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Why Politics Sucks in America Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How President Obama and his supporters damaged the Democratic Party In 2008 I donated hundreds of dollars and many hours to the campaign of candidate Barack Obama. When he won on Nov. 4, 2008, I texted "Happy day!" to my brother. Within a year I had sorely regretted my support for Obama. I wrote articles, submitted resolutions, and advocated for accountability, to save the Democratic Party from looming catastrophe. In this article I collect evidence showing how Obama betrayed his party.

Image from the article on The Market Business Saturday, April 25, 2015 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Apparent anti-semitic headline on TheMarketBusiness, recommended by google The news aggregator site, news.google.com, recommended an apparently anti-semitic article by The Market Business. The headline reads "To Meet jews Donors, Ted Cruz heads to Vegas." The article is largely ungrammatical.

Washington State & Local Taxes Monday, November 17, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Look who doesn't pay their fair share An analysis of publicly available, aggregated income and tax data from the IRS shows that residents of rich zipcodes manage to avoid progressive taxation. They pay little or no more in taxes, as a proportion of income, than many poorer zipcodes.

You're Fired, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Saturday, November 8, 2014 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who's to blame for the 2014 election debacle? Some people blame Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz for the 2014 election debacle. Here's why President Obama shares much of the blame.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Joshua Greene's Moral Tribes -- Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them A book review and summary of Joshua Greene's book about psychology, philosophy, politics, and ethics. The central question of the book is: In a modern, pluralistic society, how can diverse groups who disagree on fundamental issues come to agreement on matters of morality and public policy? Greene argues for a liberal (progressive) morality in contrast to the libertarian morality of philosopher John Rawls.

Visualizatoin of House members based on the similarity of their voting records Sunday, September 21, 2014 (60 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The two Democratic Parties: corporate Dems versus progressive Dems On facebook, in comments to articles, and in person I often hear socialists, anarchists, and independents say things like "The Dems are as bad as the Republicans." Such views represent a gross exaggeration or distortion of the facts, but they contain a kernel of truth. The progressive wing of the Democratic Party desperately needs the help of socialists, anarchists, and independents.

US Senators clustered by the similarity of their voting records in 2013 and 2014 Thursday, June 19, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Visualization of US lawmakers based on similarity of their voting records The following images show US Senators and Representatives clustered according to the similarity of their voting records in 2013 and 2014. What's most notable is how different the Dems are from the Repugs. Please realize that the two dimensional images below are projections from a high-dimensional space of data, and so there is loss of information. The images represent approximate summaries.

Michael Bloomberg Sunday, June 1, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Bloomberg is intolerant of reasonable protests Michael Bloomberg criticized cases in which liberal students prevented speakers from speaking at universities. "In each case, liberals silenced a voice -- and denied an honorary degree -- to individuals they deemed politically objectionable. This is an outrage." He compared students protests to the efforts of gun rights' advocates in Congress to prevent research into gun control. The comparison is unreasonable.

Peace Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Hey, anti-war conservatives, can we work together to rein in military waste and destruction? Can progressives and libertarians work together to reduce military waste and adventurism? It's happened in the past and it would be a groundbreaking breakthrough that would garner lots of interest and might have a big effect. The effort would require overcoming

Hillary Rodham Clinton Sunday, May 18, 2014 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
CredoMobile petition: Oppose Hillary Clinton for president: she's too hawkish and corporatist Hillary Clinton is likely to be even more corporatist and militarist than Barack Obama. Oppose her nomination for as the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2016.

Conservativeness versus poverty for WA Sunday, April 20, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why in Oregon, Washington, and California (but not Texas or New York) did poorer counties vote for Romney? Analysis of census data from 2010 and election data from 2012 indicates that in Washington State, Oregon, and California, high poverty counties tended to vote for Romney. On the other hand, in Texas and New York, it was the opposite: high poverty counties tended to vote for Obama? Why this difference?

Five Political Ideologies in one easy image Wednesday, January 1, 2014 (14 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Size matters, but not as much as quality: More good government, less bad government, please! The Big versus Small framing doesn't address the real issues we face. The problem isn't that we have too much government or too little government. The problem is that we have too much bad government and too little good government.

