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60 seconds of FDR speech: "Let me warn you..." (1936) | Warns of Romney-like Sales Pitch

by GREG MITCHELL, Pressing Issues

 

I posted this for a second time yesterday and Jon Stewart ran with it tonight. Not sure there's any connection but hell, I'll run it again. Like me, he was egging on Obama to follow suit. Jon advised, "Oh yeah, this guy lost, right?" [MORE]

 

From the notes posted by nYankee2003 via YouTube:

President Obama should just run this as a 60 second spot in all of the swing states. If Medicare had existed in 1936, it would have been at the top of FDR's list.  FDR is basically talking about Mitt Romney's position on RomneyCare/ObamaCare


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Margaret Reeve Panahi's comment, October 9, 2012 11:40 PM
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We made ReMoved with the desire that it would be used to serve in bringing awareness, encourage, and be useful in foster parent training, and raising up fost...

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:10 AM

This is not about politics or money and corruption. It is worth the time to watch because many children in our society everyday live this or very close stories to the one portrayed here. There are not any known billionaires plotting to get in on this and maybe that is why it stays in so many shadows. Families do not realize what is happening is so widespread and keep silent.


The vast majority of children in crisis do not end up in foster care, but on auntie's or a friend's couch or staying with their step parents after the natural parent splits, grandparents, friends house, teens moving to sweetheart's parents home or remaining with the natural parents latest boy/girlfriend once the natural parent splits. Who ever they think they can trust that will take them in.


They grow up to be our co-workers, spouses, someone's parent, neighbors and so on and thus are a very giant part of our everyday life and our future. Children today are in so many complicated home lives it is difficult to believe. Many that are not working with young people may not realize just how complicated the "average" family has become in American society today.


Those that work with children only find out if they are trusted enough and someone allows that child to open up and tell their story. The story is often not the one on the books of school records and official contacts.


This is a reminder as we go through our days and actions to remember our young ones around us and in our lives. They are not represented in congress, you do not see them protesting in marches, represented on the job, or much of anywhere else and they have the weakest voice and least control over their own situations. Do not forget them. They are part of us all. {monica}

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, April 12, 2014 10:18 AM

This is not about politics or money and corruption. It is worth the time to watch because many children in our society everyday live this or very close stories to the one portrayed here. There are not any known billionaires plotting to get in on this and maybe that is why it stays in so many shadows. Families do not realize what is happening is so widespread and keep silent.


The vast majority of children in crisis do not end up in foster care, but on auntie's or a friend's couch or staying with their step parents after the natural parent splits, grandparents, friends house, teens moving to sweetheart's parents home or remaining with the natural parents latest boy/girlfriend once the natural parent splits. Who ever they think they can trust that will take them in.


They grow up to be our co-workers, spouses, someone's parent, neighbors and so on and thus are a very giant part of our everyday life and our future. Children today are in so many complicated home lives it is difficult to believe. Many that are not working with young people may not realize just how complicated the "average" family has become in American society today.


Those that work with children only find out if they are trusted enough and someone allows that child to open up and tell their story. The story is often not the one on the books of school records and official contacts.


This is a reminder as we go through our days and actions to remember our young ones around us and in our lives. They are not represented in congress, you do not see them protesting in marches, represented on the job, or much of anywhere else and they have the weakest voice and least control over their own situations. Do not forget them. They are part of us all. {monica}

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JPMorgan Chase To Pay Huge Fine In London Whale Settlement : NPR

JPMorgan Chase To Pay Huge Fine In London Whale Settlement : NPR | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay regulators more than $900 million in fines over last year's London Whale trading fiasco. A handful of rogue traders at the bank lost more than $6 billion in a bad derivatives trading strategy.

 

Contemplate these facts for a moment:

1) JP Morgan Chase traders lost big and then lied to cover it up

2) CEO Jamie Dimon called it "a tempest in a teapot"

3) The $920million fine amounts to only 13 days of profit.

Yeah. No need to regulate this industry or these people. Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along


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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, September 20, 2013 9:38 AM

Well if you are JP Morgan Chase then you can lose 6 billion and pay only 920 million in fines......That isn't even a slap on the hand, instead it's more like light smack to the finger tips. Who wouldn't try a shady deal like that again with so little to lose?

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Rushing Voter ID proves its true intent

Rushing Voter ID proves its true intent | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it

by Brandon Szuminsky, Herald Standard

 

To really understand the Pennsylvania Voter ID law, consider the effort to switch broadcast television from analog to digital a few years back.


The “digital switchover” changed the way you could tune in over-the-air television signals. Unnecessary technical bits aside, the result was that if you got your TV from an antenna (in other words, if you didn't have cable), you either needed a new TV or a converter box to avoid losing the ability to watch television.


