Towards an issues-based 2020 election (54)

===2020 Big Picture===
Jeff Bezos:
2010 net worth: $12 billion
2019 net worth: $112 billion
Mark Zuckerberg:
2010 net worth: $4 billion
2019 net worth: $76 billion
Larry Page:
2010 net worth: $28 billion
2019 net worth: $61 billion
2010 federal minimum wage: $7.25
2019 federal minimum wage: $7.25
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1214203217862639617

If US economy does fall into recession it seems the only obstacle to a large fiscal stimulus will be political, not any actual economic constraint https://t.co/nBOkDDrbaI
https://twitter.com/acemaxx/status/1215915906787872768

Debate should explore transformed tax and spending landscape
https://bit.ly/2uGJLkv

Related: https://twitter.com/StephanieKelton/status/1216491689218641922

See infographic…
“We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all-regardless of station, race, or creed.” – Franklin Delano Roosevelt January 11, 1944
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215903866899849216

“We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist
without economic security & independence. “Necessitous men are not free men.”
People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.”
– FDR January 11, 1944
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215904573711355904

Text of speech…
https://bit.ly/39YRRVK

2015: Hartmann on FDR’s call for a second bill of rights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSZYHKL_1yI

For example…
U.S. Could End Homelessness With Money Used To Buy Christmas Decorations
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/homelessness-christmas-decorations_n_2276536

===2020 Issues===
What Will Another Decade of Climate Crisis Bring?
2019 has been called the year we woke up to climate change. Australia’s wildfires are yet more evidence that it’s time we started acting like it.
https://t.co/GIDLE1Nbkz

Acres burned in wildfires over the past two years:
– California (2018): 2M
– Amazon (2019): 2.2M
– Siberia (2019): 6.7M
– Australia (2019): 12M
How many acres have to burn before we finally put the health of our planet and future generations over special interests?
https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/1215367387450695681

If the price of products made with petroleum reflected the external costs, what would they cost consumers?
https://twitter.com/mdrayton/status/1214999091211427840

Total cost of externalities for all carbon based fuels is $5tr a year according to this source:
https://t.co/CN0I6E21Ab
https://twitter.com/RalphMusgrave/status/1215020905434427392

Would be great if reporters would ask the opponents of a green new deal
how they plan to pay for the damage caused by climate change and pollution generally.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1215001139772411904

Oil wars…
Nov: America has spent $6.4 trillion on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001, a new study says
https://cnb.cx/2ThJejm

US @DeptofDefense 2019 budget=$693 billion/yr
US transition cost to 100% #WindWaterSolar across all energy sectors, thus creating
3.1 mill more jobs+eliminating fossil fuels for energy, 63,000 air pollution deaths/yr
& GHGs from energy =~$770 billion/yr https://t.co/DpBazazzxT
https://twitter.com/mzjacobson/status/1214970397759664128

See chart…
2 TW of solar, 2.3 TW of wind needed for 100% renewables for all purposes in the U.S.
https://t.co/N8pr4vVaal
https://twitter.com/mzjacobson/status/1214228895433576448

2015: Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan
to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
https://news.stanford.edu/pr/2015/pr-50states-renewable-energy-060815.html

Renewable advocates highlight ‘most effective’ path to net-zero emissions
as House releases clean energy proposal
https://t.co/02f5oiiAfj

US lawmakers propose clean energy credit push to take US to net zero
https://t.co/MVsI6XrKcC

Olympia Transit System Goes Fareless
https://t.co/zCR4zggyEM

When I started talking to communities about the Section 8 housing voucher program, I kept hearing about information gaps that made the process really difficult to navigate. So, a few months later, here’s a reported-out guide: https://t.co/pUl0s3LYYJ
https://twitter.com/mayatmiller/status/1215297641942339584

How Wealthy Towns keep People With Housing Vouchers Out
https://t.co/Y1QUWTz9Nq

The IRS Tried to Crack Down on Rich People Using an “Abusive” Tax Deduction. It Hasn’t Gone So Well.
The tax agency, Justice Department and Congress have all taken aim at a much-abused deduction exploited by wealthy investors. Yet the crackdown is having minimal impact, costing the Treasury billions.
https://tinyurl.com/v5cdtwk

IRS’ failure to collect from tax cheats could cost you $3,000 a year
https://triblive.com/news/world/irs-failure-to-collect-from-tax-cheats-could-cost-you-3000-a-year/

There are direct & indirect ways to cut taxes. Starving the IRS of the funds it needs to enforce the code is among the most pernicious indirect ways, one that leaves billions of owed taxes on the table. As per @RichardRubinDC & @ChuckCBPP
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1214547046767706112

“each additional dollar spent on tax enforcement could yield more than $4 in revenue”
https://t.co/pY0W8Mt32a
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1214547047774330880

…on the spending side, it makes no sense to count “spending” that raises money
(i.e. IRS enforcement) towards a fiscal constraint (i,e. spending cap).
https://twitter.com/ChuckCBPP/status/1214575057890152449

That is why both the GOP Administration and House Democrats proposed a cap adjustment for
IRS enforcement last year – and, yet, they couldn’t agree to it even though they both proposed it.
Need to keep trying. Important.
https://twitter.com/ChuckCBPP/status/1214576010538242048

It’s also an indirect tax on honest people.
https://twitter.com/m_hughes/status/1214554117303099392

Economists Question the Benefits of Targeted Tax Breaks
State and local governments across the US spend $30 billion a year to attract and keep companies, but the biggest deals generate little in the way of economic benefits in return, a new study shows.
https://t.co/2toObIz1Yp