Five Political Ideologies, in one easy image Friday, December 20, 2013 (29 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Five Political Ideologies, in one easy image A concise image explaining the competing political ideologies in the US at this time.

Saturday, October 12, 2013      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
More GMO propaganda from Big Ag Big Ag is spending big bucks to defeat a GMO labeling initiative in Washington State.

Friday, October 4, 2013 (95 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Anarchism, libertarianism, and the way forward How does anarchism differ from libertarianism? How should a progressive liberal who supports government programs (such as Social Security, Medicare, public education, and public transportation) respond to libertarian and anarchist attacks on government? Finally, how do anarchists expect to defang corporations without government power?

A teacher and her students in an elementary school classroom Wednesday, August 7, 2013 (22 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Blame poverty, not public schools Conservatives love to hate public schools and try to blame public schools for low educational outcomes compared to other countries. But a closer look shows that poverty, now public schools, are to blame for the problem.

Michael Hastings and Valerie Jarrett at Barack Obama's victory party, 2012 Monday, June 24, 2013 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
About the war in Afghanistan, from "The Operators" by Michael Hastings In March I wrote the following summary of Michael Hastings' book The Operators. Because of Hastings' untimely death, and because Hastings sent email about an FBI probe hours before his death, the following summary may be of interest to the readers

Sunday, February 3, 2013 (47 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Should we call gun nuts "gun nuts"? Are gun nuts really nuts? Is it counter-productive to insult them? How can progressives win in the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans on this issue and other issues dear to us?

Thursday, December 27, 2012 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Battle over the facts concerning Chuck Hagel I have been engaged in an ongoing edit war concerning the Wikipedia article on Chuck Hagel, whose name is being mentioned as a possible nominee for Secretary of Defense. Hagel is coming under criticism from Republicans and neocons who are unhappy with Hagel's statements critical of defense spending.

Saturday, December 22, 2012 (33 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Image essay about blood soaked NRA Powerful images that expose the blood-soaked stupidity and venality of the NRA.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 (20 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama agrees to cut Social Security, largely spare the Pentagon, and retain many Bush era tax cuts Obama recently said of himself, "My policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies " back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Right wing website Newsmax suppresses embarrassing survey results about Medicare Right wing website Newsmax held a survey in which they asked whether to cut Medicare. Responders overwhelmingly responded, No, don't cut Medicare. So Newsmax removed those results and replaced them with a survey founded upon a lie.

Uncle Sam drowned by conservatives Saturday, November 3, 2012 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Republicon con game, and why impeachment mattered The Republicons are masters of propaganda. They construct vivid alternate universes, populated by imaginary demons who must be battled to the death. Republicons are able to convince tens of millions of Americans that their imagined worlds are real. Even when their ideas lead to disaster, they are able to blame their ideological opponents. The Democrats have not done a good job at holding them accountable or refuting them.

We're the government and we built all these Saturday, September 15, 2012 (63 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Are anarchists in Occupy aiding Grover Norquist? Like Tea Partiers, many Occupiers hate government. The Occupy movement has raised awareness about gross injustices in our political and economic system, but the anarchist tendencies perplex me. I explain why and solicit feedback from Occupiers about why they're attracted to anarchism.

Sunday, August 12, 2012 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Government doesn't take away your freedoms; corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, and corporations do If conservatives really believe that guns don't kill, then by the same reasoning, they should really believe that government doesn't waste their money and take away their freedoms; people do. Specifically, corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, and corporations subvert government and use it to enrich themselves.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rocky Anderson calls for rejection of "lesser-of-two-evils-ism' Justice Party candidate and former Salt Lake City mayor Rocky Anderson speaks in Seattle on getting beyond lesser-of-two-evils thinking.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012 (9 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Washington State Dem Chair Dwight Pelz trying to help Republicans? Washington State Democratic Chair Dwight Pelz has viciously ridiculed Dennis Kucinich, who is considering running for Congress in Washington State. Why is Pelz targeting a Democratic hero and alienating important constituencies?

Dennis Kucinich Sunday, April 15, 2012 (21 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Breaking news: Kucinich seriously considering running for Congress in Washington State Dennis Kucinich is seriously considering running for Congress in Washington State, where a group of progressive activists has set up a website and petition calling on him to run here.

