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This is maddening. It's not like the M$M don't have numbers/percentages, they do
and are fucking hiding them behind non-stop yammering, just saying "those races are
too close to call"..
and they have the audacity to call themselves "journalists".
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 08:08 PM (12 replies)
A sad foreshadowing of what's in-store for we 'the little people' under a Hillary Clinton Administration?
WASHINGTON -- Payday lenders have been gunning for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since the day President Barack Obama tapped Elizabeth Warren to set up the new agency. They've had plenty of help from congressional Republicans -- longtime recipients of campaign contributions from the payday loan industry. As the CFPB has moved closer to adopting new rules to shield families from predatory lending, the GOP has assailed the agency from every conceivable angle -- going after it's budget, attempting to tie its hands with new layers of red tape, fomenting conspiracy theories about rogue regulators illegally shutting down businesses and launching direct attacks on payday loan rules themselves.
To date, the GOP blitz has resulted in a few close shaves for the young agency, but no actual defeats. But the industry has cultivated a powerful new ally in recent weeks: DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla) .. is co-sponsoring a new bill that would gut the CFPB's forthcoming payday loan regulations. She's also attempting to gin up Democratic support for the legislation on Capitol Hill, according to a memo obtained by The Huffington Post.
The DNC chair isn't the first Democrat to defend payday lenders. A handful of House Financial Services Committee members consistently join the GOP's payday loan boosterism. But support from such backbenchers has been politically impotent. Wasserman Schultz, by contrast, is the nominal head of the Democratic Party. Her support undercuts efforts by liberals in Congress to draw contrasts with Republicans on economic issues.
The misleadingly titled Consumer Protection and Choice Act would delay the CFPB's payday lending rules by two years, and nullify its rules in any state with a payday lending law like the one adopted in Florida.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 11:38 AM (3 replies)
A) Is there any denying the Clintons deep involvement and long-time identification with DLC/3rd Way?
Democratic Leadership Council
New Democrats - Origins
The Third Way
B) Is there any question that DLC/3rd Way has a record of wanting to weaken SS, if not do away with SS?
Third Way desperate in its quest to cut Social Security
Wall Street Uses the Third Way to Lead Its Assault on Social Security
THIRD WAY SAYS CUTTING SOCIAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC HEALTH CARE A SIGN OF “LEADERSHIP”
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Feb 28, 2016, 02:37 PM (37 replies)
If you're going to go all CT, you may as well go for the gusto. I haven't checked these
out yet, so cannot necessarily recommend them either way, but hey .. gotta keep an
open mind, right?
8 Weirdest Conspiracy Theory Websites On The Planet
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Feb 28, 2016, 12:08 AM (7 replies)
better days are ahead for us, and it's a long way to Philadelphia ...
Don't let the Hillarian gloating get you down.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sat Feb 27, 2016, 11:11 PM (13 replies)
The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
Hillary's Nasty Pastorate
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sat Feb 27, 2016, 02:04 PM (105 replies)
Even Her Apology Was Untrue
By Mass Southpaw * Friday Feb 26, 2016 * Kos
Because the pundits and fawning media wouldn’t do it, a courageous young activist named Ashley Williams had to pay $500 to ask Hillary to answer for her super-predator “bring them to heel” remarks.
As she apologized yesterday for her poor choice of words, Hillary Clinton said, “My life’s work has been about lifting up children and young people who’ve been let down by the system or by society.”
That’s not true. So let’s look at the children and young people she didn’t lift up.
* She didn’t lift up the children of U.S. families who lost one million jobs because of NAFTA, and the children of families in Mexico who also suffered job loss and lower incomes. “Although unpopular with unions,” she wrote, “Expanding trade opportunities was an important administration goal.”
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 03:18 PM (7 replies)
Economists and the Illusion of Consensus
By Michael Corcoran * Thursday, 25 February 2016 * Truthout
In a matter of a few days, The New York Times and a handful of liberal economists, most of them with close ties to the Democratic Party establishment, created an imaginary left-wing consensus against the most transformative Keynesian reforms in Bernie Sanders' economic agenda. Many economists and experts have since attempted to counter this manufactured consensus, but the mainstream media have largely ignored these efforts. As this false narrative turns into conventional wisdom, prospects for much-needed and substantive changes to our economy - universal health care, access to higher education, a dignified standard of living for all - continue to dwindle.
