Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Top 160 SHMUPs

1 Dodonpachi 3.538 2 Ikaruga 2.692 3 Radiant Silvergun 2.551 4 Gradius V 2.064 5 Battle Garegga 1.833 6 Dodonpachi Daioujou 1.795 7 ESPGaluda 1.667 8 Armed Police Batrider 1.423 8 Mushihimesama 1.423 10 Batsugun / Batsugun Special Version 1.103 11 Raiden Fighters Jet 1.090 12 Strikers 1945 II 0.962 13 Progear no Arashi 0.949 13 Shikigami no Shiro 2 / Castle Shikigami 2 0.949 15 Giga Wing 0.885 15 R-Type 0.885 17 Rayforce / Layer Section (et al) 0.859 18 Perfect Cherry Blossom 0.846 19 Soukyugurentai 0.833 20 Raiden DX 0.821 21 G.Darius 0.782 22 ESPRade 0.744 23 Gradius Gaiden 0.692 24 Dragon Blaze 0.679 25 Gunbird 2 0.667 26 Under Defeat 0.654 27 Battle Bakraid 0.628 28 Ketsui 0.603 29 Blue Wish Resurrection 0.577 30 Dangun Feveron 0.564 31 Guwange 0.551 31 R-Type Delta 0.551 33 Darius Gaiden 0.526 34 Mars Matrix 0.500 35 Twinkle Star Sprites 0.474 36 ESPGaluda II 0.462 37 Border Down 0.449 38 Shoot the Bullet 0.410 38 Thunderforce IV / Lightning Force 0.410 40 Strikers 1945 0.385 41 Galaga 0.372 41 Ibara / Ibara Black Label 0.372 43 Donpachi 0.359 44 Twin Cobra / Kyukyoku Tiger 0.333 45 Fire Shark / Same! Same! Same! 0.308 46 Axelay 0.282 46 Gradius / Nemesis 0.282 46 Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou / Vulcan Venture 0.282 46 Psyvariar 2 0.282 46 Raiden III 0.282 46 rRootage 0.282 52 Soldier Blade 0.269 52 Zanac (NES) / Zanac EX 0.269 54 Imperishable Night 0.256 55 Einhänder 0.244 55 Mushihimesama Futari 0.244 55 Raiden Fighters 2 0.244 58 Giga Wing 2 0.231 58 Senko no Ronde 0.231 60 Thunderforce III 0.218 61 Pulstar 0.205 61 RayStorm 0.205 63 Triggerheart Exelica 0.192 64 Homura 0.179 64 Judgement Silversword 0.179 64 Mountain of Faith 0.179 64 Raiden II 0.179 64 Truxton / Tatsujin 0.179 64 Zanac Neo 0.179 70 R-Type Final 0.167 71 Gun Nac 0.154 71 Lords of Thunder / Winds of Thunder 0.154 73 Gradius III AC 0.141 73 Trizeal 0.141 75 Aleste / Power Strike 0.128 75 Captain Planet 0.128 75 Gradius Galaxies/Generation/Advance 0.128 75 La Soeur de Barrage 0.128 75 Raiden 0.128 75 Salamander (MSX) 0.128 75 Salamander 2 0.128 75 Sky Shark / Flying Shark / Hishouzame 0.128 75 Vasara 0.128 84 Apidya 0.115 84 Blazing Lazers / Gunhed 0.115 84 Death