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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Many evangelicals favor Trump because he is not Clinton

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan yesterday. 4 Replies

 Many evangelicals favor Trump because he is not ClintonDuring the campaign, many observers have expressed…Continue

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176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election (Keith Olbermann)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by tom sarbeck Sep 15. 3 Replies

It is not news to most of us that Donald John Trump (hereinafter referred to as "Drumpf") may be the most disastrous thing to hit American politics since the junior senator from Wisconsin of roughly 70 years ago.  He has been one of many such…Continue

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Left Forum 2013, Workplace Democracy part 1

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Left Forum 2013, Workplace Democracy part 1Workplace Democracy, talks by Richard Wolff and Gar Alperovitz at the 2013 Left Forum, June 9, 2013,…Continue

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Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 10:24am

That's what I mean.  They go from the Assembly to the state Senate, and back and forth to whatever other elective, or appointed job they can get.

I knew that effing initiative was an unfunny joke when it was first proposed, and campaigned against it.  Loudly.  It's a stupid idea.

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 21, 2015 at 3:47am

sk8eycat, term limits suck for at least two reasons. They take power from legislators and give it to bureaucrats. They end the terms of both honest legislators and dishonest legislators.

Many Californians wanted to take the bribery and extortion out of campaign financing and TWICE put propositions on the ballot that, if the voters approved them, would do that.

Both times, the legislature screwed all Californians. Do you know how they did it? Do you want to know?

The reformers, not wanting the legislature to screw voters a third time, put the easier-to-understand term limits on the ballot and they passed.

The California legislature earned term limits.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 21, 2015 at 12:59am

Term Limits: "Musical Chairs" for politicians. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on June 20, 2015 at 11:49pm

Alan, your list of solutions looks like that of a Libertarian.

sk8eycat, why in your opinion do term limits suck?

The legislature twice interfered with attempts by voters to reform campaign funding via initiatives. It earned the less desirable term limits.

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 20, 2015 at 3:00pm

Thanks, Ruth.  Candidates will make their message bland and promise all kinds of govt. goodies.  It'll be as exciting as a Student Council election.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 20, 2015 at 2:48pm

Ruth, I signed the petition yesterday.  My only problem with Bernie is his extreme support of Israel.  They can stand on their own feet now, and give the "settlements they have stolen back to to the Palestinians.
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We've had term limits in CA-CA for decades.  They suck.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 20, 2015 at 1:14pm

Alan, I agree with your assessment. 

Comment by Alan Perlman on June 20, 2015 at 12:44pm

Bernie is great theater, tremendous energy, and his critique of elitism and injustice are right on.  The solution is not more government, not to become like Sweden  It is to make government LESS intrusive and expensive, to restore the liberty that was promised to us in blood and treasure.  Bernie's a Democrat.  We don't need that. We need a President with the courage to phase out unconstitutional government activities, dramatically reduce the size of our empire, stop subsidizing people, including big companies, who have no right to your money, end the hideous drug war, and institute Congressional term limits.  I don't care what the party label is.

Hillary sickens me.  Trump scares me.  

 

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2015 at 12:35pm

Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to break up the big banks and restore power to the American people instead of the wealthy.

“It’s time to break up the largest financial institutions in the country! If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist!

~ Bernie Sanders, May 26, 2015

PETITION → Urge Congress to pass Bernie’s bill to break up the big ...

from EndCitizensUnited.org

I've signed.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 20, 2015 at 12:28pm

Great quote from David Suzuki, Joan! especially "... things, like capitalism, free enterprise, the economy, currency, the market, are not forces of nature, we invented them. They are not immutable and we can change them. It makes no sense to elevate economics above the biosphere."

We invented corporations, and we can change them. Susan Blackmore warned that memes were a threat to humanity. Richard Brodie called corporations power memes. One could frame TPP as an act of meme conquest: we created corporations and now we're letting  them destroy us.

 
 
 

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