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How Did The South Become Republican?

Because I've been curious how the U.S Congress has become so contentious and unwilling to work with Democrats I did extensive research, then felt compelled to write an article about my findings. It's called "How Did The South Become Republican?" I've included hyperlinks in blue numbers that reference my sources for easy access as well as a full list of sources I used at the end. I would like to share it with you but it's 9

College Grads Think Judge Judy on Supreme Court

First, The American Council of Trustees and Alumni is a right-wing organization.

http://www.goacta.org/publications/a_crisis_in_civic_education

(you can only see the questions in the PDF on their website)

Second, nobody knows the integrity of their sample, 1,000 adults, margin of error +/- 3 percentage points for the total population, higher for subgroups...

Can I SELL you some catostrophic TRUMP Insurance? . . . Bernie Sanders is that insurance !!!

I want to show you what I think is a misleading title of an article of a poll - but also a revealing one :

Here is a very recent headline from a major outlet -

Poll: Clinton has a better shot at beating Trump than Sanders
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/poll-hillary-clinton-trump-bernie-...

**** However what it neglets to tell you is how that question is framed - so let me explain the truth . . .

Knives Out - NBC says Bernie is a hog (Meet the Press Website)

Well...don't rely on NBC for Bernie news.

"All About Bernie: Sanders Hogs Spotlight at Democratic Debate

Meet the Press" (as per http://www.nbcnews.com/politics )

Linked to http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/first-read-last-night-s-debate-was...

Please, God, Please... Let It Be a Trump-Palin Ticket In 2016!!!!!

But, I'm not religious. So someone who is will have to pray for this freak show to be the 2016 GOP presidential ticket.

What's The Moral Basis For Giving Capital Gains A Tax Break?

A point could be made that dividends might be taxed at the corporate level and shouldn't be double taxed... and that if someone sells a house they've lived in the income it should be tax free.

But why should the income from gambling on Wall St, such as speculation in stocks, get any tax break? If one is at the highest marginal income tax rate of 39.6%... the highest tax rate they pay for capital gains is 20%, a 50% break. It's a loss of revenue other taxpayers... today or in the future, have to make up for.

Good news for Bernie Fans

I have made it pretty clear in the short time I have been on this message board that I am no fan of Bernie. However, I think he is going to crush Hillary and probably make his way to the white house. I also agree with Bernie on many of the problems we face as a country. But my problem with Bernie are his solutions to those problems. Everything Bernie wants to do is more government, more taxes, and more regulation. When has the middle class ever won in that type of environment? Never.

TPP Update

Now that the trade deal has been released for review, People like Paul Krugman have had a chance to evaluate it.

Sounds Like Thom is Coming Around to a "Bernie or Bust" Position

Thom is, clearly wrestling with his conscience about this, and, ultimately, I think he is going to come to the realization that he CAN'T support Hillary if she is the nominee.

Seems that Cruz lost the NY Vote

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/new-york-daily-news-ted-cruz_56989bc...?

Does he have inside information about "New York Values" from his wife who is a VP with Goldman Sachs?

BATA BING, BATA BAM, BATA BERNIE - Points Bernie should make in the NEXT debate and more - to educate & inform voters of differ

**** EDIT - just this first paragraph - because today, I just watched the Democratic Debate which was Sunday Night 1/17/2016 - I wanted to add an addendum in regards to that - - - after watching that debate which Lester Holt the moderator claimed would show the differences moreso; I have a few more thoughts . . .

Attacking the GOP with informercials featuring Jim Hightower, Robert Reich, and Brad Friedman

The world that corporate-leaning network news has been creating with lies, false equivalencies, and blatant hypocrisy should be a flimsy one. But with the right crafted talking points repeated for months and even years, the facade has more rigidity than physics should allow. This "GOPtopia" would be riddled with holes if extended logic, a sense of humanity, or any ability to identify hypocrisy were in play.

But they are not.

Not Good News

The U.S. version of aljazeera is to shut down 4/30/16.

http://www.monroenews.com/news/2016/jan/14/al-jazeera-america-shutting-d...

Easily the most informative news outlet on TV, it's just another example of the poisonous corporate domination of network news.

Example Of The Old Fairness Doctrine At Work: CBS Spectrum 1972

Back in the days of the FCC's Fairness Doctrine... CBS radio ran a series of commentaries called Spectrum... from wiki

Spectrum was a daily broadcast series on CBS Radio, c. 1970-1992, featuring a varied range of opinions on political and social issues. At first its five-minute segments ran three times a day, and rotated commentary from six print journalists: M. Stanton Evans, Jeffrey St. John, Stewart Alsop, Jon K. Jessup, Nicholas Von Hoffman and Murray Kempton.

MoveOn Endorses Bernie!!

Members of the Progressive Group "MoveOn" voted overwhelmingly, to endorse Bernie Sanders over the weekend!

“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” said MoveOn.org Political Action Executive Director Ilya Sheyman. “MoveOn members are feeling the Bern."

Latest Headlines

One Iowa Caucus Delegate Comes Down To Coin Toss

The Iowa caucus convener flipped a coin. Bernie Sanders supporters called "heads" and it landed on tails.

Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by 31 points in N.H.: Poll

Sanders was at 61 percent support in the University of Massachusetts Lowell/7News poll, followed by Mrs. Clinton, at 30 percent

Martin O'Malley suspends presidential campaign after Iowa caucuses

The announcement came after O'Malley barely registered in Iowa against his better-known rivals Clinton and Sanders, failing to meet already low expectations

If You Want to Win, Go Progressive

The big question right now is whether to call Hillary Clinton a progressive, or a "moderate."

And then there's the question of who is more electable in a general election: an unabashedly progressive democrat, like Bernie Sanders; or a "centrist" democrat, like Hillary Clinton.

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