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  • Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter Issue 271

    I am back from vacation but neither the vacation nor my regular life is much fun at this time. Too much on my plate at work, at home and with my extended family. Such is life.

    This newsletter is long because I worked on it over the past three weeks whenever I could to cover lots of ground.

    Today is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It seems so long ago. Bush never accomplished the mission against al-Qaeda, and Obama gets the mission after it has already been botched. But he is doing what he can to correct the horrible mistakes of the Bush administration. I will never forgive Reagan for calling the Taliban the equivalent of the founding fathers. When he armed them, I knew one day those arms would be turned against us. Sadly I was right. I will never forgive the Republicans who opposed Clinton's going after bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Clinton knew getting bin Laden was a priority, but the Republicans had no interest in going after him. I will never forgive Bush for ignoring the warnings that an attack was immanent or for letting bin Laden go when we had him cornered. And I won't forgive Bush for taking troops out of Afghanistan before their mission was done to illegally and immorally invade Iraq for no good strategic reason.

    Obama is trying to fix all these messes the Republicans started. Let's hope he can succeed. It is a very, very difficult task and from what I can tell he is doing the right things. He has targeted al-Qaeda in places Bush ignored (e.g. Mali). He has shifted our combat troops out of Iraq where then never should have been back into Afghanistan where they had a mission to do before Bush took them away from that mission. He has pressured Pakistan to more honestly fight al-Qaeda rather than turn the other way, and so since Obama took office more top al-Qaeda members have been captured than were captured during the entire Bush administration. The mission has moved forward. I hope he also is planning on rebuilding Afghanistan and working on building up moderate leaders, small businesses and the like in Pakistan, Somalia, Mali and all other al-Qaeda recruiting grounds. Remember how effective the Marshall Plan was after WW II. We need to apply the same strategy here.

    Bush was on the wrong track about al-Qaeda from day one. Obama has brought us back to the right track, but can the mission be saved from the fiasco of Bush's mishandling of it? And why are the Republicans refusing to back his efforts to defeat our enemies? Instead they obstruct his every move, actually aiding al-Qaeda.

    And then there is the economy. Many of us are feeling the effects of the economy more and more. That also is a legacy of Bush. Clinton gave us a fabulous economy and a budget surplus. Bush squandered it and gave us the biggest budget deficit ever. Obama has that mess to clean up as well. His putting money into huge alternative energy projects and into infrastructure rebuilding is brilliant...and we need more of it. His putting stimulus money into the auto industry was also brilliant and basically saved the auto industry and saved a ton of jobs. He has done wonders with the limited resources the Republican mismanagement of America left him. And, of course, the Republicans continue to oppose each and every proven strategy to revive the economy that Obama tries. Progress have come, and it has come over the whining of Republicans.

    If the Republicans have their way, the rich will get their tax cuts and the rest of us will lose. If the Republicans have their way al-Qaeda and the Taliban will continue to thrive the way they did under Reagan (really the precursors to al-Qaeda and the Taliban) and both Bushes. If the Republicans have their way we will continue to depend on Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela for our energy needs rather than create AMERICAN jobs making AMERICAN energy. If the Republicans have their way we will continue to neglect our infrastructure and have more Katrinas, more BP disasters, more Exxon Valdez disasters, more bridge collapses.

    Obama has not done as much as I would like him to do. But I am still so glad he is our President. He has done so much despite the huge mess Bush left him and gotten so little credit for it. And he has had to deal with constant lies, whining and obstruction from Republicans even when it meant saving or creating American jobs.

    I leave you with a video of my son singing his favorite song, put up on YouTube by his sister...he'd be very excited if it became popular ; -)



    Here is this week's newsletter:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    A List of Democratic Accomplishments from the Coweta County, GA Democratic Party

    Climate Change: The First Step

    Democracy for America: Phonebanking for Victory 2010

    Mosques and Korans and the Constitution, Oh My!

    NY FOCUS: New York State Progressive Bloggers' Joint Statement Regarding Park51 / Cordoba House.

