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October 01, 2010 07:35 PM UTC

Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

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  • by: SSG_Dan

(I love 1 through 4. However, I don’t think our Dem leadership has the balls to do something like this. – promoted by DavidThi808)

Normally I don’t cut and paste other people’s commentary and post it here. I figure all (well. most) of you are smart enough to use The Google to find the information and commentary you want.

But as a marketing person, I am struck by The Rotund One’s ability to cut to the chase in making the case to keep the Republican’t Party away from the adult job of running this country. And I agree with his statement that the Dems deserve to be facing their own criticism for being complete candyasses during their first attempt at power in Congress.

Still, the Repubs and Teapublicans have FAILED to convince me that they can do a better job. Simply saying “Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Dems in general SUCK” is NOT a course of action.

And if they win this November, the Repubs in charge are not going to be the Teapublicans who might actually change some things. It’s going to be The Orange Man and his corporate cronies, who have PROMISED to do the exact same stupid shit that almost drove this country (if not the planet) into an apocalyptic Economic Depression.

Let ’em have it, Mr. Moore. You suck as a filmmaker, but at least you can write stuff like this:

Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

By Michael Moore

The election is one month from tomorrow and, yes, it looks hopeless. November 2nd — the day the Dems are expected to crash and burn.

Sadly, it’s a situation the Democrats have brought upon themselves — even though the majority of them didn’t create the mess we’re in. But they’ve had over a year and a half to start getting the job done to fix it. Instead, they’ve run scared ever since they took power. To many, the shellacking they’re about to receive is one they deserve.

But if you’re of a mindset that believes a return to 2001-2008 would be sheer insanity, then you probably agree we’ve got no choice but to save the Democrats from themselves.

Memo To: President Obama and the Democratic Party Leadership

From: Michael Moore

Subject: 5 Things Dems Can Do to Turn It Around by November 2nd

1. Immediate Wall-to-Wall TV Ads, Internet Videos, and Appearances Hammering Who the Hell Put Us in the Misery We’re In.

We Americans have very short attention spans (Quick: Who Won the Oscar for Best Picture last year? The World Series? Exactly.). People need to be reminded over and over that it was the REPUBLICANS who concocted and led the unnecessary invasion of two countries, putting us in our longest war ever, wars that will eventually cost us over $3 trillion. Bush and Co. also caused the biggest collapse of our economy since the Great Depression. I don’t know a single person in Hollywood who wouldn’t shoot and produce those spots for you for FREE. Dems: Do not pull a single punch on this. Quit being a bunch of wusses and let the bastards have it! The public will be astonished that you’ve found your courage and your spine. We expect you to be Muhammad Ali, not Ally McBeal.

2. Indict the Criminals.

Announce that the Justice Department will seek indictments against both those who caused the economic collapse and those who became war profiteers. Call it for what it is: organized crime. Use the RICO statutes. Use the basic laws that make fraud of any kind a crime. Get in the face of those who stole the billions, make them pay for it — and the people will love you. We want Dirty Harry, not Dirty Dancing.

3. Announce a Moratorium on All Family Home Foreclosures.

Last month (August) there were more home foreclosures than in any month in U.S. history. Worse than any month in the worst year ever, 2009. The bleeding hasn’t stopped — it’s only gotten worse. And now, this week, two of the largest crime organizations who are throwing hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes (GMAC and JPMorgan Chase) have been forced to momentarily stop doing this. It turns out, they don’t really have the paperwork to prove they actually own these houses! It’s madness. So if you do one thing for the middle class this week, do this. It will take an hour of your time to draw up the decree and issue it. We’d rather watch “It’s a Wonderful Life” than “Poltergeist.”

4. Announce a New 21st Century WPA.

“Who’s hiring? THE GOVERNMENT IS HIRING!” Put together a simple plan to hire enough people to repair our roads, fix up our aging schools, and rebuild our infrastructure. Fund this by taxing the richest 1% who have more financial wealth than 95% of Americans combined! Unemployment will drop to 5%. Can you pass it? Well, you sure can’t unless you try! And as you’re trying, announce that you will force the Republican senators (who until now simply have had to say they “intended” to filibuster in order to kill a bill) to have to actually filibuster! Make them stand on the floor of the Senate and read from the phone book 24/7. They won’t last a day. And America will see them for who they really are.

