Towards an issues-based 2020 election (50)

===2020 Big Picture===
Democratic primary voters under 35 years old via new Quinnipiac poll:
Sanders 52%, Warren 17%, Biden 11%, Yang 7%, Gabbard 3%, Buttigieg 2%,
Bloomberg 2%, Everyone else 1% or less

Millennials only hold 3% of total US wealth. That’s a seventh of what baby boomers
owned at their age, and it’s partly because of the affordability crisis younger
generations are facing.

Joe Biden is underwater with voters earning less than $75,000 a year,
who overwhelmingly prefer Bernie Sanders

2013: It’s the (neoliberal) Austerity, Stupid: How We Were Sold an Economy-Killing Lie
Once again, the Beltway fell for cherry-picked data – and you paid the price.


Eliminating student debt would be a terrific economic stimulus program

Support the Candidate You Like
“People are saying” a lot of things about electability this cycle.
It’s a Trumpian tic, now deployed by the left.

‘It’s Not Just About Sanders and Warren, It’s About the Issues They Represent’

Americans broadly accept climate science, but many are fuzzy on the details

Note: A twitter feed worth following

There is an endless twitter argument going on right now over the perennial question:
“which future scenario is the correct one?” As the lead author of the US Natl Climate
Asst chapter on scenarios, I have an informed opinion: *None.* (see rest of thread)

Note: Addressing the can-we-change-climate question…

How saving the ozone layer in 1987 slowed global warming

The new Real Clear Politics poll shows 57% of Americans support a Medicare for All program “that will eliminate all private health insurance companies.” That’s a jump of 2 points since May.
New poll:
May poll:

I think everybody running for president should pledge to end Trump’s endless, chaotic, pain-over-gain trade war on day 1 on their admin. Here’s why, along with what I believe is a China-trade agenda crafted to help workers, not multinationals.

Overseas lessons on MSM opposition campaigns …
In the lead-up to Britain’s historic election on Thursday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
has been hit with evidence-free Russiagate-style allegations…

We believe in a free press.
I just wish they would free themselves from the shackles of their billionaire owners.

I just read today’s front pages…
What it is about Labour’s plans to make the super-rich pay their fair share
that the billionaire press barons don’t like?

Corbyn lost…

Which means this lost, too…
UK: Labour’s Plan for Nature; Explore our environment manifesto

And this is more likely to happen…
U.S. Lobbyists Prepare to Seize “Historic Opportunity” in Tory-Led Brexit to Shred
Consumer Safeguards, Raise Drug Prices. The Brexit deal may be a Trojan horse
for U.S. corporate interests, from Silicon Valley and American pork to pharmaceuticals.

Privatization at the NHS? American Business Interests Seek Growing Share of UK’s
Health System. The American health care industry has long had its sights on harnessing
a wave of privatization and outsourcing in the U.K. system.

… Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won 43% of the vote, yet @nytimes imagines “a
landslide win” and the “radical reconfiguration of the nation’s political map.” No, Johnson
and the Tories are “winning” roughly 1% more than Theresa May and her Tories secured
in 2017.

Boris Johnson has his #UKElection win. #Brexit will happen. But it’s vital to understand
that Britain’s first-past-the-post election system allows a party that wins just 43% of the
the vote to claim 56% of the seats in Parliament. This is truly an argument for election

Results from Scotland:
SNP: 48 (+13)
Conservatives: 6 (-7)
Lib Dem: 4 (-/+)
Labour: 1 (-6)
A massive rejection of Boris Johnson and the Tories. Yet, Scotland will be ruled by Johnson
and forced into the #Brexit quagmire. This is why Scotland needs to be independent. #IndyRef2

1. All the “UK & US politics are the same” takes are inane
2. For all of the inane takes claiming Labour losses in England show US Dems are doomed,
why are there no takes claiming SNP wins in Scotland show Dems aren’t doomed?
3. Reiterating: all takes equating UK & US are inane

2017 punditry: An election in a conservative Georgia suburb means Democrats are doomed
2018 Election: Dems win the U.S. House
2019 punditry: An election literally in an entirely different country means Democrats are doomed


Compare / Contrast…
The doctor’s strike that nearly killed Canada’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained
Building a single-payer system is hard, but not impossible. Just ask Saskatchewan.

