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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: 30,253

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Senator Warren is already more bipartisan and more effective than Scott Brown ever was

From our local (and very insightful) Liberal site, Blue Mass Group:

Three months in, Senator Warren is already more bipartisan and more effective than Scott Brown ever was

Scott Brown sure did talk a great game about being Mr. Bipartisan, didn’t he? But if you stop to think about it, he was a remarkably ineffective Senator. His widely-noticed penchant for waiting until the last possible second to make up his mind on anything deprived him of the ability to have much significant influence on important legislation. Perhaps the exception to that is the Dodd-Frank bill, which he voted for only after weakening it for the benefit of some of the biggest financial institutions around. Well, bravo.

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Compare that to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s early track record. Of course, she has already made national headlines for her aggressive questioning of bank regulators (including some within the Obama administration) and of folks opposed to raising the minimum wage (some videos of those hearings have become YouTube sensations garnering hundreds of thousands of views; one has almost hit a million). But you know what else she’s done? She did this:

The U.S. Senate today passed a bipartisan amendment introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to help provide critical disaster relief funds for fishermen. The amendment was the first introduced and passed by Senator Warren since she took office in January.

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Also, earlier this month, Warren joined forces with very conservative Senators Corker (R-TN) and Vitter (R-LA) (along with Mark Warner (D-VA)) to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.


Go get 'em!


Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 24, 2013, 01:19 PM (32 replies)

Social Security: Stealing the World's Largest Bank Account

The Trust Fund is close to $3 trillion and growing, growing.

The Predator Class wants that money for itself. Their efforts to get it will be unprecedented, they have purchased virtually all our elected officials and they want results.

They will not stop their epic war on us until they have it in hand. Every trick in the book: Commissions, chained-CPI, more commissions, raising the eligibility age... they'll try everything until something works.

This will go on for years, decades. Continuous. They are sick, they are wealthy, they are determined. And they own most of our lawmakers, and law executors.

Keeping the 99%'s bank account for its rightful owners won't be easy.

Are you ready to fight back?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Mar 20, 2013, 10:36 PM (73 replies)

Hey Catholic Cut-n-Runners: Come Back, Now. DU, Your Country, and World Need You.

Sure you had poo launched at you: DU2 had plenty enough sharp elbows, but DU3's Thunderdome gestalt can be utterly crazymaking. I recently had the pleasure of being called a Ratfucker (allowed, 4-2). I'm regularly called all manner of other things: PUMA (ugh), paid Karl Rove shill, unpaid Karl Rove shill, a liar who roots for America's failures, and one who wants nothing more than for America's economy to totally melt down, etc. (In fact, some of those may sound very familiar to one of our cut-n-runners, but I digress).

I hate getting called this shit, but after I mutter a bunch of bad words, I sit back up and think "Ha! Teachable moment!" and I'm back in the cyber-fray. I continue to believe that liberal, dogged, repetition of the plain truth will win.

I'm sure I'm not special at all in this regard. In fact, I know that our cut-n-runners go through the same process - people write awful stuff at them, they mutter, they launch back into the cyber-fray. Until now, of course, when they cut and ran instead.

But for all of my bravado, nobody's gone after my religion yet, so I don't know how that would go. And there's a reason why we call things "religious issues" when they're likely to explode upon critical discussion - because religious discussions have a high potential to piss people off. Everyone gets very excited very easily, sort of like how Simpson and Bowles feel if you're homeless, jobless, penniless, but won't hand them the last morsel of food you were hoping to give your starving baby. Really, really angry.

But here's the thing: this religion stuff is petty stuff compared to the awful, awful stuff that will happen over the next few years. The 99% are starting to fight back, we're drawing a little blood, and the 1% are starting to notice. They're beginning to realize that they can't keep stealing us blind by simply having Rush, Sean and the rest make crazy things up to get us to nod vigorously in agreement when new laws are passed to grab our money. They're going to have to work hard for our last few valuables. And America's Difficult Woman, Senator Warren, wants to start putting banker asses in jail. In jail!

