Towards an Issues-Based 2020 Election (33)


===2020 Big Picture===
Most Democrats Are Excited by ‘Several’ 2020 Candidates – Not Just Their Top Choice
Electability matters to Democrats, but so do policies, character

Progressive policy polling thread

Take Home: “fight back, and support jumps back up.”

===2020 Issues===
Extreme climate change in the United States: Here are America’s fastest-warming places

Five takeaways from The Post’s analysis of warming climates in the United States
A Washington Post analysis of more than a century of temperature data has found
that much of the Northeast is in the grip of extreme warming, …

UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future
“The potential risk of multi-breadbasket failure is increasing…”


Why we need small farms

Ohio farmers face empty fields
in worst weather-prevented planting season on record, USDA says

World’s largest urban farm to open – on a Paris rooftop
The 14,000m2 farm is set to open in the south-west of Paris early next year

With New Perennial Grain, a Step Forward for Eco-Friendly Agriculture

Bioenergy plantations could fight climate change – but threaten food crops, U.N. panel warns

Article about the State of the Climate in 2018 report
“…the report found greenhouse gases warming influence
on the planet have increased an alarming 43% since 1990.”

Evidence from two popular votes for a carbon tax in Washington State shows that powerful campaigns and ideology are the main political roadblocks to a carbon tax, from Soren T. Anderson, @mioana, and Boris Shor

‘People Are Demanding Accountability for the Fossil Fuel Industry’
CounterSpin interview with Sriram Madhusoodanan about climate justice

Thread: Top five things teachers can do to support the #GlobalClimateStrike: …

Aug 9th: DNC Chair Tom Perez Introduced a Resolution That Could Kill a Climate Debate
The DNC membership has been split on this, and activists are angry.

Perez’s (resolution) was added on Thursday to the docket of proposals to be considered by the DNC’s resolutions committee ahead of an August 22 meeting in San Francisco. While reaffirming Democrats’ commitment to fighting climate change, at the very end of his proposal is a section that suggests the existing debate formats plus the two unofficial climate forums that are already scheduled in September should take the place of a debate:

  Registered Democrats…
Consider respectfully contacting your state’s DNC reps before the Aug 22nd meeting

‘Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia’
CounterSpin interview with Ruha Benjamin on racism and technology

For Black Americans, the Housing Crisis Isn’t Over
Homeownership rates have slumped to levels not seen since the 1960s

The Dramatic Racial Bias of Subprime Lending During the Housing Boom
Blacks and Latinos were more than twice as likely as comparable whites
to receive such high-cost loans.

“Between 1910 and 1997, African Americans lost about 90% of their farmland. This problem is a major contributor to America’s racial wealth gap; the median wealth among black families is about a tenth that of white families.”


See chart…
70% of small businesses said that antitrust regulators should investigate Amazon’s market power and behavior. Only 6% disagreed. That’s what members of Congress actually need to hear about Amazon and small business. 8/8

Baker: Yet Another New York Times Column
Gets the Story on Automation and Inequality Completely Wrong

Baker… the economy’s well being isn’t related to stock market movements

Less than 20 farms a year are subject to any estate tax.
After searching 35 years for 1 example of a family farm that was lost due to the estate tax, Iowa State professor Neil Harl stated simply, “It’s a myth.” – See
Amount 99.8% would owe under Bernie’s estate tax bill: $0.


Stimulus needed…
…@LHSummers/@delong made a case long ago for spending on public goods at interest rates well above today’s. At this point, we are just being stupid. We don’t need to wait for the “depressed economy.”  #LockItIn

They could also do with massive solar, hydro, and wind-power installation.

Please remember (energy) storage…

Page up to see thread

If drug companies, insurance companies, and oil companies see their profits decline as Democrats lower drug prices, expand Medicare, and save the environment, their stock prices might decline, but the economy could still be strong. Dean Baker explains.

The life expectancy forecast for 2040 (see list) …
64th place: USA at 79.8 years
We need #MedicareForAll.

Click text graphic…
Perhaps the single biggest thing you can do to close the maternal health gap
is make sure all Black women are insured.


