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Who Are The Biggest April Fools?

Michael Steele's RNC spends party money
to throw a Grand Old Party at a bondage club.

Obama bows to his "bipartisan" instincts
with a Bush-like program to drill, baby, drill...
that Republican leadership immediately criticizes.

Tea Partiers aggressively howl about Big Government
as many of them, without any sense of irony, collect
Social Security, Medicare & unemployment benefits.

If we made these up, you just wouldn't believe us.

Who needs to create April Fools pranks
when there are so many April fools in the news?

No joke: we'll kick of April by kicking back,
tossing back a drink & tossing around ideas
at our local progressive social club.

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Obama May Not Be a Fighter, But He Has Proven He's a Winner

We worried he wasn't a fighter
& he'd let healthcare die post-Scott Brown
but the President brought it back to life
& did what no President last century could achieve.

We complained he was too focused on bipartisanship
straining foragreement with the Party of No
but in the end he shouldered through healthcare
by getting his own party to toe the line.

We were annoyed he didn't step up to lead
& push a vision, draw lines in the sand...
and now we have the largest reform in decades
that looks an awful lot like his campaign plan.

We were concerned that he wasn't a fighter.
Obama proved something else: that he's a winner.

And in the words of the great Joe Biden,
"Man, that's f***ing big."

A toast to reform -- imperfect, but impressive
-- and to the President that made it happen
as we share ideas for what comes next
& share a few drinks with liberal friends
at your local progressive social club.

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We'll Need Healthcare After This Unhealthy Debate

Some sort of healthcare reform may soon pass
but only after DC was gummed up for a year
by obstructionist tactics, bribes to selfish Senators
& every effort to stall, strangle & stunt progress.

Somehow denying reproductive rights took center stage
while a public option, single-payer & medicare expansion
were good ideas that never got an up-or-down vote.

Insurance companies, Pharma & private hospitals
all had their say & their sway in this debate
...which will result in reforms that nonetheless
put us well behind most other developed nations.

Yet, if this passes, it'll still be a miracle.

We've all lost sleep, felt rising blood pressure,
& had migraine headaches from GOP arguments...
we'll need healthcare after this unhealthy debate.

Until we get healthcare, at least we have each other
& can share a few drinks with a few friends
at your local progressive social club.

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Parliamentary Trick...or Political Treat?

The Republicans scream that reconciliation --
a process by which a majority gets things done --
is a "parliamentary trick"...while a small minority
holds the Senate hostage with the filibuster threat.

They shout & stamp & wheeze & wince
that Democrats are undemocratic to consider it
...while they refuse democratic up-or-down votes
on critical appointees with no real opposition.

One Senator can obstruct extended unemployment benefits
& another can put holds on hundreds of measures,
wasting our time, money & chance to improve our country.

If reconciliations is a "parliamentary trick"
at least it makes progress -- a political treat.
And it's time Dems go Trick-or-Treating.

Let's wreck their silly notions with reconciliation
& show that Washington actually can work.

I'd toast to that.

Join your friendly neighborhood liberal drinkers
to talk polls & pols, elections & distractions
at your local progressive social club.

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Obama: We Know You Can Run, Now Prove You Can Pass

After running on healthcare in '08,
& working on it for most of '09,
Senate Dems & the White House seem to realize
it only counts if they actually pass reform
...even if it's "only" with a majority vote.

Reacting to the Tea Party & Scott Brown win,
Dems need to see they can't run as "populist"
unless they pass real regulations on the banks
that still profit while Americans are out of work.

And after running time and again for gay rights,
Dems are finally working on Don't Ask, Don't Tell
which makes the GOP runs the other direction.

We know Obama's got a great running game
...now it's time he proves he can pass.

And since the GOP is running away & taking a pass
Obama just needs his own majority to get in line.

Join us for a run of good conversation
as we pass around a pitcher of liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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A Snowball's Chance in DC

A Republican winning Kennedy's seat
had odds of one-in-a-million.
Then Scott Brown won.

Getting any GOP support in the Senate
would happen once in a blue moon.
Then the jobs bill passed.

