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Why We Cheer For Bank-Robbers Over Robber-Banks

Banks' reckless risks ran real awry,
upending our economy, poisoning pensions,
creating a crisis & f-ing unfortunate families
...but we were told they were too big to fail.

After we bankrolled their bulls**t bailout,
they bounced back to business-as-usual
then posted preposterous profits,
though kept crunching credit for all of us.

Their salaries soared & arrogance enlarged,
so the gov is going to whittle wayward wages,
but they keep boasting billions in bonuses --
unaware, unconcerned or unmoved by our outrage.

Bonus? More like Screw-Us.
This bonus is bogus.

That's why we cheer for bank-robbers over robber-banks.

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Drinking Liberally
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Eight is Enough. Eight is Enough.

We went into Afghanistan to fight terrorists,
but Al Qaeda's regrouped while we got quagmired,
& 8 years later, bin Laden's still at large.

We ended up trying to build a sturdier state,
but 8 years later, nuclear neighbors are less stable,
& Afghan elections make a mockery of democracy.

We wanted a better life for Afghan women,
but instead exposed them to the pain of war
& 8 years later, don't even count civilian casualties.

We have invested our lives & our funds
& forced Afghans to invest as well,
yet 8 years later, contractors collect the dividends.

By 2008, we said of the Bush era "8 is enough."
Now, in 2009, when it comes to this endless war,
President Obama needs to hear that chant as well.

Eight is enough. Eight is enough.

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as we share ideas, arguments & a night together
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Dems Should Ensure Health Care Covers New Brains, Guts & Spines...

The GOP ranted about healthcare for immigrants
tho' no bills covered undocumented workers,
but the Dems proved they had no spine
& rewrote bills to realllly exclude them
rather than making a case for human rights.

Then the GOP had a tantrum about abortions
& some Dems showed they had no guts,
promising abortions wouldn't be covered
instead of arguing for reproductive health.

And while GOP "centrists" say "No, no, no,"
Dems show they have no brains,
weakening the bill, opposing the public option,
in the plain-dumb strategy to get one GOP vote.

Health reform better cover transplants --
Republicans may have no heart or soul,
but some Dems need new brains, guts & spines.

Come out to prove you still have your liver
as you share a few drinks & a few debates --
bring your brains, guts & spines
to your local progressive social club.

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American Republicans - A Special Brand of Stubborn

President Obama gets Netanyahu & Abbas,
to sit together & talk about compromise & progress...
but Mitch McConnell won't even talk healthcare reform.

Obama gets China, the other big greenhouse gas producer,
to agree in principle that action is needed,
but can't get the GOP to admit there is a climate crisis.

Obama addresses the United Nations
with Kadhafi and Ahmadinejad in the audience
...and nobody shouts, "You lie!"

Either Obama's great on the international stage...
or American Republicans are a special brand of stubborn.

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With Republicans, No Means No

Senate leaders forgot 51 is a majority
so insist on bipartisan 60 for healthcare --
to which Republicans have simply said No.

Thus President Obama addressed the nation,
flattered, cajoled & reached across the aisle,
& after shouting "You Lie," the GOP said No.

So Max Baucus, self-proclaimed king-maker,
offered a mediocre melange of half-measures,
& Olympia put the "No" back in "Snowe."

They are the Party of No for a reason.

Democrats, maybe it's time you learn:
with Republicans, No really does mean No.

Now use your majority in Congress,
your White House & your public support
& get the job done without them.

Say Yes: to good people & good politics
as you swap views & share booze
at your local progressive drinking club.

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A Chicagoan Has to Teach a Southerner Manners

Last night the Prez asked Congress to say yes,
appealing to all Americans & across the aisle
to Republicans who have nothing to say in return.

He generously gestured to GOP ideas & advice
(more than a liberal would have liked him to do),
but the Party of No gestured with clutched papers,
with the frantic anger of Birthers & Tea Partiers.

Obama put aside the venom, bigotry & deceit
& invited us to be better than those Town Halls.
...& Rep Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted
"You lie!"-- shaming himself, his party, his state.

Who'd have thought a Chicagoan would have to teach
a Southerner how to be a gentleman?

...now Mark Sanford's relieved he's no longer
his state's only source of embarrassment.

Obama spoke presidentially & inspired us again
...now let's turn great words into results.

Toast to a speech well-delivered
& share ideas for how to turn it into reality
as you share a few beers, cheers & jeers
with your local progressive social club.

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Americans Stopped Listening to Republicans...Why Haven't the Democrats?

When the President listens to Republicans
he finds support to escalate in Afghanistan
despite the violence, no clear goal
& election fraud in the "democracy" we built.

When Senate Dems listen to the Party of No,
they consider jettisoning the public option,
making healthcare reform meaningless
& mandating a give-away to insurance companies.

When the media listens to the GOP,
we hear how much GOPpers respected Kennedy,
yet in life they slandered him as a "liberal,"
blocked his work & their activists boo him now.

So...why are we still listening to Republicans?

When their homeland security chief listened,
he manipulated threat levels for political gain.

Now, when AG Holder ignores Republicans,
he appoints an investigator into illegal torture
& puts Justice back into civil rights enforcement.

Moral of the story: ignore Republicans...
as the American people told us in '06 & '08.

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People Write Us Funny Shit

Quoted from my inbox -- this is exactly what I received:

"I ma a staunch supporter of Democracy values, you can see my work at : www.fordemocracy.com .
Why in the world would you include the word DRINKING in a liberal group and in addition associate the world liberally which in this context means: a lot, then you have to say to compensate: but drink responsibly. If the stupidity of such a label does not strike you, you need a lobotomy.
I have a group and would be very happy to join you because I believe your cause is just and smart, but because of the title drinking liberally I cannot.
I have a natural repulsion for sheer stupidity and that is the essence of your title.
Please use your brain and change the name!
Thank you
Eric Lafayette"

A Toast to the Liberal Lion

The Liberal Lion knew about Speaking Liberally,
with oratory that carried his brothers' echoes
as his own roar resounded over 4 decades.

He knew about Voting Liberally as he pushed
immigration reform, healthcare, civil rights,
workers rights, equal rights through his career.

He knew Drinking Liberally, a little too well,
& as he came to drink a little less liberally
he emerged as a true symbol of Leading Liberally.

Ted Kennedy knew about living liberally
...and his legacy will liberally live on.

Join tonight for a toast to the Liberal Lion
as you share memories & share a drink or two
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Congress Needs a Vacation from its Vacation

Senate Republicans sat on their hands
on healthcare, energy & economic stimulus,
and then set off for a nice summer break
...only to face TV attacks at home.

Conservative Dems tried to play decider,
for coal companies, against public option,
& it was so tiring they went on vacation
...where they met the Town Hall insanity.

And the Dem leadership with big majorities
couldn't push for reforms America needs.
So it was time they took a recess
...during which they're pilloried daily
by their own caucus, the right & TV news.

The one good thing about these Town Halls:
they make our lawmakers eager to get back to DC
...and to get back to work.

Just shows that if you want to enjoy summer
you gotta finish all your classwork first.

Toast the summer as we roast the lawmakers,
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