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even if you're a billionaire, you cannot buy CLASS. No amount of money can. Apparently, even with his education at the finest schools, and the Wharton School of Business, he never was introduced to the concept of humility or the art of being a gracious winner. His family seemed truly embarrassed standing next to him on that stage. As he went on and on with that rambling victory speech, which could only have been inspired by Sarah Palin, I'm sure his daughter Ivanka was thinking, "Please just say Thank You, and SHUT THE F UP!"
I believe that America, in spite of her warts (namely the GOP), truly is the greatest nation on earth; and as such, she cannot have a dick for a president. Therefore, I agree with President Obama, that Donald Trump will never be president of the United States. In addition to supporting Hillary as my candidate, I will also do whatever is within my power, to help see that Donald Trump is defeated.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 11:22 PM (4 replies)
and that the party is as angry as people on this board are, about the same things. However, I live in California, and I don't know anyone personally who frequents DU other than myself. As the primary season progresses across the nation, it might be comforting for people here to think that they have their hands on the pulse of the nation, and everyone feels as they do, but I would disagree. Most of the people I know, or work with, or meet with and talk with standing in line at the bank or grocery store, or doctor's office, or socialize with are not aware of a tenth of the things which are discussed here on this board and I meet with and talk with a diverse segment of people on a daily basis. Most have seen none of the debates or watch on a regular basis, any news or political shows on cable tv like MSNBC or CNN, but they all are out there on Facebook posting what they did over the weekend. So for people here to think that the party is as passionate as they are, they would be mistaken.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Wed Feb 17, 2016, 06:23 PM (13 replies)
Dear Hillary and Bill,
Thank you for your service to your country. I and others appreciate what you have tried to do for this country.
Unfortunately, there is a nasty segment of our society who, because they have political differences with you, hate you so much that they would stop at nothing to see your candidacy destroyed and you and your family humiliated.
There is a plan to resurrect the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal of the 90’s and try to drag you through the mud if that is what it will take to destroy your candidacy and you as well. So I would like to suggest that you take all those millions you and Bill earned legally, in speaking fees and buy yourselves the best house on Martha’s Vineyard where you and your family can retire to in peace. Your family doesn’t need this. The country doesn’t need to go through this again.
The young women of today don’t understand what your generation and my generation of women as well as women of many generations before that, had to go through to change attitudes in the workplace, in universities, and the legistative houses across this country for our daughters who came after us. Andrea Mitchell reported today that the young women who support Bernie Sanders don’t remember the struggle that women like Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, and Gloria Steinem and a host of many others who went before them, to clear the path that allows them to move forward they move down unimpeded today. As Andrea quoted, “they said that they don’t remember those things, and they have their own problems to deal with. They have college debt to pay off. ”
I’m curious how many of Bernie’s young white women supporters realize how much they have been the principle benefactors of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Affirmative Action Laws, and Title IX.
While people of color, individually and as groups, have been helped by affirmative action in the subsequent years, data and studies suggest women — white women in particular — have benefited disproportionately. According to one study, in 1995, 6 million women, the majority of whom were white, had jobs they wouldn’t have otherwise held but for affirmative action.
Educational programs and activities that receive ED funds must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; sex-based harassment; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; discipline; single-sex education; and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The ED Title IX regulations (Volume 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106) provide additional information about the forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
I know how it was to be young and naive at one time. Well actually I don’t, because as a young POC, I had too much responsibility as a child, and as a teen, as well as a young adult, to have the luxury of being young and naïve. But I can imagine what it might have felt like.
I also, feel bad knowing that their victory, should Bernie succeed in winning the Democratic nomination, will be a hollow victory, because chances are more likely than not, nothing will come of it. Being white in America, comes with privileges that people of color can only imagine, and white people take for granted, every day.
So go about your lives Bill and Hillary. Leave tonight. Run don’t walk. You’ve put in your time. Don’t wait for this primary to be over. I assure you, even if you win, and I know that you can still win, you will lose so much in the process, and you don’t deserve that.
Thank you again for you service and have a good life.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Tue Feb 9, 2016, 08:18 PM (4 replies)
Bernie was asked what would make people vote against there own self interest and Bernie said that he didn't know. But in saying he doesn't know, he's insinuating that a vote against Bernie IS a vote against one's own self interest. Something I don't happen to agree with.
