Towards an issues-based 2020 election (39)


===2020 Big Picture===
We need an overwhelming turnout…
If the 2020 presidential election is within a 1% margin, the less popular candidate has a 45% chance of becoming President, according to a just-released University of Texas Electoral College Study https://t.co/yHX7l3urjL
https://twitter.com/EmilyForCO/status/1177264705259196417

The Day One Agenda: Laws already on the books give a president great discretionary power for constructive change – without abusing executive authority.
The Next Administration: Using Presidential Power for Good https://t.co/zTqBylBVaH
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/using-presidential-power-executive-authority/

Cancel Student Debt – Almost All of It
An obscure, decades-old provision called compromise and settlement” authority
could allow the Department of Education to opt out of collecting trillions in debt.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/cancel-student-debt-dept-education/

Unleash the Existing Anti-Monopoly Arsenal
Corporate power can be neutralized
if federal agencies simply used the prodigious authority they’ve been granted.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/unleash-anti-monopoly-arsenal/

Overhaul the Business of Wall Street
Remaking the financial system does not require any new laws.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/overhaul-the-business-of-wall-street/

Create a Public Option for Simple Banking
Under current authority, the post office can expand its financial services options.
A major postal workers union even has it in their bargaining contract.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/create-public-option-simple-banking/

Create a More Progressive Tax Policy
Congress writes the laws, but the IRS interprets them,
and they can do so in ways that make the system more fair.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/create-a-more-progressive-tax-policy/

Force Drug Companies to Lower Prices
Presidents have two powerful sticks
that could weaken the pharmaceutical industry’s power to rake in astronomical profits.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/force-drug-companies-to-lower-prices/

Help 800,000 Workers Join a Union
One policy could facilitate a voice for the fastest-growing,
and one of the lowest-paid, occupations in the U.S.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/help-800-000-workers-join-a-union/

Aggressively Address the Climate Crisis
Existing laws give the executive branch the power to transform the energy sector.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/next-president-address-climate-crisis/

The Little Agency That Could (Block All Good Regulations)
The Day One agenda is dependent on the functions of OIRA,
an obscure federal agency that acts as a bottleneck for agency rules and regulations.
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/little-federal-agency-block-regulations-oira/

Wait a Minute, Could John Roberts Block All of This?
How the Supreme Court might frustrate the effort to use statutory authority to advance a
progressive agenda, and why the next president should follow through anyway
https://prospect.org/day-one-agenda/chief-justice-roberts-block-executive-authority/

Related: https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1176147352136167424

Veteran labor reporter @greenhousenyt grades labor platforms of presidential candidates:
Sanders A
Warren A
Buttigieg B+
Biden B
Booker B
Castro B
Harris B
O’Rourke B
Klobuchar B-
Yang C+
Trump F+
Details here: https://t.co/Wrei4IU3dL
https://twitter.com/jschmittwdc/status/1176133293013700613

Here’s the thing: whether you are part of a union or not, a key ingredient for economic
prosperity is a good balance of power between workers and their bosses. The attack
on and subsequent decline of unions has been an economic disaster for all but the 1%.
https://twitter.com/MichaelSLinden/status/1176133652440408076

2020’s Most In-Depth, People-Powered Forum Just Happened in Iowa
Here’s how Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, and Castro did when they were challenged to answer tough questions about Medicare for All, racial profiling, and housing justice.
https://t.co/VqZZPWRQJG

No moderator.
No TV anchors.
No gotcha questions.
Just tenants, refugees, workers, farmers, racial-justice activists
& LGBTQ+ students asking candidates tough, necessary questions.
@PplsAction and @iowacci put on a groundbreaking People’s Presidential Forum.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1176240305005375488

See referenced comment…
*Correction.* The headline should read: Wall Street racketeers fear that @ewarren cannot be bought.
They fear @BernieSanders for the same reason.
This is useful information, as voters should always be wary of grifter candidates who are deemed acceptable by the speculator class.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1177382857637027846

Note: I suspect some “centrists” will follow the money, too.

Thread
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1177329286807719936

Uber CEO Admits Tech Execs Are Overpaid – But He’s Not Ready to Fix It
https://t.co/ivH5ysB2lu

So much to unpack here: Uber CEO: widening pay gap is a problem but it’s government’s
job to fix it (and yet Uber fights every effort by government to do so) also his $45M (pay)
package includes $2M for “work-related expenses” but drivers get $0 for work-related
expenses
https://twitter.com/TerriGerstein/status/1177214662481502208

Related: https://twitter.com/LarryMishel/status/1175107574150160390
https://twitter.com/faizsays/status/1176893467521273856
https://twitter.com/NelpNews/status/1175821813181550592
https://twitter.com/CosmopolitanJew/status/1176913628303364097

The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year to its highest
level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality, according to Census Bureau
figures. https://t.co/JXJMLo1Ay6
https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/1177185040062668800

Fossil fuel industry continues to dwarf environmental interests in election-related spending
https://tinyurl.com/y5jw88m7

===2020 Issues===
How climate change is melting, drying and flooding Earth – in pictures
https://t.co/ToykoM3FUP

Edge of the Ice
https://t.co/3X8rkq89Xo

We’ve picked four of the most striking #ClimateChange data visualizations
making the rounds on social media: https://go.nature.com/2ldZW4q (video)
https://twitter.com/NatureIndex/status/1176949494975533056

Climate effort must be boosted five-fold to limit global warming to 1.5°C http://j.mp/31Kpbv0
https://twitter.com/SolarFred/status/1178021818994741248

