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Repub Sen. Inhofe, shows FAKE 'Russians in Ukraine' Photos to Congress. Then is forced to apologize!

With huge amounts of egg on his war-mongering face, Republican Senator Inhofe, after initially, and with the required amount of OUTRAGE that these photos PROVED the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine, presented his fake info to the media and the Senate, he tries to wriggle out of his huge faux pas with a 'conditional' apology.

But thanks to fact checkers, Bloggers again, no longer willing to take war mongers at face value, Inhofe was forced to admit that he had made a mistake.

Do our Senators no longer have paid staffs to fact check stuff as important as this before spreading potentially incorrect information to the media?

Sen. Inhofe Blames ‘Ukrainian Delegation’ for Providing Him with Bogus War Atrocity Photos

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) today blamed a Ukrainian delegation for the photos supposedly depicting Russian atrocities in Ukraine, which he provided to a DC news site and subsequently discovered were outdated.

According to BuzzFeed, Inhofe’s office told them that the photos, eventually published by the Washington Free Beacon, had come from a “delegation” including two first-year members of parliament, some academics, and some military officers.


Why is he blaming someone else? Isn't it HIS job, when he gets material from people with an agenda, a WAR agenda at that, to thoroughly fact check the information before using it for the purpose of ramping up OUTRAGE that COULD lead to war?

Image of photos that turned out to be fake, sent to the media by Inhofe's office:




Feelings, nothing more than feelings, are all that are required now from a US Senator asking for money for WAR, before presenting his EVIDENCE as to why our tax dollars need to be spent, on MORE WAR:

“We felt confident to release these photos because the images match the reporting of what is going on in the region,” Inhofe said in a statement to BuzzFeed. “I was furious to learn one of the photos provided now appears to be falsified from an AP photo taken in 2008.


Maybe he better check his OTHER 'sources' also?? Might be a good idea before the neocons drag us into yet another war!

And maybe the media should fact check what our Senators are sending them before THEY publish, blindly apparently, the information themselves?

Last night, the Free Beacon updated its story with the headline “Updated: Provenance of Photos Showing Atrocities Questioned,” and added the reporting from BuzzFeed in their final update. “The Washington Free Beacon regrets the error,” they added.



And from CSpan:

See Video of Inhofe with his fake photos on Senate Floor:

Senator Inhofe Shows Fake Photos To Congress from Ukraine War

Video of Sen. James Inhofe presenting photographs to the Senate on Feb. 11 of what he said were Russian tanks in Ukraine last year. Two of the three images were in fact taken in 2008 during Russia's war with Georgia; the third shows Russian-backed separatists.


And more from the NYT:

Sifting Ukrainian Fact From Ukrainian Fiction


In his prepared remarks, Mr. Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, said the images of “Russian troops in T-72 tanks, B.T.R. armored personnel carriers, and B.M.P. infantry fighting vehicles entering eastern Ukraine” constituted evidence of “an invasion of the Ukraine by Russia.”

While none of his colleagues saw anything amiss with the presentation, The Washington Free Beacon, a friendly conservative news outlet Mr. Inhofe’s staff provided the same images to, acknowledged on Thursday that “serious questions have been raised about the authenticity of some of the photographs” by bloggers with access to Google Image search.


So once AGAIN, America has to rely on BLOGGERS to 'vet' information being used by our Representatives, to demand FUNDING for Foreign Wars, which is what Inhofe was using those fake photos for!

And in case anyone thinks that NO ONE would ever LIE to get us into WAR, a reminder, an article documenting the deceptions that led to the disastrous Invasion of Iraq:

Lie After Lie After Lie: What Colin Powell Knew Ten Years Ago Today and What He Said

Clearly, Powell's loyalty to George Bush extended to being willing to deceive the world: the United Nations, Americans, and the coalition troops about to be sent to kill and die in Iraq. He's never been held accountable for his actions, and it's extremely unlikely he ever will be.


Whenever there are neocons involved, and there are in Ukraine, people need to read and listen very carefully to what they are being told.

We learned that from Iraq, or did we?

Bernie Sanders is Skipping Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

Sen. Sanders was giving a speech at the Brookings Institute when he responded to a question regarding Bibi's speech to Congress. He stated he would be skipping Bibi's speech.

I thought by now that speech would have been cancelled. But apparently not.

Bernie Sanders is Skipping Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

In a Q&A at the Brookings Institution, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said that he would skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden's office had announced a scheduling conflict that would keep him away from the speech. Sanders had no such conflict: He was insulted by the end-run Republicans had done around the White House.

