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George McGovern strongly called for the redistribution of income -- and lost 49 states to 1.

He called for a guaranteed minimum income and ran as the candidate who wouldn't drag America into any more unnecessary wars.

He was a wonderful man who had the fervent support of million of young people.

And he got slaughtered in the general election by Richard Nixon.

And so when Bernie calls for redistribution of income, many of us here an echo of a another candidate we loved, but who didn't have a chance in the general.

ON UPDATE: Ten years later, Walter Mondale honestly stated that both he and his opponent, Ronald Reagan, would need to raise taxes -- but Mondale's tax increase would not go to the rich but to improving everyone's lives. Reagan pretended he wouldn't be raising taxes. Mondale lost by 49 states to 1.

ON UPDATE: More than half of our states have Republican governors and most of them rejected free Federal dollars for Medicaid expansion. So I don't buy the argument that the times today are much more friendly to a candidate who pushes for the redistribution of income. It isn't a coincidence that tea party super pacs spent millions on ads against Hillary in the last few months, in an effort to help Bernie win. They view him as a much easier opponent in the general.


George McGovern: On Taxing & Redistributing Income
George McGovern and Wassily Leontief MAY 4, 1972 ISSUE

George McGovern’s proposals for tax reform and redistribution of income, originally released in January and published here in slightly revised form, should be read and reread by every one of the more than one hundred million Americans who dropped in the mailbox last Saturday or Sunday, with mixed feelings of civic pride and desperation, their income tax returns for 1971. McGovern’s brief statement contains more hard common sense and practical wisdom than the tired platitudes and inconclusive technical disquisitions that fill the 300 pages of the President’s Economic Report, which was transmitted to the Congress a few days after Senator McGovern made his program public.

The distribution of income is clearly emerging as the issue that will dominate the American political scene in the closing quarter of this century. The share that each member of our society receives in the immense and still swelling stream of goods and services produced annually by the American economy not only largely determines the level of satisfaction of his daily needs but also provides means for attaining many, if not all, of his highest aspirations. But more than this, under our political institutions the income and the amount of wealth controlled by any one group, in relation to other groups, determines decisively the power it can wield in influencing, not to say in directing, all government activities.

Twenty-five percent of the total gross national income is controlled directly by the government, and a much larger proportion indirectly. It is not surprising that by exercising a decisive influence on government policy, particularly in the economic sphere, a small group of citizens controlling a disproportionately high share of the national income and a still greater share of the national wealth has been capable of defending its economic and political dominance against all assaults.

In view of the close interdependence among all the parts of the modern industrial economy, the distribution of income and of wealth naturally depends, to some extent, on every one of its social and economic institutions. However, the power of the government to levy taxes, to borrow and to print money, and to use this immense purchasing power in any way it sees fit has long been recognized as one of the most effective means of bringing about a distribution of income compatible with the prevailing standards of social justice—or as an equally effective means of thwarting attempts to do so.


More info on the infuriating Barbara Dawson case --- the African American woman

kicked out of a FL hospital while dying of a blot clot in her lungs. She was screaming in pain and saying she couldn’t breathe. She collapsed in the hospital parking lot and it was 18 minutes before a doctor examined her and sent her back into the ER.

Her autopsy said she died of a pulmonary embolism – a blood clot in her lungs. These blood clots can cause shortness of breath and pain. She was never given a lung scan, despite having these symptoms. They just decided she was faking and kicked her out.

This case really gets to me because I've had breathing issues in my life -- there's not much that's scarier than feeling like you're suffocating. She was dying right in front of their eyes and they just refused to believe her.


Here’s the audio on the 18 minute incident with the police.


If you can stand it, listen to this audio of a Florida woman begging for her life while hospital

and police personnel insist that she’s fine and disconnect her from oxygen and eject her from her hospital room. The hospital discharges Barbara Dawson even though she refuses to leave and she has symptoms of the blood clot that was found upon autopsy – pain, shortness of breath, and anxiety. They never did a lung scan that could have spotted a blood clot. And when she collapses in the parking lot, they spend 18 minutes telling her to get up before a doctor finally examines her and sends her into a hospital for CPR.

In the audio, when she collapses by the police car and the officer tells her to stand up, you can hear female voices saying, “She’s sick. She’s not okay. She’s got a lot of health problems.” But the officer continues to tell her that she’s fine. He thinks she’s faking because he believes the hospital. But 18 minutes later, when a doctor finally examines her, she has a pulse of 7 beats per minute – and he instantly sends her into the ER for CPR.



The most common symptom of a pulmonary embolism is shortness of breath. This may be gradual or sudden.
• Other symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:
• clammy or bluish skin
chest pain that may extend into your arm, jaw, neck, and shoulder
• fainting
• irregular heartbeat
• lightheadedness
• rapid breathing
• rapid heartbeat
• restlessness
• spitting up blood
• weak pulse

Here is the police report on the Barbara Dawson case (the Florida woman who died

in a hospital parking lot -- of a blood clot in the lung -- after the hospital summoned the police to forcibly discharge her.)

