Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 78,733
Member since: 2002
Number of posts: 78,733
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.
Found at Twitter. Thanks @RayBeckerman
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:30 PM (13 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)
I posted this here in 2010. I happened upon it again today, and I was really stunned at how many things remain the same. The post was about how a nation can change drastically if there is too much bipartisanship, if there is not a party voicing opposition when things go wrong.
It was a post about how much things changed from 2000 when our party did not realize in time that the election was being snatched out from under them.
It had been a drastic change from the year 2000.
I came to DU in 2002, and I really got a good understanding beyond my own little conservative area. I came here as a moderate, but I have grown more liberal since then.
(UPDATE: Nothing in the above 4 paragraphs has changed. Most of our neighbors now call themselves Tea Party Patriots.)
This section is about Howard Dean, and why we supported his campaign.
In 2003 we got excited because someone in our party was speaking out and saying that it was wrong to go to war when the truth was not being told. He wondered out loud why out Democratic leaders were voting for Bush's unilateral war on Iraq.
UPDATE: Hard to forget Dean was in American Samoa when Tim Kaine was announced as the new DNC chair. Dean had not even been informed of the announcement.
UPDATE 2: Dean is now sometimes sounding like he did back then. Just not often enough. I guess that happens when your own party nearly shuts you out.
UPDATE 3: Most of those paragraphs still remain true, but I think most of us detect a little uptick or perhaps a heads up to liberals....that they are hearing us on some issues.
Now we are seeing the wobbly words on the tax cuts. There is no one saying let's stop giving in to the religious zealots on faith-based initiatives, on gay rights, on women's reproductive rights. There is no clear message. There is a fear of the right wing that seems to be paralyzing our party and our president.
UPDATE: There has been advancement on the gay rights issues, and that is encouraging. As to teachers, Social Security, Medicare....those paragraphs are as true now as they were then. In fact teachers are treated with even more disdain. Still no one in leadership really taking a stand for public education versus privatization.
I always felt that our senior safety nets were untouchable. Now I realize they are not. I always felt our country would have the public school system that helped make it great...but we won't. It never occurred to me that the unions who helped build the middle class in this country would be treated badly by a Democratic administration.
UPDATE: The DLC declared itself defunct, the Third Way claimed to have taken its place, the No Labels party seems to be a website with lots of pictures. Haven't heard much about them.
UPDATE: There is an occasional moment now from the president and from other Democrats that they recognize they must stand up to the extremists. I am happy for that. I hope they continue.
Words don't matter much anymore, actions do.
In 1985 Al From, a founder of the DLC, wrote of the new agenda for the party. They have scrubbed all the articles, but I still have excerpts.
In his "Saving the Democratic Party" memo of January 1985, From advocated the formation of a "governing council" that would draft a "blueprint" for reforming the party. According to From, the new leadership should aim to create distance from "the new bosses"-organized labor, feminists, and other progressive constituency groups-that were keeping the party from modernizing. From's memo sparked the formation of the Democratic Leadership Council in early 1985. According to Balz and Brownstein, "Within a few weeks, it counted 75 members, primarily governors and members of Congress, most of them from the Sunbelt, and almost all of them white; liberal critics instantly dubbed the group 'the white male caucus.'"
For several decades many in the party adopted the policy of distancing themselves from the traditional constituents. I think we are making ourselves heard, but still not loudly enough.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Dec 6, 2013, 01:57 PM (51 replies)
I was so angry when they cancelled that show. We never missed a single one. I have felt the same over everyone MSNBC has cancelled in recent years...like Donahue, Olbermann, Schultz, and Bashir. Same song, second verse.
Recognize some of the writers and presenters? What a great show that was!
1969 Emmy Awards, Smothers Brothers writing team speech. After CBS cancelled their show, of course. Among the winners: Bob Einstein (aka Super Dave Osborne) and a very young Steve Martin.
Here is an excerpt from a long interview of Tom and Dick Smothers
Uploaded on Dec 12, 2011
Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers were interviewed for nearly three hours in Las Vegas, NV in 2000. See the entire interview http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/dick-smothers
I think the reason our side doesn't fight back harder when stuff like the firings named above happens is because of the decades of influence by the DLC and The Third Way. They have advocated a kind of bipartisanship with extremists on the right. I would like to think our party is recovering from this, but I don't really believe it yet.