"I'm not thinking about it," said Sanders. "I'm not going. I may watch it on TV."


He might watch it on TV, he says, so I guess Bibi is still planning on coming.

Sanders is the first U.S. senator, and the first potential Democratic presidential candidate, to stake a position against the Netanyahu speech. He's definitely the first Netanyahu-boycotter to have spent time working on a kibbutz in Israel. Sanders, who has defended the Jewish state in the past, was making a move that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.

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Tellingly, the question did not come from the assembled press. It came from an audience member, after Sanders snarked about how many media questions were focusing on whether Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren would also run for president.

"This is kind of what media does," said Sanders, rebuffing a question about some recent progressive endorsements for Warren. "It likes to speculate. If you'll forgive me, I'm not into speculation."


As de Blasio said after winning by an overwhelming majority in NYC, 'Dems have to have a spine' to fight for this country, Bernie appears to have what it takes to be a leader.

He was asked about running for president in the article:

At Brookings, as he'd done at primary state speeches, Sanders talked openly about a 2016 presidential bid and what it would cost. "If you had 2 million people putting in $100, that's $200 million," he suggested. "Is that enough? I don't know. Maybe the game is over."


More reports on Sen. Sanders decision to boycott Netanyahu's speech:

Senator Bernie Sanders will Boycott Netanyahu Speech

He has a lot more to say about the Warmongers in Congress in the article also.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is flirting with a 2016 presidential bid, today became the first U.S. senator to officially announce he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress next month.

Sanders, the longest-serving Independent in Congress, said it was wrong that the president wasn't consulted about the prime minister's visit. His statement came during a Q&A session after a speech at the Brookings Institution.

Three House Democrats have said they will boycott Netanyahu's speech, according to the Associated Press, and some Senate Democrats said they are considering it, including the number two Democrat in the Senate Dick Durbin, R-Illinois. Vice President Joe Biden also will not attend the speech because he will be traveling abroad.


Only 3 Democrats! Oh well, it was nice to think for a while that they would stand up against Netanyahu's shameful insult to the President. But as someone else said, 'don't count on it'!



So thank you once again Sen. Sanders for doing what is right for our country!

French President Hollande Walked Out on Netanyahu Speech. If He Can Do It, So Can Democrats

I read this week that VP Biden 'hasn't decided yet whether or not to attend Netanyahu's speech' to Congress! Why?

The plot hatched between Israeli Ambassador Dermer and Netanyahu to use Boehner in order to undermine President Obama's efforts for a peaceful resolution with Iran, has outraged world leaders from the US to Europe to Israel itself.

So what is the problem? These plotters insulted this COUNTRY, by insulting its President.

Dems, who were on board with Bibi initially, like Menendez eg, have begun to change their minds since the tide turned so swiftly after the nefarious plot was exposed.

They are now expressing their own intentions not to vote for Menendez's own Amendment to increase sanctions on Iran, Bibi's reason for coming to encourage them to do so against the President's wishes.

What is everyone waiting for? The Israeli Ambassador also treated Kerry like garbage when he kept quiet about the plot during a visit from Kerry to the Israeli Embassy.

Kerry has stated, rightfully, he will not be meeting with Bibi if he comes to the US.

French President Hollande did not hesitate to show his displeasure when Netanyahu insulted HIM by refusing to comply with a request HE made and simply doing what HE wanted.

Hollande asked Netanyahu not to attend Paris memorial march

Hollande's anger at Netanyahu was evident during the ceremony held Sunday evening following the march at the Grand Synagogue in Paris, an event attended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community.

Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu's turn at the podium arrived, the French president got up from his seat and made an early exit.


When the French Govt found out that Netanyahu intended to defy their request, they invited Abbas to the ceremony and their reaction to Bibi's flaunting of their authority, was swift.



Israel PM defied France to join Paris march: reports


"Hollande sat through most of the ceremony, but when Netanyahu's turn at the podium arrived, the French president got up from his seat and made an early exit."

.....


"Before Netanyahu began his speech, President Hollande left with his entourage... The impressive delegation of leaders from the Muslim community who attended the ceremony also chose to leave. They all, apparently, had prior commitments."


Netanyahu's conduct was widely criticised by Israeli commentators.

"It was embarrassing, not to say disgraceful, to see Israel's prime minister yesterday trying to push his way onto a bus that he was not supposed to board, making his way determinedly from the second row (where he was placed) to the row of leaders walking in front (which he took over), behaving in a mourning parade as in an election rally," Ben Caspit wrote in the rightwing Maariv newspaper.

