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Protests Are Good … But Not Enough

Saturday, there were a number of protest marches being conducted around the country and the world, with the largest one in Washington DC.    They were marching about women’s rights and civil rights, and against the threat being posed to them by the Trump presidency and the Republican Congress.  It’s a very real threat they were marching against, because a great many rights that have up until now been taken for granted are no longer safe.

Every Republican-held state has been busily passing laws to remove funding from Planned Parenthood clinics, and close abortion clinics.  Every one of them has been passing laws that do their level best to remove or drastically reduce things like “equal pay,” maternity leave,  and a host of other protections that women enjoy.

The marches are a start, but they are only a start.

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Young People Have It Backwards

Over much of this primary season, if there’s one constant I’ve seen from various self-identified young people (under 30), it’s that the Democratic Party needs to reach out to them, to do what they want before they’ll consider voting for Democrats.  There usually follows a laundry list of demands, along with saying that the party should select candidates who would “excite the base,” or more properly, excite them.  They even have reasons why the party isn’t doing that, things like “corporate control,” “the Establishment,” and of course the ever popular “Blue Dogs.”   The reality why the party isn’t reaching out them is what they don’t realize or want to admit:  They have it backwards.

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You Can’t Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game

There was a story in Wednesday’s  NY Post about potential issues at polling places.  Mainly, that independents are suddenly realizing that New York has a closed primary, and they’re not going to be able to vote in the upcoming primary.  That means that only those registered as Democrats or Republicans are going to get to vote in their party’s primary.

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“Free College” Isn’t Going To Be Free

Over on the People’s View, there’s a post looking at Bernie Sanders “free college” plan.   One can assume that it’s the same as a bill he proposed along those lines.   The idea of “free college,” although it’s really only tuition free college, has caught on with number of people, particularly the younger generation of current (or soon to be) college students.  It’s not a bad idea, except for the problems.  As I said about the healthcare plan, it’s another “alligators in the swamp” problem.  That is, it’s not that the general idea isn’t laudable, it’s the details where things get tricky.  Matthew Yglesias over at Vox has a couple of articles about the problems, and reluctantly concludes that it’s unrealistic.   In looking through the legislation, not only do I agree it’s unrealistic, it’s not going to be “sellable” even to “solid blue states.”

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The Republican Party’s Other Problem

In my last post, I talked about how the Republican Party’s establishment has been watching in horror as their formerly (badly) hidden encouragement of racism and bigotry has exploded in their face.  While true, and definitely attention-grabbing, it’s distracting from their other big problem.  Three years ago, I talked about how the Republicans needed to “check their assumptions,” and sadly, they haven’t.  The end result is that their basic philosophy of government has been a complete failure.

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