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Mole's Progressive Democrat

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).

Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Friday, November 12, 2010

    Progressive Democrat Newsletter 278

    A reader sent this to me: President Eisenhower, a very well respected Republican, had this to say about social programs like Social Security in the United States:

    "Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are...a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
    - President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 11/8/54

    Seems like the modern Republican Party and their Texas oil millionaires have forgotten the words of one of their best. Pity that the Eisenhower Republicans have lost out to the George Bush/Newt Gingrich extremists.

    Obama has been busy since the elections, basically bringing jobs back to America...and the Republicans are criticizing him for it. On the very first day of Obama's trip to India he delivered this for America:

    * SpiceJet an Indian airline will purchase 33 737s from Boeing

    * The Indian military is confirming a deal to purchase Aircraft engines from General

    * The Indian Air Force is looking to buy 10 C17s from Boeing.

    53,670 people will be in work in the US as a result of this.

    Republicans have been criticizing Obama for going to India. I guess they don't want Americans to have jobs! Here is Rachel Maddow slamming the Republicans for their lies:

    I think this all explains why Democrats are better at creating jobs than Republicans. Remember, the bottom line is Job Growth is ALWAYS better under Democrats than Republicans:

    I continue to expand my local sections based on where my readers are. Surges in places like Minneapolis and Philadelphia, for example, have inspired me to start pages for those locations, though it remains to be seen if traffic is high enough to justify weekly updates for those locations. Texas and Washington State remain major areas of readership though interestingly both seem partly driven by a robot program linked to Amazon.com. Not sure what's up with that, but I think it means my Washington State and Texas readership isn't quite as high as they seem, but the robot isn't the only source of hits from those states. New York and California continue to be high up in readership levels as well.

    As the dust clears from the election I am finding myself as eager as ever to fight for what I know is right. The Republican/Tea Party surge was too much driven by racism against a black President and money from interests in China and Saudi Arabia as well as donations from the wealthiest 10% of America's rich for me to take it too seriously. I refuse to kowtow to racists or Saudis or Chinese communists or the wealthiest 10% of America, all of whom wound up being the main players in Republican victories. So I remain committed to working and middle class Americans who believe in a fairer, greener and more successful America. I believe in the end we will win. It will just take time...and effort.

    I have been adding to my local focus sections as much as I can. Progressive Talk Radio stations, NAACP chapters, Jewish organizations, LGBT organizations, Native American organizations, etc. I will continue to update the local focus pages and adding to them. I think they are valuable. Some get a huge number of hits. Some get only a handful. But each hit means someone is interested in the information I am providing and so I feel each hit helps someone find a connection with a progressive group or event or activity or candidate that they can work with. THAT has always been my number one goal for this newsletter: helping people make connections with the groups or individuals they can work with.

    Here is this week's newsletter:


    Veterans Day Message: Michelle Obama and VoteVets.org

    Post-Election Jewish Energy Renewal

    Keith Olbermann and MSNBC

    California Focus: Green Power Switch

    Los Angeles, CA Focus

    Orange County, CA Focus

    Silicon Valley Area, CA Focus

    San Diego, CA Focus

    Southern California Grassroots Alliance


    California 11th District Focus: San Joaquin, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties

    CALIFORNIA FOCUS: Blogs, Stonewall Democrats, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Washington State Focus: Green Power Switch

    Seattle/King County, WA Focus

    Spokane County, WA Focus

    Thurston County, WA Focus

    WASHINGTON STATE FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Native Vote, Groups and Events

    Florida Focus: Green Power Switch

    Tampa/Hillsborough County, FL Focus

    Orange County, FL Focus

    Broward County, FL Focus

    Pinellas County, FL Focus

    FLORIDA FOCUS: Blogs, Equality, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    New York Focus: Green Power Switch

    Manhattan, NY Focus

    Brooklyn, NY Focus

    Queens, NY Focus

    Bronx, NY Focus

    Suffolk County, NY Focus

    Rochester, NY Focus

    New York 19th District Focus: Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester Counties

    NEW YORK STATE FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Michigan Focus: Green Power Switch

    Detroit, MI Focus

    MICHIGAN FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-op, Native Vote, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Austin/Travis County, TX Focus

    Houston/Harris County, TX Focus

    Dallas County, TX Focus

    Texas 10th District Focus: Bastrop, Lee, Burleson, Washington, Austin, Harris, Waller Counties

    Texas 15th Congressional District Focus: Hidalgo, Brooks, Duval, Live Oak, Bee, Jim Wells, Karnes, DeWitt, Goliad, San Patricio, Refugio Counties

    Texas 21st District Focus: Travis, Kerr, Real, Bandera, Kendall, Comal and Blanco Counties

    TEXAS FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Nevada Focus: Green Power Switch

    Las Vegas, NV Focus

    NEVADA FOCUS: Blogs, Progressive Majority, Food Co-op, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Colorado Focus: Count EVERY Ballot!

    Colorado Focus: Green Power Switch

    Boulder County, CO Focus

    Larimer County, CO Focus

    Douglas County, CO Focus

    COLORADO FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Veterans for Peace, Native Vote, NJDC, Immigrant Rights, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Pennsylvania Focus: Green Power Switch

    Philadelphia, PA Focus

    Lancaster Co. PA Focus

    PENNSYLVANIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Illinois Focus: Green Power Switch

    Chicago/Cook County, IL Focus

    ILLINOIS FOCUS: Blogs, Reform Illinois, Food Co-ops, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Wisconsin Focus: Rally to Save Wisconsin Jobs

    Wisconsin Focus: Green Power Switch

    WISCONSIN FOCUS: Blogs, Biodiesel, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Virginia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Charlottesville/Albemarle County, VA Foucus

    Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania County, VA Focus

    Stafford County, VA Focus

    Hanover County, VA Focus

    VIRGINIA FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Energy and Agriculture, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Arizona Focus: Green Power Switch

    Phoenix/Maricopa County, AZ Focus

    ARIZONA FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, Alternative Energy, Native Vote, NAACP, NJDC, Groups and Events

    Georgia Focus: Green Power Switch

    Atlanta, GA Focus

    Coweta County, GA Focus

    Fayette County, GA Focus

    GEORGIA FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Groups and Events

    Minnesota Focus: Green Power Switch

    Minneapolis, MN Focus

    MINNESOTA FOCUS: Blogs, The Minnesota Project, NAACP, Drinking Liberally

    New Jersey Focus: Green Power Switch

    Passaic County, NJ Focus

    Sussex County, NJ Focus

    Warren County, NJ Focus

    NEW JERSEY FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, NAACP, NJDC, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    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: Blogs, Biodiesel, Alternative Energy, NAACP, Veterans for Peace, Groups and Events

    Tennessee Focus: Green Power Switch

    TENNESSEE FOCUS: Blogs, Groups and Organizations, NAACP, Biodiesel, Food Co-ops

    Kansas Focus: Kansas behind in wind power...WHY???

    An exception to this embarrassing trend: Kansas Focus: Helping Greensberg achieve its dream

    KANSAS FOCUS: Blogs, Biodiesel, NNACP, Food Co-ops, Groups and Events

    Iowa Focus: Green Power Switch

    Iowa Focus: Save the Iowa Power Fund

    IOWA FOCUS: Blogs, Food Co-ops, NAACP, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Groups and Events

    Oklahoma County, OK Focus

    South Carolina Progressive Network

    South Dakota Focus: Republicans Cost South Dakota 5000-10,000 Jobs


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