Towards an issues-based 2020 election (38)

===2020 Big Picture===
New Study: Student participation doubled (!) in 2018 elections. What might be possible in 2020???

Reich: Reasons for Optimism

Reich: 9 Ways to Stay Sane During the Primaries

You rarely see news analysis pieces asking whether the GOP has drifted too far right to be viable in 2020. But their plan to steal people’s health care and Social Security to pay for their tax cuts for billionaires is pretty much textbook political suicide.

In 2016, Trump ran on a dual platform of A) racism & B) promising to raise taxes on rich
people like himself and protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid while guaranteeing
health care for all and ending outsourcing. He’s kept the first promise but shredded all the

One reason so many Republicans were tepid about him in 2016 was that on economic
issues, he often sounded like a populist progressive. But that was key to his victory.
Now, he’s broken all those promises, and Wisconsin communities are reeling from the

He can’t run on his record. It’s our job to also make sure he can’t run *from* his record.
To make sure folks know what he’s done, and what he plans to do. To make sure $1 trillion
in proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid can’t get swept under the rug.

Click text graphic…
Trump’s colossal political weakness on earned benefit programs isn’t just a lesson learned
from just about every election in the last half century – it’s also shown in recent WI polling
by @ChangePolls and @crookedmedia. It’s info folks don’t know yet – but find intensely

Bernie Sanders hits 1 million donors

A million people have donated to our campaign and not a single one of them is a billionaire.
I think that says a lot about the kind of movement we are building.


Bennet, Buttigieg, Booker, Trump, Harris, Biden, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Weld & Delaney…
Presidential Candidates Get Cash From Major Fossil Fuel Investors
Upper-level employees and executives at 14 hedge funds and private equity firms that are propping up the oil and gas industry have made large contributions to eight Democratic White House hopefuls, most who have taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge.

Note: To be clear, they aren’t taking money from the companies and there’s likely no way of knowing whether the candidates asked them for the donations.

===2020 Issues===
America’s Great Climate Exodus Is Starting in the Florida Keys
Mass migration begins as coastal homes are bulldozed in the state facing the biggest threat from climate-driven inundation.

Two 1,000-year floods struck Ellicott City, Maryland, in the span of two years,
necessitating new land-use strategies for the city’s historic core, and new long-term
planning from @MahanRykiel to avoid the next deluge.

How We Respond; Communities and scientists taking action on climate change

The world must invest $1.8 trillion by 2030 to prepare for the effects of global warming.
And that would yield $7.1 trillion in benefits…

See chart…
Most Americans say climate change should be addressed now – CBS News poll

I have just used this thread to successfully convince someone to let go of his false belief
that the planet is warming naturally post-ice age.

See chart…
Encouraging renewable energy and regulating CO2 continue to be wildly popular, across partisan lines. Some day Dems are going to wake up to this.

Greta Thunberg to Congress: ‘You’re not trying hard enough. Sorry’

Short thread on Rep Garret Graves’ (R-LA06) misleading comment…

“Young People Have Had Enough”: Global Climate Strike Youth Activists on Why They Are Marching Today

‘Students Have Led and We Must Follow’:
Thousands of Scientists From 40 Nations Join Global Climate Strike

“On Fire”: In New Book,
Naomi Klein Makes the Case for a Green New Deal to Save the Planet

Thank you to @BernieSanders, @PeteButtigieg, @CoryBooker, @JulianCastro, & @AndrewYang for committing to the @MSNBC climate forum this week.  This is an emergency. We need a president who’ll take every chance to make that case to the American people. (thread)
> Biden skipping climate forum for fundraiser

The new face of climate activism is young, angry – and effective

The beauty of a Green New Deal is that it would pay for itself

Its pursuit of mindless austerity means that a Green New Deal would cost Europe nothing
Trailer: Suppressed: The Fight to Vote

Reich: The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power
Edward Snowden is a 2020 Election Issue

“The book the gov’t is so afraid of you reading that they sued the publisher on *day one*
has now sold so many copies that even Amazon is selling out.”  – Edward @Snowden
In addition to buying the book, Americans should be asking why the gov’t is so afraid?

