Towards an issues-based 2020 election (52)


===2020 Big Picture===
From @FlyingWithSara: “Everyday people – sinking under the weight of a system rigged against us – realized no one was coming to bail us out & decided to do it ourselves…the only real way to claim our fair share is through solidarity with one another” https://t.co/UXTSPq1iWm
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1211443286839193601

My friend Larry Cohen wrote this opposing view in USA Today. “The voters I spoke to at
these events are fighting for change. They want an economy that puts workers first…”
I’m sure many agree with his experience. Add your voice to the poll question.
https://t.co/MbnXqY792U
https://twitter.com/FlyingWithSara/status/1210423876452093952

Billionaires emerge as the defining campaign issue for 2020
https://t.co/MAkwlZ8IMW

High temperatures and natural disasters have started to make people vote for candidates who talk about climate change: https://t.co/kLAnLGZrz6
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1209523611586965505

House passes climate bill, with few Republican backers
The bill blocks funding for the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement
https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/house-passes-climate-bill-gop-backers

While the measure will likely die in the Republican-controlled Senate, the bill marks the latest effort by Democrats to underscore the scientific dangers of climate change and the jobs to be had by supporting low-carbon industries.

Before a final vote on HR 9, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement that the measure would fail in the Senate because “middle-class Americans” oppose it. “So this futile gesture to handcuff the U.S. economy through the ill-fated Paris deal will go nowhere here in the Senate,” he said.

    Fortenberry, Bacon, Smith and all but 3 colleagues voted against the bill
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll184.xml

Energy Efficient Government Technology Act
Fortenberry, Bacon, Smith & all but 22 colleagues voted for the bill
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll515.xml

Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act
House passes bipartisan bill to support energy efficiency in schools (voice vote)
https://bit.ly/39hWWs5

Based on the following list (which contains 1 Senate bill)
McConnell hasn’t brought up a climate-related bill
https://www.eesi.org/articles/view/how-the-116th-congress-is-addressing-climate-change

Democracy Town Hall With Bernie Sanders
https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/democracy-town-hall-with-bernie-sanders/463436187939115/

Brilliant event with @SenSanders tonight in Concord with @ZephyrTeachout.
Every answer, perfect – especially his committing to @RoKhanna’s democracy
vouchers and making reform issue number 1. – See https://bit.ly/37iaF03
https://twitter.com/lessig/status/1211079618905673729

—The Problem—
How it works:
1. Candidate promotes policy that pleases voters https://tinyurl.com/wvfbsr6
2. Big donors threatened by the policy give cash to candidate, sometimes in a wine cave
3. Candidate suddenly helps donors by attacking the policy candidate had supported
4. Wash, rinse, repeat & buy the election
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1209542873240104963

This is how it works. – https://tinyurl.com/s6xhwjg – Money for access to power.
Access to power for influence. Influence that takes away poor and working class
people’s rights, freedoms, dignity. If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.
Everybody knows it.
We don’t have to accept it.
https://twitter.com/ZephyrTeachout/status/1209455135237312513

Here Are The Billionaires Funding The Democratic Presidential Candidates
https://tinyurl.com/v39p3fx

Federal filings show that the billionaire basher (Sanders) received a negligible $470 from Marta Thoma Hall, the wife of billionaire Velodyne founder David Hall. After Forbes notified the Sanders’ camp of the contribution, the campaign said he won’t be keeping the money.

Related: https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1209338662640635909

CNN pretends the person at the end of a 21 year trend line
gets credit for everything that happened before…
https://twitter.com/IMHO1969/status/1209132972638687232

I guess you can say that Trump hasn’t sunk Obama’s economy
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1209153967281721344

Note: After an $8 trillion housing bubble collapsed and destroyed the world’s economy on Bush’s watch… Republicans opposed the stimulus / blocked jobs bills. And once the economy recovered, the economy continued to grow as economies tend to do – but the growth isn’t shared by all. Links follow.

Remember these Great Recession graphs?…
https://www.cbpp.org/research/economy/chart-book-the-legacy-of-the-great-recession
Jan 28, 2009: Stimulus passes House with zero GOP votes
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2009/01/28/stimulus-passes-house-with-zero-gop-votes/
  After Voting No, Republicans Tout (stimulus) Funds
  https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB123759908731101583

Note: Stimulus eventually passed in the Senate after major concessions were made…

Feb 4, 2009: A struggling stimulus
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2009/02/04/a-struggling-stimulus/

Note: When more stimulus was needed, Republicans blocked it / opted for austerity…

June 24, 2010: GOP poised to kill tax-extenders bill
https://washingtonmonthly.com/2010/06/24/gop-poised-to-kill-tax-extenders-bill/
For weeks, Senate Democrats have tried to pass what’s called the “tax-extenders bill” – a key economic package that extends unemployment benefits, maintains popular tax breaks, protects doctors from Medicare cuts, and boosts state aid to prevent massive job layoffs in the states. The country needs this bill to pass, but Republicans won’t let it come up for a vote.
In the hopes of finding a compromise, Dems have repeatedly scaled-back the measure, watering it down and removing worthwhile investments. The GOP has responded by insisting the reductions aren’t enough, and that they still won’t allow a vote.
It now appears Republicans are going to win this fight – and Americans will lose.