See chart…
Growth in health care administrators vs. growth in physicians.

Great discussion with @MattBruenig and @ezraklein on the policy and politics surrounding Medicare for All and other health care proposals being made by Democrats.

American Medical Association leaves coalition fighting (against) ‘Medicare for All’

See text graphic…
Unfortunate that Traditional Medicare is prevented from competing on a level playing field, as economist @DeanBaker13 points out here:


Click table graphic…
New study finds that 86% of emergency ambulance services were delivered out-of-network: (thread)

Video: “It’s absurd.”  @FlyingWithSara dismantles the centrist attack on M4A as bad for unions in well under 30 seconds. Keep in mind this is a woman who is currently negotiating contracts with 10 major airlines. She knows of what she speaks. #rising Full video:

Muslim_American activists say their issues are getting short shrift in the Democratic primary

“We also need to connect Donald Trump’s racism and bigotry to his larger corruption.
The president is openly demonizing Muslims and immigrants to distract from his own
failure to govern.” -@IlhanMN

I spoke to Larry Krasner who says ending mass incarceration could take another 20 years.


Context: Enlisting political overtones Trump misrepresents the facts while trying
to goad Israel into barring two US Congressfolks from visiting. Baker responds…

Context: It’s official: Israel will bar Congresswomen @RashidaTlaib and @IlhanMN from
entering Israel due to “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS” at this time the
final decision is been drafted  and passed for comments before a press release.

Trump and Netanyahu just broke the special relationship between America and Israel
The wannabe authoritarian tag-team has committed a reckless, racist,
contemptible act driven by stunningly short-sighted political calculations –
but with fateful repercussions


We view our alliance with Israel as special and inviolable. It is legitimate to ask
whether it deserves reassessment in light of the increasingly authoritarian actions
of its government.

After all, Israel’s prime minister has chosen only to honor our special relationship
with one political party in the U.S and not with the other, to embrace some democratic
values, but not all, to promote our interests some of the time, but not always.

If criticizing the Netanyahu government proves they hate Israel;
then, logically, criticizing the Obama government proves Trump hates America.

===2020 Watch List===
Because of a tax code loophole, anonymous donors pass limitless amounts of money into politics. This is called “dark money.” Who’s supposed to police it? The @IRS. Are they? Nooooope.

The Kochs Funded Third Way to Push Free Trade to Democrats, New Book Says


Free and online…
Baker’s Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy
Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer

Taibbi: The Campaign Press: Members of the 10 Percent, Reporting for the One Percent
Media companies run by the country’s richest people can’t help but project the mindset of their owners.

Much of the MSM has been insisting that Joe Biden is the only Democrat who could beat Trump.  …  This is now the 15th poll in a row showing @BernieSanders beating Trump.  Sanders +8, same as Biden


See tweet graphics…
We’re starting to suspect that the New York Times doesn’t like Bernie.

Big surprise: the New York Times reporter covering Bernie Sanders has a long
record of unfairly attacking Sanders – while neglecting to mention that the sources
she quotes are corporate lobbyists.


Compare / Contrast…

MSNBC apparently has issues with at least one other candidate. Guess which one…

Media Defend Biden by Attacking Dems for ‘Attacking’ Obama

===2020 Presidential Candidates===
Kamala Harris… Jan 21st
Kamala Harris is a savvy Iowa contender. Calling Bingo is smart politics in Iowa! In fact, it’s smart politics anywhere in the Midwest!

Responding to a Harris quote…
A lot of those millennial “ideologues” on the left were proven right about Iraq, Wall Street greed, ending mass deportation and incarceration, and needing to stop fossil fuel development.
There’s also ideology behind some of the worst policy disasters in this country.

My friends in labor unions would call this quote “disorganizing the workers.”
Cory Booker… Feb 1st
Cory Booker has announced a new plan to combat hate crimes, extremism and white supremacist violence. The plan would make it easier for victims to report crimes and for communities to access resources and address online platforms that spread hate.
Elizabeth Warren… Feb 9th
“One of the best tools for unlocking economic opportunity and advances in health care, like telemedicine, is access to reliable, high-speed Internet. In the 21st century every home should have access to this technology – but we’re not even close to that today.” – @ewarren …

The Line 3 pipeline would threaten Minnesota’s public waters, lands, and agricultural areas important to several Tribal Nations. I’m with @MN_350 and Minnesota organizers fighting to #StopLine3 and protect our environment.

Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples


“We should be investing in diplomacy and development to address political, social and economic problems before they morph into costly wars.” – @ewarren
Elizabeth Warren has more than a plan to check & balance the military-industrial complex. She’s delivering a steady critique.

Tonight, I asked @ewarren how her plan to confront the crisis of Occupation will apply meaningful pressure on the Israeli government to move toward freedom and dignity for both Israelis and Palestinians. She said she’d “push, and push hard.”

It’s a start! But it’s not a plan. @ewarren you have so many incredible plans putting
forth a bold vision for structural change in this country. Do you have a plan to pressure
the Israeli government to end the military occupation of millions of Palestinians?

Theres a growing movement of young American Jews at @IfNotNowOrg
who can help you make one

Israel doesn’t advance its case as a tolerant democracy or unwavering US ally by barring elected members of Congress from visiting because of their political views. This would be a shameful, unprecedented move. I urge Israel’s government to allow @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib entry.
Bernie Sanders… Feb 19th
July 2019 was the hottest recorded month ever. The four hottest Julys before that:
July 2018
July 2017
July 2016
July 2015
Anyone who does not understand the urgency of the climate crisis and plans to respond accordingly needs to get out of politics right now.

On this day, 84 years ago, FDR signed Social Security into law. It is one of the most successful programs in our country’s history and lifts more Americans out of poverty than any other.
We are not going to cut Social Security – we are going to expand it.

I have said it before and I will say it again: I’m incredibly humbled to have the support of the working class of this country. Together, we are going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just billionaires.

Video: @BernieSanders closing remarks to @WorkingFamilies #WFP2020

Asked whether Bernie would sign public option legislation if he couldn’t get Medicare for All through Congress, Sanders strategist tells conference call: “when you have first and goal from the 5, you don’t kick a field goal”

Sanders Comes Out On Top For Those Worried About College

I’m old enough to remember that @BernieSanders has always been the first to oppose
dangerous pipeline projects including (but not limited to):
– Keystone XL
– Dakota Access
– Northeast Energy Direct
– Line 3 (aka Sandpiper)

Justice and Safety for All

I read this beginning to end 3x and I will reread it many times over. It’s abundantly clear,
@BernieSanders isn’t interested in band aid solutions. He’s determined to fix the root
causes of a broken justice system. …

Bernie’s plan “aims to cut the nation’s prison population in half, end mandatory minimum
sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does
not fairly treat people of color, addicts or the mentally ill.”

At @blackchurchPAC forum in ATL, @BernieSanders tells thousands of black millennial Christians that his father’s “entire family was wiped out by Hitler’s white nationalism.” Sanders pledges: “We will go to war against white nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives.”


Bernie Sanders: Criticizing the Israeli Government is not anti-Semitic & Palestinians Deserve Rights

If Prime Minister @Netanyahu doesn’t want members of Congress to visit Israel, then maybe he can respectfully decline $3.8 billion in annual funding-the largest amount of U.S. aid to any country.
I believe in an even-handed approach to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (video)


Can we talk about giving the Israeli government almost $4 billion in unconditional military aid now?

Sanders proposes leveraging aid for Israel

2016 Thomas Frank Context

Bernie Sanders Is As Frustrated as Ever With Corporate Media

It is a mistake to imagine @BernieSanders has just begun to critique the media
because he does not like the coverage of this campaign. In fact, he has maintained
a steady structural critique of corporate media for decades. It is central to his politics.