Note: Moral of the story… Vote fact-based issues up and down the ticket. Ignore hate & fear-based messaging and research questionable info… especially just before elections.

“The only way we can change Britain and the world is when working people gather together
and decide whether they will change it. When we have decided we will change it, no power
on earth can stop us.” – Tony Benn with @jeremycorbyn (picture)

===2020 Issues===
Solar power is a Gigawatt per square km! All you need is a 100 by 100 mile patch in a deserted corner of Arizona, Texas or Utah (or anywhere) to more than power the entire USA. This analysis goes through calcs

Fascinated that I did this calculation myself a few years ago and came up with the same
answer…100×100 being the equivalent of a handful of cotton farms between Lubbock and
Amarillo! There’s transmission challenges, but maybe @elonmusk could work those out

We Could Power The Entire World By Harnessing Solar Energy From 1% Of The Sahara

UN chief warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change

A fired-up @NaomiAKlein lays out the basic case for a Green New Deal (video)

A #GreenNewDeal for Housing can slash inequality and carbon pollution at the same time. (video)

On 11 December we’ll present the #EUGreenDeal: a new growth strategy for our economy, people & planet. Executive Vice-President @TimmermansEU will lead our delegation at #COP25 next week to reaffirm our goals:
– 2020: First-ever climate law
– 2050: Climate neutrality (video)

CBPP: Rents Have Risen More Than Incomes in Nearly Every State Since 2001

CBPP: Proposed Emergency Assistance Fund a Promising Approach to Reducing Evictions

Families need paid leave so they can keep their jobs and afford to take time away from work for serious family care needs. Expansive – own health, child’s health, health of loved ones. Inclusive – wage replacement that lets low wage workers take needed time, return to job,


Making transit free – as long as enough money goes into ensuring a high level of service – seems like a hugely productivity-enhancing public subsidy.

I have no data on this – read @mslaurabliss’ story for good background – but am excited to
see experiments like Kansas City’s and wish the federal government would fund more!

“I have no savings. So, my pension is everything,” says a public school teacher in Kentucky.
Check local @PBS listings for “The Pension Gamble,” or stream it online.

NFU Applauds (House) Passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act
…product of negotiations between a diverse array of agricultural stakeholders and farmworker advocates…

Fortenberry, Bacon and Smith opposed the bill

America’s Dairy Farmers Are Hurting. A Giant Merger Could Make Things Worse

2017: Among the (GOP’s) Tax Bill’s Biggest Losers: High-Income, Blue State Taxpayers


The limitation of the SALT deduction was explicitly designed to make it more difficult for liberal states to continue to maintain their current level of spending.

CBPP: Repealing “SALT” Cap Would Be Regressive
and Proposed Offset Would Use up Needed Progressive Revenues

CBPP’s third release (update?)…
Enzi-Whitehouse Budget Process Bill Includes Harmful Provision for Automatic Reconciliation

CBPP: Policymakers Should Quickly Give
Much-Needed Medicaid Funding Boost to U.S. Territories

Pelosi announces support for new Trump NAFTA deal

Preliminary statement…
Redo of USMCA Better Than Original NAFTA After Yearlong Effort to Improve Trump’s
2018 Deal. Unions, Consumer Groups and Congressional Democrats Achieve Removal
of Big Pharma Giveaways and Strengthening of Labor, Environmental Standards and

Fixing the existing, damaging NAFTA is not the same as negotiating a truly progressive trade agreement from scratch, which would additionally require climate provisions, truly enforceable currency disciplines, and the elimination of limits on consumer protections for food, product safety, the service sector and online platforms. The new NAFTA is not the template for future agreements, but establishes the floor from which we will continue to advocate for a new model of trade and globalization that puts people and the planet first.