Smiles 0.115 84 Gradius 2 MSX / Nemesis '90 Kai 0.115 84 HellSinker 0.115 84 Out Zone 0.115 84 Override 0.115 84 Sol Divide 0.115 84 Twinkle Star Sprites: La Petite Princesse 0.115 84 Vulgus 0.115 94 D-Force / Dimensional Force 0.103 94 Robotron 2084 0.103 94 Salamander (ARC) / Salamander (PCE) 0.103 94 Z-Out 0.103 94 Zero Gunner 2 0.103 99 Dragon Breed 0.090 99 Gokujyo Parodius 0.090 99 Power Strike II (SMS) 0.090 99 R-Type II 0.090 99 R-Type Leo 0.090 99 Super Star Soldier 0.090 99 Thunder Force AC 0.090 99 Thunderforce V 0.090 99 Warning Forever 0.090 99 Xevious 0.090 109 Elemental Master 0.077 109 Gynoug / Wings of Wor 0.077 109 Hyper Duel 0.077 109 Kamui 0.077 109 Raptor: Call of the Shadows 0.077 109 Shienryu 0.077 115 Aldynes 0.064 115 Blast Wind 0.064 115 Cyvern 0.064 115 Image Fight 0.064 115 Last Resort 0.064 115 Prehistoric Isle 2 0.064 115 Robo Aleste 0.064 115 Sengoku Blade / Tengai 0.064 115 Shippu Mahou Daisakusen / Kingdom Grandprix 0.064 115 Sispri Gauntlet 0.064 115 The Guardian Legend 0.064 126 Airrade Air 0.051 126 Captain Skyhawk 0.051 126 Ether Vapor 0.051 126 In the Hunt 0.051 126 Musha Aleste / M.U.S.H.A. 0.051 126 P-47 Aces 0.051 126 Pocky & Rocky 0.051 126 Radirgy 0.051 126 Super Aleste / Space Megaforce 0.051 126 Titanion 0.051 126 Twin Bee Yahhoo! 0.051 126 Viewpoint 0.051 126 Viper Phase 1 0.051 139 Flew Fighter 0.038 139 Gate of Thunder 0.038 139 Gunbird 0.038 139 Nemesis II (GB/GBC) 0.038 139 Pink Sweets 0.038 139 Prehistoric Isle 0.038 139 Sonic Sisters 0.038 139 Sonic Wings Special 0.038 139 Tenmado 0.038 139 Tiger Heli 0.038 139 Tyrian 0.038 150 Change Air Blade 0.026 150 Cyber Core 0.026 150 DS4: Experimental Shooter 0.026 150 Geometry Wars Galaxies 0.026 150 Gunsmoke 0.026 150 Hellfire 0.026 150 Pop 'n Twinbee 0.026 150 sdmkun 0.026 150 Space Invaders 0.026 150 X-Multiply 0.026 160 1942 0.013 160 Biometal 0.013 160 Blazing Star 0.013 160 Boogie Wings 0.013 160 Defender 0.013 160 Dimahoo / Great Mahou Daisakusen 0.013 160 Final Soldier 0.013 160 Game Tengoku 0.013 160 Guardian Force 0.013 160 Psyvariar / Psyvariar Revision 0.013 160 Raiden Fighters 0.013 160 Scramble 0.013 160 Shienryu Explosion 0.013 160 Solar Striker 0.013 160 Steel Empire 0.013 160 Varth 0.013 160 Warmachine Overload 0.013

