With all due respect THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH! You do realize that most of the Progressives on this site were in favor of seeing you ousted in the primary. You have sided with the Rethuglicans against every significant shred of reform and regulation your party has proposed. You are only supporting the weak financial reform bill (if it can still be called financial reform) because it is in your political best interests.
That's the problem. That is why we are angry. You and the rest of our elected leadership have put your own political ambitions and interests ahead of being statesmen and stateswomen to work in the best interests of your constituents. All of you are only concerned about winning the next election and getting that corporate special interest money by kissing their collective feet.
You want us to take you seriously, start supporting some real Progressive reform and then we'll talk. Until then, go attend another fundraiser with a bunch of lobbyists or whatever it is Corporatist Democrats like yourself do in between your three day work weeks.”
KatK on Jun 27, 2010 at 20:06:30
“We have the two largest ecological disasters - the BP disaster and climate change - because of politicians like you. The only thing you care about is padding your campaign coffers with oil company money in exchange for selling us - and our children - out to them.
You expect us to believe you care about financial reform when you don't give a hoot about preserving resources and a habitable earth for the next generation? If you are behind this petition, I think it is safe to assume it must benefit your oil company masters.”
“There is also another difference between Israel and Japan. Israel has one of the biggest corps of lobbyists and advocacy groups in DC. The Japanese don't have the kind of political power with teeth that can impact US policy.”
“In regards to what you're saying about eliminating government inhibitions on beneficial private sector activity, I do agree that the government should not hinder the private sector's ability to innovate and provide much desired goods and services to the average consumer. Yet, I would argue that there should be rules in place to protect said consumers and prevent horrible disasters like the Great Recession and the massive Gulf oil spill, or at the very least mitigate the damage we have seen.
I doubt that most of us who frequent HuffPo are arguing for full blown socialism or state-control of our economic resources(I can only speak for myself here), we only want our government to prevent such calamities like the ones we have witnessed over the course of the past three or so.”
“Mr. Trumka makes a very reasonable and sane argument. Wall Street should pay it's fair share.”
tex1965 on Apr 29, 2010 at 13:12:08
“nice job Mr. Trumka you were excellent in your defense and ours. What is sick is the way Erin burnett and CNBC defends the banks and anyone who goes after financial world bullshit. A week or so ago their was a guy went after Jim Cramer (kramer) or how ever you spell his name and they and they kicked him off the air. CNBC are nothing but a bunch of stooges proven again. They should change their name to "we support wall street" it keeps everything clear”
“When I look at these Tea Partiers and right-wingers, I see a bunch of fat, middle-aged white people who probably would be incapable of orchestrating a revolution. They would need young, able-bodied kids to fight a war. While they may be armed, they are in no way fit to wage a full blown civil war.”
jsgaetano on Mar 29, 2010 at 10:15:27
“That's what the militia groups, hate groups, and "Young Republicans" are for (not that the YPpies would ever fight).
They'll all consolidate under the leadership of Blackwater, and they'll try installing James Dobson as a Theocratic leader.”
BuckCarson on Mar 29, 2010 at 03:31:18
“I am sure that you've gotten quite good at orchestrating a war by drinking Kool-aid and fighting wars on your XBOX.
“That picture just makes me sick to my stomach. Teaching your children to hate people because their religious leaders say so and because you don't like them is absolutely disgusting. Terrible. I don't typically agree with Conservatives, but this is just horrible.”
They are feverishly against abortion, as in, bomb people feverish. As in shoot abortion doctors at point blank while they are at church in front of their family feverish.
Yet, they are also against distributing birth control to blacks, even though that would help prevent abortions. You are making this impossible Conservatives, you know that. You really are.
Look I know you were you are coming from alright. I'm from a conservative family and you don't want to encourage promiscuity by allowing birth control to become more easily available, but you are ignoring human nature and one of the key rules of our nature. We LUV sex. In nearly all shapes and (often weird) forms of it. As long as we exist we want to have sex. You should keep that in mind next time so that you can help prevent more fetuses from being aborted.”
“I think you're confusing socialist with intelligent. I am a college student, but I have a long held belief that our country is more of social democracy, with elements of socialism in it, but at it's heart still a capitalist, democratic nation. Trust me, we aren't close to full blown socialism.
But it's your generation that is misguided and wrong. You're ways have made the rich richer, polluted the environment, started endless wars and follows a mantra of "I got mine Jack, you can suck it."
I reject your reality and replace it with my own.”
Professor Zoom on Feb 22, 2010 at 14:52:03
“I couldn't have said it any differently. Fanned.”