2015 World Bank: 5 Ways to Reduce the Drivers of Climate Change
https://t.co/zeCjXOlOZE

Talking up a rapid renewables transition will get us there faster
https://t.co/vWbt8zrHyj

The Inescapable Climate Revolution with Bill McKibben & Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By1omyII958

Thunberg on the “fairytale of eternal economic growth”
https://www.yahoo.com/news/emotional-greta-thunberg-denounces-fairy-165003071.html

Most of world’s biggest firms ‘unlikely’ to meet Paris climate targets
Only a fifth of the companies will remain on track, accordint to analysis of their disclosures
https://t.co/yQyq31LxNY

Americans increasingly view climate change as a crisis and want more to be done to tackle it, and the race for Senate in Colorado is no different. https://t.co/tcUanEBGUX
https://twitter.com/ColoradoSun/status/1177011654468481029

In the wonderful but messy world of social change, investors reveal their different approaches and philosophies around risk and judgement, in this latest article in partnership with Pioneers Post https://t.co/6xCAaDSkke
https://twitter.com/_EVPA_/status/1178263193925365760

Bank of England Governor: Climate change will affect (every) ‘single financial asset’
https://t.co/xCVqvTfzlS

See charts…
Absolute decoupling of growth from resource use is possible.
From 2007-2016, the U.S. reduced its total carbon emissions (including imports!!) by 13%. During that time, its GDP GREW by 13%.
This isn’t enough to stop global warming. But it is real!
https://twitter.com/Noahpinion/status/1176915189167341568

See infographic…
79% of American adults say humans are causing climate change, and 60% support raising taxes on companies that burn fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil, even if that may lead to increased electricity and transportation prices.” https://t.co/CmAquOaBsE
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1177383070254686208

A 0.1% tax on Wall Street trades would raise $777 billion over a decade
and cost most people little or nothing.
Wall Street crashed our economy and got away with it.
Wouldn’t this be a great way for the industry to begin repaying its debt to society? https://t.co/tcqJPSozAp
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1177673139209342976

The United States is an extremely lightly taxed rich country
https://t.co/v0wB7tqAOJ

See chart…
Not the news of the day, but friendly reminder that thanks to wasteful, regressive
2017 tax cut, we’re collecting not just less revenue than average, but a lot less
than comparable periods of low unemployment.
(Note: mimics earlier work of @ChuckCBPP https://t.co/rNLFaL6j2H
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1176873970005630978

Thrilled to officially launch http://MissingProfits.world
The 1st global map of where multinational companies shift their profits – and of the cost of this shifting for each country. Based on our work with @TTorslov and @LudvigWier , The Missing Profits of Nations
https://twitter.com/gabriel_zucman/status/1176017853285158912

Related: https://t.co/owzx9JZkfX

See chart…
Here’s the breakdown of the 2019 2nd quarter real GDP growth rate of 2%. It’s the ongoing cage match between the tight job market vs the trade war.
https://twitter.com/econjared/status/1177214320326905857

Thinking seriously about what ‘fiscal responsibility’ should mean
Full employment and reduced inequality are the most important targets of fiscal policy
https://t.co/7WZ0XANqJk

Thread
https://twitter.com/EconomicPolicy/status/1177219933001924615

Poverty continues to fall in most states, though progress appears to be slowing
https://t.co/sf3v7INnb7

…State and federal lawmakers should be enacting policies to keep the overall economy growing, and to lift wages and incomes specifically for workers and families at the bottom. Particularly for states in the South and Midwest, where progress reducing poverty appears stalled, raising the minimum wage is one simple tool that would help raise incomes for those most in need, and that lawmakers in those states have largely yet to employ. (see map)

Related: https://twitter.com/ggonzzalezz/status/1178341355006898177

CBPP: Senate Would Shortchange Human Services Programs Despite Room for Increases in Appropriations Deal
https://tinyurl.com/y2p63h97

CBPP: Census: Income-Rent Gap Grew in 2018
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/census-income-rent-gap-grew-in-2018

Child poverty rate: (See list)
Good thing we recently passed *checks notes* tax breaks for billionaires.
https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1177577261559615488

A new book by @greenhousenyt examines the past, present, and future of work in America. Hear the author #talkgoodjobs with @AspenWorkforce https://t.co/TtoO6QNoNR
https://twitter.com/ben_kreider/status/1176648881834266624

Lots of context…
Why Eugene Scalia is the wrong person for the job (labor secretary)
https://www.epi.org/blog/why-eugene-scalia-is-the-wrong-person-for-the-job/

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich…
…As a corporate lawyer, Scalia has defended:
– Wall St. Banks
– Vegas Casinos
– Walmart
I’m old enough to remember when labor secretaries were supposed to protect working people.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1177249269717192704

Eugene Scalia also:
– Helped strike down a law that required Walmart to spend 8% of its payroll
providing health care for its low wage workers
– Led the legal work attacking workers’ retirement security
– Defended HSBC against sexual harassment charges
I can keep going.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1177269346059444224

Do you want smaller government with less handouts, or do you want a low minimum
wage? Because you cannot have both. If Colonel Sanders isn’t going to pay the lady
behind the counter enough to live on, then Uncle Sam has to. And I, for one, am getting
a little tired of helping highly-profitable companies pay their workers.  – Bill Maher
https://bit.ly/2myP418

Sen Sherrod Brown (video)
https://twitter.com/AFLCIO/status/1177015167210721280

As a corporate lawyer and lobbyist, Eugene Scalia made millions working for Chevron,
Goldman Sachs, Facebook and other huge corporations, helping them undermine
health and safety regulations. So naturally he’s Trump’s pick to lead the Labor Dept. Obscene.
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1177296976024612865