  Written ~a week before the announcement. Still relevant?…
Trump’s New NAFTA Means Longer and Stronger Patent and Copyright Protections

AFL-CIO Endorses USMCA After Successfully Negotiating Improvements

Mexico objects to labor enforcement provision in North American trade deal

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

With Major Reforms Needed to WTO Rules and Procedures,
Shutdown of Enforcement Regime Not Bad News
Data on 25 Years of WTO Rulings Substantiate Critics’ Concerns About WTO Threats

Op Ed: The World Trade Organization Is Dying. What Should Replace It
Two decades after Seattle, it has failed to deliver on its promises.


43% of US Households Report Preexisting Conditions

Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019

This bill nullifies the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services guidance titled “State Relief and Empowerment Waivers,” published on October 24, 2018. The guidance pertains to Section 1332 waivers (also known as State Innovation Waivers or State Relief and Empowerment Waivers), which allow states to forego certain requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to implement experimental plans for health care coverage, as long as the resulting coverage meets certain statutory criteria.

The guidance, which supersedes earlier guidance from 2015, alters agency interpretation of how states may satisfy the statutory criteria for waiver approval. For example, the guidance (1) redefines acceptable coverage under such waivers to include short-term, limited-duration insurance and association health plans; (2) allows the comprehensiveness and affordability of coverage under such waivers to be assessed based on projected availability, rather than enrollment; and (3) allows the level of coverage to be assessed based on the effects over the entire course of the waiver, rather than per year.


Fortenberry, Bacon, Smith & 179 Republican colleagues voted against the bill…

See chart…
Gallup finds 1 in 4 Americans say they have put off medical treatment for a *serious* condition because of the cost

Health care CEOs took home $2.6 billion in 2018

Scenes From the Ragged Edge of American Health Care
At a Remote Area Medical clinic outside the nation’s capital, doctors treat those who have fallen through the cracks in the system.

People in the U.S. are buying fish antibiotics online and taking them themselves

See chart…
New #CPI Analysis from @DeanBaker13: “#inflation is well-contained…[however, there is] a pickup in medical care inflation, driven primarily by rising hospital costs and the soaring costs for health care insurance.” See details in Prices Byte.

See chart…
…health insurance costs in the USA are up 20.2% in the past year,
according to CPI data out this morning.

***Baker: Lessons from Charles Lane and German TV on Health Care Costs

High health care costs, regardless of the payer,
are the result of how we structure the market


Baker favors a public option *as part of a transion*…

Note: As opposed to those who only support a public option to prop up the current system (i.e. no transition).

As House Democrats finish their first year in the majority since 2010, the Progressive Caucus is ending 2019 with its most significant legislative victory this Congress: The passage of a prescription drug bill.

…the Progressive Caucus delicately made it clear to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) that they would block the bill from getting to the floor by voting down the rule – unless Pelosi made changes.

The speaker had no choice but to play ball.

Pelosi agreed to increase the number of drugs up for negotiation to at least 50, and she restored a provision that would eventually restrict the ability of pharmaceutical companies to raise the price of a drug above the rate of inflation.

For now, it’s a symbolic victory. The bill is expected to go nowhere in the Republican Senate, and for all of President Donald Trump’s bluster about lowering prescription drug prices, he seems very willing to accept the pharmaceutical industry’s talking points against the legislation.

However, passage of the measure now could lay down a marker for a future president and Congress – and the willingness of the Progressive Caucus to finally use hardball tactics to extract concessions from Democratic leaders could be a signal of a tougher, more intrepid minority faction.

Baker: The Free College Battle

While these are important arguments for universal free college, there is another side of this issue that has been largely neglected. Specifically, Buttigieg and other proponents of means-testing tuition seem to have not grappled with the administrative difficulties of their plan.

There are many other important issues that will have to be dealt with when we get to the nuts and bolts of a free college policy. However, the concern that we could potentially be paying tuition for Bill Gates’ kids hardly seems like it should be at the top of the list.

  Folks who think Buttigieg’s means-tested college is more pragmatic than
Sander-Warren free college need to think some more

No More School Districts!
At the root of educational inequality: the rich and poor districts that keep education segreated. Here are the three reforms we need.

