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Otto Lidenbrock

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It seems Pete's rise has irked a lot of people

Twitter is not real life. Therefore it's very funny to see the people who spend so much time online and who have had a four year headstart get peeved that Pete's on the ground campaigning has made him go from a political nobody to Iowa frontrunner.




Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Wed Dec 4, 2019, 11:49 AM (34 replies)

This is why I didn't have a problem with PACs

We've got two candidates self-funding their campaigns with what to them is pocket money. Trump has an arsenal of dark money with the bully pulpit to his advantage this time. Yet we expected all our candidates to run with one hand tied behind their backs for bullshit purity reasons. You can't change campaign finance rules if you aren't in power.

That's what ultimately did for Kamala and Beto --- two of our rising stars. If you're not having the media come to you which they didn't, you have to go to them. And for that you need money.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Tue Dec 3, 2019, 03:38 PM (5 replies)

Tom Steyer buys website domain for Trump's "Keep America Great" slogan

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:42 PM (11 replies)

Why do democrats rarely talk about Lyndon Johnson?

I was going to ask this in the primaries forum as we've got Bernie Sanders invoking FDR as a pillar behind his campaign, Harry Truman's "The Buck Stops Here" motto has been brought up by Cory Booker in a way of contrasting earnestness with what we currently have, JFK's light always shines bright, at least three candidates have met Jimmy Carter and he was name-checked in the last debate by Amy Klobuchar. But this isn't just a 2020 thing. I've wondered this in the past.

That timeline of democratic presidents takes us from 1933-1981. Six of those years however were occupied by a very complicated man, but arguably the most consequential, Lyndon Johnson. And he's the one I have yet to hear embraced as someone to look up to.

He will always have Vietnam associated with him. But that war started years before and didn't end until years after. FDR put Japanese Americans into camps and Truman dropped the bomb. They did dark things.

And yeah Johnson was a SOB. Hard nosed and uncouth. But you know he got things done despite his personal failings. He was power hungry but once he got to the top he realised there's no point being there if you're not going to do anything good.

Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, The Great Society/War on Poverty (Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamp Act - the precursor to SNAP). He achieved legislative goals to expand investment into education, environment (with help from Lady Bird), protect seniors and public services. He signed into law an immigration act which repealed a past era law that was discriminatory.

When people talk about structural change, surely he is the guy to namecheck. So why don't we?
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Sun Dec 1, 2019, 09:32 PM (41 replies)

The Democratic Governor of Illinois is a billionaire

J.B. Pritzker holds more private wealth than any other governor in U.S. history and is the second-wealthiest U.S. politician to have ever held office, after Michael Bloomberg.

He also has accomplished several progressive ideas in his first year in office.

- Becoming the first midwest state to adopt $15/hr minimum wage.

- Legalized marijuana.

- Locked in Women's reproductive health rights by repealing a 1970s law that punished doctors for performing "unnecessary" abortions and signing a new Reproductive Health bill into law when at the same time other states were stepping up draconian bills for Roe vs Wade to be overturned.

- Legalised sports betting allowing the business to be regulated and no longer underground plus pumps money into the local economy.

- Proposal to make an amendmemt to state constitution and implement a progressive income tax rate passed the state legislature and will be put to voters next year.

- Signed an executive order expanding access to welcome centers in Illinois for immigrants and refugees. Welcome centers help guide immigrants on a path to citizenship and refugees with access to health care, education, jobs, and legal services.

- Signed bill to make Illinois the first state in the country to ban private immigration detention centers.

- Signed bill that forbids state and local police to cooperate with U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to deport illegal immigrants.

- Signed Illinois to the U.S. Climate Alliance which is an initiave by governors who want to fight climate change even if the White House doesn't.

- Signed bill allowing the state to take its own action in fighting climate change, repealing past law.

- Passed a law that LGBTQ figures of history must have their achievements and positive contribution included in school textbooks and syllabus.

This is a billionaire who is doing a good job. They're not all status quo henchmen.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Wed Nov 27, 2019, 01:54 PM (78 replies)

Cenk Uygur's baggage is all on camera and it's disqualifying





Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Sun Nov 24, 2019, 08:48 AM (111 replies)

Lindsey Graham 2015 vs 2019


"He's the nicest person I think I've ever met in my whole life," Graham said.


Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Fri Nov 22, 2019, 09:58 AM (4 replies)

'We Should Pick the Low-Hanging Fruit First.' Bill Clinton Wades Into the Health Care Debate

Amid widening divisions in the Democratic Party over the future of health care policy, former President Bill Clinton waded into the debate, saying the nation is “at a crossroads” on health care reform and “we should pick the low hanging fruit first.”

“The problem is the system is still entirely too complex,” Clinton told told David Agus, CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC, at the TIME 100 Health Summit in New York City on Thursday. “The premiums are going up way more than wages are going up, and the co-pays and deductibles and the drug prices are going up even more than the premiums. So, we’re kind of at a crossroads now.”

“We should pick the low-hanging fruit first,” Clinton continued. “I think we need to pass a public option and go back to encouraging all-payer systems in states so that you can have some control over the costs and keep it as simple as possible.”

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Mon Nov 18, 2019, 03:32 PM (108 replies)

Julian Castro's campaign is very bitter

Bernie supporter posted this:



This comes off the back of Castro's very smug tweet in the immediate aftermath of Pete's quote twisted about the Obama Administration. The following day when it was evident the reporter got it wrong and apologised. Castro wrote a follow up tweet:


"I regret the original was spread widely"

Well gee, Julian. How many other presidential candidates helped spread it widely? I'll give you a clue. ZERO.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Mon Nov 18, 2019, 07:39 AM (6 replies)

"I Know Joe Biden: Rabbi Michael Beals"

The story I’m about to share with you about Joe Biden is special — in fact, I’m fairly certain I’m the only living person left who actually witnessed it firsthand.

It was about 16 years ago, and I was a young rabbi, brand-new to Delaware, on my way to lead a shiva minyan — a worship service following a death of a Jewish person. I was from California. Back then, I didn’t know Claymont, Delaware from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

A quick bit of background: When someone passes away in the Jewish faith, we observe seven days of mourning, called shiva. We gather a group of ten Jewish adults together — a minyan — to say the Mourners’ Kaddish. It usually happens in a person’s home — somewhere intimate.

In this case, the deceased individual — her name was Mrs. Greenhouse, of blessed memory — had not been a person of means. She had lived in rent-controlled senior housing in a tall high-rise building off of Namaans Road. Her apartment had been too small to fit everyone into, so we conducted our worship service in the building’s communal laundry room, in the basement of the high-rise.

We assembled the ten elders together, and it was in this most humble of places that I began to lead the kaddish. Toward the end of the service, a door at the back of the laundry room opened, and who walks in but Senator Joe Biden, his head lowered, all by himself.

I nearly dropped my prayer book in shock. Senator Biden stood quietly in the back of the room for the duration of the service.
At the close of the kaddish, I walked over to him and asked the same question that must have been on everyone else’s mind: “Senator Biden — what are you doing here?”

And he said to me: “Listen, back in 1972, when I first ran for Senate, Mrs. Greenhouse gave $18 to my first campaign. Because that’s what she could afford. And every six years, when I’d run for reelection, she’d give another $18. She did it her whole life. I’m here to show my respect and gratitude.”

Now, the number 18 is significant in the Jewish faith — its numbers spell out the Hebrew word chai, as in “to life, to life, l’chayim!” But it’s also a humble amount. Joe Biden knew that. And he respected that.

There were no news outlets at our service that day — no Jewish reporters or important dignitaries. Just a few elderly mourners in a basement laundry room.

Joe Biden didn’t come to that service for political gain. He came to that service because he has character. He came to that service because he’s a mensch.

And if we need anything right now when it comes to the leadership of our country — we need a mensch.
I know this is such a simple, small story. But I tell it to as many people as will listen to me.

Because I think that, in their heart of hearts, when people are trying to think about the decision they’ll make next year — this is the kind of story that matters.

Joe Biden is a mensch. We need a mensch.

Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Thu Nov 14, 2019, 11:37 AM (15 replies)
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