I vote Cactusman on the payroll!:)
I had some soup today and the label was falling of the can - it was too big for the can.:frown:
I get ofended by people who get ofended
While I subscribe to many of the tenets of the Democratic platform, their ability to practice party discipline is pathetically atrophied. As a current example of how ineffective the Democratic party truly is, when the Republican party held a minor majority, nowhere close to 60 votes, they managed to give the president virtually everything he asked for and then some.
I'm like most Republicans in that I have no patience for a political party that can not keep its members in line and get legislative results.
It is time for a legitimate third party. That is why I vote Green party at the local level. True grass roots movement can take a generation or more to build up a credible third party. You can't buy a bunch of fancy buses and fund the operation with corporate money. Not if you are trying to build a true grass roots movement.
Under the current iteration of the Democratic party, the new rule is the minority party decides the legislative agenda. Even with 60 votes the Democrats are virtually useless. Of course a number of broadcast networks stand at the ready on a daily basis to conflate and distort anything said or done by a political opponent to gain advantage. Truth and context are discarded as inconvenient and counter-productive. These outlets can cry about whatever their perception of bias in other outlets may be, but the evidence is on view day in and day out that they are a hard core, partisan outlet. If they were to cut across the political spectrum both ways I may inclined to give them a listen. But the script is the same day in and day out.
By the way, when someone uses the word teabag as a verb in "Teabag them before they teabag you" what does it mean?
I would like to add that posts written when it gets late in the day, are more sloppy. I get really tired in the evening and several medications don't help my clarity. This may apply to other members as well.
Other than rhetoric, there is only one significant difference between the two major political parties.
That would be, the specific group of special interests that they cater to. And even that distinction is getting blurred.
The two party system isn't very effective unless you're a lobbyist. Unfortunately, votes for any of the alternative parties merely take away from the major party candidate that is closer to the alternative candidate. For example, libertarian votes traditionally detract from the Repo vote, green votes typically come a the expense of the Demos. So we have in effect a sort of political negative feedback loop where opting to go to a conservative third party option helps the Demos and opting for a liberal third party option aids the Repos. Crazy.
We need major political reform. Unfortunately, the foxes are guarding that particular henhouse.
And with the SCOTUS ruling today, corporations will have unlimited influence on campaigns now.
Who would have thought that a corporation had the same rights as a natural person?
Soon we will have senators from Exxon, Microsoft, UAW, Goldmann-Sachs, AIG, AT&T..... setting the political agenda.
IMO, limiting political speech by anyone is dangerous. Unlike a natural person, Exxon (or a PAC) is not allowed to cast a ballot.
The financial community runs the show. Including the Federal Reserve, which IMO is actually leading the pack.
The politicians aren't employees of those companies, but they are bought and paid for in political trade... which is exactly the same effect. Wars, banking crises, low interest rates on savings, IRS code, "service economy", job outsourcing, healthcare problems. It's all attributable to special interests (financial community, primarily - but also large corps) setting the government agenda.
If this wasn't the case, you would think that there would be at least one or two of these things that would be working out in your favor. There isn't. Your well-being is not part of the plan.