Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 78,804
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 78,804
Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
It was in the mid 90s. They warned him they would withdraw their support if he did not mend his "liberal" ways.
Maybe that is why he told Robert Reich he couldn't be taking sides against corporations. From Reich's book, Locked in the Cabinet:
Bill's Labor Secretary Tells All
Picture this. Reich and his wife Clare, and Bill and Hillary go to Kinkaid's, an elegant restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. It's a good-bye dinner for Clare, who is going back to Cambridge with their two sons. Over dessert, Reich can't help himself.
Here is more about the warnings from the DLC and the Progressive Policy Institute, which really wasn't progressive at all.
The DLC warned him in 1994 and in 1995 to follow their goals...or they would withdraw support.
Party centrists issue stern warning to White House
The DLC's blunt warning was delivered in November in response to the Democrats' midterm election debacle, which shrank the party's congressional membership and shook whatever remaining confidence they had in Clinton's political viability. The DLC's criticism followed some bitter remarks by its chairman, Rep. Dave McCurdy of Oklahoma, who, after losing his Senate bid, complained that his defeat was due to "a visceral anti-Clintonism" among the voters.
Al From, the group's leader, made their threats even clearer.
Al From himself embodies John Maynard Keynes' warning that the real difficulty in changing any enterprise lies not in developing new ideas but in escaping from old ones. "The problem for us and him," says From, "is that Clinton promised to be different. He's been that a bit, but the whole is less than the sum of the parts. The fundamental change he pledged hasn't come. We've been consistent in articulating the ideas he won on, but he hasn't been consistent in advancing them. We were at this before Clinton, and we'll be at it after he's gone, because a long-term majority will never be created around the interests represented by Jesse and the labor unions. Most people are politically homeless now. They're our target. We'll work to get Clinton to pursue us, but we're damn sure going to make it hard for him to catch us."
Did you get that about the labor unions?
These groups have been issuing threats long enough. Tired of hearing them.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Dec 12, 2013, 09:26 PM (38 replies)
It seems they feel they have the right to determine who speaks for the party. Their now defunct partner, the DLC, felt the same way. They also used their power and influence to denigrate those on the left as fringe.
I don't think they worry about the possibility of her running for president as much as they worry about her outspoken economic populist tendencies.
How Elizabeth Warren Is Scaring the Crap Out of Think Tanks and Banks
The Massachusetts senator caused a stir this week after the Third Way think tank wrote an op-ed Monday warning Democrats not to follow Warren “over the populist cliff.”
They are afraid others might notice her popularity and start speaking out as well. They can't let that happen.
The point of economic populism and pushing Democrats to the left is to push them to the left, not to beat Hillary
They’re not afraid that Warren will run for president, they’re afraid that she’ll be so popular that other senators will start acting like her. They’re worried that she’ll have money to direct to candidates who share her views. They’re worried that Warren might embarrass Democrats into passing stricter bank regulations. They’re worried that finance’s iron grip on the Democratic Party might weaken. The impetus for writing the editorial was Third Way’s realization that Warren was sabotaging the decades-long project that turned cutting Social Security into a bipartisan goal. A lot of money and time was spent encouraging elite consensus around “entitlement reform,” and suddenly a bunch of senators are talking about making the program more generous. That, of course, is a wildly popular idea, judging by all polling conducted on the subject, but the anti-populism backlash relies on reinforcing the common Washington idea that it is brave to oppose policies most people want and would benefit from. The bankers and CEOs who back Third Way understand that their policy preferences have won out in the Democratic Party in spite of popular opinion.
I doubt those with the corporatist Third Way mindset will let up on the left. After all look what they did in 2003. The DLC which was still active then, and they actually called a press conference to declare that Howard Dean was not the man to be president.
The D in DLC doesn't stand for Dean
The 'D' in DLC Doesn't Stand for Dean (David Von Drehle, May 15, 2003, Washington Post)
More than 50 centrist Democrats, including Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, met here yesterday to plot strategy for the "New Democrat" movement. To help get the ball rolling they read a memo by Al From and Bruce Reed, the chairman and president of the Democratic Leadership Council. The memo dismissed Dean as an elitist liberal from the "McGovern-Mondale wing" of the party -- "the wing that lost 49 states in two elections, and transformed Democrats from a strong national party into a much weaker regional one."
They will keep trying to undermine Warren's efforts, but I think she is strong enough not to cave to them. Good for her.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Dec 12, 2013, 03:18 PM (62 replies)
Source: WBRZ Baton Rouge, Louisiana
BATON ROUGE - FBI agents raided a charter school today in East Baton Rouge Parish.
