Why are all of the popular Democrats ...

Why are all of the popular Democrats suddenly in trouble?

There are 34 comments on the Salon.com story from Sep 29, 2010, titled Why are all of the popular Democrats suddenly in trouble?. In it, Salon.com reports that:

For perfectly rational reasons, it's customary in political journalism to slap the adjective "popular" in front of the name of any officeholder who won his or her most recent election by a wide margin or who scores a high job approval rating .

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Shady Lady

United States

#21 Oct 12, 2010
It doesn't matter. Almost all these people will be gone in January, 2011. This Government didn't work. Hopefully the new Government will address the serioius issues facing this country in such a way as to help the Country, and not fill their pockets with bribe money.
Mariah

AOL

#22 Oct 12, 2010
Shirley wrote:
Its because BIG money is comming from every where, and the Democrats. I was reading that kOCH Industries Among Host at Carly Fiorina Fundraiser this past week-end. I also read Freedomworks Pac endorses conservative John Rases in W. Virginia.
There are millionares and Billionaries funding the Conservative to fight Regulations, Healthcare Reform,and Financial Reform. These are special Interest Lobbyist that want every thing to stay the same, but what funny is so does some Republican's.
Democrat's can't fight that kind of money, all they can do is encourage American's to vote in the midterm election. Its sad to know what some politicans will do to win. Joe Miller, Christine O'Donnell,Sharron Angle will joined Fiorina in California for a fundraiser this week-end.
But these candidates doesn't have a solution for American's economy crisis, all they are saying is the first thing i'm goning to do is repeal obamacare, like that will solved the crisis. I watch a Conservative say this is a group of unexperienced Candidates that the Tea Party is trying to elect into office. I said that correct.
You are a smart lady. I hate to say it but it is unusual on these forums for someone to be really informed about what is going on with T-Partiers, Republicans and Conservatives. Thanks for researching to find who is trying to sell our Democracy and Country right out from under us. It will be a large amount of jobs that go overseas for Repubs to pay back Dubai, Bahrain, China,France, India and Russia. ALL are contributors to U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Republicans selling us out are no better than Terrorists. Thanks for an excellent post.
Mariah

AOL

#23 Oct 12, 2010
Jim Hayden wrote:
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No actually we want to protect our Social Security from the greedy Professional Politicians who keep stealing our money for their own personal purposes. That is OUR Social Security and it DOES NOT belong to the professional politicians. That is why we keep talking about privatizing our Social Security and electing a Board of Directors out of the members of Social Security who have paid into the Social Security Trust Fund.
Again this year we are not going to get our annual Cost of Living Increase to cover our added expenses while the Professional Politicians have voted to give themselves yet another hefty pay raise.
We have got to get OUR money out of the hands of the crooks who cannot be held responsible for their actions and put in in the capable hands of people who can be held accountable to US for their actions or the lack thereof in a court of law.
OUR Social Security is not a government freebie program. We have been paying our monthly premiums for the majority of our lives and YES we should expect to get exactly what ewe have been paying all of these years for. A livable income and 100% of our medical and dental paid for. Originally OUR Social Security was suppose to be a full benefits retirement insurance. Only when there was over 150 BILLION DOLLARS in OUR Social Security Trust Fund the Democrats decided to add OUR Social Security Trust Fund to the General Tax Fund so they could spend it any way they so chose and could NOT be held accountable for how they abused OUR Social Security Trust Fund.
That is OUR Social Security Trust and we must unite to protect it by demanding the Congress hand it over to a Board Of Directors who are answerable only to those of us who have paid into it.
What would have happened if G. Bush had Privatized S.S. Like he wanted and invested it in stocks like he wanted? It would be gone or Greatly Reduced just like the pensions that people lost all or part of. They do NOT spend it any way they want. DON'T let Wall St. touch your S.S.

Since: Apr 07

Fort Campbell, TN

#24 Oct 12, 2010
Mariah wrote:
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What would have happened if G. Bush had Privatized S.S. Like he wanted and invested it in stocks like he wanted? It would be gone or Greatly Reduced just like the pensions that people lost all or part of. They do NOT spend it any way they want. DON'T let Wall St. touch your S.S.
To start with if Bush had had his way they would have added more regulations to Fannie and Freddie while removing most of the teeth from the Community Reinvestment Act which would have prevented the economic crash and the depression we are not in. Only it was blocked by the same Democrats who want to give individuals living on Welfare $175,000.00 homes with YOUR tax Money.

