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Paul Rogat Loeb is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time, and The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear,winner of the 2005 Nautilus Award for the best book on social change. See www.paulloeb.org

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Sunday, June 21, 2015 (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
Why the TPP is Worse than Mystery Meat Do we trust that the corporations that negotiated these rules have our interests at heart? Whether or not the country-of-origin labeling on meat survives or is ended by the House bill and WTO ruling, TPP plays for far larger stakes, the ground rules that affect our very potential to take common action. The meat bill is one more warning that there are some rules and agreements where we should be careful to eagerly swallow.

Saturday, September 29, 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
"My Vote Doesn't Matter": Helping Students Surmount Political Cynicism You've heard it again and again. "My vote doesn't matter," students too often say. Others complain that politicians are "all the same and all corrupt." How do we overcome this cynical resignation and encourage students to register and vote despite their conviction that the game is fundamentally rigged?

Monday, December 26, 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
If You Care About Keystone and Climate Change, Occupy Exxon If we want Obama to make the right decision and deny the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, maybe it's time to Occupy Exxon, with creative protests at local Exxon/Mobil stations.

Thursday, December 8, 2011 (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
Burying Your Victories: What if Obama Taxed the Rich But Never Told Anyone? I didn't know that Obama's health care bill contained a $20 billion a year tax on the richest Americans. Did you? Wondering why he hasn't highlighted this success story.

Friday, July 22, 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
Praising the Hostage Takers: Will Obama Ever Hold the Republicans Accountable? We all need to compromise at some points. That's democracy.The bitter purism of those who stayed home in '10 helped land us in our mess,& if we stay home in 2012 or let others stay home who our volunteer efforts could have otherwise turned out,we'll end up making matters still worse.But endless compromises in the service of regressive policies move us further from the critical changes that we need if we're to create an America

Monday, June 6, 2011 (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
Glued to the Weather Channel While the World Burns Media coverage rarely connects the unfolding cataclysms with the global climate change that fuels them. As a result, too many Americans still don't know what to believe. The antidote to denial and the forces that promote it is courage, working with our allies and taking action.

Thursday, April 28, 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
Three Cups of a Flawed Hero: The Limits of Greg Mortenson's Model of Change It's tempting to expect perfection from those we admire, but we romanticize lone heroes at our peril. A story of unimaginable individual heroism and sacrifice that drew people in could also leave them feeling insignificant in comparison. I believed that Mortenson's books had their limits as models for how ordinary people can create social change.

Thursday, March 3, 2011 (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
Go to Wisconsin, President Obama It's time to stand with those who are speaking out in a way that can make the choices clear to the distracted and overloaded Americans watching from the sidelines. That doesn't mean you'll own the protests or should. Participants have led with their courage, and you need to make clear that you're not telling them what to do or hijacking their moment, but standing in solidarity and encouraging all Americans to speak out and

Monday, November 29, 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
Seeking Republican Patriots: How Reining in Anonymous Attack Ads Can Help Save Our Democracy To prevent the deluge of anonymous political ads we've just witnessed, the Democrats crafted the DISCLOSE Act. If the Democrats make it a priority in the remaining Senate term, they have a chance of achieving its goals.

Tuesday, November 2, 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
Ten Reasons Why I'm Spending This Election Day On the Phones I admit it. 2008 was a whole lot more fun. Even so, I'm going to spend my entire day on the phones today, from when the polls open in Pennsylvania and Illinois to when they close in Washington and Alaska. I hope you'll join me with whatever time you have.

Monday, November 1, 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
The Party of Non-Voters--Why Our Election Day Volunteering Matters More Than Ever The Pew Research Center just released a poll contrasting those who intend to vote this round with those likely to stay home. Among all adults, the Democrats or those who leaned Democrat had a 50 to 39 margin. But among those likely to head to the polls, Republicans were up four points. The difference was among non-voters, where the Democrats led by a staggering 24 points, except that these people were likely to stay home.

Friday, October 29, 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
The Republican War on Reality Beyond political differences with Obama and the Democrats, Republicans been making war on reality itself, which should be a major issue of the campaign's final days.

