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The 99 vs. 9-9-9

At Occupy Wall Street, protesters oppose
corporate-political cronyism & economic injustice.
At the GOP debate, candidates argue
that we need to look out for the 1%.

There are those who want to fairly tax the rich,
and those who want to increase tax burden on the poor;
those who want an economy that works for everyone,
and those who say it's your fault if you're unemployed.

Some call out to hold Wall Street accountable,
and others want us out Big Business's way.

Will you stand with the 99 -- or chant 9-9-9?
(Which, by the way, is "No, No, No in German…")
What a difference a 9 makes…

Without 9-9-9, you'll still be fine-fine-fine
as you join our "party" line-line-line
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Cain and Unable

Bachmann's bubble burst, Perry's pizzazz peaked,
Huntman's hung out to dry, Christie canceled, Palin passed
& unable to embrace the unappetizing Mitt Romney
GOP voters put Herman Cain at the top of a national poll.

The Republicans reject any route to creating jobs;
conservatives can't conceive a plan of their own in DC;
the Tea Party targets any policy that suggests a solution
...but will the Party of No now become the Party of 9-9-9?

As the Occupy Wall Street spreads across the country,
the GOP candidate surging ahead is the one
who said if you're not rich & unemployed, it's your fault.

Unable to create jobs, unable to get Occupy Wall Street,
unable to offer solutions & unable to like a candidate,
the GOP's now Cain and Unable…a perfect match.
…until his pizza goes cold & they're on to the next.

Discuss the debates, Wall Street & Hermentum
as you share a beer & let liberals Occupy your night
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Americans Want A Job - We Got An Occupation

Occupy Wall Street is polling more popular
than Congress, which continues not to move
on the American Jobs Act...or any jobs act.

Occupy Wall Street is now lasting longer
than speculation around Christie & Palin,
as the GOP continues to recruit for one job
rather than spend time creating more jobs.

Occupy Wall Street is bridging young and old,
insurgent and union, radical and established
better than the Dem Caucus which can't bridge
center & left-center on the jobs debate.

America wants jobs, jobs, jobs.
In the meantime, at least we got an occupation.

Talk about the loss of jobs & loss of Steve Jobs
as we occupy each other's time & company
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New Year, New Season - Old Fear, Old Reason

As we celebrate the Jewish new year, what a moment
for Israel and Palestine to return to the negotiating table
…instead, they seem to be moving further apart.

As recess yields to a new session in Congress,
it's a fresh chance to serve the public & focus on jobs
…yet DC picked up right where it had left off.

As summer turns to fall, the new season
could replace overheated rhetoric with cooler heads
…but the GOP candidates keep fueling the fire
with politics that burn a little too wildly.

So a new year and new season…old fears, same reasons.

Maybe it's too much to hope for a new start in the new year
…after all, it's only Rosh Hashannah…not April Fool's.

Shana tovah to all -- toast a joyful, peaceful year
with your compatriots and kindred spirits
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Right Is Wrong When Right-Wing Is King

The audience boos when Rick Perry says an immigrant kid
should have a chance to give back to society --
but applauds him for the number of executions in Texas.

Ron Paul gets jeered questioning America's foreign policy,
yet cheered when he stands firm against the government
helping an uninsured man facing a fatal ailment.

The crowd hisses Mitt Romney's record
of insuring the citizens of Massachusetts...
and lauds his promise to insure nobody as President.

In running to be the right candidate for the wrong crowd,
right-wing & wrong-headed beats being just plain right.

When Jon Huntsman realizes that, he'll be sorry
he gave up his real job in the Obama Administration.

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Debates About Debates About Debates

The President wants to talk about jobs
but his first job is a speech to prompt a debate,
which is delayed for the GOP debate
to try to take the President's job.

The GOP claims its top priority is jobs
but isn't doing its job of debating jobs,
choosing instead to debate a speech vs a debate.

And as they debate how to debate a debate
they prevent the President from doing his job
which should be to debate -- and create -- jobs
…the only debate that's not happening right now.

It's easier for the GOP to debate each other
rather than having a real debate about jobs.

And it's easier for Obama to cede a debate debate
...he concedes so well, it's practically his job.

Annoyed at the GOP? Confounded by the White House?
Either way, you deserve a drink -- and to vent & rant
as you share your opinion over a liberal libation
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The Wit and Wisdom of Michele Bachmann

The intrepid members of the Minneapolis chapter of Drinking Liberally have dramatized an unlikely text: actual quotes from Representative Michele Bachmann.

The Wit & Wisdom of Michele Bachmann Part One from Steve Timmer on Vimeo.

Learn more about the people behind the project -- people who have been following Bachmann long before most of us ever heard of her.

An American Autumn or An American Fall?

Rebellion against corruption and autocracy
extends an Arab Spring through the summer --
yet corporate power is celebrated in America
& money's influence on politics only grows.

Super PACs super-charge campaigns with cash,
DC defends big banks while Americans lose homes
& pols protect the richest as working folks go broke.

The unemployed, under-water, in-debt Americans
could become an earthquake that would shake politics...
or they could be co-opted by a pro-corporate Tea Party
that underfunds, underfeeds & undercuts America.

We've stared with amazement at the Arab Spring --
are we ready for an American Autumn…
or are we bracing for an American Fall?

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The Republican Line of Secession

The GOP is so confident in their field of candidates
that they keep hoping different people will run...
and as soon as Rick Perry entered the fray,
they began talking about Ryan, Giuliani & Christie.

Perry sells himself as a jobs candidate
because of all the minimum wage jobs in Texas.
He sells himself as a growth candidate,
while Texas grows in poverty & government aid.

Perry has famously suggested Texas should secede
…not the best resume for a Presidential candidate
unless he's running for President of Texas, not the USA.

The GOP wants a candidate that will "succeed" --
Someone should tell Perry those are two different words.

But with this guy's line on secession,
the GOP is looking for the next in their line of succession.

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then lift a glass and raise a toast with fellow lefties
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If Their Job is Cuts, Our Jobs are Cut

As debate in DC is directed by debt & deficit,
the two parties limit their own ability
to invest in our economy and create jobs.

The President faces entrenched unemployment,
a prolonged recession & a frustrated electorate --
yet we can all repeat his efforts to cut, cut, cut,
but can't quote his plans to create, create, create.

And now a new Congressional Super Committee
has a much-ballyhooed mandate to cut even more.
Where's the mandate to put Americans back to work?

The American people want -- and need -- jobs.
But DC acts like their job isn't about our jobs.

If their job is cuts…our jobs are cut.
And this road to recovery just got a lot longer.

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-- and watch the GOP Presidential Debate! --
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