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Interesting history and analysis of Hillary, feminism, and welfare. 
One of the more telling exchanges of the Democratic elections took place this past February, when Rachel Maddow, moderating the New Hampshire primary debate, asked Hillary Clinton to respond to Bernie Sanders’s charge that she was not a true progressive. Clinton answered that she was “a progressive who likes to get things done” — and accused Sanders of sitting out the past three decades of Democratic politics. “Every step along the way I have sto...
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Why has the U.S. economy performed better under Democratic than Republican presidents, “almost regardless of how one measures performance”?  This Evonomics article by Steve Roth probes the blatant difference, that even top GOP think tanks admit to be flat-out fact.  When they attribute it to “luck” they ignore the scores of other metrics that also do better across democratic administrations…

.. such as rates of entrepreneurship and small business startups, military readiness, U.S. military casualty rates, terrorist attacks and the rate of change of deficits. All of these conservative desiderata do dramatically better across democratic administrations, which should attract  party-switching by those who are sincere.  (It should not have taken Trump.)

Others, like decline in poverty, environmental protection and rates of investment in science, education, culture and infrastructure, should please more than just liberals.

See a broader comparison of outcomes: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/06/so-do-outcomes-matter-more-than-rhetoric.html

Roth explores likely explanations, several of which boil down to the same thing — that the Republican Party’s controlling oligarchy simply does not care about outcomes-based governance or long term metrics of national health.  Their executive and legislative branches have shown interest only in impulsive self-interest, using specialists to concoct incantations — like “WMDs” and “Supply Side Economics” — to justify what amounts to raids upon the commonwealth.  

The fact that the Congressional GOP leaders - Dennis Hastert, Tom DeLay, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan - have shown no interest in adapting laws to fit 21st Century changing circumstances, blocking even minimal legislation that does not benefit the clade, is entirely consistent.

But Read Roth’s article.  It’s a bit partisan, but offers possible explanations for a flat-out fact.  That no one who looks at history or evidence should trust the Republican Party with governance over even a local pest control district.

And it is why "Bernie" folks should just put the presidential race behind them. Hold their noses, support HC, but put their passion behind Congressional and state races that really matter.
Wisdom of the Crowds. Preventing Government Capture. Labor Market Flexibility. Freedom to Innovate. Profitable Investments in Long-Term Growth. Power to the Producers. Fiscal Prudence. Labor and Trade Efficiencies.
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The fight was and is never going to end, whether he becomes president or not. He's not a fool, he hasn't sold out before, and he keeps his word. He did this because he thought it was the best way to move his agenda forward, I'm still with him. Doesn't mean I'm voting for Hillary in November, or staying registered Democratic.

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Used to be that I felt like a lonely voice in the wilderness, shouting Adam Smith’s name, invoking that Founder’s compassion and common sense… plus the fact that today he would clearly be a democrat. No social-darwinist or laissez-faire fool, Smith reminds us that competition that is unregulated is always, always spoiled by cheaters. (The party of cheaters has no right to sully his name by speaking it.) 
 
Now it seems – just in the last year – scads of scholars and economists and businessfolk seem to be rediscovering Smith! Take this article: “Market Capitalism is Broken: Why Adam Smith Would be Outraged by Modern Finance,” interviewing CNN global economics correspondent Rana Foroohar about her book:  Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and The Fall of American Business.
 
Republicans, study Smith! See why capitalism and market enterprise – which generated our vast wealth – are top victims of the monstrous oligarchs who have hijacked your movement. 
 
Libertarians: relearn that ‘competition’ should be your keyword and not slavish propertarianism!  And bureaucrats (while dangerous) have never ever been as awful enemies of freedom as feudal oligarchs were. And are.
 
Liberals… Smith was the First Liberal! You are right that the flagrant-horrid surge of cheating must be stopped! But accept also that enterprise and competitive markets made the wealth that enabled us to do so much for people. Democratic administrations always (always!) do better with the economy.  Learn… to… brag about that.
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Make sure your mouth in empty, and well, perhaps a bit triggering for some people. But funny as hell.
 
Pkay Jim Wright is on a hilarious roll...

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I know. After my summary of the first two days, you’re expecting something ... special ... for the final day of the Republican National Convention....
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There are no liberal democracies anywhere in the world except in the imaginative geography that calls itself the West.
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Bernie got a decent chunk of stuff in the platform, we'll see what happens at the convention. 
Bernie Sanders has pushed the party to the left on many issues.
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Well, can't argue all that much. Bernie wants to be effective in the Senate, he has to pay along to some extent. We don't. I'm still contributing to him, for now, and I'll look to him for leadership. I think after the election might be a very good time for a new party that gets people elected, I think the Republicans will be dead, and the Democrats will become the conservative party. So, we need something new (as a national force, it could be Green, etc).
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