Kevin Kumashiro interview: Student Debt Forgiveness
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=a8e30c42a0

What could the free college movement learn from pay-per-mile auto insurance?  @DeanBaker13 tells all and the lessons are important. For instance, does your auto insurance policy offer a pay-per-mile option? https://t.co/U79fcs6yVt
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1214298114875629569

For tech-weary farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity
https://bit.ly/2R9AoRT

Great op-ed by @EmilyForCO and @SenadoraJulie.
Opinion: Let’s target tax cuts that help lift Colorado families out of poverty https://t.co/k7HiefyG6N
https://twitter.com/sjwasserman/status/1214198250229469185

CBPP: Affordable Care Act Still Reduces Deficits, Despite Tax Repeals
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/affordable-care-act-still-reduces-deficits-despite-tax-repeals

CBPP: States Can’t Protect Themselves From Harmful Effects of ACA Repeal
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/states-cant-protect-themselves-from-harmful-effects-of-aca-repeal

The Trump Administration and 18 state attorneys general are asking the courts to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) as unconstitutional. With a cloud of uncertainty hanging over coverage and protections for tens of millions of people, some states are looking for ways to protect their residents. On their own, however, states can do nothing to stop most of the harmful consequences of ACA repeal: the only solution is for the courts to uphold the law.

  The Affordable Care Act Is Back In Court: 5 Facts You Need To Know
https://n.pr/35HZUTy

The 18 states: TX, AL, AZ, AR, FL, GA, IN, KS, LA, MS, MO, NE, ND, SC, TN, UT, WV
https://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/19/19-10011-CV0.pdf

The GOP knows that if Obamacare is rendered unconstitutional before the election, they
will pay a heavy political price at the polls. Trump, red states ask Supreme Court to refuse
Obamacare case they initiated, until after the election. https://t.co/ElHnyMOl34
https://twitter.com/D2onTop/status/1215999282748194816

The people who tell you we *do* have war money but *don’t* have healthcare money, tuition-free money, infrastructure money, or Green New Deal money are playing games with you.
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1215645774224203780

Related: https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/1215654277923901440

I spent 2019 hearing people ask how we’d pay for Medicare for All. Thus far in 2020,
I have not heard any of those people ask how we would pay for a war in Iran.
https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1213964080454733824

Patients, doctors, hospitals, and employers are overwhelmed by paperwork to the tune of $812B/year. We need a *streamlined* #MedicareForAll system that redirects administrative dollars to patient care. (video) https://t.co/BC9z7eDLnl
https://twitter.com/PNHP/status/1215635655591636994

Beginning of a Wendell Potter thread…
As a former health insurance exec, I’m worried for folks this week. If history is any guide, a lot of you visited the ER between Christmas and New Year’s – which means soon you just might get a big “surprise” bill from your insurer, and it won’t be pretty. Let me explain
https://twitter.com/wendellpotter/status/1214590242667278336

During each of the first six months of 2020, PNHP will focus on a specific, concrete “kitchen table” issue that requires fundamental reform (like single payer), not minor tweaks (like a public option). See below for materials related to this month’s issue, surprise billing…
https://pnhp.org/kitchen-table-campaign/

Stay tuned for additional topics throughout the first half of 2020:
– Racial health disparities (February)
– Rural health (March)
– High drug prices (April)
– Maternal and reproductive health (May)
– Substance abuse and opiods (June)

Thread on excessive health-related profittaking
https://twitter.com/HKalodimos/status/1214920287113764864

Managed-competition and hybrid systems are working alright in some small densely-populated countries like Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany – doesn’t work as well in a huge country with giant rural areas. The Netherlands doesn’t have South Dakota or Mississippi.
https://twitter.com/AllOnMedicare/status/1215659621505011713

Those fetishizing managed-competition are telling the rural poor in Mississippi or Alabama
or Wyoming to pay up or die quickly. Competitive private insurance marketplaces –
for shopping – will never exist in those places.
https://twitter.com/AllOnMedicare/status/1215660033175965697

This is why Brazil has a socialized national health service. The marketplace
will never serve the health needs of the Amazon…or the Mississippi Delta.
https://twitter.com/AllOnMedicare/status/1215660347337707521

Note: Medicare for All is socialized insurance. Not socialized health care.

It’s not people in Washington, DC paying $500/month for plans
with $1,000 emergency room co-pays and huge deductibles. It’s people in Montana.
https://twitter.com/AllOnMedicare/status/1215661183207952386

Amazing that the health care industries’ official argument against a Medicare buy in is that if you let people buy Medicare they would love it so much no one would buy their overpriced private insurance https://t.co/oKGxiQpQwc
https://twitter.com/JonWalkerDC/status/1214270713302880256

Every American family basically pays
an $8,000 ‘poll tax’ under the U.S. health system, top economists say
https://t.co/ft87hB3KFw

Despite paying $8,000 more a year than anyone else, American families do not have better health outcomes, the economists argue. Life expectancy in the United States is lower than in Europe.

“We can brag we have the most expensive health care. We can also now brag that it delivers the worst health of any rich country,” Case said.

