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What California’s Devastating Budget Says About Democrats

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Posted on Jun 30, 2011
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Truthdig political reporter Bill Boyarsky explains why Michele Bachmann could win Iowa, tells us about Mitt Romney’s advantage and says “The impact of [California’s] budget is going to be felt negatively for generations.”

Editor’s note: This interview is a Web exclusive from Wednesday’s Truthdig Radio.

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By Mark Blume, July 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment
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Start the PROTESTING all over America!!!!!!

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By mmadden, July 5, 2011 at 6:05 am Link to this comment

Mark, modern history has shown that We the People have very short memories. We are doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes and keep re-electing those who got us to where we are today.

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By Mark Blume, July 4, 2011 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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I hope that come election time,people will remember that the Republican Party has done to Americans,and some Democrats too.

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By Vevila, July 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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Democratic legislators and the governor had no
choice.  Republicans have had a “stick up” so to
speak that says, no matter how many children will not receive health care or somewhat reasonable education,
no matter how many poor women and children left
without assistance after leaving an abusive bread
winner, not one single rich person will pay .0005
more in taxes.  This is not only a California issue,
but a national issue.  Moyers makes the inaccurate
mistake of not highlighting the power holders - the
republicans.  Some elected people into office that
would rather a poor child not receive education or
healthcare or a police officer assigned to their
neighborhood, if it means that a corporate jet is
taxed.  What is wrong with this picture people? 
American’s elected these arrogant rich a&^holes! 
Stop blaming the democrats for the republican’s
refuse to be diplomatic and lay the blame where it
resides, with republicans who only care about
corporations and the rich than with democrats, who
have attempted to save social programs and education.

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By ardee, July 3, 2011 at 5:47 am Link to this comment

John Poole, July 1 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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For ardee:
The masses believe strongly in American Exceptionalism for obvious reasons but
the current discerning and caring intelligentsia types who frequent this site are also guilty of a concurrent delusional belief. We believe that by our arduous
debate and engagement the American Empire can be spared the usual sordid decline and collapse.

We have rather disparate views of the “masses” and yours, I think, is more influenced by the speech and actions of a vocal minority than by any real mingling among the people. As a blue collar worker and active union member I am in contact, every day, with those like me, whom you would consider said “masses”.

While most families are more concerned of late with retaining jobs and keeping their homes, with little league and soccer, I find them to be rather more aware of issues than you would give them credit for. I also find them on the “right” side of more issues than would you I suspect. Ending these wars, as one example, is almost universally supported by the vast majority not Tea Party supporters you might understand.

I choose to ignore your inaccurate vision of those who post here and our motivation as, I suspect, it is a prejudgement you arrived here with rather than any studied and thoughtful view. I offer that the motives of those here are unknown to you and falsely ascribed.


  This delusion implies we truly do believe that our efforts
will somehow spare the USA from the typical arc of most empires. This wishful
thinking makes us not too different from the uneducated and venal masses who
need to feel they are citizens of an exceptional nation.

Were the revolutionary elements who founded this nation also delusional? What you describe as delusion might also be defined, perhaps by a more thoughtful and in depth analysis, as patriotism, as seeking an end to that which we find intolerable committed in our name.

That you ascribe such a term as “venal” and “uneducated” to the people of these United States actually, though you will not understand it as you appear to have little depth and less a grasp on your subject matter than you would accede to , rebounds upon you though venality should, in all honesty, give way to lack of knowledge of your subject matter, and arrogance towards your fellow citizens as well.

Why on earth come to a political forum if you believe that those within it waste their time and those without it are not worth the effort?

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By Bill Wright, July 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm Link to this comment
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Every activist Democrat needs to exploit their Republican representatives and senators who voted against Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

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By John Poole, July 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm Link to this comment
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For ardee: 
The masses believe strongly in American Exceptionalism for obvious reasons but
the current discerning and caring intelligentsia types who frequent this site are
also guilty of a concurrent delusional belief. We believe that by our arduous
debate and engagement the American Empire can be spared the usual sordid
decline and collapse.  This delusion implies we truly do believe that our efforts
will somehow spare the USA from the typical arc of most empires. This wishful
thinking makes us not too different from the uneducated and venal masses who
need to feel they are citizens of an exceptional nation.

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By prisnersdilema, July 1, 2011 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

The Republican party is only against raising taxes on corporations and the rich. They
could care less about working people or the middle class, but like to include them in
their anti tax rhetoric, because it makes them seem less like the party of pigs.

The Republican party thinks no one will notice the pure hypocrisy of their calling tax
increases for the plutocracy class warfare, when they have been attempting to destroy
the middle class for decades.  Those that own the republican party only care about
continuing their orgy of deceit and monetary gluttony for themselves in Washington. The
Republicans are corporate whores nothing more. If you believe in their lies, you will end
up sleeping in a cardboard box, dying in a gutter of cancer.

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By ardee, July 1, 2011 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

California republicans insist that the people do not want higher taxes, yet they are not certain enough to allow a vote on the issue. It is the poor, the children and seniors who always suffer from cuts in the budget and the corporations, enjoying record profits, and the wealthy, exempt from payroll taxes, continue to enjoy prosperity.

This is not supposed to be the American way.

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