“Some people have a misconception that I set out to burn down the NSA,” @Snowden
says. “But that’s not what this was about. In many ways, 2013 wasn’t about surveillance
at all. What it was about was a violation of the Constitution.”

ACLU: “@Snowden wrote this book to continue a global conversation about mass
surveillance and free societies that his actions helped inspire.” This conversation should
be part of the next Dem debate – and the debates of the 2020 general election.”

Trump’s DOJ wants to censor @Snowden. Pompeo has argued for executing @Snowden
Why? @Snowden let the American people know what is being done in our name but
without our informed consent. @Snowden dared to make real the promise of transparency.

Edward @Snowden says the American people should know what is being done in their
name but without their informed consent. The Trump administration disagrees. What do
Democrats who seek to replace Trump have to say about dropping charges against

“The interests of justice would be best served if our government granted @Snowden
some form of clemency or a plea agreement…” – @BernieSanders on #Snowden
I am increasingly hearing how the recent FedListen meetings where the Fed hears from real workers/citizens has had a real impact on the Fed’s appreciation of maximizing tight labor markets for full-employment. That entire novel effort was inspired by @AdyBarkan and Fed-Up.


Fed Up: The National Campaign for a Strong Economy

See chart…
This figure captures key dynamics regarding current Fed policy:
– Unemployment rate below Fed’s estimate of unemployment (today: 4.2%) *since 12/16*
– Inflation still missing on the downside
– Wage growth drifting up slowly
Price Phil Curve flat
Wg Phil Curve less so
*But we’re not yet at full employment*

Productivity growth from 2005 to 2018, which includes the Great Recession, has been slower than for any sustained period on record, @DeanBaker13 finds in his new paper, The Productivity to Paycheck Gap: 2019 Update.


My mom to my dad:
“Don’t forget to mail that payment to Sallie Mae.” #StrangeThingsParentsSay
My parents are 65 & 61 year old retired educators. They were supposed to get loan
forgiveness for working in Detroit. They are *still* paying off student loans.

Note: This is an issue where Warren and Sanders significantly differ. Also… reportedly Warren hasn’t posted her own M4A health plan. Given all the candidates that say they’re for universal coverage, but don’t have a plan to make that happen… I’d really appreciate her putting something in writing.

(DeVos’s (R)) Dep’t of Education rejects 99% of requests for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

The cost of child care by state


Since 1987 the cost of:
– College increased 549%
– Healthcare increased 275%
– Housing increased 188%
We can enact: #CollegeForAll #MedicareForAll #HousingForAll
And provide relief to working families drowning in debt.
Or we can bailout Wall Street again when the economy tanks.

April: Wall Street CEOs Can’t Explain Away
Deregulation, Tax Cut, Anti-Oversight Lobbying

Black: Rigged System Apologists and Deniers Fear Senators Warren and Sanders


New Hanauer TED Talk: The dirty secret of capitalism – and a new way forward
Rising inequality and growing political instability are the direct result of decades of bad economic theory, says entrepreneur Nick Hanauer. In a visionary talk, he dismantles the mantra that “greed is good” — an idea he describes as not only morally corrosive, but also scientifically wrong — and lays out a new theory of economics powered by reciprocity and cooperation.

See referenced comment…
…I’m not relying on good people. Change the rules so that people aren’t getting
ridiculously rich from government-granted patent & copyright monopolies, bring
CEO pay in line with productivity by giving shareholders control

Downsize Wall Street with a nice little financial transactions tax and subject doctors
and other highly paid professionals to the same international competition autoworkers
face. I don’t count on people being nice, I want the right rules


CBPP Briefs: Who the GOP Tax Plans Really Help


Don’t Let Congress Hand Patent Abusers Their Ultimate Wishlist
(Bill was) introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) for the third time in three years.

