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      As Democrats regroup and sort through strategy, purpose, and message for the mid-terms -and ultimately the general election - ideas range from go farther Left, to go back to Center. Beliefs are clashing, as those who want faster change butt heads with those who insist on step by step progress.

      Elizabeth Warren tells Democrats: "grow a backbone;" the NY Times insists that Democrats need to get back to center; business tells Dems to speak to the needs of the white working class; and many of us know it is just very important for Democrats to vote!!!

      The following are excerpts from some of the opinions being bantered around out there. What are your ideas?

      Clip Art Illustration of a Democratic DonkeyElizabeth Warren says Democrats Need to Grow a Backbone in Speech to Liberals - Nik DeCosta-Klipa

      During a “moment of crisis” for Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren says her party needs to “grow a backbone.”

      [Warren] attributed the “economic crisis,” as she put it, to Republican policies and her own party’s complacency.

      “No matter how extreme Republicans in Washington became, Democrats might grumble or whine, but when it came time for action, our party hesitated and pushed back only with great reluctance,” she said. “Far too often, Democrats have been unwilling to get out there and fight. That ends today. It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and to get out there and fight.”

      . . .“time is running out” for Democrats to stand up for the values they believe in, particularly at a time in which Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.

      read the full transcript of Warren's remarkshttps://www.boston.com/news/politics/2017/02/04/el..

      Elizabeth Warren Senate Democrats Hold Rally to Oppose GOP's Obamacare Repeal Efforts

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      Back to Center Democrats

      The path back to power for the Democratic Party today, as it was in the 1990s, is unquestionably to move to the center and reject the siren calls of the left, whose policies and ideas have weakened the party.

      Central to the Democrats’ diminishment has been their loss of support among working-class voters, who feel abandoned by the party’s shift away from moderate positions on trade and immigration, from backing police and tough anti-crime measures, from trying to restore manufacturing jobs

      Bigger government handouts won’t win working-class voters back. This is the fallacy of the left, believing that voters just need to be shown how much they are getting in government benefits. In reality, these voters see themselves as being penalized for maintaining the basic values of hard work, religion and family.

      There are plenty of good issues Democrats should be championing. They need to reject socialist ideas and adopt an agenda of renewed growth, greater protection for American workers and a return to fiscal responsibility

      To read more https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/opinion/center-...

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      How Democrats Lost The White Working Class Jonathan P. Baird - Business Review

      We are at a watershed moment for Democrats. Democrats need to step back and re-evaluate their program and their message. It is like when your football team keeps losing. At some point, you need to fire the coach.

      It may seem obvious, but Democrats need to seek and earn the white working-class vote. A good start would be tackling economic inequality. They need to be far bolder in projecting a vision of pro-worker change. Milquetoast ideas of reform are not what is needed now.

      . It pains me to acknowledge that the Republicans have done a better job appealing to the white working class than Democrats have. Republicans have talked about jobs, and they have pursued the white working-class vote aggressively. Trump talked about forgotten Americans, and it is hard to argue with that. They have been forgotten.

      A remedy for much of the despair is a meaningful plan to rebuild America with a 21st century green economy. Democrats need to credibly argue for massive public investment, a full-employment economy, single-payer national health insurance and much more affordable housing. Only that kind of powerful plan will break through the cynicism and get the millions who never vote to the polls.

      The Democratic Party needs a rebirth. The challenge to the party is whether it can reinvent itself in a way that resonates with all kinds of working people.

      Continue reading at: http://www.nhbr.com/July-7-2017/How-Democrats-lost...

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      Democrats are Bad at Midterm Turnout. That Seems Ready to Change Nate Cohn

      Donald J. Trump’s low approval ratings and the palpable enthusiasm of progressives nationwide have Democrats dreaming of a big win in next year’s midterm elections. But to pull that off, they’ll need to overcome one of their biggest challenges of the last decade: low turnout in off-year contests.

