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Obama -- are you KIDDING??

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  • White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts
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  • Proposing compromise with the current Republicans is like getting punched in the face repeatedly and then proposing that "both sides" stop punching each other in the face.
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  • A Lame and Spineless Duck?
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Adam Green, BoldProgressives.org

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If you like reading this article, consider contributing a cuppa jove to Evergreene Digest--using the donation button in the above right-hand corner—so we can bring you more just like it.

Since Thursday (Nov 11), over 100,000 people joined our campaign telling President Obama to "fight, don't cave" on tax cuts. The Washington Post, MSNBC, and others have covered our petition's progress.

But the Post also reports that while the President was out of the country, his advisers did some "soul searching" and decided that Obama must focus more on "forging partnerships with Republicans."

ARE YOU KIDDING??? Proposing compromise with the current Republicans is like getting punched in the face repeatedly and then proposing that "both sides" stop punching each other in the face.

Tell President Obama that Americans want him to START FIGHTING on issues like ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires -- and Democrats will keep losing if he keeps caving. Sign the petition here.

Then, share this email with others.

Let's be clear: Republican leaders have zero interest in compromise. None. Zilch. Nada. "Bipartisanship" to them means Democrats vote for Republican ideas. Obama and his advisers need to understand that.

Even when the overwhelming majority of Americans supported the public option, not a single Republican leader said they'd consider voting for it. Instead, they called Obama a "socialist" for supporting the will of the people -- and Obama never fought back or rallied their constituents against them.

The American people don't want Obama to "compromise" just for the sake of compromising. And they certainly don't support cutting Social Security to pay for tax cuts for millionaires.

When Obama is right and Republicans are wrong, Americans want their President to fight and win.

Join 100,000 others in telling President Obama to "fight, not cave" on ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires. Click here -- then, share with others.

The AFL-CIO and Democracy for America have joined us in calling for one vote on tax cuts -- for the middle class, not the rich -- and DARING Republicans to vote no.

Working together, we'll push Democratic leaders until they finally fight for "change we can believe in."

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

Related:

White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts, Howard Fineman and Sam Stein, Huffington Post
President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board, temporary continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers.

A Lame and Spineless Duck? E.J. Dionne, Jr., TruthDig.com
Imagine a Congress still controlled by Democrats passing an extension of the Bush tax cuts for millionaires but leaving the unemployed out in the cold. If this happens, laugh out loud the next time a Democrat claims to be on the side of working people.

Special Report | 2010 Election Post-Mortem

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  • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
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  • There is little reason to expect any useful legislation from the Tea Party-dominated House or the dysfunctional Senate. In fact, this Congress will do damage to anything even remotely progressive.
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Keefe

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Outrage, Misguided, Noam Chomsky, In These Times

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  • People rightly want answers, and they are not getting them except from voices that tell tales that have some internal coherence—if you suspend disbelief.
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  • Dead Political Party Walking
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And 2010's Biggest Winner IsDavid Corn, Mother Jones

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  • Dark money, shadowy groups, and secret millionaires.
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  • Shadowy players in a new class war
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Brutal, Michael Kieschnick, CREDO Action
There is little reason to expect any useful legislation from the Tea Party-dominated House or the dysfunctional Senate. In fact, this Congress will do damage to anything even remotely progressive.

Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution, David DeGraw, AmpedStatus

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  • The system is now so rigged via campaign finance, lobbying and the revolving door that it is almost impossible for people who represent us to even get into office, let alone stay in office and enact policies that will bring change.
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  • The Economic Elite Vs. The People of the United States of America
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10 Commandments to Revive Progressives After the November Defeat, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Huffington Post

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  • Follow these ten commandments and the progressive forces will finally be able to reshape this country before it is too late.
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  • Midterm Election Further Demonstrates Need for Revolution
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Media Misreading Midterms, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)
As usual, press urge a move to the right

Dead Political Party Walking, The Pen
The Democratic party has so totally betrayed the people who voted for them, who had faith in them, who believed in them, we must confront the real possibility that nobody will believe a word coming out of the mouth of anyone running as a Democrat ever again.

Dead Political Party Walking

The Democratic party has so totally betrayed the people who voted for them, who had faith in them, who believed in them, we must confront the real possibility that nobody will believe a word coming out of the mouth of anyone running as a Democrat ever again.

The Pen

Of all the commentary we have heard in the aftermath of this week's (Oct 31-Nov 6) election debacle, we have heard not one pundit yet who actually has a clue about what is really going on. So you will have to hear it from us. Of course, if you have been on our list any length of time you already have, but maybe you did not believe us the first time.