Note: …The GOP then had the chutzpah to run ran on jobs. …

  2010: “Where are the jobs?” The GOP’s Rhetoric(al) question
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4qOLuOUSXg
Related: https://www.politico.com/story/2010/01/gops-cash-and-trash-strategy-032118

Note: With the help of Fox et al, voters rewarded GOP’s obstruction and deceit by giving them back control of the House. They blocked a needed jobs bill…

   Oct 11, 2011: President’s Jobs Measure Is Turned Back…
  https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/12/us/politics/obamas-jobs-bill-senate-vote.html

Note: And they misled voters again…

  2014: Has (Speaker) Boehner (R-OH) read his list of ‘jobs bills’?
  http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/has-boehner-read-his-list-jobs-bills
Related: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/what-the-gop-calls-jobs-bill

Note: The stimulus jump started the economy, but it wasn’t enough to get us out of the hole left by the $8 trillion housing bubble collapse. And Republicans wouldn’t support more stimulus (likely for political reasons). …

2012: Case closed: the stimulus worked
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/case-closed-the-stimulus-worked
Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1209273216809619456
                https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1209276186641068032

Democratic Cave to Trump on Border Wall Had an Ulterior Motive
Democrats gave Trump major concessions and leverage in the year-end funding bill so Representative Henry Cuellar could get federal funding for a riverwalk in his district.
https://prospect.org/politics/democratic-cave-to-trump-border-wall-riverwalk-laredo/

Note: House Dem leadership wanted to help one of the most conservative Dems in the House more than standing up to Trump’s border wall boondoggle and the bigotry it represents.

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – DSSC…
Democratic campaign arm accused of trying to hinder progressive candidates in key Senate primaries
https://t.co/7x02McdNT4

Progressive candidates in Colorado and Maine – two of the most competitive 2020 Senate races – say political consultants and vendors have refused to work on their campaigns after being warned that doing so would risk a future boycott by the DSCC, which endorsed other Democrats for those primaries.

See chart…
Three years after 2016, I think one area that is still broadly under-theorized in progressive circles is the extent to which earned media fundamentally explains the outcome. There is evidence of a similar force in the UK. These charts are telling.
https://twitter.com/SeanMcElwee/status/1209556487665795075

2016: Donald Trump Rode $5 Billion in Free Media to the White House
https://tinyurl.com/wo7h73s

Related: https://retaildietitians.com/articles/earned-vs-unearned-media/

Earned Media is when customers, the press and the public share your content and speak about your brand. Think of it as the social media equivalent of “word-of-mouth” publicity. … Unearned Media is when a company pays for promoting itself with the aim of increasing customers and sales.

===2020 Issues===
The transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 would cost nations $73 trillion and would pay for itself in under seven years @Stanford The study also found that the shift to a zero-carbon global economy would create 28.6 million more full-time jobs. https://t.co/2HgWnN4RUU
https://twitter.com/ialhusseini/status/1209938509810798592

How Big Oil Blocked the Nation’s Greenest Governor on Climate Change
Publicly, BP supported carbon pricing. Behind the scenes, it extracted concessions
from Gov Jay Inslee, then dropped its support at the last minute, emails show
https://t.co/asB90d5oUx

U.S. Financial System ‘Whistling Past a Climate Graveyard’: ‘BradCast’ 12/6/2019
Guest: American Prospect’s David Dayen on mag’s landmark Green New Deal edition…
https://prospect.org/greennewdeal
https://bradblog.com/?p=13226

See text graphic…
States can lead the way in fighting climate change — we are doing that here in Colorado. I hope legislators across the country will replicate this bill in their states. https://t.co/Jmf6mAMmlD
https://twitter.com/EmilyForCO/status/1209508699913351168

Lessons from California in 2019: The Challenges of Adapting to Climate Change
https://blog.ucsusa.org/kristy-dahl/california-2019-challenges-of-climate-change

