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By Angelo Lopez on December 24, 2010

Last week was both a happy time and a sad time for me as I read the news of Congress. Last Saturday, Congress voted 65 to 31 to pass a stand alone bill repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, after the House passed the bill 250 to 174. It was an important promise that President Obama kept for the 13,000 military soldiers who have been dismissed since the Don't Ask Don't Tell was implemented in the Clinton administration. Sadly, though, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act, was voted down 55 to 41, falling shy of the 60 votes required to limit debate and move forward, essentially killing the legislation for this congressional session. The measure would have offered young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship if they pursue a college degree or enlist in the armed forces. For myself, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and the fight for the Dream Act were both important civil rights issues and while I was happy about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, I was sad about the failure of the Dream Act to pass the Congress.

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By Ken Poland on December 23, 2010

'Tis the season of celebration, peace and goodwill toward all men.

Peace: absence of conflict.

May all mankind celebrate this season without fuss and fight over what the season is or the proper way or thing to rejoice and be glad about.

By Angelo Lopez on December 17, 2010

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By Richard Head on December 14, 2010

After watching a few minutes of the obligatory Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life" this past Sunday evening on the local NBC station, I turned the TV off and didn't think much more of it. After all, like so many millions of others, I've seen it many, many times already. But an interesting thing happened on Monday morning.

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By John Atlas on December 12, 2010

Are you demoralized by November’s election and Obama’s retreat on the Bush tax cuts? One group of activists is fighting back against the Glenn Becks, Andrew Breitbarts and the rest of the Fox News propaganda machine. Last week a new watchdog group,, launched a campaign to encourage Baltimore’s new State’s Attorney to prosecute right wing activists Andrew Breitbart, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for violating a Maryland law, which prohibits surreptitious recordings and disclosure of those recordings.

If the group is successful, it will be a step toward stopping the conservative media’s modus operandi of using lies, half truths, and video deception to attack everyone from George Sores to ACORN to unions, to civic organizations and their innocent members. It might also help discourage the mainstream media from repeating their false accusations, as they did in the case of ACORN and the New Jersey Teacher's Union.

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By Stuart Elliott on December 11, 2010

It’s time to vote for the LabourStart 2010 Labor Photo of the Year. This year’s finalists dramatically illustrate the struggles of workers around the globe. The contest recognizes the talents of worker-photographers around the world, and at the same time encourages them to tell the stories of our struggles in photos.

Click here to cast your vote for the Photo of the Year. The voting ends at midnight GMT (7 p.m. EST) Dec. 31. You can vote only once.

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By Angelo Lopez on December 8, 2010

In the early 1930s, Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day conceived of a newspaper called the The Catholic Worker. Dorothy Day was a radical anarchist who was heavily involved in the leftist political movements of the 1910s and 1920s before she converted to Catholicism, and she wedded her radical convictions to her new Catholic spirituality. Peter Maurin was a devout itinerant Catholic who disdained both capitalism and marxism, believing instead in an economic and political philosophy based on the Catholic Social Philosophy. As well as finding the Catholic Worker newspaper, Peter Maurin wanted to found Houses of Hospitality to care for the homeless and unemployed. Maurin's vision of Houses of Hospitality combined with Day's experiences with unions and social movements and soon Catholic Worker communities were formed all over the nation. Today, the Catholic Worker communities live on, advocating for the poor, for immigrants and against war.

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By James Bordonaro on December 7, 2010

The President's "deal" on extending the Bush Tax Cuts presents an opportunity for Progressives to join with the financial conservatives of the Tea Party movement.

If the Tea Party is serious about reducing the size of government and controlling spending now is the time for them to take to the streets again and show their true colors. Progressives don't want a continuation of the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy. Republicans voted against tax cuts for those families making less than $250,000 (which I strongly disagree should be considered "middle class) and then, Republicans rejected tax cuts for those who make $1,000,000 or less. All so that the super rich (literally millionaires and billionaires) can save hundreds of thousands of dollars. You've got to admire their moxie!

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By Ken Poland on December 7, 2010

Peter Tramel’s last post has reminded me that we must prepare ourselves to face our challenges and meet our goals.

I, too, am very disappointed in our President’s performance, as well as the Democratic leadership and team in congress. I had reservations on whether Barack Obama was ready to be president. But, he seemed to be the best choice, in my opinion, and we didn’t have time to find or prep someone else. We should have been able to move forward and accomplish most every goal that was set out in the Democratic platform.

Did we have some leadership that didn’t have the skill and wisdom to work the arena? Were some of our leaders past their prime and stale? Did the team go in with overconfidence in their overwhelming power of numbers? Did we lack cohesiveness on the team?

Forgive me, but I must go back and use some of my own experience to make an analogy that fits our political situation today.

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By Diane Wahto on December 5, 2010

“In a political culture where moderation is the new heresy, centrism is fast becoming the new black.” Kathleen Parker in her Nov. 29, 2010, column.
“Well behaved women seldom make history.” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard historian, writing about Puritan funeral services.
In her column published in the Nov. 30, 2010, issue of the Wichita Eagle, Kathleen Parker writes about the virtues of centrism. She cites several examples of Republican and Democratic politicians who lost races in 2010 because they were too moderate for voters who tended to vote for the “extreme” candidates. One of those candidates, Democrat Jun Choi, lost the Democratic mayoral primary, apparently not so much because his opponent was an extremist, but because the economy of Edison, New Jersey, was going south and because his printing company didn’t get his election mailings to the Edison Post Office in a timely manner.

The other Democrat cited by Parker, Maggie Hassan, who lost her State Senate race to Republican in New Hampshire, probably got caught in the Republican/Tea Party lie machine that sent many good candidates over the cliff.

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By Ken Poland on December 3, 2010

It seems that I am getting more than my share of space on Everyday Citizens. Are we going to sit in silence as our government continues to sit on their hands and refuse to move forward in the Senate?

The every day citizens (I'm not talking only Everyday Citizens contributors) are sitting idly by while a minority is demanding their agenda be the only agenda. We can't extend unemployment benefits, until we cut somewhere else. Where is the somewhere else going to come from? Other social assistance to the unemployed, under employed, elderly, handicapped, hungry children, single parents (some through no fault of their own), education, community infrastructures, etc. are taking the brunt of those compassionate conservative policies that think our government should not be in the business of providing for people what they can't provide for themselves.

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