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Barry President and the Deathly Shallows

When the Death Eaters threaten Hogwarts,
it's an up-front attack that the good guys can confront.
When The Tea Party threatens the American debt ceiling,
they walk out, wait out & wage war sitting on their hands.

Harry, Hermione & Ron defend their way of life
with clear values, friendship & courage.
Obama, Reid & Pelosi face party-infighting
as Dems use GOP frames & bargain with Social Security.

With Voldemort it's a conclusive battle, good vs evil.
With Boehner and McConnell, it's never conclusive
as compulsive compromise meets right-wing recalcitrance.

Harry Potter had to sort out the Deathly Hallows.
Barry the President contends with deathly Shallows.
If only politics had a little more magic in it.

Join fellow liberals for the night, learn about the fight,
share stories, pass pints, debate, deliberate & drink
at your local progressive social club.

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We Aren't Broke But We May Be Broken

Conservatives claim our country is broke
as they campaign for callous and careless cuts
while coddling private jets and oil subsidies.

The right wing rails about our debt and deficit
and demands acts to disable government programs
while dutifully defending the riches of the richest.

The GOP plays games with the debt ceiling
and draws Dems into agreeing with austerity,
threatening the health of Medicare and Medicaid
despite the vast resources of our great country.

The reality is our rich country's not broke --
but the current crop of conservative cons
along with cowardly and complicit Dems,
are doing everything they can to break us.

And even if our country itself isn't broken,
something in our political system definitely is.

Rant or reflect, discuss or debate, lament or let loose
as you share a drink and what you think
at your local progressive social club.

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Dems Boost Equality, Beck Boosts Air Quality

Equality for all Americans takes a giant leap forward
as New York State does right on marriage equality
…while conservatives around the country still fight
a culture war that puts them on the wrong side of history.

Economic equity receives a boost from Obama,
arguing for taxes on the rich instead of austere cuts
…against a GOP whose leadership is so thin
that Michele Bachmann is now a Presidential frontrunner.

And air quality for all promises to get that much better
as Glenn Beck airs his final show on Fox.

Equality & air quality in the same week.
Now and then, America does take a step forward.

Celebrate the historical events of the past week,
roast the right-wing as we toast "Bye, Bye Beck,"
& join like-minded lefties for a long night of libations
at your local progressive social club.

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Fuzzy Math-ghanistan

The President announces a "faster drawdown" --
but while 10,000 troops coming home is exciting,
it still means an enormous force is in Afghanistan
on a costly, unending mission with no clear goal.

By the end of 2012, more troops will come home.
However, there will still be as many over there
as when Obama took office 4 years before…
less a "reduction" than a pre-surge "restoration."

At that point, this war will be into its 12th year.
Not saying that it's unlucky if we reach a 13th year
…rather that it's unfortunate, unhealthy and wrong
that we wage any war for that long.

All in favor of a speedy drawdown in Afghanistan
but this news seems more like Fuzzy Math-ghanistan.

What will be clear is when all our troops come home.

Until then, share your hopes, concerns and ideas
as you share a night, a booth and some beers
with your local progressive social club.

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Obama's No Giant, But Compared to the Seven Dwarves…

Obama hasn't solved our high unemployment
but Newt's "idea campaign" suggests tax cuts for the rich
& Mitt's debating himself about saving the auto industry.

Dems haven't ended our ongoing wars,
but Santorum's eager to start a new culture war
& Herman Cain is on his own war against Islam.

The Administration hasn't addressed climate change
but Pawlenty denies he ever believed in it
& Bachmann just think it's God's doing.

President Obama has not been a giant.
But compared to those seven dwarves,
he's looking bigger and better.

He should help sponsor more GOP Debates.

Come out to swap jokes & jabs, thoughts & worries
as you lift beers, share pitchers & raise your spirits
at your local progressive social club.

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Have We Had Enough Fun With Our Weiner Yet?

