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The odd thing about this is that the vote went down on a straight party line. Why in the world would every Republican on the Board of Supervisors be in favor of spending taxpayer dollars on an airport expansion project that isn't going to do county residents a bit of good? The answer is pretty clear-- some outside corporate interests want to use that airport for their own benefit, and the Republicans on the BOS are more than happy to bend over and spread 'em. Like most of the bad stuff that happens around here, this thing is originating somewhere outside the county, and too many of our civic officials are nothing more than stooges for those interests.
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Smaller and more resilient systems are the only way to survive. I know the proposal won't fly politically, but it would be a good thing if the United States were to divide itself into four or more distinct entities, each with its own unique biosystems and economies. The country is too large and complex and interdependent, thus is fragile and vulnerable and unmanageable. We're very lucky to have the Internet at this moment in time. It provides us with a mechanism for having a conversation, for sharing of strategies and solutions. Happy Holidays in spite of it all....
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Hey Jim, Now tell us the good news...
OBAMA = DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT My Case for Barack Obama The best reason for the Democratic Party to nominate Senator Barack Obama for the Presidency is that he generates extraordinary turnout at the polls among two demographic groups that have traditionally under-performed; youth, and African-Americans. Younger people are voting in the Democratic primaries at three times the level of prior years, and most of their support is going to Obama. The numbers for black turnout in 2008 far exceed previous years, and I think it is reasonable to expect that the participation rate of both youth and African-Americans will increase even further in the November general election if Obama is our nominee. The hotly-contested 'swing' states of Ohio and Florida both have significant concentrations of minority voters, and Obama's presence at the top of the ticket will likely put both of them in the Democratic column. If we take the Democratic base of liberals, enviros, labor unions, and various progressives, and add in a huge youth componenent, plus millions of newly energized black voters, plus the rapidly growing Latino consituency..... Voila! We have the recipe for a tidal wave that has the potential to make the Democratic Party the dominant political institution in this country for the next century and beyond. With Obama's ability to inspire voter turnout there are also favorable implications for all of our downticket races, from the White House through the Congressional contests, the Governorships, State and County offices, all the way down to local municipal races. We have seen many close elections in recent years that would have gone our way with stronger turnout. There is no equivalent scenario on the Republican side; their 'big tent' is already in tatters, and they simply cannot produce the sort of turnout that Obama can. And whatever her other qualities might be, Hilary Clinton does not attract huge numbers of previously disenfranchised voters into the pool the way Barack Obama does. The Obama campaign raised a spectacular $32 million in the month of January alone, and he has received powerful endorsements from many of the most visible and respected Democratic politicians, which will lead to further endorsements, and an enhanced ability to raise money down the stretch. 90% of Obama's donors have given less than $100, which tells us that the Obama movment has populist roots that translate into real votes. After eight years of Bush and Cheney, the GOP is struggling to raise money and its members are disillusioned. Many of their sitting Senators and Representatives have chosen not to run again. The prospects for a Democratic takeover of Congress are encouraging. This is not the time to do the Republicans a favor by nominating the one candidate (Hilary) who pushes their buttons and who would surely serve as a lightning rod for right wing organization and fundrasing. We should also be aware that the media have a well-documented love affair with John McCain, and their bias would be a powerful weapon against us should Hilary be the nominee. If Hilary Clinton were to be elected President and serve two terms, it would mean that the Bush and Clinton families could boast of an occupant in our White House for thirty-six consecutive years, beginning with Reagan's first term in 1980 and stretching until the year 2016. The sequence would look like this: Bush / Bush / Bush / Clinton / Clinton / Bush / Bush / Clinton / Clinton. Enough, already. We are not a 12th-century monarchy. The end of the Bush-Cheney era will be a beautiful thing to behold, but I think we ought to aim higher and leap at the opportunity to have a transformative, once-in-a-millenium election that significantly alters the voting dynamics in this country for the long term, and Obama offers us that chance. The Republican strategists who are looking at the electoral landscape for the coming decades ought to be shaking in their boots, and we are damn fools if we don't seize the moment and make the most of it. There is some contrast between our two candidates on the issues, but the principal difference lies in Obama's ability to dramatically expand the base demographic for the Democratic side, thus winning the general election in November and reducing the Republican Party to a quaint irrelevancy for the forseeable future. Old Grizzly Hudson, NY Feb. 1, 2008
The subprime crisis has trickled down to my level already. I just applied for a home equity line of credit, but my numbers fell short of the bank's standard. The adminstrator told me that had I applied 2 weeks ago when things were more lax, I would have been approved.