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  • stewjack commented on the blog post The ‘Health Care Needed 60 Votes’ Myth Never Dies

    2013-12-02 15:47:23View | Delete

    I apologize for posting an off-topic comment. I do not know how I got the idea this article was primarily about the filibuster.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post The ‘Health Care Needed 60 Votes’ Myth Never Dies

    2013-12-02 14:24:27View | Delete

    Thanks Jon,
    I for one am still interested in this political subject.

    From Wikipedia,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filibuster_in_the_United_States_Senate

    According to the Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Ballin (1892), changes to Senate rules could be achieved by a simple majority. Nevertheless, under current Senate rules, a rule change itself could be filibustered, with the votes of two-thirds of those senators present and voting (as opposed to the normal three-fifths of those sworn) needed to end debate.[1] Despite this written requirement, the possibility exists that the Senate`s presiding officer could on motion declare a Senate rule unconstitutional, which decision can be upheld by a simple majority vote of the Senate.

    My understanding is that the Republicans did not attempt to filibuster the rule change. Did I miss something? Has anyone commented on that?

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Filibuster Could Be Gone Permanently

    2013-11-24 21:07:18View | Delete

    Thank you fellow old guy. I read your diary / thread about ACA. Since I am retired and living off the government tit I am not an expert on ACA. I do have a chronic medical condition and like most such people subscribe to a self help mailing list with about a thousand active members. It is true that political posts are prohibited. It is also true that many members are Canadian, and also most U.S. citizens are probably retired with medicare. However I have not heard a single comment of any anticipated benefit a U.S. member is expecting from ACA.

    The only ideology I have is political power and I am not a revolutionary. Obama was a democracy activist, I was planning on voting for a fellow democracy activist until I searched his website for the word democracy. Nada! Voted 3rd party.

    When Pelosi put out the `100 hour plan` I voted Democratic. Because one politician can’t pass a law or even get a bill out of committee, platforms with specific promises empower the voter by lessening the likely-hood of wasted votes.

    This last election the Republicans had an open primary in my state. That empowered me so I voted for Gingrich because he was behind the Contract with America. That Platform empowered Republican voters. I never got a chance to vote for the Republicans in 1994 because I never even heard about the Contract with America – not to mention that I still had a lot to learn about the U.S. political system at that time.

    In a two party (sic) system you can only have one basic issue. Mine is `people without power tend to suffer.` What is your issue?

    Platforms: From the Voters Perspective
    http://i-voter.tripod.com/Platforms.html

    Do you know the difference between a ballot label and a political party?
    http://i-voter.tripod.com/US_PoliticalParties.html

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Filibuster Could Be Gone Permanently

    2013-11-22 20:30:09View | Delete

    It seems that fear is strong. The filibuster limits the voters power. Over the long run I accept the scary freedom of participation in power. Over the long run getting rid of the filibuster has to be of some small benefit to the voter.

    I was a democracy activist but I was unaware of the relative simplicity of removing the filibuster until I started reading FireDogLake over 2 years ago. I researched the subject. I wrote an article for my web site. `The Filibuster more Apparent than Real!` I got so excited that I felt compelled to give a $25.00 donation to FireDogLake! As a democracy activist I had never learned anything useful from a political blog before.

    I probably got 25 to 75 people to read my article. Yesterday one person reached my site with a Yahoo search — is the senate vote to override the filibuster rule legal

    I stared at that search for a while. I came back a couple of times and said Yes Yes it is legal!

    I certainly never expected to see major change. The voting rights act was obviously much more significant, but I was actively involved in this activism. I am not fearful I am just stunned by what happened.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Time to Find Out if Democrats Actually Want to Govern

    2013-11-21 10:44:44View | Delete

    Given the fact that the U.S. is at the lower end of the democracy scale I would suspect that yellowsnapdragon is not a great friend of democracy. Not even our elitist `founding fathers` ever imagined anything more than a delaying action.

    I think even SCOTUS is getting worried.

    Soon after this:
    `Jury Nullification In New Hampshire Becomes Reality`
    http://www.policymic.com/articles/10603/jury-nullification-in-new-hampshire-becomes-reality

    The Supreme Court comes out with this:
    `SCOTUS: Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences in Jury`s Hands`
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/06/17/supreme-court-ruling-will-make-it-harder-to-impose-mandatory-minimums-on-drug-offenders

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Time to Find Out if Democrats Actually Want to Govern

    2013-11-21 09:51:46View | Delete

    Damm! I may have to vote for at least one national Democrat next general election. I have voted for two Republicans & no Democrats in the last twelve years. There were no democrats just Democrats. More third party candidates than either.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Another Day, Another Terrible Poll for Obama

    2013-11-20 15:11:01View | Delete

    I can never understand what people mean when they talk about a U.S. political party from an average voters perspective. We don’t really have political parties we have ballot labels that individual politicians choose to run under.