Friday, May 25, 2012

Upgraded to Linux Mint 13 on my laptop!!!

My Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon desktop based on Gnome 3.4.0
Linux Mint 12 crashed.  Linux Mint 13 had some problems, but I added a boot option via directions on the Linux Mint homepage.  Cinnamon has a good conservative approach. I get the 3.2 linux kernel. This kernel release fixed some stalling in Linux Mint 11.  My favorite Gnome hardware detection utility is back.   Cinnamon is a front end for Gnome 3.x which further improves the Gnome 3 interface. It needs hardware acceleration so old PCs run Linux Mint 13 MATE, a project that continues where Gnome 2.32.2 ended. This system may be better than openSUSE 12.1 (with KDE, Gnome, LXDE and XFCE shells) , because it comes with codecs built in and is based on Debian/Ubuntu and not RPM. Deb packages don't have as many dependency issues as RPM package manager.   Mark Zuckerberg used Debian when he developed Facebook.  We're living in a FreeBSD world now where Red Hat Enterprise Linux is inferior.

I like Libreoffice 3.5.2 already installed. I can now read Visio files. My fast quad-core laptop doesn't like its kernel upgraded and creates a black screen when I attempt this. My other Linux Mint 11 laptop takes 3.3.7 kernel upgrades.

Linux Mint may not  be as secure as PC-BSD, but it works.  The GRUB boot loader recognizes my PC-BSD 9.0 partition and boots fine.

Center for Wisconsin Strategy

COWS is a national policy center and field laboratory for high-road economic development — a competitive market economy of shared prosperity, environmental sustainability, and capable democratic government.

COWS' work is collaborative, experimental, and evidence-driven. Working with business, government, labor, and communities, we try out new ideas, test their effectiveness, and disseminate those with promise. We believe that the best way to predict the future is to start making it, particularly in our states and metro regions.

Some areas of COWS' program focus are:

    Economic and workforce development
    Sectoral strategies and career pathways
    Clean energy and energy efficiency
    Labor markets and job improvement
    Strategies for improving low-wage work

COWS is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, famous for the “Wisconsin Idea” that the University should help informed democratic experiment. Since its founding 18 years ago, COWS has often been called “the Wisconsin Idea in action.”

COWS is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan, educational and charitable organization. Its budget comes from foundation and individual gifts and grants and technical assistance contracts.[1]
COWS staff

    Joel Rogers Director
    Laura Dresser Associate Director
    Breann Boggs Center for State Innovation - Policy Analyst
    Michelle Bright Administrative Program Specialist
    Matías Cociña Project Assistant
    Kari Dickinson Marketing and Communications Specialist
    Anthony Gad Center for State Innovation - Policy Director
    Becky Glass Senior Development Specialist
    Sam Harshner Center for State Innovation - Policy Analyst
    James Irwin Senior Associate
    Jessa Lewis Valentine Senior Research Specialist
    Emily Ley Center for State Innovation - Assistant
    Fratney Miller Center for State Innovation - Policy Analyst
    Sam Munger Center for State Innovation - Managing Director
    Edo Navot Project Assistant
    Alidz Oshagan Assistant
    Adrienne Pagac Project Assistant
    Sigrid Peterson Project Assistant
    Satya Rhodes-Conway Senior Associate
    Eric Sundquist Senior Associate and Policy Analyst
    Monica Wedgewood Center for State Innovation - Assistant
    Sarah White Senior Associate
    Matthew Wyndham Administrative Program Manager
    Ayca Zayim Project Assistant
    Jonathan Zeitlin Faculty Associate

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Congressional Progressive Caucus

The Congressional Progressive Caucus was founded in 1991 by Bernie Sanders-the openly socialist then Congressman from Vermont, Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the radical Washington DC based "think tank" Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). Many members were and continue to be linked to DSA and/or the Communist Party USA, IPS or other radical organizations. From small beginnings the CPC has grown to embrace more than 80 members of Congress and three in the Senate - Roland Burris, Bernie Sanders and Tom Udall (NM).


2013 members

Vice Chairs
Senate Member
House Members

2011/12 members

Congressional Progressive Caucus membership as at April 2, 2011.[2]


Vice Chairs


Senate Member

House Members

New members 2012

By April 2012 three more congressmembers had joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[3]

2010 members

Congressional Progressive Caucus membership as at Friday June 02, 2010.[4]


Vice Chairs

Senate Members

Former members:

House Members

Former members

Possible new members after 2010 elections

According to David Dayden writing on leftist blog FireDogLake. "What about the ones who won? Democrats picked up three seats from Republicans, making good on some prior anomalies and realigning correctly. Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01), Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and John Carney (DE-AL) all won. Of those, I would say Hanabusa and Richmond will join the Progressive Caucus. In AL-07, Terri Sewell replaced Artur Davis. She’s a lot more progressive than he ever was, and she will likely join the caucus. David Cicilline (RI-01), the replacement for Patrick Kennedy and another openly gay member of Congress, is likely to join (Patrick Kennedy never did). The race that a progressive lost in a primary, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI-13), was over ethical issues, and she’ll be replaced by Hansen Clarke, likely to join the caucus.[8]

New California member

On entering Congress in 2011, Janice Hahn of Los Angeles joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[9]

CPC founders

The Congressional Progressive Caucus was founded in 1991 by freshman Congressman Bernie Sanders. Sanders' CPC co-founders included House members Ron Dellums, Lane Evans, Tom Andrews, Peter DeFazio, and Maxine Waters.