"The reprisal was not late in coming. President Francois Hollande fell on Abu Mazen’s (Abbas's) shoulders in a close embrace but greeted Netanyahu with a frozen hand."


It's way past time to teach this authoritarian who appears to believe he has so much control of our Congress, a hard lesson.

Democrats AND Biden need to announce TODAY, that the Bibi/Dremer/Boehner plot for a speech to a 'joint session of Congress' will not be happening.

Calling hesitant Democrats worked to help them step back from their initial support for this disaster.

So if we continue to call them, maybe for once, Bibi will get a lesson he so needs and for so long.

The Ambassador Dremer also needs to hear what the American people think of foreign agents interfering with their President's Foreign Policies. He seemed to think we don't matter at all.

Israeli Embassy Phone #: (202) 364-5500

23 Years After Rodney King, Victims of Police Violence Get Even Less Justice

23 Years After Rodney King, Victims of Police Violence Get Even Less Justice



Rodney King (second from right) leaving a courthouse in 1994.




On March 3, 1991 the California Highway Patrol pulled over Rodney King for speeding after a brief chase. He was subsequently Tased and beaten by four L.A.P.D. officers, while another 10 or so stood by and watched. He was unarmed.

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On March 8, 1991, only five days after the incident, the district attorney in Los Angeles impaneled a grand jury, asking for indictments for assault and excessive force by a police officer against four officers. On March 14, the grand jury returned indictments for all four officers—11 days after the incident.


The trial began on February 3, 1992. A new, more police friendly venue was eventually chosen for the trial. It was transferred to the East County Courthouse in Simi Valley, Ventura County. There were no Afrcan Americans on the jury.

Three of the four officers were acquitted on April 29, 1992. Riots began in which eventually 53 people died, thousands were injured, more thousands arrested, and there was over $1 billion in property damage.


The day after the verdicts, President George H.W. Bush ordered the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate possible federal charges against the officers. William Barr was attorney general. Bush said when he watched the video of Rodney King he “felt anger, felt pain,” and he wondered, “How am I going to explain this to my grandchildren?” Los Angeles Chief of Police Daryl Gates said after watching the video, “It was a very, very extreme use of force--extreme for any police department in America. But for the L.A.P.D., considered by many to be the finest, most professional police department in the world, it was more than extreme. It was impossible.”


That was back then. Rodney King wasn't shot to death. But the brutality of the assault was horrific, the acquittal of three of the perpetrators, an outrage, as stated even by people like Bush Sr and acknowledged by Police Chief Daryl Gates as an extreme us of force.



On August 4, 1992 a federal grand jury returned indictments against all four officers. A trial was held and two officers were found guilty. They were sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. The U.S. Department of Justice appealed the officers’ sentences to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that they were overly lenient.


Compare these GJ indictments to TODAY'S GJ decisions, in cases where UNARMED African Americans were shot to DEATH by police. And compare the reaction of the Department of Justice back then which went to the Supreme Court complaining about the leniency of the sentencing!

That case shamed this country. You would think that things might have improved regarding police brutality, especially against African Americans, since then.

Twenty-three years later, the nation’s attention is captured by a series of brutal attacks on black men by police officers. This time, the attacks are deadlier, the use of force against the black men has escalated from a brutal beating to shooting and choking to death. Even Sergeant Stacey Koon, the supervisor on scene who oversaw the beating of King and instructed his officers to continue beyond any reasonable point of submission, testified at trial that he had instructed the original responding C.H.P. officers to holster their firearms because he wanted to avoid using deadly force if he could. He later went to federal prison. It’s a terribly uncomfortable twist of fate that we can now look to Sergeant Stacey Koon’s actions as an example of police restraint.


As the article says, Police Brutality has ESCALATED since then from broken bones to DEADLY FORCE against unarmed African Americans.

Michael Brown, John Crawford 111, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, a little boy, and so many others, unarmed, shot to death by Police, and not a single GJ indictment!

Who could ever have predicted that we could look back at the Rodney King case and compare Sgt Coon, favorably, to today's brutal cops?

Something has gone terribly wrong and appears to be getting worse, and no one in a position to do so, appears to be willing to do anything about it.

Thanks Bibi & Boehner: Senate Democrats Agree To Rally Around Obama on Iran. Even Menendez!