She was refusing to leave, insisting that she couldn't breathe (one of the symptoms of a pulmonary embolism) and instead of doing tests they disconnected her from oxygen and kicked her out.


On 12-21-2015 at approx 0446 hrs I was dispatched to Calhoun Liberty Hospital in reference to Barbara Dawson refusing to leave the premises. upon my arrival contact, was made with hospital staff who stated that Dawson was in room six and was refusing to leave. Staff also stated that Dawson was ok and had been discharged.

At this time I made contact with Dawson and her aunt who was in the room with her. I tried explaining to Dawson that she had to leave the hospital at the request of hospital staff. As I was trying to explain this to Dawson, she would refuse to comply and also stated that she still did not feel well and that she wanted more treatment. I told Dawson that she had been discharged and if she wanted more treatment, she would need to go to another facility. Hearing this Dawson continued to refuse to vacate the premises. While refusing, Dawson was acting in a manner which was affecting the peace and quiet of other persons in the hospital.

After multiple verbal attempts to gain compliance from Dawson, she was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct and Trespassing. I attempted to remove the oxygen hose from Dawson but she refused to allow me to take it from her. At this time a female hospital staff member told me I could remove it from the port in the wall which I did. At this time I placed handcuffs on Dawsons left hand and attempted to place it behind her back. After a brief struggle and multiple verbal attempts to get Dawson to place her hand behind her back, I was able to get her left hand behind her back. During this Dawson was continuing to resist arrest in a non violent but non compliant manner. Dawson also complained of not being able to breathe but she appeared to be breathing fine as she was talking. Medical staff was also present and did not seem to think Dawson was having trouble breathing. After this, I continued to give Dawson verbal commands to place her other hand behind her back which she would not do. After being unable to get Dawsons right hand behind her back, I requested Hospital paramedic Drew Peacock to assist me in handcuffing Dawson. At this time myself and Paramedic Peacock were able to secure Dawsons other hand and complete the handcuffing procedure.






Remember the FL woman who was kicked out of the hospital and died? The video was released

and it turns out the police were lying. They didn't promptly get her medical care.

After she collapsed in the parking lot - from a pulmonary embolism -- it was 18 minutes before the police called for help.

So first the hospital made an inexcusable error. They decided to discharge a patient over her objections, without doing standard tests for her symptoms, even though she was panic stricken and insisting she couldn't breathe (even though she was hooked up to oxygen). And then, when they called the police -- because she refused to leave -- disconnected her oxygen, and sent her out with the police, the police compounded the error, by not getting help as soon as she collapsed.

So she lay propped up against the car for 18 minutes, dying.


The recording is roughly 2 1/2-hours long, but only the first half covers what happened at the hospital. The recording begins with the officer arriving at the hospital. He enters Dawson’s hospital room and tries to persuade her to leave. The officer tells Angela Donar, who is Dawson’s aunt and also in the room, “she can walk out peacefully or be arrested.”

Dawson repeatedly replies, “I can’t breathe.” Her tone is panic-stricken.

After refusing to seek health care elsewhere, Dawson is arrested for disorderly conduct and trespassing. The oxygen hose is disconnected and the officer walks the 270-pound woman out to the police car, holding her by the arm, nudging her along.

Dawson falls to the ground 1 to 2 feet from the patrol car while the officer reaches for his keys. Dawson cut her feet and knees.

After she collapses, the officer tells Dawson that “falling down and laying down, that’s not going to stop you from going to jail. If I have to get help to get you in this car. You are only making things worse on you.”

For 18 minutes she lay propped against the police cruiser as the officer and nurses made multiple attempts to get her into the car. The nurses also checked her pulse. Not until a doctor came out was she readmitted.


Task force members brought in to make changes at the Calhoun Liberty Hospital met for the first time Thursday, a month after the death of a woman that prompted its creation.

Mostly an organizational meeting, the nine-person group — hospital administrators, doctors and a pharmacist, community leaders, clergy and university medical program leaders — outlined their main goals.

The panel was convened after 57-year-old Barbara Dawson collapsed in the hospital’s parking lot Dec. 21 and later died after a Blountstown police officer was called to remove her from the premises.


The most pressing issue the group wants to address is access to health care and heath standards in the two rural counties. The hospital serves as a primary care facility for 23,000 people, which puts stress on the emergency facility’s staff.

In addition, the task force is looking at boosting professional development, updating policies and procedures and improving communication with hospital staff and the community.



The hearts are a nice little boost in the midst of all the craziness lately.

Thank you so much, Heart Givers!

Jackson, MS Mayor, and other Mississippi Dems, endorse Hillary Clinton.

The African American mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, Tony Yarber, has just endorsed Hillary Clinton.


WASHINGTON - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Monday, saying she will push for issues important to urban centers, including smaller cities like Jackson.

“Hillary Clinton knows how to make it happen,” Yarber said in a statement. “As President, she will give special and needed attention to cities, particularly minority-led cities, and the issues that plague us.’’

His endorsement follows Clinton's recent comments expressing concern over high lead levels recently reported in Jackson's water.

Yarber and some other black elected officials, mostly from the South, were on a conference call with Clinton earlier Monday.