Fischer, Sasse and all their Republican colleagues just approved Scalia’s nomination…
https://bit.ly/2mchH4q

This is the story of our nation’s #studentdebt crisis:
– $1.6 trillion in student debt
– 44 million+ Americans w/student loans
– $33,000 avg. loan balance
– 9 million people in default
– $900 million owed by women
– African American borrowers owe 45% more than white borrowers
https://twitter.com/theSBPC/status/1171442783443275778

Related: https://twitter.com/samswey/status/1178381130527105024
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1147954939634651137

Debt collection is now its own $11 billion industry – thanks to lawmakers helping
their Wall Street, health insurance & pharma donors fleece millions of Americans
https://t.co/NdZFpnnk5W
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176714757224583170

@RepPressley explains the childhood trauma she experienced due to debt collectors.
Millions of other children and parents are in similar situations right now.
*This* is why the @CFPB needs to issue a Debt Collection Rule
that doesn’t allow for the abuse of consumers. (video)
https://twitter.com/AlliedProgress/status/1177268031426375689

2,000,000 people…
Number of uninsured Americans rises for the first time since Obamacare
It’s the first time the rate has increased since the Great Recession
https://t.co/bhYbVUQc3k

See text graphic…
One of the ironies of history is that through the Marshall Plan, American taxpayers helped pay for a part of the UK’s single-payer health care system, the NHS, which eliminated most private insurance.
Here’s a Republican Congressman complaining about it in 1949.
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1178084979223465984

Medicaid’s Dark Secret
For many participants, the program that provides health care to millions of low-income Americans isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid.
https://bit.ly/2meaeBL

If You Are Black and in a Mental Health Crisis, 911 Can Be a Death Sentence
There’s a pattern of black families calling the police for a relative in a mental health crisis — and the police then kill that person.
https://theintercept.com/2019/09/29/police-shootings-mental-health/

In California, a ‘Surprise’ Billing Law Is Protecting Patients and Angering Doctors
The state’s closely watched law is similar to an approach Congress is considering nationally.
https://tinyurl.com/y4hpoh4a

See images…
This is a $326,816.97 surprise medical bill we received after my dad’s back surgery.
The surgeon assured us multiple times that our insurance was going to cover it –
no surprises. My dad’s a public school worker & a union member. We have good”
insurance. We need #MedicareForAll
https://twitter.com/CANCEL_SAM/status/1176565879506706433

Employer Health Insurance is Increasingly Unaffordable, Study Finds
https://t.co/rdAykCcegl

The Fetishization of Employer-Provided Health Care
https://t.co/tOOqCN1yRs

Note: The author suggests (“centrist” (my word)) Dems support a two-tiered health system (instead of Medicare for All) because of status / class warfare. I suspect it’s about Big Insurance, Big Pharma etc campaign money. These groups like the system the way it is.

Related: https://twitter.com/DrDooleyMD/status/1177391536977453057
https://twitter.com/AlexSJacquez/status/1178046686574387202

Study: “Americans experience more than twice the risk of long waits for breast or colon cancer care or of dying while they wait for an organ transplant…Canadians’ chances of receiving better healthcare (are) 36% greater than their American counterparts”  https://t.co/Py5IKkgUJw
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176299264600707072

Related: https://twitter.com/woodra/status/1176569060001292288

Opponents of Medicare for All should be required to explain
why they are defending this status quo …
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176565778654433280

Note: Biden and Buttigieg have both lied about M4A. Push them for an explanation.

This is great. In UK, Labor party is proposing public funding for pharmaceutical research, new drugs are sold as cheap generics, no patent monopolies! Our progressive presidential candidates should pick up the ball.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1177540507364257792

…Medical equipment/devices are the same cesspool as drugs. But, I would actually focus more on increasing public funding for research and putting everything in public domain than changing patent law. Easier to make it irrelevant. This is in Rigged, chapter 5. https://deanbaker.net/books/rigged.htm
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1176828799725506562

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1176832570811736066

Third Way teamed up with Biden’s polling firm to accidentally prove Medicare For All’s popularity. (video) https://t.co/qGggfNpQvh
https://twitter.com/krystalball/status/1176518152559177729

In other words: some Democrats are perfectly comfortable undermining the single most
transformative legislative goal using arguments pioneered by Paul Ryan and an
assortment of Tea Party (folks) against Obama back in 2010
https://twitter.com/LukewSavage/status/1176213839567884289

There is truly no better example of cognitive dissonance – in the history of mankind –
than centrist Democrats who defend #SinglePayer Medicare for seniors as sacred
and inviolable, but also believe it’s a socialist nightmare for anyone under 65 to have
the exact same insurance
https://twitter.com/AllOnMedicare/status/1092641874509262848

#MedicareForAll isn’t a framework. It’s a 100-page bill. There have been 2 white papers released on how to finance it & a 200-page study from UMass showing our financing options more than cover the expense, while costing middle class families 14% less than the current system.
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1177049554547630080

Here’s details on @BernieSanders #MedicareForAll. Way more than a framework:
– S.1129 Medicare for All Act of 2019 bill: https://t.co/aBzKCVLbnZ
– Financing M4A white paper: https://t.co/nKtEh8facY
– UMass Economic Analysis of M4A: https://t.co/bDtJdZWmqw
https://twitter.com/bern_identity/status/1177075998111621120

Under every single one of our options to finance #MedicareForAll the average American family will save thousands of dollars on healthcare because they won’t have to write big checks to private health insurance companies that put profits before people. https://t.co/udI8BXBvlB
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1177049422179504128