Bigger picture…
Call It ‘Right-to-Work-for-Less,’
https://tinyurl.com/y9o3a57l

Context: Supreme Court Ruling Delivers a Sharp Blow to Labor Unions
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/us/politics/supreme-court-unions-organized-labor.html

Related: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/janus-afscme-public-sector-unions/563879/

A Small Chicago Firm Has Quietly Funded Nearly Two Dozen Anti-Union Lawsuits
In a court filing, Jonathan Mitchell identified Juris Capital as the backer
of a wave of lawsuits he’s pursued following the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling.
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/23/union-lawsuits-janus-juris-capital/

See chart…
… The US is the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee its workers any paid vacation time or holidays. Some employers voluntarily offer these benefits, but distribution is extremely unequal.
https://twitter.com/ceprdc/status/1210576324240314368

Click text abstract…
African American kids who grow up in areas with high black male incarceration rates and harsher sentencing policies are less likely to go to college and their incomes lag further behind their white peers. https://t.co/6X774146rX
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1210035290049376256

Note: The Dec 16th “All Rise” episode effectively contrasted Lola’s judicial viewpoint with a hard line prosecutor.

The Data Defying The Job-Killing Robot Myth
To date the data are very clear: This mass displacement is not happening.
https://t.co/uUhLYjlJKN

Top charts of 2019
Thirteen charts that clarify what our economic priorities need to be in 2020
https://www.epi.org/publication/top-charts-2019/

Bill Greider and Secular Stagnation
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/bill-greider-and-secular-stagnation

Bill Greider exposed the insidious workings of economic elites that conspire to control
both parties. He sought a politics of purpose and solidarity. It was his mission to break
the grip of big money not just on political parties but on our imagination.
https://t.co/7kbXQbFNkH
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1211284090265251842

His book “Who Will Tell The People?: The Betrayal Of American Democracy”
is a must read critique of the corruption of American politics.
https://twitter.com/jjz1600/status/1211387648960536582

Not Patreon…
The Future of Trade Deals
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/the-future-of-trade-deals

What Billionaires Don’t Understand About College Debt
Forget big donations. Go for structural reforms.
https://t.co/KJ08wolqas

Completely agree that philanthropists should focus on the structural problems of higher ed
rather than short-term fixes. Policy reform is hard work, lonely, and rarely gets attention,
but it’s the path to improving millions of lives rather than hundreds.
https://twitter.com/JohnArnoldFndtn/status/1209172875325902848

In the U.S., an angioplasty costs $32,000. Elsewhere? Maybe $6,400. New data shows just how much more Americans pay for medical services. https://t.co/w7jkhIEPAg
https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1211134786296852480

“Nothing would fundamentally change” – Joe Biden – See https://bit.ly/369kWvs
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1211148028863627265

Cancer Culture
“They treated him like a movie star until the insurance money wouldn’t pay,” a woman named Rose told me about her ex-husband’s experience at the CTCA.
https://t.co/CjecGylPyr

… none of (the politicians) seem to have made (patent reform) a major cause. There is a huge amount of money at stake (many trillions over a decade), which no one seems to appreciate. Oh yeah, also lives.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1209830376299827200

It is strange (or telling) that the ‘libertarian’ candidates on the Republican side haven’t advocated
for abolishing patents but they are keen to get rid of the Fed, Affordable Care, etc, etc.  …
https://twitter.com/alnstk/status/1209832183050973184

It’s always confusing when the “free market” folks and “small government” folks defend a
patent system enforced by a large government. It’s almost as if they don’t really have an
ideology and just like saying certain phrases.
https://twitter.com/jonivy/status/1211328262409994242

Christmas Present for Public Health Experts:
We Don’t Need Patent Monopolies to Develop New Antibiotics
https://t.co/wQAaxAVL2D

The possibility that is excluded here is simply having the government pay for the development of new antibiotics up front, under contract, as it already does now with more than $40 billion in research that goes though the National Institutes of Health and other public agencies. If this funding mechanism were used all new antibiotics would be cheap, since they would be available as generics from the day they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (The piece tells us that the industry charges up to $2,000 per prescription for some of the new antibiotics.)