    The legal truth behind modern U.S party labels.
    reference article
    http://i-voter.tripod.com/US_PoliticalParties.html

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Democrats’ Fear of Democracy

    2013-05-23 10:20:21View | Delete

    Excellent post! The powerful incumbents that run the Central Committees fund a large part of a candidate’s campaign. In the U.S., politicians can run under any ballot label they choose, but the are organized primarily by money. Either direct contributions or National Committee cash.

    Some background articles/
    with some references.

    http://www.dancarlin.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=31156

  • Perhaps Obama was not thinking SUCKERS, but COWARDS; for always voting for the lesser of two evils. I might also mention that it is hard to take a response to a `virtual` post from a poster called `jest` very seriously. :>)

  • I didn’t vote for Obama in 2008. I knew he had been a democracy activist for proportional representation. I certainly planned to vote or him. Out of curiosity I searched his campaign site for the word democracy. No hits – the word did not even exist on the site. Even Hillary and some `make it easier for poor people to vote` rhetoric on her site. That is when I reverted to my standard 3rd party voting behavior. Remember: Those without power tend to suffer – everything else in politics comes second.

  • I think I will tweet that later today.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Social Security Appears to Get a Temporary Reprieve

    2012-12-31 16:22:23View | Delete

    I overheard some retired military worrying that retired pay will come under that chained CPI stuff. They also get S.S. It is little more than a guess, but I doubt that middle-income Republicans favor this.

    Has anyone heard many `real` average humans favoring chained CPI. Not twitter streams or broadcast media. Real people seem to have heard of the issue, and perhaps, are just as bipartisan as the politicians – but have an opposing view.

  • I suspect that is true, and I say that as someone getting SS as well as Medicare. However I do not think we will get off scot-free The Congress can not afford that! Say about a $10 monthly increase over inflation for Medicare. I suspect some sort cost of living freeze for Medicare, which will conveniently not be re-adjusted up to benefit the younger generation as they come to retirement age. Just some guesses.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Leaked Woodward Memo Offers Road Map on Grand Bargain

    2012-11-12 11:42:51View | Delete

    Quote
    have to wonder, though, about a quote within a quote that’s anonymous:

    I agree. Reading the insider rumor tea leaves is little better that analyzing the Politburo using pictures published in Pravda.

    I go with the basics. Who is vulnerable? Answer: The House Democrats. What pressure can we, with limited economic resources, apply now?

    Below is my action plan for your consideration. Note: This is a repost of my post from Fridays David Dayen article. It asked basically the same question: We are powerless for two years. What now? So I give the same answer.

    My tactic is to twitter like mad! :>) REALLY!

    TWITTER that the Democrats can retake the House in 2014 IF the Democrats can work together.

    Then I provide a link in the tweet to an article about how and why platforms work. They work because one elected politician cannot pass a law. They work because one elected politician cannot even get a bill out of a committee! AND Why should a voter have any enthusiasm for candidates that cannot find one single candidate that agrees with them on a single specific issue?

    The article also provides reference material about every U.S. House platform that either party has put out (1994 midterm elections) (2006 midterm elections) (2010 midterm elections) And how those midterm elections just happened to provide a U.S. House majority for the political party that created the platform.

    I promote this tactic because the Democrats in the House are the most susceptible to pressure, If widely known, this tactic is not easily spun or blamed on the other party like the filibuster. Also once this tactic is in the voters mind, it behaves like radiation and keeps killing for years and years!

    Here is the link to my article:
    http://i-voter.tripod.com/Platforms.html

    But you can easily write something up yourself.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Liberal Groups Fighting Grand Bargain – For Now

    2012-11-10 13:20:15View | Delete

    My tactic is to twitter like mad!

    TWITTER that the Dems can retake the House in 2014 IF the Dems can work together.

    Then I provide a link in the tweet to an article about how and why platforms work. They work because one elected politician cannot pass a law. They work because one elected politician cannot even get a bill out of a committee! AND Why should a voter have any enthusiasm for candidates that cannot find one single candidate that agrees with them on a single specific issue?

    The article also provides reference material about every U.S. House platform that either party has put out (1994 midterm elections) (2006 midterm elections) (2010 midterm elections) And how those midterm elections just happened to provide a U.S. House majority for the political party that created the platform.

    I promote this tactic because the Dems in the House are the most susceptible to pressure, If widely known, this tactic is not easily spun or blamed on the other party like the filibuster. Also once this tactic is in the voters mind, it behaves like radiation and keeps killing for years and years!

    Here is the link to my article:
    http://i-voter.tripod.com/Platforms.html

    But you can easily write something up yourself.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Useless Liberal Intellectuals

    2012-11-04 18:19:35View | Delete

    Yes I understand that academics, or liberal talking heads, can`t be expected to do anything on their own. That is much to hard. I guess I am a worker class because I can write something and post it as a web page. ALL by myself!