5. Declare That No Democrat Will Accept ANY Wall Street Money in the Next Election Cycle.

Pick a day in the coming week. Have all your fellow Democrats in Congress stand in front of the Capitol (with President Obama) and pledge that if America allows you to retain control of Congress, none of you will take a penny from Wall Street for the 2012 election. Instead, promise to accept donations of only $2, $5 and $10. You will also pledge not to take a job as a lobbyist or lawyer for ANY corporation for ten years after you leave Congress. The message will be a powerful one to the average American fed up with corrupt political hacks. Act like Honest Abe, not Fast Freddie — and see what happens.

And here are two bonus suggestions: Use what sense of humor you have and go after these candidates and their agenda with all the hilarious ridicule they deserve. And quit complaining about “the base” not doing enough to help you. You want help? Do something this week to earn it. I’ve offered five suggestions. I’m sure the rest of “the base” has a few more.

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65 thoughts on “Five Ways the Democrats Can Avoid a Catastrophe and Pull Off the Mother of All Upsets

  1. 1. that takes money, but you still have no positive message

    2. prosecution as a toll for electioneering … fail the ethics courses in school Dan?

    3. and further damage the economy with the next step in your plan to scoialize America

    4. see previous spending results … hint they failed.

    5. illogical commitment and besides Bennet’s taken so much Wall Street cash already it doesn’t matter

    1. reply:

      1) I can make these spots today for next to nothing. Stock footage is cheap, and the lib’rul media is full of us politically active people with our own production systems.

      The positive message is this – “Republicans drove us in an economic ditch in 8 years of rule. Democrats have only had 21 months to unfuck this, but we’ve got things moving out of that ditch. Do you really want to drive back in?” (Thanks, Mr Bill.)

      2) The only ethics FAIL here is at KBR and Halliburton HQs. They killed our troops in Iraq by electrocuting them in field showers. They massively overcharged for services, and got Darth Cheney to get the GSA off their backs. They allowed their female contractors to get raped, and then shipped them home before they could complain to the DoD IG who “oversaw” the contractors. And even managed to sneak in a clause in their contracts that made them waive their right to sue.

      AG Holder could do this TOMORROW and keep it on CSPAN and the Cable News 24-7.

      3) These Mortgage crooks (including Bank of America) are foreclosing on loans that they might not even own. They’re even foreclosing on loans that they’re supposedly modifying!

      Produce the Note, Mothafuckas. If you don’t have it, you can’t foreclose. That’s business law, not socialism, you dick.

      4) The Feds need to tell people that the hiring process is no longer a fucking multipage form-fest that can numb the brain of a statistician. All you need is a resume, and the Feds can actually figure out who to hire.

      The Uber-rich in this country bailed on their responsibility to pay for two wars. So they can pick this one up. (I can link to another diary that shows how taxing the rich is good for the economy….again, Thanks Mr. Bill.)

      5) I’ll give you this one – some Dems are just as big Wall Street whores as most of their Repub counterparts. But there’s no time like the present to re-invent yourself – just look at the GOP in this election cycle.

  2. Let alone five.

    1.  The only one of the five with merit.  Per MM’s point, I can envision some pretty cool ads that would remind everyone of the environment 2 years ago.  

    It’s a resource desision as much anything else though.  Dems have decent funds but have too much ground to cover + too many generals to decide who, what, how, when those resources should be deployed.

    2. Not realistic and would set a really bad precedent.  I’m not a lawyer, but not likely legal or legally sound either.

    3.  Crazy.  Devastating.  Irresponsible.  Suicidal.  Etc.

    4.  Already doing it.  Perhaps Dems could/should publicize it more?

    5.  Dems would gain a moral victory and little else.  Though they always claim the high ground, there is no way in heck that Dems would do.  Though… I’m all for it.

    1. I do find more of your responses on the thoughtful side.

      But explain #3 – lots of emotional buzzwords. But why?

      If my mortgage company can’t prove they own my note, why should they be allowed to foreclose anyway? They’re the idiots that repackaged a bunch of mortgages into a subprime security and sold them into little tiny pieces on the market.

      1. More interesting though is your comment referring 20th Maine “sse my comments to ‘tad above”. What’s your message here … 20th is on the thoughtful side but still a dick?

        You’re policies have failed when all you needed to do to hold DC for 8 years was to act like Clinton. Your overreach has devestated our economy and denied future generations their rights as individuals.

        Tanks for the help, you’re fired.

        1. You should go back and read some of his posts. Absolutely on the opposite side of my political thinking, and he/she does post snark and venom, but it’s usually backed up with some thought and analysis.

          YOU know how to post talking points, purdy graphics and YouTube videos.

          1. called out about telling your wife about your “on-line life” and lil ole me “Libertad” and how she found Libertad street in Manila.

