Pretty darned excited about this election

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At the possibility of winning back the House and the Senate. (I get geek chills, just thinking about it.) Here’s why.

Some of the policies on the table:

  • Expanding Social Security;
  • Expanding Medicare to age 50 and up;
  • Anti-trust emphasis in the DoJ (be still, my heart!);
  • Putting honest-to-God liberals into every open seat on the Supreme Court;
  • Paid parental leave;
  • Raising taxes on the wealthy;
  • No-debt college (I’m too lazy to go into it, but making this income-based is actually more effective at redistributing wealth than free college for everyone);
  • Big bump in the minimum wage;

And lots more.

11 Responses to Pretty darned excited about this election

  1. dandy October 12, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    The possibility of a majority Dem Congress and a majority on the Supreme Court makes me shiver. Thank God they nominated Trump as their headliner to help expose the “Family Values Party” for the hypocrisy it has been selling for decades. This election will have severe consequences for the rethugs moving forward for the next 40-50- years (if the Dems are smart enough to take full advantage of the opportunity)!

  2. dandy October 12, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    …and, BTW, I hope this isn’t taken as a racist thought, but I always felt that Hill would beat just about any white male candidate who dared try to run against her. Reason why: Trump himself basically said it on stage at the last debate when he tried to respond to the last question from the voter who asked if they each found anything good to say about one another. Finally, Trump said something true when he said Hill was courageous, a fighter who won’t quit. My take on that answer is the basis for my hypothesis that white men are afraid of strong white women and the theory bears out when you take a look at what white men have historically tried to do to keep white women silent for so long, politically, economically, and socially. Trumps so-called locker-room talk is just the tip of the ‘berg. I believe it’s true that powerful white women scare the cowboy shit out of white men!

  3. Guest October 12, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    Haven’t we been here before, eight years ago, when Obama didn’t even press to appoint his own us attorneys?
    I wouldn’t be too surprised if the dems let them play their filibuster games with the Supreme Court.
    I would be thrilled if they have the balls to do any of those first three items and might consider leaving aside my cynicism. Not holding my breath.
    As for the college thing, I really resented those family income based Student aid formulas. What happens when your family doesn’t want to pitch in because your gay? Even when I was thirty and trying to get loans the amounts were limited for LOANs because they determined that my family could pay for part of my college (how did they get that information? I had no access to their income or asset info)
    Atrios is right, don’t do means testing, just tax the rich to pay for it. Means testing is always going to add a political liability where those “others” will be accused of having unfair advantages.

  4. susie October 12, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Not me. I didn’t think Obama knew what he was doing, and for the first two years, he mostly didn’t.

  5. dandy October 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Jeeze, Guest! “How did they get that income information”? Ever hear of the IRS and income tax filings? Or, for that matter, credit scores and such, i.e. Equifax and the rest. Income verification is as easy to get as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. And, BTW, means testing is always a political liability, but in many ways you just can’t say “tax the rich” because of the slippery slope that that policy infers. Who are the “rich” and where do you cut the dividing line between them and the rest of us? Got it? Hope so!

  6. Infidel753 October 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    That’s certainly a highly motivating list of policies — at last some actions which will really help ordinary people! One could add an opportunity to debug Obamacare without having to compromise with the troglodytes. Even in two years, with control of the Presidency and both houses, a lot could be accomplished — and if all that does get done, perhaps the public would feel motivated to vote in good numbers in 2018 and prevent the Republicans from staging their usual off-year low-turnout sweep.

  7. Adams October 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    You think Hillary will spend political capital to expand SS and Medicare? No doubt you got that idea from the recently released transcripts of her Wall Street speeches, where she laid out the progressive agenda in no uncertain terms. Also wagged her finger at them, sort of like Barry said he was the only thing between them and the pitchforks.

    Lesser of two evils, sure. Likely to appoint at least middle of the road SCOTUS nominees instead of RW nutcases like Alito? Absolutely. But she is a neolib on economic policy and a neocon on foreign and military policy. She will continue to drone dark skinned men, women and children until they understand that America is exceptional and god is on our side. She will never hold Wall Street vampire squid accountable for their legal (but still criminal) and illegal transgressions against the public good.She will continue to spend as much on military as the next dozen or so other nations combined, while our infrastructure, already an international joke, continues to degenerate, homelessness increases, education gets raped and privatized, and Obamacare decomposes into rubbish.

    Watch her appointments. Watch her early actions. Just like Obama, she will piss away her mandate and early congressional gains and lose seats in the mid terms by triangulating like all good Dems. Then she will bemoan the obstructionism of the other guys and assure us that if only….if only. Meanwhile, Chuck Schumer will make sure Israel is the first concern of American foreign policy, Wall Street hedge funds continue to benefit from the carried interest loophole, and the CFPB doesn’t get too feisty. OOPS, just in, the judiciary may already have taken are of that one.

    Attack Iran, escalate with Putin over Ukraine, push China to the wall in the South China Sea, ground troops in Syria, finish the job in Libya, approve a slightly amended version of the TPP…, all possible. Can’t wait for the Hillary apologists to cover her back.

    Better than Trump, no doubt. There’s really no choice between xenophobia, racism, chaos and anarchy now, and a gradual descent into neo-feudalism.

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  8. dandy October 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm #

    Gosh Adams, I KNEW it was YOU at one of Trump’s rallies!

  9. quixote October 12, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    Adams, that’s Republican propaganda. You don’t have to say “watch her appointments” as if that’s something in the future. You can look at her record as SofState and as Senator. She’s appointed a very diverse set of of people to jobs under her control, she’s pushed LGBT and transgender civil rights, she worked to get health insurance for kids after Repubs made it impossible to get that for everybody, and it goes on like that for pages.

    And as for her early actions, sure, we should watch them. But unlike Obama, who had about as little experience governing as it was possible to have, pre-Trump, she’s not a newbie. She has reams of precise plans on who her staff are going to be and what they’ll be doing starting from Day One. Women are never given the luxury of farting around for six months. Hillary hasn’t come unprepared to anything, you’ll notice.

  10. Guest October 13, 2016 at 1:15 pm #

    Fwiw, Dandy, the irs is prohibited from sharing its tax info with other agencies like that.

    That’s an asinine statement about slippery slopes. By that logic no line can be drawn almost anywhere. The effing rich are the one p’s with all the money.

    Thanks for the response, what it lacks in intelligence it make up for in snarkiness.

  11. dandy October 13, 2016 at 11:08 pm #

    Puleeese Guest!!!!! While tax returns themselves may be private info, the credit agencies simply need a ss# to determine your info. You’ve heard of “credit worthiness”?………………I’m sure you have. Now that you’ve questioned my intelligence, go join the rest of the idiots that clap whenever Trump speaks!

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