      The Democratic turnout in those elections has been extremely weak — worse than many public analysts have suggested. Democrats have depended on young and nonwhite voters, two groups that produce low turnout in midterm contests. Nationwide, Republicans were more than 20 percent likelier to vote than Democrats (defined by party vote history and registration) in 2010 and 2014, according to an Upshot analysis of voter file data from the company

      But there are early signs this could be changing. If it does in 2018, it will be consistent with a longer-term trend in which the party out of power benefits in midterm elections, seemingly from a stronger turnout.

      . . .the history of midterm turnout, the recent special elections, the protests, the donations and the early vote all seem consistent with the same story: The Democrats might be fixing their midterm turnout problem.

      To read the entire article: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/upshot/democrat...

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          opie
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          As attractive as the idea seems, bashing the ineptness of Trump will not be enough. There are millions of people out in the middle of the country who just don't care. They either ignore news of his foibles or get angry at the ones reporting those foibles. Democrats must let this investigation by Mueller run its course, we must turn the conversation for 18 into a discussion of promises not kept, we must get that large chunk of voters who believed Trump on jobs and prosperity to come to the understanding that nothing along those lines is happening. We must get those voters thinking of the good the democratic party has achieved in the past for workers and the goals we have for the future of labor in America.

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              gypsy46
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              I think we will prevail if our message is clear and strong and we flood the voting booths.

              Bashing Trump is fun (and he deserves it) but I agree it is definitely not enough.

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                      opie
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                      Republicans may have TALKED about jobs, but they haven't DELIVERED them. And what annoyed democratic voters, of which I am one, is that they went so far center you couldn't tell them from repubs!

                      MOST Americans would LOVE to have a single payer plan that would allow them torave a job they HATE and allow them to go into their own business without having to worry about getting sick or having to pay for insurance for their employees. As an R.N., I would loved to work per diem, as at the time I really didn't need the money, but I DID need the health insurance.

                      EVERYONE should be for free tuition at public colleges and universities. Why would anyone with on ounce of brains want their kids to graduate college with a debt that will take 20 years to pay off when that money could be going towards rent, or a house, or a car, or even (gasp) SAVED!!

                      To all of you short term thinkers who don't want to pay "to educate someone else's kid", take this into consideration: the kid in school TODAY, is TOMORROW'S doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, cop, firefighter, plumber, electrician, and anything ELSE you can think of.

                      I see nothing wrong with raising taxes on the rich. Really, if you're making $250k, unless you live Manhattan or parts of California, you're doing WAY better than "OKAY". Trump isn't smart for paying no taxes a he's a freeloader!! Every cent HE should pay but slimes his way OUT OF, has to be made up by everybody else. How is that fair when he's bragging about being worth 10 billion!!

                      Also, tax the churches!! If you're the pastor of some mega church, and you're living in a multi-million home with tennis courts, pools and a helecopter pad, you need to be paying SOMETHING!!






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                          Jackie Grice
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                          I don't disagree at all that we should care about education and health care and be willing to put our taxes into them.

                          Medicare for all is my hope, and if churches are going to interfere in our elections they should be taxed.

                          I want all kids educated - not just the rich ones. I want everyone to have quality health care, not just the rich.

                          The Oligarchs don't need another tax cut!!!!!


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                                  opie
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                                  There is a fallacy in this article that absolutely must be dealt with, it is proof positive of the amount of damage done when we allow other's to wrongly define us. "Bigger government handouts," is absolutely disrespectful and wrong. Democrats, are the working class, they are the minorities, they are women. I do not know, one Democrat who wants "government handouts." That is leftovers from the Reagan years,that has stuck because it has been repeated ad infinitum. Repeating something thousands of times, doesn't make it correct. If anyone is getting handouts, it is corporations who make a profit, who do not pay a living wage; who have moved their operations to other counties, who hide money off shore continuing to get tax credits and trade protections at the expense of the expense of the American people. It is multi millionaires who brag about how they do not pay taxes (see the Dump family) who have never seen tax shelter that they did not love.