New Study: A #MedicareForAll, single-payer system
would save up to $600 billion in administrative waste.
The Biden/Buttigieg healthcare plans “that leave private insurers in place would continue to waste almost all of the $600 billion annually that Medicare For All could save.” https://bit.ly/39IBI6R
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1214605336075747328

The projected multitrillion-dollar cost of “Medicare for All” has pitted Democratic presidential candidates against each other – but the current system may cost trillions more in the long run and be less effective in saving lives https://t.co/X9UqoDLwR5
> The most expensive health care option of all? Do nothing.
https://twitter.com/politico/status/1215272304462172160

For decades, the American Medical Association has fought single-payer tooth and nail. But the US’s corporatized health system hurts doctors too – and cracks are forming in the AMA’s opposition to Medicare for All. https://t.co/cQZ3d6y0MS
https://twitter.com/jacobinmag/status/1215483402113015808

Gavin Newsom unveils health plan to form California’s own generic prescription drug label
https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article239100603.html

Why Humira’s price keeps rising despite FDA approval of generic competition
https://t.co/88vMhDilQy

California’s jails are in a deadly crisis. How can Gavin Newsom start fixing them?
https://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/california-prisons/article238944748.html

Thread
https://twitter.com/sacbee_news/status/1214958638420447233

After an investigation by McClatchy and ProPublica, Gov. Gavin Newsom submitted
a budget that would give more authority to the board that oversees jails.
https://bit.ly/2TgQbB1

Thread
https://twitter.com/JohnArnoldFndtn/status/1215649919119380481

Lawmakers Refused to Increase an Infamous Prison’s Funding. Then, Chaos Erupted.
Understaffed and underfunded, Mississippi’s Parchman prison recently received media attention for its grisly violence, gang control and subhuman living conditions. However, lawmakers have known about these issues for years, and have done nothing to fix it.
https://t.co/439w69KXJR

Sunday marks 10 years since the Haiti earthquake. Lots of folks asking about where all those billions in aid pledges went. You don’t need to go to Haiti to find out. Most of it never left donor countries. Start by asking US politicians why they won’t reform our broken aid system.
https://twitter.com/JakobJohnston/status/1215350211251441668

Looking for another scalp?
For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaido
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=889c58aa7a

As Venezuelanalysis (1/5/20) reported, this narrative was refuted by pro-Guaido lawmaker William Davila, who, after strolling in to the legislature, told press that with few exceptions, virtually all deputies were permitted to take their seats. Other senior opposition lawmakers, including the outgoing first and second vice presidents of the body, were visibly present inside the parliament.

  Latest Episode in Juan Guaido’s Venezuela Regime-Change Reality Show
https://bit.ly/3a09pkd

Ecuador Ends 2019 with Billions of Dollars Less in International Reserves than IMF Had Predicted, Due to IMF-Endorsed Austerity Measures
https://bit.ly/36I7xdP

Where do the candidates stand on key nuclear policy issues? Check out this great resource from @Livableworld https://t.co/7Q1BCe8Z9X
https://twitter.com/NTI_WMD/status/1215683973549981696

===2020 Watch List===
Facebook won’t limit how politicians target ads or lie to voters under new rules
https://t.co/WNPTgEqxn1

Thread
https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1215419758646059008

Colbert…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTWSf-22we4

Thread debunking PolitiFact Social Security post
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215377540317093888

Related: https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215667308338778114

The Persistence of Horrible Economic Reporting: They Just Don’t Care
https://tinyurl.com/reo9cea

Baker responds to PhRMA
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1216483460312748037

Media invent Elizabeth Warren “flip-flop” on Soleimani strike
https://tinyurl.com/yf5jzz2x

A recent viral video featuring Joe Biden
shows just how simple it is to push disinformation with very little effort.
https://tinyurl.com/vg2pgc8

See text graphic and link…
This is only true if you are completely ignoring the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren https://t.co/6PfuOcyA8u
https://twitter.com/AlexCKaufman/status/1215283987402444807

Click text graphics…
…@BenLaBolt is quoted attacking @BernieSanders in an AP story. Not mentioned: Ben runs the PR firm hired by the health insurance/pharma industry’s front group to attack Bernie’s Medicare for All legislation
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214922979009802240

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215029905982808064
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1214989309104836608

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
See referenced Jennifer Rubin comment…
Literally 55 out of 59 polls tracked by RealClearPolitics show @BernieSanders defeating Trump https://t.co/6vku2lhEnR
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215689187313061890

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215846858460823553
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1216039724931928064
https://twitter.com/AlexSJacquez/status/1216044237390827520
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1216175799469920256

Steady Hand Joe
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=8146e8b993

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214917550284443649

Joe Biden’s free ride is over
His awful record is finally coming under the scrutiny it deserves
https://t.co/wm3ueViM7k

See referenced CNN image…
At this point, it’s really performance art
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215853514162728960

CNN’s Sanders Hit Piece Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test
https://us20.campaign-archive.com/?u=e6457f9552de19bc603e65b9c&id=9712a8cf5f

Sanders issued a blistering denial to CNN, saying, “It is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win.” He added:

“It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”

The timing of this poorly sourced and poorly written story, appearing the day of a crucial candidates’ debate and days before the start of the actual primary season on a network that has been hostile to or dismissive of Sanders for years, is a journalistic outrage.