Before the subversive plot, hatched by Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, to enlist Boehner and his Republican Cohorts to undermine President Obama's (and five other nations') efforts to resolve the Iran Nuclear Program issue peacefully, it looked like they also had the support of Democrats.

Leading the Democratic support for sanctions against the President's wishes, was Senator Menendez who co-sponsored a bill tightening sanctions against Iran, in defiance of the President's policies.

And then came Bibi's and Boehner's ill-advised,undercover scheme to invite Netanyahu to try to influence Congress to vote for that Bill, which Obama had threatened to veto.

The, now infamous, 'Invitation' was not revealed to the WH or to Kerry.

And here is what that outrageous stunt actually accomplished:

Senate Democrats agree to hold off on new Iran sanctions bill



He (Menendez) said he and his Democratic colleagues ‘remain hopeful’ that there will be a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear issue. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

US Senator Robert Menendez, co-sponsor of legislation that would tighten sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, said on Tuesday he and other Democratic senators would not back passage of the bill until after March 24 and only if there is no framework agreement with Tehran.

“Many of my Democratic colleagues and I have sent a letter to the president telling him that we will not support passage of the Kirk-Menendez bill on the Senate floor until after March 24 and only if there is no political framework agreement,” Menendez said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing.


Just a few weeks ago this would have been impossible, no matter how many calls we made or letters we wrote, and regardless of the President's stated wishes.

But the cabal of co-conspirators accomplished what appeared to be impossible all by themselves.

Condemned here, in Israel and by the five nations, the UK, Germany, France, China and Russia who are working with Obama, the scheme not only failed spectacularly, but Netanyahu's hubris has, it is being reported, given his opponents in Israel's upcoming elections a slight advantage.

There are some things that really do not sit well with the American People, one of them is the appearance that a foreign leader dares to interfere with US National Security Interests in violation of the elected President's stated policies.

One more impossible feat accomplished by the anti-peace, pro-war conspirators, maybe an even more remarkable accomplishment, Fox News hosts finally showed respect for President Obama, on the air. It was a step too far, even for Fox:

Fox News Host, Chris Wallace Slams Netanyahu Over ‘Egregious Snub’ Of Obama

“To make you get a sense of really how, forgive me, wicked this whole thing is,” Wallace continued. “Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Israeli Ambassador to the United States for two hours on Tuesday, and Ron Dermer, the ambassador, according to the State Department, never mentioned the fact that Netanyahu was in negotiations, and finally agreed, to come to Washington, not to see the president but to go to Capitol Hill, speak to a joint session of Congress and criticize the president’s policies.”

“I have to say, I’m shocked,” he added.

Wallace further predicted that Netanyahu might face political backlash in Israel over this “very risk political strategy,” which could damage Israel’s relationship with the United States.


Apparently he was correct in his predictions regarding the backlash in Israel.

The Fox news anchor, Shepard Smith agreed with Wallace and added, “It seems like we don’t pay attention and that we’re just a bunch of complete morons, the United States citizens, as if we wouldn’t pick up on what’s happening here.”


I hate to agree, Shepard, but one can hardly blame them for thinking this if they watch Fox: they think that 'we're just a bunch of complete morons, the United States citizens

So Bibi and Boehner, thanks again, keep up the good work!

Boehner used like a puppet on a string by Netanyahu who initiated the now disastrous 'invitation'

We are learning that Boehner allowed his anger towards President Obama to be used by Bibi for his own interests.

This, imo, makes Boehner a threat to our National Security.

When someone is entrusted with the power to act on behalf of the American people but succumbs to the manipulations of a Foreign Leader, then acts on behalf of a Foreign Nation and against the interests of his own nation, shouldn't there be some kind of investigation into whether or not this person can be trusted with that kind of power?


War v Peace? The world appears to agree with those seeking a peaceful solution. Netanyahu and his Republican co-conspirators have become a threat to world peace.

Behind Obama's back: How Netanyahu's U.S. trip was cooked up

A senior Israeli official with knowledge of the contacts, who wished to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the matter, said that the one who had initiated the contacts with Boehner and with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their staffs was Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, Netanyahu's former aide.

Dermer, the senior official said, had advanced the idea of Netanyahu addressing Congress in talks he has been having for several weeks on Iran's nuclear program with senior members of Congress. Dermer is encouraging senators and representatives to advance new legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran, contrary to the position of the White House, which believes that new sanctions at this time would undermine the talks and kill the chances of reaching a diplomatic solution. During his State of the Union Address Tuesday night Obama made it clear that he would veto any such legislation.

