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Fix The Filibuster, End Paralysis in the US Senate

Posted by ProudlyProgressive on May 15, 2012

This is my first ever e-petition!  It is a simple fix to current Senate rules that would require Senators that want to filibuster and stop government from acting during the Great Recession to ACTUALLY stand on the floor of the Senate and explain to the American People why they are pissing on the wheels of progress! PLEASE show your support and sign here!  SHARE it with your friends and family!


Call/fax/tweet/email your State’s Senator’s and tell them to adopt these new rules and get to work for the American People! Find your Senator’s contact information here.

This chart from a screen shot of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC shows the dramatic increase in the use of the filibuster since President Obama was sworn into office in 2009 along with the 110th Congress who were also elected in 2008.  The Republican opposition in the US Senate is the most obstructionist in American history and have paralyzed the government’s response to the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression and they must be stopped! Sign the petition HERE!



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Private Equity and Why it is a Drain on the American Economy

Posted by ProudlyProgressive on May 15, 2012

Private Equity and Why it is a Drain on the American Economy

In this highly educational video, Robert Reich clearly explains why ‘Private Equity’ is a drain on the American economy and taxpayers, especially the 99%.  Believing, as I do, that certain types of Capitalism should be regulated or even made illegal does not mean that I am a Socialist it means that there should be a cop on every beat including the financial sector.  There are many ways to practice Capitalism, and we do not have to accept a brutal socially Darwinian version of Capitalism promulgated by the Vulture Capitalists found in the morally murky private equity markets. To watch the video and share it far and wide click here.   

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Student Debt Debacle

Posted by ProudlyProgressive on May 1, 2012

According to the new DailyKos/SEIU poll a majority of Americans and more importantly a majority of Independents believe President Obama will do more than Romney to keep interest rates low on student loans. See the poll results here.  Naturally, I agree with the poll, but am increasingly frustrated with the conversation swirling around student loan debt.  The real problem is the skyrocketing costs of higher education and the media and political focus on 3.4% differential in interest rates is a distraction from the real problem! Historically low levels of taxation of the 1% and businesses is precisely why there is no money to invest in higher education, not to mention public safety or the social safety net.  Americans need to stop being distracted by the effects of the problem and get to the heart of the problem….skyrocketing costs of higher education.

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