America’s prison-industrial complex is needlessly cruel and exorbitantly costly. “It’s an economic model that’s both unsustainable and it’s producing harm to our communities and the economic power of millions of Americans. And we can fix it.”-@shade_damion (video)

I’m at the @OAS_official, listening to them misrepresent the findings of their own audit of the Bolivian elections.

Mexico delegate at @OAS_official laments that @ceprdc experts were not allowed to
present at today’s session on #Bolivia, pointing out that democracy means hearing varying
points of view.

The @MisionMexOEA asked @OAS_official to allow @ceprdc to respond to the audit
report at today’s permanent council meeting. Despite it being their right to allow us to
speak during their allotted time, the OAS refused. So, here’s what I would have said.

It’s remarkable what lengths OAS authorities have gone to, in order to avoid having to
answer for their bogus reports & statements on Bolivia’s election. No talking to the media,
members of Congress, and now this. More amazing is that the media seems not to notice
any of this.

If I’m reading the NDAA conference report correctly, it looks like the House got completely rolled on every single policy issue. …

I support parental leave for federal workers but, seriously, this is a domestic policy issue.
What is it doing on a Pentagon spending bill? Was this the leadership’s call? They have
a lot of explaining to do on why they caved on every single national security policy.
Looks weak. – See

Weeks ago, a senior House leader told me that the most important thing was to pass the
#NDAA, even if they did it with a minority of the Democrats voting in favor. He may get his
wish. No Republicans voted for the House-passed bill; all will vote for this policy-free version.

Note: Appears that the “centrists” have sided with Republicans… again.

See text graphic…
Congress approves deployment of the Trump adminstration’s dangerous and unneeded
“low-yield” nuclear weapon, a development that makes nuclear war more likely – See Rest of Thread

See Khanna & Sanders statement…
Congress must vote against this disastrous Pentagon authorization – a bill of astonishing
moral cowardice. We do not need to shower Trump, his Saudi friends and the military-
industrial complex with a $738-billion taxpayer giveaway.

See Pocan’s statement…
It’s time we have a national conversation on the endless increases in defense spending
that have gone unchecked for far too long. See my full statement on the #NDAA below:

Heads up folks: The House-Senate conference version of the FY20 NDAA includes the
Oorah Act (Sec 1224). This is the provision that legislates the US can seize assets
that are *not* under US jurisdiction to satisfy a court order against Iran. – See Rest of Thread

See text graphic…
Interesting. The House receded on a provision that would have suspended
U.S. sale/export to Saudi Arabia and the UAE of air-to-ground munitions for one year.
– See Also

To recap, here are some progressive Dem priorities that *aren’t* in the final NDAA:
– blocking border wall $$
– low-yield nuke ban
– Iran AUMF
– end support to Saudis in Yemen
– overturn transgender troop ban
– repeal 2002 Iraq War AUMF

…the final NDAA is seriously flawed and we advise members to cast a “no” vote
with explanation.

NDAA 2020: Congress Neglects Its Responsibility Once Again

The Defense Policy Bill is a Vehicle for Unfettered Militarism; Don’t Call it ‘Progressive’

As a central part of his annual peace message, @Pontifex renews his moral call for nuclear
abolition: “nuclear deterrence can only produce the illusion of security.” A timely message as
the US funds new nuclear systems & risks arms control treaties

Congress to Vote on $22 Billion Defense Increase One Week After Trump Slashed Food Stamps

Are there only 41 progressives in the House?
Pelosi passes the bill…

Democrats Retreat on Nuclear Policy
The 2020 authorization bill fails to check Trump’s worst impulses

Excellent discussion by @brhodes & @TVietor08 on this week’s episode (at 22′ mark)
of failure of Dems to use their leverage on #NDAA to get major policy concessions.
GOP did it much better when positions reversed under Obama. Frustrating.

Confidential documents reveal U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan
For nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan, US leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. They were not, documents show, and they knew it.


2009 TYT: Matthew Hoh, Former Foreign Service Worker in Afghanistan

2017: State Dept. Official Who Quit in 2009 over U.S. War in Afghanistan
Speaks Out on Trump’s Troop Surge

775,000 of our troops deployed.
2,400 American lives lost.
Over 20,000 Americans wounded.
38,000 civilians killed.
Trillions spent.
Rumsfeld in 2003: “I have no visibility into who the bad guys are.”
18 years later it’s time to get out. Now.