  Thread
https://twitter.com/schwarz/status/1210191845361422336

Related: https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1210609980140711936
https://deanbaker.net/books/rigged.htm

Horizontal mergers in the pharmaceutical industry lead to higher prices for drugs and have no discernible effect on innovation: https://t.co/QpZmqiZEHY
https://twitter.com/lydiadepillis/status/1209515271704252417

See referenced Sen Cornyn and the next comments…
Keep going! You’re so close to getting it!
https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1210254723531657217

Senate Confirms Another Trump Court Pick Rated ‘Not Qualified’ To Serve
Justin Walker, 37, lacks the experience to be a lifetime federal judge, says the American Bar Association. Republicans voted for him anyway.
https://bit.ly/2QnIHck

Fischer & Sasse voted for Walker
https://bit.ly/2QlFnOW

Activists Demand a Migrant Justice Platform as Democratic Candidates Discuss Immigration in Debate
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/12/20/democratic_debate_immigration_erika_andiola_raices

Revealing the Real Threats and the Manufactured Ones:
The Intercept’s 2019 National Security Coverage
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/25/the-intercept-2019-national-security/

===2020 Watch List===
Classic WaPo “really big numbers” piece on Democratic candidates spending plans https://t.co/14DGyIMiul
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1211288526920146945

The Congressional Budget Office projects that GDP will be close to $280 trillion in the decade after the next president takes office in 2021. This means that Sanders projected spending comes to roughly 18.0 percent of projected GDP, while Warren’s would be a bit less than 11.0 percent. Biden’s proposals would be less than 1.5 percent of GDP. We are currently spending close to 22.0 percent of GDP.

However, this is only the beginning of the picture. The Sanders and Warren’s proposals would both radically reduce what the country pays for prescription drugs and medical equipment. Most of our payments for these items now are an implicit tax that the government imposes by granting patent monopolies. The Washington Post literally never talks about this implicit tax. (One can speculate about the reason for this neglect, but it is worth noting that the paper gets lots of advertising revenue from the prescription drug industry.)

There are other random uses of really big numbers in the piece. …

…The point is obviously to scare readers with really big numbers rather than to provide information.

  By comparison, we are on course to spend about $15 trillion on the Pentagon and the
military in the next ten years. When is the last time you saw a major news story
questioning that spending?
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1211273887943708672

A summary of this year’s $1.25 trillion largesse to the Pentagon and military is found here
by @WilliamHartung and Mandy Smithberger. Adjusting for low 2% inflation and no increase
yield $15 trillion/ten years. 3% inflation = $17 trillion. Increases = $20T+
https://t.co/Ucj8ggnuXD
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1211275918406144000

The pharmaceutical industry is so spooked by the popularity of Medicare for All that they’re taking out full page ads in the NY Times promising to be *somewhat less* evil. But as long as your ability to get insulin is contingent on your wealth, big pharma = death panels.
https://twitter.com/CharliePatrick/status/1208902265693786112

They’re spooked by Chapter 5 in @DeanBaker13’s book “Rigged” https://t.co/1Nr1SZvCA7
https://twitter.com/CharliePatrick/status/1208902265693786112

Fact check: Inspector general debunked Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA23) claim that the FBI ‘broke into’ Trump’s campaign
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/23/politics/fact-check-mccarthy-fbi-watergate-trump/index.html

James Comey tried to cover up this scandal by…. attacking Clinton in an indefensible manner
(even Trump agrees!) In October 2016. The FBI anti-Trump conspiracy was so brilliant…
they elected him!
https://twitter.com/jeffhauser/status/1209101926090055680

The idea that patent and copyright monopolies are government policies,
and not given to us by the market, is very scary to many policy types
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1208951611487182850

===2020 Watch List-Bias===
How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren
The media has a bigger problem than liberal bias
https://t.co/VHSJhFPZ05

…”Centrist bias confuses the idea of centrism (which is very much an ideology) with objectivity
and fairness.. They equate balance with the midpoint between the two parties’ ideologies”
https://twitter.com/tuduylinh/status/1208959135808573441

2018:  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.
https://tinyurl.com/y338853r

Mainstream media, February to June, 2019:  @ewarren turning her back on selling the rich access to the candidate is the death of her candidacy.
Mainstream media, December 2019:  Warren is a hypocrite for changing her mind and embracing the harder path they had called impossible.
https://twitter.com/jeffhauser/status/1209531997544177665

But accusing her of hypocrisy for something *she billed as a change* for a decision
well covered 10 months ago reflects the media letting @PeteButtigieg spin them.
Embarrassing and quite partial.
https://twitter.com/jeffhauser/status/1209532310422511616

Meet Sally Albright. Sally used to work for Newt Gingrich when he called Obama the “food stamp president.” Today, she runs an AstroTurf network of alt accounts – many with digital blackface – which she uses to attack Sen. Sanders with accusations of racism/sexism.She’s paid to do it
https://twitter.com/walkerbragman/status/1053669140089708544

Deeply disappointing that @SallyAlbright is already agitating for a third party candidate
if Sanders or Warren win the nomination. The use of the word “our” to refer to Democrats
here is inappropriate.
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1211339947426361344

See graphic…
Image for the blocked
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1211350085327622145

