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  •  I wish Dems would go on the offensive (8+ / 0-)

    And call out Paul Ryan and the flimflam crowd with a vengeance. Tell the American people what he is up to and call him out on his callousness and deceit. All we have seen this week is Obama meeting with House Republicans again and again. Yesterday, Eric Cantor was crowing on CNN about how an agreement is likely that will not include revenue, meaning austerity will come from the poor and middle class  (aka draconian spending cuts, including Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid).

    Be radical in your compassion.

    by DWG on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 04:27:29 AM PDT

    •  I actually saw Chris Van Hollen (4+ / 0-)

      [my new rep] take a bite out of Ryan and his "plan" the other day. I was surprised.

      •  Welcome to the district (5+ / 0-)

        I like Chris a lot, but do not at all like his adherence to Obama and Obama's economic ideas, including Chained CPI.

        The thing about Chris, though, is that every now and then, when you least expect it, he will make an attack like the one you describe. It's like facing someone fighting in an Eastern martial arts style. Everything looks gentle and still and he keeps giving way before the other guy and then the other guy is suddenly flying through the air.  Unfortunately, that's only what's going on part of the time. There's also real capitulation to bad ideas. I see both in Chris, and I keep hoping that his capitulation to bad ideas is not a deep conversion but rather something he's doing to maintain his position and gain power, because in that case, there's a small chance things might change in time.

        if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 08:37:27 AM PDT

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        •  He did me quite a good turn once. (1+ / 0-)
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          I'd lived in his district (and voted for him!) 3 years, worked at the NIH.  After I was laid off, the state of Maryland refused me unemployment.

          His staffers took it all the way to the head of the Maryland Department of Labor, and she reversed the decision.

          I like the guy alot, even if he's too much go along to get along some times.  In a very real way, I owe his staffers my life.

        •  Your assessment is identical to mine. (0+ / 0-)

          He sure beats Roscoe.

          Haven't heard anything from Delaney yet. I live right on the line.

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