See chart…

Compare / Contrast…
The Lyndon Johnson tapes: Richard Nixon’s ‘treason’

Note: In 1968 Johnson negotiated an end to the Vietnam War. To win the election Nixon sabotaged the negotiations then prolonged the war for over 6 more years (1975).

Compare / Contrast II…
Former Iranian president Abolhassan Bani-Sadr’s op-ed…

Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the “October Surprise,” which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place. The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the election in favor of Reagan.

Note: Iran released the hostages the moment Reagan was sworn into office. I remember a live newscaster commented on the timing.

===2020 Watch List===
Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit
Guardian investigation reveals a covert plot to control some of Facebook’s largest far-right pages and harvest Islamophobic hate for profit
– Revealed: Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib targeted in far-right fake news operation

(Five) 2020 Candidates Sign Senators’ Letter Calling on Trump to Fire Stephen Miller
Last month, the Southern Poverty Law Center published hundreds of emails sent by Miller
to a reporter at the conservative Breitbart News, many of them racist and anti-immigrant
in nature

President Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, thus bolstering the Education Department’s efforts to stamp out “Boycott Israel” movements on college campuses

Defining Judaism a nationality creates a pretext to accuse Jewish Americans of dual loyalties.

With Trump’s anti-(apartheid protest) EO in place, @RepRiggleman (R-VA5) sends letter
to @BetsyDeVosED accusing @Georgetown @ccasGU of being the most “intolerant,
ideological, anti-Israel and pro-Islamist” in US, offenses include petitions signed by staff,
calls for Title VI funding review.

The letter from @RepRiggleman to @BetsyDeVosED asking for a review of funding
for @Georgetown @ccasGU because of alleged anti-Israel bias.

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength.” – George Orwell (1984)

As a Jewish American,let me be clear: This is one of the most despicable and moronic columns I’ve ever seen. the @dcexaminer and @TianaTheFirst should be ashamed. They have diminished the significance of actual anti-semitism and promoted their own unhinged Islamophobia. Sick.

Few things have made my blood boil more this month than the outrageous and offensive *lie*
that @BernieSanders is somehow anti-Semitic. Just gross. I never imagined people would
pull this ****. He’s Jewish. He lost most of his family in the Holocaust. It’s utterly shameful.

I’m Jewish. Making accusations of antisemitism against Bernie Sanders and @fshakir
is a straightforward corruption of Jewish politics. It’s time to stop using fake allegations
of anti-semitism to serve plutocracy. (thread)


Thread on Trump Admin’s aborted plan to undermine the 4th U.S. Nat’l Climate Assessment


Ted Wells Jr., who defended Exxon against a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general, has given half a million dollars to Democrats in recent decades.

American Energy Alliance…
The conservative energy non-profit that campaigned against President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection is now set on targeting the Green New Deal and 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders’ advocacy for it.

“It looks like a pretty standard fossil fuel industry front group attacking clean energy,” Josh Mandelbaum, an attorney with the Environmental Law and Policy Center, said of the ads.


Health Insurance Industry’s Attack on ‘Medicare for All’ Relies on Old Playbook
When corporations sense a threat, they often frame the free market as the optimal venue for Americans to enjoy individual autonomy, writes Burton St. John III.

…a profit-driven system doesn’t necessarily equate to more choice or better outcomes.

Industry Seeks to Flatline Universal Health Care
A deeply funded lobbying group led by a former Hillary Clinton aide is out to kill Medicare for All. Its ideological roots run back to the Truman era.

See referenced @P4AHCF comment…
Look at this grotesque health care industry front group – they do a fearmongering push poll telling people Medicare for All will destroy everyone’s lives, and then they tout poll results saying that – shocker! – people don’t want their lives destroyed.