            I don’t do TPs from the GOP … I do enjoy CATO though. My approach is like that cop show “Ripped from the Headlines” … I just pull up the Denver Post, MSN News or whatever.

            Everyday for the last year or so its been nothing but shit headlines for the Dems. I’m just reading and reacting to what Joe 6 pack sees and hears.

            1. …by making sleazy statements about my wife and what she was doing in Manila.

              But thanks for reminding me about that – Pols, isn’t this a ban-able offense?

              1. You sir are the one that exposed your wifes finding Libertad street, then spouting off about the prostitutes along this street as you tried to make nasty with me.

                I did go and google it and true to form … ho-ville ++ they had cock (chicken) fighting too. I lit you up by repeating the same information you shared, just in question form back at you. You couldn’t handle it and looks like you can’t today either.

                1. …nothing to worry about then, huh ‘tad?

                  Then again, you’ve just demonstrated (yet again) why you might be the most despised and least respected poster on this site.

                2. Most people would have been banned by now for doing what you do.

                  But you raise the entertainment value of this site. In doing so, you increase the page views.

                  There is a limit to “funny,” however.

                  Insulting someone’s wife exceeds that limit.

                  You keep after it as long as you think you can get away with it.  After all, every village needs a village idiot.  But at some point, you’re going to become more trouble than you’re worth.  And you’re not worth much.

                    1. as I have pointed out to you.  Clearly you are either stupid or entirely dishonest.  

                    2. But if you want to change the subject, go ahead.

                      And by the way–I didn’t pass shit.  Well I did this morning, but not in that context.

        2. … that the first two years don’t count since Bush vetoed every meaningful Dem bill that passed. The Party of No has been uncooperative and obstructionist from the moment they lost power.

          You can’t explain why it should have taken less than two years to fix the mess that was decades in the making; hell, I’ve yet to see you even admit that this was primarily Bush’s fault, so what is it you are doing here exactly? You’re not on the side of truth and fairness, so what’s your motivation?

      2. Libertad and 20th Maine’s accounts here? The initial critiques are really thoughtful.

        But, oh, look — the real Libertad got his account back and will be posting a Tancredo ad any minute now.

      3. the people I see in the news who are getting foreclosed upon even though they’ve been paying their mortgage on time?  If so, I’m with you on that.  But they are an incredibly small minority.

        I know what you’re saying re:  no proof of ownership, but that’s more a paperwork issue than one of truth.  Because of the secondary market where these loans are traded back-and-forth, the corresponding paperwork doesn’t always keep up.  Most loans are registered with MERS (like a VIN for mortgages) so this isn’t an issue.  But not all.

        Otherwise, basic contract law has to be upheld.  It’s fundamental to everything we hold dear as a free-market, democratic civilized society.  On the immediate front, if you think we have a liquidity problem now, wait until you tell creditors that they can’t enforce contracts.

        The housing market crashed because of fraudulent loan apps, irresponsible lenders/secondary market, and unemployment.

        The fraudulent loan apps fall first on the shoulders of the homeowner.  Personal responsibility should be upheld.  If a borrower lied or inflated info – he or she should be held accountable.

        The lenders and secondary markets, though irresponsible, didn’t actually do much (though there was some) that was illegal.  Rather, they threw basic rules of risk management out the window, at their own peril (save govt. intervention) in favor of ‘easy money.’  They’ve suffered the consequences by taking huge losses or closing down.  Risk and reward – another basic tenet of free markets.  *Too big to fail is a threat to the free market.

        Unemployment is a huge part of the mess and often heartbreaking.  There’s not necessarily anyone to blame.  But contracts cannot be voided out of convenience or emotion.  Having been prodded by and poked by govt, many lenders are modifying those contracts because it’s better business to get a small profit from the contract than lose money -though it’s only happening becuause of the sheer total volume of defaults.

        1. ..it’s a temporary moratorium.

          If some idiot who watched too much HGTV took out a loan he couldn’t afford to flip a house he bought in Wash Park, I hope he goes down in flames.

          If it’s someone that got laid off but is trying to work out a new mortgage so he can pay, then a moratorium on foreclosure seems the best for both parties.

          Everything in-between is in that gray zone that I’m willing to go with a time out over an acceleration in foreclosure.

          I do absolutely disagree with your explanation of the housing market crash – it was caused by cheap loans, orchestrated by Alan Greenspan and the Fed.

          I’ve posted this link before, but it’s still the most useful article I’ve found on explaining the housing market crisis:

          http://www.kiplinger.com/featu

          (Note – NOT Kos, NOT HuffPo, but a  well-respected financial magazine that is not even remotely considered “liberal.”