Related: https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1177050170565025792

Thread on the M4A transition
https://twitter.com/briebriejoy/status/1177023196425588738

If you scroll down the left side of this website, you’ll see that this important book on environmental justice and urban health is now available for a free download. https://t.co/mRWY5zqdUf
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1176189876796084225

If you, as a White person, would like to be treated the way Black people are in this society, stand.” (video)
https://twitter.com/BerniceKing/status/1177167388451758081

Does this anti-discrimination law protect LGBTQ workers? 3 cases ask Supreme Court to decide
https://tinyurl.com/y2acjtfe

Editorial: World needs to reprioritize nuclear arms control
As weapons proliferate, the U.S. and Russia back away from reducing them.
https://t.co/DMaG6RbuCS

I fear that progress made in reducing the danger of nuclear weapons has not only come
to a halt but, worse, it is in reverse. Let us not forget that the only real way to eliminate
the threat of nuclear weapons is a world free of nuclear weapons.
https://t.co/npUf47k0pn
https://twitter.com/antonioguterres/status/1177361718013509633

Dwight D. Eisenhower was not a radical socialist – he was a Republican. And in 1961, he tried to warn us about the “military industrial complex.” (video)
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1175802509849444352

===2020 Watch List===
Twitter refuses to verify candidates running for US federal office,
open election meddling floodgates.
https://t.co/bFQsWE1Els

Twitter is bottling up primary challengers by refusing to verify them, which is a killer
on the campaign trail. @CoriBush ran a credible challenge in 2018 and starred in a
da-n movie about it and still @jack won’t verify her.
If you’re a primary challenger hurt by this, DM me
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1176852585858457600

@CoriBush posted her letter from twitter…
https://twitter.com/CoriBush/status/1176851013392850944

Related: https://twitter.com/Ic0nick/status/1176872560643969024
https://twitter.com/peterdaou/status/1176853591199555584

About verified accounts
https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/about-twitter-verified-accounts

Facebook claims a network of Ukrainian-run pages pushing pro-Trump propaganda isn’t violating its community standards. According to a report from Judd Legum, the Ukrainian-run network posing as U.S. meme pages has begun pushing Russian pro-Trump propaganda
https://tinyurl.com/y3sjhwp9

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
What Media Like Best About Elizabeth Warren: She’s Not Bernie Sanders
https://fair.org/home/what-media-like-best-about-elizabeth-warren-shes-not-bernie-sanders/

Wall Street is not only fearmongering about Bernie and Warren,
but also the Labour Party’s economic policies. (video)
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1178445771693277184

MSNBC pundit says if you support Bernie Sanders
over Elizabeth Warren it’s “showing your sexism.” (video)
https://twitter.com/IbrahimAS97/status/1177719744096559110

If it wasn’t already crystal clear, I hope it’s apparent now that no campaign is asked to be responsible for the bigoted ramblings of their putative supporters except the Sanders campaign. Bernie was asked to condemn a random twitter troll. This is an MSNBC pundit.
https://twitter.com/briebriejoy/status/1177965197291593735

All I’m asking for is equitable treatment. That’s it. Let’s play fair.
https://twitter.com/briebriejoy/status/1177970944821858309

Because so many in the MSM cut him out of the conversation
Here’s an interesting development:
@BernieSanders is now tied with Joe Biden in the key state of Nevada
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1178295811458977792

See table…
CNN poll asking which candidate they trust to handle big issues …
Bernie beats them all
https://twitter.com/lissbrantley/status/1178307804135903232

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1178148968229986304

Our campaign has 1 million donors – and not a single one of them are billionaires.
Most common age: 29
Most common employers: Walmart, Starbucks, Amazon
Most common occupation: Teacher
This is a campaign built by the working class. #NotMeUs
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1175164292313878535

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
Warren’s Plan to Check Lobbyists’ Influence? Make Lawmakers Smarter
With too many lawmakers lacking in expertise, lobbyists have filled the void. Warren wants to reverse the trend
https://t.co/zdmmUkMSHz

Medicare for All: Where the Democratic candidates stand
https://tinyurl.com/y3f7tfqz

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a co-sponsor of Sanders’ Medicare for All Act. She has been vague about her strategy for Medicare for All. Warrens’ campaign website calls for a “down payment” on Medicare for All, and at a CNN town hall in March she said she would “get everybody at the table” to “figure out how to do Medicare for All,” which could include a “temporary role” for private insurance companies.

Note: The article fails to point out how those who support the status quo (like not reining in Big Insurance for example) are going to cover everyone. I added the piece here because of questions I’ve had about Warren’s M4A position. The above statement provides context for asking her questions.
—–
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
Bernie Sanders: We still need an Economic Bill of Rights
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1177606864303022080

Yes, @SenSanders Federalize Credit Scores! A metric so determinant of individual life chances should not be left to the for-profit proprietary sector. Government should be responsible & accountable through a fair and transparent process https://t.co/C9svJwA6xV
https://twitter.com/DarrickHamilton/status/1177186788026265600

Every billionaire is a policy failure – @DanRiffle
https://twitter.com/briebriejoy/status/1176477207042121728

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1176815645519994880

1997 Bernie: “It is time to establish a tax on wealth”  https://t.co/IlndyUB9IK
2017 Bernie: “Establish a Wealth Tax on the Top 0.1 percent” https://t.co/fXwmo1Z6JY
2020 Bernie: “We must establish an annual tax on the extreme wealth of the top 0.1%”
https://t.co/wdN85is9dM
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176509823937957890