So watch out if you say that healthcare
has a snowball's chance in hell...
you might end up with a face full of slush.

A full-day bipartisan healthcare meeting
seemed less likely than Snowpacolypse 3
yet maybe the President't 6 hours on C-SPAN
will pull a masterful snow job after all.

He may not need a snowball's chance in hell
...just a snowball's chance in DC.

Come out to toast a liberal libation
to the fact that healthcare is still alive
& that the Senate passed something this week
with your like-minded left-leaners
at your local progressive social club.

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In "By" vs. "Buy," Bayh Took a Bye, so We Say Bye Bye

A handful of Senate Dems finally call for reconciliation
to let the majority that was elected pass a public option
but the healthcare industry will spend whatever it takes
to buy our democracy & make whatever they can.

Regulations to rein in the rampant recklessness
of a financial industry that imploded our economy
gets watered down as Senators of both parties angle
for cash from the Wall Street banks they would regulate.

And as Congress meanders toward moderate measures
to remedy the Supreme Court's decision on corporate money,
those corporations will spend what they can now
to ensure their ability to spend even more.

While a Party of No & hapless majority paralyze the Senate,
centrist Senators like Evan Bayh play to the middle,
don't show leadership, hedge, hem & haw,
preventing progress & letting corporate interests win.

So it's not so sad saying "Bye, bye, Bayh" --
in the battle whether it's government "by" the people
or whether corporations "buy" the government --
you gotta take sides...you can't take a bye.

Toast bye to Bayh as you buy a drink
& let the evening pass by as you share a think
with like-minded lefties and liberal libations
at your progressive social club.

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Senate Protocol: More Crippling Than An Act Of God

Threat of a filibuster by a 41-seat minority
has prevented any Senate work on legislation
for jobs creation, financial reform or campaign finance
...well before Snowmageddon sent our reps home.

An unprecedented move by a bitter Senator
holds up 70 appointments to help run the government
freezing any progress in Washington
...& that was before Snowpocalypse hit.

Despite bipartisan hand-holding by the President,
the idea the GOP'd have a hand in healthcare
had a snowball's chance in Hell
...even before snowballs flew through DC.

Snowstorms may bring our lives to a halt
but Snow Jobs bring DC to a freeze every day.

Senate protocol's even more crippling than an Act of God.

They might find excuses not to do their jobs,
but we'll do ours: braving the cold & warming the night
with political pals, liberal libations & cozy conversation
at your local progressive social club.

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Don't Need a Tea Party...but Do Need a Drink

The President asked Dems not to run for the hills.
Since then they've folded on financial reform,
skipped out on healthcare & generally stayed quiet.

He called upon the GOP to do more than say No.
Then in one voice, they all said No.
Does a double negative make a positive?
No -- it just makes them more negative.

Meanwhile, AIG awards excessive bonuses,
corporations push for more "personhood" rights
& Goldman awaits record pay-outs.

Our representatives aren't representing us,
but they are taxing us to support corporations
...you can see where the Tea Party gets its anger.

Yet, I'm not drawn to this week's Tea Party Convention
...I'll skip the Tea Party -- but I do need a drink.

Vent your anger at politicians & profiteers
as you share a beer instead of tea --
call it the Keg Party...and make it yours
at your local progressive social club.

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Taking Jobs Seriously...Starting With Their Own

President Obama's address prioritized jobs,
but he made time to address Dems on their job:
to use their large Congressional majorities
& do their duty, not run for the hills.

He asked Republicans to do their job as well
which means doing more than just saying no
as the Senate moves on healthcare, the economy
financial reform, energy & climate change.

As he showed flashes of why we elected him --
telling a compelling story, calling for progress
& stepping from the sideline to be a leader
-- Obama seemed at last ready to do his job.

For all the talk of creating American jobs,
Prez & Congress need to start with their own.

It's time for DC to get back to work
so Americans can get back to work too.

Did you cheer or jeer? Delight or despair?
Share your thoughts on the State of the Union
as you share a drink & a toast to our future
at your local progressive social club.

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