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  •  But they'll pass something and then there will (8+ / 0-)

    be reconciliation and by the time they're done, there will be
    permament tax rate increases on everyone making over 5 million.

    The strategy of making a crisis out of everything that should be a normal governing procedures is a Nazi tactic.  I"m reading the Bullock biography of Hitler and the similarities to Repub tactics today is disturbing to put it mildly.  I almost can't read it.

    What do we do to stop the Repubs, the right-wing influence groups funded by billionairs that pop up like mushrooms on the political landscape, the influence of their bogus ideas that sound so simple, so right but are so false and their grasp on the American mind?  what should we do?  The Democratic Party is powerless to fight them effectively, clearly.

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 04:44:56 AM PST

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    •  It will take decades to undo the damage (5+ / 0-)

      done to our economic engine and our collective intelligence.

      Decades of right-wing pablum from the Great Right Wing Wurlitzer has infected America's brain cells, and no particular measure moving us back to what works will change that overnight.

      That doesn't mean we shouldn't be taking every opportunity to do so, as opposed to last night's latest unnecessary rollover to the right (wrong) wing of American political thought, that is largely responsible for the forty year slide of the middle class.

      If we're ever going to start steering back to the sane liberal policies of yore that fostered the greatest engine of economic middle class growth in human history we'll need to finally at least start negotiating from the left of center policies virtually no one is even discussing.        

      "extravagant advantage for the few, ultimately depresses the many." FDR

      by Jim R on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:04:16 AM PST

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      •  we don't have decades (5+ / 0-)

        Since you mentioned things virtually no one is discussing...The climate has decided to force the issue, and it will surpass details like repairing the economic engine of the world's most aggressive practitioner of capitalism. The issue of using symbols to denote wealth, the issue of pursuing expansion and extraction instead of stewardship and sustainability. The issue, bluntly, of our species happily shitting where we eat.
        The world in a few decades will scarcely resemble the one we are busily trashing today. Deck chair arrangements like a chained CPI or marginal tax rates are going to be completely irrelevant when famine, drought, mutant storms, and climate refugee migrations become the daily headlines.

        Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything - Malcolm X via Skindred

        by kamarvt on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:34:34 AM PST

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        •  Yes, climatic disaster looms. When the icecaps (1+ / 0-)
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          finish melting, things are gonna get hotter fast.  I ran across this little bit of cheer a few days ago: http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/...  Some important parts:

          Figure 8 shows a different method of interpreting the extinction fields defined by the (12 +-3) + 6% year long lifetime of methane (IPCC, 1992) assumed to have been instantaneously injected into the Arctic atmosphere in 2010 and the lifetime of the globally spreading methane atmospheric veil at different methane global warming potentials. The start of extinction begins between 2020 and 2026.9 and extinction will be complete in the northern hemisphere by 2057. Extinction will begin around 2024 in the southern hemisphere and will be completed by 2087. Extinction in the southern hemisphere, in particular in Antarctica will be delayed by some 30 years.  This makes property on the Transantarctic mountains of premium value for those people wish to survive the coming methane firestorm for a few decades longer.    
          To melt 1 kg of ice you require 334 kilo Joules of energy (the latent heat of melting of ice) to transform the solid into the liquid at 0 oC (Wikipedia, 2012 ). Subsequently  for each one oC temperature rise, the water requires and additional 4.18  kilo Joules to heat it up to the ambient temperature (Wikipedia, 2012). An 80 oC temperature rise of a 1 kg mass of water requires almost exactly the same amount of energy input (334.4 kJ) as the amount of energy required by the latent heat of melting of ice (334 kJ) to covert one kg of ice into water at 0 oC.
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           If we consider the time necessary to melt one kg of ice and then raise its temperature to 80 oC, both of the above processes require the same amount of energy so we can consider that the first half of the time will simply involve conversion the solid ice into a liquid state at 0 oC and the second half of the time in heating the resulting ice water from 0 to 80 oC. This means that the ice melt curve at 80 oC will lag the atmospheric temperature line by half the time at 80 oC.
          This is from the first and second paragraphs after Figure 9.  For those of us who don't think in metric, 80C = 176 F.

          Renewable energy brings national global security.     

          by Calamity Jean on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:47:11 PM PST

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      •  The problem isn't American political thought. (6+ / 0-)

        The public is on our side on almost everything.

        The Public wanted Wall Street jailed and Main Street bailed out.

        The Public wanted a new CCC, whenever they were asked.

        The Public wants taxes on the rich.

        The Public wants more green energy.

        The Public wants to stop occupying Afghanistan.

        There's nothing particularly wrong with American political thought.

        "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

        by JesseCW on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 07:50:03 AM PST

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        •  If that's true, then how have we ended up (0+ / 0-)

          with the current composition of the House of Reps?

          Each one of them was elected by a majority in his or her district.

          The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

          by helfenburg on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:34:36 PM PST

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          •  Gerrymandering, that's how. eom (0+ / 0-)

            Renewable energy brings national global security.     

            by Calamity Jean on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:48:32 PM PST

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          •  51% of those who voted, voted for Democrats (0+ / 0-)

            in House races.

            However, almost 40% of eligible voters didn't bother, and non-voters are farther to the left in their views on average.

            They don't bother because they aren't in competitive districts, because they've got Blue-Dog shitbags on their ballot they won't support, because voting has been made very difficult for them, ect.

            "Furthermore, if you think this would be the very very last cut ever if we let it happen, you are a very confused little rabbit." cai

            by JesseCW on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 05:52:24 PM PST

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            •  Excuses, excuses.... (0+ / 0-)

              The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

              by helfenburg on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:59:40 PM PST

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