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  •  Nope! A very False Equivelency (1+ / 0-)
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    SilentBrook

    If both parties were the same, there would be no Social Security, Medicare, Environmental protection, science research...

    The Dems have problems with about 25% of their politicians, but the majority are trying to do the right thing, under very corrupt rules.  Don't confuse political reality with philosophical equivalence.

    •  Just wait a little while (1+ / 0-)
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      maryabein

      That's the direction we're heading, it won't happen overnight.  But right now, there's very little daylight between the two parties' leadership on the most pressing issues of the day.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 07:45:52 AM PDT

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    •  You write as though the social safety net is the (0+ / 0-)

      be-all and end-all of liberalism/progressivism.  Corporatism, which is the core problem of the Democratic party, is hardly inconsistent with support of the social safety net.  In fact, such a combination is almost the definition of the modern centrist or center-right party: As PBO has said, his policies are basically those of the now extinct liberal Republicans.  As for your estimation of 25%, when that problematic proportion includes the President, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House, you're in trouble.

      "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

      by Oliver St John Gogarty on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 07:55:16 AM PDT

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