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What Ian Welsh said:

Too many folks are dancing with the Devil, because he or she is a Democrat. Let me repeat one more time, Barack Obama and this Democratic Congress have given the richest people and corporations in America trillions of dollars, have packed the administration with neo-liberals and Goldman Sachs cronies, and are on track to pass a health care bill, which, whether it has a “public option” in it or not, is a regressive tax on the middle class, which will directly be handed over to the health industry.

By the time the 2010 elections roll around, although there will have been a “recovery” of sorts, the majority of people who lost jobs will not have gotten them back, and Americans will feel worse off than they have. Guaran-fucking-teed. I may be wrong about many things, but I am not going to be wrong about this basic economic fact.

Democrats in general, and Barack Obama in particular, have betrayed the principles they claimed to stand for. Trillions for the rich, a few hundred billion for the middle class and the poor while civil rights continue to be trampled. Anyone who thinks otherwise, anyone who tries to cover for them, is dancing with the Devil while whistling past the graveyard.

I didn’t get into blogging in 2003 to be a partisan Democrat. I’m not even an American. I got into it to tell the truths that Americans needed to hear if they were going to save their souls and the bodies that house those souls, and if it’s my friends I have to tell unwelcome truths to now, so be it, and be damned.

Yep. That's the big picture, alright.

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In 2004 I called these people the Kerensky Democrats, people who thought it we over threw the Tsar, made a few superficial changes, all would be well.

Somehow we have to make sure that the Kerensky Democrats are not followed by you know who. For the first time I have begun to think that there might be something to this PB 2.0. Watching single payer blogosphere grow up it occurs to me that there is a whole new group of online activists who, for the most part, had nothing to do with the old blog wars and are not psychiologically invested in any of those cliques.

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It's something I've noticed- I've never, ever seen DailyKos, Open Left, MyDD, and the other big names of the blogosphere try to coordinate their efforts around a cause. Sure, they might all work toward the same cause, but they seem to do so individually. Where's the liberal blog CentCom?

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That was the one time the progosphere, would show, "backbone, give as good as they get, brook no compromise, drive out Democrats who are interested in "appeasing" the right wing, and enforce a more clearly progressive agenda." It was the single test drive of the politics of moral contrast, and for the first time in memory, let Americans see what liberals stand for.

Of course my quote is Barack Obama, mid-seduction, proving that the progosphere really didn't have any distinct values.

The observation that a lot of people aren't invested is dead on. They aren't invested in progressive taxation, free access to education, transparency in government, clean elections, unbiased media, freeing politics from the torrent of corporate cash...

Rather than define ourselves, a la There is no Crisis, as the defenders of great American institutions, we've allowed a vacuum, filled by vanity, feather-nesting, celebrity and winning at all costs as the highest/lowest ideal.

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DailyKos, Open Left, TPM, Americablog .....and others, for Barack Obama.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

from Jesse:

It is important to bear this in mind, because it tends to knock down the assertion that the current financial crisis is somehow an act of God, something that just happened. There was an intent to subvert the regulatory process, to increase leverage beyond what has long been known to be prudent, and to engage in systemic fraud with a group of enables and agencies, such as the ratings firms, in order to reap fabulous personal profits for a small group at the expense of the many. There was planning, premeditation, malice aforethought. They may not have intended to harm; they just did not care. They really truly did not care, if they got theirs.

Until the banks are restrained, and the financial system reform, and balance restored to the economy, there will be no sustained recovery.

And there can be no better start than to stop the gambling with the public money that is the core of the existing US banking system. The parallels with organized crime and the subversion of the public interest through graft and corruption are compelling. And one thing we must accept is that the financiers will never be able to reform themselves, to regulate themselves, to even tell the truth overmuch about regulation while they are still 'in the game.' It goes against their very nature, their creed, the rules of their profession. They keep what they kill, and everything that is not theirs is fair game.

How bad does it have to get in the US before the people finally speak out? Wait and see, because it will be getting worse, a lot worse than you might imagine. And each day of delay adds a pound of misery for your children and grandchildren to carry. Do you really think so little of them?

We have not even begun to do what must be done for any kind of meaningful economic recovery. Quite the opposite, we continue to piss away money we don't have on things that won't help and ignore things that would. So long as we do that, I don't see how we don't go into the 2010 and 2012 elections without double digit unemployment and if the Democrats don't think that matters, then they're insane. Because while GOP policies caused the depression/recession, Democrats were elected to pull us out of it and right the ship. That they've done virtually nothing to do that is going to hurt them politically and it should.

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about 3rd party candidates in 2010.