The 1% are getting pissed, and will soon start to rain fire down on our heads, and it will suck. Nitwits keyboarding stupid stuff about Catholicism, Judaism, or Zoroastrianism will be the least of our problems. We'll be trying to figure out how to eat, and how to get people out of jail. Think I'm crazy? I hope you're right but I've studied history and this is a recurring pattern. Large swaths of my family tree stopped growing in Poland in the middle part of the last century when this savagery went down. It can get better after a while if we go FDR, or really awful if we go Hitler. That's up to us to influence, and we need as much influence, from as many people of good character as we can get.

All hands on deck!

So, cut-n-runners: come back. Now. Please. We need you, and you need us. If a bunch of nitwits can spook you this badly, then I fear for what will happen when the cannonballs fly.

"We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
- Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 18, 2013, 12:16 AM (53 replies)

Elizabeth Warren: Why isn't minimum wage $22 an hour like it used to be?

Our FDR Democrat points out that if the 99% got their share of the productivity gains since 1960, minimum wage would now be $22 per hour.

$22 per hour.

Are you starting to get an inkling as to why things are so fucked up today?



Are you ready for Democrats who fight for the 99%?

Warren 2016!

Please send this video to a few friends and family, they'll thank you when their lives are restored through honest government.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Mar 17, 2013, 09:11 AM (86 replies)

Clearly, I need to do this better.

I've been living in a dream world, holding doors open for everyone. Going forward, what's the consensus on how I can become more highly evolved?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Mar 16, 2013, 10:21 PM (39 replies)

Seems like so many threads these days turn into...



Maybe we need more of...



Ah, I'll be curmudgeonly again in the morning.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 10:17 PM (6 replies)

Sen Elizabeth Warren: U.S. success due to government regulation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: U.S. success due to government regulation

The government not only has a right to regulate the American people, but regulation is really the key to the country’s success, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on Thursday.

“It’s thanks to federal agencies that no one has to worry that those white pills are baking soda instead of antibiotics or that the paint on the baby’s crib is laced with lead,” she said, in prepared remarks reported in Politico.

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Ms. Warren honed in on President Obama’s pick of Richard Cordray to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and said Republicans who contest his nomination, and push for restrictions on the agency’s powers, are on the wrong side of the issue. They’re trying to weaken a key consumer protection, she said in the Politico report.

“Blocking Rich Cordray is about keeping the game rigged, keeping the game rigged so that consumers remain in the dark — and a few bad actors can rake in big profits,” Ms. Warren said in the Politico report.

Go get 'em Liz! Why be ashamed of being Liberals? Because Liberal policies work best!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 09:20 PM (3 replies)

This group needs hosts and a lead. Volunteers? Thoughts?

I'm happy to lead for starters, but I'm also happy to be a "regular" host or to do nothing at all. Mostly, I'm happy that we have Senator Warren as a national resource, and that now we have a group on DU to collect the history of her counteroffensive against the bad guys.

Please volunteer, comment, or critique below.

It's *your* group - do what you can now to make sure it rocks.

- Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 15, 2013, 01:41 PM (14 replies)

Vote now, or the dog gets it

URGENT: Help Stop Elizabeth Warren Now



Yes, that's really my dog. No, I did not steal that picture from the cover of the January 1973 issue of National Lampoon, why do you ask?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 14, 2013, 11:14 PM (6 replies)

URGENT: Help Stop Elizabeth Warren Now

It's not enough that this fancy-talking Harvard professor is clogging up YouTube, and DU's front page, with her "straight talk" and "math" and "actual Democratic values".

Now some nitwit is petitioning the DU Admins to start an Elizabeth Warren group! On this very site! Can you imagine, all of Warren's exploits in one, easy-to-peruse spot that Liberals can show to friends and family? Ugh. And what would happen if a banker accidentally clicked into that group? They might get the vapors, without benefit of having a fainting couch at the ready.

This cannot stand! Tell the Admins how you feel by voting "NO" below! If we stand together, we can keep America safe for obfuscation.

Regards,

Third-Way Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Mar 14, 2013, 07:37 PM (32 replies)
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