Billionaires have been gorging on tax breaks & subsidies, increasing the wealth
of the top 1% by $21 trillion while the bottom 50% has seen its net worth decline
by $900 billion.  Bernie’s wealth tax would begin reversing this trend.
Details here: https://t.co/3vwMGoW9Xh
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176516159492853762

Mr. Bezos, instead of spending your money on a rocket ship to Mars, or wherever
it is you want to go, we’re gonna use a fraction of your Amazon winnings to:
– End the affordable housing crisis.
– Enact universal childcare.
– Help finance #MedicareForAll
Regulators: Mount up!
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1176866950988931072

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1178168723804262401
https://t.co/3sTNvSf59Z

To fight inequality, @DeanBaker13’s priorities are:
…address the market structures that generate inequality, such as patent and copyright
monopolies, a bloated financial industry and a corrupt corporate governance structure.”
https://t.co/xWFRoa9vHP
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1176866538034552832

See text graphics…
.@BernieSanders’ plan to eliminate medical debt costs $81 billion — or roughly .02% of what the government committed to bailing out Wall Street bankers ($29 trillion).
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1177257731713130496

We are not going to let a handful of agri-business corporations destroy family farmers and pollute our environment. (video)
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1176660085101268992

See referenced report…
The @BernieSanders speech at the Comanche Nation #powwow was especially significant for this commitment to provide federal funding to help Native nations resolve Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women cases.
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1176128509997178883

Related: https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1175937233913823232

If you want:
– #MedicareForAll
– The #GreenNewDeal
– A #homesguarantee
– Rent Control
– To cancel ALL student debt & medical debt
– To Ban for-profit charter schools
– A leader who opposed all of Trump’s DoD budgets
– A 100% funded grassroots campaign
Vote for Bernie. #NotMeUs
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1177775488057651201

tfw a right-wing outlet accuses your campaign of being in the pocket of Big Teacher
https://t.co/YStke2utTP
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176709557181198336
—–
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Context: Health Insurance Costs Surpass $20,000 Per Year, Hitting a Record
Ever-rising premiums have pushed some to drop coverage
https://t.co/PucBSiLYyI

Buttigieg’s health plan doesn’t rein in the bad actors i.e. maintains the status quo
Therefore, it’s not sustainable.
https://newrepublic.com/article/155130/pete-buttigiegs-health-care-plan-worst-yet

June: Which 2020 Democrats are taking money from the healthcare industry?
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/07/20dems-are-taking-money-healthcare/

Anyone attacking Medicare for All needs to explain why we should maintain a system
in which the average premium workers pay for family coverage has increased 71%
in 10 years.  I refuse to accept a health care system that makes health care CEOs
rich and bankrupts working families.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1177685965290254337

Repeat for context: Mayor Pete is Silicon Valley’s Hottest New Startup
His persona fits neatly with Silicon Valley’s own political identity:
outwardly progressive, but without much evident anger at the new America oligarchy.
https://t.co/7LZbIMGpgJ

Of course, if you consider the material interests of @PeteButtigieg backers in Silicon
Valley… a kamikaze assault on Warren might make sense (as opposed to) very
serious antitrust and privacy scrutiny in 2021.
https://twitter.com/jeffhauser/status/1176872488036261888
—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
Click text graphics…
Biden’s bankruptcy story
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176922655049605121

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176925840195694592

From the pool report of Thursday night’s Biden fundraiser in LA:
“Biden again joked that they shouldn’t expect a tax cut from him.
‘It ain’t comin’, it ain’t gonna come,’ Biden said, locking eyes with one donor. ‘But! No punishment, either.
https://twitter.com/daveweigel/status/1177541222157754368

Biden needs to be asked what he means by ‘But! No punishment, either.’
It could mean no wealth tax. Or even no claw-back of the (GOP tax cut). …
https://twitter.com/DavisRodent/status/1177551846484918273

Joe Biden’s econ advisers are weighing a new proposal to tax Wall Street, though no final decision has been reached. Comes as Warren, Sanders push enormous wealth tax” that has moved Dem tax discourse left, arguably starting w/ @AOC’s 70% top rate https://t.co/grwtIRjwoP
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1177400552298299395

Sanders ran on a Financial Transaction Tax in 2016 to pay for his free college plan.
Clinton backed a much more narrow tax on flash” transactions that would have raised
far less money.
https://twitter.com/JStein_WaPo/status/1177407488670523393

Compare / Contrast…
(Biden) … voted for the the Wall Street bailout, the Reagan tax giveaway to the rich,
& freezing Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid & veterans benefits – not just once,
but 4 times to “halt the upward spiral of deficits.”  https://t.co/gBLl9rqsd2 &
https://t.co/YvpX7uBzhX
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1177595392822824966

Repeat from last week for context…
Economist’s thread on paying for M4A
“You *get* a lot more protection/coverage, and it costs less.”
https://twitter.com/StephanieKelton/status/1173964829922615302

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1175080664493768704
https://twitter.com/fshakir/status/1175146576634961926

Buttigieg’s Big (M4A) Lie…
https://twitter.com/merica/status/1174796963029671936

See chart…
Medicare for All will lower overall health care costs. Meanwhile:
Family premiums are up 54% – $20,000 a year
Deductibles up 162% – $1,655 a year
But I’m sure the American people getting robbed blind by the insurance industry
are just thrilled these costs aren’t called “taxes.”
https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1177282038761697283

