What We're Reading: Political Power Edition

October 5, 2012
By Linsey Pecikonis | 0 comments

This week's What We're Reading obviously focuses on post debate analysis and just how many lies Mitt Romney told when trying to woo voters, but we also have pieces on GMOs, The Dream Act, Foreign 'aide' and much more. Arshad Hasan, Executive Director "I wrote a blog for the Huffington Post this week outlining what was not discussed during the first Presidential Debate. Since DFA is an organization that looks to move the Democratic party forward, we were dismayed by the lack of discussion on issues like womens rights, healthcare, the middle class, and the environment." Six Questions Jim Lehrer #ShouldaAsked Mitt Romney By Arshad Hasan This morning I look back at those 90 minutes and see missed opportunities. I'm not talking about zingers and comebacks and how the candidates looked on stage. Those of us who care about women's rights, Medicare, marriage equality, green energy, climate change and other issues felt left out of the conversation. Those of us who care about taxes, Medicare, and the issues that were actually asked felt insulted at the lack of depth in the questions asked." Linsey Pecikonis, Communications Director "In the age of Citizens United, we now know that foreign entities have an ability to contribute to our elections. Not surprisingly, the law created loopholes available to foreign entities who want to contribute to our electoral process. But that's not all -- because of these loopholes there is a very real possibility that these same foreign entities have the power to sway the outcomes of our elections. Regardless of your political affiliation, this should sound major alarms." Canadian-Owned Firm Gives $1 Millon to Romney Super-PAC, Raising Red Flags By Michael Beckel, from the Center for Public Integrity "The law says that any foreign national is prohibited from "directly or indirectly" contributing money to influence US elections. That means no campaign donations, no donations to super-PACs, and no funding of political advertisementsBut campaign finance law is not as clear for US subsidiaries of foreign companies as it is for individuals." Franco Caliz, Regional Field Organizer: South "As a Catholic, I often see progressives lump them in with more conservative denominations and then dismiss Catholics as anti-gay, anti-choice, and nothing more. But Catholics must be engaged on issues like poverty and the environment. I think there's a lot more common ground on these issues that either side wants to admit. This article shows Catholics as a voting bloc and how Democrats consistently ignore them." Catholics and the Power of Political Communion By Molly Worthen " Allowing Republicans to claim the mantle of Catholicism might cost the Democrats the election. As commentators have noted, Catholics may be the nations most numerous swing voters. Over the past few decades, Democratic leaders have alienated voters in one of the partys historically strong constituencies. Through a series of ideological moves and cultural misjudgments, they have also cut themselves off from a rich tradition of liberal Catholic thought at a time when American culture requires politicians to articulate a mission that inspires religious and secular voters alike." Ljubica Sarafov, Campaign Academy Organizer "Recently I learned that VT was considering labeling genetically modified foods. I was excited. Then Monstanto threatened to sue the state, and the whole thing was dropped.Jast week a new study came out on the health risks posed by eating genetically Modified foods with traces of pesticides like Round up (which are used by GMO farmers). This is the longest study every done, lasting 2 years, compared to 240 days the longest study run previous to this one. The industry standard is only 90s days. Interestingly it took longer than 90 days for the rats in this study to show any adverse affects." Does GMO Corn Really Cause Tumors in Rats? By Tom Philpott " Overall, among the rats receiving GMO and/or Roundup, "Up to 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, before deaths could be put down to normal aging, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the control group." Kaili Lambe, Campaign Manager "Former DFA Netroots Nation Scholar, and all around rock-star, Sally Kohn, hit the nail on the head with this article. Even for people who don't think they're sexist, implicit gender bias plays a roll in every day decisions -- and the result is that women are often kept from positions of power." Presidential Debate Gives Women the Vanna White Slot By Sally Kohn "In a scenario that will feel familiar to women all across America, Crowley is tasked with running around and helping the audience while the male moderators have some real power." Ben Hudson, Development Associate "This article answered a big question of mine. How many lies did Mitt Romney tell last night? I imagine there are more, but this article explains 27 of them." At Last Night's Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes By Igor Volsky Romneys plan to shift the country to a territorial tax system would allow corporations to do business and make profits overseas without ever being taxed on it in the United States. This encourages American companies to invest abroad and could cost the country up to 800,000 jobs." Alex Showerman, New Media Manager "This article highlighted the fact that Mitt Romney has been living a lifestyle of a rich man who has nothing to worry about in his life, unlike most citizens. He has been too rich to know what its like to have to work full-time in college, keep up a household, take care of kids, and just make ends meet. He is not someone I want leading this country. I believe we should have someone who is aware we exist (everyday, ordinary Americans) and what we are going through. He doesn't understand the 47%." Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick's Contempt For You By Martin Longman "So, here we have the Republican presidential ticket, with both men showing open contempt and scorn for anyone in this country who isn't some kind of "maker." It's a worldview that Mike Fitzpatrick shares. Just a few days ago, on September 23rd, Rep. Fitzpatrick spoke to a group in Doylestown called theThe Kitchen Table Patriots. Here's part of what he had to say: 'We need to support people who have a history and know what it is like to sign thefrontof a paycheck, and NOT thebackof a paycheck'."

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