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Breaking: House GOP Attacks Social Security on day one!

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We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

Social Security Works / Thom Hartmann

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header_images/1498/large.gif?1375110262Jan. 7, 2015 | We knew that the new Republican Congress wanted to dismantle our Social Security system brick by brick—but we didn’t expect them to do it on their first day!

They’ve taken what should be a dry, mundane exercise – the adoption of new rules by the newly convening House of Representatives – and turned it into a stealth attack on our Social Security system. This rule is nothing more than an attempt to divide people who believe in Social Security.

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We need to tell Congress we stand united on the side of our WHOLE Social Security system! We reject the games and forced crises. Social Security works, period.

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She Spent $1.57 For Something That Cost Him $60.62. And That, My Friends, Is Disgusting.

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Get ready to hear more about this woman in the years to come.

 

Eddie Geller, Upworthy

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I have someone you should meet: Zephyr Teachout. 

Zephyr is an author, professor, and crusader against the corrupting influence of money in politics.

In the fall of 2014, Zephyr ran for governor of New York in the Democratic primary against Andrew Cuomo. And though she didn't win, Zephyr captured 30% of the vote with almost no money.

Here's the best statistic, though: Her opponent, Andrew Cuomo, spent $60.62 for each one of his votes. Zephyr's campaign, however, spent only $1.57.

Eddie Geller: I once appeared in a movie where the director commended me on my fake vomiting. Even though I’m no longer in Tinseltown, my dreams are as ambitious as ever: Let’s get big money out of politics, save the planet, and tear down the patriarchy.

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Related:

Bribery.jpgSpecial Project | Money In Politics: Week Ending January 3, 2015, Compiled by David Culver <evergreenedigest@earthlink.net>, Ed., Evergreene Digest <evergreenedigest.org>

  • "It has become clear that meaningful campaign finance reform is a necessary pre-condition for the Congress to be able to do the people's work in Washington." --Russ Feingold
  • 8 New items including:
    • Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils
    • In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary
    • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters
    • Ready for a surprise? Money DOES equal access in Washington
    • ‘Oligarchic tendencies’: Study finds only the wealthy get represented in the Senate,
    • Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent
    • Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?
    • First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon

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People Against the NDAA / Just Add Puppet / www.facebook.com

Do you still find it interesting that some of the few things "republicans" and "democrats" can agree upon are indefinite detention, laws of war, and the world being a battlefield?

 

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Special Project | Money In Politics: Week Ending January 3, 2015

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  • "It has become clear that meaningful campaign finance reform is a necessary pre-condition for the Congress to be able to do the people's work in Washington." --Russ Feingold
  • 8 New items including:
    • Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils
    • In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary
    • Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters
    • Ready for a surprise? Money DOES equal access in Washington
    • ‘Oligarchic tendencies’: Study finds only the wealthy get represented in the Senate,
    • Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent
    • Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?
    • First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

Joel Pett 

 

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Bought-and-Paid Congress Divides the Spoils, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Consortium News

  • Never has the Golden Rule of Politics glittered so bright: the corporate-person with the most gold rules. And the Republicans are now firmly in control of Congress after having their pockets filled more than the Democrats, as Bill Moyers and Michael Winship explain.
  • In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

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In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary, Richard (RJ) Eskow, Huffington Post

For the American people, the moral of this story couldn't be clearer: If we don't get money out of politics, we'll lose our democracy altogether.

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Top 20 ‘Dirty Denier$’ Who Accept Big Bucks from Big Polluters, Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch

  • On the campaign trail, many candidates strive to be as innocuous as possible, evading questions or saying they haven’t made up their minds on an issue.
  • Memo to Self: Do Not Run for Office

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Ready for a surprise? Money DOES equal access in Washington, Matea Gold, Washington (DC) Post 

More than five times as many legislators or their chiefs of staff offered to set up meetings with active donors than with local constituents. 

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‘Oligarchic tendencies’: Study finds only the wealthy get represented in the Senate, Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

Contrary to popular opinion, it was Democrats — not Republicans — who were more responsive to upper-class opinion in the 111th Congress.

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Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Bill Moyers & Company

  • More than five times as many legislators or their chiefs of staff offered to set up meetings with active donors than with local constituents. Why is it not corruption when the selling of access to our public officials upends the very core of representative government? When money talks and you have none, how can you believe in democracy?
  • Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections?

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Who’s Buying our Midterm Elections? Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

  • Two investigative journalists talk to Bill about the role of dark money — and the wealthy donors behind it — in this year’s midterm elections.
  • Bill Moyers Essay: The End Game for Democracy

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First Citizens United. Now McCutcheon, Credo Action

  • We think if the Supreme Court is going to consistently side with corporations and the wealthy at the expense of our democracy, they might as well give up their pretense to impartiality. So we’re going to send robes with the logos of the big corporations to the “justices” who voted for Citizens United and this new terrible decision.
  • Take%20Action%20button%20with%20arrows.jpgIf you want to add your name to the card we deliver along with the robes, use this form to add your name.
  • A new experiment shows how money buys access to Congress.

Bill de Blasio, stiff-spined liberal that takes no crap

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Going forward one hopes the mayor maintains his spine and fortitude. Most importantly the mayor must continue to assert his command over the police. He must delegitimize spokespeople within the union who think the mayor and the citizenry can be bullied. The police is not an insular entity. It's not a government within itself. It works for the people of New York City and not for some police club.

Egberto Willies‎, Daily Kos

Bill_de_Blasio_and_family.jpg?1419432588Bill deBlasio and family

Dec 28, 2014 | The deaths of the two New York City police officers are being used as a hatchet in an attempt to neuter New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Condolences must be given to the families of the police officers who were murdered in New York City last week. No one wants to harm police officers. No one wants to be harmed by police officers. The incident is unrelated to those who are rightfully protesting police brutality.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio must continue to stay strong to his principles and not succumb to the bullying of the police unions or the media. The mayor must not yield to the thuggish tactics of police unions, specifically to the likes of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association head Patrick Lynch.

Egberto Williesradio show host, author, blogger, political activist, DailyKOS Featured Writer, Vice President of Coffee Party USA, Executive Committee

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