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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 27,929

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ACA rollout: Obama's Masada

The media needs our help - they're running out of utterly insane stuff to compare to the ACA rollout. Sadly, today's media personalities are picked for looks, not brains, so... well, they need our help.

Please share your suggestions below.

The ACA rollout is Obama's... ?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Nov 16, 2013, 12:43 AM (7 replies)

The NY Times has been infiltrated by insane people

First, an editorial endorsing the Trans Pacific Partnership. Which is bizarre on many levels: it's secret, and what little we do know about it is awful.

Now I see this:

Health Law Rollout’s Stumbles Draw Parallels to Bush’s Hurricane Response

Look, I'm no fan of the President, but it's insane to compare the ACA stupidity with the staggering evil of Bush's indifference and incompetence in the face of disaster. "Heckuva job, Brownie!"

My favorite paper has been hijacked by crazy people. I thought that was all over after Howell Raines and Judith Miller were cast off a decade ago, but I guess not.

Perhaps Krugman can grab some friendlies and take the thing back.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Nov 15, 2013, 12:10 AM (19 replies)

I'm the luckiest guy in the world

I'm here at the Watertown Mall with our son, waiting to buy the new Playstation 4 when it comes out at midnight. We actually were here early enough to score one!

But that's not why I'm lucky.

I'm lucky because I'm not homeless.

We had to wait outside in line for a few hours at 40 deg F. It's one thing to move around in the cold, but not moving is another thing entirely. It was #%^*ing cold. And that's what people do most of the time: we don't move. And if we don't have a home...

As bad as things are today, I have a home, and food, and heat. And so many other things, really. In a time and place where cutting food stamps and Social Security is considered great sport highly responsible.

Let's turn things around so all of us can have a home, and food, and heat, and so many other things. Tomorrow, I'll look into local homeless shelters. Nobody should be cold.

Peace.

Update: Now go to Lady Freedom Returns' post and put some stuff in your car to help the homeless when you see them:

What do people need on the street? Many things.

Thanks!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Nov 14, 2013, 11:01 PM (42 replies)

It is incredibly disturbing that a trade negotiation would be kept secret

because the 99% would not like it. Simply pathological. What kind of people do things like this?

In fact, they even kept it secret from Congress until Congress took 'em to court, IIRC.

People say "Hey Manny, you suck! Give 'em a break!" Why? We've become nothing more than prey for them.

I'm glad the TPP will be opened up for debate and will see the light of day before being voted on. It's bad stuff, and it needs to be disinfected by sunlight - although I suspect that the mere threat of sunlight will keep it from ever rearing its head. Like a vampire, it can only live in dark places. And dark hearts.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Nov 14, 2013, 12:15 AM (10 replies)

I think The TPP is dead. So are attempts to

cut strengthen Social Security for billionaire tax cuts future generations.

Larry Summers won't be eviscerating the 99% again.

We can thank the Moonbat Left for these!

I hope we continue to be increasingly unsensible in the future!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 13, 2013, 07:01 PM (117 replies)

2014 elections are critical. 2016, even more so.

Democrats need to win every damned seat that we can win in 2014. Winning both houses of Congress is necessary for the change we need - but it is not sufficient.

Our next chance to really shake things up via the ballot box is 2016. Only once we have a strong Liberal in the White House, with a two Democratic houses of Congress, will we see a reversal in the 99%'s descent towards oblivion.

Strong. Liberal.

We need both. Nothing less will do. And it can't happen until 2016.

The last time our country faced a situation like we have now, it took FDR and two Democratically-controlled houses of Congress to right the ship. Even then, it was damned difficult.

Here's the rub: getting a Liberal into the Oval Office requires a revolution. A revolution. And revolutions don't happen fast. They happen slow. Only the final bit happens fast. The Soviet Bloc dissolved in months, but it was decades of Western policy and years of Perestroika and Glasnost that eased it to the edge of the cliff.

Most Americans are still filled with The Stupid today, even if they're finally getting an inkling that they're getting pummeled by both flavors of our political elites. We need to start educating our country now on the virtues of Liberalism, our results-oriented political philosophy, if we're to have a prayer of getting one of ours through the Democratic primaries and through a general election in 2016.

Dropping Hillary Clinton into the nominee spot is easy. Give her the nomination, and she'll have a reasonable shot at winning. But then we'll wake up to Hillary as our President. I suppose if you like what the Clintons did to our country last time, and are Ready For Hillary™ that's OK.

But if we want honest-to-God progress for the 99%, and a reversal of our fortunes, we'll need to put a Liberal at the head of the ticket.

I happen to love Elizabeth Warren, and hope she's that person. There are a few other Democrats who are as smart, as brave, as honest, and as caring as she is; but none throws a lightning bolt like Warren. A calm, clear, righteous voice, then BANG!. Suddenly, there's a CFPB. BANG! Suddenly, bankers are getting fined a little. BANG! Suddenly the head of the NY Fed is saying that bankers need to start, you know, respecting the law.

Warren may not run, although contrary to many oddly-desperate posts on DU, she's not ruled it out. I've had my eye on her for a number of years, since she wrote The Two-Income Trap a decade ago, which chronicled how the 99% are getting @#$%ed. FWIW, I think she'll run in a heartbeat if she sees an opening. That's her nature. But it's not her nature to run for her own glory - rather, she'll do it for the greater good. This is a woman who is outraged, outraged, outraged by all the injustice and is eager to use the gifts that God and/or nature gave her to do what she can to help.