Guess what, mainstream media? Bernie Sanders is right
Mainstream media is shocked at Sanders’ suggestion
that ownership influences coverage. I can tell you it’s true

Calling Out Corporate Control of US Media,
Sanders Campaign Launches ‘Bern Notice’ Newsletter

Subscription Link

Cardi B’s interview

See referenced info…
Bernie’s supporters are younger, more female and less white than any other Democratic presidential candidate’s.
The conventional (Twitter) wisdom about ‘Bernie Bros’ is all wrong. …

Beto O’Rourke… March 14th
Beto O’Rourke has called for gun licensing and a mandatory buyback program for assault weapons.
Part of a proposal to address gun violence & white nationalism, O’Rourke said, if enacted, anyone who failed to forfeit a banned assault weapon would be fined.
John Hickenlooper… March 14th
John Hickenlooper sought the D nomination for president as a harsh critic of democratic socialism and #MedicareForAll. He was given every opportunity to advance his think-small agenda of compromise and concession. Hickenlooper crashed and burned and he is now out of the race.

Kirsten Gillibrand… March 17th
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: “As president, I would seek to make a ban on assault rifles and assault weapons, military-style weapons. I would have a ban on large magazines.” Via ABC (video)
Joe Biden… April 25th
See text graphic…
Biden is right that Obama tapped him to negotiate with Republicans, although today’s NYT has a memorable anecdote: in one of those conversations, Biden appeared to endorse McConnell’s re-election.


Bill de Blasio… May 16th…
I am loving @BilldeBlasio and Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio at the Iowa State Fair, where the mayor championed a “working people first agenda” and declared, “A little change is not enough for most working Americans.”
John Delaney July, 2017
See referenced Delaney misleading fearmongering…
Medicare for All is now supported by the majority of Democrats in the U.S. House. So here’s a question: at what point do we start calling these wildly dishonest attempts to demonize Medicare for All yet another kind of predatory scheme to mislead seniors?

Bill Weld… April 16th…
“There’s no longer any doubt that the president has blood on his hands. You could draw a direct line from that manifesto of the shooter in El Paso to the Trump handbook. Every week it seems the president gets a bit more unhinged.”
– @BillWeld2020 brings stark critique to R race

Donald Trump…
“¡Ya basta!” (Enough!)

ABC News has identified at least 36 criminal cases where Trump was invoked in
direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault.
ABC News could not find a single criminal case made in the name of Obama or Bush.

Fox News Poll: Most back gun restrictions after shootings, Trump ratings down


I donate 100% of my President’s salary, $400,000, back to our Country, and feel very good about it!

Compare / Contrast…
Feb: Government Watchdog: Trump’s Trips To Florida (Mar-a-Lago) Costing Taxpayers Millions

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says four such trips early on in Trump’s presidency cost taxpayers $13.6 million, or some $3.4 million each. …

(The report) also found that $60,000 was paid to Mar-a-Lago in expenses for the four trips, most of that for rooms at the resort for Secret Service agents. The report noted, however, that most agents did not stay at Mar-a-Lago.

According to the Washington Post, Trump has taken some 19 trips to Mar-a-Lago during his presidency so far. If the average cost of $3.4 million for the first four trips is extrapolated, that means the president’s vacations have cost taxpayers at least $64.6 million. And that doesn’t count travel to his club in Bedminster, N.J., where Trump goes in the summer.

    According to the pool report, Trump started his day at Trump National Golf Club in
Bedminster, NJ. This is Trump’s 224th day at a Trump golf club and 292nd day at a
Trump property as president.

2018 Context; Inside Trump’s DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests
Fossil fuel interests, pro-gun groups, foreign delegations and all manner of allies
visit the Trump International Hotel to cozy up to the administration, say watchdogs

2018: Trump’s company earned $40M from Washington hotel in 2017, disclosure shows

2017 Baker: The Cost of Trump’s Security and the Generous Donation of His Presidential Salary

Dean Baker corrects Trump regarding international investment…

“Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” – President Trump, March 2, 2018
“I never said China was going to be easy.” – President Trump, August 15, 2019


See chart…
Trump 2020 Rust Belt Pitch Threatened by Manufacturing Recession


Repeat: U.S. businesses are taking down job listings as Trump’s trade war grows

U.S.-China trade war increases recession likelihood, analysts say

White House delays some new China tariffs until Dec. 15,
reflecting concerns of trade war’s effect on the economy

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says that the Trump admin’s decision to delay
tariffs on certain Chinese goods was made to help American consumers, which
seems to run counter to Trump’s claim that the Chinese would be paying the full
price of his tariffs. (video)

Trump misrepresents the impact of his trade policy. Baker calls him out.