1997 members

Congressional Progressive Caucus membership as at March 3, 1997.[10]

Steering Committee


Democratic Socialists of America

Democratic Socialists of America played a role in organizing the CPC, according to Chicago DSA;[11]
Congressman Bernie Sanders has been charging that these bail-outs to regimes which violate worker and civil rights are illegal under a law passed last year by Sanders and Representative Barney Frank, both leaders of the Progressive Caucus in Congress which DSA has helped to organize.
Several past members of CPC have been close to DSA including David Bonior, Hilda Solis, Ron Dellums and Major Owens. Serving Illinois Congressman Danny Davis is a DSA member, while Jan Schakowsky, Jerrold Nadler, Bob Filner, John Conyers, John Lewis and Bernie Sanders all have DSA connections. According to a DSA flier the organization works with CPC to promote "progressive change."[12]
DSA is an activist organization, not a political party. From promoting single-payer health care, to combating Congress' war on the poor, to proposing democratic alternatives to the power of the transnational corporations, DSA is in the center of struggles to advance a progressive America. This struggle is carried on not only by prominent leaders, but more importantly, through the work of thousands of DSA members across the country.
Since 1982, DSA has been working for progressive change. As a national organization, DSA joins with its allies in Congress' Progressive Caucus and in many other progressive organizations, fighting for the interests of the average citizen both in legislative struggles and in other campaigns to educate the public on progressive issues and to secure progressive access to the media.
According to DSA's Democratic Left, Winter 1996, page 16;
DSA tries to link the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Parliamentary parties of the left in other countries.
In 1997 Chicago DSA member Bruce Bentley wrote;
There is a class struggle in process in the Congress with the Progressive Caucus around such issues as the Welfare Bill, NAFTA and Single Payer Health Care.
As a result of this DSA's Political Director Christine Riddiough organized a meeting with the Congressional Progressive Caucus with the purpose and cogent task as to: "How can we unite our forces on a common agenda?"[13] Those in attendance included Richard Trumka, Noam Chomsky, Patricia Ireland, William Greider and Jesse Jackson. According to a Democratic Socialists of Central Ohio, Progressive Challenge, was a national coalition of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Americans for Democratic Action, NOW, and Democratic Socialists of America[14]. In 1999 the Young Democratic Socialists of James Madison University wrote;[15]
D.S.A. is not a political party, but rather works within the left wing of the Democratic Party and other third parties. D.S.A. is a driving force for the Progressive Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives (led by Rep. Bernie Sanders, Socialist Congressman of Vermont).

DSA link to other parties

According to Christine Riddiough "DSA supports a 'Better Way',global dialogue that links parliamentarians of the Left, community activists and Non-Governmental Organizations working against the untrammeled rights of corporations to divide and rule. DSA tries to link the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus to parliamentarians of the Left in other countries."[16]

