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Entries by Peter Dreier from 09/2008

GOP Mocks Public Service

| Posted 09.06.2008 | Huffington Post

For the first time in American history, a major political party devoted a substantial portion of its national convention to attacking grassroots organizing. Those attacks reflected a longstanding tradition in American politics -- the conservative elite's fear of "the people."

From Organizer To Elected Official

| Posted 09.08.2008 | Huffington Post

Speaker of the California Assembly Karen Bass, for one, has been an incredibly successful leader. Her community organizing background has made her a very pragmatic problem solver. She doesn't look for ways to polarize issues.

Obama's Youth Movement

| Posted 09.17.2008 | Huffington Post

Millennials comprise almost one-quarter of the potential electorate, and for many 20-somethings, the Obama crusade has reached a drop-out-of-school or quit-my-job level of excitement.

The Bush Bail-Out -- We Have Been Here Before

| Posted 09.23.2008 | Huffington Post

Democrats should not cave to Wall Street and its Republican allies and support just any rescue plan. They should learn from the S&L bailout of the 1980s, otherwise known as "the greatest-ever bank robbery."

G.O.P.: Lose Your Home, Lose Your Vote

| Posted 09.24.2008 | Huffington Post

McCain was a foot soldier in the deregulation revolution that triggered the current banking and foreclosure crises. Now his party wants to deny the right to vote to victims of those policies.

Community Organizers: Thank You, Sarah Palin

| Posted 09.26.2008 | Huffington Post

Community organizers around the country felt belittled by the Republicans' attacks, but also, paradoxically, emboldened by increased media visibility that their efforts have earned.

McCain No Friend to Vets

| Posted 09.28.2008 | Politics

McCain consistently voted against increasing funding for the Veterans' Administration, which oversees all medical care for veterans.

How To Fix The Mortgage Mess 101

| Posted 09.30.2008 | Huffington Post

Helping homeowners directly is a lot cheaper, more direct, and more cost-effective than handing banks $700 billion. It focuses on consumers, not lenders. It stimulates demand rather than rewarding greed.