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Marianne Williamson… Jan 28th
Williamson suspends her campaign
https://t.co/BqTKQFI338

Presidential politics needs big ideas, new perspectives and candidacies that challenge expectations. @marwilliamson recognized this, and ran a campaign that added scope, character and ideals to the 2020 contest. Her enthusiasm about the future enlivened and enhanced the race.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215978515281207297
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Cory Booker… Feb 1st
It’s with a full heart that I share this news – I’m suspending my campaign for president.
To my team, supporters, and everyone who gave me a shot – thank you. I am so proud of what we built, and I feel nothing but faith in what we can accomplish together. (video)
https://twitter.com/CoryBooker/status/1216751780345864193

Sen. Cory Booker: The Iran briefing “was a sham … this President having no strategy for the region, and doing foreign policy by impulse and tweet, has tumbled us into further instability, separated us from our allies … and created an unstable region.” (audio)
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1215785443301740551
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Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
This economy is pushing struggling families to the breaking point, and our bankruptcy laws make it harder for them to get back on their feet. That’s not right. I’ve got a plan to overhaul our consumer bankruptcy rules.
https://t.co/WNanN0p2fb

Warren’s Latest Plan Signals That It’s Time to Talk About Joe Biden’s Record
The bankruptcy expert releases a proposal that doubles as an indictment
of Biden’s role in passing the 2005 bankruptcy law.
https://prospect.org/politics/warren-latest-plan-signals-time-talk-joe-biden-record/

2008: Bankruptcy Reform’s Poor Legacy
Critics of 2005 legislation grow thicker as times grow harder.
https://psmag.com/economics/bankruptcy-reforms-poor-legacy-4204

Fortenberry, Terry & Osborne voted for the bill
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll108.xml

Nelson & Hagel voted for the bill
https://tinyurl.com/yfha6rr7

What’s interesting about the Julian Castro’s Warren endorsement is that Warren was the number one Senator protesting distressed asset sales to Wall St banks when Castro ran HUD https://t.co/utzPBthQmw
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1214250778749067265

“Warren is quoted in The American Prospect as pointing out that many of these banks & funds
were responsible for fueling the housing bubble in the 1st place.. now [they’re] turning around
& scooping up these loans so they can profit from them a 2nd time.” https://t.co/WxilHZugk7
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1214251569438285824

Warren was successful in getting Castro to change his position and change
the distressed asset sale program so it didn’t benefit Wall St. https://t.co/l4r3tDhKq2
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1214252329349738496

This is kind of an unknown history, and it’s interesting how it culminates in this endorsement.
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1214252335230115840
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Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
On January 11, 1944 (76 years ago today), FDR presented his Second Bill of Rights – the Economic Bill of Rights. I discussed FDR’s vision, and why an Economic Bill of Rights is still necessary, with @BernieSanders. Here’s our conversation. https://t.co/ufMVH1mivv
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215984401382871040

See graphic…
In 1994, @BernieSanders won a tough race against Republicans with this pro-Social Security message. Months later in 1995, @JoeBiden went to the Senate floor to brag about how hard he was working with the GOP to cut Social Security. https://t.co/ojoa5koKTb
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214574005417578496

Bernie Sanders: We will create a government that represents the working class, not billionaires
https://t.co/sMeIBsH4K9

“Unlike some of our opponents, we are not proposing to appease pharmaceutical companies
& the health insurance industry that are bankrupting over 500K people every year & denying
Americans adequate medical treatment. We are going to end their profiteering”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214926612464066560

See rest of thread…
@SenSanders is renaming his Nashua, N.H. office after a volunteer organizer who died of cancer last week. He made 200 calls for Bernie the day before he went into ICU.  RIP, Al Johnson. Thanks for the reminder that these campaigns are fueled by real people.
https://twitter.com/TrentSpiner/status/1215977083710603269

Bernie Sanders: America must end high-stakes testing, finally invest in public education
Across the country, teachers, parents and students are pushing back against an ineffective and punitive standardized tests regime. I stand with them.
https://t.co/QwxHIghA36

The infamous No Child Left Behind Act aka No Child Left Standing
It’s the 18th anniv of #NCLB. @BernieSanders voted against NCLB and @JoeBiden voted
for it. Bernie: “We do not need an Ed system in which kids are simply taught to take tests…
We must end high-stakes testing and invest in public education.”
https://twitter.com/HeatherGautney/status/1214894936530857984

2006: (GW) Bush’s Family Profits from ‘No Child Left Behind’ Act
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-oct-22-na-ignite22-story.html

Bernie Sanders was the only member of the Dem Senate caucus
to vote against Trump’s Iran sanctions. (video)
https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1214014781079711744

Almost every person in media & politics lives in fear in of alienating allies by taking bold,
unpopular stands. The professional incentives for following the bandwagon are immense.
Its genuinely impressive how many times Bernie has charted his own course and been
morally right.
https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1214015728648511488

This is an exceptionally fine critique of military-industrial complex politics, and the media that sustains it, by @BernieSanders. (video)
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215831885202513920

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215666079407755264

Campaign video…
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1215776111101202433
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Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Buttigieg: We Need A Real Climate Leader (see details)
https://act.350.org/sign/buttigieg-we-need-real-climate-leader/

Pete Buttigieg claims that the #MedicareForAll promise of affordable health care for all – as a right, not an “option”-is polarizing. In fact, nothing is so polarizing as the savage inequality and inadequate care that characterizes the current system. (video)
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1214686468792295424

https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1214686468792295424
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Joe Biden… April 25th
Tell Joe Biden: Be A Real Climate Leader (see details)
https://act.350.org/sign/biden-2020-climate-leader/

Joe Biden’s Role in Creating the Student Debt Crisis Stretches Back to the 1970s
https://t.co/3iGdRAVvGl

In a new CNN interview, @BernieSanders spotlights @JoeBiden’s attempts to help the GOP cut Social Security — and how that record would hurt Dems in a general election. As Biden has been trying to cut Social Security, Bernie is pushing to expand it https://t.co/o4iYbVFNeF
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214586438169309186

Biden Proposed Social Security Freeze in 1984
https://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/biden-proposed-social-security-freeze-in-1984

See text graphic and links…
This is the literal Congressional Record of Joe Biden bragging about trying to cut Social
Security. https://t.co/TpoSdmjGhA (At the second link), you will find the first Congressional
Record Truther in history – an account arguing that that the congressional record is fake
news. https://t.co/IIVn4ysydp
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215124393501675520

Note: David provided a link to the Jan 31, 1995 debate on the Orwellian-named Balanced Budget Act (BBA). See CBPP link below for BBA info.