Institute for Policy Studies/Progressive Challenge

Congressional Progressive Caucus is heavily influenced by the radical Washington D.C. "think tank," the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). From the IPS website history page:[17]
Much of IPS's policy work is aimed at the national level, and IPS has always worked closely with, and provided analysis and model pieces of legislation to, progressive members of Congress.
Currently, IPS advises the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which, with more than 70 members, is the largest non-party Caucus.
In the late 1990s IPS established Progressive Challenge to utilize leftist groups including Democratic Socialists of America, Americans for Democratic Action, United Electrical Workers, NETWORK, National Jobs for All Coalition etc to pressure[18]the Progressive Caucus in the "correct" direction. Democratic Socialists of America member Bob Roman, writes of a 1998 Chicago Progressive Challenge meeting attended by Illinois Congressmen Jesse Jackson Jr, Luis Gutierrez and Danny Davis[19];
On the evening of Monday, April 21, the Progressive Challenge came to Chicago. Starting off with a town hall style meeting that brought together about 150 people in the UNITE hall at 333 S. Ashland in Chicago, the meeting was structured to present testimony from representative of various local organizations to local Congressional members of the Progressive Caucus.
DSA was particularly well represented by the testimony of the Youth Section's International Secretary, Daraka Larimore-Hall. Daraka Larimore-Hall gave an impassioned, coherent presentation that linked the various aspects of DSA's agenda with the project at hand.
Congressmen Jesse Jackson, Jr., Luis Gutierrez and Danny Davis attended the meeting...
The Progressive Challenge is an effort to link the Congressional Progressive Caucus with the larger left grass roots network of single issue, constituent, labor and ideological organizations. The Institute for Policy Studies is very much the keystone organization of this project, which has brought together some 40 organizations including DSA, Americans for Democratic Action, United Electrical Workers, NETWORK, National Jobs for All Coalition to name a few. No one of these groups is a major player inside the Beltway, but together they have captured the attention of the Progressive Caucus and contributed to its growth.

"The Progressive Challenge: Capitol Hill Forum"

On January 9, 1997, over 600 people attended "The Progressive Challenge: Capitol Hill Forum" sponsored by the House Progressive Caucus, Democratic Socialists of America, and a host of other progressive organizations. The primary goal of this day-long "kick-off" forum was to "identify the unifying values shared by progressives at this point in US history, to help define core elements of a forward-looking progressive agenda, and to pinpoint ways to connect that agenda with the concerns of millions of disillusioned people who lack voices in present politics and policy-making." After a welcome by Representative Bernie Sanders, an impressive array of legislators, activists, and thinkers offered their insights. Senator Paul Wellstone, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Patricia Ireland of NOW, Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO, Noam Chomsky, William Greider of Rolling Stone, and DSA Honorary Chair Barbara Ehrenreich were among the many who spoke. Some emphasized the importance of the conventional, if difficult, process of progressive candidates building grassroots campaigns that treat voters with intelligence and challenge prevailing wisdom regarding what values and issues motivate ordinary Americans struggling to make ends meet-as opposed to using polls and focus groups to concoct "designer" campaigns to appeal to upscale "soccer moms." Other speakers reminded those present that great changes are made by people acting outside of the corridors of power to define justice and "political reality," and the electoral and legislative processes are not the only arenas worthy of activists' attention.[20]
What virtually all participants acknowledged (thanks in no small part to DSA's role in helping to organize this event and in focusing the activities of the Working Group on Economic Insecurity) was that the centerpiece of a progressive agenda involves addressing the question of the economy and the disruptions, suffering, powerlessness and fear created by the mobility and power of corporations-without glossing over the racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, and other injustices exacerbated by economic uncertainty.
The next step at the policy level is a series of briefings for Congressional staff and members on specific issues related to economic justice (global economy, corporate responsibility, and welfare reform are among the topics to be covered). These briefings are planned for January and February, and out of the briefing sessions working groups on the issues will be formed. The working groups will include Congressional staff and progressive organizations who will help draft legislation. The coalition of activist groups is working on plans to bring the issues to the grassroots through a round of town meetings this spring and through the development of a network of progressive elected officials. The town meetings will be modeled on DSA's Public Hearings on Economic Insecurity and the AFL-CIO town meetings of 1996, and will bring Progressive Caucus members together with local activists.