    Then I can fire-up twitter and do key word searches. That takes years to learn! I then can reply to some of those tweets with tweets of my own, that just happen to includes links to one of my web pages articles.

    I like twitter because people can`t be sneered at as dumb or stupid by college students. Middle income people who work for a living are way better at insults than college students. There aren`t many low income people, other than retired or sick people, on twitter.

    It doesn`t take much time or effort once you have written the article. I am retired and sometimes I can do it while listening to a audio book. Going to meetings could take much more time and probably have greater costs. I doubt it would be very efficient. When I go out for reasons other than meeting friends I would rather go to the beach or a good restaurant.

    I tweet, perhaps, thirty educational tweets a week. Get say three or four thank-you`s or at least polite replies. One or two re-tweets.

    Admittedly this is more for married or older retired people, but I bet you could do tabling or google hang outs. The point is that is not hard to do. If you are not doing it, it is because you don`t want to do it. It is not lack of money it does not cost much money.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Useless Liberal Intellectuals

    2012-11-04 16:43:47View | Delete

    The word `strongly` was primarily used to indicate my value judgement about our current system.

    Since I just educate people about the limits of political power available to U.S. citizens, the real question is do you engage in that type of activity yourself, and if not, why not? If you actually followed my links I am surprised that you didn`t comment on what your personal selections would be. Perhaps your issues would differ from mine. Do you feel you are capable of educate people about our political system – or not?

    Are you perhaps opposed to educating U.S. citizens about limits to their political power, and are just too shy to mention it? In my experience that is that is a very common attitude.

    Many people refuse to admit that they fear representative democracy. I spent hours going around in circles with an individual on an email list. I was pointing out that a widely used voting system called proportional representation would increase the voters choices, and a higher percentage of the voters would gain a seat at the political table.

    Finally the poster summed up his problem with this particular voting system.

    He wrote: `I worry that the wrong kind of people might get elected. I will not support any form of democracy, unless I am certain that only the right kind of people will get elected.`

    After thinking about this for a while I replied that the form of `democracy` that he favored would probably also be acceptable to most kings and dictators. I have yet to find a king or dictator who would not find a form of government acceptable, if it insured that `only the right kind of people would get elected.`

    He got very huffy! I suspect that he actually believed that he favored democracy. What he actually favored was using a political system to gain power for himself.

  • stewjack commented on the blog post Useless Liberal Intellectuals

    2012-11-04 12:50:39View | Delete

    You might be surprised when I say that I doubt that most people who label themselves liberal or progressive or socialist intellectuals believe in a strongly democratic form of government. At least not if they are `professional,` intellectuals.

    In the 15 or 20 years that I have been actively educating people about our U.S. political system. I have never met anyone that identified themselves with those terms who volunteered to educate any and all U.S. citizens about our political system. I have worked with people that self identified as Libertarian (1), Anarchist (1), Socialist manual laborers (2), A Catholic (1), a Quaker(1), and one not quite classifiable Socialist party member that worked as a manager at a Savings and Loan and also had a business school education!

    They helped with time, physical effort, and sometimes money. But not one person that self-identified as liberal, progressive, or socialist and that were also professional intellectuals. By definition a professional intellectual makes money from his intellectual knowledge and skills. College students are by definition professional intellectual wannabees.

    My own view is that these labels represent just as much a narrow class interest as the very wealthy. They just try harder to create a false image.

    The real embarrassment is that since our political system seems to reward emotional, misleading, or false rhetoric, to a greater extent than many other nations – such intellectual talking heads have a lower reputation than the town drunk.

    Elections Without Consequences My Reason #1 reference article
    `U.S. Political Parties are `unique` – by LAW!
    -> http://i-voter.tripod.com/US_PoliticalParties.html

    Elections Without Consequences My Reason #2 -> reference article Incumbent Power & `Our National Committees`
    -> http://i-voter.tripod.com/NationalCommittees.html

    Elections WITH Consequences – Reason #1 -> reference article
    `Don`t waste our vote!`
    -> http://i-voter.tripod.com/Platforms.html

  • stewjack commented on the diary post More Than 180 Voter Suppression Laws Proposed by ThirdandState.

    2012-10-27 20:10:16View | Delete

    I only vote for Democrats that are democrats. However I will also vote for Republicans that are democrats. I think I have voted for one Democrat and one Republican in the last ten years. They both lost.

  • stewjack commented on the diary post More Than 180 Voter Suppression Laws Proposed by ThirdandState.

    2012-10-27 19:21:11View | Delete

    Watching Jill Stein complain about top-two primaries ( aka presidential runoff voting ) last Tuesday (in the third parties` debate ) was an eye opener. The Libertarian presidential candidate fully agreed with her. Apparently the spoiler problem is vital to their political strategies. The anti-democratic plutocratic cash cows must be drying up! Those two candidates [...]

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