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Here's What You Said: 2012 Presidential Debate

Romney's plan to balance the budget is to cut Big Bird's funding.

We learned a lot of things about Mitt Romney during last night's debate. Not only does he want to continue the failed economic policies that brought on the recession in the first place, but he also wants to hand our feathered friend Big Bird the pink slip to continue tax breaks for the wealthiest people (the math doesn't add up). The candidates talked a lot about taxes, education and social insurance programs, but what we really enjoyed about the debates last night was listening to working people on Twitter and on our AFL-CIO Now blog's live chat

Read the entire live chat thread below and check out some of the top comments and insights from our readers:

 

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The Business of Being President

Actor Ian Ruskin portrays Thomas Paine and ILWU labor leader, Harry Bridges, in appearances and YouTube videos.

Ian Ruskin, the director of The Harry Bridges Project and of The Life of Thomas Paine, sends us this.   

Thomas Paine was a man of the enlightenment who saw “virtue” as a cornerstone of this new vision to “begin the world over again.” By virtue he meant rising above your own self-interests to do public good. He also said “the greatest offence of all to the great Father is when we seek to torment and render each other miserable.” Not, by the way, the words of an atheist. So should not our presidents be men and women who seek to be virtuous, who, to quote the Statue of Liberty, seek to turn the misery and torment of “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” into happiness?

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