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Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention | The Dissenter

Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention | The Dissenter | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Watch as the Honerable Lady from California, Sen. Dianne Feinstein attempts to take yet another big chuck out of your civil rights.  

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P1FD | Gun Control: What's the Point?

P1FD | Gun Control: What's the Point? | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Join us at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST for a critical discussion on the hotest topics of the day (http://tobtr.com/s/4554679).  Tonight: The Gun Control debate has reached a Mexican Standoff caused primarily by many people's inability to think rationally on the subject.  And when they do, advocates on both sides use vitriolic, divisive language to whip their troops into an emotional frenzy and send them off, ironically, to war.  To move things forward, we must first ask the question that has, to date, gone unasked:  “What should the outcome of gun control legislation be?”  After all, how can we chart and navigate a course through these politically treacherous waters if we don’t even know where we’re going?  Only then can we plug the coordinates into our Legislative GPS and begin the journey.  Secondly, we must find a way to maintain our collective composure as we engage in civil, transpartisan conversation -- most likely the more difficult task.

 

The weekend after the Sandy Hook Massacre I appeared on Egberto Willies’ Politics Done Right and pled for the nation to take a timeout.  A cooling off period to allow sanity and reason to recover before entering what had always been an emotion-fueled debate -- even without the Newton tragedy. A month later, I blogged about how violent the debate had grown.  And now, four months later, in an attempt to push Gun Control back to the top of the legislative pile, the President, his opponents, and their willing assistants in the press are doing their very best to stir up those emotions once again, clouding peoples judgement and making rational conversation virtually impossible.  It’s time the Coffee Party fulfills its mission and bring transpartisanship, civilityand reason back to the negotiating table.  Let’s agree to explore, rationally, every single possible solution aimed at making ours a safer society.  


Click here http://tobtr.com/s/4554679 to listen live starting at 10PM EST / 7PM PST, or call (646) 929-2495 to voice your opinion. And when you do, remember to Press [1] for Democracy.

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What outcomes do we expect from Gun Control legislation?  Call (646) 929-2495 tonight at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST and let us know what you want and how you think we can [peacefully] get their.  

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Sundown in America

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By DAVID A. STOCKMAN(NY Times)

 

Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American households lost $5 trillion in the 2000 dot-com bust and more than $7 trillion in the 2007 housing crash. Sooner or later — within a few years, I predict — this latest Wall Street bubble, inflated by an egregious flood of phony money from the Federal Reserve rather than real economic gains, will explode, too.

 

Since the S.&P. 500 first reached its current level, in March 2000, the mad money printers at the Federal Reserve have expanded their balance sheet sixfold (to $3.2 trillion from $500 billion). Yet during that stretch, economic output has grown by an average of 1.7 percent a year (the slowest since the Civil War); real business investment has crawled forward at only 0.8 percent per year; and the payroll job count has crept up at a negligible 0.1 percent annually. Real median family income growth has dropped 8 percent, and the number of full-time middle class jobs, 6 percent. The real net worth of the “bottom” 90 percent has dropped by one-fourth. The number of food stamp and disability aid recipients has more than doubled, to 59 million, about one in five Americans.

 

So the Main Street economy is failing while Washington is piling a soaring debt burden on our descendants, unable to rein in either the warfare state or the welfare state or raise the taxes needed to pay the nation’s bills.

Eight decades of bipartisan Keynesian spending and Federal Reserve money-printing have left us exhausted and bankrupt. MORE


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The inequality gap in this country has far surpassed acceptable limits and it is due to the greediness of big business and the wealthy who were empowered (and continue to be so) by the government influence they have purchased.  When will the 98% unite and put an end to this tyranny.

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Capital Eye Opener, Jan. 16: Oil Group Hires Hill Staffers, Obama's Transparency Backslide and More - OpenSecrets Blog

Capital Eye Opener, Jan. 16: Oil Group Hires Hill Staffers, Obama's Transparency Backslide and More - OpenSecrets Blog | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
It takes a ton of cash to put on the sort of show President Barack Obama has planned this weekend for his second inauguration. But who's paying for it -- and what might they want in return?
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Politicians are as politicians do.  Corruption, lack of transparancy, and the revolving door between the private and public sectors converge in a single week's news.  If you aren't mad, you aren't paying attention.

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Why buy legislators when you can buy legislation? | Party Recon

Why buy legislators when you can buy legislation? | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Data now exists that begins to make the “one dollar one vote” theory somewhat suspect; namely the spending patterns of this past Presidential Election.