Originally proposed in the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (a landmark law for media studies, if you're taking notes), the original deadline for the switch was Dec. 31, 2006. But when it became clear that many would be left behind if the change went into effect then, Congress pushed the deadline back to Dec. 31, 2008.


As that date neared and still the public wasn't ready, lawmakers again moved the deadline back, this time to Feb. 17, 2009. But in January 2009, when slightly more than 2 percent of Americans were estimated to still be unable to make the switch, the deadline was pushed back for the last time, to June of that year.


To simplify further, when the government was going to institute a change that would effect the public's access to television, it spent billions and held off implementation until it was sure the public was ready. Even a measly 2 percent of people not being ready was enough to convince lawmakers to pump the breaks.


But that was something important, like television. For something as frivolous as voting, Pennsylvania lawmakers are content with rushing to implement a change that would keep 9.2 percent of voters in the state from being able to exercise their right to participate in democracy. [MORE]


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Voter ID is the fraud | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Voter ID is the fraud | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it

By Sally Kalson / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

All this time we thought Republicans hated government waste and bureaucracy, unfunded mandates and over-reaching laws that infringe on freedom. Was that just an act? Because Pennsylvania's voter ID law requiring certain kinds of photo identification for most voters is the very embodiment of that loathsome list.

 

1. It will "solve" a problem that doesn't exist.
2. It will impose unnecessary hardship on those least able to overcome it.
3. It will squander millions of scarce public dollars.
4. Its application will be inconsistent.
5. It will impede the freedom -- not to mention the constitutional right -- to vote.

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As for disproportionate effect, the study found 22 percent of voters in households earning $20,000 or less lacked a valid photo ID, vs. 8.2 percent of those in the $80,000-plus range.

 

These gaps are more than enough to swing an election, which is exactly what state Republicans had in mind. Rep. Mike Turzai actually admitted it when addressing his fellow party members: "Voter ID, which is gonna allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania -- done."

 

The voter ID law was on trial last week in Commonwealth Court, with the ACLU calling it what it is: voter suppression. But since voter fraud has proven to be a complete fabrication, state attorneys haven't even tried to show a need for it. Their argument boils down to this: We did it because we could.

 

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Outcry over Romney's Mass. affirmative action move - The Associated Press

Outcry over Romney's Mass. affirmative action move - The Associated Press | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it
The Associated PressOutcry over Romney's Mass.

THIS GOES TO SHOW YOU...

 

If elected, there would be a lot of the Romney maneuvers, sneaky and polished to kill progressive govermental programs that make this country great.

 

He would put all "extremely poor and dependent" in a special category... They would be forced to show up at a contractor's place of business to do time working to eat.  Bet on it.

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TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

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TwitLonger is the easy way to post more than 140 characters to Twitter (RT @kingsleyyy: WHO is voting for Champion on Nicki's poll for urban single?!? It's summer!!!!
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Behold, the drunk uncle-ization of America

Behold, the drunk uncle-ization of America | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it

A country made up mostly of good, intelligent, kindhearted people is letting a small but noisy part of the populace paint an entirely different face for the world to see, a face that sneers at reason and science, and eschews kindness for righteous indignation. With the voracious 24-hour news cycle and the reach of social media, these people are making us the embarrassing relative that causes the other nations at the dinner table to shake their heads.

 

Perhaps it's time we found a way to sober up.


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The Pro-Money Court: How the Roberts Supreme Court Dismantled Campaign Finance Law

The Pro-Money Court: How the Roberts Supreme Court Dismantled Campaign Finance Law | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it
by David Earley, Avram Billig 

The Supreme Court will rule soon in McCutcheon v. FEC, which could further increase the influence of big money in elections. But McCutcheon is just the latest in a long string of cases weakening campaign finance rules. Since Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito joined the Court in 2005 and 2006 respectively, five decisions have significantly reshaped the legal landscape dictating how much big money can flow into political races. Here is some background on what the Court did, how it affected American elections, and what could happen next.

 

2007:   Federal Election Commission (FEC) v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.

