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    •  ? is: will the Republicans be allowed to take (16+ / 0-)

      the country with them when it commits political suicide?

      Will Dems truly lead by being (once again) the party that stands strong for the ideals of the New Deal, rather than being just the slightly more reasonable, "centrist" alternative to the far right?

      Will Harry and the Senate Dems actually have the gumption to restore the filibuster to its rightful function on the opening day of the new Congress, rather than allow it to continue to be the tool of Republican obstruction and destruction of our democracy?

      Will the Dems stand firm for Social Security?

      And Medicare?

      And Main Street?

      I care a great deal more about what the Democrats do going forward than the Republicans; the Dems have the ability to truly "proceed" with rebuilding a strong America, if they have the guts to be the party that restores the American Dream, rather than the party that (continues to) pursue the DLC "Third Way", holding hands under the table with Wall Street and their campaign dollars.

      The only entitlement that needs reforming is the inbred belief of the 0.1% that they are entitled to 99.9% of the wealth and 100% of the power.

      by flitedocnm on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:21:46 PM PST

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      •  your tagline cd be expanded into a kickass diary (8+ / 0-)

        The Romneys, Trumps, Adelsons et al are the truly entitled.
        The earned benefits of the 99% are human rights.

        There's no such thing as a free market!

        by Albanius on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:54:37 PM PST

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      •  Alan Grayson (2+ / 0-)
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        had a diary on the rec list earlier, called Legislation Constipation. In it he says:

        Here are what I modestly and humbly refer to as “Grayson’s Laws of Legislating”: (1) Vote for what you’re in favor of. (2) Vote for what you can live with, if you must do that to get what you need. What we’ve been seeing in the House of Representatives lately have been massive and pervasive violations of Grayson’s Laws of Legislating. Instead of “I’ll vote for X because it’s right,” or “You don’t like X and I don’t like Y, but I’ll vote for X and Y if you vote for X and Y,” instead it’s “If I don’t get Z, I ain’t votin’ on nothin’.” And that’s the problem.
        With a Republican majority in the House, we aren't always going to get what we want, but the House Democrats understand (unlike the rigid and ideological Tea Party caucus) that they might have to compromise to move bills forward and get things done.

        It's really nice to able to stand on principle, but it doesn't achieve much. Congressman Grayson (and Mick Jagger) understood this:

        Mick Jagger, that eminent political scholar, had it all figured out more than forty years ago. You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you just might find – you just might find -- that you get what you need.
        IMO, at this point (with a Dem minority in the House) Boehner is going to have to come to Democrats to get a bill passed in the House.
        If nothing happens, taxes will go up on everyone.  Extended unemployment will end. We won't get any mini-stimulus (as Krugman calls it). Then we move on to the next debt ceiling crisis.
        We don't have the luxury of calling the shots here.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:23:55 AM PST

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      •  If they were really leading, (0+ / 0-)

        I figure they'd be far beyond the New Deal now.  "New Deal" sounds to me like "Not DFHs, no, not us", but I always thought the real job was to convert "hippie" from an insult to a compliment.

        The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

        by Panurge on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:18:50 PM PST

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      •  Harry stand firm? (0+ / 0-)

        Nope. First opportunity he gave up his place in negotiating for the Dem position on the fiscal cliff to Joe Biden.  If Harry was going to stand firm. He would have told both McConnell and Joe that HE'S the MAJORITY LEADER IN THE SENATE.  He gave up his position of power in order to avoid the shit  propaganda that Republicans and the media lap dogs will call him mean names for standing firm on the Democratic position.  With friends like these...

    •  Bad front-page timing, given the fiscal cliff (0+ / 0-)

      outcome (as is stands at the moment): the Republicans did in fact proceed.

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 07:07:38 PM PST

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