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We're Fixing the Country...They're Fixing Some Tea

The Prez speaks honestly to America about the economy.
The right-wing speaks mangled metaphors & ridiculous rants
while playing dress-up at a bunch of tea parties.

Speaker Pelosi calls to investigate Wall Street.
Conservatives call for secession,
while hurling tea on the White House lawn.

Senate and House Dems get busy on new approaches
to affordable healthcare, clean energy & green jobs
Conservatives get busy...waving tea bags.

Will someone just pour them some goddamn tea already?

Then stick them at the kids table
with their hats & stuffed animals,
& let the grown-ups get back to cleaning up out country.

If you're sick of tea, come share a stiffer drink
as you share ideas, your evening and a crowded booth
at your local progressive social club.

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Celebrating Invest-in-America Day

A Thinking Liberally Left-Minded Meditation

"Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society." - US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes.

"Stop Whining and Pay Your Taxes" - Bumper sticker my Dad wanted to print up about 18 years ago.

Congratulations, America. It's April 15th, a day we mark honorably; an annual tradition we've together reached once again. Let's trade some high-fives and puff our chests out in patriotic pride because today is Invest-in-America Day!

You don't hear many people applauding April 15th. Instead you see news stories about long lines at the post office, and businesses try to capitalize on your tax frustration (Dunkin' Donuts offered free donuts as "tax relief" last year). Because it's Tax Day in America...and thanks to an enduring Benjamin Franklin aphorism, many of our fellow citizens are more likely to associate taxes with "death" than with good schools, clean air, a strong military, innovations in health and science and all the other benefits are taxes bring us.

Just try to say "Happy Tax Day" to anyone and see what reactions you get. If you end up in the wrong place, you might even get a teabag thrown at you.

Why teabags? Conservatives (or "cons" as they would be accurately dubbed) have settled on a series of mixed metaphors and mangled messaging to express their frustration with...what exactly? Some combination of opposition to taxes, the stimulus, and the President in general has Republicans waving Earl Grey at any camera that will watch.

And they claim, amusingly, that this is in the tradition of our Founders' Boston Tea Party. But once again, the right-wing misses the point. The Founders weren't opposed to taxation -- they were opposed to "taxation without representation." They were fine with taxes...as long as those funded a government in which they fully participated.

Where is the "pro-representation" outcry that would truly be in the spirit of our Founders? Not coming from the Cons. We have a President who has bent over backwards (and frustrated his own base) to ensure that all sides have been "represented" in every negotiation so far.

If the teabaggers are too busy to participate, that's their business.

Just as the Cons' tea parties get it wrong, their entire opposition to taxes is misplaced. Should we watch where the government spends our money? Of course -- and greater transparency (a good-government goal) will help with that. Should we ensure that taxes don't burden those who struggle? Without question -- which is why a progressive tax structure is so critical.

Should we oppose taxes? Only if we want private security to replace our police, corporations to monitor their own pollution and banks to regulate themselves (and we've seen how well that worked).

I'm proud to pay. As Vice President Biden has said, it's our duty. I love this country, and I'm honored to invest in it.

Shouldn't all Americans say the same? And if not, then they can stop drinking my clean water...it's for Patriotic Investors only.

The Winner of Evil

A Gaming Liberally Special by Justin Krebs

Several weeks ago, CREDO launched its Bracket of Evil, asking progressives to decide who was the Champion Evil-Doer.

It wasn't easy. AIG and Blackwater were a first-round match-up, as were Grover and Newt. Choosing between Rush and FOX wasn't simple.

But the votes have been tallied, the rounds are over, and the Champion of Evil is...

Karl Rove!

Now join CREDO and call for a special prosecutor to investigate him.

Americans & the Rest of the World Find Something in Common

When Bush went to Europe,
thousands protested in the street.
President Obama met thousands cheering.

When Bush met foreign leaders,
he surprised Merkel with a neck massage.
Obama massaged the tensions of the world,
and brought dignity to America.

When Bush went to Iraq,
a journalist threw his shoes...
On Obama's visit, the US troops
threw forward cel phones to snap photos.

After 8 years of distance, distaste & disrespect,
Americans now have common ground with the world:
we are all relieved at the end of George W. Bush.

Hey, it's a start.

Toast to a new world, & debate how we'll get there
while making a liberal point over a liberal pint
at your local progressive social club.