The far right keeps trying to pass the BBA…
2018 CBPP: 5 Reasons Why the House Balanced Budget Amendment Is a Bad Idea
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/5-reasons-why-the-house-balanced-budget-amendment-is-a-bad-idea

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214686080328450048

Note: Biden’s statement starts at the very end of page S 1817. His comments begin with (i.e. search for) Mr. BIDEN. Mr. President, I state the obvious.

Another clip surfaces of @JoeBiden proudly bragging about working with Republicans
on a plan to cut Social Security. C-Span link: https://t.co/ixQattKIXy
Congressional Record: https://t.co/KNCgNucuhz
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215397207601381376

NBC News: In 2007, Biden pushed a Social Security plan “that would include
discussing options such as upping the retirement age.”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215409741205143552

Myths and Facts about Raising the Retirement Age for Social Security
https://bit.ly/36LsRiP

Related: https://bit.ly/2tUsGTy

Another clip emerges of @JoeBiden saying we must consider cuts to Social Security &
Medicare. When asked if changes to eligibility age & COLAs should be considered, he said
in 2007: “Absolutely…You’ve got to put all of it on the table” Transcript: https://t.co/LPnSi80KcS (video)
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215641797071761409

This was not that long ago – it was 2007, during Joe Biden’s previous run for president.
It should terrify you in 2 ways: 1. These kind of cuts would harm lots of people
2. Trump could easily make devastating attack ads out of all these Biden clips
in a general election
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215645812258000898

Here’s the thing: posting video of @JoeBiden promoting Social Security cuts is not a
“negative attack.” It’s literally Joe’s words that he was *very* proud of. …
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215677054693203969

Compare / Contrast…
This “fact check” of Bernie Sanders’ newsletter on Biden and Social Security is just
flat out wrong in multiple ways, and I’ll explain how https://t.co/PxV81zutNy
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215377540317093888

See text graphic…
Politifact says Biden was being sarcastic and mocking Paul Ryan when he agreed that
you have to cut Social Security to balance the budget. But that whisper thing Biden does
is an old move: he does it when he’s speaking forbidden, politically incorrect truths to the
left
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215377546642104322

See text graphic…
Go watch Biden speeches, you’ll find that whisper move is consistent. Means he’s
attacking the left. But ok, say you don’t believe me. It’s wrong on a second count here.
Politifact bolded the wrong words. The right ones are highlighted (“it still needs adjustment”):
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215377552208015360

“Adjustment,” in Washington, is a euphemism for “cuts.” That’s just a basic fact of
congressional lingo that can’t be disputed, but I don’t blame Politifact for not being
familiar with it. Now that they are, this should be corrected.
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215377553692790786

See text graphic…
This part, though, there’s no excuse for. They used as their neutral arbiter a guy from an
organization founded for the purpose of cutting Social Security in order to cut the deficit.
Background on them here: https://t.co/vFiILvdMAd
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215377557908049920

Click text graphic…
Also this last part is just a minor correction, but it’s not true that Sanders said this.
It was in a newsletter that actually says the views are those of the author solely.
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215379036991631360

The context is also important: Biden has been in favor of cutting – freezing, adjusting,
whatever you want to call it – since the 1980s https://t.co/CZsZaGHPin (video
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1215401647066828805

See referenced Ryan Grim report…
Incredible. The “fact checkers” at @Politifact are now asking people to not believe video
and transcripts they can literally see with their own eyes — and these “fact checkers”
refuse to comment on all the actual facts debunking their claims. How Orwellian, really.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215680954666119168

Related: https://twitter.com/ZephyrTeachout/status/1215697869178576898

According to the latest economist/yougov poll, Social Security is the top issue for Seniors
and is the 2nd most important issue for African Americans and those earning <$50k
(healthcare is #1)
https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1214376092989054978

Joe Biden warned about ‘welfare mothers driving luxury cars’ in a 1988 column
https://t.co/MimRWDUg9w

The Truth Behind The Lies Of The Original ‘Welfare Queen’
https://n.pr/2NgidJ4

President Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates : “I think Joe Biden has been wrong on
nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past 4 decades”
Journalist : Would he be an effective commander in chief?
Gates : *deep breath* I don’t know… (video)
https://twitter.com/SharnaAisha/status/1214397111577587712

Full interview…
https://youtu.be/aUWvITlpKd4?t=3

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214916262100381696

Biden got this statement right…
“The seeds of these dangers were planted by Donald Trump himself on May 8, 2018 –
the day he tore up the Iran nuclear deal, against the advice of his own top national security
advisors. The day he turned his back on our closest European allies,” says @JoeBiden today
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1214676666531926019

Now…
Fact check: Biden again dishonestly suggests he opposed the Iraq War from the beginning
https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/06/politics/fact-check-biden-iraq-war-repeat-iowa/index.html