After almost 8 years of gridlock, I don't think we can take another 8 years of more gridlock, or even 4 years of gridlock.
So a Bernie supporter said in another thread that,"You know that Bernie's agenda is not going to happen unless we win a majority of both Houses of Congress"? Well no shit Sherlock!!!!
So listen up Bernie supporters, come 2017, and 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 etc, etc, it's going to be YOUR FAULT that you have no FREE College Education, No FREE Universal Health Care, No 3 months Paid Maternity Leave, No Doubling of your Social Security benefits, because the Dems are not going to control the House before 2022 at the earliest because of gerrymandering and the soonest we could hope to have a major redistricting. That's UUUUUGGGGEEEE I know, but I think you need a dose of reality. None of the GOP is going to vote for new taxes on the wealthy or Big Business, or on anybody for that matter, because of that pledge they all take, and threats of increased taxation will just ensure more businesses leaving the country. Dems in purple states are not going to vote to increase taxes. There was a reason that the Dems lost the House after passing the ACA.
The reason that you're not going to have all those things is because YOU didn't deliver Bernie the Revolution that he needed to pass all that FREE stuff through both houses of Congress. You're not going to have all those things because our nation is 19 Trillion dollars in debt, our nation's infrastructure is crumbling and we are already besieged by growing entitlement programs that we can't afford to pay for now, let alone pay for new entitlement programs, and double a Social Security benefit which is not going to be able to continue to pay its current level of payments in less than 20 years from now if we do nothing to ensure its survivability.
I know many of you Bernie supporters are young and idealists. But, Bernie would be the oldest president to be elected POTUS should he win in November, so it's a good bet that neither of you are going to get to the mountaintop together. So every Revolution needs to have a Plan B.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Mon Feb 8, 2016, 02:36 AM (32 replies)
the primaries. Whomever is the Democratic nominee is going to have a wave of campaign ads thrown their way and they won't be paid for with $27 donations. Which is why I don't get bent out of shape by the fact that Clinton took large sums of money for speeches. She knows from experience that presidential campaigns don't come cheap. Maybe Bernie being from a small state like Vermont, which is next door to a small state like New Hampshire, is the actual Bubble Boy. Campaigns have to travel. They have to rent office space and equipment, and they have to pay for campaign ads to get their message out and to correct misleading information. I don't like that SCOTUS has made it possible for PACs to dump unlimited amounts of money from people like the Koch Bros and that rich guy from Vegas who all the GOP flocks to in order to kiss his ring.
Hillary would have been committing political malpractice if she wasn't out there raising money for her campaign, or she ran out of of money towards the end of the campaign. Many campaigns end up with huge debt that takes them years to pay off.
For the record, a lot of groups looking for speakers, are doing so for big affairs they put on. Some of these events are annual events and used by organizations for their own annual fundraising and they charge high prices for their tickets. They need someone who has some prestige to charge those high ticket prices and to ensure attendance. I know because I've been on that side when I was trying to raise funds for my kid's catholic schools for fundraising for athletic equipment or resurfacing the track, or building a new building to replace the old trailers used for classrooms, and when I was in college, speakers for commencements. You're competing with lots of other civic organizations and those people charge money for travel and their time. Yes, Hillary could have charged a lot less, but you know what, word gets around. If Hillary spoke at a small group's fundraiser, or commencement, everyone would be knocking on her door to speak at theirs. Somehow, when a person of Hillary's stature said her fee is $300,000 you decide that you'd better take a second look at that Manager at Costco, who once played quarterback at UCLA.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Fri Feb 5, 2016, 07:39 PM (27 replies)
that was on C-Span this morning. Backbitting about either Dem Candidate need not respond.
C-Span asked the viewers during what appeared to be a later segment this morning, the following question regarding Iowa and New Hampshire being the leading states in the primary:
What would you propose as a change to the current process of allowing Iowa and New Hampshire,two states who don't represent the country's demographics, to go first in the nation?
