The Right-Wing Corporate Takeover of America

It's a long piece, but worth a read: Alternet's Don Hazen and Colin Greer provide an overview of the 40-year effort of the right-wing to allow the corporate takeover of America. The question is: if we know how we got here, can we use that to get back to where we want to be?

We repeatedly see how money, tightly controlled manipulators can manipulate the masses. But, thankfully, hope lies in the new activitists and the young.

The Dangers of Voter Suppression

Club member Jim Soper passes along an important link to a Brennan Center study showing that nearly 5 million eligible voters could be impacted by voter suppression legislation around the nation. As the Brennan Center reports:

"Ahead of the 2012 elections, a wave of legislation tightening restrictions on voting has suddenly swept across the country. More than five million Americans could be affected by the new rules already put in place this year — a number larger than the margin of victory in two of the last three presidential elections.

This report is the first full accounting and analysis of this year's voting cutbacks. It details both the bills that have been proposed and the legislation that has been passed since the beginning of 2011."

This is a problem about which all of us should be concerned. You can read this troubling report at http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/voting_law_changes_in_2012.

Help Shape the California Democratic Party Platform

A message from California Democratic Party Chair John Burton:

Dear Supporter,

The California Democratic Party invites all Democrats to help shape our 2012 Platform. Join our effort to promote a progressive platform that all Democrats can be proud of.

Please go to www.cadem.org/platform to read the 2010 Platform – the current Platform will serve as a base to develop the 2012 Platform.

If you have changes or new language you would like to suggest, please fill out our online submission form at www.cadem.org/platformtestimony.

The deadline to submit changes for consideration to the 2012 Platform is November 18, 2011 at 5pm. The Platform will be adopted at the 2012 State Convention, February 10-12 in San Diego.

Platform hearings are taking place throughout the state. Testimony is being heard at Regional meetings and there will be two statewide hearings as well.

The statewide hearings will take place on the below dates and locations:

October 22 – Fresno
Time and location TBD

November 18th – Burlingame
Crowne Plaza SF International Airport
1177 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, Ca. 94010
5:30 PM (tentative)
www.cadem.org/eboard

Please go to our calendar at http://www.cadem.org/resources/calendar for the most up to date information, including a schedule of regional meetings at which Platform testimony is being heard.

Peace and friendship,

John Burton
Chair
California Democratic Party

Don't Let the GOP Fool You on the Economy

Here's an outstanding Paul Krugman column that debunks the rising myth that the current economic conditions are the result of President Obama's policies. After debunking several claims, Krugman makes a vital observation:

So Republican assertions about what ails the economy are pure fantasy, at odds with all the evidence. Should we be surprised?

At one level, of course not. Politicians who always cater to wealthy business interests say that economic recovery requires catering to wealthy business interests. Who could have imagined it?

Yet it seems to me that there is something different about the current state of economic discussion. Political parties have often coalesced around dubious economic ideas — remember the Laffer curve? — but I can’t think of a time when a party’s economic doctrine has been so completely divorced from reality. And I’m also struck by the extent to which Republican-leaning economists — who have to know better — have been willing to lend their credibility to the party’s official delusions.

This is, of course, a huge problem. One we all must be ready to work against as we work in 2012.