An FBI spokesperson could only confirm that agents were at the Kenilworth Science and Technology School on Boone Avenue for a matter not related to public safety. News 2 crews saw FBI agents taking boxes of items out of the school on dollies and loading them into vans.
The charter school is operated by the Pelican Educational Foundation, which in 2011 lost its charter to operate the Abramson Science and Technology Center in New Orleans after allegations of rape and sexual incidents between students.
The school would not comment on today's raid.
Read more: http://www.wbrz.com/news/fbi-raids-kenilworth-charter-school/
Here is the news video from WBRZ:
A post by Sharon Higgins at Twitter, who also is known for her Perimeter Primate blog and her Charter School Scandals website, says it is one of the Gulen Charter Schools.
FBI raided Kenilworth Science & Technology #GulenCharterSchool in Louisiana today.
The article further states that the school received a 5 year extension on their charter recently.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 11, 2013, 11:13 PM (5 replies)
Robert Borosage made some good points in his coverage of the new deal struck by Patty Murray and Paul Ryan. It's like neither party can get away from these repeated talking points and faux ideas.
The Budget Misdeal: An Agreement That Solves Nothing
He says that "business as usual" is not a virtue when it does not address what needs to be done. He says that "it punts on any of the pressing challenges this country faces, a failure that only adds to the hole we are in."
1. It assumes that deficits are still America’s fundamental problem. Wrong. Our fundamental problem is that Americans are struggling to find decent work.
Number 5 addresses one of the cruelest parts...not addressing the needs of the long-term unemployed.
Seems to me our side could do more to take charge of the messaging. Borosage says that Democrats have negotiated from a position of weakness, not strength.
I agree with that. I think the Republican Noise Machine truly does exist, and the very strength of it allows the right wing to control the messaging.
We can do something about that.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 11, 2013, 09:55 PM (24 replies)
I have been waiting for someone to call or contact me in some way, but no luck. I just did some reading up on this today.
Florida Medical Marijuana Supporters Have Money, Need Signatures And Court Approval
With 82 percent of Florida poll respondents in favor of marijuana-as-medicine, it appears Florida could become the 21st state with medical outlets selling pot, and the first Southern state to get on board. First, though, the court would need to give its approval for the measure to end up on the November 2014 ballot.
John Morgan says he could kick himself for the fact the petition was put on hold while the state Supreme Court heard the case. This article says they need 400,000 signatures, most probably to have a margin of error when the verification begins.
Medical marijuana petition effort racing against time
Orlando lawyer John Morgan has spent a lot of his time and millions of his own dollars to get medical marijuana on the ballot for a vote next year.
I found the site at which you can fill out the petition, print it off and mail it to the group.
People United for Medical Marijuana
There is a box to sign to get updates on the progress.
Both Democrats running support this issue, Charlie Crist and Nan Rich. Bill Nelson is supposedly standing in the wings to run if needed, and he does NOT support it.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 06:40 PM (13 replies)
Andrew Cuomo, his running mate, and "New Democratic Party" to fight public employee unions?
.."One change from the "old" Democratic party seems to be the willingness of Cuomo and his running mate Robert Duffy to take on a powerful constituency -- the public employee unions. Duffy has battled with union leaders in Rochester over some of his controversial proposals, including his call for more control of city schools. Cuomo says he respects that.
Apparently it has been forgotten by our Democrats that they are supposed to support public education, respect elected school boards, and respect unions.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Dec 10, 2013, 05:19 PM (0 replies)
If George Carlin caught on to this years ago, I wonder why so many are in denial now that it is actually happening right under our noses? I wonder why those of us who talk openly about what this "reform" really is are frowned upon, often put on ignore.
I guess the truth hurts now what we can actually see it happening in education and in the attacks on the safety nets for seniors and the needy.
Here is the transcript of the part about education:
Transcript for George Carlin on who really controls America
They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying -- lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want -- they want MORE for themselves and less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They DON'T want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in that, that doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right. They don't want people who are smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting ****** by system that threw them overboard 30 ******' years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want? They want OBEDIENT WORKERS. OBEDIENT WORKERS. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork, and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly ******** jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it.
On edit: I did not make the video. I did not bleep out the words. Whoever made the video did that.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Dec 9, 2013, 04:53 PM (32 replies)
Found at Twitter. Thanks @RayBeckerman
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:30 PM (19 replies)
During the lead-up to the Iraq invasion the DLC leaders called those who supported the invasion the "Blair Democrats".