The Stronger Patents Act would tear apart inter partes review (IPR), a critical tool for challenging bad patents. People who are charged with patent violations shouldn’t have to have millions of dollars in the bank to defend themselves. IPR provides a more cost-effective way of evaluating patents than expensive federal court litigation.

Patent trolls, drug companies, and IP lawyer groups have been attacking IPR for years now, and they’re all big supporters of this bill. Big patent owners have grown so used to gaming the patent system that they’re willing to throw out IPRs, despite the fact that these reviews are clearly in the public interest.

Was reading all the Presidential candidates platforms on affordable housing/rent control + listening to @BernieSanders most recent comments – he is spot on. I’m thankful that he is elevating the conversation around rent control at the federal level at this point in time.

Being a mayor in one of the most densely populated cities in America, I see the struggles
every day of affordable housing policies that are a patchwork of regulations between
federal, state, local governments. Creating/protecting affordable housing should be a
priority of any Mayor, Governor or Presidential Candidate + I believe a national policy that
allows municipalities to more effectively create/protect rent control measures can do
more to ensure affordability.
I strongly support Senator Sander’s call for a national policy.


Latest addition…
Bernie’s #HousingForAll plan will:
– Build nearly 10M homes through the Housing Trust Fund, social housing,
& Community Land Trusts.
– Impose a 2% Empty Homes tax on the property value of vacant, owned homes
– Place a 25% Flipping tax on speculators
The health care industry continued to rake in record-level profits in the second quarter, with its year-over-year earnings increasing by 23%, according to an Axios analysis of 160 companies.

Click text graphics…
This is the (Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern CA) shake-down letter my family received from a doctor’s office asking for a “non-mandatory” fee of $500. Note that the letter was not given up front, but AFTER we had already gone to them. If we’d known about this we would have chosen another practice.

To clarify: The fee is non-mandatory unless you don’t pay it. Then it becomes mandatory.

Air Ambulances Woo Rural Consumers With Memberships That May Leave Them Hanging

North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread called the memberships “another
loophole” that air ambulance companies use to “essentially exploit our consumers.”

Pelosi’s ambitious (drug) plan, and its closed-door drafting process

…the secretive process has frustrated Democrats across the spectrum and left both progressives and otherwise supportive centrist members skeptical of leadership’s case for speeding the drug plan through as soon as October.

(Pocan said) “I don’t think anyone wants to go back home and say we’re negotiating for 25 drugs. It’s gotta be something more substantive.”

The legislation also sets a first-ever $2,000 cap on what seniors must pay out of pocket for their drugs under Medicare Part D, a broadly popular move that’s become a priority for Republicans and Democrats over the past year.

Question: According to the ACA, the donut hole was supposed to be closed by 2020. Why would the $2,000 cap be necessary?

Telepresser: Advocates Respond to Pelosi’s H.R. 3 Proposal to Lower Prescription Prices

See chart…
From the economist who first warned of the housing bubble, @DeanBaker13 sounds the alarm again in Cost of Health Care Insurance Soars, and No One Notices. “…the cost of health care insurance is going through the roof.”

As wages stagnate, health costs escalate for Americans with employer-based insurance

Without Medicare for All, the Healthcare System Will Collapse – Wendell Potter

Compare / Contrast…
Pelosi supports the sabotaged ACA that doesn’t cover millions of people and
falsely suggests those on private insurance would lose their coverage under M4A

Economist’s thread on paying for M4A
“You *get* a lot more protection/coverage, and it costs less.”


Buttigieg’s Big (M4A) Lie…

Former @CMSGov administrator Dr. @donberwick knows that commercial health insurers would *love* a public option plan that covers only the costliest patients. That’s why he testified in support of #SinglePayer #MedicareForAll. via @WaysMeansCmte (video)

1) #MedicareForAll ends all cost-sharing and deductibles for seniors
2) #MedicareForAll gives seniors dental, vision, hearing, and long-term care.
3) #MedicareForAll is a Social Security benefits increase,
given supplemental plans are no longer needed.


