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When Can We Start Regulating Hot Air?

The President finally gets serious about the climate
and some Democrats retreat, claiming it will cost jobs,
really meaning they are scared for their own jobs.

Republicans clamor for the return of a POW
until the President makes a deal to bring him home.
Now their rhetoric is reversed, their outrage rehearsed,
their logic has burst and their accusations the worst.

The NRA finally admits some gun owners go too far
then they retreat from their statement
because it angered their members who go too far.

Dems dissembling, Republicans ranting,
conservatives carping, Tea Partiers puffing --
thank goodness we finally have carbon rules --
now when can we start regulating all this hot air?

It's hot enough out there, so cool down with a drink
and chill company with and breezy conversation
at your local progressive social club.

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Through the Looking Glass, but Far From Wonderland

In Egypt, the new President about to be elected
led the ouster of the last elected President
who followed the ouster of the prior President,
who had previously been a military commander.

In Santa Barbara, a murderous rampage
has America debating sex, mental health,
the internet, Hollywood and almost any topic
other than enacting sensible gun legislation.

In Washington, conservatives criticize the President
for a planned withdrawal of American troops
from a country we will have been in for 15 years,
where we have no mission and nobody wants us to be.

News this nonsensical sounds like farcical fiction --
like our society has fallen through the Looking Glass.
But one thing for certain, we're far from Wonderland.

Better to amuse than confuse, to share then despair
so make the most of a few friends and a toast
at your local progressive social club.

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If We Wanted a Bush White House, We'd Have Elected Jeb

An administration is issuing a memo
to assure us that assassination is legal
because it was called target killing.

A scandal of misconduct at VA hospitals
reveals that despite pro-veteran rhetoric
our leadership isn't paying enough attention.

Favors for bankers. Domestic surveillance.
Drilling. Deportations. Drones.

Someone should remind the Obama team
that if we wanted a Bush-style White House,
we would have elected Jeb.

Start the summer season right:
sharing thoughts, drinks and company
at your local progressive social club.

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Feckless Mining, Reckless Undermining

As Republicans mine for votes,
their focus on undermining the President
prohibits progress on national priorities
from job creation to infrastructure investment.

The NSA mined for data so aggressively
that it undermined Obama on privacy
handing Rand Paul and a band of Tea Partiers
a brand new issue to revive reeling right-wingers.

In Turkey, a fatal mining collapse
is further undermining the Prime Minister,
not unlike America's senseless drive to drill
that's drilling a hole in our environmental efforts.

Feckless mining leads to reckless undermining
of priorities, politicians and of our planet.
Maybe it's time for building big, not breaking bad.

Share thoughts on the nation and the world
while sharing a night with like-minded lefties
at your local progressive social club.

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Enough Global Climate Change, How About Political Climate Change?

Reports are conclusive about climate change
and the President is taking and urging new actions,
but denials and distractions will stall progress
until there's a change in the climate in Washington.

The world offers help and holds onto hope
for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria,
but until women's equality is embraced everywhere,
these are not the only girls at risk.

Putin plays, the world worries and Ukraine unravels,
but it will take more than big talk and idle threats
to change the global tone of confrontation
into one of collaboration and and comity.

We know that global climate change is man-made.
But we could really use man-made changes
in our political climate, in America and abroad.

Enjoy a climate that's right for you:
warm conversation, cold drinks, cool company
at your local progressive social club.

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Gases and Gasbags

The Supreme Court has upheld the ability
of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases.
Will the President uphold his responsibility
to offer more action and less hot air on this issue?

Oklahoma has evolved beyond the gas chamber,
using untested execution methods that don't work.
Will we evolve as a country beyond the death penalty,
a discriminatory, cruel practice that never worked?

And the NBA took swift and stern action
following Donald Sterling's racist remarks.
Will voters would be so quick to punish
the Right Wing for its offensive speech and acts?

That's the thing about gases and gasbags --
they all need a little more regulation.

Let off steam, air your ideas and get fueled up,
but don't regulate your views with this regular crew
at your local progressive social club.

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Will April Stand-Offs Bring May Hand-Offs?

Ignoring climate change, inequality and unemployment,
America has focused on a showdown with a Nevada rancher,
which now transforms from news story to GOP talking point
for this year's midterms and the Presidential race to come.

Ignoring international outrage and opposition,
Russia continues its encroachment into Ukraine.
So far the world has warned, watched and waited,
but will this new cold war heat up or cool down?

Ignoring a century of precedent, the Supreme Court decided
a stand-off between good government and big money.
As super-rich donors hand over even more of their coffers,
will April's money showers turn into November political power?

We hear that April showers bring May flowers.
As this month's unresolved issues extend and amplify
we may see April stand-offs bring May hand-offs.
Let's see who picks up the ball to run with them.

In the meantime, sit down instead of standing off,
and hand over a pitcher while you sound off on the news
at your local progressive social club.

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Tea Party Pharaohs and Right-Wing Romans

At Passover, we tell the story of a Pharaoh
who was inhospitable to strangers in his land.
In America today, it's Tea Party that attacks
anyone in favor of sensible immigration reform.

Over Easter, we hear about the Roman rulers
who punished a man who stood for the poor.
These days, Right Wingers retaliate against
any efforts to challenge inequality in America.

At these holidays, we remember the lessons
of the leadership of Moses and sacrifice of Jesus.
Now, we see the cautious calculation of centrists,
and the self-serving statutes for corporate cronies.

It's good to have holidays that tell the old tales,
because we're fed up with today's stories
of Tea Party Pharaohs, Right-Wing Romans
and the compromisers who enable them.

At least both the Resurrection and the Exodus
teach that it seems darkest before the dawn.

Join fellow lefties for lofty ideas or light chit-chat
as we pour out our souls and pour a few pints
at your local progressive social club.

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Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance,
lack of action on climate change and immigration,
and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare,
pushing for fair wages and pay equity,
defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little.
The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already.
The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare,
we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war
and our limping economy isn't toppling completely,
we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man
who recklessly led us into a disastrous war,
crashed our economy and tanked our reputation.
Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy,
some focus on global poverty and climate change.
Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo
so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two
at your local progressive social club.

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Seven Million - Check. Untold Millions - Unchecked.

The healthcare push led to 7 million sign-ups,
surpassing the Administration's targets,
and giving a boost to this new program,
while getting more Americans covered.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down
limits on individual overall campaign donations,
giving a boost to wealthy contributors,
letting millions more dollars flood our elections.

Obamacare gets our government working for the many.
McCutcheon gets our government working for the few.
This week may see Americans get healthier,
but also witnesses our democracy get more diseased.

Seven million Americans - check.
Untold millions in contributions - unchecked.
A few million steps forward,
an unlimited number of steps back.

Share healthcare tales, swap Court gripes
as you trade drinks and thoughts through the night
at your local progressive social club.

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