        2. lots of loan app fraud was committed by the lenders themselves. Check out Washington Mutual’s story sometime. Most of those homeowners were victims of the lenders’ desire to generate loans at any cost, because their plan was a) milk them for origination fees and points, b) jack up the interest rates as soon as they could (because these were usually ARMs), and/or c) sell them on the market before they defaulted, leaving someone else to hold the bag.

          “Holding them accountable” belies how complicated the mess actually was. Many people should never have been homeowners and never would have been if lenders stuck to basic ethics. But deregulation allowed banks to shift their focus away from their historic role as providing finance for sound homeowners, and to massively increase profits with mechanisms completely foreign to banking until 30 years ago.

          Some homebuyers may have committed fraud against ethical lenders, but I can guarantee that many more uninformed and inexperienced borrowers were victimized by unethical lenders who knew full well that the borrowers couldn’t really afford the homes they were buying.

        3. Because my brother has successfully won a case a few months ago in district appellate court pertaining to the lender not having the note. (He has a law degree, so that didn’t hurt.) The local court judge didn’t give a shit, but the appellate judges sure did. A 3-0 decision and my brother said it was obvious by the end of the hearing that they were quite pissed off at the other attorney and her company.

          I outted myself some years ago, so here are a few links:

          http://www.google.com/search?n

          Here in the foreclosure capital of the US, there are stories every couple of days about abuse in the courts by the law firms that specialize in foreclosures.  One employee signing 10,000 affidavits a month that he has served papers, wrong jurisdictions, wrong notes, on and on.

          Several judges have taken bold, unpopular with the law firms, steps in correcting these matters.  Yet, the abuses continue.  One just sued a judge saying she didn’t have the authority to fine them! They have huevos even if not integrity.

          The bottom line, 20th, is not “close enough.” It’s either following the law or not.  And if not here, what’s next?  If Wall Street made it too hard to find the note, that is their problem, not the home owner’s or the courts.

            1. … as someone who’s recently sworn not to engage in petty name-calling on this site anymore (even before Pols suspended you for that), I don’t really appreciate Dan’s comment, especially with its homophobic overtone. But he speaks the truth in that you don’t ever seem to answer challenging questions. I don’t make it a habit to follow your every word, so maybe I missed you answering such a challenge, but I trust Dan’s judgment on military matters, and I know that if he told you Buck lied to his face, then he gave you details about the incident and didn’t just say “I met Buck and he’s a liar.”

              So I’d say he’s being a dick, but a righteous one. Answer his questions about Buck.

              1. Sarge says Buck said X at a meeting.

                I was not at the meeting.

                I don’t know what Buck said or did not say at the meeting.

                Sarge has made it clear no matter what I have to say it will not add to the discourse so I have not responded.

                Frankly Sarge is 24X7 vets issues and that is something very much further down my to-do list.

                I don’t owe Sarge a response and any I made would not change his mind.

                1. here’s the diary:

                  http://www.coloradopols.com/di

                  The video shows Buck calling to Privatize the VA. Buck was invited to UVC to state his Veterans issues and platform. He (as in his campaign) was given a copy of the UVC’s 2010 legislative platform, and additionally was given 4 specific issues to comment on.

                  Buck came in late, but the full committee was still there and was still given UNLIMITED TIME to state his issues and platforms.

                  He said: “I support all your issues. I don’t have anything prepared to say, so what are your questions.”

                  THAT directly states he fully supports funding the VA, as per the 2010 legislative agenda.

                  Later, when he gets called on his flip-flop (or lie, depending on your point of view) he says he supports partial privatization, or something like that.

                  http://www.kdvr.com/news/polit

                  So, after all the contradictory statements and spin has come out, Ken Buck LIED to the UVC about his support of Veterans Issues.

                  You’re Ken Buck’s online shill. You’ve been called on it so many times it’s now common knowledge.

                  You’ve dodged it so many times that you’ve now earned my obvious contempt.

                  The end.

                  1. would likely result in veterans getting good care. Better yet, give them vouchers and set them free to buy their own health care at the location they desire, with whatever insurance they desire.

                    1. Marilou, you are even MORE clueless than I thought. So instead of reposting the National Commander of the DAVs statement about privatizing the VA and what a BAD idea it is, I ask you to do this.