See graphic…
Good sign you’re still running a bot farm: you sometimes RT yourself
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1211374686522822656

I’m starting to think that pundits aren’t operating in good faith when they simultaneously argue that it’s good Biden can win back some GOP votes (an assertion they have zero data to substantiate), but it’s bad that Bernie has an actual, proven ability to win back some GOP votes.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210700429283053569

Sirota’s theory on why this is happening…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210711065991892998
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210711645418213376

See referenced Rakesh Bhandari’s comment…
I voted for Hillary Clinton in the general election of 2016.
This is literally a lie that has been circulating … for months…
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210603738127192065

I have also worked for House Dems; helped elect a Democratic congressman and governor;
worked on Democratic US Senate races, and am literally married to a Democratic state
legislator.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210604278156414977

Responding to someone asking for confirmation…
In the 2016 general election in a crucial swing state?
You’re da-n right I voted for the entire Democratic ticket.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210604620432564224

I have kids. Politics is not a game, no matter how much cable TV tries to ESPN-ize
elections. I vote like my kids’ lives depend on it – because they do. I had *serious*
differences with the 2016 Dem ticket but I didn’t hesitate to vote for that ticket
in the general in a swing state
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210607902689357824

Btw, I also don’t slam people on the left for making a different calculation. Ultimately your
vote is your sacred choice. IMO Dems must continue working to do a better job of offering
a truly progressive agenda that gives more people a compelling reason to vote for Democrats
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210609193192869888

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Julian Castro… Jan 12th
Pedro, a fellow Texan, represents the best of America.
As a prosecutor, he uses the law to serve his community – but as a DACA recipient the law leaves him vulnerable to deportation.
As president, I will pass immigration reform in my first 100 days. https://t.co/O7pNGu5iKi
https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/status/1210327794397458437
—–
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
We’re closing out the decade with a widening wealth gap and millions of families drowning in debt due to the costs of health care and higher education.
In 2020, let’s fight for big, structural change to build an economy that works for everyone. https://t.co/f7wwARZYnn
https://twitter.com/ewarren/status/1210355859911565317
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Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
In the fight against climate change we have a choice: protect fossil fuel profits or protect our children. I choose to protect our children.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1210569271610208256

In 2012, @BernieSanders led the effort against the Erskine Bowles-Alan Simpson plan to:
– Cut Social Security benefits by up to 35%
– Cut disabled veterans’ benefits by up to $2,260/yr
– Raise the retirement age to 69
– Cut taxes for billionaires
– I’m glad they won’t be endorsing us
https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1210793375495966720

There is something fundamentally wrong when we are spending twice as much per capita on health care as other major countries and our average life expectancy is going *down*.
https://twitter.com/BernieSanders/status/1210365240493387776

Earlier today in Dover, NH @berniesanders explained how he plans to pass M4A through budget reconciliation. “Do not hesitate for one second in thinking that this legislation will require 60 votes.” Sanders then adds a message to Leader McConnell: (video)
https://twitter.com/CaraKorte/status/1211131591751340032

“Opposing antisemitism is a core value of progressivism.” – @BernieSanders
https://twitter.com/NicholsUprising/status/1211366837126074370

I’ve known @BernieSanders for 20 years – I can tell you that President Sanders will spend his time in office fighting every single day against the billionaire class. The billionaires know this – which is why they are so afraid of him. https://t.co/dQakMHdbCF
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210273247381508101

“The loyalty Mr. Sanders commands has turned him into a formidable contender in the 2020
race… His anti-establishment message hasn’t changed for 50 years, and it resonates with
working-class voters and young people who agree the system is corrupt.” https://t.co/YrJ2H5j8Wt
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210278661657518082

Note: Thom Hartmann used to air a weekly hour-long segment called “Brunch with Bernie.” Sanders intelligently and compassionately fielded questions and comments from around the country. That’s how I first came to know Bernie Sanders.

Related: https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210268809258364928
https://twitter.com/_ericblanc/status/1210570580497330176

11 federal races against Republicans…
Underappreciated fact: @BernieSanders won a U.S. House seat that had been in GOP hands for 30 years, then he won a U.S. Senate seat that had been in GOP hands for more than 100 years.
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210641378994053126
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Pete Buttigieg… April 14th
Buttigieg Blames Private Equity Firms for Surprise Billing. One of His Bundlers, a Blackstone Exec, Is Linked to the Problem.
https://t.co/RinuYMPKZj

Click graphics…
This is the system that (Biden, Buttigieg and other “can’t-doers”) are trying to protect and preserve
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210589870793474055

