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Liberals have gone limp. Progressives have wilted their passion, or lost sight of their mission. Democrats have been co-opted and are settling for far too little.

We've made progress in waking up America. But now it's time WE wake ourselves up, elevate our standards, reinvigorate our values and make a lot of noise and DEMAND a hell of a lot more from the current crop of candidates. 

I just read that the Walmart’s Walton family has as much assets as the bottom 120 million Americans combined.

And this week, the airline industry seems to be imploding, with ATA airline shutting down for financial reasons and other airlines cancelling massive numbers of flights for safety reasons.

We saw Treasury secretary Paulson pull a shock doctrine move, claiming to help out the financial markets mess by deregulating the market and giving more controls to the privately run Federal reserve.

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports that hospitals and over the counter drug manufacturers were disappointed that not as many people were afflicted with the flu this year.

Two days ago, Arlen Specter threatened to shut down the senate because the Democratic majority wasn’t approving enough appellate judges—that they were fillibustering too much. Funny thing though. The Dems have done a better job than the Republicans did and the Republicans have use the fillibuster to block more bills than any congress in history.

The US lost 80,000 Jobs last month, the biggest monthly loss in five years, another sign we’re in a recession.

Record percentages of people are on food stamps.

The price of corn is over $6.00 a bushel up from average prices of under $2.00 through 2005.

The cost of a loaf of bread or a bagel is up because wheat prices are up due to exports.

I go to the supermarket and everywhere I look, I see depressed faces. No wonder. I’m in sticker shock everywhere I turn, and that’s after filling up my tank at the bargain price of $3.179 a gallon.

But George Bush and the Dem congress have cobbled together a $600 “fix” for the economy. Whoopee doo!

Big surprise—81% of voters say the US is heading in the wrong direction.

So why are Hillary AND Obama trying to look like Republicans lite? Why are they afraid to take real, solid stands on the big issues? Why aren’t the Democrats in congress taking more strident action?

I’ll tell you why. It’s because all these dems—in congress, in the primaries—they think they’re pretty sure to win if things stay this bad. That’s the same reason they’re not starting impeachment hearings on blatant criminals Bush and Cheney.

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The decline of standards of living in America with... by Kevin Gosztola on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 1:02:44 PM
Great article, Rob ... your best one yet.At the co... by welshTerrier2 on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 1:08:38 PM
There are a handful of progressive politicians-- B... by Rob Kall on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 2:38:19 PM
  From the Course: Capitalist Society&nb... by Wally on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 6:05:34 PM
Nice job, you nailed it on why none of the above a... by Professor Emeritus Peter Bagnolo on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 3:40:42 PM
Well, slowly, people ARE waking up and beginning t... by coyote on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 5:36:09 PM
we should do something big JULY 4TH---what better ... by TRADESMAN on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 6:46:53 PM
All indications bush is planning to attack Iran wa... by Mr M on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 8:21:17 PM
There is a march to declare a new Declaration of I... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 9:17:38 AM
I'm very progressive in my thinking.  I b... by August Adams on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 6:57:32 PM
I remember reading somewhere that the closer a per... by Barbara Peterson on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 7:21:34 PM
From prophesies of the Bible to the Koran, from th... by Mr M on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 8:11:57 PM
"Take this to the bank - we nuke Iran - all b... by Pixie on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 9:18:43 PM
We can't wait! There is no "this 4th of J... by Mr M on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 9:52:17 PM
Might as well strike and shut down the economy, si... by Jim Eldon on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 8:17:21 PM
Co-opNetwork this cooperative of credit union... by Better World Order on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 8:17:48 PM
Hey, would the child of Revelation 12 being the pr... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 9:30:47 AM
 Looking for a revolutionary, Visionary Respo... by Wally on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 8:20:14 PM
Excellent article, Rob.You're angry! And right... by Munich on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 1:01:24 AM
I see a need for a more articulated Progressive vi... by Edwin Rutsch on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 1:17:48 AM
It would be foolish to count on the Establishment ... by aberamsay on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 4:46:25 AM
We are entering a period of time, as the Age ... by Mac McKinney on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 7:09:20 AM
First let me commend Rob on a great piece. The pro... by Ed Encho on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 7:57:28 AM
...besides the Britney distraction, that I was goi... by Sandy Sand on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 8:55:01 AM
Yeah, the killer kiddies was just another sordid e... by Ed Encho on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 10:09:46 AM
I AGREE IF WE THE PEOPLE UNITE BEHIND RON PAUL WE ... by RICHARD SHADE on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 7:04:52 AM
 Rob, Many good points...I'm almost done ... by Peace General Bruce on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 8:21:34 AM
Ron Paul rEVOLution IS THAT VISONARY Response.&nbs... by Jeanette Doney on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 9:23:35 AM
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What didn't make sense? The fact that nothing ... by PeterJ on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 12:45:56 PM
"The conservatives in America have been burie... by Bia Winter on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 6:14:08 AM
Great article and comments!....Although I personna... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 9:37:02 AM
Very awakening article.  What can we Unite on... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 10:22:55 AM
against the filth. It is better to be considered ... by John Hanks on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 10:27:29 AM
 I've got a great little Subaru wagon (&q... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 1:22:08 PM
Got my car egged just this past weekend...first th... by Judy Ramsey on Monday, Apr 7, 2008 at 9:58:23 AM
It's the velvet revolution seen right here. Di... by shirley reese on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 10:48:19 AM
In effect, NSPD 51 outlines the final touches to t... by Jason Paz on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 11:35:48 AM
I have been waiting so patiently for that word Rob... by PeterJ on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 12:08:11 PM
 The American people want leaders. Most would... by Mark E. Smith on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 12:41:11 PM
Quit looking for a ron paul or anyody else-look in... by TRADESMAN on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 12:45:08 PM
Have you heard the Eagles' song 'Do Someth... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 1:41:05 PM
Sorry..that link doesn't appear to work.Try th... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 6:39:35 AM
than we will ever see mirrored in the media. We ne... by Laudyms on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 1:45:57 PM
Everyone makes sense, however I have seen nothing ... by Robert N Smith on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 1:56:24 PM
...can I have a cabinet position?... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 5:47:55 AM
Last election I had over 50 people running using m... by Robert N Smith on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 12:40:18 PM
I suggest some Henry Rollins therapy...We don'... by truthtruffle on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 2:31:00 PM
And you are correct on every count. There is so mu... by Michael Shaw on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 4:17:48 PM
After seven years of treachery, don't you real... by Rafe Pilgrim on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 5:23:57 PM
Problem= big government that illegally ignores and... by Thom Daniels on Saturday, Apr 5, 2008 at 6:05:01 PM
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE PRICE OF FUEL, A... by RICHARD SHADE on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 5:22:08 AM
Lots of potatoes (Deer don't eat them)....and ... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 5:50:39 AM
All I can think of is the 1976 movie "Network... by Coop on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 2:53:09 PM
A most inspiring article Rob. We are a most disuni... by Dave Kisor on Sunday, Apr 6, 2008 at 3:20:32 PM
Two comments:"There are four boxes to be used... by Tim Hanami on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008 at 5:08:03 PM
UP AGAINST THE WALL!!!  Nothing less is going... by Jayne County on Wednesday, Apr 9, 2008 at 8:08:23 PM