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Turning Speech Into Action: Obama's Real Deficit Problem

In addressing the nation's long-term deficit,
President Obama pledged to end the Bush tax cuts
...which he agreed to extend just 4 months ago.

He called for us to curtail wasteful spending
...a month after launching a costly third war,
while two already drain our national coffers.

He affirmed the kind of country we want,
the values we hold, the programs we commit to,
& drew a line in the sand...which he often does
shortly before he compromises, caves & capitulates.

A solid speech, but will the Prez follow through?
Because his ability to deliver on progressive values
is the long-term deficit we're most concerned about.

Let's toast & talk, debate & deliberate, recap & revel
as we gather with progressive pals, guys and gals,
at your local progressive social club.

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As The Tea Party's Tea Goes Cold

Glenn Beck's Fox televsion show is ending!
We want to cheer, but we know Fox "News"
will fill the time with other conservative blowhards
that continue to push a distorted, right-wing agenda.

Progressives are winning the WI Supreme Court race!
While this shows the power of solidarity with workers
it stands against a backdrop of state-after-state
passing anti-labor rules & anti-family budgets.

The Tea Party's extreme overreach is going to cost them!
Happy they stumble, but there are real consequences:
their Medicaid privatization plan still drives debate
& their budget bullying may shut down our government.

…and some of us want a government that functions.

It's great to see The Tea Party's tea go cold…
but it should mean more than weak tea for all of us.
We need progressive to brew some hot coffee
…or maybe, we need a shot of something stronger.

Share what you think as you share a drink,
talk Wisconsin, Washington & the state of our nation
with lovable lefties and like-minded libation-lifters
at your local progressive social club.

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Conservatives: Conflicted, Convoluted and Just Plain Confused

Conservatives first shouted we moved too slow in Libya,
then they screamed at the Prez for moving to fast,
& now they squeal that we're working with France.

The GOP accuses Obama of not leading on the budget
while they focus on a culture crusade against NPR,
and play games with 2-week budget extensions
that undermine our country's strength & stability.

Tea Partiers blame him for not focusing on job creation,
while their statehouses wage a war on workers,
& presidential hopefuls put the economy on the back burner
to engage in anti-gay, anti-choice debates in Iowa.

Liberals may feel left out & progressives are pissed,
but conservatives are conflicted in their ranks,
convoluted in their logic, contorted in their goals
...& when it comes to leading, they're just confused.

Plenty to discuss, much to debate & reason to drink --
so share your values & a pitcher with a few friendly folks
at your local progressive social club.

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Change We Believe In or Change We'd Leave Out?

This time we engaged the international community,
rather than bullying and ignoring them,
before unleashing bombs on an Arab country
with no clear timeline, end goal or sense of cost.

The administration at least believes in global warming
-- even while it allowed more drilling post-BP spill,
called for more nuclear before the Japanese disaster
& advocated "clean coal" despite it being a myth.

Our President now expresses support for labor,
instead of holding working families in contempt,
while making budget deals to cut social services
as he extends tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

We're a far cry from the days of "Mission Accomplished"
…but this isn't exactly the spirit of "Yes, We Can."

We signed on for "Change We Believe In,"
but this is "Change We'd Rather Leave Out."

If you'd like a drink, an escape & friendly debate,
join like-minded libation-lifting lefties
at your local, progressive social club.

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Quakes, Shakes and Stakes

As Japan reacts to a devastating earthquake,
we pray for the people, their health, their welfare,...
their social safety net, their infrastructure
& their government's emergency response teams.

As revolution shakes Libya & the entire region,
we hope that elite plutocrats yield to the populace
that wants more public investment & social services,
more distribution of wealth & a stronger middle class.

And in Wisconsin we see what's at stake in America:
workers' rights stripped away, a century of gains undone
& a conservative attack on working families everywhere.

In America, the right-wing attacks our institutions,
undermines investments & shreds our safety net.

Everywhere else in the world, we pray
that other countries have all that in place.

We pray for those in the quakes & shakes
...and we also remember what we have at stake.

Discuss it all & join the revelry revolution
as we toss around ideas & toss back drinks
at our local progressive social club.

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If You Cut Schools, Do They Not Bleed?

Our country is wealthier than it's ever been
yet we believe we need a slash-and-burn budget
because we're afraid to make the rich pay their share.

Big banks contribute next to nothing in taxes,
while giving out bonuses backed by public bailout,
yet we're talking about cutting teachers.

Unions, the vehicles to a healthy middle class,
who have already agreed to concessions,
are being attacked for not sacrificing enough
...while the Kochs sacrifice nothing at all.

But won't taxing billionaires & banks hurt them?
Not nearly as much as they've hurt all of us.

Tax the super-rich and they sting a little.
Cut schools, and our future bleeds a lot.

And on that cheery note, who needs a drink?
Come out to toss out ideas & toss back a beer
at your local progressive social club.

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Laughing Liberally Kicks Off Off-Broadway Run

For ten weeks Off-Broadway, join your favorite political comedians for -- LAUGHING LIBERALLY: THIS AIN'T NO TEA PARTY.

March 14 - May 22 at The Midtown Theater.

More details, ticketing, lineup here.

When Mideast Meets Midwest

Vindictive leaders ignore popular protest,
seek to curtail the rights of the people
& make regular citizens into scapegoats.

The elite oligarchs act above the law,
buy politicians, stain public discourse
& amass more & more of the national wealth.

The media chooses a side in the struggle,
alternatively ignoring protesters & slandering them
while promoting the propaganda of the elite.

In the Middle East, we'd call it reason for Revolution.

In the Midwest, we call it Walker, the Kochs & Fox
...and Glenn Beck calls it the American way.

But there's gotta be another way.

Share stories of rallies, sound off on current events
& scheme our next moves as you share a drink
with your local progressive social club.

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The Cheese vs. The Sleaze

The peaceful, passionate, persistent protesters
rally for workers' rights in Wisconsin
& even the Packers join the packed plazas of Madison.

Across the US, inspired Americans show solidarity:
in Ohio, organized opposition shut the Statehouse,
in Indiana, Dems deny the anti-union crusade quorum;
in all 50 capitals as the Cheddar Revolution rolls on.

And on the other side: The Tea Party, the Kochs,
Gov Scott Walker who was pranked by a call
pretending to be his billionaire backer --
& the pundits of Fox News, of course.

Whose side would you rather be in?

Don your cheesehead & hit the streets,
because if it's the cheese vs. the sleaze,
we know which side of history we'd rather be on.

Dump your tea party & join a beer party
as we trade tactics & toast the protests
at your local progressive social club.

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Do Your Share So The Rich Keep Theirs

As the House Republicans talks of shared sacrifice,
they cut education, infrastructure & our work force,
without corporate cronies contributing their fair share.

Slashing student aid, heating subsidies & community grants
are part of Obama's budget's agenda of shared sacrifice:
shared by the middle class, working poor & unemployed.

As Wisconsin's governor faces statewide protests
over his threat to call the National Guard on workers,
other governors join the crusade against teachers & cops
while defending wealthiest residents from tax surcharges.

For all that politicians talk of "shared sacrifice,"
it's regular Americans doing the sacrifice
while the rich are keeping their shares.

There's a place where you can share your views
& more than likely you'll share a few pitchers
if you come out for a night of lefty libations
at your local progressive social club.

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