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  •  I am a gay man and the marriage equality (6+ / 0-)

    fight, though important, is a distraction.  This country is squandering its talent and being bled of treasure, because our economic policies are nothing short of monstrous.  Those policies are disastrous for LGBT people as much as anyone else.  

    It does me no honor whatsoever to be considered a "full citizen" of a society which cannot govern itself because it lacks the will to tax itself to pay for public infrastructure and programs that are necessary to sustain that society.  And what good does it do the gay working and middle-class people (who are the majority of gay folk) to be able to marry, if they have no hope of building a sustainable marriage in an environment in which people can thrive economically?

    Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

    by Big River Bandido on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 02:24:01 PM PST

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    •  Yes. It's the same as 1992. (2+ / 0-)
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      "It's the economy, stupid" still applies even though the GOP likes to divert people with distractions to get them to vote against their economic self-interest. The good news is that some of their distractions don't work so well anymore. Marriage equality, abortion, and "Second Amendment Rights," for example, are less potent, but the GOP will still use them to peel off some voters who should be with us on economic issues.

      •  I applaud that development (4+ / 0-)

        But it won't do us any good if we treat things like marriage equality and DADT repeal as though they were big-ticket policy items.  They're not.  They are incredibly small-bore.  The only reason the 1% doesn't stand in the way is because it doesn't affect their bottom line.  

        Real reform requires things like true universal healthcare; infrastructure repair, upgrades and maintenance;  fair labor policies and practices;  regulation of food, drugs and consumer products....etc.  Basically, all the things we are not getting now.

        Shirley Chisholm was right. Our Republic is in deep trouble.

        by Big River Bandido on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 03:06:20 PM PST

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