@JoeBiden is having @JohnKerry defend Biden’s vote for the Iraq War by saying his vote
for Bush’s Iraq War resolution “was not voting for the war.” Apparently, war is peace.
https://t.co/hRSwOxhwCw
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1216155704634929157

Details:
Joe Biden Was Talking Up War With Iraq Five Years Before Invasion
https://t.co/QhWBe6qhSt

Biden didn’t just vote for the Iraq War resolution – as Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Chairman, he helped the GOP kill Democratic amendments to limit the Iraq War resolution
Receipts: https://t.co/u1wv3v79dx https://t.co/JOIWspMypu https://t.co/KUEV8fNNcC
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1216156635275546624

Biden didn’t just vote for the Iraq War — he was literally the guy who led the effort on the
Senate floor to kill Democratic amendments to limit the Iraq War resolution, and then he
bragged about his Iraq War support after the war started. … https://t.co/ly6QPgE1WD
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1214310288243281922

…@JoeBiden, February 2003: “Let everyone here be absolutely clear:
I supported the resolution to go to war.” https://t.co/jJ73x0lMrm
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1216164704336269312

Video emerges of @JoeBiden criticizing antiwar Dems, praising Bush for leading America
into the Iraq War & promising he will support Bush’s continuation of the war “The president
of the United States is a bold leader & he is popular…I & many others will support him”
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1216381872982200320

Biden on the Iraq War resolution in ’02:
“I do not believe this is a rush to war. I believe it is a march to peace and security”
Sanders on the Iraq War resolution in ’02:
“I am opposed to giving the President a blank check
to launch a unilateral invasion and occupation of Iraq”
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1214296465675296775

I predict Biden is wrong.
> Biden predicts McConnell will become “mildly cooperative” with Democrats after Trump leaves office
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1214659380760776704

Note: McConnell opposed a Voting Rights Act fix, bills addressing inequality, checking war powers and Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination all before Trump was in office.

Joe Biden Is Getting Millions of Dollars of Air Cover in Iowa From Undisclosed Donors
Biden’s Super PAC, Unite the Country, does not have to disclose its donors until January 31 – three days before the much-awaited Iowa caucus.
https://theintercept.com/2020/01/10/joe-biden-super-pac-iowa-tv-ads/
—–
Michael Bloomberg… Nov 2019
Mike Bloomberg Says He’s Immune to Corporate Influence. His Campaign Is Managed by Lobbyists.
https://theintercept.com/2020/01/08/mike-bloomberg-campaign-lobbyists/

2020 candidate Michael Bloomberg says he has no regrets for backing Iraq War, reports @finneganLAT https://t.co/2stcq2XsoH
https://twitter.com/LATSeema/status/1214324208710217728

I gotta say, given that billionaires exist, this is what unity looks like. @MikeBloomberg will keep 100s of organizers on the job through Nov., even if Warren or Sanders are the nominee. Because Trump is existentially dangerous #demunitytwitterproject https://t.co/fAREwOE1Fn
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1216355256319336449

===Libertarian Party===
Lincoln Chafee files to run for president as a libertarian
https://t.co/qDqaoqi6UL

Hartmann with Mark Ames: The True History of Libertarianism in America
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqI_7wHuDEE

===Republicans===
Joe Walsh…Aug 25th…
Wisconsin Republicans block Trump’s primary opponents from the ballot
https://bit.ly/2NcxfQ4

So yet another state in America wants to disenfranchise its voters. That would make 10
states in which Republican Party bosses have cancelled primaries. All to protect their King.
This isn’t Russia. This isn’t China. This kind of un-American b-llsh-t shouldn’t happen here.
https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/1214592932482867200

Prediction…
https://twitter.com/ThunkingMan/status/1214595242831294469
—–
Donald Trump
Trump Moves to Limit Environmental Reviews, Erase Climate Change from NEPA Considerations
https://bit.ly/2scYqTz

CBPP Context: Social Security Disability Insurance Still Shrinking (naturally)
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/social-security-disability-insurance-still-shrinking

And yet…
Trump Proposes Social Security Change
That Could End Disability Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands
https://bit.ly/2sjU7pG

In 2015 the Republican controlled Congress was rumored to target disability but didn’t…
2015 Hartmann with Caller: I’m on a Crusade to Save Social Security Disability!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9mJlf_-oPA

‘Trump Said He Wouldn’t Cut Social Security. He Lied’:
Sanders Vows to Reverse President’s Attack on Disability Benefits
“No, Mr. President: We will not let you cut Social Security. We will fight to expand it.”
https://bit.ly/2tOS79d

Job Growth Slows Sharply in December, Women Become Majority of Employment
http://cepr.net/data-bytes/jobs-bytes/jobs-2020-1

The Trump administration is making it easier for big meat companies to squeeze small farmers, many of whom are rural voters who propelled Trump to the White House. https://t.co/QNKOMlzxMG
https://twitter.com/iarnsdorf/status/1136272482820939776

Thread
https://twitter.com/iarnsdorf/status/1215709356995633152

Undue and Unreasonable Preferences and Advantages Under the Packers and Stockyards Act
https://bit.ly/30b4Mzj

Make a public comment by March 13th
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=AMS_FRDOC_0001-1991

CBPP: Trump Administration Rule Would Reverse Communities’ Progress
Toward Meeting Fair Housing Obligations
https://bit.ly/2NzPBuL

Related: https://politi.co/2Td15YC

The proposal comes on top of another Trump Administration proposed rule, issued in August 2019, that would make it significantly harder for families or the federal government to fight local housing policies and practices that restrict access to housing.

