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Tea Party Pharaohs and Right-Wing Romans

April 17, 2014 by Living Liberally

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At Passover, we tell the story of a Pharaoh who was inhospitable to strangers in his land. In America today, it's Tea Party that attacks anyone in favor of sensible immigration reform.

Over Easter, we hear about the Roman rulers who punished a man who stood for the poor. These days, Right Wingers retaliate against any efforts to challenge inequality in America.

At these holidays, we remember the lessons of the leadership of Moses and sacrifice of Jesus. Now, we see the cautious calculation of centrists, and the self-serving statutes for corporate cronies.

It's good to have holidays that tell the old tales, because we're fed up with today's stories of Tea Party Pharaohs, Right-Wing Romans and the compromisers who enable them.

At least both the Resurrection and the Exodus teach that it seems darkest before the dawn.

Join fellow lefties for lofty ideas or light chit-chat as we pour out our souls and pour a few pints at your local progressive social club.

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Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

April 10, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance, lack of action on climate change and immigration, and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare, pushing for fair wages and pay equity, defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little. The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already. The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare, we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war and our limping economy isn't toppling completely, we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man who recklessly led us into a disastrous war, crashed our economy and tanked our reputation. Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy, some focus on global poverty and climate change. Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two at your local progressive social club.    Read more

Seven Million - Check. Untold Millions - Unchecked.

April 3, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The healthcare push led to 7 million sign-ups, surpassing the Administration's targets, and giving a boost to this new program, while getting more Americans covered.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down limits on individual overall campaign donations, giving a boost to wealthy contributors, letting millions more dollars flood our elections.

Obamacare gets our government working for the many. McCutcheon gets our government working for the few. This week may see Americans get healthier, but also witnesses our democracy get more diseased.

Seven million Americans - check. Untold millions in contributions - unchecked. A few million steps forward,
an unlimited number of steps back.

Share healthcare tales, swap Court gripes as you trade drinks and thoughts through the night at your local progressive social club.

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Cold War, Cool War, Old War, New War?

March 27, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

In Russia's recent power plays and provocation, some commentators compare to 1930s Europe, others see the specter of the Soviet spread, but it's really a new challenge to the new world order.

As the US redirects its War on Terror and continues to extricate from Afghanistan, with domestic pressure to reduce the NSA, Putin's push has NATO contemplating the inconceivable.

Aggressive annexation and military moves are met with new tools of sanctions and trade threats. The global gang tries to tame the Russian bear and now the G8 is now, gee, seven.

Is this a Cold War being thawed out, or a non-war nobody's sure how to fight? Whether Cold War, Cool War, Old War or New War,
it's a new year, new fear, or new terror in an unknown era.

Share a night with what you know -- cool beers for a cold war, warm friends & hot topics at your local progressive social club.

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The Weight of the World, The Wait of the World

March 20, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Russia has annexed Crimea. Ukraine is pulling out its troops. The world knows it has the burden to respond yet everyone waits to see who will go first.

Obamacare open enrollment ends soon and public perception rests heavily on these numbers. Congress, Courts, consumers have fought their battles -- now it comes down to a game of wait-and-see.

Meanwhile, our news cycles are consumed by the mysterious fate of the Malaysia flight, where the weight of speculation and suspicion takes a back seat to a world that watches and waits.

Usually the news is about the weight of the world. Right now, it seems to be the Wait of the World.

A little less waiting and a little more working might make all the difference in each of these.

No need to watch your wait or wait for your watch -- now is the time for healthy company & hale conversation at your local progressive social club.

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Obama Time, Overtime or Out Of Time?

March 13, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The Prez pushes overtime pay for more Americans as he realizes he may be running out of time to address growing inequality in our country.

He and Putin stake out a stand-off in Ukraine, but as Crimea rushes a Russian vote, will there be a solution in time before this stalemate goes into overtime?

As the countdown winds down on enrollment, Obama plugs Obamacare here, there, everywhere, hoping the roll-out can eek out a victory at the buzzer.

The President is working overtime, hoping this month can be Obama Time before he finds himself, and all of us, out of time.

Toast his highs or roast his lows as you share a pint and an opinion or two at your local progressive social club.

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Russians Rush In. Europe, You're Up.

March 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Russians, Russia, Europe, Germany, Ukrainian

After upheaval upends Ukrainian government, Putin's put in a new position, Russians rush in and if you think we are jumping to conclusions you can Crimea river...

Kerry carries on talks, Merkel's murky about actions, McCain's manic, Graham's self-aggrandized while Obama's having long talks with Putin about as constructive as conversations with Congress.

And as we wonder what Putin wants, what Obama will do, where the EU will stand, let's hope we remember to ask the Ukrainians how they'd like to see their own country governed.

The Olympics showcased the world coming together in peace, friendship and healthy competition. Now, Russia has taken its ball and gone home…maybe we should have let them win at ice hockey after all.

It's cold out there, but our company is warm, our conversation cozy and our ideas on fire as you share a drink and what you think at your local progressive social club.

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When Definite Meets Defiant

February 27, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

One day, the Ukrainian leader definitely stood firm. The next, he was ousted by a defiant nation and is on the run as the world races to react.

Not long ago, same-sex marriage was a certain loser. Now courts in Utah, Oklahoma and Texas challenge bans and the AG says states don't have to defend those laws while AZ's right-wing gov vetoes anti-gay legislation.

Recently, Chris Christie was the GOP's great hope. Polls now remind us how quickly fortunes can change.

When yesterday's assumptions run into today's reality, definite meets defiant…and there's no sure thing.