Progressive Caucus SOTU Address

On Thursday, January 27 2000, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in 2253 of RHOB, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held its 3rd Annual Congressional Progressive Caucus' State of the Union Address. This event was also sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies' Progressive Challenge coalition whose Fairness Agenda for America is endorsed by 200 public interest groups nationally. Caucus Chair Rep. Peter DeFazio(D-OR) stated "The Progressive Caucus Alternative State of the Union will provide a much needed reality check to politicians who would rather ignore the priorities of Americans left out of the economic boom -- priorities like access to quality health care and education, repairing crumbling schools, addressing the growing gap between the rich and poor, and creating a sustainable global economy that works for everyone, not just the corporate architects." Anticipated speakers included: Peter DeFazio (D-OR), House Minority Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Earl Hilliard (D-AL);Dennis Kucinich (D-OH); Cynthia McKinney (D-GA);. Major Owens (D-NY)Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Tammy Baldwin (D-WI);. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY);Barbara Lee (D-CA); Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); and Lynn Woolsey(D-CA). John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies also made some remarks regarding public interest groups support of a progressive agenda.[21]
The Congressional Progressive Caucus, Chaired by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), consists of over a quarter of the House Democrats, one Independent and Senator Paul Wellstone. The Caucus will be releasing position papers on Health Care and Income Inequality, with reports on the Alternative Federal Budget, Social Security, Minimum Wage, Education and the Global Economy.
(Co-sponsoring organizations also included: Progressive Challenge, Campaign For America's Future, Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities, United for A Fair Economy, National Jobs for All Coalition).[22]

Communist Party on the Progressive Caucus

A 2002 report by Joelle Fishman, Chair, Political Action Committee, Communist Party USA to the Party's National Board, evaluated the Congressional Progressive Caucus[23].
Although this Caucus is not large enough to control the Congressional agenda or even to break into the media, the existence of this group of 57 members of Congress, which includes 20 members of the Congressional Black Caucus and six members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, provides an important lever that can be used to advance workers' issues and move the debate to the left in every Congressional District in the country.

Communist Party "ally"

In a report "What Can We Learn From the Movement for Health Care Reform?" prepared as part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA's 29th National Convention May 21-23, 2010.Communist Party USA member David Bell wrote on the partial failure of the Party's health care agenda;[24]
Did we forget the fact that many of the same unions, hundreds of locals, and the rank and file supported single payer? We also turned away from our allies in Congress, the Progressive Caucus, and John Conyers. We did not insist that single payer supporters, including Conyers, be included in the White House summit on health care reform.

CPUSA on Obama, Democrat Caucuses, Int'l Communist Meeting

A report praising Barack Obama, and the changes wrought by him, as well as communist connection to the Democratic Party, was delivered at the 14th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties, held in Beirut, Lebanon, November 22-25, by Erwin Marquit, member of the International Department, CPUSA.[25]
We express our gratitude to the Lebanese Communist Party for hosting this important meeting under the present difficult conditions.
The Communist Party USA not only welcomes the reelection of President Barack Obama, but actively engaged in the electoral campaign for his reelection and for the election of many Democratic Party congressional candidates. We regarded the 2012 election as the most important in the United States since 1932, an election held in the midst of the Great Depression...
Because of this danger, we viewed our participation in mainstream electoral activity as obligatory, even though both major parties in the United States are dominated by capital, with no effective competition from a mass-scale social-democratic party, We are aware that some on the Left in the United States thought that the correct approach to the elections was either to boycott them, or as a protest, to run or support small-scale left-wing candidacies with no possible chance of winning. We Communists rejected this strategy because too much was at stake.
Faced with a choice between the victory of either the Democratic Party or Republican Party, the Communist Party viewed a victory of the far-right Republican Party as an extreme disaster. In this situation, we saw the necessity of a policy of center-left alliances in order not to separate ourselves from the people’s struggles for dealing with the far right onslaught, The basis of such an alliance now includes the labor movement, organizations of African Americans and Latinos, the women’s movement, gay and lesbian civil rights groups, and organizations of the elderly and retirees. On some issues, these groups are joined by a few far-sighted elements of capital...
In our electoral policy, we seek to cooperate and strengthen our relationship with the more progressive elements in Democratic Party, such as the Progressive Caucus in the U.S. Congress, a group of seventy-six members of the Congress co-chaired by Raúl Grijalva, a Latino from Arizona, and Keith Ellison, an African American Muslim from Minnesota. We also will strengthen our relationship to the Congressional Black Caucus (formed by African Americans in the Congress), which has been the point of origin of innovative policies including an end to the U.S. economic blockade of Cuba, and with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. In its domestic policy, for example, the Progressive Caucus has put forth a program for using the public sector to deal with unemployment. It has opposed the use of the so called “war on terror” to incarcerate U.S. citizens indefinitely without criminal charges. In its foreign policy, the Progressive Caucus and the Black Caucus are outspoken in their opposition to U.S. imperialist policies abroad. The Progressive Caucus, now that Obama has been reelected, will be playing an important role in contributing to the mobilization of mass activity on critical issues to bring pressure on the Congress and administration to act on them...
While the victory of Obama is a welcome aid for us in our domestic struggles, we still face the challenge of mobilizing mass pressure on his administration to reverse the imperialist character of U.S. foreign policy. The CPUSA will pursue this formidable task vigorously in alliance with domestic progressive forces and with our comrades in the Communist and Workers’ Parties and their allies throughout the world.

