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Hey, Small Spender

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  • Where’s all that spending we keep hearing about? It never happened.
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  • If job-creating government spending has failed to bring down unemployment in the Obama era, it’s not because it doesn’t work; it’s because it wasn’t tried.
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Paul Krugman, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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Here’s the narrative you hear everywhere: President Obama has presided over a huge expansion of government, but unemployment has remained high. And this proves that government spending can’t create jobs.

Here’s what you need to know: The whole story is a myth. There never was a big expansion of government spending. In fact, that has been the key problem with economic policy in the Obama years: we never had the kind of fiscal expansion that might have created the millions of jobs we need.

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Carl Paladino: Don't Be 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking Homosexuality Is 'Equally Valid'


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  • Watch GOP Governor Nominee Carl Paladino Attack Gay Lifestyle: Not 'Equally Valid'
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  • According to Newsday's Reid Epstein, the line, "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. that is not how G-d created us" was in Paladino's prepared text but left out of his actual speech.
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  • Gay pride parade 'bumping and grinding' offend Tea Party hero & NY governor hopeful
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  • Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!
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Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post
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New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino spoke on gay rights to a group of orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn today (Oct 10), promising to veto marriage equality legislation and touting the fact that he didn't march in this year's gay pride parade. 

We must stop pandering to the pornographers and the perverts, who seek to target our children and destroy their lives. I didn't march in the gay parade parade this year -- the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did. And that's not the example that we should be showing our children, certainly not in our schools. (Applause) And don't misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way; that would be a dastardly lie. My approach is live and let live. I just think my children, and your children, will be much better off, and much more successful getting married and raising a family. And I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't. (Applause)

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Gay pride parade 'bumping and grinding' offend Tea Party hero & NY governor hopeful, Kenneth Lovett,  New York Daily News | NY
Carl Paladino says it's the bumping and grinding he finds disgusting.

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Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter! Human Rights Campaign

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  • Mormon Church Attempts to Re-Write History; On-Line Change Proof Sermon was Harmful and Dangerous
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  • Organizations to hold press conference and deliver petitions to Elder Packer calling on him to fully correct the factual record
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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America

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  • Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors.
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  • A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government
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Robert Reich, Common Dreams

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Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors.

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Hundreds of millions of secret dollars are pouring into congressional and state races in this election cycle. The Koch brothers (whose personal fortunes grew by $5 billion last year) appear to be behind some of it, Karl Rove has rounded up other multi-millionaires to fund right-wing candidates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is funneling corporate dollars from around the world into congressional races, and Rupert Murdoch is evidently spending heavily.

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A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government, Steve Cobble, Huffington Post

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  • "We write today because we believe that the Supreme Court's creation of corporate 'speech' rights on which the Citizens United decision rests is contrary to the First Amendment as we understand it."
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  • Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return
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CREW Calls for Commonsense Earmark Reform

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  • Bipartisan coalition of lobbyists and advocates announces commonsense earmark reform principles.
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  • If lobbyists and good government can find common ground and agree on reform principles, Congress should be able to do the same.
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Citizins for Ethics and Responsibility in Washington (CREW)

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Last week (Sep 26 - Oct 2), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) joined a coalition of fellow good-government groups and lobbyists from both sides of the political aisle, announcing new earmark reform principles that would reduce the disproportionate influence of special interests and save taxpayer money.

Over the past few years, members on both sides of the aisle have engaged in one-upmanship over this hot-button political issue, failing to come up with a long-term workable solution. The coalition has been promoting specific pragmatic reforms in meetings with Congress.  If lobbyists and good government can find common ground and agree on reform principles, Congress should be able to do the same. 

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Read more about the five principles. (.pdf)

AP-GfK Poll: Working-class whites say 'no way' to Democrats

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Though accustomed to trailing among working-class whites, Democrats can hardly afford further erosion from a group that accounts for about 4 in 10 voters nationally.

Alan Fram, Associated Press/Capitol Hill Blue

Desperate for jobs and cool toward President Barack Obama, working-class whites are flocking to Republicans, turning a group long wary of Democrats into an even bigger impediment to the party's drive to keep control of Congress.

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An Associated Press-GfK poll shows whites without four-year college degrees preferring GOP candidates by twice the margin of the last two elections, when Democrats made significant gains in the House and Senate. The poll, conducted last month, found this group favoring GOP hopefuls 58 percent to 36 percent — a whopping 22 percentage-point gap.

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Foreign-Funded ‘U.S.’ Chamber Of Commerce Running Partisan Attack Ads

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  • According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.
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  • Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud
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  • Stop the US Chamber of Commerce
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Think Progress

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The largest attack campaign against Democrats this fall is being waged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a trade association organized as a 501(c)(6) that can raise and spend unlimited funds without ever disclosing any of its donors. The Chamber has promised to spend an unprecedented $75 million to defeat candidates like Jack Conway, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jerry Brown, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA), and Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA). As of Sept. 15th, the Chamber had aired more than 8,000 ads on behalf of GOP Senate candidates alone, according to a study from the Wesleyan Media Project. The Chamber’s spending has dwarfed every other issue group and most political party candidate committee spending.

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A ThinkProgress investigation has found that the Chamber funds its political attack campaign out of its general account, which solicits foreign funding. And while the Chamber will likely assert it has internal controls, foreign money is fungible, permitting the Chamber to run its unprecedented attack campaign. According to legal experts consulted by ThinkProgress, the Chamber is likely skirting longstanding campaign finance law that bans the involvement of foreign corporations in American elections.

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Chamber of Commerce Accused of Tax Fraud, Joshua Holland,  AlterNet

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  • A watchdog group charges the CoC violated U.S. tax laws by funneling $18 million from its charitable, non-profit arm into lobbying.
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  • How the Chamber of Commerce Allegedly Laundered Millions in Charity Dollars to Beat Back Financial Reform and Reelect Republicans
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  • Stop The US Chamber of Commerce
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A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government

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  • "We write today because we believe that the Supreme Court's creation of corporate 'speech' rights on which the Citizens United decision rests is contrary to the First Amendment as we understand it."
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  • Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return
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Steve Cobble, Huffington Post

As the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new session today (Oct 4), more than 50 leading lawyers--former Attorneys General, prosecutors, and constitutional scholars--issued a joint letter calling for the U.S. Congress to consider a Constitutional Amendment to roll back the Roberts Court's ill-advised ruling in the Citizens United case.


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In the very first paragraph of the letter, these leading attorneys state: "...we share one thing: we believe the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission was not only wrongly decided but presents a serious danger to effective self-government of, for and by the American people, a danger which must be addressed."


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The letter from the legal scholars also contains this very clear line: "We write today because we believe that the Supreme Court's creation of corporate 'speech' rights on which the Citizens United decision rests is contrary to the First Amendment as we understand it."

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Corporate America's Favorite Jurists Return, The Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • Signing away your rights
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