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Democracy For The Southern Adirondack/Tricounty Area
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tricounty DFA Meeting Reminder & More
Hello Everyone!

In This Abbreviated Late Summer Update For August 30, 2010:

1. Meeting Reminder: Wednesday
2. Some Late Summer Must Reads

1. Meeting Reminder: Wednesday

Democracy For the Greater Glens Falls Area will be holding its monthly meeting at our usual time and place: the first Wednesday of the Month, September 1st, at 7pm at the Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe in downtown Glens Falls.

We should have a report about contact with Rep. Murphy's staff on some of our messages to him, including Net Neutrality. As you probably know, Rep. Murphy just participated in a closed door debate limited to members of the local Chamber of Commerce.

We will be discussing that, various campaigns, and some things that have been going on with DFA.

The Cafe is located on the corner of Elm and Exchange Streets and Hudson Avenue, one block west of the roundabout in downtown Glens Falls.

2. Some Late Summer Must Reads

It goes without saying there is increasing unrest with many of the Obama administration's Wall Street-friendly policies. At the same time, the far right is gearing up in a way we haven't seem in some time— we can see that in the attack over the so-called "ground zero Mosque." (One big lesson from that is that Democrats have not yet learned NOT to take the bait, and fall for right wing distraction tactics.)

On the problems with establishment Democrats, this piece from Raw Story is a must read before our meeting: it describes how the real threat to Social Security is coming from corporate Democrats, except for the reality Wall Street has always hated it and wants to loot it:

There is a growing chorus of protest against what increasing numbers of Democrats see as a corporatist coup that hi-jacked their party-- this new piece in Newsweek, Obama's Old Deal is only one representative example

On the right is the threat from billionaires trying to buy our government, as outlined in these pieces by Frank RIck in the NYT and in the New Yorker. As Rich asks, Where is the fight?
The New Yorker piece is the most astonishing one of all, because it details the frontal assault the ultra-wealthy Koch family has been waging on our democracy for decades. If you only have time to read one article, this is it:

What are we to do? Where to turn? The answers aren't completely clear at this point, but one thing is clear: we need to keep the pressure on.

See you all Wednesday!


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