Most of the callers thought that small monolithic states like Iowa and NH should not get to go first while other states get penalized if they try to move up their elections. Some people called in defending the current process, but others offered proposals like everyone voting the same day, to rotating state primaries. One guy stated rotating the states each presidential primary starting with Alaska and continuing in alphabetical order. When the moderator told him that it would take 200 years to get through all the states, the caller said "I knew it would take a while, but I didn't realize it would take that long." Others though Iowa and NH should remain because it allowed the country watching from outside, to get to know the candidates and it was an affordable way of getting to know the candidates. Most thought the caucus had outlived their usefulness. Campaign financing of all candidates would be wonderful, but the SCOTUS has determined that contributions are free speech.
I hesitated to to offer up my suggestion because I wanted to encourage a discussion rather than attacks on others ideas, so I didn't.
I would however, like to offer up my suggestion about how the primary process is covered. but not necessarily about the primary process itself though, for whatever process was put in place, or should the current process be retained.
That suggestion is: I would make it illegal for any news organizations, political groups, institutions, etc to include private citizens to conduct ANY polls during the entire primary process. No polls of any type of the candidates. My reasoning is twofold. One Polls influence outcomes. First, going back to the beginning of 2015/early spring, I began seeing polls on MSNBC that said simply, "Do you think that Hillary Clinton is Honest and Trustworthy." This at a time when the Congress's polling numbers was at 9%. The poll was repeated about once a month at least, and each time I saw it, the number that though she was not Honest and Trustworthy grew". I never saw a similar poll about the other perspective candidates until long after primary season was under way, and then only one time. I don't doubt that some people actually think that Hillary is not Honest or Trustworthy, but anyone out there who has taken a basic course in human behavior or hasn't studied human behavior would know that if you repeated something often enough, it becomes a fact. This, mind you, was before any of the masses descended on Iowa and NH canvassing voters. Polling influences perceptions. Polling influences votes.
Secondly, the press has given unprecedented coverage to one individual including free media time. Since, I conclude that Polling numbers are influenced by how much coverage individuals get. if any station gives air time to one candidate, they must give that same time to all candidates in an equal time space. Donald Trump can call in on any show at any time and talk for as long as he wants. This is unprecedented. Don't think that future candidates won't have figured out what they need to do or say, what types of antics they must engage in, to get Trump-style coverage in future primaries. The current equal rule time is not adequate because it allows a station to give the reciprocal time space at whatever time that station wants which would be the least watched time slot, probably late on a Saturday night when no one's watching. Please don't waste time debating this, Lawrence O'Donnell explained what the rules are on a show a couple of months ago.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Thu Feb 4, 2016, 09:08 PM (4 replies)
Is this part of the official Bernie Sanders platform, or is this just Bernie being Bernie? You know..."If you say FREE, they will come caucus for you."
I recall several months ago when some groups were demonstrating to raise the minimum wage and also calling for mandatory sick leave for employees. They were asking for either 5 or 7 days mandatory sick leave and meeting with strong resistance even from the Gov of New Jersey. Now I happen to think everyone who works should have some paid time off, including paid sick leave and paid vacation time off; even those who work part time. No one wants someone coming into the office or restaurant, or grocery store who's sick and passing it on to everyone else. However many small and some not so small employers have been reluctant to past laws even when they are popular.
I live in California, where most women I know get 6 weeks maternity leave. Some employees can purchase a disability policy on their own from the state which guarantees them 6 weeks maternity leave, even if their employer doesn't offer it. Who wouldn't love 12 weeks maternity leave, but if employers say they can't afford to pay 7 days sick leave, what makes Bernie believe employers can afford to pay 12 weeks maternity leave. Bernie says he will pass legislation and make it mandatory. But will they have to make it mandatory for men also. After all, men would want to bond with their newborn child also. Of course Bernie will.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Fri Jan 29, 2016, 09:12 PM (10 replies)
Hillary be able to strengthen the Affordable Care Act as some of us believe she can, or get any agenda through the GOP congress, if we don’t think Bernie can get his agenda through the current Houses of Congress.
