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Why Unions Matter To Democrats: It's Not Just Money

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Karen Ackerman says what Republicans really want is to destroy the Democratic Party. "The Republican view," says Ackerman, "is let's beat 'em while we can; let's destroy the unions while we can. And then we won't have to worry about Democrats anymore."


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Carrie B (306)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 1:54 pm
Thank you for the post. Noted.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:14 pm

It's all too sordid and confused/confusing.

When I read articles like this (and pretty much ALL political stories), I keep noticing how the issue is Democrats vs. Republicans and vice versa. It's the same thing whenever I write to my Congressmen. I get back form letters (written well in advance of my email) telling me how THEY feel about the particular subject. I have NEVER had one directly respond to any points made in my correspondence, or even insinuate that they'd consider what I'd expressed.

(Weren't these politicians supposed to be "our" voice in D.C.?????)

Thanks for posting, Eva.


IE R (237)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:21 pm
"I get back form letters (written well in advance of my email) telling me how THEY feel about the particular subject."

Oh, that annoys the crap out of me because it's so clearly a vague, canned response that takes no real position and merely "informs" me that this is of "general interest" to said politician. That's it. No clear position, no clear statement of intent, nothing.

We're heading for a one-party system, folks, and the system is already broken as it is.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 2:35 pm

My House representative (Phil Roe, R-TN) thinks the opposite from me on nearly every issue. Still, I usually take a look after an important House vote to see the yeas and nays.

ONCE (on the vote to extend the Patriot Act), I checked the votes and saw him in the "Nay" column. I was so shocked that I thought maybe I'd misread the text of the bill. After double-checking, what convinced me that I had read it correctly the first time was when I saw that Kucinich also voted "Nay." (I'm still scratching my head, thinking maybe Phil Roe may have misunderstood.)



Tierney G (381)
Thursday March 3, 2011, 5:52 pm
i like mine. they are all democrats and usually always support the same things I do and even if they are not on a commitee they will put in a word for me.( Steny Hoyer ) I like Barbara Mulkulski she is a firey go -getter and never lets me down in her responses. The only one i am not sure of is Ben Cardin I don't hear from him much.
Martin O'Malley ( Gov. )added me to his facebook page LOL! along with many others of course.
But the part of the state I live in is dead RED, YUCK I cannot even stand living in a red part of the state with the exception of my neighbors which are wonderful people.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 5, 2011, 12:28 pm
well, I cannot contribute much to this topic and in 2011 it's all over now anyways. But I can tell you that out of those who replied at all, it was J Lieberman who ALWAYS responded and did address the issue, too. I used to smile reading his stuff and was wondering why nobody ever noticed they were emailing to a German domain which did not belong to a constituate - LOL:
Carole, as for your experience mentioned above, is it fair to assume that your rep is just PLAIN STUPID? ROFLMAO (unless he indeed wanted the end of Patriot Act, hm..)
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