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It Takes an Autocrat to Rule Big Auto

While the GOP was willing to let the Big Three fail,
they now wail, weep, worry, whimper & whine
that the President's taking too hard a line on the industry.

Despite coddling contractors cronies & business buddies
the Right now frets government is intervening in the market
as Obama insists auto-makers get off auto-pilot.

Now that the President of the USA has urged aside
the failed president of a floundering company,
the conservatives concern is he'll hold Wall Street
& other flopping Fortune 500s to the same standard.

President Obama may have a heavy-hand in this case,
but it may take an Autocrat to rule Big Auto.

And after years of the car driving our country,
it's about time our country takes the driver seat.

We can only hope the banks will be next.

Come toast, roast & debate the most
as you share a drink & a think with like-minded lefties
at your local progressive social club.

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The Free Market: Costlier Every Day

Conservatives don't want us to take control of banks
as that would involve the gov in the free market
...a market that led to toxic assets & zombie banks.

"Let the market do it's job," they shout --
a market that created outsized compensation,
excessive severance for failed CEOs
& bonuses for businesses that didn't make a dime.

Deregulation led to a massive meltdown,
and now trillions of taxpayer dollars are being spent
to keep the "free" market alive and well.

Seems like the free market is getting costlier every day.

Then again, these guys run an economy into the ground,
then get bailed out, keep their jobs, & still get paid?
Maybe they're pretty business-savvy after all...

There may be no free market, and no free lunch,
but there's free thinking & cheap drinks
as you share liberal libations & lively talk
at your local progressive social club.

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Laid Off, Paid Off & Madoff

American workers lose jobs & savings
while GOP leaders turn-down stimulus funds
that could create jobs & savings.

Those whose companies collapsed
get big bonuses from bailout bucks.

And while we belatedly caught Bernie Madoff,
every day another greedy scheme
festers on the surface of the American dream.

America's laid off, they're getting paid off
...it's with our funds, & trust, they've made off.

Who still thinks we should run America "like a business"?

Come where the drinks are cheap & talk is rich,
where you lay off your worries & lift up a glass
at your local progressive social club.

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Obama's Opposition Party: The Senate Dems

President Obama wants to grow our economy
by ending subsidies to agri-business giants,
but high-ranking Senate Dems aren't so sure.

The pro-worker Employee Free Choice Act
has a majority of support in the Senate
but the Dem Leader isn't willing to fight it out.

As progressives Dems tried to re-write bankruptcy laws
to defend working families & their homes,
they met opposition...from conservative Democrats.

It's never easy for a Prez to deal with an opposition party.
Obama just didn't expect that party to be his own.

...and they're doing a better job of opposing
than they did in Bush's first term...

Shake your head at the Dems as we raise a glass together
sharing the news & booze, discussion & drinks
at our local progressive social club.

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From Rush, Steal & Swindle to Rush, Steele & Jindal

After 8 years of rushing laws through Congress
that squandered our nation's wealth & profited the few,
the GOP now joins Rush in hoping America fails,
& opposing policies to rebuild our country.

After 8 years of letting the greedy steal from the many,
through lack of regulation, no-bid contracts & incompetence,
the GOP now follows party leader Michael Steele,
who praises obstructionism & prefers problems to progress.

After the Bush administration let its cronies swindle us,
to the point that our agencies, like FEMA, were in tatters,
Jindal says too much gov action was the problem in Katrina.

For 8 years, all they did was rush, steal & swindle.
Now all they have is Rush, Steele & Jindal.

Good thing some grown-ups are cleaning up their mess.

Nobody will obstruct you for sharing a pint, or a few,
as we vent, laugh, debate, scheme, dream & enjoy
like-minded lefties at your local progressive social club.

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Read of the Day: Re-Reading the First Gulf War

Nora Eisenberg, whose excellent novel about veterans returning from the Gulf War, When You Come Home, will soon be reviewed on this page, has just penned a piece for Alternet on the lost lessons hidden in the way the Gulf Was has been remembered.

We highly recommend it -- as our Reading Liberally "Read of the Day" -- and will bring you more on her novel soon.

With rare exceptions, American politicians seem incapable of opposing an American war without befriending another in a different place or time.

Barack Obama, an early and ardent enemy of the Iraq War, quickly declared his affinity for a war in Afghanistan and/or Pakistan. And like so many Democratic leaders, he has commended Bush 41's Gulf War over Bush 43's, for its justifiable cause, clear goals, quick execution and admirable leadership.

Read the full article on Alternet...

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