This development shows the power of the propaganda function of the mass media in the United States, which keeps parameters of debate limited on an extremely narrow spectrum. These parameters are largely shaped by the political parties, with the Democratic Party reflecting the liberal end of acceptable discourse in publications like The New York Times - thus far and no further. To go beyond this point will result in one being marginalized, ignored or mocked - treated as if they have taken "off from the planet," as Noam Chomsky once described the phenomenon. Given the narrative the mainstream media have pushed in recent weeks, it appears that proposals like single-payer health care and tuition-free college go well beyond these parameters. This is not all that surprising given the Democratic Party's financial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and the financial services industry. ~snip~
Not a single economist who supports these plans (and many exist) was quoted in the story. Nor, for that matter, was Friedman, whose work was attacked by name. "The New York Times did not contact me ," Friedman told Truthout. "And they still haven't contacted me." The article also failed to mention that hundreds of economists have signed a letter expressing personal support for Sanders' economic agenda. Former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich is among the signatories. Other signatories include Dean Baker of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Richard Wolff of Democracy at Work and the New School for Social Research, both of whom are more accurately reflective of "left-leaning economists," than ones cited by the Times.
The article ignored many other important facts. It made no mention of the many studies that have been done over the years that show single-payer on a national scale to not only be viable, but also to have great benefits. Some of these studies were even written by Ken Thorpe, who was one of the critics cited in the Times article and the author of a paper written in January that suggests Sanders is underestimating the cost and overstating the benefits.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 02:18 PM (2 replies)
Sanders overtakes Clinton in Wisconsin: pollSanders overtakes Clinton in Wisconsin: poll
By Bradford Richardson * February 25, 2016, 01:53 pm * The Hill
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has overtaken primary rival Hillary Clinton to hold a slight edge in Wisconsin, according to a Marquette Law School poll released on Thursday.
The poll, which comes after a Democratic primary debate in Milwaukee this month, has Sanders narrowly leading Clinton by 44 percent to 43 percent, well inside the survey's margin of error. The Vermont trailed Clinton by a 9-point margin in Wisconsin, 50–41 percent, in November.
The poll also finds Sanders matching up better than Clinton against top Republicans in hypothetical general election races in the Badger State.
Sanders defeats GOP primary front-runner Donald Trump by 20 points, 54–34 percent, while Clinton only wins by 10 points, 47–37 percent.
He also defeats Ted Cruz by an 18-point margin, 53–35, while Clinton ties the Texas senator, 43–43.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Thu Feb 25, 2016, 02:49 PM (1 replies)
WOOT! Berniementum Baby!! Sanders is in this to win.
Stunning New Reuters Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Leading Nationally by 6 %
by Tom Cahill * February 24, 2016 * U.S. Uncut
A new national poll from Reuters shows Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton by 6 points among Democrats — his largest lead of the primary so far.
According to the 5-day rolling poll results released on February 23, Sanders has the support of 41.7 percent of voters who identify as Democrat compared to Clinton’s 35.5 percent. The poll sampled 998 voters from across the country who identify as Democrats or as independents who lean towards the Democratic party.
Reuters polls have showed Clinton and Sanders in a virtual dead heat since the beginning of February. Following the Iowa caucus, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Clinton just two points ahead of Sanders in a national survey with a 5-point margin of error, meaning the poll was effectively a dead heat. A Quinnipiac national poll released on February 17 showed Sanders two points ahead of Clinton, which was also within the margin of error.
The Reuters poll released on January 23, however, showed Clinton was 5 points ahead with self-identifying Democrats. This effectively means an 11-point swing in Sanders’ favor over a one-month period. Sanders is gaining ground on Clinton at roughly the same pace Barack Obama did in 2008, according to RealClearPolitics polling averages. Between February 22 and February 24, 2008, Obama was up just 3 points on Clinton.
This poll comes at a critical time for the Sanders campaign, which is coming off of a 5-point loss in the Nevada caucus and is perceived as the underdog in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. Sanders faces another uphill contest as Super Tuesday looms ahead on March 1. The Vermont senator has been steadily gaining ground in crucial primary states like Georgia and Texas, which award approximately 20 percent of total delegates between the two of them.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 12:43 AM (36 replies)