Friday, October 29, 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 Republican War on Reality If there's an antidote,it's citizen participation.If enough of us knock on doors,make phone calls,talk to coworkers and neighbors,& otherwise reach out beyond the core converted(or at least get sympathetic voters to the polls), there's a chance that the Everett Dirksens of the Repubs will regain the upper hand.If we're silent,we allow reality itself to become hostage to delusion and country and planet will all pay the price.

Saturday, October 23, 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
Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election Also if you happen to know anyone who works on a campus (or if you're on a campus yourself), here's an article that I sent to my educators lists on 45 ways to still get students involved in the election. People have found it very useful, so please do forward it if you're in a position to do so.

Friday, October 15, 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
'Will They Get What They're Paying For?' -- the Best Election Flier I've Seen As campaigns and volunteers hone their final electoral messages, the best flier I've seen asks a simple question -- "Will They Get What They're Paying For?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 (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
Stop the Anonymous Hit Men: Make Shadowy Campaign Money the Issue I've found a way to break through people's cynicism. When I talked about the takeover of our politics by destructive corporate interests, culminating in the barrage of anonymous attack ads unleashed by the Supreme Court's ghastly Citizens United decision, they quickly became willing to listen.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (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
Don't Let the Russ Feingolds Go Down For the Sins of the Blanche Lincolns One-time Obama supporters often lament: "The Democrats have sold us out. I'm tired of their spinelessness. I'm staying home to teach them a lesson." Not everyone responds this way, but enough do to worry me: If these people don't show up and work to get others to vote, it could make the difference. Better to get past our broken hearts and work to elect the best candidates we can. The alternative...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 (19 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 Election Needs You, Broken Heart and All "OK, so your heart's broken," as the old song goes. So's mine. But we have to get over it--now--and start taking action for the November election.

Friday, August 13, 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
The Seductions Of Clicking: How The Internet Can Make It Harder To Act Without online technologies, Barack Obama would never have gotten past the primaries. Yet progressive hopes are faltering, not only because of Obama's compromises and mistakes and Republican intransigence, but also because far too many of his supporters have come to believe they can act exclusively through these online technologies, to the exclusion of face-to-face politics.

Monday, August 9, 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
What if Verizon Could Censor Your Telephone Conversations: Why Net Neutrality Matters We'd better act while we still have a chance if we don't want to be cut off in midstream from equitable access to all the new media whose promise and power we've come to take for granted. The new deal looming between Verizon and Google shows how Obama may in fact be taking a back seat on Net Neutrality.

Saturday, July 31, 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 Seductions Of Clicking: How The Internet Can Make It Harder To Act Without online technologies, Barack Obama would never have gotten past the primaries. Yet now progressive hopes are faltering, not only because of Obama's compromises and mistakes and Republican intransigence, but also because far too many of his supporters have come to believe they can act exclusively through these online technologies, to the exclusion of face-to-face politics.

Thursday, July 15, 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
'Soul Of A Citizen': Village Politics -- Rebuilding Engaged Communities Churches and temples, PTA's, block associations and Rotary Clubs, soccer clubs and softball leagues, the places we work, and all the other ordinary institutions of daily life. Building on the community that they offer, and on our relationships with colleagues, co-workers, and neighbors who already know us, they can provide powerful venues to engage our fellow citizens in our country's most critical issues.

Friday, July 2, 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
We Energized Each Other: Finding Engaged Allies Where We Work Whatever our situation, we need allies to work successfully for change. We need people to talk with, brainstorm ideas, lift us up when we're down, and build power by acting together. Many of us involve ourselves in local and national political issues, but what about our workplaces? How do we shift these contexts to help create a more just and sustainable world? Finding engaged allies makes it possible to make a difference.

Sunday, June 27, 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
Unexpected Environmental Alliances Amidst The Oil Spill: 'Jesus Will Rip Your Head Off' However long before the Gulf's seafood populations recover, those whose livelihoods are affected will need to create a powerful common voice to avoid becoming expendable. One powerful model: Northwest salmon fisher Pete Knutson has spent 35 years engaging his community to take environmental responsibility, creating unexpected alliances to broaden the impact of their voice, and in the process defeated corporate interests.

Thursday, June 17, 2010 (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
Want To Help? 10 Ways To Start Making Change When I was updating my book on citizen activism, an activist rabbi who was teaching the book at a Florida university suggested I gather together a Ten Commandments for effective citizen engagement. Calling them Commandments seemed presumptuous, but I did draw together ten suggestions that can make engagement more fruitful.

