Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people

April 14, 2015 at 2:14 pm

This is perhaps the best description I’ve seen of Fox News (and AM talk radio for that matter).

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I saw this in a tweet today, but it appears it’s been around for a bit. Apologies if you’ve seen before but thought worth sharing.

The Big Ideas Project and how to get everything on our Christmas policy list

December 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee recently launched The Big Ideas project.

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At this site, people like you and me can submit ideas we have for a better country. It’s a great idea.

Some ideas from the current front page include:

  • Debt-free college
  • A law to regulate out-of-district money in elections
  • Full employment
  • A basic income guarantee
  • Reversing Citizens’ United
  • Expanding social security
  • Etc.

The trouble I have is that I want all of these things. I don’t just want to focus on one or two.

I want major change. So I asked myself the question: What’s holding us back from major change?

I believe the biggest thing that’s holding us back from doing these things is a corporate special interest group idea. It’s the idea that government should serve the interests of corporations and this will, in turn, be good for everyone.

I know, crazy right? But a lot of people have bought into this notion because it has been sold to us as “freedom” in the form of smaller government.

The corporate special interest marketing and educational campaign has been so successful, in fact, that it dominates public discussion and opinion to the point where I don’t think we’re going to get anything on the PCCC’s wonderful big ideas list until we can convince more people that there’s a better way.

That is, the proposals on the big idea list make sense to us because we believe in a different definition of our country. We believe our country is a democracy that should start with people and we believe freedom is about opportunity and shared prosperity.

All the policies at the big ideas site make sense to us because of these beliefs. The problem is they don’t and won’t make sense to many, many people unless we first revive ideas about democracy.

This is why my big idea is about how to revive democracy and make possible more of the policy ideas on the big ideas list.

Doctor Who: “Scotland really showed us the way … 85% of the people voted.”

September 22, 2014 at 8:43 am

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting Paul McGann, the 8th Doctor Who, at a local comic expo.

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As we were chatting, my friend Rick asked him about the Scottish independence vote. The 8th Doctor mentioned two things that really stuck with me.

Senator Warren on the shutdown and why government matters

October 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

Perhaps the most important speech of the year: Elizabeth Warren on why government matters.

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The Argument Against Voter ID That You Won’t See in the Media

December 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

When it comes to voter ID programs, what’s the typical mainstream media article look like? One side says that the programs prevent voter fraud, the other says that they are “designed to stifle turnout among students, poor people and minorities, who are more likely to vote for Democrats.” The media […]

Occupy Thanksgiving: How to Talk a Little Turkey with Your Relatives

November 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm

A great post by spocko over at FDL got me thinking about Thanksgiving … … and the inevitable comments from my conservative Uncle. What’s he going to bring up this year? I’ll lay odds that somewhere between the turkey and dressing and the pumpkin pie my Uncle is going to […]

Government Corruption (in a Single Picture)

November 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

Yeah, I know. It’s small. Click on it for the full size image. This is the client list for the lobbying firm of Clark Lytle Geduldig and Cranford. You can go to their website and see this picture for yourself. Here, it’s screengrabbed in case it suddenly “disappears”. CLGC has more corporate clients, but […]

99%: A Warning to #OWS and the Rest of Us

October 10, 2011 at 11:48 am

I’m not sure how it started, but the slogan “We Are the 99%” is doing something that Democrats have failed to do and Republicans have feared for decades. What is this? Take a step back with me for a second and I’ll show you what Occupy Wall Street is doing […]

What #OccupyWallStreet Has Accomplished

October 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

In regards to the Occupy Wall Street protest, several friends I know have asked the question “What are they protesting?” or “What do they want?” After reading the media coverage, it’s no wonder they’re asking this question. The media, if they’ve covered the event at all, has largely portrayed the […]

Kasich Issues Proclamation Honoring Teachers

May 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

From the category of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: This week John Kasich issued proclamations honoring Ohio’s public employees and teachers. Dear Union Thugs … ahem … err, Ohio Teachers … Ok, that’s not how it starts. Read the full text here and next time the governor goes after […]