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The only thing we have to fear is the indiffernce of good men and women.  Will you be led to slaughter, or will you stand up to tyranny?  This is the question that will define our generation.  What say you?

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The only thing we have to fear is the indiffernce of good men and women.  Will you be led to slaughter, or will you stand up to tyranny?  This is the question that will define our generation.  What say you?

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On Second Thought, I was Right | Party Recon

On Second Thought, I was Right | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Few of us will ever forget the events that transpired in Newton, MA on Friday, December 14, 2012 and the visceral battle that ensued between pro and anti-gun forces in the days that followed.

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What price are we willing to pay for instant justice?  In times of tragedy, calmer heads must prevail.

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Party Recon's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:31 PM

What price are we willing to pay for instant justice?  In times of tragedy, calmer heads must prevail.

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Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention | The Dissenter

Feinstein Amendment Further Entrenches Power of Military Indefinite Detention | The Dissenter | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Watch as the Honerable Lady from California, Sen. Dianne Feinstein attempts to take yet another big chuck out of your civil rights.  

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Post-Election Memos | Party Recon

Post-Election Memos | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

By Dan Aronson
 

Now that the election has [thankfully] passed, I have compiled several short memos to the various groups that seemed to be at odds with one another during the campaign.

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Obama does have a Mandate!! A mandate to reduce inequality.

Obama does have a Mandate!!  A mandate to reduce inequality. | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Economic growth—the kind America enjoyed during its longest decades of prosperity —does not happen in countries with chronic income inequality.
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No Economic Basis for Holding Middle-Class Tax Cuts Hostage to Tax Cuts for Wealthy

No Economic Basis for Holding Middle-Class Tax Cuts Hostage to Tax Cuts for Wealthy | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Extending most expiring tax cuts other than President Bush’s high-income tax cuts would boost gross domestic product (GDP) by a significant 1.3 percent next year, a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report finds, while extending the high-income...
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How to Keep Big Money out of the Presidential Race | Party Recon

How to Keep Big Money out of the Presidential Race | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

I have long since studied the various arguments both for and against the Electoral College, including its effect on voter behavior and turnout, representation of smaller states, and the way presidential candidates design campaigns.  But keeping Big Money from dominating elections is the best reason yet to do away with this antequated system that has kept three men from the White House who had recieved the most votes. 

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Reconsidering Party: Why Belong at All? Join us Tonight on "The Middle Ground"

Reconsidering Party: Why Belong at All? Join us Tonight on "The Middle Ground" | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Tonight we discuss where the middle really is with guest Dan Aronson, founder of Party Recon, a principle-centric organization that asks us to RECONsider everything we think we know about the way parties work.  

 

Listen in, or join the discussion live by calling the show at 646 929-2495.  This is a chance to be part of the future of American politics.

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40% Say Internet Best Way to Get News, 37% Say TV - Rasmussen Reports™

America is coming of age -- the electronic age!  Where do you get your news from? Recent polls show more people trust the internet than television.  Take that talking heads!  

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The Invention of Political Consulting

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By Jill Lepore (The New Yorker)

 

I, Governor of California, and How I Ended Poverty,” by Upton Sinclair, is probably the most thrilling piece of campaign literature ever written. Instead of the usual flummery, Sinclair, the author of forty-seven books, including, most famously, “The Jungle,” wrote a work of fiction. “I, Governor of California,” published in 1933, announced Sinclair’s gubernatorial bid in the form of a history of the future, in which Sinclair is elected governor in 1934, and by 1938 has eradicated poverty. “So far as I know,” the author remarked, “this is the first time an historian has set out to make his history true.”

 

It was only sixty-four pages, but it sold a hundred and fifty thousand copies in four months. Chapter 1: “On an evening in August, 1933, there took place a conference attended by five members of the County Central Committee of the Democratic party, Sixtieth Assembly District of the State of California.” That might not sound like a page-turner, unless you remember that at the time California was a one-party state: in 1931, almost all of the hundred and twenty seats in the state legislature were held by Republicans; not a single Democrat held a statewide office. Also useful to recall: the unemployment rate in the state was twenty-nine per cent. Back to that meeting in August, 1933: “The purpose was to consider with Upton Sinclair the possibility of his registering as a Democrat and becoming the candidate of the party for Governor of California.” What if Sinclair, a lifelong socialist, ran as a Democrat? That’s one nifty plot twist.

