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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Member since: Sat Feb 28, 2004, 01:13 AM
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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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All they really have left at this point

is to elect a Republican President and solidly Republican Congress in 2016 and they can basically do what they want. People might suddenly realize they want the law when they figure out everything that they might be losing but the Republicans won't care. If they do NOT hit the trifecta (which I don't think that they will), I don't see how it's ever going to happen. By 2020 it will have been law for 10 years and well-embedded in the system. Nobody would be able to undo it by then without massively disrupting things (worse than how it would have been disrupted by a King victory now). Can the Republicans even successfully run on repealing ACA in 2016? It didn't work in 2012 and that was BEFORE the subsidies/marketplace kicked in. Despite their claims to the contrary, ACA is helping, not hurting, people and will continue to do so, especially if we can get a progressive President and Congress to further expand the law to benefit more people. Republicans are basically desperately tilting at windmills at this point IMHO. It's sort of pitiful, really. Assuming the Court rules like I think that they will in the SSM case, Republicans will pretty much be in the same position there as well- "sound and fury, signifying nothing". I, for one, welcome their butthurt!
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jun 25, 2015, 03:21 PM (0 replies)

People can get arrested for "loitering" in a store?

I thought that, as long as you are not being disruptive, not performing unauthorized transactions, and are properly attired, you can usually hang out in stores as long you want- at least until the store closes.

Am I missing something here?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Tue Jun 16, 2015, 02:04 PM (0 replies)

Me too

As for not getting much done, he HAS gotten a lot done and progress has been made on a lot of progressive issues during his Presidency. The lack of getting other stuff done can mostly be laid at the feet of Republicans in Congress and statehouses whom have been hounding his policies legislatively and judicially.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jun 11, 2015, 08:48 PM (0 replies)

How much money do States allocate for all of these legal challenges

trying to defend laws that keep getting struck down due to being unconstitutional? Are there any limits to how much they can spend on legal defense? You would think that at some point somebody *might* question whether they are using taxpayer monies responsibly?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed Jun 10, 2015, 09:32 PM (0 replies)

I have a few friends whom are (or I suspect are) Republicans

I tend to skirt political conversations with them and, for the most part, so do they. I've adopted a new tactic on Facebook of using a list to only post/share political stuff with friends/family members whom clearly appear to be Democratic/Progressive, which most of them tend to be. It helps keep the arguing to a minimum.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon Jun 8, 2015, 12:38 PM (0 replies)

What I'm really wondering

is how did they seem to know to take Josh to THAT one particular state trooper who, as we learned, was sent to prison for child pornography charges? How did it happen that one of the main figures in their "religious" circle of acquaintances ALSO was engaged in child sexual abuse? It seems like it's almost too much of a coincidence that they would happen to choose to rely on these particular individuals to "assist" them with their situation with Josh. Either that or their whole circle of acquaintances is suspect, which may well be the case too. Because of their religious beliefs, which always seemed strange to me in the first place, they decided to handle the situation "in-house" but in doing so, they perpetuated/enabled the abuse to continue and even now that this is all coming out now and people are being (rightfully) critical of them for how they (and the whole system) handled the situation with Josh, they are continuing to minimize what happened and deflect blame. Even the victims have been brainwashed to believe that nothing serious happened.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat Jun 6, 2015, 12:14 PM (1 replies)

And the Senate is now "fully functional" now, how again?

Most people get fired for not doing their jobs but he just got re-elected and became Senate Majority Leader and is now flat out and saying that his Senate won't fulfill their advise and consent obligation? What the hell is wrong with this picture? We the people need to be more demanding "employers" IMHO.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Jun 5, 2015, 01:09 PM (0 replies)

That vote is, in political terms, ancient history at this point and litigated extensively in 2008

and all it essentially did was authorize Bush to use force against Iraq if necessary but it wasn't a declaration of war. I disagree with the vote but Bush was the (P)resident at that time and he had final authority on the matter as CIC. HE pulled the trigger and invaded Iraq even though the UN weapons inspectors were on the ground up until the invasion and weren't finding any WMDs. People need to blame Bush/Cheney/Neocons for the Iraq disaster, not Hillary. I can't think of a single Democrat elected POTUS whom would've done the same thing in Bush's place (not even Hillary)
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Fri Jun 5, 2015, 10:40 AM (0 replies)

The fact that it is so subjective (a lot of which is based on religious/personal belief)

is the main reason why government intervention in the matter is so problematic. The only area that I think that the government has a legitimate concern is ensuring that the facilities that women obtain abortions in meet the minimum medical/clinical standards (not crazy and unnecessary TRAP law standards) to ensure the safety of the woman and that the people performing the procedure are adequately trained (which doesn't include "admitting privileges). Above and beyond that, legislators should STFO.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jun 4, 2015, 04:55 PM (1 replies)

If a fetus is a "person"

then we should get rid of birthdays and celebrate "conception days" instead, right? Everybody should be able to take their current age and add 9 months onto it, right? Yay! We're all automatically 9 months older! Oh, and shouldn't pregnant women be able to claim their fetuses (sorry, "babies" on their taxes and applications for public assistance? I'm sure anti-choicers want to help pregnant women out as much as possible, right?

Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu Jun 4, 2015, 04:47 PM (2 replies)
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