(And lest I be called a racist again, I'll explicitly point out here that I think and hope that she'll work for white men and for all other minorities - we must all be equal, but we must all be equally rising.)

So let's put all of the effort we can into winning 2014. We need to win. We need to. We must.

But we also need to set the stage for change in 2016, and we need to start that process now. We've been losing for 30 years, and many have suffered and died - time to pummel the bastards and take our country back!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Nov 12, 2013, 09:13 PM (5 replies)

CBS knew there'd be *serious* consequences when

they ran a true story about George Bush that might have contained a false artifact - so they fired Dan Rather in an instant to mitigate the damage.

When CBS ran an utterly-fraudulent story about the Obama Administration... well, you can fill in the rest.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Nov 10, 2013, 11:39 PM (9 replies)

Why are you so *angry*, Manny?

Tonight I had dinner with an old friend who's in town for a job interview. Unbelievably talented engineering manager, possibly the best I've seen at what he does.

Like most people who are roughly my age, say, 45-60, he's been getting bounced around from job to job over the past decade as companies get bought, sold, and harvested by by the 0.01%. He just started a new job a few weeks ago, then found out after he started that - surprise! - his position's only funded for a few months. So he needs to look in case funding doesn't continue. Oh, and his new company is flush with contractors from India learning everyone's jobs. You know, the normal @#$% that happens everywhere in America today.

This is the state of America in 2013.

Confession: I went to an Ivy League college (although my acceptance was likely due to a fluke - buy me a beer and I'll tell you the story). At said school, I got to meet some really smart people. Today, those folks can be lumped into three categories in terms of how they've fared economically as we navigate midlife:

1. Unemployed/underemployed for months or years.
2. Scraping by - getting bounced around by the whims of the 1%, hoping to have enough to retire on.
3. Unbelievably rich. Yachts, waterfront mansions, that whole deal.

All three groups are made, pretty much, from the same people. All smart and ambitious. When we all get together, we're all still the same schmucks we were in college, there are no class distinctions. But due to luck more than anything (as far as I can tell) a few have made out fabulously while most are just scraping by or worse. This is a group of people who came out of college at the top of the world - yet most are, financially, on swampy ground.

So what becomes of the rest of our country? What about the folks that don't go to college? Frankly, I find it mind-blowing that they get by on the insanely-low wages that we pay blue-collar workers here. Even before a private equity firm steals their meager pensions, has them train their foreign replacement, then fires them.

Retirement? Ha. Middle-aged Americans don't earn enough to save, and Social Security is being cut every year through a COLA formula that understates inflation for seniors, rather than overstating it (as billionaires and their purchased politicians and pundits claim). Of course, cutting Social Security through phoney COLA math isn't enough for the Predator Class, so every few months they take another crack at slashing it outright, or making the COLA formula even worse than it is. Ain't gonna be much money for people retiring in a decade or two.

The ship's going down, baby. A few folks are getting away in jewel-encrusted lifeboats, nibbling on foie gras and sipping Sauternes, while our political class strips the few possessions still held by us fools in steerage as still-more plunder for their predator patrons. Paul Ryan's budgets are serious proposals, we're told. We need to compromise, we're told. Let's be reasonable, we're told.

We are being attacked, brutally attacked, and we refuse to fight back. Hell, most of us haven't even figured out who the enemy is.

This used to be a great country, now it is a wreck. Needlessly. We put people on the Moon, we hauled the planet back from The Abyss in the 1940s, we created a middle class that could live a good life on a typical blue-collar salary. Now we are reduced to predators and prey, a cold and hard existence, and the spectacle of our leadership hating math, science, and facts.

WTF?

That's why I'm so angry.

We need change, and we need it fast. Don't ask me to be nice to people who only want to complete our destruction a little more slowly than the other guys. That's not a selling point, sorry.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Nov 10, 2013, 10:33 PM (287 replies)

Daily Currant: Goldman Sachs Price Gouging Typhoon Survivors

Goldman Sachs Price Gouging Typhoon Survivors
Selling $20 Bottles of Water in Philippines

Goldman Sachs is coming under fierce criticism today for attempting to profit from Typhoon Haiyan though price gouging.

According to local reports, a company controlled by the notorious Wall Street investment bank is taking advantage of the storm's chaotic aftermath to charge huge markups on basic supplies - even selling one-liter bottles of water for 875 pesos (US$20) to thirsty survivors.

...

"Vampire Squid Concepts is one of our best performing business segments," says Goldman's CEO Lloyd Blankfien, "We don't give up profitable businesses just because some clown justice minister in a skirt opens her mouth.

"Goldman Sachs isn't a charity, it's a business. And this typhoon situation is the best business opportunity I've seen in years. If these people didn't want to be overcharged for water, maybe they should have stored some for emergencies.


Satire... but damned well done.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:47 PM (1 replies)

12%. That's all.

Christie beat Buono 60% to 38%.

Had just 12% of New Jersey's voters gone from Christie to Buono, she'd have hit 50% and won.

If the following Third Way cavalcade of crap hadn't happened, I think she'd have picked up much or all of that 12%:

1. Christie had the unabashed support of much of the NJ Democratic establishment
2. The DNC pretended that she didn't exist, withheld money and support
3. The President refused to endorse her, thus tacitly endorsing Christie

Way to go, Lieberdems!


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Nov 6, 2013, 10:54 PM (188 replies)
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