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Paul Waldman: "Look at the targets conservatives have taken aim at in the last couple of years: access to the ballot box, unions, organizations representing the poor, organizations protecting reproductive rights, and more. The assault is not just on ideas or policies (though there's plenty of that, too) but on the institutions that undergird the Democratic Party and the progressive movement."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a press conference at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, 03/07/11. (photo: Getty Images)
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during a press conference at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, 03/07/11. (photo: Getty Images)

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+13 # sark 2011-03-17 12:08
Destroying the citizens right to have their vote count as cast is the big problem that is not being addresses. None of this really matters until we get rid of the electronic voting and vote counting machines and establish a system where every vote is counted as cast.
 
 
+13 # bluescat48 2011-03-17 12:50
Obviously, the Republicans only favor that which will aid the rich and screw everyone else.
 
 
+4 # BradFromSalem 2011-03-17 13:25
The point that is often missed is that by demonizing unions the Right further justifies taking anonymous Corporate money to finance their campaigns.

Even if the unions are completly emasculated by 2012, they will still be held up by the right wing as a justification of using Corporate financing.

By 2014, their takeover may be complete and if a Republican is President, they will declare a State of Emergency and send in their Privatized Army to disband elected official throughout the entire country.
 
 
+4 # aikidokurt 2011-03-17 14:48
"Elections in fascist states: in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating and disenfranchisin g opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite." Dr. Laurence Britt, PHD political science
wait a minute...are we a fascist state? huh?! Wa Happened?!
 
 
+2 # Anarchist 23 2011-03-18 10:40
'It´s not who votes that counts, it´s who counts the votes'

Joseph Stalin

Still true!
 
 
+6 # aikidokurt 2011-03-17 14:49
"Power of labor suppressed or eliminated
Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice." 14 POINTS OF FASCISM
 
 
-22 # rock 2011-03-17 15:34
"Look at the targets conservatives have taken aim at in the last couple of years:
access to the ballot box:" Meaning that Republicans resist having dead people, non-citizens, and felons vote. Oh My!

"unions:" Meaning that Republicans want to break the strangle-hold unions have on the public coffers and the bankrupting effects of Public Unions negotiating their benefit packages with the Democrats they pay to elect.

"organizations representing the poor:" Meaning Organizations that pretend to represent the poor but are mostly after power and money.

"organizations protecting reproductive rights:" Meaning, we can only guess, that Republicans are opposed to the use of government funds to terminate the lives of unborn children.

Yes, Those Republicans are certainly nasty!
 
 
+6 # Wynne Dimock 2011-03-17 19:31
Obvious a faux news addict.....you do NOT live in the real USA where the disparity between rich and poor is now the greatest in the industrialized world......thus , unable to support democracy as we see unfolding before our eyes !!! Seriously you need to read something besides right wing propaganda....r ead international news for a start. We are currently WAY down the list of countries described to have a "free press." It is gone, and "you" are one of the results......so rry.
 
 
-9 # rock 2011-03-17 21:03
Nice try, but it looks like you who are living in an alternative universe. I live in the USA where even poor people are fabulously more wealthy and better off than their counterparts in most other countries, where the People rule, and sometimes make democratic choices to throw out "the bums" who are ruining our economy and robbing our children of their futures, where the impulse to reach out and help the rest of the world is unfailing and deeply ingrained. This is "faux" to you, I suppose?
 
 
-2 # Oligarch 23 2011-03-18 10:43
Yes, we need to bring down the standard of living of all those wealthy first world poor and make them equal to the third world poor! We Republicans are all about equality!
 
 
-4 # rock 2011-03-18 23:57
Ummm . . . I think it was the Democrats who are trying to spread the wealth around so everyone is closer to equal?
 
 
-5 # billy bob 2011-03-17 18:55
Yep, That's what republiklans do.

What're ya gonna do about it punk? Whining seems to be a pretty ineffective weapon.
 
 
+1 # rf 2011-03-18 05:53
You're all great at identifying what the rep. have been doing, but what about what the Dems have been doing? That would be nothing but swinging further and further to the right...their toast is butter from the same dish as the reps. Vote Socialist!
 

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