And YES as you can see by today's closing our Social Security Trust money is a whole lot safer being invested in stocks than it is in the hands of the thieving Professional Politicians. Although I can see your point. When it is invested in American companies there is that risk while when it is in the hands of the Professional Politicians that risk is removed. We know it is gone cause we know they have stolen it to either fatten their own back pockets or else to buy them votes. Either way OUR Social Security Trust Money ends up in their back pockets and boy what deep pockets they have.

The one thing you fail to understand If our Trust money was being put in the stock market right now it would be stimulating our economy and putting Americans back to work. That is how the stock market works. As long as the Professional Politicians are able to steal OUR Trust money it will continue to stagnate in the general tax fund. Again this year we are NOT going to see a Cost of Living Increase while the Professional Politicians have voted themselves yet another hefty pay raise. If our Trust money was invested in stocks right now we would see an increase in our payments as the stock market is rebounding as our pay increases would be based upon that increase in dividends.

So you see investing our money in stocks is safer that simply handing it over to the greedy Professional Politicians who use our money for their own best interest while forcing us to suffer.
Shady Lady

Mchenry, IL

#25 Oct 12, 2010
Stocks go up, and down, and over a long period of time return much more then Social Security. Also stocks belong to you, if you die befor you are 65 the Government keeps all your SS money, and your family gets $500, to bury you. Doesn't sound fair to me, but go ahead, send all that money to Washington so they can take care of the illegal aliens.

Since: Apr 07

Fort Campbell, TN

#26 Oct 12, 2010
Shady Lady wrote:
Stocks go up, and down, and over a long period of time return much more then Social Security. Also stocks belong to you, if you die befor you are 65 the Government keeps all your SS money, and your family gets $500, to bury you. Doesn't sound fair to me, but go ahead, send all that money to Washington so they can take care of the illegal aliens.
I call it the FDR syndrome.

People who cannot survive unless he government is in absolute control of every aspect of their lives.
Shady Lady

Mchenry, IL

#27 Oct 12, 2010
Obviously, some people cannot take care of themselves, and must be aided by Government. Your Social Security should be split. The Government could hold some, and some you could invest. The investment survives even if you die before the age of 67. There also needs to be some guarantee that the money you pay into it only goes for Social Security. We have far too many thieves in our Government stealing with both hands.

Since: Apr 07

Fort Campbell, TN

#28 Oct 13, 2010
Shady Lady wrote:
Obviously, some people cannot take care of themselves, and must be aided by Government. Your Social Security should be split. The Government could hold some, and some you could invest. The investment survives even if you die before the age of 67. There also needs to be some guarantee that the money you pay into it only goes for Social Security. We have far too many thieves in our Government stealing with both hands.
It is not that they cannot take care of themselves it is more that they DO NOT want to.

Back before there was Social Security families took care of their own. In far too many cases today children are too darn eager to stick mom and pop in a nursing home. That way they are able to get their inheritance before it is eaten up by mom and pop and/or their medical costs.

One of my sister in laws tried to force my mother into a nursing home so she could get her grubby hands on my mother's money. The only reason she failed at her attempt was the fact that I am living a few blocks away and am taking care of my mother. AND no I am not doing it to get a pat on the back. I do it because I love my mother and I want her to live her life the way SHE want to. If she ends up spending every penny she has as long as she has fun spending it then so be it.

I've got my money and so do my brothers.

Anyway back on topic.

We need more children caring for their parents in their senior years with the end goal to keep our seniors in their own homes for as long as possible. Family taking care of family.

People need to be weaned off of government assistance and be taught how to stand on their own 2 feet. Once that happens we will be able to grow as a country as our economy grows.
Shady Lady

Barrington, IL

#29 Oct 13, 2010
We took care of my Father, my brother took care of both of them before my mom passed away, and Dad came to live in Illionis, My children will over see our old age, I don't see needing anything we cannot provide. The Government homes are horrible, and abusive. Strangrs do not care for their patients.
Coal Miner

Oakvale, WV

#30 Oct 13, 2010
Why are the popular Democrats in trouble? One word.
OBAMA!!!!

Since: Apr 07

Fort Campbell, TN

#31 Oct 14, 2010
Why we MUST protect our Social Security from the Democrats.

"Democrats in the Senate on Thursday held a recess hearing covering a taxpayer bailout of union pensions and a plan to seize private 401(k) plans to more "fairly" distribute taxpayer-funded pensions to everyone.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from hand-picked witnesses advocating the infamous "Guaranteed Retirement Account" (GRA) authored by Theresa Guilarducci.

