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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?

Raise your voice, raise your concerns, raise a pint
with left-minded company and liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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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.

If you need to lift your spirits and raise your voice,
then lift a glass and raise a toast with fellow lefties
at your local progressive social club.

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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.

Share your ideas as your share a few beers
-- and watch the GOP Presidential Debate! --
at your local progressive social club.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President

President Obama turned 50 on Wednesday
and Congress sent a gift: a debt ceiling bill…
with no revenue increases, no unemployment benefits,
cuts to needed programs & threats to our social safety net.

The President wanted bipartisanship and he got it:
members of both parties unhappily voted for the deal,
members of both parties fault his weak leadership
and Americans of all stripes are disappointed in DC.

The Birthday Boy loves a little compromise --
and that's all he got: very little compromise
while Dems "responsibly" agreed to a bad bargain
as the Tea Party stood firm on the far-right sidelines.

You got your birthday wish, Mr. President --
in the future be more careful what you wish for.

Let's just hope that Medicare is still around
to celebrate its own 50th birthday in a few years…

Make a deal worth sealing with no debt ceiling,
just trade your evening for drinks & discussion
with like-minded lefties and liberal libations
at your local progressive social club.

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Oh, What a Ceiling

Oh, What a Ceiling

As the Prez crafts compromises to raise the debt ceiling,
offers entitlement cuts but lets corporations keep stealing,
the debate gives progressives a deep sinking feeling.

Across the aisle, Boehner's own caucus keep peeling
despite his demanding, insisting, begging and kneeling --
in his powerless, precarious perch, no deal is he sealing.

And the American people find this too revealing --
that as we need jobs and relief from an economy reeling,
DC's talking more pain and offering no healing.

While they play a reckless game with the debt ceiling
we see how dangerous are those with whom we're dealing…

Come out and share how you're really feeling
as the drinks are flowing & camaraderie congealing
at your local progressive social club.

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Right Wing, Left Out

In England, media mogul Murdoch muddles through a mess,
as the chaos consumes & concerns conservative Cameron.
Will Fox's father's flop flow to further failures?

In DC, as Democrats determined to deal with the debt
are joined by Republicans ready to play ball,
the Tea Party wing of the GOP is left on the bench.

In Wisconsin, the first results in a run of recalls
pump progressives and warn Walkerite right-wingers
that democracy might deal them a defining defeat.

Across the US and overseas, the Left is in the right
and the Right Wing is simply Left Out.

Lefties, lift a liberal libation and let loose laughter
as we share stories, trade tirades and exchange insights
at your local progressive social club.

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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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