The SCOTUS Ruling: The Court struck down a law regulating sham issue ads — television advertisements that clearly target specific candidates, but avoid regulation by posing as "issue" ads. For example, an advertisement referring to a candidate by name close to the election, but instead of explicitly advocating voting for or against the candidate, tells the viewer to “call Rep. Smith and tell him to stop corporate polluters.”
 The Majority Opinion: Chief Justice Roberts on the continued regulation of issue ads: “Enough is enough. Issue ads like WRTL’s are by no means equivalent to contributions, and the quid-pro-quo corruption interest cannot justify regulating them.”
 The Dissenting Opinion: Justice Souter: “Neither Congress’s decisions nor our own have understood the corrupting influence of money in politics as being limited to outright bribery or discrete quid pro quo; campaign finance reform has instead consistently focused on the more pervasive distortion of electoral institutions by concentrated wealth, on the special access and guaranteed favor that sap the representative integrity of American government and defy public confidence in its institutions.”
 The Result: By rejecting Congress’s decision to regulate political spending, the Court encouraged the creation of more and more political ads that circumvent campaign finance law by leaving out “magic words” such as “vote for” or “vote against.” As any voter who lives in a battleground state knows, these ads now dominate many elections, often funded by shadowy groups that do not reveal their donors. [MORE]
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This is serious, Folks.   If you think things are not bad... just wait.

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60 seconds of FDR speech: "Let me warn you..." (1936) | Warns of Romney-like Sales Pitch

by GREG MITCHELL, Pressing Issues

 

I posted this for a second time yesterday and Jon Stewart ran with it tonight. Not sure there's any connection but hell, I'll run it again. Like me, he was egging on Obama to follow suit. Jon advised, "Oh yeah, this guy lost, right?" [MORE]

 

From the notes posted by nYankee2003 via YouTube:

President Obama should just run this as a 60 second spot in all of the swing states. If Medicare had existed in 1936, it would have been at the top of FDR's list.  FDR is basically talking about Mitt Romney's position on RomneyCare/ObamaCare


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Margaret Reeve Panahi's comment, October 9, 2012 11:40 PM
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Reporters Know What the 'Voter ID' Push Is Really About. Why Don't They Just Say So?

Reporters Know What the 'Voter ID' Push Is Really About. Why Don't They Just Say So? | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it

by Dan Froomkin, Huffington Post

 

Does any journalist who is not an overt shill for the right actually believe that Republicans are pushing voter ID laws because they’re concerned about voter fraud?

 

No, of course not.

 

And for good reason. Voter fraud simply isn’t a problem in this country. Studies have definitively debunked the voter fraud myth time and again.

 

In Pennsyvlania, which just adopted a tremendously restrictive photo-ID law that could disenfranchise 1 in 10 voters, state officials conceded they have no evidence of voter fraud, nor any reason to believe it could become a problem.

 

By contrast, there is ample evidence that voter ID laws inhibit voting, particularly among minorities and the poor — two major demographic segments that tend to vote Democratic.

 

And that’s hardly a coincidence. Consider the recent bragging by the Pennsylvania House Republican leader that his state’s voter ID bill “is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.”

 

This is not simply another gratuitously partisan act by the GOP. This is an attack on the very notion of democracy. The voter ID push, along with intimidation of voter registration groups and purges of voter rolls have only one goal: blocking legitimate but probably Democratic voters from exercising their constitutional rights. It is a poll tax with a new twist. [MORE]


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CDavis's comment, August 1, 2012 1:09 PM
there is a bigger problem than a possible handful of people voting. The possibility of ILLEGALLY misrepresenting MILLIONS of votes through the manipulation of the voting machines!!! Yet NOBOD wants to touch this proven possible FACT!!! The testimony of the existence of "backdoor" hacks is a matter of CONGRESSIONAL RECORD!! Please someone PAY ATTENTION!
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It's One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote - Democracy Now (blog)

It's One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote - Democracy Now (blog) | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it
Democracy Now (blog)It's One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One VoteDemocracy Now (blog)Scott Walker's win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the...
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COMPULSORY VOTING: Its time has come

COMPULSORY VOTING: Its time has come | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it

 

Something of note:

A STUDY OF THE PORTUGAL PROGRAM TO DECRIMINALIZE DRUGS.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/wtpapers/greenwald_whitepaper.pdf

 

Read the Complete Study. Bring yourself up to date on the issue and accept that there is hope. We must act. And it will require the help of the total populace to make it work for the United Stated.


On July 1, 2001, a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Under the new legal framework, all drugs were “decriminalized,” not “legalized.” Thus, drug possession for personal use and drug usage itself are still legally prohibited, but violations of those prohibitions are deemed to be exclusively administrative violations and are removed completely from the criminal realm. Drug trafficking continues to be prosecuted as a criminal offense

 

 

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Join our Cause... Work with us to make it mandatory for every eligible voter to vote.

 

It is a patriotic, a civic duty. It costs nothing to join with us. But we need your help.

 

Take the first step and learn what is at stake, what the talking points are and know the FACTS.

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A Funeral For Democracy | Captivating News

A Funeral For Democracy | Captivating News | Mandatory Voting: The time has come.... | Scoop.it
RT @CaptivatingNews: A Funeral For Democracy in Michigan to be Held Memorial Day!
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