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'All politics is personal'

by: teacherken

Tue Mar 23, 2010 at 16:56:54 PM EDT

Another Speaker, Tip O'Neill once said: 'All politics is local.'  And I say to you tonight that when it comes to health care for all Americans, 'All politics is personal.

So said Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday night.  And I agree.  It is, and it should be personal.

But it should not be personal in the way we saw with the kinds of attacks and slurs that were part of the actions of Tea Party members and their supporters among Republicans in Congress.

I take these slurs and attacks personally.  So should you.

While I may be a generous and understanding person on differences of personal belief, my generosity does not extend to when you demean and attack those about whom I care.

So let me tell you why this is personal to me, the health care and the slurs.

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Unemployment Inequality

by: teacherken

Tue Feb 09, 2010 at 04:28:48 AM EST

You did NOT misread the title.  That is an accurate description of the contents of Bob Herbert's column this morning, which the NY Times has labeled The Worst of the Pain.  Let me present it simply, but I will give the figures he offers from the bottom income level going down.  These figures are from the 4th quarter of 2009, as analyzed by The Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston:

Household Income   Unemployment
Level                      Level

under 12,500          30.8%
12,500-20,000        19.1

40,001-49,000         9.0
50,000-59,000         7.8
60,000-75,000         6.4

100,000-149,999      4.0
over 150,000           3.2

But it is worse even than those figures show

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Religion, rigidity, and women - thoughts after reading Kristof

by: teacherken

Sun Jan 10, 2010 at 08:56:52 AM EST

cross-posted from Daily Kos

Religions derive their power and popularity in part from the ethical compass they offer. So why do so many faiths help perpetuate something that most of us regard as profoundly unethical: the oppression of women?
  So begin Nicholas Kristof today, in an op ed titled Religion and Women.  He is writing in part in response to an endeavor of The Elders, which describes itself as
an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.
 Kristof quotes what several  - Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Mary Robinson - of the Elders have to say about religion.   While I will explore the column a bit, my focus will be somewhat different, thus you may want to read Kristof before continuing.
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The Democratic Party should be the party of morals, not the GOP

by: RichardWard

Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 14:34:50 PM EDT

This diary, authored by a Deeds supporter, responds to Deeds' recent attacks on McDonnell's abortion positions, as well as the comment made by Aznew (blogger for the The Virginia Democrat) below the break. The continued tolerance of the progressive Blue Commonwealth community for those who are not afraid to question the acts of our leadership, and the rare atmosphere of respectful discourse on this site, are greatly treasured and appreciated.  

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