Friday, June 11, 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
Why the Arkansas Primary Challenge Was Worth It It's always a dilemma to spend scarce resources taking on sitting members of the party you normally support. That said, I believe the groups who tried to unseat Blanche Lincoln in the primary run-off in Arkansas made the right choice.

Saturday, June 5, 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
Acting Effectively in Ambiguous Times When people hesitate to take a stand on issues from the Gulf oil spill to the horror show off the coast of Gaza, it's often because they're unsure of the outcomes of their actions. Yet acting despite this ambiguity is often the most effective way to make change.

Friday, May 28, 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
'Soul Of A Citizen': Stories Of Impact Will Push Us To Fix The Oil Spill, Homelessness, And Other Big Problems I've come to believe that people work for justice when their hearts are stirred by specific lives and situations that develop our capacity to feel empathy, to imagine ourselves as someone else. Powerful stories can break us beyond our isolated worlds and help us engage the world's troubles without becoming so overwhelmed that we despair of ever being able to change things.

Thursday, May 13, 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
'Soul Of A Citizen': From An Eighth Grade Education To Testifying Before Congress Too many of us hold back from community involvement because we think we don't know enough to act on our beliefs, or don't have the standing or confidence to take a public stand. When we see a woman who begins with no money, no power, no education and no status in the community, and then becomes a powerful voice for change, it should inspire us all.

Thursday, April 29, 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
'Soul of a Citizen' Volunteers Can't Solve Our Problems: For Every House Habitat Builds, 100s More Are Homeless Given the deep roots of our culture's winner-take-all individualism,it's hard not to feel defensive,on the losing end of history.We may even mute our voices,lest we offend those whose financial & political resources our community institutions may depend on.Yet some of the energy we spend on volunteering should be directed toward the roots of the crises we address.To stop the needless drowning, We must ultimately look upstream.

Thursday, April 22, 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
'Soul Of A Citizen': Jesus And Climate Change -- The Journey Of Evangelical Leader Rich Cizik When we become frustrated in working for change, we might remember how hope can come from unexpected places and historically resistant constituencies. Rich Cizik's efforts to engage his fellow evangelicals on global warming exemplifies this.

Thursday, April 15, 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
Excerpt from "Soul of A Citizen": From Drunken Party Girl to Climate Change Activist When we try to engage people politically we never know who will respond, or when someone will shift from reveling in their apathy to taking powerful public stands. With Earth Day coming up, here's a striking example of one such transformation.

Thursday, April 1, 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
Soul of a Citizen: How the Christian Coalition and MoveOn Helped Save the Internet Together I just posted one of my favorite stories from Soul's new edition on Huffington Post, about how MoveOn and Christian Coalition came together to help save the internet as we knew it. I thought you'd like to see it. Maybe you even have your own anecdotes of working with unlikely allies.

Thursday, March 25, 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
Soul of a Citizen: Vaclav Havel, Barack Obama and Unforeseen Fruits But change also comes when we stir the hearts of previously disengaged citizens and help them take their own moral stands. We never know how the new-found involvement of those we engage will play out in the rest of their lives, but if we inspire enough people to take those first steps in speaking out for justice we can sometimes transform history.

Friday, March 19, 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
'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt: Taking Money Out Of Politics: A Grassroots Effort For Clean Elections Nothing makes us feel more powerless than the corruption of our democracy by money.It undermines progress on every issue we face.If America is ever to deal with our critical problems, we'll need to sever the links between wealth and politics,more challenging after the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned a hundred years of precedent.Here is the Main Clean Elections model,how Alison Smith helped it pass,step by step.

Thursday, March 11, 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
'Soul of a Citizen' excerpt: The Real Rosa Parks I began my excerpts from Soul of a Citizen by writing about the costs of cynicism.One reason people despair so easily these days is that we often have little sense of how change has occurred in times past,and of what it took for ordinary people to persist until they prevailed.The Rosa Parks story offers an example that we all think we know, but where the story as usually told omits the key context and blurs the key lessons.