.@PeteButtigieg, no more evading like Trump. In your final act as Mayor, please release the secret police tapes that have deeply troubled South Bend’s Black community. Our community demands police accountability and transparency. (video)
https://twitter.com/BLMSouthBend/status/1210955063763574786

Related: https://twitter.com/iamhenrydavisjr/status/1211339413340532742

The Defenders of the Wine Cave Are Missing the Point
https://theintercept.com/2019/12/23/wine-cave-buttigieg-warren/

The stages of revelations about Pete’s Wine Cave just keep getting more awesomely ridiculous:
1. Pete raised cash in a wine cave
2. Billionaires own the wine cave
3. The billionaire wine cave owners bought an ambassadorship
and got a bailout during the S&L scandal
4. Health-care industry executive Bill Wehrle went to Pete Buttigieg’s “wine cave” fundraiser &
defended it in a @washingtonpost op-ed, claiming he isn’t a millionaire. Except – as @ryangrim
& @schwarz pointed out – he is. So the Post had to correct this https://t.co/HselFKJqdn
https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1209474264560283649
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1209561327624171521

Click text graphics…
So the guy who wrote the WaPo oped defending Pete Buttigieg’s wine cave fundraiser
isn’t just  a health care VP, he was also a registered lobbyist for the health industry in
California  from 2000-2011.
https://twitter.com/donnydonny/status/1209275445717458944

Also worth noting: the author of the oped about attending the Buttigieg wine cave fundraiser
is a Kaiser Permanente Vice President for Health Insurance Exchanges.
ie, his job would be eliminated under Medicare for All.
https://twitter.com/schwarz/status/1209491639477121025

Related: https://twitter.com/curaffairs/status/1209124867976638464

“People say, ‘Oh (money) doesn’t have any effect on me’… if that were the case, we’d be the only
human beings in the history of the world who took significant amounts of money from strangers
& made sure it had no effect on our behavior.” – Barney Frank https://t.co/TTGp5Fc6GA
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1209548727045652480

“Buttigieg started off this race saying he was all in for Medicare for All. And then he flip flopped…
it does raise the question about whether big money is over influencing his decisions.”
– @JulianCastro (video)
https://twitter.com/justicedems/status/1209119314609102848

Aren’t campaign donation contests illegal?
https://twitter.com/ttagaris/status/1209643874622283781
—–
Joe Biden… April 25th
Despite signing the #NoFossilFuel money pledge, @JoeBiden continues to use loopholes to accept contributions from the fossil fuel industry and its lobbyists. https://t.co/WIMbjj6I8s
“Joe Biden just doesn’t get it – where ‘it’ refers to an existential threat to humanity.”
https://twitter.com/foe_us/status/1210651606569672704

Andrew Goldman, the natural gas company co-founder that had Biden in trouble
for violating his no-fossil-fuel pledge, is also a bundler, according to his campaign
https://bit.ly/2tYfCN3
https://twitter.com/ryangrim/status/1210754212415492098

April: Biden Says He’s the Workers’ Candidate, But He Has Worked To Cut Medicare and Social Security
The universal retirement programs are Biden’s go-to sacrificial lambs.
https://t.co/z9dECf7LG9

Related: https://twitter.com/GunnelsWarren/status/1210793375495966720

The world’s 500 wealthiest people gained $1.2 trillion this year, boosting their collective net worth 25% to $5.9 trillion https://t.co/Lc3FtogAb1
https://twitter.com/business/status/1210648332625940482

“Nothing would fundamentally change” – Joe Biden – See https://bit.ly/369kWvs
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210951973664460805

I just watched @MarkRuffalo’s terrific film #DarkWaters.
(Biden’s) quote is so much worse once you’ve seen that movie
> …@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.”
https://twitter.com/jmartNYT/status/1205346847721738245

Related: https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1210939563268616194

The CEO of Centene, which manages health insurance plans, is a bundler for Joe Biden. Here’s audio of an event hosted by Centene filled with Democratic lobbyists laughing it up about how Medicare for All will never happen https://t.co/ieuoQVQeuL
https://twitter.com/lhfang/status/1211013332200611840

Joe Biden Criticized at Democratic Debate over Iraq, Afghanistan Wars & Failure to Close Gitmo
https://www.democracynow.org/2019/12/20/joe_biden_criticized_at_democratic_debate

Biden: GOP has no ‘legal basis’ to subpoena him in Trump impeachment trial
The former vice president told the Des Moines Register on Friday
he wouldn’t comply with a subpoena if it came.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/12/28/joe-biden-subpoena-trump-impeachment-089933

…If Biden doesn’t think he can make his questioners look like the fools they are,
he should not be president, end of story.
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1211075888579612672