I think that with Hillary in the WH, she would be able to work with the GOP. For the record, I recorded and watch the entire 11 hour Benghazi congressional hearing when Hillary testified a while back. At the end of the hearing, while the C-SPAN cameras were still rolling, I watched as the chairman Trey Gowdy, who had by then come down from the bench, approached Hillary where she was speaking with other people at her table and he spoke to her and they were both laughing and nodding, and this went on for a couple of minutes. I was just shaking my head in disbelief at how much of a joke these hearings had been for the GOP as they feigned outrage after outrage, one by one, but once the hearing was over they come down, and shake hands and smile and make small talk with one another, just like they had not just previously accused her of everything including being the spawn of satan. These people have worked with Hillary in the past and they will work with her in the future because they have been sitting on their hands for the past 8 years, in their attempt to stifle any progress by President Obama, and have no significant accomplishments of their own to show for it.
If the GOP is listening to their "angry" constituents, they are angry because they feel that their party leadership has let them down and that they are not better off than they were 8 years ago. Well, if those people are honest with themselves, they realize that it’s not the Kenyan in the WH that sold them out, it’s; the GOP who did. It’s the GOP that didn’t want to turn the economy around while Obama was in the WH, and that is the reason that their college grad kids can’t find employment and are still living at home, or they themselves have seen their wages remain stagnate over the past couple of decades, if they're lucky to have a job themselves. Or that the shine has come off the TEA Party members of Congress who were disingenuous when they came to power with the plan to destroy government and the ACA, while they drew a government salary upwards of $170K, while accomplishing nothing for their constituents back home, while voting to repeal the ACA more than 50 times.
It is the GOP’s SCOTUS appointments who failed to delivery to them the death of the ACA, approved Gay Marriage, failed to overturn Roe v. Wade and even slapped down their ridiculous attempts to close Women’s clinics across the country by applying drastic building codes for women’s clinics that were not required to other clinics performing other low risk surgical procedures. So now having felt left out in the recovery that did result in the largest redistribution of wealth they want something to show for the country’s rising debt for themselves and their children, and they want to “Make America Great Again”. They appear to be leaning towards accepting a carnival barker and his sidekick to make that happen. The evangelicals have shown that they are willing to sell out the Canadian born son of the twice married Baptist preacher and his wife, who were willing to relinquish her US citizenship to get their share of the Canadian pie in the form of secure jobs and welfare benefits.
The GOP may call Hillary a liar to their constituents, but as members of the “establishment” they know that their goose is cooked if they return to Congress and think that they can sit on their hands and fiddle while Rome burns for another four years. They know that Hillary is pragmatic, and she is not the ‘big government socialist’ that Bernie Sanders wants to be. They have worked with her before and they will work with her again. They know that compromise will be required to get anything done, and they will find common ground, unlike Bernie Sanders whose Big Government proposals leaves no room for common ground.
So I believe that the establishment GOP (should they survive 2016) who were willing to accept Cruz or Trump as an acceptable candidate, would accept Hillary before a self described Democratic Socialist. Members of the Democratic Party don't believe in Santa Clause, or the Tooth Fairy. There is no Free Lunch. Someone has to pay for Bernie's ambitious agenda, and any new entitlement programs will have to be paid for, and their are enough millionaires and billionaires to pay for all these new entitlement programs that Bernie has proposed without eventually everyone having to pay much more in taxes than Bernie has been willing to acknowledge. We have known for some time that Social Security may have to cut benefits in order to save the program for everyone, and Bernie wants to double current Social Security payouts. Removing the cap limiting the amount of income that is taxed won't do it by itself with people living longer.
The problem with Bernie getting 'angry' and calling for a revolution while not being honest with his constituents is that when you can't deliver, and they don't get what they want, you're stuck with just a bunch of 'angry' people. So perhaps Bernie should stop calling for a revolution, because when people's hopes are raised and then you can't deliver on the promise, some people take it literally, especially young people, and that never works out well for anyone.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 06:08 PM (20 replies)
how he (Bernie Sanders) is going to get his radical agenda through a previous reluctant GOP controlled congress, that "he has always been able to find common ground as a Senator", when there is no common ground to be found between Bernie’s agenda and the GOP Congress specifically related to:
• Universal Health Care for all whereby Bernie has propose an increase in Federal Taxes AND an increase in the Payroll tax to pay for it;
• Free college Tuition for all which he will make Wall St pay for through a new tax on Wall St speculation;
• Expanding Medicare to close the donut hole to include making all drugs affordable;
• Make Mental Health Care available to all who need it and have it covered by the universal health care for all;
• Raising the cap on Social Security funding by eliminating the current cap on income earned and make the Rich pay for it;
• Doubling the size of the social security pay out ( and I presume that the wealthy will also pay for this);
• etc, etc, etc.