…A push poll is political telemarketing masquerading as a poll. …

Many of the same attacks being made against Medicare for All were also made decades
ago in opposition to Medicare for seniors. Here are the facts: Medicare for All has been
in democratic platforms ever since FDR and Truman and it’s been the dream of our
party for over 70 years

If anyone doubts the impact of special interests in opposing Medicare for All, simply turn on
the television in Iowa and you will see misleading anti-Medicare for All ads run by groups
like @P4AHCF. They will keep trying to muddy the waters but the economics are on our

Center for American Progress…
CAP Is Spreading Disinformation About Bernie’s Health Care Plan
This presidential campaign, the Center for American Progress has been put in the comical position of having to promote policies that they just a few months ago claimed were insane and politically suicidal. But one constant remains – they can’t stand Bernie Sanders.

See Neera Tanden’s comment…
NYT: “Medicare-for-all, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a *single*
government plan” is supported by:
– 81% of Democrats
– 64% of Independents
– 55% of All Americans
But yeah, let’s go with a bogusly worded Fox poll. It’ll make Blue Cross & CVS happy.

The new Real Clear Politics poll shows 57% of Americans support a Medicare for All
program “that will eliminate all private health insurance companies.” That’s a jump of
2 points since May. New Poll: Old:

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
See chart…
1) Why didn’t @MSNBC disclose that fmr Clinton aide @adrienneelrod is a paid DNC
consultant when she was attacking Bernie Sanders live?
2) Why is the DNC paying a consultant who is so openly biased against one 2020 candidate?
3) What work is Elrod doing for the DNC?

Two years ago, @msainat1, @GeoffMiami, and I wrote about how the DNC was paying
Clinton loyalists as consultants in 2016. They would frequently attack Sanders publicly
even as they were helping craft the party’s messaging.

See text graphic…
So, this is first tweet on Elrod’s timeline right now:

Compare / Contrast…
See letter…
Who thanked @BernieSanders for all of his work
on behalf of @HillaryClinton’s fall 2016 campaign? Hillary Clinton.

No second place in this poll, sorry!

Based on this Fox News headline and image, who would you think is in second?
You probably already know the answer. #BernieBlackout #ManufacturingConsent

CNN: What a lovely chyron

For Corporate Media, Voters Are Obstacle to Buttigieg’s Centrist Rise

For WaPo’s Centrist Sources, Progressive Politics Are ‘Purity Tests’

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
We need a #GreenNewDeal to fight the climate crisis – and we need a #BlueNewDeal to protect and restore our oceans so they are a part of our climate solution, and so we can rebuild our blue economy. Read my plan for a #BlueNewDeal:


.@ewarren’s #BlueNewDeal would also:
– fast-track American-made, union-built offshore renewable energy
while stopping all offshore drilling
– invest in regenerative ocean farming
– electrify all shipping ports
– protect wetlands

Elizabeth Warren delivers economic policy speech in New Hampshire (video & text)

Elizabeth Warren Explains Why America Needs a Wealth Tax

No working strategy – and no transparency. The war in Afghanistan is the longest armed conflict in U.S. history, costing the lives of thousands of U.S. service members and Afghan civilians. It’s time to bring our troops home.

See referenced WaPo reporter’s comment…
PSA: it’s 2019. There is no excuse for reporters and editors not to have a professional level of awareness of how readers consume news. If you don’t put pivotal information – like the fact that the $2M was over 30 years – in the headline and tweet, you’re misleading readers.

Coverage of Elizabeth Warren’s corporate clients
highlights one of the ways headlines are broken
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
At this moment in our history despair is not an option. I’ve got four kids and seven grandchildren. I can’t give up. You can’t give up.

This NYT story came out when I worked for @BernieSanders 20 years ago. It is correct: back then, Bernie was one of the only lawmakers truly fighting the insurance & drug companies.
Today he’s not alone – and if we keep fighting, we’re gonna win. #NotMeUs

“The pharmaceutical industry has a lot of problems in Washington these days… but there
are few more persistent irritants than Representative Bernard Sanders.”

Last night in Nashua, NH @berniesanders talked about his critics of Medicare for All.
Hementioned three groups:
1. Trump and Republicans
2. The health care industry
3. Establishment Democrats
Listen for which group got the loudest boo from the crowd

“if believing 500,000 americans should not be forced into medical bankruptcy every year
is radical, then we’re proud to be radical.”

