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The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, July 31, 2009

    Progressive Democrat Issue 222

    What a difference it makes having Obama as President. From Daily Kos, here is a list of US favorability ratings from around the world (Pew Poll's survey of 25 countries):

    2007 2009
    US 80 88
    Canada 55 68

    Britain 51 69
    France 39 75
    Germany 30 64
    Spain 34 58

    Poland 61 67
    Russia 41 44

    Turkey 9 14
    Egypt 21 27
    Jordan 20 25
    Lebanon 47 55
    Palestine 13 15
    Israel 78 71

    China 34 47
    India 59 76
    Indonesia 29 63
    Japan 61 59
    Pakistan 15 16
    S. Korea 58 78

    Argentina 16 38
    Brazil 44 61
    Mexico 56 69

    Kenya 87 90
    Nigeria 70 79

    Every nation polled shows either about the same or much higher US popularity...even among Americans (+8 among Americans)! Note also that many of our key allies in the war against al-Qaeda (France, Germany and Spain) have massive increases in popular support for the US. That is something we really need.

    Another article from Daily Kos I want to call your attention to goes along with my recent emphasis on how individuals and local communities can reduce their carbon footprint. In An American's Experience With Spain's Energy Policy a Kossack discusses how it is done in Spain and how he adapted to a less wasteful lifestyle. I have at times highlighted how Denmark is making the switch to offshore wind power and how it is amazing that Denmark has the gumption to make such a switch but America hasn't yet. (I also like to point out that although Denmark has higher taxes, they also have a healthcare system that beats the pants off America's and they have been ranked the "happiest place in the industrial world" this year...maybe America needs to emulate the tax policies, healthcare system and energy policies of Denmark...). One thing I somewhat disagree with the Daily Kos article about is how there are few ways in America to make the necessary changes to lower one's carbon footprint. He is right that it is harder. Most places have no alternatives to driving, for example. But there ARE incentives to install solar (my building is considering it looking at a 3-5 year break even period followed by some 12-17 years of almost free electricity) and there ARE ways you can also switch to alternative energy as your source for electricity through your existing energy company in most states, as I pointed out last week. But the article is correct in pointing out that many industrial democracies around the world are governing better in terms of energy policy, and I would add healthcare and education. The reason? We sacrifice health, education and the environment for tax breaks for the wealthy. Most industrial democracies are willing to pay higher taxes for better healthcare (at an overall cheaper price, I might add), better education and a better energy policy (reducing pollution as well). And by most measures people are HAPPIER in those nations. We need to learn from those nations.

    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS:

    My Message to the Democratic Party: Get off your Asses on Healthcare Reform

    MSNBC's Donnie Deutsch Calls for Glenn Beck Advertiser Boycott

    Congressman Anthony Weiner on Healthcare

    Dr. Howard Dean on Healthcare and Sotomayor

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    Silicon Valley, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX. Events

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Georgia Democrats Work

    Georgia Action for Health Care

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Virginia Congressman Target of Right Wing Forgery Attempt

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    COLORADO FOCUS

    WASHINGTON FOCUS

    Florida Fire Fighters Endorse Alex Sink for Governor

    Jacksonville, FL Campaign Training

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Arizona Focus: Uranium Contamination on Navajo Land

    Maricopa County, AZ Focus: Blood on Sheriff Arpaio's Hands

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Nevada Focus: Stop Blackstone Coal

    NEVADA FOCUS

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    MINNESOTA FOCUS

    IOWA FOCUS

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