“1 in 7 people who file for bankruptcy in the U.S. are now age 65 or older –
an almost fivefold increase over just 25 years.”

Republican attacks on the Social Security 2100 Act are an assault on public health

Does Anyone Really ‘Love’ Their Private Health Insurance?

“When I hear politicians talk about how much Americans love
their private health insurance, I think: Really?
“I am alive today not because of insurance companies but despite them.”

See referenced comment…
It is important for serious reform that people recognize
our entire health care system is a cesspool, it’s not just the insurers

See chart…
“The waste that a M4A system would most immediately eliminate is growing rapidly,” warns @DeanBaker13. #BLSdata show health care insurance is up 18.6% over the last year. “[BLS measures] the money that is going to the insurers themselves.

Counterpoint: The easiest way for America to crowdfund healthcare for everyone
is by passing Medicare for All

Health Insurance That Doesn’t Cover the Bills Has Flooded the Market Under Trump
The administration’s moves to weaken the Affordable Care Act have taken hold,
and companies are cashing in.

Note: Fortenberry supports these plans.

“Workers with employer-provided health care insurance are effectively already being
taxed for their health care insurance. People should understand this even if the pundits
don’t,” writes @DeanBaker13 in @beat_the_press about #MedicareForAll.

Please repeat this often. People are trading health care coverage for higher wages.
When unions could negotiate, the coverage was good. It has gotten progressively worse
without them.


USDA Offers New Inspection Plan, Despite Opposition

See referenced comment from supporter of this change…
And Boeing never wanted its planes to crash and had every incentive to sell planes
that are safe. But we have seen what happens when an industry is given the opportunity
to police itself and federal inspectors are removed. We know how this movie ends,
and it’s not pretty.
CBC: Women in science special – How science has done women wrong
Why women still aren’t equally represented in science, both as researchers, and in science done about women
We asked the presidential candidates: Given the assassination (by butchering) of Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the civil war in Yemen, what changes, if any, would you make to U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia? Here’s how they answered.

===2020 Watch List===
U.S. political ad spending on Snapchat totaled $594,324 in 2018 and $612,043 so far this year.

The Wall Street Campaign to Stop Elizabeth Warren Officially Began on September 10, 2019

Facebook advertising-related thread

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
Short thread: Bruenig to Kessler – You can’t average Sanders plan with Not-Sanders Plan.

Hey @GlennKesslerWP, potentially worth mentioning this guy chairs a group that
partners with Aetna, UnitedHealth, GlaxoSmithKline, the Healthcare Leadership
Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, etc.

This is one of @GlennKesslerWP’s favorite moves, to find an industry shill to dispute
a Sanders fact, and not disclose their industry connection. This isn’t even close to
acceptable in the actual newspaper…

“Sanders is right that a new study concludes his plan would reduce overall spending
on health care in America … [by] $2.1 trillion,” Washington Post, 6-31-18.
“if we keep the [health] system as it is now, we’ll spend $50 trillion over the next decade,”
Washington Post, 1-30-19

…He has to discredit a Washington Post piece in order to discredit Bernie.

Short thread…

Y’all see this? Someone is missing.

Because the press loves to cut him out of the picture…


===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
End Washington Corruption


Baker: Elizabeth Warren Is Right on Currency Values (see Second Addendum)

Tiana Caldwell asked @ewarren to commit to a #HomesGuarantee. Warren didn’t commit. Instead summarized her plan. Tiana followed up: Do you commit to 12m social housing units, $150b for public housing, and universal rent control? Warren did not commit. #ThePeoplesForum

This election cycle is the first in decades in which candidates even have housing platforms.
And now we can see critical distinctions. For starters, Warren’s plan barely touches on
public housing. – -. Bernie’s #HomesGuarantee reinvests
$70b in public housing.