Saturday, April 14, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Amazon.com shareholder proposal for disclosure of political spending; company meeting Amazon.com has come under criticism for working with ALEC, a corporate lobbying group that writes model legislation in favor of corporate and conservative causes. For consideration at the company's May 24 company meeting at the Seattle Art Museum, an investor has submitted a shareholder proposal that would force Amazon to disclose political spending. The company's May 24 shareholder meeting is a worthy protest target.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Conservatives love to hate Islam: evidence from a questionable Newsmax article Evidence that conservative website Newsmax distorted the facts in an article critical of Muslims.

Monday, March 19, 2012 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Draft Kucinich movement starts in Washington State There's a movement underway to draft Dennis Kucinich to run for Congress in Washington State.

GOP and Dems Friday, February 10, 2012 (157 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The myth that the Dems are as bad as the Repugs Many leftists like to say that the Dems are as bad as the Republicans. Not so! As bad as the Dems often are, the Repugs are even worse. Here's why and some thoughts how we should react.

Saturday, December 31, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Mitt Romney Weather Vane Buy the Mitt Romney Weather Vane. Tracks the winds of political expediency. Yours for only $399.99 (plus installation).

The Divided Left Sunday, November 27, 2011 (51 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
On Occupying the Democratic Party Can the further Left (Occupiers, anarchists, and Socialists) work, in some fashion, with the nearer Left (progressive Democrats, Labor, and groups like MoveOn.org)? Can the Occupy Movement find allies without getting co-opted?

Saturday, November 12, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
ExxonMobil & Goldman Sachs: a winning ticket for the GOP in 2012 Now that corporations are persons, there's an obvious choice of candidates for the Republican ticket in 2012: ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Occupy Denver Elects a Leader In response to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's insistence that Occupy Denver choose leadership to deal with City and State officials, and drawing inspiration from the notion that corporations are people, Occupy Denver's General Assembly has elected a leader: Shelby, a three year old Border Collie. "Shelby is closer to a person than any corporation: She can bleed, she can breed, and she can show emotion. Either Shelby is a pers

Saturday, October 15, 2011 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Tea Party versus the Occupy Movement Republicans were able to absorb, co-opt, and be transformed by the Tea Party movement. But it seems that many people in the Occupy Movement don't trust the Democratic Party and are suspicious of its support. Can this be fixed?

Tea Party Protest Friday, August 26, 2011 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How to stop the Tea Party: a response to Sam Harris To stop the Tea Party, progressives need to both take over the Democratic Party and market the ideas of good government and fair taxation. To win that argument, progressives need to frame the issues correctly.

Dennis Kucinich Sunday, July 24, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Kucinich, Ron Reagan, Jr, Randi Rhodes and others speak at forum, mostly defend Obama On Saturday about a thousand people went to the Showare Center in Kent, WA to hear speeches and a panel discussion by Dennis Kucinich, Ron Reagan, Jr., Norman Goldman, Randi Rhodes, Stephanie Miller, Mike Malloy, and Mike Papantonio. They both criticized and defended President Obama and the Democrats.

Kucinich at NW Roots conference Sunday, July 10, 2011 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dennis Kucinich looking for a political home, needs our help? Dennis Kucinich has been holding speaking engagements in Washington State, apparently in an effort to test the waters about relocating here and running for Congress. But support for him is lukewarm. Should progressives be advocating for him?

Black Box Voting Sunday, July 3, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Scary reports from Bev Harris's Black Box Voting Bev Harris' book Black Box Voting describes how electronic voting machines open up our electoral system to risks of error and fraud.

Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel (R) Monday, June 27, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Coverups concerning former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel There are credible allegations of a coverup concerning former Republican US Senator Chuck Hagel. He hid his ownership in AIS (a voting machine manufacturer), even though his machines counted the votes in the election that Hagel won in an upset. Someone removed this story from the wikipedia article about Hagel.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
MoveOn's plan for a mass movement MoveOn aims to build a mass movement. But they're always asking for money, and do they have the correct approach?

