Never let it be said an effective idea for one side won't work for the other. The '94 Republican's Contract With America was a cynical bag of unobtainable promises that got a gang of ultra righties elected. All we need to do is remove the "Con" from the Contract, eschew the focus groups and go for '08 in a big way. Unfortunately Pelosi and Reed's heads have to roll.
Owing to the leadership of the Democratic Party in both houses nothing is going anywhere. Pelosi and Reed are classic minority leaders thrust into majority leadership, and they aren't equipped for the job. The whole "please don't hit me, sir." ideology has got to go. Dare I say, we need our Newt. We need a list of reforms that the House and Senate candidates can run on. End the war. Balance the budget on the backs of the super rich. Create new employment and industries. Health care for all. Restore America's moral leadership by prosecuting torturers and mercenary murders. No more picking unnecessary fights. Restoration of national service for all.
It's going to take a revolt among the Democrats to replace their leadership, and get back on track. Otherwise we'll get another decade of closely divided government that may well be ruled by Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats.
War: What is it good for? Absolutely nothing - By the time you read this essay, it may be old news. The content might seem hopelessly outdated, or we will have troops on their way to Syria, or somethi...
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