Wednesday, March 10, 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
How The Democrats Can Reclaim The Youth Vote As the recent surveys imply, the stakes in this are huge--not just for now or November, but for the ongoing allegiance and participation levels of a generation. Whether citizen activists can help the Obama administration and the Democrats reengage those who carried them to victory in 08 will shape American politics not just in the coming year, but for decades to come.

Tuesday, March 9, 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
How The Democrats Can Reclaim The Youth Vote If the Democrats don't get the youth vote, they're toast. That happened in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, where young Obama voters stayed home in droves. It's an ugly conceivable future portended several recent polls that show that young voters still prefer the Democrats, but their margin is slipping and their enthusiasm level is worse.

Thursday, March 4, 2010 (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
Soul of a Citizen: What Cynicism Costs Us I spent the past year writing a wholly revised new edition, which St Martin's will publish March 30, and which I'll serialize for the next several months. I like to think of it as an antidote to the political demoralization, paralysis, and despair that so many people are feeling these days. Here's the first excerpt, adapted from the chapter called "The Cynical Smirk."

Thursday, January 7, 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
Calling the Bluff in the Conference Committee There's tension between the House health care bill and a lesser Senate one that contains problematic elements and can't move us forward. Senate negotiators will no doubt try to keep their version using the specter of certain Senators filibustering if the House holds firm on issues like the public option or paying the bill by taxing the wealthy. And if the House holds firm, those Senators might indeed vote against cloture.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 (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
Eight Reasons the Democrats lost Virginia & New Jersey--and How to Recover Losing the Virginia and New Jersey governorships hurt. Local factors played a part, but these are major states. Eight reasons why the Democrats lost them matter. Bad candidates, blue dogs, more blue dogs, Obama, plummeting youth vote, those who threw acorn under the bus, organizing for America, our common inaction

Friday, September 4, 2009 (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
Life Lessons From a Dying Friend My friend Robert Gordon is dying of lupus. He's a novelist who spent a decade teaching in the Washington State prisons and written essays. With his death approaching closer, Robert has now sent out a follow up letter to his friends, a more personal reflection, looking back on a life approaching its close. I'm posting it as Robert's gift to a broader public community. I hope it touches your heart as much as it did mine.

Thursday, July 2, 2009 (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
Letter to Obama from a Dying Friend My friend Robert Ellis Gordon is dying of lupus, with months left to live. He's taught writing to prison inmates, written about it in a terrific book,The Fun House Mirror, and crafted a great novel, When Bobby Kennedy was a Moving Man. Robert's open letter to Obama, challenges him to reach for his deepest levels of courage in being honest about what we face after decades of pillaging our economy. I'll miss his wise voice.

Monday, June 8, 2009      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
Gutting the Health Care Plan: The Scorpion and the Congress Like the scorpion who stings his reluctant turtle ally as they work together to cross a river with the explanation: "it's just who I am," I fear we're about to get stung again. The sting will come of we continue to assume insurance companies must be at the table while forcing a single payer plan aside because it isn't currently politically achievable.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 (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
Stiffed: Why are Bailed-Out Banks Helping Pfizer Buy Wyeth? Perhaps the new combined entity will come up with some miracle drug that neither company would have created on their own. But mostly, it seems just one more example of how a bailout without strong government control, or even oversight, just feeds the same greed-driven abuses that have gotten us into our current predicament. It's going to take more than Viagra to strengthen our economy once more.

Sunday, January 18, 2009      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
Missing the Train on the Recovery Package The highway lobby and its allies will have their say. They already have. It's time now for the rest of us to get on board and convince the new administration to change course by boosting investment in transit and rail.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 (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
Saving the Economy, One Furnace at a Time Like most Americans, I'm guarding my dollars, but when my furnace died during Seattle's coldest winter in decades, I had to replace it. And when I did, with a high-efficiency model, the costs and gains underscored key lessons about how to craft a stimulus package that actually builds for America's future. My new furnace saves energy and fights climate change. It promotes American jobs, and pays back in a reasonable time frame.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008      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
KEEP THE WHITE HOUSE DRAPES: BRING BACK THE SOLAR PANELS But suppose instead that [Obama] took the opportunity to break with tradition, and make a powerful symbolic stand by instead using the already allocated money to bring back additional solar panels (Bush actually brought back some in 2002 but more could be added), and make the White House more energy efficient.