Bernie released his #HomesGuarantee plan this week. Warren says she will figure out how
cities can set their own rent control standards. Bernie proposes a national rent control
standard *and* allows cities and states to go even further to protect tenants from
skyrocketing rents

.@ewarren’s housing plan would build a couple million new units but she does not specific
who would own them, whether they would remain permanently affordable or in public hands.
@BernieSanders proposes ~10 million social housing units

In 2019 workers earning minimum wage, working fulltime, can’t afford to live anywhere.
Millions like @TianaCaldwell15 have to choose between meds and rent. Incrementalism
is dead. @ewarren must commit to a #HomesGuarantee, a vision from the people directly
impacted by the crisis.


Note: Her student debt program falls short of Sanders’ plan, too.

…@ewarren is not here today (unless she makes a surprise appearance, she’s not listed on the agenda), the day after getting the @WorkingFamilies endorsement. kinda funny huh #workers2020

She’s not mentioned here, either…

Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
The U.S is the only major country on earth where you can lose your house, car or have your
wages garnished because you can’t afford to pay a medical bill. That’s unconscionable &
unacceptable. When Bernie is president we’re going to #EliminateMedicalDebt. – See also

The very bottom of @BernieSanders medical debt plan feels very huge. He wants
to replace companies like Equifax, Transunion and Experian with a public credit registry
through CFPB. – See also

One in six Americans has medical debt. When you get sick, you should focus on
getting better – not dealing with debt collectors. We will eliminate all past-due medical
debt in America.


So #Workers2020 clearly has a favorite: @BernieSanders got the warmest reception, people standing with phones in the air. Cites his “100% voting record with the AFL-CIO” as soon as his takes the stage.

.@BernieSanders has drawn the most applause at #Workers2020. “Together we are
going to end a corrupt political system that allows billionaires to buy elections. Together
we are going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign

“Congress doesn’t regulate the pharmaceutical industry, the pharmaceutical industry
regulates congress. that is outrageous.” -bernie #workers2020



@BernieSanders has just released a comprehensive plan to crack down on Trump cronies and Wall Street landlords who are fueling the housing crisis that enriches billionaires and crushes everyone else.

Sanders: ‘What Was Your Most Absurd Medical Bill?’ Here Is The Response


“Tragically, we have a president who is a racist, and a xenophobe.” – @BernieSanders at @iowacci @PplsAction presidential forum in Des Moines, where he promises a radically different immigration policy “that does not snatch babies from their mothers” and that ends ICE raids


See table…
Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric tries to pit white people against Latinos. @BernieSanders’ unifying agenda is doing the opposite – and now polls show Bernie has one of the most diverse coalitions & is leading among *both* Latinos *and* white working class Dems


See referenced comment…
Bernie has been consistently right in calling out both the corruption of the Trump-Saudi relationship, and the need for Congress to assert itself on war powers.

Bernie has the strongest platform for:
– Housing #HousingForAll
– Climate #GreenNewDeal
– Criminal Justice #JusticeAndSafteyForAll
– Healthcare #MedicareForAll
– Workers #WorkplaceDemocracyAct
– Public ed. #ThurgoodMarshallPlan
– College #CancelStudentdebt
It’s no contest.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities…
.@BernieSanders takes the stage here at @BennettCollege. He is the first presidential candidate to visit the all-female HBCU since Rep. Shirley Chisolm did in 1972.

A conversation with Bernie Sanders

Ground work…

Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Economist’s thread on paying for M4A
“You *get* a lot more protection/coverage, and it costs less.”


Buttigieg’s Big (M4A) Lie…

Colbert’s Warren interview covers M4A financing

When @PeteButtigieg says at @PplsAction @iowacci presidential forum that he wants to maintain private insurance, he faces chants of #MedicareForAll – and “It’s not enough!”