Click text graphic…
The Wall St org @ThirdWayTweet paid Biden’s polling firm for a poll.
The poll tried to vilify Medicare for All, but found:
– 53% view Medicare for All favorably, higher than the ACA
– 70% of Dems want Medicare for All to replace private insurance
Poll: https://t.co/YrwWJKxyx8
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176252465408167937

Related: https://t.co/sYeg6Mv47F

…A polling firm linked to Biden is working overtime to mislead Americans
about #MedicareForAll by echoing bogus GOP talking points.
Fact: #MedicareForAll improves benefits for seniors by covering:
– dental
– vision
– hearing
– home care
> Biden-Linked Firm Tests Messages to Undercut ‘Medicare for All’
https://t.co/R04jmE25bo
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1176242411233845250

Compare / Contrast with the (above) reported deceit…
“Americans experience more than twice the risk of long waits for breast or colon
cancer care or of dying while they wait for an organ transplant …
Canadians’ chances of receiving better healthcare (are) 36% greater
than their American counterparts” https://t.co/Py5IKkgUJw
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176299264600707072

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176296979355144192

Anyone attacking Medicare for All needs to explain why we should maintain a system
in which the average premium workers pay for family coverage has increased 71%
in 10 years.  I refuse to accept a health care system that makes health care CEOs
rich and bankrupts working families.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1177685965290254337

As we hear so many horror stories of medical debt, we must never forget the roots of this crisis: @JoeBiden split with Obama to become one of only 3 Dems to help the GOP empower Wall St to use medical debt to destroy people lives. Never forget. … https://t.co/NdZFpnnk5W
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176628538302066689

Hmm…
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1177419355321245697
===Ukraine====
Note: Few discuss Reagan’s promise to leave former USSR countries alone (i.e. not pull them into NATO / away from the former Soviet bloc) and our repeated violations of that promise – including the Feb US-supported, Neo-Nazi facilitated 2014 Ukrainian coup https://tinyurl.com/qx27j3t

Putin responded by reclaiming eastern Ukraine (where Russia’s space program started) and a southern port.

It took years for the MSM to admit our alignment with Ukrainian Neo-Nazis for the coup and I still find stories glorifying a revolution instead of acknowledging the coup.

That’s the context for Hunter Biden becoming a Burisma board member (April 2014) – two months after the coup.

Joe Biden was given Ukrainian oversight responsibilities – with a focus on corruption – and pushed for the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

There was a conflict of interest. Biden appears to have made grandiose statements about his Ukrainian dealings. But I haven’t seen a smoking gun tying the firing to Hunter Biden’s Burisma business dealings. Have you?

2015: Joe Biden, His Son and the Case Against a Ukrainian Oligarch
https://tinyurl.com/zbgbn8w

I Wrote About the Bidens and Ukraine Years Ago.
Then the Right-Wing Spin Machine Turned the Story Upside Down.
https://bit.ly/2nlQBZ2

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

Fwiw… this is the first story I saw on the story (April)…
Ukraine: Why ‘OU’ Lost by a Landslide
https://consortiumnews.com/2019/04/22/ukraine-why-ou-lost-by-a-landslide/

And here’s a recent piece alleging that Biden’s involvement in the coup is the real problem
https://bit.ly/2nNIapt

See text graphic…
The Ukrainian prosecutor who Joe Biden got fired? It was because he *wasn’t* investigating the oligarch Biden’s son used to work for hard enough. Authorities across the Western world wanted the same thing. https://t.co/nHoi4SaFzM
https://twitter.com/ObsoleteDogma/status/1177066215002521600

The story behind Biden’s son, Ukraine and Trump’s claims
https://www.apnews.com/9d4595ba4f3140c6bb6a3473a91f4a4c

Fact-checking Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Ukraine
https://tinyurl.com/y447hkbz

We found no evidence to support the idea that Joe Biden advocated with his son’s interests in mind, as the message suggests. It’s not even clear that the company was actively under investigation or that a change in prosecutors benefited it.

In 2015, Ukraine’s newly appointed prosecutor general Viktor Shokin inherited some of the investigations into Zlochevsky and his company. (Zlochevsky and the company have denied the allegations.) Shokin was ousted as prosecutor in 2016. Shokin is the prosecutor the viral post is talking about (more on that later).

Biden’s Ukraine Problem Has Nothing to Do With His Son
The former vice president showed poor foreign policy judgment
in his bungling, boastful dealings with Kiev.
https://tinyurl.com/y5m9yjev

While on the topic of corruption…
A Pentagon letter sent in May and obtained by NPR undercuts President Trump’s
assertion that he blocked Ukraine aid over concerns about corruption.
https://t.co/iBPYZSougG
https://twitter.com/NPR/status/1176981899497136128

Note: As for the following analysis – https://tinyurl.com/y3pexxwr … The empowered “centrist” Dems’ have been fighting progressives for a very long time.

Trump’s really Big Lie…
https://tinyurl.com/y52fsvos
—–
Michael Bennet… May 2nd
Four months after an $8 trillion housing bubble collapsed on Bush’s watch…
Context: No bankruptcy help for homeowners
Measure to modify delinquent loans in bankruptcy court fails in Senate. Obama administration loses big stick to prod loan servicers to aid troubled borrowers.
https://money.cnn.com/2009/04/30/news/economy/cramdown/index.htm

Bennet helped block this bill along with 11 other Dems and lots of Republicans
https://bit.ly/2mvhnh4

By failing to pass this bill Wall Street was placed in charge of unwinding Wall Street’s mess…
And since mortgage papers were (illegally?) lost during the banks mortgage financialization
process, some resorted to fraud. Remember robo signing?…
Bill Black on Financial Fraud Investigations
https://billmoyers.com/2012/02/06/bill-black-on-financial-fraud-investigations/

