) your plan?  If it can't be explained succinctly, then build up the plan slowly, over a period of time, say, in a series of blog posts.

I'm interested, but your manner of approach is that of a bully rather than a respectable intellectual.

Sincerely,

-Jason

Comment by Ron Mccune on February 9, 2013 at 3:24pm

What I am trying to do is to create a whole new kind of government for America and also to change for the better a lot of things in the world. My web page at www.mybetteramericaplan.com shows lots of ideas that will help all of you. On my web page I show how to totally reorganize our government so that it is better and less expensive than it is right now. I am the ONLY one in America who is offering a plan to get America out of the economic mess that it is in. It's either you do it my way or you can kiss your country, your life and your planet goodbye!!!!! 

Comment by Jacqueline Collins on February 3, 2013 at 4:37pm

I agree, It is a sleeper for the moment, as the Republcans are ancy about the publicity it received that it would basically be an effort to steal the election. We should not be surprised, however, that it comes up again around the election, and should be alert to broadcas it.

Comment by Fred Bauder on January 24, 2013 at 11:40am

Counting electoral votes by congressional district is a nasty sleeper. Romney would have won by many votes if this system was applied nationwide. Right now it applies only in Nebraska and Maine. The way it plays out is intimately related to efforts to draw districts to ensure minority representation and gerrymandering for safe districts generally. In order to create one safe minority district several adjoining safe conservative districts often result.

 

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