One of the largest labor groups embraced Trump at the start of his presidency, in hopes he would create jobs and retreat from proposals that might reduce wages. But now the two sides are on the brink of war, endangering a key bloc of Trump’s support.

Trump’s large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up – and not getting paid

“Your attendance is not mandatory,” said the rules that one contractor relayed to employees, summarizing points from a memo that Shell sent to union leaders a day ahead of the visit to the $6 billion construction site. But only those who showed up at 7 a.m., scanned their ID cards, and prepared to stand for hours – through lunch but without lunch – would be paid.

The contractor’s talking points, preparing his workers for the event read:

“No yelling, shouting, protesting or anything viewed as resistance will be tolerated at the event. An underlying theme of the event is to promote good will from the unions. Your building trades leaders and jobs stewards have agreed to this.”

  Trump to promote turning (fracked) natural gas into plastics in PA

President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for a major manufacturing complex in western Pennsylvania in his latest effort to reinvigorate the Rust Belt support that sent him to the White House. He was cheered on by fluorescent-vest-clad workers who were paid to attend by Shell, their employer, which is building the facility.

Despite Trump’s claims, Shell announced its plans to build the complex in 2012, midway through President Barack Obama’s term in the White House.

  June: Because ‘This Is a Public Health Crisis,’ Pennsylvania Gov.
Urged to Investigate Link Between Fracking and Childhood Cancers


The Economic Costs of Fracking in Pennsylvania

In conversations with aides, Trump has – with varying degrees of seriousness – floated the idea of buying Greenland, WSJ reports. Trump has asked advisers whether the U.S. can acquire Greenland and reportedly asked his W.H. counsel to look into the idea.

“If [Trump] is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,”
foreign affairs spokesman for the Danish People’s Party, Soren Espersen, said.
“The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the U.S. is completely ridiculous.”

…(Netanyahu) may have barred Omar and Tlaib (from entering Israel) partly because Donald Trump asked him to. He may have felt the stunt would appeal to right-wing voters in Israel’s upcoming elections. But he likely also understood that if Omar and Tlaib brought the American media with them to the West Bank, they might begin to puncture the cocoon that he and his American Jewish allies have worked so hard to build.

But when Americans leave this cocoon, the effect is often shattering. The organization Encounter takes American Jewish officials to meet ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

“After one day on your trip I felt like I had never been to Israel before,” admitted one participant. “And I am considered a professional Israel expert who travels to Israel several times a year.”

When journalists start asking Democratic politicians why they visited Israel without visiting Hebron or Khan al-Ahmar, and why they met Benjamin Netanyahu without meeting Issa Amro or Fadi Quran, then the cocoon will start to crack.

And when Democratic politicians began demanding, by the dozens, to see the things that Omar and Tlaib were planning to see, then the cocoon will fall apart and the American debate over Israel will change.

Israel can bar two members of Congress from seeing the truths it wishes to hide. It cannot bar two hundred. I hope Rashida Tlaib’s grandmother lives to see the day.
Peter Beinart in “Netanyahu Banned Omar And Tlaib Because The Occupation Must Be Hidden To Survive”

The Israel Lobby…
AIPAC, pro-Israel U.S. Lawmakers Rebuke Netanyahu Over Omar-Tlaib Ban

Just in case you thought that Bolton and Trump pulled us out of an arms control treaty because the Russians violated it. The Russians did, but that was just the excuse they needed to get rid of limitations on the US building more missiles. Here we go:
> US tests first intermediate-range missile since withdrawing from treaty with Russia

Russia Accuses U.S. Of Stoking ‘Military Tensions’ With Cruise-Missile Test

Welcome to the Trump-Putin Arms Race.
>Putin orders ‘symmetric response’ to US missile test

Meanwhile: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes to stop them from hitting U.S.

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