We must respectfully remind you that we told you that all this is exactly what would happen unless we took stronger action to demand a REAL health care reform bill in particular, instead of that groaning load of corporate special interest dictated and favoring rubbish we ended up with. And by the way, if we were official prophets you would owe us a new pair of sandals right about now.

It was March of earlier this year and the title of our alert was "The Democratic Party's Plan To Throw The Next Couple Elections". Look it up, the text was published on OpEdNews.com and is still there.

For those with short attention spans (from corporate media conditioning) who think our alerts are too long, we suggest you knuckle down and actually read our words this time and see if they start to make sense to you. And please take particular note we said  "The Next Couple Elections" PLURAL. Because this is just round one of the dynamic we foretold.

As we predicted then, in round two the Republicans will use their electoral gains to push to repeal the almost universally despised health care bill, despised by the right because it does anything even cosmetically good, and despised by the left because it was fundamentally just a total sell out.

If the Republicans fall short on repeal this time, they will campaign in 2012 on the platform that they need to take over the Senate and the White House so that the bill can be repealed, and they will win in ANOTHER landslide of historic proportions.

Alternatively, if the Democrats set a new Guiness world record in the publicly perceived as wet noodles department, they will all lose their seats anyway so the result will be the same.

Either way, the Democratic party as a viable political power force is finished for at least the next election cycle. Stick a fork in it, it's done. We see no scenario of possible recovery from this. It's over. The only reason they did not lose back the Senate in round one is because only a third of the seats were in play. They rest they will lose the next time for sure.

We are skeptical that primary challenges are even a productive option anymore. The Democratic party has so totally betrayed the people who voted for them, who had faith in them, who believed in them, we must confront the real possibility that nobody will believe a word coming out of the mouth of anyone running AS a Democrat ever again.

And the thing that really aggravates us the most about all this are people still whining that the Democrats need to get a spine. Democrats have plenty of spine when they are arresting people calling for single payer and dragging them out of hearing rooms. They have plenty of spine when they are refusing to allow a vote on even the most feeble of public options. They have plenty of spine when they
are calling us bleepity-bleep retards.

Rather, Democrats tolerate being PERCEIVED as cowards. Because if people thought for one nanosecond that they were not cowards, then people would have to confront the stark truth that the Democrats are IN ON IT.

They are in on the corporate corruption. They are nothing but enablers, all of them, from top the bottom, front to back, ESPECIALLY the so-called progressives, without exception. They are willingly and knowingly playing the role of Judy in this Punch and Judy show, and NOTHING is going to change about that for them, for ever and ever, end of story, period.

We told you after the final health care vote what needed to be done about it. We told you that we needed to build a massive Independent Voters movement, with greater numbers than either the Democratic or Republican parties. We asked you to go to a Facebook page we created for this purpose and just become a fan, that's all, just become a fan. Here is that page.

Something shy of 7,000 of you did then. Obviously it was not enough. So we ask you again. Go the page above and just become a fan. Talk among yourselves. When we see 100,000 over there we will know there is some chance for real change. Until then, we are fooling nobody but ourselves.

And we close with an exact quote from an even earlier alert, from September of 2009, which again you can still reading in its entirety on OpEdNews.com, where we warned you that the whole health care reform debate was a total fraud and that no "public option" of any kind would survive in the final bill.

Here is the quote from the conclusion of the alert documented on the page above.

"And THAT is Obama's REAL plan, the one he won't talk about in a public speech, to let the weakest possible 'public option' hang around for a little while as an illusory sop for the terminally gullible, only to bleed it to death before it can actually go into effect. Yes, THIS is Obama's new 'improved' leech therapy."

Lord, the hate mail we got about that one. People yelling at us telling us we were full of it. Calling us racists. Read the words again. And now ask yourself in all candor, "Ain't it the truth?"

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this alert as widely as possible.

Political Games in Dead-Serious Times

In this excerpt, the author notes the politics of Diversion. Politicians often try to divert our attention from issues they don't want to debate. The diversion usually appeals to our fears. If we take the bait, we complete the diversion.

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Debra Dean Murphy, GOD's politics

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Submitted by Evergreene Contributing Editor Mike Steigerwald


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Because Americans allow bickering politicians and ratings-driven news executives to tell us what constitutes “politics,” we have a tragically short-sighted view of what it means to be citizens with a shared destiny who seek the common good and the flourishing of all. (In other words, we’re all in the same boat, but we stand around on deck mocking and belittling each other while the vessel slowly sinks. But, boy, does our smugness-while-drowning make us feel good.)

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Actually, we’re not all drowning — yet. Those of us not in dire straits seem to make the most noise about the silliest things. Our public schools are failing, but .. Obama is a Muslim! A socialist! a Kenyan! CEOs of major corporations make 400 times — 400 hundred times — what the people who clean up after them earn, but … gay marriage will destroy America!

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