Other high-profile Mississippi Democrats, including Rep. Bennie Thompson, top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee, also have endorsed the former secretary of state.

New reading-heavy SAT may be especially unfair to immigrants and the poor,

as well as other students, like many dyslexics, whose math skills are stronger than their English skills. (One of my relatives with dyslexia got an engineering degree based on his math skills and has been doing very well in life since then.)

The new SAT is likely to result in lower scores for students whose English isn’t as fluent as their math, because even the math part will require better English skills than before. So ESL students and others who previously could excel on the math test, even if their English skills weren’t high, will be at an increased disadvantage now.

In the past, immigrant groups have often found a niche in jobs that required math skills -- with math being a "universal language" learned in their country of origin that they could immediately use here.

Why did anyone think changing the SAT in a way that could disadvantage ESL and LD students was a good idea?


Ms. Leiva moved from Cuba to the United States as a 13-year-old in 1954. She was one of only a few Spanish-speakers at her first school, in Miami, and only one subject offered material that was recognizable.

“I went from class to class not knowing what I was doing, until I got to math class,” said Ms. Leiva, now a professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While math helped her improve her English, she became convinced that many instructors needed help in figuring out the best ways to reach students from backgrounds similar to hers.




BOSTON — For thousands of college hopefuls, the stressful college admissions season is about to become even more fraught. The College Board, which makes the SAT, is rolling out a new test — its biggest redesign in a decade, and one of the most substantial ever.

Chief among the changes, experts say: longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems. The shift is leading some educators and college admissions officers to fear that the revised test will penalize students who have not been exposed to a lot of reading, or who speak a different language at home — like immigrants and the poor.

It has also led to a general sense that the new test is uncharted territory, leaving many students wondering whether they should take the SAT or its rival, the ACT. College admissions officers say they are waiting to see how the scores turn out before deciding how to weight the new test.

“It’s going to change who does well,” said Lee Weiss, the vice president of precollege programs at Kaplan Test Prep, one of the nation’s biggest test-preparation programs. “Before, if you were a student from a family where English was not the first language, you could really excel on the math side. It may be harder in the administration of this new test to decipher that, because there is so much text on both sides of the exam.”


Despite what some here think, Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders strongly agree:.

the virulent sexism against Hillary and her women supporters online is real, disgusting, and it should be condemned.


Former Salon editor and current National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation Joan Walsh, Clinton told a crowd over the weekend, is just but one example of female supporters of Hillary Clinton who are subjected to sexist backlash from some Sanders supporters online “he and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks,” Clinton said.


In another Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Sanders called the behavior of so-called Bernie Bros “disgusting,” saying his campaign is working to address the issue on online harassment.

“Look, we don’t want that crap. … We will do everything we can and I think we have tried. Look, anybody who is supporting me that is doing the sexist things is—we don’t want them. I don’t want them. That is not what this campaign is about”:

Veteran Thomas Wiley objects to the use of his photo in Bernie campaign materials.

This just adds to the list of misleading ads Bernies's campaign has put out, implying nonexistent endorsements.

The photos of him and other veterans were taken at a Veterans event Bernie attended -- not a Bernie campaign event.

Doesn't Bernie have enough real endorsements? Does he have to make them up?

ON EDIT: I wonder if he got the written permission from BLM members before he used them in his campaign video?


Lebanon — With just days before the New Hampshire primary, the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., is taking heat from Upper Valley residents who say his campaign used their images on mailers without their permission.

When American Legion state officer Tom Wiley, of Canaan, was called by the Legion’s top officer in New Hampshire, Wiley didn’t know what it was about, but he said the tone of state Cmdr. John Graham made it clear something was wrong.

“He called me, quite straightforwardly, and asked me, had I endorsed any candidate,” Wiley said Saturday. “He asked specifically about Bernie.”

It was a sensitive subject, Wiley knew, both because the American Legion fiercely protects its image as a nonpartisan organization, and because Wiley is in the early stages of a campaign himself, for the post of New Hampshire’s Department Commander. If he were found to be guilty of flouting the group’s bylaws, it could sink his chances. “I said, ‘No, I’ve never even shook his hand,” said Wiley.


The flier also includes photographs of Lebanon Post 22 Cmdr. Robert St. Pierre, Laura Holland, the Auxiliary president, and Hannah Griswold, the past junior Auxiliary president, who were identified by Wiley.

The Legion’s national offices in Indianapolis quickly turned up a second Sanders campaign flier featuring Holland’s image. According to Wiley, Philip B. Onderdonk, the Legion’s national judge advocate, asked the Sanders campaign to stop using the images, though John Raughter, a national spokesman, declined to comment on the matter, other than to reiterate the Legion’s avoidance of political stances.


Scott Tranchemontagne, who heads a public relations firm, was a political consultant for a variety of Republicans, including presidential candidates, between 1994 and 2010. “The first rule that any campaign staffer in charge of producing these types of materials is, you shouldn’t use an image without clearing the permissions,” Tranchemontagne said. “Those are basic rules of campaign materials production that were clearly disregarded in this case.”
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