Resilient Communities: A New Disaster Preparedness Approach

Documents Shed New Light on Critical Moment in Pete Buttigieg’s South Bend Political Career
An investigation by the Young Turks sheds new light on a moment Buttigieg has highlighted as defining his relationship with South Bend’s black community.
Joe Biden… April 25th
Joe Biden on Social Security: 6 Things You Should Know
The former vice president and Democratic frontrunner for the presidency has a more (“centrist”) view on Social Security than his peers.

Joe Biden to union members here in Philadelphia: “I have never not stepped up for you.”

Critics lament Joe Biden’s support for a bill leading to Teamsters pension cuts,
after he hosted his campaign kickoff at Pittsburgh Teamster hall


“Biden’s advocacy for NAFTA and the TPP would suggest that the Washington-driven conventional wisdom that he has solid support among union households in the Midwest and elsewhere might be more complicated than the media is currently presenting,” said Waleed Shahid, communications director for the left-wing Justice Democrats. “Biden hasn’t been held accountable for his policy record, and he’ll increasingly be exposed for not really being the populist hero he likes to present himself as.”

Many old-school Democratic voters believe free-trade deals have been disastrous, closing factories and shrinking American wages. Trump turned that opposition to his advantage, winning over some Democrats by bashing NAFTA and TPP.

  Joe Biden’s greatest betrayal:
The one Senate vote that makes it hard to support a Biden run
As a Senator in Delaware, Biden shepherded to passage
a law that decimated bankruptcy protection for milllions

In light of what occurred in its wake, this law is easily one of the most disgraceful aspects of the Bush and Biden legacies. The harm it did to middle-class Americans, especially during the crushing events of the recession four years later, is immeasurable. …


CBPP Context: New Tax Law Is Fundamentally Flawed and Will Require Basic Restructuring

How in the world does Joe Biden intend to end the GOP “tax cut for the top 1%” on day 1?

And how does that statement jive with this one…
Joe Biden to affluent donors: “No one’s standard of living would change.
Nothing would fundamentally change”

It is impossible to take on the greed and corruption of the corporate elite
if you’re taking their money.

*Say It Louder For Those In The (“Center”)

Hanauer:  Democrats Must Reclaim the Center … by Moving Hard Left
America needs a centrist party that actually represents the economic center,
not just zillionaires like me.

A note to anyone who wants to use union members as a wedge to oppose #MedicareForAll: @UAW has one of the best plans in the country, but management can still use it to hold workers hostage. #M4A puts power back in our hands. #1u

Biden seems confused about what Medicare for All means. It means no deductibles. None.
No copays or premiums either. It’s time to stop misleading the American people to run
cover for the private insurance industry.

We may disagree, but healthcare is far too important to @JoeBiden and I to not have this conversation. Mr. Vice President, you’re the only candidate who hasn’t agreed to sit down with me.
When I’m back from my surgery, let’s talk. (video)

Biden Praises Pharma to Donors Despite Complaints About Prices

Thread: I want to unpack what Biden did here because his response issues a few common (and racist) conflations about Black kids, poor kids, and their families.


The Untold Story:
Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration – Not the Other Way Around

Joe Biden falsely claims that he immediately opposed Iraq War

Biden Taking Iraq Lies to the Max
Sam Husseini goes over the presidential contender’s tracks, finding that he supported
the war while trying to evade responsibility for it.

A Top Joe Biden Staffer Is a Supporter of India’s Authoritarian Leader Narendra Modi
Amit Jani, Joe Biden’s new Asian American Pacific Islander national vote director, celebrated Modi’s May reelection on Facebook.

Note: Fits with the tough guy persona he’s trying to project (i.e. if you don’t admit to a problem, it didn’t happen). But doesn’t bode well for his foreign policy.

Former Biden Chief of Staff is Fox News’ Top Lobbyist
Michael Bennet… May 2nd
See referenced comment…
So…@MichaelBennet is making his Democratic presidential campaign a singular crusade to demonize the majority of House Democrats who are co-sponsoring Medicare for All. That includes 3 out of 4 of Colorado’s own Democratic U.S. House members. #copolitics

Bill de Blasio… May 16th…
It’s true: I’m ending my candidacy for president. But our fight on behalf of working people is far from over.

