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PIC: How do we pay for Medicare for All?

It is one thing for Republicans to ask that questions, but Democrats know better.

Medicare has far lower overhead because there are no profits skimmed, exorbitant exec salaries, advertising, or legion of customer "service" operators to deny claims.

Medicare's disadvantage is that it cannot make campaign donations, or offer lobbying or exec jobs to politicians who support it when they are voted out of office, a serious bipartisan disadvantage for any well-run government program.

Trump's next supreme court pick...

If he were still alive.

Trump's immigration & voter suppression could be related

Republicans know they are dying demographically, so to postpone the inevitable, they are trying to keep non-whites from voting.

They can't stop immigrants who are already here and legally in the pipeline for citizenship from eventually becoming citizens and voting, but they can make the country a lot less attractive for legal and illegal immigrants.

One side effect of the child separation policy is illegal immigrants being less likely to bring their kids with them, but since families still need the money & businesses LOVE exploitable cheap labor, dad and/or mom will still come but more likely for limited stays instead of setting down roots.

I don't think it will work long term because minorities are too large a percentage of our population unlike Jews in Germany who were less than 1%.

But to fight back, we need candidates motivated more by principle than the big payday at the end of their time in elected office.

This American Life nailed the problem at core of Democratic Party

A Democratic voter who had worked for the State Department and was a high school teacher was looking for someone to back in the primary against his Republican congressional rep and noticed that one of the candidates was a CEO of a medical devices company who outsourced jobs and another was a lawyer for a top lobbying firm, so he got into the race himself.

Some of his friends were politically connected and tried to hook him up with big donors.

I was shocked that he said there were upfront demands about changing his policy positions before they would donate. He didn't call it quid pro quo, but I sure as hell would.

Maybe this in inescapable, but we need candidates who will say no to people with money on at least a few key issues like not privatizing public education, not saying free higher education is pie in the sky when you give twice the cost of that in defense spending increases, and making healthcare truly affordable by either single payer or putting a choke chain on insurance companies at minimum.

Every Democrat on both sides should listen to this.

It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

But often things would take a turn. One major democratic donor, a former Goldman Sachs guy actually, he told Beals Medicare for All is a handout. And it's a political loser. Lots of big donors saw it as this lefty thing that could sandbag the party in general elections. They remember the backlash to Obamacare. Another guy, an investment banker type, he says, sure. I'll contribute.

Jeff Beals
I'll contribute to your campaign. But you have to change your website because it says "rigged economy." And you need to change, "rigged economy" on your website. I don't like that. And it's just a distortion. And I said, well, I can't change that.

Ben Calhoun
He couldn't change that because that would mean giving up the main argument he thinks Democrats should be making right now.

Jeff Beals
I think that a lot of democratic politics has been about trying to find the least offensive cause to the donor class to rally people around while stepping on the fewest toes. And there are worthy causes you can rally people around. Guns-- you can rally people around that. And you could maybe get to 51-49 and win.


Mueller? Mueller....?

What will centrist Democrats do to undo Janus if they regain power?

When Republicans briefly held power in Congress after World War II, they passed the Taft Hartley Act that substantially weakened unions. Half of Democrats in the Senate voted to override President Truman's veto and pass the law.

Once Democrats regained control, they had DECADES to undo it, but let it stand.

My concern with Janus is not that it can't be undone, but that it won't.

What are centrists saying they are going to do about this, and what evidence if any is there that they will actually do it?

I believe Justice Garland would have voted against it, but Democrats seem unwilling to play hardball with Republicans when needed, which might lead many to conclude they don't mind what they are doing that much.

MJ Hagar for Texas: Doors (powerful video by a military vet candidate)


PIC: AMBER ALERT for Trump admin

Bernie with Toys R Us workers: company was making profit but private equity debt killed it

Toys R Us was making a substantial profit, but went bankrupt paying back the leveraged buyout crowd on Wall St. that had bought them.

When someone says "capitalism" is broken, they mean more this kind of financial gaming of the system than people's willingness to take risks to come up with a new or better product or service or workers to put in a fair day's work for fair pay.

The problem is, the guys who do stuff like this buy politicians, mostly in both parties, to make this shit legal.

They should be subject to the rule of law like the rest of us not making the laws that make their crimes legal.


Hillary Clinton: Being a Capitalist 'Probably' Hurt Me in Primary Because Many Dems Are Socialists

Boy, there's a couple of things to unpack in this.

1. There's nothing wrong with saying you believe in capitalism IF it includes the big BUT Hillary did about regulation and accountability.

The problem is the centrist/DLC/Third Way/New Democrat wing of the party did not hold the big dogs accountable and under Bill Clinton's watch, relaxed the very regulations that made Wall Streets crimes mostly legal.

2. If you think 41% of your base share certain values, you might try to build up a record and a platform that reflects those values rather than attacking those people and giving every indication you will go the other way on core economic and foreign policy issues.

3. How the hell could the REPUBLICANS see any point in highlighting this? Hillary is essentially saying she's a pre-Reagan Republican.

Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday that declaring herself to be a “capitalist” during the 2016 presidential primaries may have hurt her with Democratic voters.

“Probably,” she said when asked by Time Inc. Brands CCO Alan Murray if the declaration hurt her. The pair appeared in conversation as part of the Shared Value Leadership Summit in New York City.

“It’s hard to know but I mean if you’re in the Iowa caucuses and 41 percent of Democrats are socialists or self-described socialists, and I’m asked ‘Are you a capitalist?’ and I say, ‘Yes, but with appropriate regulation and appropriate accountability.’ You know, that probably gets lost in the ‘Oh my gosh, she’s a capitalist!’” Clinton concluded, partly referring to the popularity of her primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who ran as a self-declared democratic socialist.

The Republican National Committee research team quickly seized upon the remarks, clipping it and posting it to their social-media channels.

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