A lesson worth all of us remembering, whether you're Comcast devouring the media, the GOP licking its lips at the mid-terms or Hillary Clinton reading the latest polls,

Share predictions and predilections over a pint as you share your night with political pals at your local progressive social club.

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Civil Unrest and the Uncivil Rest

February 20, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

In Russia, Pussy Riot's post-prison protests lead to arrest under Putin's police power and assault by Cossack militia members.

In Ukraine, anti-government unrest has exploded into clash and confrontation with a death toll dangerously rising.

Syria's Civil War is anything but civil, yet attempts at talks are just as tumultuous while the world fails as good neighbors or negotiators.

Country after country faces upheaval, some democratic, some downright destructive, but government actions and global reactions have inflamed, infuriated and fed the fires.

It's a time of civil unrest and the uncivil rest. If only everyone could take a breath and a rest.

For now take a break to share a beer while sharing ideas with old friends and new at your local progressive social club.

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They Raised the Ceiling, Now Raise the Floor

February 13, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Boehner's buddies bucked the Tea Party to lower the insanity and raise the debt ceiling. Could they show the same courage to lift up our nation by raising the minimum wage for millions of workers?

McConnell's crew crammed down their crazies to avoid a destructive, dubious debate over debt. Now can they repel their radical right-wing to renew relief for unemployed Americans?

The Democrats avoided a manufactured meltdown to preserve the country's full faith and credit. In addition to the debt ceiling, it is time to raise our standards for what counts as progress.

Kudos to Congress for not creating a crisis. They raised the ceiling - now raise the floor: our basic quality of life, our safety net minimum our low expectations and baseline belief in democracy.

That would be a success worth toasting.

Meanwhile, toast small victories & share small talk as you enjoy a big night with big ideas at your local progressive social club.

Not snow, nor sleet, nor icy rain shall keep us from our appointed rounds!

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In Some Events the US Should Not Go for the Gold

February 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As the Olympics begin in a country that is a leader in silencing dissent and imprisoning citizens, it would be a good time for the United States to close Guantanamo and reform policing tactics.

In the world spotlight stands Russia, a champion in spying on its own people, while the US confronts its own NSA excesses and could change course on domestic surveillance.

Putin’s nation is a winner’s circle for oligarchs, but America competes with its growing inequality -- though it would do better to not be a victor in wealth stratification and economic injustice.

Americans may win our share of Olympic medals but in authoritarianism and corporatocracy let’s allow Russia to come in first — there’s no need for America to go for the gold.

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The Polar Vortex of US Politics

January 23, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

While another deep freeze engulfs the country, a deeper freeze permeates US diplomacy, as critics cast a chill on negotiations with Iran and create slippery conditions for Syria talks.

The weather shut down DC, but even if it hadn't, the GOP has effectively shut down congress closing down work on jobs, immigration, guns through distractions, deceptions and detours.

As icy roads snarl traffic as bad as Christie could, the President is caught in his own series of jams, gummed up over revelations of NSA wrongdoing, and road-raging to ram through a bad trade deal.

Americans know the current Polar Vortex will pass. Yet the Washington Polar Vortex has no end in site.

Warm up your soul, raise up your voice, lift up a pint to toast and talk, share and care, chat and cheers at your local progressive social club.

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Washington Has Joined The Jersey Bridge-and-Tunnel Crowd

January 16, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Chris Christie's not the only one with a bridge to sell you: in Washington, some argue the NSA never went to far, that Food Stamps promote a culture of dependency and that we'll get better internet without net neutrality.

Christie's tactics may seem straight out of the Sopranos, but it is Obama strong-arming an abusive trade treaty, the House GOP gunning down unemployment relief and a Florida man shooting a movie theater texter.

There is something rotten in the Garden State, but also something poisonous in our nation's capital, where a push for Iran sanctions outweigh calls for talks and where a mediocre spending bill is called a victory.

Christie may be making national headlines, turning bridges into jams and tunneling himself deeper, but it seems that DC is now playing by Jersey rules and all Washington has jointed the Bridge-and-Tunnel crowd.

Laugh at the absurdity or cry at the insanity -- with a drink in hand and good company at your side at your local progressive social club.

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Did Hell Just Freeze Over?

January 9, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As America shivered through a historic freeze, Obama warmed up the discussion of poverty, the Senate passed unemployment benefits and debate shifted from austerity to inequality.

While record lows chilled much of the country, there was a spark of hope on intelligence reform, Affordable Care sign-ups heated up and new allies called to let Snowden thaw out.

And in NJ, the GOP's most popular candidate may have to put his 2016 plans on ice as his national ambitions seem a bridge too far.

Politics has never been believably pretty, but in the Garden State, Did Hell Just Freeze Over? it's unbelievably petty.

Maybe the polar vortex caused hell to freeze over: we're witnessing events we had never expected, and a few conservatives stuck out in the cold.

Warm company, hot topics and cool beers will turn a winter night into a winner night at your local progressive social club.

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From Endured To Insured, Though Not Yet Assured

January 2, 2014 by Living Liberally

We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured.

We made it through bogus budget battles, callous compromises, cave-ins and calls for cuts, to a new year that starts with new rhetoric: a President, Pope & nation talking about inequality.

We stumbled through saber-rattling with Syria, and slogged through Snowden's NSA surprises to a January that finds us in fewer wars than a year before and fresh force for reforms in our intelligence operations.

2013 was a year we endured. Will 2014 see more Americans insured, our privacy ensured and our safety net assured? We can hope and work, but we can never be sure.

Show of up for a sure bet of socializing and sipping as we share New Year's resolutions and revels at your local progressive social club.

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