===Republicans===
Bill Weld… April 16th…
Trump challenger Bill Weld: “Talk about pressuring a foreign country to interfere with and control a U.S. election. It couldn’t be clearer. And that’s not just undermining democratic institutions. That is treason. It’s treason, pure and simple.” https://t.co/i2ZPHFWKLn
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176161826993844224
—–
Donald Trump
No one should be fooled by the Trump administration’s new #overtime rule, which covers *millions* fewer workers than the Obama administration rule and represents yet another gift to corporate interests: https://t.co/GhySCelPaM
https://twitter.com/NelpNews/status/1176919665056108545

“At its heart, the Trump administration’s rule is based on the notion that someone making
$35,568 a year is a well-paid executive who doesn’t need or deserve overtime protections.”
@EconomicPolicy
https://twitter.com/NPWF/status/1176882591007481857

This conversation between AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Elissa McBride and the
president of @EconomicPolicy (EPI), Thea Lee, highlighted the fact that working families
continue to struggle despite seemingly positive economic news. https://t.co/0F8mW2DcBL
https://twitter.com/AFSCME/status/1176902494661873664

See chart…
Racial and ethnic income gaps persist amid uneven growth in household incomes
https://t.co/Kty6yv07Qr
https://twitter.com/EconomicPolicy/status/1171820314831073280

See Trump’s comment…
By whatever measure you look at, income and earnings have leveled off over the past year
to two years after starting to bounce back in 2015.
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1176548951933296640

Nebraska’s Rural Response Hotline Provides Hope and Help to Ag Families in Crisis
https://tinyurl.com/yxlgghxv

National Farmers Union
Proposed Rule Would Make Millions Vulnerable to Food Insecurity
https://nfu.org/2019/09/23/proposed-rule-would-make-millions-vulnerable-to-food-insecurity/

Farm bankruptcies continue to rise in Nebraska
https://tinyurl.com/yymoyks5

Farmer subsidies from the Trump admin aimed at mitigating the effects of the U.S.-China
trade war have reached $28 billion, about double the amount of money shelled out in the
government bailout of Detroit automakers in 2009, Bloomberg reports. https://t.co/iIlIL8UaOk
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176458758396030976

2017: Remember Republicans Ranting That Obama Would Ruin U.S. Auto Industry?
Sales Now Highest Since 9/11
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/remember-republicans-rant_b_8512698

Editorial: City slicker Trump is no friend to Wisconsin farmers
https://t.co/2pVMb8XFtd

Business investment declined at 1% annual rate in second quarter of this year. https://t.co/lD4FjnUUoM Still not expecting a recession, but slowdown in economic growth.
https://twitter.com/EileenAppelbaum/status/1177574627167625216

But wait, wasn’t (the GOP’s) corporate tax cut supposed to give us an investment boom?
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1177575325380694016

The U.S. may employ a trade weapon designed to maximize pain against the EU by rotating the target list of European products that will be subject to U.S. tariffs. The so-called carousel approach is aimed at increasing uncertainty and pressure. https://t.co/RRDKiAqPuw
https://twitter.com/jendeben/status/1176598660181843968

[S]omeone better tell (Trump) that this approach
maximizes uncertainty for U.S. companies also
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1176633953278681088

Bloomberg reporting that the White House is considering limiting US capital flows into China, which is a huge state intervention into the economy. https://t.co/vzZZMYNTys
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1177647888299692033

See chart…
And I’d say the retaliation would be intense, but Trump’s trade war has already wiped
out most new Chinese investment in the US, so maybe it’s not something to worry
about! Via the Rhodium Group https://t.co/I2fycMcb54
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1177648363631792128

Companies Are Using a Depression-Era Law To Escape Trump’s Tariffs – And It’s Costing Them
Tariffs are hurting U.S. companies’ bottom lines. Free Trade Zones, a 1930s rule which they can use to shield themselves from those costs, require expensive legal help. One Michigan manufacturer called it a no-win situation.”
https://tinyurl.com/y4wxfm6m

One of the administration’s stated goals with the tariffs has been to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing. But in FEDCO’s case – and many others – tariffs alone wouldn’t have moved the needle.

FEDCO does buy much of what it needs domestically. But when the company’s engineers designed a new pump with intricate channels to drive pressurized salt water into a filtering membrane, the products delivered by American foundries were expensive, arrived late and sprung leaks when put to use.

After months of disappointment, the company turned to China.

It was more driven by quality, why we went to China, rather than cost,” said company founder and president Eli Oklejas. We lost fundamental manufacturing skills, especially in the foundries, and castings. Those are things based on training and experience over decades. Those people retired, there’s no one coming up through those industries, and it’s gone.”

  Thread
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1176164018341502976

Baker: Donald Trump’s Plan for Winning the China Trade War: Lying
https://t.co/yUFpOFMqTD

White-Collar Prosecutions Half Level of 8 Years Ago
https://t.co/cIzZHZ1J7y

See referenced Trump comment…
… if you believe what you are saying, then you can sue Representative Schiff for libel and defamation. Why aren’t you doing this? …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1178457257169715200

Is this an admission of guilt? …
Trump just now, asked about his call with Zelensky: “It’s very important to talk about corruption. If you don’t talk about corruption, why would you give money to a country that you think is corrupt?…It’s very important that on occasion you speak to somebody about corruption.”
https://twitter.com/rebeccaballhaus/status/1176147252869574657

Note: We give money to corrupt leaders all the time… like his “favorite dictator”, Sisi (Egypt).  And if Trump was really concerned about alleged corruption involving a former VP / now presidential candidate and his son, one would ask an objective 3rd party to look into it.