Someone has to tell Biden that complying with a subpoena is not optional. …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1211116926077792256

Biden Reverses Course: “I Would Obey Any Subpoena That Was Sent to Me”
https://bit.ly/2rzBAVQ

How to Disengage With the Republican Conspiracy Theories Swirling Around Impeachment
Debunking hasn’t worked. Maybe this will.
https://bit.ly/2ZBdxCM

Citing Joe Biden’s Troubling Voting Record, Bernie Sanders Warns ‘My God… Trump Will Eat His Lunch’
The Vermont senator said defeating Trump in 2020 will require “ideas that are going to excite and energize millions of people who right now are not particularly active in politics, and who may not vote at all.”
https://t.co/gKRl7VIlpF

Note: This is a factual concern about his voting record. …As opposed to Biden’s M4A lies.

Unite the Country is going back up on TV in Iowa. Start date is 1/1/20
https://twitter.com/MediumBuying/status/1210674058410504192

Biden’s super PAC “Unite the Country” gets to keep its donors secret until the last 72 hrs
of the Iowa caucus, meaning most Iowa voters will never know which big donors are trying
to buy their election for Biden. Has anyone even bothered to ask who is bankrolling this
super PAC?
https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1210676559935242240
—–
Michael Bloomberg… Nov 2019
Mike Bloomberg Exploited Prison Labor to Make 2020 Presidential Campaign Phone Calls
https://t.co/MCg3nQPRIB

Shockingly, I still haven’t received any word from Bloomberg News
on why they are now allowing hit pieces on candidates not named Bloomberg (see next link)
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1209519021978046464

Bloomberg makes a few exceptions to its rule about not investigating Bloomberg’s opponents
> Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have hammered Amazon on the stump, but their campaigns have also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying supplies off the site https://t.co/wD1TuqUcHM
https://twitter.com/business/status/1209190488479277056

Warren, Sanders demand stronger  clean-water regulations, but their campaign staff
have taken thousands of individual showers in it and used it for hundreds of thousands
of brushstrokes of teeth
https://twitter.com/rospars/status/1209247382896095232

We also have a new breaking scoop for them:
“Michael Bloomberg harshly criticized Donald Trump – yet he lives in & does business
in the country where Trump is President.” Is Bloomberg low key endorsing Trump
by not immigrating elsewhere?
https://twitter.com/Chris_H_Politic/status/1209255606227324928

Related: https://twitter.com/james_roe/status/1209233099080421377

…Bloomberg doesn’t need to do high-dollar fundraisers but he lacks understanding of how to talk to actual voters, so he’s doing high-dollar fundraisers anyway, without the funding. https://t.co/p3Ck7W4kCl
https://twitter.com/ddayen/status/1210359381692313600

===Republicans===
Donald Trump
Oct: President Trump Just Showed Us What’s Wrong With A Federal Whistleblowing Law
https://bit.ly/2F34sJe

Trump, just before midnight on the Friday after Christmas, retweeted a tweet
that singled out the alleged whistleblower by name to his nearly 68 million followers
See: https://bit.ly/2Qrw7ce
https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1210786090447073282

Note: Outing whistleblower discourages whistleblowing which in turn protects corruption. In this case helps Trump obstruct oversight. It also places cross hairs on the whistleblower. Remember Pizzagate? …

Pizzagate: From rumor, to hashtag, to gunfire in D.C.
https://wapo.st/3549GPD

‘Pizzagate’ Gunman Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison
https://n.pr/2Qu5Cmh

Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Apologizes For Promoting ‘Pizzagate’
https://n.pr/2EZWmRx

Disturbing if true (thread)…
https://twitter.com/mikefarb1/status/1210996211651633152

President Trump Badly Losing his War on Federal Funding for Clean Energy
https://blog.ucsusa.org/rob-cowin/trump-losing-war-on-clean-energy

2018: America’s poor becoming more destitute under Trump: U.N. expert
https://reut.rs/2rD5skn

Homeless population rises for third year in a row
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeless-population-rises-for-third-year-in-a-row/

So… who does Trump blame for the rising homeless population on his watch?
https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1210916803800707072

Also keep in mind…
The GOP Tax Bill Was a Deliberate Attack on Blue States …
https://bit.ly/352Lb5q

See referenced Trump comment…
…candidate Trump ridiculed the 2.0 percent growth rate we have been seeing as “pathetic.”
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1210400134506221568

Related: https://cnb.cx/2rAksPN

Baker: Trump Touts Weak Trade Deals That Likely Won’t Benefit US Workers
https://t.co/v0vSBJjFXa

