Sunday, March 18, 2012

Thom Hartmann: Both Parties Are NOT the Same!

A reminder posted by Democrats for Victory in 2012, a Facebook group: .....Anyone saying "both parties are the same" is horrifyingly dishonest. 

The difference between Republicans and Democrats depends on YOU!

In this clip from February 2011, Thom Hartmann addresses those cynics who say that "Both Parties Are the Same".  Nope, says Thom.  Not true, and he tells us why:

As Thom says, "Cynicism can take hold..  Some think I am naive for thinking the Democrats are any different than the Republicans.  Both are corporate-backing shills, say some.  Both parties are guilty of corruption and breaking the trust."  Well, sometimes, yes.  

But Hartmann urges people not to abandon the party that brought us the New Deal, Great Society, and other progressive legislation..  Compare them to the Republicans who dug in and yelled "No!" whenever such legislation was introduced.

No difference between the two parties?

In the first few weeks of 2009, the Democrats passed legislation to assure equal pay for equal work for women, expanded access to health insurance for children nationwide, and they passed a stimulus act that created millions of jobs and walked us back from the edge of a depression. 

In the first few weeks of 2011 (Hartmann says 2012, but this was recorded in 2011), Congress introduces legislation to REPEAL health care, and to end the public financing of elections.

Hartmann quips, "I guess LACK of insurance is what makes this country an "exceptional nation" to Republicans"

"Time to drop the apathy and time to recognize the Truth:  

There is a difference between the Republicans and the Democrats.  It's the difference between 50 million people uninsured resulting in 40,000 annual deaths vs. more guns and disinformation.  It's the difference between worker's rights and the interests of the rich and the powerful.

Show up at your local Dem party meeting, volunteer, participate! ... Take over the party!"  (Conservatives did this to the Republicans in the 70's)  (They did this in 2009 and 2010 as well, though Hartmann doesn't mention this.)

Time for We the People to take back the Democratic party.. and that only happens when you show up!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Not Everybody Likes The Road We've Traveled

The Road We've Traveled


"Dan" wrote after watching the Obama campaign film, The Road We've Traveled: 
"14 million more people of food stamps, 2.7 million more Americans unemployed, 103% rise in gas prices, $15,000 increase in each citizens share in the debt, 15.9% increase in Americans living in poverty. Folks this is nothing more than Bush III, wake up...".
Dan, it's hard to know what to say to people like you who are brainwashed and/or cynical. 

Were you living in late 2008 and early 2009? Do you remember what those days were like? Do you remember the fear as we watched the stock market fall and fall some more and as we watched those jobs numbers fall and those new claims numbers rise? 

Did you really have such high expectations for this President that you thought we'd have an 800,000 job loss one month (in January 2009) and an increase in jobs the next? I knew we wouldn't start adding back jobs for months due to the crisis that we were in. I, like many Americans, was afraid that it would be years, not months, before we had any job growth. 

Your unemployment number is wrong; I don't know where you got it, but you'd better stop using that source. Yes, the number of unemployed did go up before it came down, just as anybody with any brains expected. But now it has come down and it IS coming down, and quickly. We have FEWER people unemployed now than we did the week of February 12th, 2009, just a couple of weeks after Obama took office.

We have 2.6 million FEWER people unemployed than we did in October 2009, which was the "peak" of unemployment. We have 3,939,000 MORE private sector jobs than we did in early 2010, during the "trough" of jobs. What would you have done had you been in Obama's position? What do you think that McCain and the despicable P woman would have done? 

The situation of the economy was grave. The tone in the air in grocery stores, among friends and neighbors, was somber. The stores were empty. It was scary.

And today it is not. 

Do we still have many issues to address, including the increasing number of people who are now poverty level or approaching poverty level?  We surely do.   And, if I'm not mistaken, didn't a congressman prove that it was actually Bush who was the "food stamp President"?

What do you think the Republicans are going to do about all of those poor people?  Other than blabber on about "bootstraps" when they and the uber-rich have stolen all of those bootstraps?  

What do you think, Dan?  What's the Republican plan?  Trickle down?  More breaks for corporations?  You've got to be a bit daft if you believe that will help anything.   Fewer regulations?  Which ones would you get rid of?  Minimum wage?  Environmental laws?  Those 27 jobs bills, not one of which is really a jobs bill?      

Come on, really, Dan...  Were you such an Obama fan that you expected him to fix everything in one term?

The Road We've Traveled... so far.  With so much farther to go.
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