CPC Represents "the Heart and Soul of the Democratic Party"

On Nov. 15, 2010, Earl Ofari Hutchinson of The Huffington Post and New American Media conducted an interview with Rep. Lynn Woolsey, House Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The interview reads as follows:[26]
Earl: Many are not familiar with the Progressive House Caucus. How big is it?
Lynn: We had 83 members before the election. It is bicameral, with House and Senate members. It's by far the largest caucus in Congress. We lost four members this election. But we also gained a couple of new members. We will not have less than 80 members in the next Congress. The Blue Dog Democrats lost almost two-thirds of their members.
Earl: What are the major issues that the Caucus will press Congress and the Obama Administration on?
Lynn: It is clear that we represent the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. So, the first item is jobs. We have to have a robust jobs bill. One that we should have had when President Obama first took office and his popularity was at its height. He had a big majority in the House and Senate. We would have doubled the amount of money allocated for the jobs bill that came out of the House, which the Senate cut to shreds. The other priority is combating the notion that the timetable for ending the Afghanistan War is 2014. The war is killing our budget, killing our people, and killing our relations with our allies.
Earl: What does it take to make that happen?
Lynn: None of this is going to happen until we get money out of politics, get a bigger control of the media, and that means diversifying ownership beyond the three corporations.
Earl: The headline article in the Washington Post, Nov. 11, was "Liberals plan to push Obama not to compromise with GOP." Will the Progressive Caucus take the lead in pushing the president not to "compromise" with the GOP?
Lynn: We were the most productive House in recent legislative history in getting key pieces of legislation passed. Unfortunately, it was not enough. We were in such a deep economic hemorrhaging. We stopped that. But to do more we have to be even bolder in our actions. We're going to push the White House to come forth with bold steps. It's not too late now. But it will be in two years. So we're hoping that he recognizes that.
Earl: White House advisor David Axelrod was quoted to the effect that Obama would compromise on the "big issues." Did that set off alarm bells with you and the Caucus members?
Lynn: I and Caucus co-chair Raul M. Grijalva sent the President a letter Friday, Nov. 12, that we totally support rolling back the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy. And no cuts in other programs such as food stamps that benefit the poor and needy.
Earl: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberals and progressives as the "professional Left" for continuing to criticize the president despite what he's tried to accomplish.
Lynn: I totally disagreed with him. I've won office with 70 percent of the vote, and there is a large base of voters that are progressive. This is America, and they do have the right to express themselves. And criticism or not of us, we're not going to stop our criticism on policy issues we disagree with. In fact, in line with the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the House Pacific Asian Caucus, we will represent a good majority of the Democrats who remain in the House.
Earl: So no compromise on the core issues
Lynn: Any idea that we're going to reach across the aisle and surrender our Democratic ideals on jobs, health care, education, and fighting for working people and not the wealthy is not going to happen. We're not going to compromise our votes to support programs just to appear that we're compromising. We're not going to start from the right of center and go further to the right. That's not what the nation needs.
Earl: There were reports that during the health care debate the White House shunned the Progressive Caucus. How accurate is that?
Lynn: No we were not shunned. I still hear the president saying, "Lynn what's our agenda on health care and what's to be done to secure passage." We took groups of representatives to the White House more than once for meetings. We always had an open-door relationship to work with the president and the House leadership. We intend to continue to work with the president. He will have a hard time getting anything done if he doesn't have us with him. And he knows that.
But we're not going to compromise with the right on some lukewarm programs that should have been much bolder. The public option in the health care fight was a good example of that. We still feel it was given away before the health care debate really began. So we're not going to roll over. Most of our members won reelection, and in some ways we'll have an even bigger voice in the next Congress.
Earl: Nancy Pelosi wants to stay in the House Leadership. Do you support her?
Lynn: I'm 100 percent behind her. None of the accomplishments in this past Congress would have happened without her leadership. They label her as some wild-eyed liberal, but that's just name calling. She's an effective leader. And the administration knows that. I'm confident that she will be our Minority House leader.