" Blair and Clinton have met twice this year -- once in this country and last month in England -- to discuss the so-called third way strategy that is neither the traditional right or left approach to governing. Clinton also explored the subject at a May meeting with Romano Prodi, the Italian prime minister, and on June 7 at a Camp David meeting with Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
While playing down any immediate organizational plans, some of those involved in the discussions suggest that the long-range aim would be to set up a middle-ground counterpart to the Socialist International on the left or the International Democrat Union on the right.
Any formal efforts to set up such an organization or forum would begin after the German elections in September. If Gerhard Schroeder, the Social Democratic candidate, wins, the German leadership would help Clinton and Blair counter some quiet opposition in the French and Portuguese left.
In place of direct state intervention, Clinton and Blair have been promoting a version of liberal-left politics that calls for competitive, free-market strategies while using government to prevent the market from devastating those least prepared to live without the protections of the welfare state."
"It is in this context that Blair and Clinton proclaimed themselves pioneers of a new Third Way that pursues a middle course between the nasty conservative right and unpragmatic old left, and they have been joined in this pursuit by Schroder and other social democrats. It is notable that Clinton is a charter member of this new set, as he is also a charter member of the Democratic Leadership Council, which is an openly right-wing faction of the not very social democratic Democratic Party. Blair and other European social democrats have frequently expressed admiration for the U.S. model, with its low wages, job insecurity, contingent labor, and relatively low unemployment levels. The convergence of thought and policy among Blair, Schroder, and Clinton indicates how far to the right European social democracy has traveled.
The most remarkable feature of Third Way leaders' thought is its virtual identity with neoliberal doctrine and with what market operatives believe in and strive for in policy-making. Blair and Clinton can't speak too highly of the efficacy of the market and the importance of bringing as much as possible within its orbit. Blair's speeches, his government's position papers, and his joint statement with Schroder in June 1999 are a litany of cliches dear to the hearts of the business community and right wing: no more "tax and spend," and although budgets have "reached the limits of acceptability" (Blair) we must lower taxes, but only to reward "hard work and enterprise" and to make business "globally competitive." Global competitiveness also calls for the containment of wages and pensions via "labor flexibility" and "hard decisions" to get welfare costs down and to make people more "responsible."
"So what is this Third Way embraced by Blair and Clinton and now by a number of European leaders, most notably Gerhart Schröder in Germany? One observer described it as the Loch Ness Monster of British politics - everyone's heard of it , there are occasional sightings but no-one is sure the beast really exists. Or as another remarked the third way is ethereally defined. One supporter writing to The Independent claimed it was a form of benevolent pragmatism - a philosophy that asked of each policy - is it good, does it work? For this reason he argued it was hated by the old left and the new right - the new right because they never did anything that was good and the old left because they never did anything that worked . "
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 09:07 PM (0 replies)
We have been already posting here about the recent attack on Elizabeth Warren by the Third Way leaders.
She fought back against them. There has not been enough of that through the years. Good for her. There has not been enough outrage toward this group.
The group's president, Jon Cowan, has said and written some fairly awful stuff for years now. For him to be head of a Democratic think tank with so much influence over the party is a shock to me.
One of the worst things he said was in a speech to the Democracy Alliance in 2007. This was near the bottom of an article at Alternet, and it really stuck with me.
Third Way Is the Wrong Way
Blowing up public housing is not a progressive value
In 1993 Cowan co-wrote an op ed in the Chicago Tribune. It was called An Appeal To Grandma And Grandpa
He was asking that they not be so greedy about their Social Security.
Dear Grandma and Grandpa:
And then the tone changes...they are pacifying seniors saying it is not all their fault. How nice of them. Don't miss the words about the collapsing school system. What a pathetic grab for generational sympathy. Unfortunately it worked all too well.
We are not ungrateful. We respect and value the sacrifices you've made for our country and have no desire to take money away from those in need. But our generation is in trouble. We were educated in a collapsing school system. Our incomes and skill levels are lower than any previous generation-by the year 2000 over one-third of younger Americans will be living in poverty. And we will be the first Americans to inherit a lower standard of living than our parents.
That is not true about the school system. And Cowan and his buddies continue to attack Social Security to this day.
Cowan is on the advisory board of a new group called The Can Kicks Back, which I guess is to further the agenda of cutting back Social Security to save the younger generation.
Look at the others on that board.
Hon. Evan Bayh – Former Democratic Senator and Governor from Indiana
One more thing. Cowan openly called for the privatization of Social Security in a 1995 op ed.
Boomers' Burden on Generation X : Current payout levels can't be sustained; let the retirement savings system go private for all but the needy.
The time has come to reinvent Social Security based on a "cut and privatize" approach that will be fair to all age groups. This reinvention should be based on three principles:
Way too much influence on Democrats. for way too many years.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 05:21 PM (20 replies)