The record the Democratic Party has made in the last 20 years is the greatest political asset any party ever had in the history of the world. We would be foolish to throw it away. There is nothing our enemies would like better and nothing that would do more to help them win an election.

I’ve seen it happen time after time. When the Democratic candidate allows himself to be put on the defensive and starts apologizing for the New Deal and the fair Deal, and says he really doesn’t believe in them, he is sure to lose. The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat, and I don’t want any phony Democratic candidates in this campaign.

But when a Democratic candidate goes out and explains what the New Deal and fair Deal really are–when he stands up like a man and puts the issues before the people–then Democrats can win, even in places where they have never won before. It has been proven time and again.

We are getting a lot of suggestions to the effect that we ought to water down our platform and abandon parts of our program. These, my friends, are Trojan horse suggestions. I have been in politics for over 30 years, and I know what I am talking about, and I believe I know something about the business. One thing I am sure of: never, never throw away a winning program. This is so elementary that I suspect the people handing out this advice are not really well-wishers of the Democratic Party.

http://www.trumanlibrary.org/publicpapers/index.php?pid=1296

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http://www.youtube.com/user/CohenForCongress2010#p/u/0/IivjyvbQkT0

I’d add: There’s nothing really Trojan about it. It’s overtly a bill to cut Social Security and Medicare via the phase II “supercongress” (aka “Catfood Commission II”).

The people of Memphis did not send Steve Cohen to Washington to repeal the New Deal. And that’s what this bill is. Because this bill passed, Social Security WILL be cut, and Medicare WILL be cut (don’t delude yourselves about the “cuts for providers only” part.  Primary care providers (PCPs) are already operating in the red when they see Medicare patients. They literally already take a loss by seeing Medicare patients. Further cutting their payments only serves to lock the elderly out of any health care whatsoever.  It’s a” hurry up and die” policy.)

Social Security is solvent for the next quarter century.

The leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Out of Poverty Caucus is calling for protests at the White House.

We’ve got to educate the American people at the same time we educate the President of the United States. The Republicans, Speaker Boehner or Majority Leader Cantor did not call for Social Security cuts in the budget deal. The President of the United States called for that,” Conyers, who has served in the House since 1965, said. My response to him is to mass thousands of people in front of the White House to protest this,” Conyers said strongly.

A vast majority of major national school systems are consolidated. Have some courage, MCS board members. You’ll kill your job, but you’ll be heroes. We won’t forget you. For one moment, lay aside your rational self interest; that’s BS anyway – we’re a social species.

Please, please take one for the team, here and now. Be willing to do a Kamikazi on your own job for the sake of Memphis. The Memphis electorate just recently proved to be wise by electing Cohen – please, MSC board, don’t show us that we are, in fact, fools.

Do the right thing. Kamikazi your own jobs in the name of creating tax equity for Memphis families.

Wharton’s saying that consolidating the schools would overall be bad “downstream”? And Whalum is against it for unknown reasons?

Look, guys: SCS is posturing to engage in another act of (Yeah! I’m going there!) class warfare. I’m familiar with this. My own parents engaged in a similar act (which I now see as legal tax evasion) when I was 6 years old and we moved to Germantown. And yes, they were some racist bastards. My mother, now that she’s divorced from my semi-sociopathic father (and is now poor and living close to me in the inner city) is repentant.

Fuck the white flight Shelby County traitors.

You, in the county…we outnumber you.

Vastly.

Your days of legal tax evasion are numbered.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6AN2JG20101124

(France)

The reform raised the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60.

And they RIOT over that. All across Europe, the US-based  (IMF) “austerity” demands, attempting to turn Europe into the US, are sparking RIOTS.

I frown upon the riots, and think they should just use democracy to achieve their ends, but I do admire their aware and awake public.

Riots/protests in Spain:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/8032746/Riots-in-Spain-over-austerity-measures.html

Alternative to austerity:

http://www.cepr.net/documents/publications/spain-2010-07.pdf

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/tea-party-fail-patriots-conspiracy-theory-leads-to-mass-calling.php

Maybe I’m becoming a firebagger. The Tea Party is officially enemies with “establishment Republicans”. And I genuinely wish them well (as I hope they become a little less crazy over time).

Down with the hypocrites who claim to love “small government” but really want big gov to support their corporate interests at the expense of the working man/woman.

To hell with them.

I think we on the right and on the left share one common problem – our elites lie to us. They say they’re about what we’re about, but it’s a game to them – because they’re mostly all just corporatists.

I really don’t give a shit if I’m called a firebagger. I think the Tea Party is nuts and usually fueled by misinformation, but their calling out “establishment Republicans” for being the hypocrites they are is genuinely awesome. It’s about time that the “common right”  noticed that the “elite, professional right” was all about promoting big gov.

 

(picture shown: not of expected Bass Pro Shop, but rather of the resort city planners neglected.)

I’m as guilty as everyone else. A year or so ago I was a perfect case report of civic apathy.

But if you’ll allow me to push all that to the side, really? Another Bass Pro Shop? Bass Pro shops are proving to be quite the scandal with regard to corporate welfare.

City officials courted/entertained  Bass Pro and them only, it appears. Other deals were ignored.

I don’t know if it’s too late now or not. I hope it’s not.