                                  A tax credit for a corporation that adds value to their community by creating jobs that pay a living wage that allow their employees to contribute to their community in a positive way by spending their money locally, buying houses and anything else, that solid middle class people buy is not a handout. It is an incentive to good corporate behavior. This creates local jobs, it is less money for the government to spend on food stamps and services for the poor. Those corporations should receive incentives, because it creates a savings to the government and of course, the middle class drives the economy like no other. It isn't that there is no money, the issue is that it no longer circulates back into our economy.


                                  If I have a job that does not pay enough to live on, it is my responsibility to change my plan. In the same vein, if a corporation is not able to make a profit unless they do it on the backs of their labor, then they should take a hard look at the service and/or goods that they provide and make the proper adjustments. If their best answer is to take their toys and go away, then we should let them. If it is a service or product that is in demand, then someone will step in and call it an opportunity. That's how the world works, that's capitalism and competition.


                                  Civil rights legislation that is upheld and strictly enforced solves a world of issues in our country for minorities, who will soon be in the majority. Haters gonna hate, but that doesn't mean we have to tolerate it in our government and in the workplace. Civil rights and anti-discrimination is something the makes Democrats shine. They need to take that extra step and encourage more minorities to participate in local governments and upward.


                                  As for the working class, we need to encourage innovation. Use American made materials for Federal projects and not apologize. If someone in the private sector chooses otherwise, that's their right; but it will cost the tax credits that are unlikely to offset the cheap labor in other countries. If an American corporation decides it's cheaper to go to a third world country, to pollute their water, makes them sick with chemicals for lack of environmental regulations, then they should not be favored in our markets as an American company. If a company from another country, adds quality to America, if they do not compete unfairly or exploit their own workers, pollute in their own country then they should be well received in our markets.


                                  We can take care of the American workers by taking advantage of opportunities presented by building our own high speed trains, again, when government is involved, we use American goods made in America by Americans. Allow those who can to find less destructive ways to heat our houses, cool our homes... We need a moratorium on HB1 visas. We need to repeal Glass Stegal, we need to encourage investments in small business and we need to encourage programs like the ACA that allows those in small business to have the same opportunities for affordable health care that those who work in large corporations, as well as making our health care portable and affordable so no one is stuck working for insurance.


                                  We need to be Democrats. We need to stop apologizing for being determined to re-create this country as the land of opportunity, not corporate oppression. Our government should serve US, not the other way around.







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                                      Lizzy
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                                      I agree. Am I the only to notice that the repubs so-called health care plan, not one word has been said about what REALLY drives up the cost of health care in this country, the INSURANCE INDUSTRY. How about putting a cap in how much they can raise their rates, deductable and co-pays. How about we mandate what they will cover. No more bare bones plans. I have a word of truth for those who say they don't want to pay for something they don't need: you don't KNOW what you need when it comes to health!! So you're young!! Young people get cancer more often than most people realize. Young people get mangled in car wrecks, and something else you may not realize, in your 30's, 40's, and 50's, is when you're more likely to have kids at home or in college. Keep that in mind

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                                              Lizzy
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                                              This is part of the problem with allowing the other side to "define" what being a Democrat is.. Even in casual media talk Democrats are referred to as the party of government, of government solutions to all things, of being the party of big government... And there is little in the way of push back. My opinion about what Democrats should be about is to become the party of solutions, of government efficiency, that means not all things can, or should be solved with a government program, or a "policy" change. Sometimes it's public private cooperation, sometimes efficiency brings reduction in the size of a government program. The idea is to solve problems not perpetuate them for the sake of a government program justifying its existence.. We as Liberals must admit this has been going on in the past.


