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  •  The policy and values are focused on $$$ (7+ / 0-)

    The dialectical process of asking and answering questions about policy and values begins with asking the people drafting the legislation, what the present rules are, what the new rules would be and what's the difference?

    They will tell you the big picture policy is to drown the beast in the bathtub, reduce revenues, build deficits, stall the economy, use that as an excuse to reduce government to where its regulation of business is impossible.

    Unfortunately the people making policy aren't politicians who might be responsive to elections having consequences, they are lobbyists responsive only to special interests. Their values are not human values.

    CPI fucks everybody, veterans, social security recipients, disabled people because it alters the slope of the line for cost of living increases in everybody's programs. My idea is to work around it with linkage to things which adjust the minimum wage, the calculation of the poverty index, other safety nets.

    Obama and the Democrats generally have human values, they care about people and their quality of life. Unfortunately they tend to care about the quality of life of some people such as those people contributing to their campaigns more than others.

    I expect Obama is trying to get all of us involved in the decision making process. He is trying to build consensus not to drown the beast in the bathtub, not to build deficits, not to stall the economy and not to allow Republicans to use that as an excuse to reduce government to where its regulation of business is impossible and that's why he is getting congressional leaders to go along with his plan.

    Our present policy is to cater to the lobbyists employed by special interests. If we want to insert values that actually improve peoples quality of life, affordable healthcare, equal pay for women, marriage equality, gay rights, gun control, put an end to our being the worlds largest arms dealer, cut back subsidies for energy companies and the corporate agra business already making obscene profits and maybe care a little about the poor, the sick, the elderly then we need to take the Citizen United $$$ out of politics.

    The community organizing necessary to end up with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable healthcare, New Deal safety nets generally not getting raped by greedy special interests is ongoing.

    Live Free or Die --- Investigate, Incarcerate

    by rktect on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:53:32 AM PDT

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