It is one thing for Bernie to say that he has worked with the GOP to find common ground on "funding benefits for Veterans". It's another whole different ballgame for Bernie to believe that the GOP who have all taken Grover Norquist pledge to not raise a single tax.
For the record, I make no bones about the fact that I am not a supporter of Bernie Sanders because I'm not buying that he can anywhere near deliver on his pipe dream at where we are currently as a nation with the GOP in control of both Houses of Congress and likely to maintain at a minimum the House. I have also listened to Bernie on three separate occasions, outside of viewing all the debates, (Democratic and Republicans) and I think I can give Bernie's stump speech myself, because he constantly repeats the same things, without talking about how he's REALISTICALLY going to pay for all this stuff. He won't find common ground between his ideas and the GOP because there is no COMMON GROUND. The GOP is not going to participate in growing the Federal Government to the tune of trillions of dollars, taking over the entire Health Care Industry after voting 52 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and creating a new drug entitlement program, a new free college tuition program, a new mental health entitlement program, while doubling the Social Security payout.
It just ain't going to happen; WITH OR WITHOUT a revolution.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 12:15 AM (121 replies)
I submit the following:
Anyone who thinks that disenfranchised members of the GOP, Independents, or Non-Trump Supporters are going to vote for a self-professed Socialist, regardless of how he describes himself today, is delusional. Bernie, with his laundry list of freebees and government giveaways, cannot win in a General Election. The nation is BROKE and cannot afford Bernie Sanders, and a GOP controlled Congress is not going to vote through Bernie Sanders laundry list of new entitlement programs. People here who think that Bernie Sanders can win when Democrats don’t control either House of Congress, and while we might have a chance of regaining the Senate in 2016 if all the stars align, we have little to no chance of controlling the House of Representatives before the next Census is taken in 2020, (due to gerrymandering), and the possibility of subsequent redistricting should be successful in 2022. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is delusional.
I saw the thread earlier today regarding Rachel Maddow’s comments that Bernie Sanders doesn’t have any enemies. I say any politician who doesn’t have any enemies, hasn’t tried to accomplish anything Big. Trying to do BIG things creates enemies, which is why Bill and Hillary have plenty.
Bernie who hails from 96% white Vermont, has spent much of his lifetime as first, mayor of a small town and about 25 years in Congress between both Houses, with his socialist agenda and WHAT BIG THING does he have to show for it. What BIG agenda item has he sponsored, that has passed. And yes I know about Bernie’s Civil Rights background and I only bring up the point about Vermont’s ethnic background to make the point that Bernie represents a homogenous group of constituents who look and think like he does which has enabled his political successes thus far. The Presidency is a whole new ballgame.
Bernie and his 'socialist' ideas have not been fully vetted because he hasn’t been a threat to anybody before now. You can sit in the House as one of 435 voting members and have radical ideas as long as you pose no threat to anyone or anything. You can be sure as a General Election candidate he will be fully vetted, as will his laundry list of government giveaways, and Democrats will lose.
I know he likes to tout the fact that he has a large backing of young people who are active members of his campaign. Are these the same young people who are looking for a free college education or student loan forgiveness after racking up tens of thousands of dollars of student loans. The GOP is never going to allow this to happen as long as they are in charge, and as long as the Democratic Party looks like it’s the party of “Free Stuff” at other people’s expense we are never going to regain control of the House of Representatives. The nation is broke. The stock market is down more than 8% since the first of the year and people are fearful for their own jobs and funding of retirement savings. There is NO MONEY for Freebies. Stop the Insanity that perpetuates the myth that we can do all these things that Bernie is proposing.
Posted by politicaljunkie41910 | Fri Jan 15, 2016, 09:25 PM (144 replies)