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  •  Good piece, aside from your (12+ / 0-)

    claim that there is a "deficit crisis."

    Don't buy into that lie, please. Dems' (or Socialists') buying into it part of the problem.

    •  i am still stinging from Senator Sanders yes vote (2+ / 0-)
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      in our so called fiscal cliff ''crisis''

      if income inequality is at all time high, why oh why are we being served the shit sandwich that '' incomes up to 450k are middle class'' ?

      the debt ceiling is sure to serve more of the same shit sandwich up soon, very soon........wtf

      •  As weak as his voice is in the din of corruption (1+ / 0-)
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        elwior

        that suffuses the Congress these days, I'd rather have Sanders there as the last vestige of something resembling a left-of-center voice in the Senate (that is, a left-of-center voice with at least the occasional courage to speak up about it, as opposed to some of his Democratic colleagues who are all too willing to abandon even left-of-center rhetoric when it comes time to close ranks).

        He's a politician, and he'd have been beaten over the head for a vote against the dairy subsidies that were part of that deal. He made a political decision to prevent that as a tactic to be used against him if/when he goes up for re-election. I don't fault him for that.

        I do fault him for being a bit too willing, too often, to not use what little power his position offers him more effectively and thus to partake a bit too much in the kabuki. But I wouldn't have expected him to vote any other way than he did given the parameters, and I don't hold it against him.

        And if you review even a handful of my comments, you'll understand that a certain crowd around here would call me a "purist" (quite incorrectly, and out of an abundance of emotion and a dearth of reason, but there it is nonetheless), so it's not like I'm defending the deal or making excuses for the man, either.

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