And of course a classic moment in the show. Just for fun.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 05:02 PM (22 replies)
It's on the Piers Morgan show, but he will be interviewed by SE Cupp. Here we go again, just like the lead-up to the Iraq invasion. Right wing slant on political shows is getting very obvious.
CNN Throws In the Towel as it Schedules Hour-Long Glenn Beck Interview
Well, it was nice knowing you, CNN. For over 30 years, you have been known as a 24-hour cable news network. You were the first of your kind, created from Ted Turner’s vision. And much like MTV is no longer Music Television, we can shut the door on you being a news network. For this coming Friday, CNN decides to join Fox News and go directly into becoming a conservative entertainment media outlet.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 09:15 AM (15 replies)
Here is the Google search page for fox, martin bashir.
Martin Bashir has been trending on Twitter for hours now. I for one will help it go on as long as possible.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Dec 5, 2013, 01:23 AM (14 replies)
I had been told they were archived in the University of Florida Digital Collections, but it took me ages to find them on a search. They were archived there in 1871, and it is hard to navigate. I guess it will take a long time to read the series, but it is an exciting find. He wrote from a perspective of a minister who traveled among them on horseback.
It's great thing to finally discover, and it has me a little emotional. All of my research about him has shown him to be an impressive figure, a doctor, lawyer, and minister.
My genealogy research indicates one line of my family were Methodist ministers, another line were Southern Baptist ministers. And look at me, I am neither right now. No denomination at all. Disillusioned by the wedge issues.
It's a sentimental thing to find something like that. It kind of gives a nice finish to what has been a rough year for our family.
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 11:44 PM (24 replies)
I am just learning about these rules that apparently went into effect in October.
New FCC Regulations to Take Effect Regarding Telemarketing Robocalls
On October 16, 2013, revised rules adding further restrictions on telemarketing “robocalls” (telemarketing calls or texts that are autodialed or prerecorded) take effect. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) promulgated the rules pursuant to its authority under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). The FCC announced the revisions in 2012 in an effort to provide greater protection for consumers against unwanted robocalls.1 Live operator calls are not subject to the new regulations.
That sounds like those making the robocalls still have the upper hand.
Consumers' Union sent an email in which 3 main new good things are listed.
New rules that just went into effect from the FCC will put you in better control over who can call you, on both your landline and your wireless device.
It's a start. I have had 3 robocalls today, and all 3 offered an opt out from getting their calls.
Hope it works.
Hard to find much about the rules. Here is one article.
New FCC Rules Require Consent For Automated Telephone ‘Robocalls’
New FCC rules now require businesses to get your consent – written or electronic – before making those pre-recorded calls or sending that telemarketing text.
Wonder how those rules will affect political robocalls?
Posted by madfloridian | Wed Dec 4, 2013, 07:02 PM (11 replies)
Dylan then refused to perform.
I am reading Claire Conner's book Wrapped in the Flag, about her days growing up in the John Birch Society. The group met often at their home to keep up with all the communists. I thought of this song.
Lyrics John Birch Paranoid Blues
Just a few paragraphs due to copyright.
Well, I was feelin' sad and kind of blue
More about walking out on the Ed Sullivan show.
May 12, 1963 Bob Dylan walks out on The Ed Sullivan Show
By the end of the summer of 1963, Bob Dylan would be known to millions who watched or witnessed his performances at the March on Washington, and millions more who did not know Dylan himself would know and love his music thanks to Peter, Paul and Mary's smash-hit cover version of "Blowin' In The Wind." But back in May, Dylan was still just another aspiring musician with a passionate niche following but no national profile whatsoever. His second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, had not yet been released, but he had secured what would surely be his big break with an invitation to perform on The Ed Sullivan Show. That appearance never happened. On May 12, 1963, the young and unknown Bob Dylan walked off the set of the country's highest-rated variety show after network censors rejected the song he planned on performing.
The article says Ed Sullivan later apologized for the actions of CBS.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Dec 3, 2013, 09:23 PM (18 replies)