In a nutshell, under the GRA system government would seize private 401(k) accounts, setting up an additional 5% mandatory payroll tax to dole out a "fair" pension to everyone using that confiscated money coupled with the mandated contributions. This would, of course, be a sister government ponzi scheme working in tandem with Social Security, the primary purpose being to give big government politicians additional taxpayer funds to raid to pay for their out-of-control spending.

"I am deeply concerned that they will try to attach something like the Casey bill or the Casey bill in and of itself to tax cut extensions bill that is inevitably going to have to be dealt with at some point during the lame duck session," McMahon told HUMAN EVENTS.

As reported in HUMAN EVENTS the Casey bill from Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) is a new entitlement program that would set up a permanent bailout of the union multi-employer pension plans that are desperately underwater through a new "fifth fund" at the government Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Casey’s bill would create a line item on the federal budget through the PBGC to fund these union pension bailouts annually -- union pensions that are underwater as a result of mismanagement that pre-dates the 2008 financial upheaval."
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php...

They are out to steal our Social Security money along with our 401Ks to BAILOUT the failing Union Retirement Programs.

We MUST protect OUR Social Security and OUR 401Ks by voting these criminals OUT of office.
Absentia Going Forward

AOL

#32 Oct 14, 2010
Middle America,US, the majority of Americans don't mean much to Republicans. We are not important, not essential to their goals. They seem to want to do away with everything that makes America the wonderful country it is. Do they really think we can live in a country this great without paying for anything. No taxes, no police, no taxes, no paved roads, etc? They will abolish the minimum wage, abolish or at the very best, privatize Social Security. They will end or make medicare unaffordable to the very Americans it was created to help. Many elderly will die due to lack of medical care or because life in their once beautiful America is no longer worth living. They will not even bother to blame the deaths on Obama Death Panels.

It may look like a snapshot of the Great Depression. Roads, bridges, public water supply and sewer systems will be useless and dangerous There will be NO job creation, because the best indicator of the future behavior is past behavior and they created only destruction in 8+ years. They will no longer need to block and obstruct. They will again lift rules and regulations on banks, financial institutions and credit card companies, resulting in another free for all by lenders and predatory mortgage brokers. Bankruptcies will again increase, more homes will be lost to foreclosure until the streets are lined with empty houses, and homeless men, women and children. There will be no unemployment compensation to the many, many who have lost jobs to cheap overseas labor and American poverty. There will be no assistance for the hungry children begging for food. There is no longer public education. Republicans will no longer allow funding for school. Only children of the rich will be formally educated. Hungry, unemployed parents who are homeless do not make good teachers for their children. 95% of us will slip into poverty because of skyrocketing food prices only the very rich can afford. This is the America the Republicans want to create through their greed, arrogance and dislike of our President.

The already wider than it has ever been gap between those who have and those who have not will become wider still until those who have close the gate against us who have not in the community they created. The rest of us, will look in and wonder what happened and where did we go wrong in this country. We will sum it up to one day 11/02/2010. Lets don't let it happen. If we allow Republicans to gain control of our government, of our lives, We will become another Third World Country.
Shady Lady

United States

#33 Oct 14, 2010
Uh, while you are protecting your Social Security, the Obamatrons are going after your Retirement, and 401Ks. Better watch. They are so sneaky, and so corrupt.

Since: Apr 07

Fort Campbell, TN

#34 Oct 14, 2010
Shady Lady wrote:
Uh, while you are protecting your Social Security, the Obamatrons are going after your Retirement, and 401Ks. Better watch. They are so sneaky, and so corrupt.
The only way we have of protecting OUR Social Security is to vote the democrats out of office next month. Once the Republican take over we can be assured that they will leave OUR Social Security and OUR 401Ks alone.

Then when I am elected in 2012 we can start shoring up OUR Social Security and getting it fully protected and out of the hands of the Professional Politicians. I have the knowledge and YES I know I and only I will be able to accomplish this as I am the only candidate so far who has the intestinal fortitude to stand up for you against our Congress and the Political Machines.

On Fox News tonight they highlighted a Democratic Candidate who had received $550.00 from with within his voting district while he received a little less than a MILLION Dollars from out of state sources. Now how can anyone expect a person who get the vast majority of his money from Out Of State possible represent the people from his state or district. I am proposing that each state pass laws restricting their ability to collect their money from within their state or district ONLY. I am also pushing for each state to pay the salaries of their own Representative and Senators in the United States Congress. That way they are unable to vote themselves a pay raise or give themselves lavish benefits for screwing us over.

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