Sunday, June 12, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Interactive 3D Visualizations of 111th Congress Voting Records This interactive 3D visualization of US Senators' voting records is based on public voting records. The visualization allows you to navigate in 3D space to see individual senators' and representatives' positions.

US Flag Saturday, May 14, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Horray for government! It's time to market government. It's time for the left to celebrate and market government as a force of good.

Evil Monday, February 28, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Are conservatives mean, greedy, and stupid? A response to Lakoff By insisting that conservatives are neither mean, greedy, or stupid, Lakoff too is enabling the right.

Banana Sunday, February 20, 2011 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Name-calling works, if you can make it stick How can we prevent the slide into theocratic banana Republicanism?

Saturday, February 12, 2011 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Market for Progressive Groups and Websites The sale of HuffPost to AOL raises questions about corporate ownership of progressive infrastructure. House Republicans' efforts to defund NPR and CPB further threaten the Left's ability to get its message out. How can the left build an effective media and political infrastructure outside the market system?

Mt. Rainier over Tacoma Saturday, January 15, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Washington State's Unconstitutional Initiative: I-1053 Constitutions exist to protect the People from unjust laws and initiatives. The Washington State Constitution specifies that a bill becomes law if a majority of legislators support it. Hence I-1053 (the voter initiative requiring 2/3 majorities of legislators to approve tax increases) would appear to be unconstitutional, as would many or all of Tim Eyman's similar initiatives.

Friday, December 24, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Thoughts on Bob Woodward's book "Obama's Wars" Bob Woodward's book "Obama's Wars" concerns not just the war in Afghanistan but also the ideological war in the White House between hawks and doves, as well as the war that occurred inside the President's head.

Dems Stained Glass Thursday, December 9, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The straw that breaks, or strengthens, the Donkey's back Is President Obama's compromise on the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich the final straw, the one that breaks the Donkey's back? In fact, it's a great opportunity for progressives to revitalize the Democratic Party. Will the Party allow progressives to share some power? Will progressives flee to a third party?

GOP and Dems Thursday, December 2, 2010 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Democrats and Progressives Need Each Other Angry conservatives take over the GOP. Angry progressives join a third party or an advocacy group.

Ronald Reagan Thursday, November 18, 2010 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Reagan Revolution Redux The Right Wing plan to drown government in a bathtub is coming to fruition right before our eyes, especially here in Washington State. Here's how conservatives did it, with help from the feckless Democrats.

The Divided Left Wednesday, November 17, 2010 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
How the Left can better market its message The disappointing outcome of the 2010 general election was a result of various factors: the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, an influx of corporate cash into the elections, superior organization and party discipline on the Right, and weak leadership, messaging, and media access on the Left. We can ameliorate the problem locally, in various states: adopt standard, shared, community-owned websites.

God by Michelangelo Sunday, October 24, 2010 (16 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why do believers pray? If God is all-knowing and all-loving, why should believers need to pray to Him for results?

US Congressman Dave Reichert (R, WA-08) Saturday, October 16, 2010 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
US Congressman Dave Reichert doesn't know what the Glass-Steagall Act is At a candidates' forum in Washington State, US Congressman Dave Reichert admitted that he's not familiar with the Glass-Steagall Act.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
On Punishing the Dems Many progressives want to "punish the Dems" by refusing to vote, or by voting for a third party candidate this November. I can respect such progressives, because I too am upset with Obama. But I wonder: have these hardcore progressives really thought through the costs of their choice? Moreover, are they willing to respect other progressives who choose not to follow their (risky) st

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 (18 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Blame conservatives and Obama, not all the Dems Can progressives punish Obama and defend their honor without helping the Republicans?

Piggy Bank Friday, September 24, 2010 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Battle over I-1098 in Washington State In Washington State there's a fierce battle underway between supporters and opponents of ballot Initiative 1098. I-1098 will establish an income tax on the wealthiest 1.2% of Washingtonians, while lowering taxes for the middle class and for small businesses. Recently newspapers, blogs, and the airwaves have been filled with pleas for and against I-1098.

Sunday, September 19, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A conservative's plea for low taxes and small government Will the middle class figure out that conservative talking points about big government and low taxes do not reflect their interests? Conservatives WANT government to be corrupt and WANT government to fail.

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