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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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Good question

I think that it mostly comes back to politicians generally worried that the public values cooperation and "bipartisanship" and being seen as "not fighting and getting things done" and that, at the end of the day, being able to push out a "bipartisan bill" (even if it is not the best bill possible) is of paramount importance. I don't know exactly what Manchin and Sinema's issues are but we always seem to have a few Democrats beholden to special interests whom are willing to use their leverage to kill deals and/or pare things down, almost reflexively. IMHO we just need more and better Democrats so that folks like Manchin and Sinema can't hold us hostage every five seconds or keep us from doing what we need to do in order to move forward with better bills
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Sep 23, 2021, 12:26 PM (0 replies)

Are "moderates" insulated somehow?

As I recall, "Blue Dogs" whom gave Obama lots of problems in 2009-2010 were largely wiped out in the 2010 midterms. What are they even doing?! If they want to negotiate a smaller deal, fine. whatever. But don't tank the whole thing. We just got rid of Trump and they want things to just fall back to Republican control so soon? And as far as the distancing, Biden still has an average 50% approval rating. Not even all of the smearing over Afghanistan has brought Biden down to Trumpian levels of approval, approval figures which Republicans BTW DID NOT CARE ABOUT. Approving popular policies will make Biden and every other Dem MORE popular.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Sep 22, 2021, 10:28 AM (3 replies)

Not to mention

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 21, 2021, 12:29 PM (0 replies)

Republicans have no "answer" to COVID

other than just trying to go on with "life as normal". Unfortunately that stubborn virus just keeps getting in the way of their stubborn denial. Their secondary response is to try to claim that Democrats are just using COVID to distract from......Afghanistan, which stopped being a major news item weeks ago. And still doesn't change anything happening with COVID anyway.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Sep 20, 2021, 01:18 PM (0 replies)

"Big Tech"

has become one of the new right-wing boogeymen. All of them are constantly complaining about it. As though Republicans don't get corporate contributions from "Big everything else"
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Sep 15, 2021, 10:44 AM (1 replies)


Ya know this is why we struggle so much: when people on OUR side don't have our backs and attempt to discourage things like this. As long as it was a peaceful protest and people didn't physically confront anybody or damage property, it's protected speech/activity. End of line. Stigmatizing free speech like this is not something a proper Democrat should be doing. Hopefully, they retract their criticism.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 14, 2021, 04:04 PM (1 replies)

I'm not sure exactly what he's talking about here

He's rarely challenged, let alone "cornered" on his Fox News show. Does he do another version elsewhere? Also, his stint on Crossfire has long since ended.

I've been listening to a podcast which is basically all about debunking various statements on his show (Tuckered Out Podcast- highly recommended) and he usually only brings on guests that are there because he wants somebody to add some patina of "credibility" to his talking points, although, sometimes, embarrassingly, they don't quite always stick to the line that he's expecting them to or they add context that undermines what he is trying to prove, although he usually just breezes past any such contradictions and moves on. His main schtick really seems to be wildly exaggerating things that aren't extraordinary and/or leaving out crucial context that drastically changes the perception of whatever it is he's talking about.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 14, 2021, 01:41 PM (0 replies)

What could possibly

keep a child from wearing a mask, medically? I would imagine that the number of children for whom would be legitimately exempt would have to be infinitesimally small.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 14, 2021, 01:32 PM (1 replies)

It seems crazy

that Republicans have the most power but do the least real work for the country. They seem to have endless financial resources, time, and energy to stir the pot for their base 24-7-365 on Fox News and countless AM Radio outlets all over the country, meanwhile working class people are too busy slaving away for the corporate best desperate to survive and are only partially aware of what's going on at any given amount of time and don't always get to the polls like the Republican base. I wish we could figure out a way to address this.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 14, 2021, 12:49 PM (0 replies)

Sure, Jan


We were robbed during the Trump years. They were able to stall out Garland for the last year of Obama's Presidency using a made up "rule" that we shouldn't fill a seat during an Election year, then Trump won and got to fill Scalia's vacancy with Gorsuch right off the bat, somebody somehow engineered a Kennedy resignation in the middle of Trump's term, and we got Kavanaugh on the Court (which has a whole host of issues in and of itself), and the final insult was RGB dying right before Election 2020 and Republicans rushing to fill her seat with Barrett in complete reversal of their earlier "rule" about filling a seat during an Election year-right before Trump lost the election no less.

And I'm mad all over again.

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Sep 14, 2021, 12:09 PM (2 replies)
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