                                              Take for instance the welfare reform of the Clinton era. I for one happen to believe that it wasn't that the change was so draconian, the problem was that it wasn't changed in the right way because of political reasons. The system that existed DID promote dependence and left no way out of it. So given that problem they just ended it for the most part for many of the very people who needed a way forward out of welfare. Time limits and just saying no did not solve the original reason welfare was required. It did not take into account the tremendous diversity of need. Another words it did not take into account that there are those who cannot just go get a ten dollar an hour job, or who have deteriorated to the point that would require that they be looked after long term, instead such folks are and were looked at as defective and stigmatized. The reality is that the vast majority of those people were and are capable of self sufficiency but we as a society simply look at that group that is not capable of self sufficiency for whatever reason.. That's what the "Right" does, highlight the inefficiency and the stigma of being welfare, or program, dependent.. This is an example of how the Democrats allowed politics shaped by the conservative opposition to undermine the policy they put into practice... Now the American people see the Democrats as the party of dependency instead of ascendancy, the party of big government hand outs instead of the party of solutions to give people the hand up they need from time to time..


                                              Democrats WERE the party of working class people of all demographics working hand in hand with trade unions and coming up with social programs that provided for those outside the work force whether by choice or by fate. That's how it was supposed to be but then individuals put their own fortunes ahead of this ideology. Unions were corrupted and Dem politicians became "bought" in the fund raising circus. Add to that the propaganda efforts on the Right to highlight these things and spin them to create division along with using cultural issues to inflame working people to resent each other and you don't have to look far to see what happened to the party of FDR and LBJ.... This issue that Democrats do not have a spine is because so many only see themselves as being worth defending on an individual basis. They never developed a counter message, they never developed a credible way to push back on false accusations and that stuck when people couldn't answer for themselves... What are Democrats really about? The answer provided for them by the Right was to easy to accept.


                                              What is the solution? I don't know for sure, I'm just a dumb old country boy truck driver but it seems to me that Dems have to stand for something loud and proud. They need to unite the center left, which is where the VAST majority of working class Democrats have always been, with the ideological Left who needs to learn a very obvious lesson.. There is no goal of purity, without flexibility you cannot appeal to the center Left and without the center Left you WILL be left holding useless little protests on college campuses or giving lectures on the virtues of Democratic Socialism while being governed by the failed policies of conservative oligarchy... From now on. You can either find common cause with people who are somewhat conservative culturally and Progressive on government policy or as I said be the laughingstock of people like Mark Levine and Rush Limbaugh... BUT! That's not enough! The message has to get out there and some way must be found to make sure the Democratic voice is heard far and near.. Be heard in the heartland and it must be a voice of inclusion. It must be a voice that appeals to that young country boy riding a John Deere tractor as well as the LGBTQ activist in the streets of Chicago.... Find that and you will change the face of politics in America.. We should never and can never try to "eliminate" the other side.. The health of our democracy depends on having TWO points of view, at least two but not much more than that because we are a representative democracy not an issue democracy.. It's important you all understand that, it's why we MUST find compromise with those we mostly agree with one way or the other.


                                              You folks figure it out and I will, as a member of that vast working class that was manipulated into putting Republicans in charge, will look at what you come up with in eager anticipation...


                                              Bobby

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                                                      Buy American policies usually violate free trade agreements. Although they sound good, they just increase government deficits by making governments pay too much for products. And because they guarantee retaliation, they almost always cost more jobs than they create.

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                                                                      Seriously, and the teapublican congress continue to sit there like stumps. I am glad they read those emails and spoke about their illegality or lack thereof in very specific terms.


                                                                      Shout out to Ruben Gallego. He is one the Democrats should be investing in. He is an ex-Marine, raised by a single mom who earned a Harvard education. Smart, honest and he possesses some serious grit.

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                                                                              It sure is! I am happy to see these Representatives go over what's wrong and why with Jr's email. I guess in the world of big business, when you can buy your way out of life's little wrinkles, you just don't think the laws apply to you.

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