According to the senior official, Dermer approached Boehner, McConnell and other senior Republican Party figures at Netanyahu’s behest and suggested the idea of the speech. “Dermer and Boehner cooked up this whole invitation to Congress,” the official said.


Boehner and Bibi didn't just cause outrage at the WH. The backlash is coming from everywhere, including the five nations who have been working with President Obama to find a peaceful solution to the Iranian Nuclear issue.

The UK, France & Germany Co-Write WaPo Op-Ed Begging Goposaurs Not to Sabotage Iran Nuke Deal

The following appears as an op-ed in the Washington Post. It was co-written by France’s minister of foreign affairs, Britain’s foreign secretary, Germany’s federal minister for foreign affairs, and the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy:

Give Diplomacy with Iran a Chance

In November 2013, after many months of negotiations, the E3+3 (France, Germany and Britain, together with the United States, Russia and China, a partnership also referred to sometimes as the P5+1) and Iran reached an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. This agreement has had three main benefits.


Does John Boehner really want to go toe-to-toe with three of the most powerful countries on Earth, not to mention China and Russia, who are also helping to negotiate the Iran deal? If yes, he is a dangerous fool. History will not remember him, nor Bibi well.


And from Israel condemnations of Netanyahu's 'recklessness' are growing including from Livni:

Livni, Lapid slam Netanyahu for 'ruining' ties with US

Leaders lambaste prime minister for imperiling relations with superpower for the sake of electioneering, 'one speech.'


With the outrage mounting against this slimy attempt to undermine the POTUS in cahoots with a foreign leader, it is more than likely that the scheme will fall apart, leaving Boehner and Bibi looking like the bad guys they are before the entire world.

But is that enough for these two and their co-conspirators?

There have been suggestions that what Boehner did might have crossed a legal line.

Several World Leaders, thankfully, along with the US have been working hard to avoid WAR with Iran.

What these two tried to do was DANGEROUS not just to the US but to the world.

So should Congress clarify the already existing laws that seem to forbid this kind of thing, but are not very clear, to make sure nothing like this happens again?

I think there definitely should be some action taken. An Independent Investigator appointed to find out how such a thing could have happened.

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Every Democrat in Congress Should Walk Out if Netanyahu Dares to Undermine President Obama on Iran.

No way should some foreign leader be allowed to try to usurp the power of the US President.

That is a direct slap in the face to America, regardless of which party the President belongs to.

It is an attempt to undermine the Iran Policies the President spoke about in the SOTU address.

No way should this be allowed to happen. Let Republicans make fools themselves, but let them do it WITHOUT Democrats!

Boehner snubs WH, invites Netanyahu to address Congress

Boehner, R-Ohio, asked Netanyahu to address the threats posed by Iran's nuclear ambitions and the rise of the Islamic State. The invite came a day after the president's State of the Union Address in which Obama warned Congress against enacting new economic sanctions against Iran.

"New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails, alienating America from its allies, and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again," Obama said Tuesday. "It doesn't make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress."

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the invitation to Netanyahu was a breach of diplomatic protocol, but that the White House was reserving judgment about the invitation until they had a chance to communicate with the Israelis on the prime minister's message.

Invitations to foreign leaders to address Congress are often made in consultation with the White House and the State Department, but it is not required. Earnest said typically a country's leader contacts the White House before planning a U.S. visit, but Boehner's announcement was the first the White House had heard of Netanyahu's address.


I've read that Kerry will not meet with Netanyahu nor will President Obama.

Who is this guy who thinks he can push this country into acting on behalf of his country OVER the head of the POTUS whose job it is to look out for the interests of THIS COUNTRY!

Let's see Dems get tough on these bullies for once.

I doubt many Americans would appreciate their country's interests being hi-jacked by the leader of a foreign nation.

UPDATE: H/T to DUer herding cats for posting this link to more reaction to this ongoing story:

Democrats rally around Obama amid furore over Netanyahu Congress visit


The White House is growing more confident it can withstand efforts to frustrate its policy of nuclear talks with Iran, as a furore over the intervention of the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, appears to be encouraging wavering Democrats to rally around their president.


It's worth reading herding cats OP and the link provided in that OP.

The article says that J Street has also contacted its supporters, urging them to contact their Reps to ask them not to support this visit at this time.

And in this thread, DUer Cha provided a link in this comment http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026125076#post43 showing that the Mossad has 'broken with Netanyahyu' on this and agrees with President Obama.

The US is a Center LEFT country! Broad Support for Progressive Proposals among 2016 Voters!