“I'm pretty sure the Democrats would have fought for a very left leaning, Progressive health reform and cap and trade policy, but there is one problem. A significant handful of conservative (ergo taking massive amounts of $ from corporate donors) Dems forced the bills to become more conservative and demanded the end of things like the public option (example: Max Baucus who in the Finance Committee ended policies like the public option). The problem is that there are not enough liberals and progressives to vote through true progressive policies.”
“If he had managed to pass a health care reform package that was progressive while playing BigPharma for chumps, he could have been a national hero. This demonstrates his complete lack of leadership all together. Let's vote out all the incumbents, this crap is getting old.”
hark on Feb 12, 2010 at 15:13:31
“This is just a pipe dream. Progressives have to accept reality that there is nowhere near a majority in either house to pass a progressive health care reform bill in this country. We are a small minority, no more than 20% of the people. Progressives can't vote out the conservatives or vote in a progressive majority. The numbers just aren't there. The American people are not on the same page.”
shamroc02 on Feb 12, 2010 at 15:09:56
“Im so sure you voted fo Obama in the first place, give it a rest.”
“You can see why the Republican party is giving President Obama and the Democrats the big N-O. Should they try to even work with them, they will be viewed disfavorably by their own base and will be replaced by even more hard-core right wingers who will take this country down the tubes even faster than it is. The Conservative movement in this country is becoming less of a political ideological movement that provided us with a reasonable debate about the role of government in our lives, and more of a network of paranoid racists.”
“You have to keep in mind, the teabaggers are composed primarily of working and middle class whites who feel threatened by the current administration and Democratic Congress. If you have ever witnessed or watched any of their protests, it is quite apparent that there is an atmosphere amongst them of resentment towards the "other" in this country. Namely, liberals, minorities, immigrants (legal and illegal alike), and non-Christians. The White Power movement can sense this and understand that this is an opportunity to expand their message. Now, keep in mind, should they embrace the Neo-Nazis and white power people openly, it will for sure hurt their credibility and bring to question their intentions. I doubt the teabaggers will embrace them, though the Neo-Nazi sure seem willing to embrace them.”
Cherie King on Jan 28, 2010 at 23:19:12
“ding ding ding ding!!!! 100000000000000 points for the man in the middle!”
AirViceMarshalPark on Jan 28, 2010 at 22:53:22
“"It was the militias that founded this country..."
Wrong, this country was founded by a regular army that fought a long, desperate and bloody war against the largest army in the world.
The militia units were known for running away at the first shot, desertion, looting and murder.”
“Agreed. The difference between Progressives and Conservatives over the past couple of years has been that Conservatives have gotten riled up and organized, while Progressives (for the most part anyway) have sat around and have done very little. I agree with you whole heartedly Mr. Zawadzki (or Mr. Brant if you prefer) that come 2010 they are going to be busy. Progressives must do the same if we are to counter it. I'm starting to organize with other Liberals in Kansas (and yes there are liberals in Kansas) to try to vote out Senator Sam Brownback. In a hardcore red state as Kansas, it will be tough, but it is worth a shot.”
“But wouldn't that lead to possible media "purity"? Our country was also built on freedom of the press and freedom of speech (which I agree have been exploited by propagandists). It's a slippery slope as in all things.”
“But that's it, the only Conservative economic policy is tax cuts. Tell me, how do you expect the government to increase military spending while reducing the amount of money it is taking in. It makes absolutely no sense. But most importantly, the bank bailouts should have been an opportunity to really start regulating the banks and institutions that got us into this economic clusterf#%$ in the first place.”
“Not all of us voted for him because of the speeches and rhetoric. I personally voted for him because of what he was promising policy wise. He made promises (keyword is "promises") that went wide left of where the Bush administration was and quite frankly where McCain was as well. But as soon as Obama got in office, he moved right of where he stood as a candidate, abandoning his liberal base by succumbing to Republican demands and sucking up to big business. What frustrates us most about him isn't what he has done, it is what he has NOT done. He has not fought hard enough for the common man, he has not passed meaningful reforms that will change the status quo. Most people I think are beginning to realize that our government is pretty much dysfunctional, because we lack a mature political system, a competent mainstream media, while we have a population that is uninformed and uneducated on the issues and the candidates. We voted for Obama because we believed we could maybe see some results for once. Instead, we are getting very little. Progressives, it is time to break off from the Democratic party, join up with Independents and Ron Paul-type Libertarians and shake up the system by throwing a powerful third party to break up our legislative gridlock.”