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Mad_Machine76's Journal
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September 21, 2017

Given that Single Payer has not been adopted in a single state yet (including VERMONT)

I think that it's fair at least to say that there are still some kinks that need to be ironed out first. And I think that the ultimate goal is the same (a more affordable, universal accessible system) with everybody (but Republicans), but some people have completely legitimate differences in strategy about how we get there. Sanders seems to prefer the hammer and nail approach and getting a SP system in place in one fell swoop. Others prefer a more gradual strategy (i.e. adding a Public Option to ACA), which I happen to believe is a more practical and realistic approach to moving in the direction of a SP system. I don't think it's fair to automatically assume that just because some of us might think we should go about things a different way, it doesn't make us "concern trolls".

September 12, 2017

And what might that agenda be?

The Democratic Party has put forth several different proposals over the years to deal with both things, but they either don't have the power to enact them or Republicans keep blocking them. In order to appease Bernie supporters and help promote Democratic unity, the DNC put together its most far-ranging progressive platform to date but we still lost to Trump/GOP. Do we need to literally hit these Trump voters over the head with it to get them to vote for us?

September 8, 2017

How most Republicans manage to get elected I'll never understand.

How voters think them qualified/competent over most Democratic candidates is also baffling. It seems like smearing others and ginning up the fear (and then rigging the system to keep challengers at a disadvantage) seem to pretty much be their keys to victory.
September 6, 2017


I'm trying to get over the last election but keep finding it hard every time Trump/GOP overturn or gut another Obama policy. So far, he's gone after Muslims, Trans people, Dreamers, and openly coddled Nazis and White Supremacists and pardoned a racist sheriff. Every time he does something embarrassing or horrific, it just reopens the scabs left over from last Election. I don't blame just Bernie and/or some of his extremist anti-Hillary supporters for Hillary losing but I can't stop being angry at everything and everybody whom contributed to Trump's victory.

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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Home country: USA
Current location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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About Mad_Machine76

Transgender Woman /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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