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Posted by Toucano in General Discussion
Thu Dec 23rd 2010, 05:17 PM
The preeminent issue of the day is the corrosive effect of Citizens United v. FEC on our democracy.

90% of what you hate about the contemporary United States can be traced back to the takeover of the Republic by corporations, even prior to the Citizens decision:

You see it all over wikileaks
You see it in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, etc.
You see it in the healthcare debate.
You see it in the bonus tax breaks "compromise".
You see it on Wall Street.
You see it in the net neutrality and the NBC-Comcast merger.
You see it on your kitchen table, right there on you plate.

Every cause you care about - every battle you wage - will become increasingly difficult and your voice will become further marginalized if we don't put an end to corporate personhood and amend the constitution to provide for publicly financed elections.

Victories like the DADT repeal are nice, but it's always going to be one step forward and two steps back as long as those who pay for the elections call the shots. It's beyond the (D) or (R) behind a person's name on the TV machine.

It won't happen overnight. It's a multi-year process, but it begins with one step. Please sign the motion. Get involved. Start questioning your representatives and senators, both state and federal about their support for the amendment.

Every other battle is a game of whack-a-mole until we cure the infection at the core.

Thank you.

Link to petition:

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Posted by Toucano in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Dec 06th 2010, 10:19 PM
Moving forward, what's left for the President to accomplish?

I don't need to make an exhaustive list, but I no longer see how he can possible deliver on any promises at this point. At least not anything that would be recognized as a core value of the Democratic party.

At best - if he did a total 180 - he can be a goalie, blocking the most vile of Republican legislation with a veto pen.

Climate change legislation? Forget it.
Judicial appointments? No way.
Education? Not seeing the avenue for that.

That tax cut bonus for the wealthy is going right back into the ads for the 2012 election. Goodbye fragile Senate majority, goodbye White House.

Would any cheerleaders who are saying, "I'm still fighting" please share your vision here?

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Posted by Toucano in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Nov 11th 2010, 04:08 PM
It's way past time for you to start playing hardball.

The Bush-era tax cuts will expire at midnight, 31st of December if no action is taken.

Take no action. Let nothing come up for a vote and let ALL the tax cuts expire.

As GHW Bush did in 1992, Obama can order the IRS to adjust the employer withholding tables down, so middle class taxpayers have more money in their weekly check, effectively extending the middle class tax breaks.

This gives you 12 months to blast the Republicans on the issue before the wage earners have to file their 2011 returns - which would cause many of them to owe money or get no refund.

A lot can happen in 12 months. Meanwhile, middle class taxpayers have a bit of relief and will dump that money into the economy. Stimulus and relief in one shot.

It's a hail Mary pass of a flaming, toxic ball of political shit right into the laps of Republicans.

If the Republicans can't be persuaded in those 12 months, your hands are CLEAN because you fought to put money in workers' paychecks and the Republicans took it away.

Compromise and extension of the tax cuts are WORST option available to you.
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Posted by Toucano in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Apr 24th 2009, 03:22 PM
Federal government buys the toxic assets of lending institutions, taking the toxic assets off their balance sheets.

Properties, now federal land, are distributed to families and individuals who need them on the condition that they will live in the home for 5 years. With a reduced housing expense, families and individuals will have more disposable income to pay down debt and make new purchases to stimulate growth. Maybe they'll buy a car from Detroit.

Any future sale of the property would be subject to a federal tax to recover the government's initial expense. Any remaining proceeds would be paid to the homesteader.

I still want my federal usury law, however.
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