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Romney and Ryan both agree: a large portion of America are takers:

(from the Huffington Post; emphasis mine)

Seventy percent of Americans want the American dream. They believe in the American idea. Only 30 percent want their welfare state," Ryan said. "Before too long, we could become a society where the net majority of Americans are takers, not makers."
The full video is available from youtube. The "money" quotes start at about 6 minutes in, if you want to skip ahead:

Paul Ryan, just like his running mate, has been captured on video dismissing millions of Americans as dependent on government. Hat tip to the Huffington Post for reporting.

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Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM PDT

Scott Brown just earned $100 from me

by mffarrow

...for Elizabeth Warren's campaign. Scott Brown's craven, race-baiting performance in the debate, and the bigoted behaviour of his staff (covered here and here by DK member Joan McCarter) have pushed me to donate to Warren for the third time. Here's the letter I sent to her campaign:

I lived in Boston for ~10 years (MIT & Harvard alum) before moving to CA. I love Massachusetts and hope one day to return. Elizabeth Warren's integrity, intelligence, and passion represent to me exactly what MA (and this country) needs. I've donated twice before to the campaign, even though I don't live in the state any longer, because I believe in Elizabeth and her fight for the rights of all Americans. Today, however, I donated more money and am signing up to volunteer not because of Elizabeth, but because of her opponent in the race. Please know that today I donated $100 (via ActBlue) to the Warren campaign in DIRECT response to the disgusting, racist behavior by Scott Brown and his campaign. People like me, from all over the country, believe in Elizabeth and enthusiastically support her in this election. Please let me know how I can help.
Brown, a self-styled "nice guy" Republican that gets along with everyone, went from 0-to-racist-asshole in about 2 seconds after Warren started doing well in the polls. I'm so TIRED of Republicans turning to bigotry as THE go-to move when they feel threatened. You want tax cuts for the rich and business deregulation? Just f**king say so!

I've been following this Senate race for some time, but now I am FIRED UP about getting rid of him. Please help me by donating to Elizabeth Warren on ActBlue.


I live in Los Angeles County, as I have done for the last few years. I moved to a new house about a year ago, still within LA, and several weeks ago I filled out (and mailed) a new voter registration form for my new address.

Today I called the LA County Registrar to make sure I was registered to vote in my new location. Guess what? I'm not. They still have me at my previous address, and have no record of receiving my form. The man with whom I spoke said I should fill out another form, and mail it in again, as they update voter information within 24 hours upon receipt. He had no explanation for what happened to my previous application, and had no assurances that this one would fare differently. I asked about registering online, since they seemed to be having issues with the mail. He said that I could fill out the form online, but I had to print it out because I had to sign the form.


Are you SURE you're registered to vote in November?

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We've had lots of data on the Presidential race pointing to a Democratic win, which in turn makes one happy, and then fired up about winning and/or nervous about losing. Several diaries and comments over the past few weeks have pointed out the relative merits of "fighting like we're 10 points behind" in the polls, versus "fighting to run up the score." I'm not interesting in prolonging that debate.

This diary is about one thing: celebrating the forward momentum by posting the actions we Kossacks are taking to win this election. What have you done, what are you doing, and what will you do to get President Obama reelected? Keep the Senate? Take back the House? This is a celebration of what we have done so far, and a chance to brag about what we are doing between now and November. Please take the poll and post in the comments.


What are you doing for Democratic victory?

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Elizabeth Warren is the Democratic candidate for 2012 US Senate election in Massachusetts, and she's fighting to unseat the Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Warren is one of the good guys, and has had tremendous grassroots support.

Today, the The Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced that it has raised $1 million through grassroots donations for Warren's Senate campaign.

In all, Warren has raised $12 million from grassroots donations, representing 43% of her total since entering the race last year. Via the Huffington Post (emphasis mine):

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Tue Nov 04, 2008 at 12:15 PM PST

# 3 Official "I voted" open thread

by mffarrow

This is the third open thread "I voted diary." Please post about your voting experience today, and please recommend this diary since the second one was full.


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Dear Kossacks,

I have been reading and posting at this site for quite some time, now, ever since it became clear to me that (1) the progressive Democrats here were serious about bringing democracy back to our country and (2) Republicans had gone insane, hamster-style.  Since 2003, I've phonebanked, donated, canvassed, and signed petitions on behalf of many progressive candidates because I sincerely believe that the only way forward for our country is to kick the crazy Republicans out of power, and elect enough better Democrats who will uphold the Constitution, and America's democratic values.

Because I am a black female, many people automatically assume that I am voting for Obama, because of our shared racial identity. (I know, I know: Obama is bi-racial, and I am happy to identify him as such.  But by the visual standards of human society, Obama is a black man.)  I am voting for Obama first because he is a Democrat, second because of his message of change.  But in my diary today, I would like to address the special meaning to me, of casting a vote for Obama for President.

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Swampland is reporting that the Democratic leadership still does not have enough votes from Republicans for the Bailout bill (emphasis mine):

A senior Democrat House aide in a position to know tells me they are still short on GOP votes on the bailout, er, rescue plan. Unless more names of Republicans committed to switching their votes are produced by tomorrow the vote will be postponed till the weekend to give Bush and the GOP more time to convince their members to vote for the deal. Fearful of a Monday repeat, Dems are refusing to bring the bill to the floor unless the have the actual GOP whip counts - including names - showing they have enough votes, the aide said

While Pelosi is counting Republican votes, we have time to peel off Democratic and Republican ones:

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Stephen Colbert started a Pennsylvania Straw Poll fundraiser, Democralypse Now, the goal of which was to raise $66,001 dollars in donations to PA classrooms, on behalf of each candidate in the democratic primary race.  The candidate with the most donations in their name "wins" the straw poll, but more importantly, the children get money for books, AV equipment, and other educational tools.

Now, you may ask why these kids need a fundraiser to get educational supplies.  That is the wrong question.  The right one is: which candidate is winning the straw poll?

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TravelerBill and I have written several diaries about Stephen Colbert's Pennsylvania Straw Poll fundraiser, Democralypse Now. It allows people to donate money to PA school classrooms in the name of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.  The candidate with the most donations in their name "wins" the straw poll.  The goal was $66,001 per candidate.

And now, two weeks later, Obama supporters have surpassed that to raise more than $100,000 for Pennsylvania schoolkids.

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Tue Apr 01, 2008 at 12:27 AM PDT

Holy crap! I love this primary!!!

by mffarrow

I have spent the last three weeks in a state of almost constant anxiety, about the ugliness of this primary season.  A long time ago, when this primary season started, I vowed that no matter what happened, that I would vote for anyone who was the eventual Democratic nominee.  As the weeks have dragged on, I have been more and more scared that when the primary was over, all the bad blood between the candidates would spill over into the general election, and cause us to lose to McSame in November.

Please, please, please, I thought, just make this stop.

Well, no more.  Now, I love this primary, and I think it's the best thing to happen to the Democratic party in my (short) political memory.  Why?  For one simple (ok, not so simple) reason: this primary has turned f**king Pennsylvania blue.

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Wed Mar 26, 2008 at 12:56 PM PDT

Obama dominating PA "straw poll"

by mffarrow

(Fourth in a continuing series started by TravelerBill  on Stephen Colbert's Pennsylvania Straw Poll, Democralypse Now.)

Stephen Colbert is conducting a Pennsylvania Primary Straw poll, in which candidate's supporters make a tax deductible donation to a PA school.  The candidate with the most money raised will be declared the winner.

The original goal of $66,000 was blown through by Obama supporters in less than one week.   A new goal has now been set at $100,001.

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