Trump Has Told Friends That Gutting Medicare Could Be a Fun “Second-Term Project”
https://t.co/4IzMx1GT7H

Trump’s Mar-A-Lago winter vacation pushes his taxpayer-funded golf tab past $118 million.
That amount is equivalent to 296 years of the $400,000 presidential salary that his supporters often boast he’s not taking. https://t.co/I4bbBhAM1M
https://twitter.com/jbendery/status/1208751600975695872

That would be around 80,000 food stamp person years for Donald Trump’s golfing vacations
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1208949501047664641

How Trump’s North Korea nuclear talks gambit came undone
US negotiations have been characterized by a lack of clarity, unrealistic demands and unjustifiable optimism, analysts say.
https://t.co/pLjyDqcWwL

Excellent analysis by @simondenyer . Shows US failures & NK expectations. “NK believes it
deserves something (such as ending exercises) in return for ceasing its nuclear and long-range
missile tests. The US believes dialogue is a sufficient reward.”
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1209513150527295489

Amazing chutzpah! Bolton’s responsible for most of the failure towards North Korea. He killed the Agreed Framework that froze the program. It was on his watch that NK first tested a nuke. On his watch in Trump administration that NK tested H-bomb and ICBM.
> John Bolton hits Trump for bluffing on North Korea nukes https://t.co/T076Zzx6af
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1209529305606303744

For a more complete view of how Bolton’s policies have failed over and over again:
https://t.co/VMV4NB1jIF
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1209530757582069762

Trump says North Korea may be planning nice ‘Christmas gift’
https://apnews.com/a0c322ada689cc214d75e6b9a2f91720

I don’t think Kim’s gift is going to be a vase. It is highly likely that North Korea
will conduct a missile test by year’s end, though not, perhaps, on Christmas. …
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1209516614355476482

As Trump downplays North Korean threats @Cirincione speaks to @MSNBC:
“We haven’t detected any launch preparation at the known missile sites, but it’s
almost certainly to come and be a long range ballistic missile test that can hit the US.
We need a diplomatic plan in place.”
https://twitter.com/plough_shares/status/1209592681686429696

North Korea Promises A Christmas Surprise. Here Are The Options
https://t.co/JU2V6sVLST

Read or listen to this comprehensive analysis. @gbrumfiel @NPR interviews @ArmsControlWonk
and @nktpnd . All are spot on. This is not going to go well and could go very badly, indeed.
https://twitter.com/Cirincione/status/1209518852545155077

No Christmas gift from North Korea? @duyeonkim says “Not so fast.” There may be some
backstory that we don’t yet know; whatever it is, it’s unlikely that Kim Jong-un simply got
cold feet: http://bit.ly/39hJDYz
https://twitter.com/BulletinAtomic/status/1211045911968784384

Secret Service Records Contradict Trump’s Claim on Doral G-7
https://t.co/MgI2xHWarm

CREW received records from the United States Secret Service that, along with emails from Doral city officials, undermine President Trump’s dubious claim that members of the Secret Service wanted the 2020 G-7 Summit to be hosted at Trump’s Doral resort in Miami. …

Trump leaned heavily on a claim that after an exhaustive search, members of the government preferred Doral, saying “When my people came back…They went to places all over the country. And they came back and they said, ‘This [Doral] is where we would like to be.’ Now we had military people doing it. We had Secret Service people doing it.”

See referenced Trump comment…
…The Dems are the ones arguing for lawyers and witnesses,
it is your guy, Mitch McConnell who is refusing. …
https://twitter.com/DeanBaker13/status/1209098159466500096

The Congressional Budget Office projects that GDP will be close to $280 trillion in the decade after the next president takes office in 2021. This means that Sanders projected spending comes to roughly 18.0 percent of projected GDP, while Warren’s would be a bit less than 11.0 percent. Biden’s proposals would be less than 1.5 percent of GDP. We are currently spending close to 22.0 percent of GDP.

However, this is only the beginning of the picture. The Sanders and Warren’s proposals would both radically reduce what the country pays for prescription drugs and medical equipment. Most of our payments for these items now are an implicit tax that the government imposes by granting patent monopolies. The Washington Post literally never talks about this implicit tax. (One can speculate about the reason for this neglect, but it is worth noting that the paper gets lots of advertising revenue from the prescription drug industry.)

…The point is obviously to scare readers with really big numbers rather than to provide information.
Dean Baker on Washington Posts selective fearmongering over proposed Democratic expenditures
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/washington-post-gets-lost-in-really-big-budget-numbers

Joe Cirincione points out WaPo’s hypocrisy with respect to military spending: https://bit.ly/2F6JJUQ and  https://bit.ly/2MH36bl

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