How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses
Washington’s influence industry, including former Trump officials and allies, has made big money helping companies get exemptions from tariffs – sometimes by undercutting small business owners like Mike Elrod.
https://tinyurl.com/ygok2dzg

Related: https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1215793001106153477

Click text graphics…
On the left is a letter requesting tariff exemptions from a small business owner who voted for
Trump. On the right is the very formal, citation-filled letter a giant conglomerate submitted
to specifically ensure that businesses like his had to continue paying tariffs.
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1214305905128476679

CBPP Context: Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA
https://www.cbpp.org/sabotage-watch-tracking-efforts-to-undermine-the-aca

The War on the War on Cancer
Trump’s Gutting of Toxics Regulations Will Mean Higher Profits for Polluters
and Higher Cancer Rates for the American People
https://theintercept.com/2020/01/12/cancer-trump-administration-epa-carcinogens-regulations/

Trump tried to take credit for a fall in US cancer death rates,
but the American Cancer Society says it has nothing to do with him
https://bit.ly/35LheXK

Since Trump is claiming credit for a fall in cancer deaths, I assume he’ll claim credit for this too
> Americans’ Life Expectancy Drops For Third Year In Row,
> Signaling There’s ‘Something Terribly Wrong’ Going On https://tinyurl.com/u43rsc6
https://twitter.com/paulkrugman/status/1215332432750182400

Who Killed the Knapp Family?
Across America, working-class people – including many of our friends – are dying of despair.
And we’re still blaming the wrong people
https://t.co/wxgVOjv2xM

Today, President Trump and Jared Kushner had a meeting with Khalid bin Salman at the White House, which was not on his public schedule.  We have already sued over this administration’s failure to create records of meetings like this one.
https://twitter.com/CREWcrew/status/1214698355949002755

As the US bizarrely attacks Iraq with threats of sanctions, Russia swoops in offering an air defense system along with support and solidarity. Another opportunity for Russia in the region at the expense of US unpredictability. https://t.co/tE0PDSx8T1
https://twitter.com/biannagolodryga/status/1214512965774430209

Iranian officials found multiple ways to telegraph to the US – including messaging via intermediaries – where, when & how they intended to strike, to avoid escalating to full-scale war with the US. The 40-year fight returns to the shadows, for now. – Team @TIME reporting
https://t.co/0pPwz6g9wG
https://twitter.com/KimDozier/status/1215229414151217153

Again, goes to show that Iran is very carefully planning, implementing, and managing
the escalation.
https://twitter.com/ArianeTabatabai/status/1215259751019425795

Sanctions Are Economic Warfare
Trump used his Iran speech to say the US is “ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”
But the crippling sanctions he proposes will only make things worse. https://t.co/8TXDYLpVWY
https://t.co/8TXDYLpVWY

“Direct, firm, and peaceful engagement with Iran is more likely to bring about positive change
than are further sanctions and warfare.” – @justinamash
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1215617607577022464

April Context: Trump designates elite Iranian military force as a terrorist organization
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/08/politics/iran-us-irgc-designation/index.html

Iran just voted to classify all US soldiers as “terrorists.” Something else the right wing
militarist fundamentalists of both countries have in common. – See https://bit.ly/30eaO2h
https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1215349298247995393

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1214717331387092993

Will Trump’s big, transparent lie about being “antiwar” and “anti-interventionist”
come back to haunt him in November?
https://twitter.com/newsvandal/status/1214719926675464192
—Details—
President Trump wrongly dismissed the continuing threat of the Islamic State group and repeated a false tale of the U.S. paying out billions of dollars to Iran as part of the deal freezing its nuclear program. https://t.co/sS3tqOdwDH
https://twitter.com/APFactCheck/status/1214984056871510016

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson: Qassem Soleimani Worked with U.S. in Fight Against Taliban & ISIS
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/6/lawrence_wilkerson_iraq_iran

U.S. Killing of Soleimani Helps Hard-Liners in Iran
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/3/right_wing_populists_will_sweep_the

Video for context…
https://twitter.com/codyking409/status/1214207429283442688

Soleimani’s Death Could Galvanize Shia Coalitions Against One “Foreign Aggressor” – The U.S.
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/6/narges_bajoghli_qassem_soleimani_assassination_iran

Trump’s Killing of Qassem Soleimani
Means “Rules of the Game Have Totally Changed” in Middle East
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/6/ghaith_abdul_ahad_iran_iraq_soleimani

Trita Parsi: U.S. Assassination of Iranian General Is Major Escalation & Will Make America Less Safe
https://www.democracynow.org/2020/1/3/trita_parsi_us_assassination_of_iranian

All the Times the US allied with Gen. Soleimani against Common Enemies,
giving him Air Support at Tikrit (fighting their common enemy, ISIS)
https://www.juancole.com/2020/01/soleimani-against-support.html

Trump’s Killing of Gen. Soleimani evokes Dark Themes of Martyrdom in Shiite Islam
https://www.juancole.com/2020/01/killing-soleimani-martyrdom.html

Hmm…
https://tinyurl.com/ygvja5bh
https://tinyurl.com/ydjoslem
https://tinyurl.com/yg33sblr
https://tinyurl.com/yz9pws4p

Black is white. Up is down. Pompeo wants us to believe that the agreement that blocked all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb actually gave Iran the bomb. And that killing Soleimani will now magically stop them. https://t.co/FR2DkzgRnj
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1214576842549665794