You can count on @BernieSanders to stand with us. He understands that unions are important. #PublicEdForum #AFTvotes

When I met John, a veteran, a few months ago, he had $139,000 in medical debt.
Thankfully today he is doing much better.
We must eliminate all medical debt – and when our veterans come home, they must receive the best quality health care this country can provide them. (video)

@KillerMike on MSNBC (video)…
Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
McKinsey has allowed Buttigieg to disclose his clients
From a spokesman for the firm: “After receiving permission from the relevant clients, we have informed Mr. Buttigieg that he may disclose the identity of the clients he served while at McKinsey from 2007 to 2010.”

***Wendell Potter thread…

Doctor’s threaded response…

Upon finding out that his educated guess was right…
***Wendell Potter’s followup thread…

See referenced comment…
The bottom line: our healthcare system is designed to deny care to millions of people,
especially Black and brown people. If Buttigieg wants our trust, he needs to demonstrate
an understanding that companies like McKinsey and Blue Cross have enabled an unjust
and racist system.

tfw you helped a health insurer maximize profit, wildly reversed yourself on Medicare for All,
began attacking Medicare for All – and are now getting a boost from Managed Care Magazine


How McKinsey Makes Its Own Rules

Several headlines related to Buttigieg saying, “I trust you to figure out your own health care.”


Buttigieg’s sudden attacks on Bernie’s college-for-all plan come at exactly the moment the WashPost reports that “Wall Street donors have a new favorite candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential field: Pete Buttigieg.” – See and

See referenced comment…
Pete Buttigieg is running a negative campaign attacking the Democratic Party’s agenda – pass it on

It would be great if a reporter asked Buttigieg how he is going to do his means test …

Buttigieg released his education plan


Inside the Financial Relationship Between Pete Buttigieg and Charter School Backers


Pete Buttigieg, in First Campaign for State Treasurer, Swore Off Bank Money, Citing “Conflict of Interest”

Buttigieg: “I’m going to fight the influence of Big money in politics”
Voter: “So are you going to stop taking big money from corporations and billionaires”
@PeteButtigieg: “No”. (video)



In 2000, Pete Buttigieg Wrote an Essay Praising Bernie Sanders. What, Exactly, Did He Admire?
Buttigieg’s politics are the inverse of Sanders’s ironclad democratic socialism, but spoken with the same resoluteness of tone and courage of conviction. – See
Joe Biden… April 25th
Joe Biden Backed Bills To Make It Harder For Americans To Reduce Their Student Debt


Reframing Biden (see referenced Biden comment)…
You shouldn’t be forced to fight for health insurance.

Context: The Story Behind Dark Waters Affects You (Yes, You)

The new film #DarkWaters is about DuPont harming thousands of people
with toxic chemicals. Biden is now using the moment to proudly tout his loyalty to…
the du Pont family. – See following comment.

…@JoeBiden, at the Fairmont in San Francisco, tells Dem donors of Delaware’s duPont
family: “And by the way I never demonized them. I’ve never run one of these campaigns
about – these super populist campaigns.”

Here is @NinaTurner today in South Carolina explaining the clear contrast between @BernieSanders & @JoeBiden on criminal justice and Biden’s promise to his donors that “nothing would fundamentally change.” (video)

Biden didn’t just vote to authorize the Iraq war for “peace and security.” He got it wrong at every stage, from invasion to occupation to a withdrawal that led to ISIS’ rise. @attackerman reports:

See referenced misleading Biden fundraising comment…
It’s true: the billionaires are coming…to try to help Joe Biden stop Bernie Sanders and the working-class movement behind our campaign:

Repeat for context…
1. All the “UK & US politics are the same” takes are inane
2. For all of the inane takes claiming Labour losses in England show US Dems are doomed, why are there no takes claiming SNP wins in Scotland show Dems aren’t doomed?
3. Reiterating: all takes equating UK & US are inane

Note: Biden jumped onto that bandwagon…

See referenced comment; Correcting the record…
While Biden worked with George W. Bush as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee
to pass the disastrous Iraq War resolution, Bernie passed landmark legislation as Chairman
of the Veterans Committee to make sure our veterans got the benefits they earned and
deserve. #Fact

“From the moment the [vets] scandal broke in April 2014, it took Congress less than 4
months to produce a new law – a split second by Capitol Hill standards. That it happened
at all, and so fast, was a testament to the determination of Bernie Sanders.”

