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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender (MTF) Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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It's incredibly frustrating

that Republicans seem to keep getting away with stuff like everything that you mentioned. It seems like people have to be desperately tired of Republicans to go and elect Democrats (Clinton in 1992 and Obama in 2008) and then 5 seconds later go right back to electing Republicans. Democratic Presidents have had a grand total of 4 years(!!) to really accomplish anything legislatively (i.e. with a Democratic Congress) since 1992. Then the people go and elect Republicans to Congress to "check" the Democratic President. Wash.rinse.repeat. Meanwhile, George W. Bush got SIX years with Republicans running Congress and Trump was gifted a Republican Congress along with his election as POTUS. And Republicans did NOTHING but obstruct President Obama for an entire 8 years and prevented him from filling a SCOTUS seat.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Apr 6, 2017, 04:27 PM (1 replies)

Mine too

He's being treated as the "savior of the Democratic Party" and his every word is like a gospel to some people.......even though he isn't even a (currently registered) Democrat. Furthermore, his ongoing attacks on the Democratic Party are stupid and counterproductive when we should be expending more energy on fighting Trump and winning elections against Republicans. Plus, he seems obsessed with courting Trump "WWC" voters on the theory that the Democrats just didn't reach out to them enough- as though nothing else matters or is more important to the Democratic Party or the country than the "economic anxieties" of a group of people whom will be harmed- and never helped- by Trumpublican policies.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 03:52 PM (4 replies)

They are treating them as though

they will "guide" Trump to becoming a "normal" President and/or keep his Presidency "on the rails" so to speak. The unstated and obvious question is, if Trump can't manage himself on his own as POTUS and needs to have his daughter and son-in-law guiding him, then why is he still allowed to be POTUS? That seems like grounds for removal from office in and of itself IMHO. However, nothing about this situation is "normal" and probably never will be normal- but that doesn't seem to stop the media and the GOP from continuing to try to normalize the situation and desperately hoping that he will reach at least George W. Bush levels of competency.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 01:40 PM (0 replies)

Joshua Marshall (TPM) recently argued

that the Republicans essentially pushed the nuclear option button back in 2005 during the confirmation of Alito and Roberts by threatening Democrats into refusing to filibuster either of them. This is the first time since then that Republicans have had a Republican President filling a Supreme Court seat and now they are just making it explicit: Filibuster usage is solely the property of Republicans, though it may now cease to exist entirely since the parties have been undermining it in recent years- albeit Democrats finally chose to respond to the rather severe abuse by Republicans that was undermining the appointment of individuals to cabinet positions and the Federal Judiciary under President Obama.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 01:31 PM (0 replies)

I disagree with that assessment

But if Trump actually proposed something legitimately "good" for the American public (i.e. Single Payer, positive changes to ACA) that Dems would vote for, his base would tear him to shreds and it would never see the light of day in this Congress. Trump, however, has shown no inclination so far to propose any legislation/EO's that do anything good for anybody except for the rich, powerful, and bigoted.

Democrats have expressed some willingness to work with Trump on infrastructure but, given the current makeup of Congress and how an actual infrastructure bill would probably turn out looking - like another sloppy, wet kiss to corporations with little actual substance- most Democrats probably wouldn't (rightly) end up supporting it IMHO.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Apr 5, 2017, 10:38 AM (0 replies)

The Trumpublican drive to repeal and replace ACA

has become a real "race to the bottom" in order to win votes from the "Freedom-To-Suffer-And-Die Caucus".

Is there any other political party in any other first world nation that is as regressive as the GOP- and isn't considered a minor fringe lunatic party?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Apr 4, 2017, 09:52 AM (0 replies)

As much as I support Medicare For All

it's obviously NOT going to happen right now and blasting Democrats for not signing onto a piece of legislation that will NEVER be considered as long as the Republicans are in total control of the Federal Government is fruitless and counterproductive IMHO. We could STILL lose ACA at this point and should be ensuring that Democrats hold the line against repealing/sabotaging ACA and fighting against re-introduction of any Republican "alternatives". When we're back in the majority again in Congress and have a Democratic President, we can talk more realistically about what the next step forward will be in terms of healthcare, though passing a Public Option and/or lowering the Medicare age down a bit are IMHO much more realistic short-term goals for improving ACA. I think that single payer will need to be successfully piloted in a state (i.e. California) before it can go national.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Apr 3, 2017, 04:59 PM (0 replies)


I mean, why should he? If the shoe fits and all that. What have the Republicans done recently or over the past 8 years to prove that statement wrong? They blocked or filed lawsuits against tons of stuff that President Obama proposed or signed and everything they've been pushing and the Obama polices they've undone with Trump as POTUS will be harmful to the vast majority of Americans. They haven't done "Thing One" to prove that they care about anybody who isn't the "right" race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc. For a group of people whom claim to be "strong" and unapologetic and "non-PC" and are now being lead by a guy who unabashedly likes talking about grabbing women by the genitals, they seem to act like a bunch of crybabies the instant somebody stands up to them to their face. Get over it, Pubs!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Apr 3, 2017, 04:42 PM (0 replies)

I'd like to think

that there are at least a few older GOP Senators whom would be leery of changing the vote threshold. I have to admit that the prospect of them going nuclear and Trump possibly being able to replace another Justice (i.e. Ginsberg) is worrisome but I guess that it's a chance we may need to take- to attempt to redress the Republican's obstruction of Garland. I seem to recall that the "nuclear option" was avoided back in 2005 with an agreement that Democrats wouldn't filibuster judicial nominees absent "extraordinary circumstances". I would think that, between Garland and esp. "Trussia", the current circumstances ARE extraordinary.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Apr 3, 2017, 03:33 PM (0 replies)
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