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Change We Believe In or Change We'd Leave Out?

This time we engaged the international community,
rather than bullying and ignoring them,
before unleashing bombs on an Arab country
with no clear timeline, end goal or sense of cost.

The administration at least believes in global warming
-- even while it allowed more drilling post-BP spill,
called for more nuclear before the Japanese disaster
& advocated "clean coal" despite it being a myth.

Our President now expresses support for labor,
instead of holding working families in contempt,
while making budget deals to cut social services
as he extends tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

We're a far cry from the days of "Mission Accomplished"
…but this isn't exactly the spirit of "Yes, We Can."

We signed on for "Change We Believe In,"
but this is "Change We'd Rather Leave Out."

If you'd like a drink, an escape & friendly debate,
join like-minded libation-lifting lefties
at your local, progressive social club.

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Quakes, Shakes and Stakes

As Japan reacts to a devastating earthquake,
we pray for the people, their health, their welfare,...
their social safety net, their infrastructure
& their government's emergency response teams.

As revolution shakes Libya & the entire region,
we hope that elite plutocrats yield to the populace
that wants more public investment & social services,
more distribution of wealth & a stronger middle class.

And in Wisconsin we see what's at stake in America:
workers' rights stripped away, a century of gains undone
& a conservative attack on working families everywhere.

In America, the right-wing attacks our institutions,
undermines investments & shreds our safety net.

Everywhere else in the world, we pray
that other countries have all that in place.

We pray for those in the quakes & shakes
...and we also remember what we have at stake.

Discuss it all & join the revelry revolution
as we toss around ideas & toss back drinks
at our local progressive social club.

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If You Cut Schools, Do They Not Bleed?

Our country is wealthier than it's ever been
yet we believe we need a slash-and-burn budget
because we're afraid to make the rich pay their share.

Big banks contribute next to nothing in taxes,
while giving out bonuses backed by public bailout,
yet we're talking about cutting teachers.

Unions, the vehicles to a healthy middle class,
who have already agreed to concessions,
are being attacked for not sacrificing enough
...while the Kochs sacrifice nothing at all.

But won't taxing billionaires & banks hurt them?
Not nearly as much as they've hurt all of us.

Tax the super-rich and they sting a little.
Cut schools, and our future bleeds a lot.

And on that cheery note, who needs a drink?
Come out to toss out ideas & toss back a beer
at your local progressive social club.

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Laughing Liberally Kicks Off Off-Broadway Run

For ten weeks Off-Broadway, join your favorite political comedians for -- LAUGHING LIBERALLY: THIS AIN'T NO TEA PARTY.

March 14 - May 22 at The Midtown Theater.

More details, ticketing, lineup here.

When Mideast Meets Midwest

Vindictive leaders ignore popular protest,
seek to curtail the rights of the people
& make regular citizens into scapegoats.

The elite oligarchs act above the law,
buy politicians, stain public discourse
& amass more & more of the national wealth.

The media chooses a side in the struggle,
alternatively ignoring protesters & slandering them
while promoting the propaganda of the elite.

In the Middle East, we'd call it reason for Revolution.

In the Midwest, we call it Walker, the Kochs & Fox
...and Glenn Beck calls it the American way.

But there's gotta be another way.

Share stories of rallies, sound off on current events
& scheme our next moves as you share a drink
with your local progressive social club.

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The Cheese vs. The Sleaze

The peaceful, passionate, persistent protesters
rally for workers' rights in Wisconsin
& even the Packers join the packed plazas of Madison.

Across the US, inspired Americans show solidarity:
in Ohio, organized opposition shut the Statehouse,
in Indiana, Dems deny the anti-union crusade quorum;
in all 50 capitals as the Cheddar Revolution rolls on.

And on the other side: The Tea Party, the Kochs,
Gov Scott Walker who was pranked by a call
pretending to be his billionaire backer --
& the pundits of Fox News, of course.

Whose side would you rather be in?

Don your cheesehead & hit the streets,
because if it's the cheese vs. the sleaze,
we know which side of history we'd rather be on.

Dump your tea party & join a beer party
as we trade tactics & toast the protests
at your local progressive social club.

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Do Your Share So The Rich Keep Theirs

As the House Republicans talks of shared sacrifice,
they cut education, infrastructure & our work force,
without corporate cronies contributing their fair share.

Slashing student aid, heating subsidies & community grants
are part of Obama's budget's agenda of shared sacrifice:
shared by the middle class, working poor & unemployed.

As Wisconsin's governor faces statewide protests
over his threat to call the National Guard on workers,
other governors join the crusade against teachers & cops
while defending wealthiest residents from tax surcharges.

For all that politicians talk of "shared sacrifice,"
it's regular Americans doing the sacrifice
while the rich are keeping their shares.

There's a place where you can share your views
& more than likely you'll share a few pitchers
if you come out for a night of lefty libations
at your local progressive social club.

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The Steelers Lost, But The Stealers Keep Winning

As state governments use budget crises to justify
painful concessions from public sector employees,
few states ask shared sacrifice of the wealthiest
who keep getting richer as everyone else is hurting.

Despite findings of the Financial Crisis commission
about the reckless gambles that created this chaos,
the gamblers have gotten only a light reprimand,
as well as bonuses & carte blanche to do it again.

Working Americans battle foreclosures across the US,
yet corrupt mortgage services elude criminal charges
while Big Banksters walk away with big profits.

We cheered the municipally-owned Packers over the Steelers,
but now the municipalities are getting stolen from
...and these Stealers are having a championship season.

Raise your voice & raise your concerns
as you lift a glass & lift your spirits
at your local progressive social club.

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Walk Like An Egyptian

For years, the US talked of more democracy in Egypt,
but it took an unprecedented uprising of Egyptians
to do what diplomatic pressure could never accomplish
and get Mubarak to agree not to seek reelection.

After decades of rhetoric about democracy in the Mideast,
and endless calls from the international community,
leaders of Yemen, Jordan and Syria are taking swift steps
before their own people follow Egyptians into the streets.

And if Americans want to learn something about protest --
to end wars, defend rights, call for jobs, change course
-- we could learn something from the protests in Egypt:
that numbers, passion & persistence can have impact.

We can all take a lesson from the streets of Cairo
about the difference between words and action:
It's not enough to talk like Egyptians.
We need to learn to walk like an Egyptian.

Talk the talk, walk the walk, and drink the drink
by sharing a few rounds & going a few rounds
at your local progressive social club.

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Bi-Partisan...or Just Bi-Curious?

A co-mingled Congress crossed the aisle for one night,
and heard a State of the Union that cleverly combined
progressive policies & conservative canards into bipartisan brew.

The President waxed about the woes of wasteful spending,
while calling unnecessary tax cuts a form of waste,
& rolled out a reduction in corporate taxes,
as he also lashed out at loopholes for tax evaders.

He challenged the country to move to clean energy,
but included "clean coal" as a viable option,
as he opposed oil but nudged us on nuclear.

To boost our economy he wants investment
& talked infrastructure, energy & information-age ideas,
but embraced the businesses that brought us to the brink
& failed to address foreclosure fraud at all.

Seeing positive policies paired with less appealing ideas
was like seeing the Senator Gillibrand next to John Thune.

Now will Congress move along this middle-way model,
or since date-night is done, do they dare cross the aisle?

Do they buy Obama's bid or will they just say bye-bye?
Are they feeling bi-partisan? Or just bi-curious?

Take any seat you want as you cheer and jeer,
toast what you liked, and bemoan what you hated
in the company of like-minded liberals & libertines
at your local progressive social club.

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