    New York State Focus: (Final?) Roundup of Endorsements for September 14 Primary

    Brooklyn Focus: VELMANETTE MONTGOMERY FOR STATE SENATE

    Brooklyn Focus: The Reform Slate for State Committee

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS

    JERRY BROWN FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR:



    I remember when Jerry Brown was first Governor of California. He is not the nicest of people, but he was a damned good, LIBERAL, effective governor. I urge a vote for Jerry Brown for Governor.

    TAKE BACK RED CALIFORNIA: Some important candidates in Califorinia

    California Focus: Re-elect James Ramos to the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees

    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Southern California Grassroots Alliance

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS

    TX Gov: Dead Heat: Bill White (D) gains ground.

    Five Key Races in Texas

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Texas 10th District Focus: Turn TX-10 Blue

    Texas 21st District Focus: Turn TX-21 Blue

    TEXAS FOCUS

    Florida Focus: Alex Sink for Governor

    PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA PROGRESSIVE CANDIDATES IN FLORIDA

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Broward County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS

    New Jersey Focus: Environmental Score Card Shows Big Dip in Scores

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS

    Michigan Focus: Jocelyn Benson for Secretary of State: "Knowledgeable and genuine."

    Progressive Candidates in Michigan

    Michigan Green Power Switch

    MICHIGAN FOCUS

    Minnesota Focus: Boycott Target

    Minnesota Focus: Education Underfunding is a Policy, Not a Reaction

    Minnesota Focus: Progressive Candidates in Minnesota

    MINNESOTA FOCUS: Blogs, The Minnesota Project, Drinking Liberally

    Illinois Focus: Explosion Rocks Honeywell Uranium Facility Run By Scab Workers

    Illinois Focus: Bill Foster for Congress

    Progressive Candidates in Illinois

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    ILLINOIS FOCUS

    WI-SEN: Meet Communist Ron Johnson, the GOP Candidate in Wisconsin

    FAIR Wisconsin/Human Rights League 2010 Endorsements

    Wisconsin Focus: Republican Scott Walker's Record of Failure

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    WISCONSIN FOCUS

    Washington Focus: On Saving 319,000 Jobs, Or, Legislation Keeps Teachers Teaching...comes from a local Washington State blog, but applies to the whole country.

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Washington State

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS

    NV-Sen: Even Republican CEOs oppose Angle's extremism

    Nevada Focus: Re-elect Nevada State House Representative John Oceguera...more here: American Indian Candidates: John Oceguera

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    NEVADA FOCUS

    Pennsylvania Focus: Veterans for Manan Trivedi for Congress

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Pennsylvania

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS

    Feds sue brutal, racist Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio...keep in mind that "Sheriff" Arpaio isn't even competent...his record in law enforcement is dismal.

    Arizona Focus: Angela Cotera, Rocket Scientist for Arizona

    Arizona Focus: An "unprecedented slate of highly qualified Indian candidates for office in Arizona"

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Progressive Candidates in Arizona

    ARIZONA FOCUS

    Progressive Candidates in Colorado

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS

    Virginia Focus: Three Important Congressional Races

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS

    Standing Up for the Future of NC’s Children

    North Carolina Focus: Green Power Switch

    North Carolina Focus: NC-5 District Focus (Stokes County, Statesville, Surrey County, Iredell County, Watauga County, Yadkin County)

    NORTH CAROLINA FOCUS

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    TENNESSEE FOCUS

    From the Coweta County, GA Democratic Party: Obama Will Triumph -- So Will America

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS

    Alaska Focus: Diane Benson for Lt. Gov.

    Alaska Focus: Re-elect State House Representative Woodie Salmon

    South Carolina Focus: Rob Miller (SC-2) Challenges Joe "You Lie" Wilson

    South Carolina Progressive Network

    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

    Oklahoma Focus: Jeff Jones for Oklahoma District Attorney, District 10

    KANSAS FOCUS

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    IOWA FOCUS

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