                      Go to DEX, Google, yelp! – whatever your favorite search engine is. Do a search for this:

                      Medical Providers – Surgery – Combat Polytrauma

                      Medical Providers – Surgery – IED Spinal Cord Injury

                      Medical Providers – Dermatology – IED Flash Burn

                      Medical Providers – Oncology – Agent Orange

                      Medical Providers – Internal Medicine – Agent Orange Diabetes Parkinson’s Disease

                      Medical Providers – Internal Medicine – Gulf War Syndrome – Lou Gehrig’s Disease

                      Get back to me on how many hits you get.

        1. Brutal is the word you want. and that really is not all that brutal anyway.

          Dick WAD is not just the chair of the state republican party. It is also the creamy reward you and H-man are hoping for from your Oligarch Bosses. (as that IS all you will get)

          Never-mind the plight of the rest of society. as long as the rich get richer and a few intentionally ignorant trolling spammers do their bidding.

          “vote republican you have no Idea level of misery they want to inflict upon the rest of us Uppity unwashed masses.”

      1. Most of you are like nasty old men, sitting on a porch, spitting into a can, and scratching. Nothing interesting to say and barely literate enough to talk.  Forget any thought.

  3. 1. Not a bad idea, but just as likely to become an on-air pissing match with the Republicans that ends up benefiting neither side and turning a lot of people off.

    2. Also not a terrible idea, but the amount of kicking and screaming and procedural obstruction in Congress would prevent it from ever happening.

    3. By all means, if they don’t have the paperwork they shouldn’t be legally allowed to.

    4. I think this might have worked had it been tried straight away back in 2009. After the stimulus package, which has become deeply unpopular and promised to do much of the same, and TARP – this would do little more than to push close races over to the GOP.

    5. Great idea for a temporary boost, but assuming Democrats actually followed it a lot of them would find themselves completely broke in 2012 (locally Michael Bennet and Ed Perlmutter would be in deep trouble assuming they stand for election again).

    1. I was never going to make SFC after a certain incident involving a cherry 2LT, my infantry squad, and said dumbass 2LT playing with the claymore clacker while we were standing around it while giving a class…

  4. 1) AS the SCOTUS said it  is A-OK it should have been happening.

    2) Again this is what SHOULD have happened at first. But We Elected Barack Obama, Not Sam Jackson. besides imagine the howls from the right If all those criminals were brought up… it started out about bringing us together, republicans returned the favor with a big FUCK YOU. it took Obama far to long to realize how much the republicans hate him and will not cooperate with ANYTHING (even their OWN ideas!) while he is President.

    3)IMMEDIATELY, However Bennet and a few others believed the Banker/republican propaganda. “Cramdown” then helped to nix that Idea straight out of the gate. in 2009 (leading reason I was for Romanoff.)

    4)IMMEDIATELY, I would love to hear all that “socialist” whine all over again. (all hail FDR)

    5)sounds nice however this Idea is akin to believing one can be “Born Again”. Republicans believe that shit as seen with their “pledge”. However people who reside in Reality Know to “NEVER, Trust a Junkie.”

  5. wouldn’t do well for Mikey Bennet.  He’s in Wall Street’s pocket since he did that cushy (losing) deal with DPS retirement money.

    What about health insurance company contributions?  Mikey Bennet has a list of them a mile long. Obamacare was very good for the health insurance companies.  They likey Mikey.

    1. He already pledged 1/2 of it – not to be a lobbyist.  Once Buck swears off the Wall St cash, Senator Bennet  can tell Wall St to get lost too.

      Oh wait, Buck has raised about $47.  All the rest is “outside” 527  money.  So Bennet should unilaterally disarm?  Bad idea.

  6. “The Democrats” are referred to in the third person.  No one is identifying with the party, so-called “progressives” including not only Moore but Clinton, are talking about what “the Democrats” should do, not what “we should do.”

    For example, there is nothing preventing the Hollywood “progressives” from setting up their own 527s and running commercials supporting the dems.  NOTHING.  No one has to wait for an okay from the party.  And, of course, individual candidates are preventing by law from coordinating with 527s.

    The rest of the suggestions are desperate and disregard political reality.

    2)  Obama has already said that he would not prosecute previous administration…..making the argument that it could damage the continuity of government.

    3) WPA program takes congressional approval…Congress is in recess…and there is no way dems could get any kind of bill through Congress even if it were in session.

    4)I don’t know that the president has the authority to announce a moratorium on all home foreclosures.

    5) Make Republicans actually filibuster…sounds good but the rules of the Senate would have to be changed….best of luck.

    6) Denounce contributions from Wall Street…say that d ems will only accept small contributions….ask Romanoff how that works out.

    These are stupid, ill-considered suggestions, from somone who has not been paying attention.

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