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Name: Corbett Kroehler
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USA Today OpEd: USWNT's Megan Rapinoe is living her patriotism at World Cup. What's your excuse?


Opinion: USWNT's Megan Rapinoe is living her patriotism at World Cup. What's your excuse?

Nancy Armour, USA TODAY

Published 3:40 p.m. ET July 3, 2019

http://usatoday.com/story/sports/columnist/nancy-armour/2019/07/03/world-cup-2019-megan-rapinoe-more-american-those-criticize-her/1641234001

LYON, France -- It’s easy to hang a flag outside your house, stand for the national anthem, don the red, white and blue and tell everyone who will listen how much you love your country.

Actual patriotism, active patriotism, is much harder. It requires acknowledging this country’s flaws and holding it accountable until they’re addressed. It means working to achieve that more perfect union our country’s founders envisioned rather than simply paying lip service to the ideals we supposedly cherish.

America is not easy. At least, it’s not supposed to be. Megan Rapinoe gets that.

Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Jul 3, 2019, 04:29 PM (0 replies)

Racism Meets A Rigged Economy - Proof Positive Of The Primary's Top Issues

When our candidates campaign on the profound disadvantages faced by Americans of color, such as red-lining, infant mortality, obstetric mortality, for-profit incarceration, pay inequity, etc., the specifics can feel a bit abstract. This article from the financial press lays it out for us with cold, hard facts and figures.

In short, reality bites!


12 years after starting college, white men have paid off 44% of their student loans, while black women owe 13% more

Published: July 3, 2019 11:02 a.m. ET

http://marketwatch.com/story/12-years-after-starting-college-white-men-have-paid-off-44-of-their-student-loans-and-black-women-owe-13-more-2019-06-06

The experience of repaying student loans is unpleasant for millions of graduates, but for some borrowers, paying off student debt is an almost insurmountable challenge.

Twelve years after entering college, white men have paid off 44% of their student-loan balance on average, according to an analysis released this month by Demos, a left-leaning think tank. For white women, that share drops to 28%. For black borrowers, the picture is even bleaker. Black women see their loan balances actually grow 13% on average, 12 years after leaving school, while black men see their balances grow 11%.

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‘The ability to pay off your loans has everything to do with wages and the ability to gain secure employment; it has everything to do with housing affordability; it has everything to do with child-care costs.’

— Mark Huelsman, associate director, policy and research at Demos


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The age at which students enter college also plays a role in their ability to pay off debt. Students who start college at age 20 or older have paid off just 5% of their debt on average, at minimum, 12 years after leaving school. Students who enter school at age 18 or 19 have typically paid off more than one-quarter of their debt 12 years after leaving college, the report found.

Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Jul 3, 2019, 03:55 PM (16 replies)

4 Polls Just This Month Show #BernieBeatsTrump

I realize that skeptics will dismiss these numbers as meaningless but I smell a trend. Just consider the breadth of the poll disciplines.

Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Jun 18, 2019, 09:11 PM (0 replies)

Democratic Socialism Means People Over Corporations

Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:24 PM (0 replies)

Sanders Places First In Latest Daily Kos Democratic Straw Poll

Point 1: Daily Kos defines Sanders as a Democrat, at least for its polling purposes.

Point 2: Sanders outpolled Warren by a nose.

Point 3: Biden scored more than 40% lower than Sanders and Warren, proving that, at least for some, the Biden bounce was just that.

http://dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/14/1857580/-Daily-Kos-Democratic-Straw-Poll-May-14-edition

Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed May 15, 2019, 03:05 PM (0 replies)

Official Tweet: More Than 30 Countries Allow Prisoners To Vote. This Is Not A Radical Idea

https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1121127964811329536
Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Apr 24, 2019, 04:13 PM (4 replies)

Les Leopold - America's Biggest Lie: We Can't Afford Medicare for All

To supporters of all candidates who advocate for Medicare For All and/or single-payer healthcare...

Check out Les Leopld's compelling article on its great importance for this county. He makes a very incisive case.

http://commondreams.org/views/2019/04/23/americas-biggest-lie-we-cant-afford-medicare-all


America’s Biggest Lie: We Can’t Afford Medicare for All

Les Leopold

April 23, 2019

Think about how much your income would go up if you didn't have to pay for healthcare at all. That would begin to close the gap between productivity and wages for the first time in a generation.

Pundits and politicians repeatedly warn us that the country cannot afford costly social services. They caution about the perils of a rising national debt, the supposed near bankruptcy of Medicare and Social Security, and the need to sell public services to the highest bidder in order to save them. We must tighten our belts sooner or later, they tell us, rather than spend on social goods like universal health care, free higher education and badly needed infrastructure.

To many Americans this sounds all too true because they are having an incredibly tough time making ends meet. According to the Federal Reserve, “Four in 10 adults in 2017 would either borrow, sell something, or not be able pay if faced with a $400 emergency expense.” To those who are so highly stressed financially, the idea of paying for a costly program like Medicare for All sounds impossible.

We are the richest country in the history of the world, however, and certainly could afford vastly expanded and improved vital public services if we had the will. What stands in the way is runaway inequality. Our nation’s wealth has been hijacked by the super-rich, with plenty of aid from their paid-for politicians.

Posted by corbettkroehler | Tue Apr 23, 2019, 04:44 PM (3 replies)

"High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment" -NPR

Although I support Sanders in the primary, given that multiple candidates for the Democratic nomination support Medicare For All, including sharing the podium with Sanders during the announcement of the latest round of the Senate bill, this post is broad advocacy for single-payer healthcare, not a candidate.

In fact, in terms of expressing it on the campaign trail, I feel that Senator Harris verbalizes the issue best. Paraphrasing, private insurance doesn't work.

http://npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/04/18/713887452/high-deductible-health-policies-linked-to-delayed-diagnosis-and-treatment

High-Deductible Health Policies Linked To Delayed Diagnosis And Treatment

Erika Stallings


The out-of-pocket expense of mammograms, MRIs and other tests and treatments can be several thousand dollars each year when you have a high-deductible health policy.
Posted by corbettkroehler | Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:17 PM (4 replies)

If Sanders Would Repel Republicans In The General, Why Did Senator Lee Just Join His National OpEd?

One of the most conservative members of Congress agreed to have his name appear alongside Bernie's. That's not exactly an example of "repelling" Republicans. Read the whole OpEd here.

http://usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/04/04/congress-yemen-war-powers-bernie-sanders-mike-lee-column/3363199002/



Posted by corbettkroehler | Fri Apr 5, 2019, 04:47 PM (15 replies)

Jon Stewart And Samantha Bee On Allegations Of Biden's Hands-On Approach

I agree that, if we let things get out of hand, Joe Biden could become the next Al Franken. While I support Sanders for the 2020 nomination, I share the following as a patriot and progressive without any hint of favoritism.

On this question of inappropriate touching, The Daily Show, back under its longest-serving host, Jon Stewart, reported that Biden was accused of the same touching back in 2015 and Comedy Central provided helpful context as only it could. (click to view)



http://www.cc.com/video-clips/yfmksi/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-the-audacity-of-grope
Posted by corbettkroehler | Wed Apr 3, 2019, 10:07 AM (30 replies)
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