Sunday, November 2, 2008 (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
No Time for Nader: A Letter to Nader and McKinney Supporters Either we stop these trends or we don't. And the ballot's the most direct way to do this.We can cast a symbolic vote for Ralph Nader or Cynthia McKinney. Or vote for Barack Obama and actually help shape the political landscape. It would be a tragedy if because of our own desire for pure and uncomplicated stands, we helped throw away a historic chance to move forward.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008      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
Antidotes To Complacency: Four reasons NOT to take the election for granted It's tempting to Obama's likely victory just a bit for granted. The polls look good. McCain and Palin are flailing and the Republicans have started their blame game. But it's dangerous to assume that the election is over, or to settle for a narrow margin. Here are four reasons to keep working: we need a mandate for change, voter suppression is real, we've got a volatile electorate and October surprises are still possible.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008      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
Volunteer Energy and Political Tipping Points -- What We Can Do What a difference we can each make. I've made calls and doorbelled and got a few people to the polls who wouldn't have gone otherwise. Magnify my efforts and those few people by hundreds of thousands of volunteers and we can truly make the difference in this election.

Thursday, September 11, 2008 (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
Pit Bull Palin When Sarah Palin joked about herself and her fellow hockey moms as pit bulls with lipstick, she may have revealed more than she intended. She even seems to relish this pit bull approach to government...and polls suggest it may be working, as it has in the past eight years. Let's hope we finally reject this approach.

Monday, September 1, 2008 (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
The Rovian Politics of Choosing Sarah Palin What does it say about John McCain that he not only picked the least experienced Vice Presidential nominee in America's history, but picked someone he really didn't know? What makes Palin such a cynical choice is that McCain doesn't know her and doesn't know what drives her. Until she was selected by the Karl Rove types running his campaign (like campaign manager and Rove protégé Steve Schmidt), McCain might not even have

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 (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
The Bosnian Sniper Math of Clinton's Popular Vote Claim On the destructive implications of Clinton continuing her popular vote claim.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 (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
Did the Limbaugh Effect Also Flip Michigan? With Hillary Clinton rejecting the compromise that Michigan Democratic leaders just crafted, the Democratic Rules Committee has a dilemma. Clinton keeps demanding that Michigan's delegates be apportioned according to the January 15 vote, where she was the sole major candidate on the Democratic ballot. But there's another twist that no one has raised--the impact of a Rush Limbaugh-style crossover on the Michigan vote.

Friday, March 28, 2008 (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
Truth, Lies and the Bosnian NAFTAgate Obama's supposed evasion around "NAFTAgate" played a key role in Hillary Clinton taking Ohio. If there's any justice, her Bosnia fabrications should now bring her down in the remaining states. Repeatedly this spring, Clinton described sniper scenarios refuted by the pilot who flew her into Bosnia. Hillary got caught, to put it bluntly, in a lie, not "misspeaking."

Thursday, March 20, 2008 (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
Can SuperDelegates Stop the Scorched Earth Campaigning? No matter how well Clinton does in the remaining primaries, her future is going to be in the hands of the superdelegates. It's time for them to exercise their power to rein in scorched-earth campaigning.

Thursday, March 6, 2008 (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
Did Clinton Win Ohio on a Lie? Hillary Clinton's win in Ohio was greatly affected by her focus on what seemed to be a controversy about Obama's position on NAFTA. Recent news provides evidence that the leaks about his supposed hypocricy were fabricated. Since a foreign government, Canada, was involved, this scandal about a scandal is becoming more than just about the standard sniping that happens in campaigns.

Sunday, March 2, 2008      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 & Clinton: Who's More Likely to Confront Global Warming? If we ignore global warming much longer, we'll face a world of perpetual disaster, so there's no larger question for presidential candidates than who is more likely to tackle it successfully. Although Obama's and Clinton's positions are similar, he seems far more likely to. The key difference is their ability to mobilize a grassroots base to demand that the necessary changes get passed.

Friday, February 22, 2008 (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
How Much Damage Will Clinton Do Before She Folds? In the wake of ten straight losses, Clinton's going to need some miracles to win. But the question is how much damage she'll do to Obama and the Democratic chances before she quits.

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