The campaign @BilldeBlasio ran was short of resources & got beat up on by the parochial
NYC press. But his urgent advocacy for economic justice & his “I welcome their hatred”
challenging of elites was spot on. Like @JayInslee & @SenGillibrand, he raised the
quality of the debate.

Nothing can take away the accomplishments: Universal pre-k, ending stop & frisk,
paid sick days, NYC’s Green New Deal. As the race to 2020 continues, remaining
candidates need to put working people 1st. We look forward to continue working
with @NYCMayor to put working NYers 1st.
Andrew Yang… Nov, 2017
It is bizarre how many economists will attribute growing income inequality to technology, when it is government policy that determines who gets the gains from technology. That should be straightforward, at least to someone who does economics for a living.

This view is also popular in the media and with folks like Yang,
who blame technology for inequality.

Donald Trump
Former U.S. Solicitor General Charles Fried on Trump floating pardons for possible crimes: “This is the essence of tyranny and lawlessness. Nothing this norm-defying man has done or threatened cuts as close to the principle that we are a government of laws.”

House Homeland Security Chair Thompson: New National Security Advisor Must Bring Back Cyber Coordinator Position “With cyber threats becoming more sophisticated & growing by the day … there is no reason that the White House should have allowed this position to be eliminated.”


“Every disaster movie starts with the government ignoring a scientist.”
With climate change, governments are ignoring thousands of them,
and this time it is not a movie!

The Trump admin ignored evidence from Customs and Border Protection
that pointed to the effects of climate change as a key driver of migration
from Central America. – See

See chart…
The Trump administration will revoke #California’s tailpipe emissions waiver, costing consumers up to $160 billion through 2050, increase US transportation emissions up to 4% in 2035, increase US gas consumption up to 2.9 billion barrels

California Gov. Newsom on Trump revoking state’s emissions waiver: “I don’t know what the
h-ll’s happened to the Republican Party. By the way, where is the Republican Party? …
They believe in federalism, they believe in state rights … They’re nowhere to be found.”
Via @tictoc

This action is a direct assault on our system of cooperative federalism and an effort
to undermine the role of states in addressing #climatechange.  Colorado will be
challenging this “unprecedented action.”


States’ rights? Not for environmental protection.
Business friendly? Not for green businesses.
Cost-effective? Not if that means oil consumption will drop.
Remember how “conservatives” used to favor conservation? Nope, me neither.

Democrats raise political influence issue in antitrust probe

Trump’s Witch Hunt Against California and Carmakers
(Mis)using antitrust laws to punish those who disagree with a policy is beyond scary.

Trump Administration Just Can’t Stop Lying About Vehicle Standards

See referenced Trump comment…
…you’ve done nothing to reduce our dependence on oil, which means that losing Saudi oil from the world market would have a large impact on our economy.. …

On the other hand, if you had continued and hugely extended President Obama’s efforts
at promoting clean energy and conservation, then we might have some reason to thank you.

Manufacturing output is down 0.4 percent in August and 0.5 percent over the last year.
Is this where we are supposed to say “Thank you President Trump?”

EPA’s relaxed methane regulations could cost new energy jobs

China Is A Lucrative Market For U.S. Beef Producers, But Tariffs Are Getting In The Way

Trump ‘Doesn’t Have Skill Set Or Experience’ For China Deal, Fears Farm Union Head
Concerns emerge after Trump announces he doesn’t need a trade deal
until after the 2020 election and that “we’re not being affected.”

Fox News poll (from before above referenced announcement):
Trump approval on…
International trade 38% approve 53% disapprove
Foreign policy 36% approve 54% disapprove
Guns 35% approve 56% disapprove

Trump having 3% approval among black women is *not funny*.
What’s funny is that the margin of error was 3.2%.