See referenced McCarthy (R-CA22) comment
One thing you don’t want to do as a public spokesperson is respond
with incredulity to a piece of evidence that turns out to be true
https://twitter.com/jonathanchait/status/1178487056722518018

Reminder: Trump said in June that he would accept help with his 2020
reelection campaign from another country, which would be against the law.
There’s nothing wrong with listening,” he told ABC News.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176137949542592512

Trump ordered hold on military aid days before calling Ukrainian president, officials say
https://t.co/BKENjRNuAp

Thread
https://twitter.com/ericuman/status/1176331601149616129

Now blames Europe…
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1176504204279648257

“We haven’t seen anything like this in my lifetime,” said William A. Galston,
a senior fellow in governance at the Brookings Institution. … https://t.co/as5nc0cf41
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176127859032805377

“What we’re discovering is that the Constitution is not a mechanism that runs by itself,”
Galston said. “We are a government of men and not law. The law has no force without
people who are willing to enforce it. The ball is now squarely in the court
of the Republican Party.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176132884538806272

Related: https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176548097264115713

Trump throws Pence under the bus…
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1176964604519469056

2014 Trump tweet…
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/474134260149157888

Three articles of impeachment against Donald Trump:
1. He abused his position & violated the public trust
by pressuring Ukrainian president to do his political bidding.
2. He repeatedly violated the emoluments clause.
3. He covered up his wrongdoing. https://t.co/W32TfjSVla
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1177788585275207680

From @WIExaminer commentary today: ‘It’s time for Congress to use its power
to rein in a president who admires foreign dictators, and who acts like one himself.’
https://t.co/8MCl6t2LJI
https://twitter.com/WIExaminer/status/1177563776574529538

Apparently Trump doesn’t have a defense (see referenced comment)…
…More than 200 House Democrats support impeachment,
but the ones he singles out as Savages” are two Jews and four women of color.
https://twitter.com/Milbank/status/1177921621740445696

Related: https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang/status/1177949416843554816
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1178058413193842689

-A corporate lawyer runs DOL
-A pharma exec runs HHS
-A coal lobbyist runs EPA
-An oil lobbyist runs DOI
-A Raytheon lobbyist runs DOD
-A steel lobbyist is the US trade rep
-A banking exec runs USDT
Trump drained the swamp alright…
…right into the White House.
https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1177652252284112898

Trump’s Big Lie…
https://tinyurl.com/y52fsvos

Note: See special Biden section above for Ukraine. Trump selectively edited Biden’s comment.

I’m very much reminded by what @ilyamarritz said in latest Trump Inc:
We still use the same words as before – like administration,” with  experts making
policies based on goals. But that’s not the way it works anymore. https://t.co/3mKIUokYqZ
> The Family Business
https://twitter.com/ericuman/status/1176687829931438080

Trump’s other Ukraine problem: New concern about his business
https://t.co/J0BRxx8qdf

Trump’s Ukraine Plotting Has Been Happening in Plain Sight. So Why Didn’t We See It?
https://tinyurl.com/y2e9j4ot

The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy
https://bit.ly/2nNIapt

Trump backs Egypt’s Sisi (who’s facing) some protests back home
https://tinyurl.com/y2d77dvs

See text graphic…
NYT publisher says the Trump administration was prepared to sit back and allow one
of its journalists to be arrested in Egypt. So the paper turned to the reporter’s native
Ireland for help, and it was those diplomats who got him out — not the US.
https://t.co/dWv4Bfuo5B
https://twitter.com/TomNamako/status/1176310549656809473

Over 2,000 Arrested in Egypt in Growing Protests Against Sisi,
Trump’s Favorite Dictator”
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/9/27/egypt_protests_sharif_abdel_kouddous

Egypt’s Sisi Regime again Engages in Mass Arrests of Protesters
as West looks the other Way
https://www.juancole.com/2019/09/leaders-ignore-egypts.html

According to the pool report, Trump has arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA.
This is Trump’s 234th day at a Trump golf club and 307th day at a Trump property as president.
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1178324851754508289

Trump’s Turnberry resort is the only hotel named by Glasgow Prestwick Airport in promotional material distributed at private meetings with U.S. military aircrews in an attempt to win their custom, The Scotsman reports. https://t.co/ujJ5OMNAFn
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1178015296390680585

In the #Trump era, with all its scandals, all its lies, the constant breaking of rules and trashing of norms, it can be hard to see the big picture.
This episode of the #TrumpInc podcast helps to do just that. A project by @WNYCStudios & @propublica. https://t.co/J868wWN2Ah
https://twitter.com/honegger/status/1174655453202198529

The Wall St org @ThirdWayTweet paid Biden’s polling firm for a poll. The poll tried to vilify Medicare for All, but found:
– 53% view Medicare for All favorably, higher than the ACA
– 70% of Dems want Medicare for All to replace private insurance Poll: https://t.co/YrwWJKxyx8
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1176252465408167937

…A polling firm linked to Biden is working overtime to mislead Americans about #MedicareForAll by echoing bogus GOP talking points.
Fact: #MedicareForAll improves benefits for seniors by covering:
– dental        – vision        – hearing       – home care
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1176242411233845250

One of the ironies of history is that through the Marshall Plan, American taxpayers helped pay for a part of the UK’s single-payer health care system, the NHS, which eliminated most private insurance. Here’s a Republican Congressman complaining about it in 1949.
https://twitter.com/_waleedshahid/status/1178084979223465984

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