Restore the American Dream for the 99 Percent Act

Reps Grijalva and Ellison  at the Capitol press conference
Reps Grijalva and Ellison at the Capitol press conference
"Responding directly to national demand for a massive jobs program", members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, December 13, 2011, introduced the Restore the American Dream for the 99 Percent Act into the House of Representatives.
The bill would create more than 4 million jobs and reduce the deficit by more than $2 trillion over the next 10 years, making it the biggest government effort thus far to marshal the resources needed to address the economic crisis.
While no one expects the bill to pass in the Republican-controlled House, it is viewed by many as outlining what really must be done if the economy is to be restarted in a way that benefits the overwhelming majority of the population. Progressive Caucus Co-Chairmen Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. and Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., presented the legislation at a news conference in the Capitol.
The bill would create several "corps" that will offer government jobs to the unemployed doing essential work including repairing school buildings, maintaining public parks, building neighborhood energy efficiency and conservation projects, and providing health care and other public services in underserved areas. One of the corps would be specifically devoted to re-hiring teachers and first responders laid off by cash-strapped state and local governments .
There are provisions in the bill that require 75 percent of the goods and services purchased by the federal government to be made in America, provisions designed to help small businesses get federal contracts, and allocation of $50 billion alone for highway, public transportation and electrical grid improvement projects.
The bill provides for tariffs in cases where what the lawmakers called "currency manipulation by China" results in "artificially driving down the cost of Chinese imports."
One clause in the bill protects both the long-term unemployed and wounded veterans from hiring discrimination.
The bill includes provisions that would raise $800 billion through a surcharge on millionaires and billionaires, end tax subsidies for oil companies, and impose a tiny financial transactions tax on Wall Street.
There would be other budget savings through ending the war in Afghanistan and slashing $200 billion from the defense budget by eliminating unneeded weapons systems and cutting in half the military forces currently stationed in Europe.
The bill also strengthens health care reform by creating a public health insurance option that would be available through health care exchanges. That measure alone, the lawmakers say, would drive down spending federal health care spending by $90 billion.
The bill would allow Medicare to bargain with pharmaceutical companies to get bulk discounts, a move blocked by Republicans in the past. Supporters say it would help save more than $150 billion.
To save Social Security benefits and trust fund, the legislation would raise the cap on earnings taxed by Social Security above its current $106,800. "The Republicans want the people to think about how bad things are and to focus their anger on the president," said Grijalva "They don't want people to count the things the Republicans voted down that would have helped this country." "This bill," said Ellison, "shows we can put people to work today by building for tomorrow."[27]

External links


  1. CPC website, members, accessed March. 29, 2013
  2. Congressional Progressive Caucus website, accessed April 2, 2011
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