Anthony Weiner behaved like a creep & a fool.
However, he's getting a level of media attention
you'd think we'd direct at Wall Street bankers
who profited off foreclosing on working Americans.

Weiner has hurt his marriage, family & supporters.
Yet from the outraged chorus demanding resignation,
you'd think he'd hurt seniors by gutting Medicare
& hurt our economy by messing with the debt ceiling.

Weiner lied to the press about sending tweets.
But from the calls for Congressional inquiries
you'd think he'd misled the public about whether
we were conducting secret airstrikes in Yemen.

Has Weiner humiliated himself? Absolutely.
Do we have real problems to discuss?
Probably…but making Weiner jokes is just more fun.

Hopefully, we'll all stop playing Weiner games
and get back to work…that includes Weiner himself.

And hopefully, you'll come out to share a night
with like-minded lefties and liberal libations
at your local progressive social hour.

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Default? Your Fault!

Boehner tries blaming Democratic budgeting
for the dangerous dance with the debt ceiling
because he can't corral his own caucus
to do what everyone knows needs to be done.

Tea Partiers point fingers every direction
refusing responsibility for acting irresponsibly
as the tiptoe toward a fault-line in our economy.

And GOP hopefuls are too busy blaming Obama
for every ailment he inherited with the office,
rather than showing leadership in their party.

Our officials should be seriously talking default
...yet it's easier just to shout "Your Fault!"

Get back to work -- and voters will decide
which flaw was whose fault next election.

If you need a drink, don't drink alone --
share a pitcher as you pitch ideas
at your local progressive social club.

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Like The Rapture, The Tea Party's Time Has Not Yet Come

We were supposed to fear Tea Party power
but as a Democrat won a GOP House seat,
the Teapocalypse seems to be on hold.

We were supposed to tremble before Paul Ryan
but as Republicans run from his Medicare plan,
the Right's shining light doesn't burn so bright.

We were expecting the Republican Revival,
but as Obama's stock rises across the country,
more GOP hopefuls save their hopes for 2016.

Turns out the Right Wing is like the Rapture:
a few die-hards make tremendous noise --
but it doesn't look like their time has come.

And we all look around and realize
that there are real problems & real work to do.

The conservatives make us want to drink
so progressives give you someone to drink with
-- come toast to 8 years of liberal drinking
at your local progressive social club.

Celebrating 8 years of weekly gatherings!
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GOP Candidates: Running For President and Running From Their Past

Newt Gingrich sets out to run for the Presidency…
and runs away from memories of his government shutdown,
right-wing overreach, bad marriages & public deception.

Mitt Romney seeks to become our nation's leader…
but plays hide-and-seek with his one governing achievement:
a Massachusetts healthcare law awfully similar to Obama's.

Mitch Daniels weighs an entrance to the race…
but balances a background of Bush budget cuts
that burned through billions and busted our bank.

And Donald Trump attempts to leap ahead
because he's just trying to escape the past two weeks.

The GOP presidential campaign has to look to the future
…because nobody wants to be reminded of the GOP past.

Looks like we'll have Newt to kick around once more --
come share your laughs and worries of what's in store
while enjoying a drink and dishing what you think
at your local progressive social club.

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When We Can Finally Say: Mission Accomplished

A highly-trained team killed Osama bin Laden
after a decade of uncertainty and unrest --
but will tens of thousands of troops overseas
now get the certainty and rest of returning home?

An intelligence operation brought him down --
will we now realize a massive military mobilization
may not be the only - or best - way to deal with foes?

We have dealt with our #1 enemy at last...
can we now push back on the policies of fear,
security state apparatus & anti-Muslim bigotry
that has intensified ever since 9/11.

We may have killed an enemy,
but only when we end our wars overseas
& stop living in fear at home
can we declare: "Mission Accomplished."

And we will certainly drink to that.

From birth certificates to death notices, a busy week
-- share your reactions and share a libations
at your local progressive social club.

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