“9 months ago, I voted with my colleagues to give the president the authority to use force
& I’d vote that way again today,” Joe Biden, 7-31-03
“I am opposed to giving the President a blank check to launch a unilateral invasion
and occupation of Iraq,” Bernie Sanders, 10-09-02

Michael Bloomberg… Nov 2019
Billionaire Presidential Hopeful Mike Bloomberg Addresses Press at COP25 But Won’t Take Questions

Bloomberg Unveils Plan to Slash Emissions by 50% by 2030
Vows as president to immediately stop new construction of gas plants and retire all U.S. coal plants in the next decade

Bloomberg Just Bought CityLab – and Put Half Its Reporters Out of a Job
As part of the sale, the Atlantic is making layoffs.

Bloomberg is trying to buy his way to the presidency in the most blatant ways possible.

Donald Trump
The U.S. Has Almost No Official Presence at COP25 But Is Still “Obstructing Any Progress”

CBPP: Trump Rule Weakens SNAP’s Recession-Fighting Power

Tipped workers (like waitstaff and bartenders) are about to get ripped off by a new Rule from the US Department of Labor. … (thread)

Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Trump International Hotel spent $569,000 on anti-union consultants in 2015-2016.

Thread on Trump’s trade war…

Tariff roulette: @DeanBaker13 tells Housing Wire, “Trump seems to like the idea he’s playing a reality TV show host – ‘tune in and you’ll find out if I raise tariffs’ – but the economy hates uncertainty.”


The trade-offs of global trade (with Dean Baker and Port Commissioner Ryan Calkins)

Soybean markets are unimpressed with Donald Trump’s big China trade deal

Responding to Trump…
Yes, (the USMCA Trade Bill is) so important that if it were ten times as important, it may have a visible economic impact. …

June Related:

The US International Trade Commission (USITC, 2019) projects that the USMCA will bring small and skewed economic gains in the US, including:

– A one-time increase in GDP of only three and a half tenths of one percent (0.35%) six years after the agreement goes into force;

– A one-time increase in total employment of a small fraction of one percent (0.12%) six years after the agreement goes into force, mainly in low-paid service sector jobs;

– A one-time wage increase of about a quarter of one percent (0.27%) on average after 6 years.  Slightly larger wage increases would go to higher educated workers than to workers without college degrees, pushing the latter further down the income ladder.  …

CBPP Explainer:
Trump Administration’s ACA Repeal Suit Stance Is in Line With Its Health Care Agenda

Lavrov said today that Russia is ready to extend the New Start treaty. Pompeo then posed a host of distant goals he said would have to be accomplished before he would agree. I explain his game in a new article just posted today

This interceptor site – designed to hit missiles that Iran doesn’t actually have and may never have – isn’t just a dumb idea, it’s turning into a boondoggle. Why am I not surprised?

A Great Big Gift Not on Trump’s Disclosure Form: Giuliani’s Legal Advice

2017: How the Israel Anti-Boycott Act Threatens First Amendment Rights

Alarmingly, the Senate bill had 58 cosponsors but the bill didn’t go anywhere

President Trump will sign an executive order defining Judaism as a nationality, not just a religion, thus bolstering the Education Department’s efforts to stamp out (the anti-apartheid BDS) movements on college campuses

BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions – strategies used to end Israeli apartheid of Palestinians.

With Trump’s (anti-apartheid protest) executive order in place, @RepRiggleman (R-VA5) sends letter to @BetsyDeVosED accusing @Georgetown @ccasGU of being the most “intolerant, ideological, anti-Israel and pro-Islamist” in US, offenses include petitions signed by staff, calls for Title VI funding review.

War is peace. Freedom is slavery.  Ignorance is strength. – George Orwell (1984)

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