 

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Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights

Pennsylvania Court Deals Blow to Secrecy-Obsessed Fracking Industry: Corporations Not The Same As Persons With Privacy Rights | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
“In the absence of state law, business entities are nothing.”
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A HUGE WIN FOR THE PEOPLE!  If you are against corporate personhood, this article is a must read.

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On Second Thought, I was Right | Party Recon

On Second Thought, I was Right | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Few of us will ever forget the events that transpired in Newton, MA on Friday, December 14, 2012 and the visceral battle that ensued between pro and anti-gun forces in the days that followed.
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Gun control is a divisive topic that require sanity to move forward.  

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Why buy legislators when you can buy legislation? | Party Recon

Why buy legislators when you can buy legislation? | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Data now exists that begins to make the “one dollar one vote” theory somewhat suspect; namely the spending patterns of this past Presidential Election.
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Has lobbying taken over as the kingpin of corruption practices?  

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ALEC Limo Maims "Only a Bill" Character from School House Rock

"ALEC Rock" Produced by Mark Fiore and the Center for Media and Democracy, which is the creator of ALECexposed, and co-produced by the Alliance for a Better Utah.

 


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Too scarily true.  What can be done to stop lobbying groups like ALEC?

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Many of us were introduced to our federal legislative process through School House Rock, which was mixed in with our Saturday morning cartoons. This updated video confronts us with the corrupt process we have today, due in large part to a shadowy quasi-legislative body called ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council).
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How are we to rescue our governmnet from the hands of big business and the uber-wealthy?  The answers can all be found at www.partyrecon.org.

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Paradigm Shift: The Future is NOT Now | Party Recon

Paradigm Shift: The Future is NOT Now | Party Recon | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Americans must accept that there are no quick fixes to our current financial crisis and as such, we must find a new breed of politician to send to Washington.
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The Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge is Cracking — And That’s a Good Thing | The American Conservative

The Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge is Cracking — And That’s a Good Thing | The American Conservative | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Not quite like rats from a sinking ship, but we'll take any progress at this point, right? Thanks for kicking Grover to the curb. He's just plain bad for America.

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Did Karl Rove try to fix the election? We really need to put a stop to Corporate control of elections.

Did Karl Rove try to fix the election?  We really need to put a stop to Corporate control of elections. | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
Unless Anonymous presents evidence to support its claims of a planned Rove hack, its work will be relegated to the status of internet antics - and the dustbins of history.
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Dana Milbank on the Makers & Takers amongst the states (Wash.Post)

Dana Milbank on the Makers & Takers amongst the states (Wash.Post) | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Where is the wonky journalist to follow up these stats in Milbank's clever concept?  So that "makers" and "takers" become not just epithets thrown around but actual graphs and lists of where federal dollars are going and coming.  We could scoop that for the public to throw some factual ammunition at the budget fights in Congress.  For example, is the biggie in the Ag budget the food stamps?  What else are the states getting from it?  Ratio of  "take over make" in Alabama is 1.71 while Calif. is 0.79, really?  Where are the real "gifts"?  Clarifying a few nitty-gritty details could dodge the distractions and make more obvious the fairness among all the tax and spend, make and take, red and blue.    (scooped by Jeanne Bear) 

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Romney v Obama: A Lesson in Futility

Romney v Obama: A Lesson in Futility | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

By Dan Aronson

 

Governor Romney is promising that if we deregulate business and reduce their tax burden, they'll create tons of jobs. President Obama is saying that the recovery has been successful and that we just need to stay the course.  President Obama helped big business and the rich recover from the Crash of '08 while Romney helped himself to a great deal of the recovery wealth.  Do either actually care about the rest of us?  Spoiler alert, the answer is NO.


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Fiscally conservative AND socially liberal? Yes we can!

Fiscally conservative AND socially liberal? Yes we can! | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it

Many poeple, perhaps even the majority of Americans say that they tend to be fiscally conservative, yet liberal on social issues. Those same people constantly lament the fact that they have no political party.

by Dan Aronson 

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It’s not about the jobless rate, it’s about wages lost | Party Recon

When this year’s September Employment Figures came out, all of my friends who are supporting the President in his reelection bid took to the streets, blogging verbosely for all to hear.  There joy was premature -- about $15.8 Billion premature

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We need to break the current cycle of inequality in Oregon.

We need to break the current cycle of inequality in Oregon. | Portland Coffee Party | Scoop.it
A View of the State of Working Oregon The past three decades in Oregon, as elsewhere, are in large measure a story of surging income ...
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