Context: On the same day U.S. forces killed Solemiani, they launched another secret kill
operation to take out a senior Iranian official in Yemen, but did not succeed.
https://t.co/RbwmQuJd9Z
https://twitter.com/John_Hudson/status/1215685055059808257

U.S. Strike on Iranian Commander in Yemen the Night of Suleimani’s Assassination
Killed the Wrong Man. The operation targeted Abdul Reza Shahlai, commander of the
Yemen division of Iran’s elite Quds Force, near the Yemeni capital Sana’a.
https://theintercept.com/2020/01/10/us-strike-abdul-reza-shahlai-yemen/

…such a good point by @MaloneySuzanne about the #Shahlai operation:
“This suggests a mission with a longer planning horizon and a larger objective, and it really
does call into question why there was an attempt to explain this publicly on the basis of an
imminent threat.”
https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1215690139772604417

Trump’s New National Security Team Made Fast Work of Iran Strike
WH advisers were cohesive and less inclined than their predecessors to push back
against the president’s wishes. They also were less likely to consult in advance with
others, including congressional leaders and foreign allies
https://t.co/3xxLFJ6XTk

Trump killed Soleimani to win support in impeachment trial,
Wall Street Journal casually mentions – see https://t.co/3xxLFJ6XTk
https://bit.ly/30ciz8L

Related: https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1215627218916978688

Before Iran’s retaliation, Trump argued to aides that the attack on Soleimani would be
politically popular and that Iran would not ‘do anything too stupid,’ in the words of one
senior administration official who had spoken to the president. https://t.co/U4dmhdmsAa
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1214902072094711808

Trump now claims four embassies were under threat from Iran…
https://t.co/64PeANlbF0

Sunday video: Defense Secretary Epser:
“I didn’t see” specific evidence that showed Iran planned to strike four U.S. embassies.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1216369264623521800

Esper admits that there is no evidence to back up Trump’s claims of imminent attack.
He falls back on “belief.” Just to be clear, he is saying that because Trump believes it
to be true, it is true.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1216374400062312448

Trump’s “imminent threat” is the new “WMD”: there’s no evidence given for either.
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1215765218409754624

See referenced Jeffrey Goldberg comment…
They are going to literally rerun all of the same propaganda from Iraq
https://twitter.com/schwarz/status/1216145656659828747

I feel like this criticism of “the left” would be stronger
if it cited the words of a single human being
https://twitter.com/schwarz/status/1216145656659828747

Trump…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215728373005049857

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215731318824157185
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1215740015189229569
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1215758433900748800
—–
Asked about ProPublica’s findings that the president’s company made itself appear more profitable to lenders and less to tax officials, Bill de Blasio said the city had examined the matter and sent its findings to the Manhattan district attorney. https://bit.ly/37WYiac
https://twitter.com/propublica/status/1215777247845584896

Mnuchin seeks delay of proposed disclosure of Secret Service spending on presidential travel until after the election. Trump – who’s been on the grounds of his golf courses or played golf elsewhere over 250X as president – has an embarrassing lot to hide. https://t.co/Q3QWOqJqX6
https://twitter.com/greenhousenyt/status/1215095795168555019

We Found Major Trump Tax Inconsistencies. New York’s Mayor Wants a Criminal Investigation.
Asked about ProPublica’s findings that the president’s company made itself appear more profitable to lenders and less to tax officials, Bill de Blasio said the city had examined the matter and sent its findings to the Manhattan district attorney.
https://t.co/AXr3DLuCF3

Federal prosecutors have charged a major donor to Trump’s inaugural committee with obstructing justice, alleging that the donor backdated a check and deleted emails to hinder an investigation into where he got the money he ultimately gave the committee. https://t.co/xx9h0rpRv3
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1214691966572793857

Trump Must Face Rape Accuser Carroll’s Defamation Lawsuit
https://t.co/IpDUDiRLDe

2016: ‘You can do anything’: Trump brags on tape about using fame to get women
Republicans line up to condemn presidential nominee as lewd bragging about using fame
for sexual advances horrifies allies and opponents alike
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/07/donald-trump-leaked-recording-women

Oct: The 25 women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct
https://www.businessinsider.com/women-accused-trump-sexual-misconduct-list-2017-12

2018: 61 things Donald Trump has said about women
https://theweek.com/articles/655770/61-things-donald-trump-said-about-women

Anatomy of a Trump rally: 67 percent of claims are false or lacking evidence
https://t.co/c2yjTAdodY

Iranian officials found multiple ways to telegraph to the US – including messaging via intermediaries – where, when & how they intended to strike, to avoid escalating to full-scale war with the US. The 40-year fight returns to the shadows, for now. – Team @TIME reporting https://t.co/0pPwz6g9wG
https://twitter.com/KimDozier/status/1215229414151217153

Again, goes to show that Iran is very carefully planning, implementing, and managing the escalation.
https://twitter.com/ArianeTabatabai/status/1215259751019425795

As the US bizarrely attacks Iraq with threats of sanctions, Russia swoops in offering an air defense system along with support and solidarity. Another opportunity for Russia in the region at the expense of US unpredictability. https://t.co/tE0PDSx8T1
https://twitter.com/biannagolodryga/status/1214512965774430209

“For not only did [Trump’s] strategy bring us close to war, it also failed in achieving its larger strategic objectives,” says @IvoHDaalder in excellent new @chicagotribune post. Ivo is our guest on next week’s @PressButtonPod. https://t.co/ExbjUaVmuj
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1215266921240809472

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