Responding to Trump…
…we talk about the Trump economy *all the time*….
Manufacturing output is down 0.4 percent over the last year

See text graphics…
…we don’t talk enough about the fact that in 1999 Donald Trump proposed a wealth tax
similar to Elizabeth Warren’s, only his was a whopping 14.25%

Yep, Donald Trump’s companies have declared bankruptcy…more than four times

Trump’s NLRB, Trying to Cut Protections for Millions of Temps and Fast-Food Workers, Trips Up Again
The labor-relations board’s attempt to kill an Obama rule protecting third-party employees fizzled once because of a conflict of interest. Now, two representatives charge, there’s a new conflict and it involves the agency’s own use of temps.

A Timeline of Recent Attacks on the EPA’s Science-based Ambient Air Pollution Standards

Trump satisfies industry with repeal of Obama water quality rules

‘Trump’s Deregulatory Agenda Has Been Driven by Corporations’

Trump’s Cabinet has included more ex-lobbyists than Obama or Bush

SharpieGate in the Broader Context of the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

Responding to Trump’s fearmongering…
Ah yes, MS-13. We have actual facts about them.

No two state solution…
Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ = Annexation & Apartheid

WaPo editorial board characterizes Trump admin decision to revoke Iran oil sanctions waivers
in April “a virtual act of war that led directly to last weekend’s attacks.” Bet 99% of Americans
have no idea this even happened. Almost all recent escalations in Gulf have followed that – Source:


Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!


Look forward to waking up and finding out what Mohammed bin Salman
has decided to do with the U.S. military and American foreign policy.

Three Simple Points:
1. We have no defense treaty with Saudis.
2. An attack on them is not an attack on us.
3. Therefore, any military action in response to this event, without a vote by Congress,
is illegal. Members of Congress should not give Trump cover to launch illegal wars.

The Senate is considering language, similar to House passed, affirming @realDonaldTrump
does not have authority to go to war w/Iran under existing AUMF. Now would be a good
time for the Senate and Congress to step up.

‘maximum pressure’ on #Iran has been a maximum failure …
region is less secure and US has no authority to retaliate for a strike on #Saudi soil

We’re Not the Saudis’ Mercenaries
Trump brought the crisis with Iran on himself

Short thread

A reminder that Trump’s billionaire adviser is relying on $20 billion from the Saudi

As a foreign reporter visiting the US I was stunned by Trump’s press conference
Despite being subjected to a daily diet of Trump headlines, I was unprepared for the president’s alarming incoherence

Who’s profiting from this administration and at what cost?

Air Force crews have stayed at Turnberry for days at a time, according to Politico,
not just one-night refueling stops, expanding the known dimensions of the relationship
between Trump’s resort and the U.S. military.

House Oversight Committee: New documents show the Pentagon spent at least $184,000
in U.S. taxpayer funds at President Trump’s Turnberry Resort.

A U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold
an annual ball at a venue that could profit the president: Mar-a-Lago.

…The bottom line is this: We’ve known since the work of John Tyndall in the 1850s that CO2 absorbs and re-radiates infrared energy, and Eunice Foote was the first to suggest that higher CO2 levels would lead to a warmer planet, in 1856.

No one – *no one* – has been able to explain how increasing levels of CO2, CH4 and other heat-trapping gases would *not* raise the temperature of the planet. Yet that must be done first, if we are to consider any other sources as “dominant”.

Moreover, when @RasmusBenestad + I + others examined dozens of published papers … claiming to minimize or eliminate the human role in climate change, guess what we found? Errors in every single one.

So in conclusion: if you don’t think humans are the dominant source of warming, you are making a statement that does not have a single factual or scientific leg to stand on. Yet leaders of science agencies are saying exactly that today. This is the world we live in.

As Isaac Asimov said in 1980: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Excerpt from a documented Kathryn Kahoe thread about the human influence on global warming.

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