Remember how often we are told 'we can't do that, or we can't do this, because this is a Center Right Country?

Despite polls consistently showing that Progressive Policies have support from across the Political Spectrum.

The results of this latest 'Big Ideas' poll confirms that we are a Center Left, actually on some policies, VERY Left, country:

National poll of 1,500 likely 2016 voters conducted by GBA Strategies on behalf of the Progressive Change Institute. More details on the poll can be found on the last page, including poll dates, sample sizes, and margin of error.


Likely 2016 voters (Republicans, Independents, Democrats) were asked to say if they support or oppose the below proposals.

You need to click the link to see the charts which are eye-opening as far as the REALITY of what voters want, and the decades long LIE we are told regarding where the Country stands on Progressive policies.

I can't copy the charts. But, eg, let's see where the Voters stand on Social Security eg.

These are the questions that were asked of the voters.

We are told Republicans hate SS. So we have to 'compromise' on SS!!!!

Really?



EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS (MESSAGE A)

Increase Social Security benefits, so that a
worker at age seventy-five receives
four-hundred-and-fifty-two dollars more
in benefits per year and at age eighty-five
receives eight-hundred-and-seven dollars
more per year.

Overall support for this proposal? 70%!!

Broken down into party support:

Dems: 83% FOR
Repubs: 62% FOR
Indeps: 63% FOR


Then this question regarding the Wealthy paying their fair share into the Social Security Fund:


EXPAND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS (MESSAGE B)

Increase Social Security benefits and pay for
that increase by having the wealthy pay the
same rate into Social Security as everyone
else.

Overall support for this proposal? 70%

Broken down into party support:

Dems: 85%
Repubs: 62%
Indeps: 58%


I picked that one because Social Security is the most targeted of our Social Programs by Wall St puppets.

And they are not even CLOSE when they try to convince us that SS 'is in trouble and needs to be privatized' or whatever lies they tell.

Clearly both SS and Medicare (see the charts they are worth looking at) are two of the most popular programs with voters in this Country.

So, ENOUGH of the lies. This IS a more than Center 'Left' country, it far more Left than Right, past the Center, further to the Left than to the Right which appears is most UNPOPULAR with voters across the political spectrum.

So, the question is, WHY are Dems not RUNNING ON and PUSHING for these proposals? This is how to win.

From someone who DID run on Progressive Proposals in the Mid Terms and won with an overwhelming majority:


De Blasio: ‘Bold, progressive ideas win elections’


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a strong message on behalf of progressives to the Democratic Party in the wake of the midterm election losses:

As a Democrat, I’m disappointed in last Tuesday’s results. But as a progressive, I know my party need not search for its soul — but rather, its backbone.

The truth is that the Democratic Party has core values that are very much in sync with most Americans.
We believe in taking dead aim at the income inequality that infects our communities — from big cities like New York, to small towns and rural areas across the United States.

We believe that the wealthy should pay their fair share so we can lift people out of poverty and grow our middle class.

And we believe in rules that prevent big corporations and Wall Street banks from unraveling workers’ pensions, suppressing employees’ wages and benefits, and rigging the system to reward wealth instead of work.

This year, too many Democratic candidates lost sight of those core principles — opting instead to clip their progressive wings in deference to a conventional wisdom that says bold ideas aren’t politically practical.

To working people, it showed Democratic weakness — a weak commitment to the change desperately sought by struggling families,] and a weak alternative to a Republican philosophy that has held America back.

Bold, progressive ideas win elections.


Emphasis mine

So the Conventional Wisdom once again, has been exposed as FALSE.

Every Dem should carry this 'Bold Ideas Poll' around in their pockets so that when the Big Lie is told to them, they don't need to waste time talking anymore.

No more Third Way Policies. They are LOSING elections for Democrats.

So why is our Party still listening to them? That is the million dollar question. Their ideas are OLD, they are REAGAN anti worker ideas, and the public doesn't WANT THEM.

We have a growing number of elected POPULISTs now speaking FOR the people.

Hopefully they will give courage to others to join them.

America is a Left of Center Nation. All Dems need to do to WIN BIG is return to their Core Values and say goodbye to the 'centrists' and their 'conventional wisdom' wrong way policies!



The Cost of Walmart's Low Wages to the US Tax-Payer



How about taxing them enough to make it not worth their while to cheat their workers out of a livable wage?

Why does ANYONE shop there?

Don't buy their stuff. Starve the beasts who are eating up America's Working Class.
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