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Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.
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I was just reading this stunning post about how that county sent out sample ballots without Bernie's name on it. Their response when asked why was that they endorsed Hillary.
So because they endorsed Hillary they left Bernie off the sample ballot.
Here is their twitter page:
Here is their image there of their sample ballot. Some are saying it's simply a flyer with their endorsements. If it is just a flyer then it should NOT say "Sample Ballot" at the top.
Proud enough of their unbelievable action to post it to their twitter page.
Posted by madfloridian | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 03:02 PM (127 replies)
Clinton’s Claims on Auto Industry ‘Not True’
What Hillary did last night was shameful. What those who refuse to listen to the real truth are doing is equally shameful.
When you care more about winning than telling the truth you hurt our country.
Clinton, who has struggled to downplay her support for job-killing trade deals, used a Sunday night debate in Flint, Michigan, to disingenuously mischaracterize Sanders record on the auto industry. In fact, Sanders voted for the carmaker bailout. He supported a $14 billion aid package which passed the House on Dec. 10, 2008. When that bill ran into a Senate Republican roadblock, the White House turned to a separate Wall Street bailout fund for loans to the auto industry.
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 04:31 PM (159 replies)
They speak against the financial industry bailout but support the bailing out of the auto industry.
Leahy, Sanders reluctantly support auto industry rescue
12/11/08 5:50PM By Bob Kinzel
(Host) Vermont's two U.S. Senators, Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, say they're reluctantly supporting a $15 billion rescue package for the nation's auto industry.
Both senators say that allowing Ford, General Motors or Chrylser to fall into bankruptcy could affect a lot of auto related jobs in Vermont.
Senator Patrick Leahy says he's reluctantly supporting the bill because millions of jobs could be lost if the car companies go under:
Posted by madfloridian | Mon Mar 7, 2016, 04:22 AM (67 replies)
She doesn't sound like a politician or a politician's wife. She speaks the truth that many wish she probably wouldn't have spoken. That's a genuine person for you...not politically polished.
Did you hear what she said about Russell Simmons after he endorsed Hillary and attacked Bernie?
It's quite surprising. He had called Bernie first to discuss an endorsement. Bernie had trouble about pushing people not to eat their bacon and pork so it did not work out. Simmons is vegan, which is fine.
Some say she should not have said it, but the interviewer pointedly asked her about it. I think it is the kind of honesty our party has been missing.
I appreciate because I tend to be outspoken as well.
Posted by madfloridian | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 05:25 PM (50 replies)
From Harry Enten at Fivethirtyeight March 2.
Hillary Clinton’s Got This
To borrow a phrase from Dan Rather, Hillary Clinton swept through the South like a big wheel through a Delta cotton field on Super Tuesday. She won seven states total, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia in the South. She also won Massachusetts and American Samoa. Bernie Sanders emerged victorious in four states (Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont), but his victories tended to come by smaller margins and in smaller states. The end result is that Clinton has a clear path to winning the nomination, and Sanders’s only hope to derail her is for something very unusual to happen.
To paraphrase...Hillary will be the nominee but Bernie's welcome to be along for the ride.
This is shamelessly taking the human factor out of voting and pushing Hillary.
SO...to those of you in all these states yet to vote
...including the delegate rich state of California:
Too bad for you guys, but go ahead anyway. Just remember who's already won.
Idaho March 22nd
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 5, 2016, 05:56 PM (173 replies)
Do the Democratic Primaries conclude on March 15th? No they conclude on June 14th
Just a list of the primaries after the date of transition to general election mode at Daily Kos.
Idaho March 22nd
Posted by madfloridian | Sat Mar 5, 2016, 10:07 AM (34 replies)
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 10:10 PM (104 replies)
I posted some of this about a year ago.
Today I was reading that Howard Dean has declared his superdelegate vote will go to Hillary even if Bernie wins the popular vote. To heck with the wishes of the Vermont voters.
He has given his allegiance to a group of Democrats who held a press conference to say he would never be president. Go figure.
They were up high above the convention hall in 2000. Setting policy. A few men.
This is John Nichols' unforgettable column in the Progressive 2000. This is the archived version with all the dates above the article.
Behind the DLC Takeover
At the national convention of a major political party, an ideologically rigid sectarian clique secures the ultimate triumph. It inserts two of its own as nominees for the Presidency and the Vice Presidency. Heavily financed by the most powerful corporations in the world, the group's leaders gather in a private club fifty-four floors above the convention hall, apart from the delegates of the party they had infiltrated. There, they carefully monitor the convention's acceptance of a platform the organization had drafted almost in its entirety. Then, with the ticket secured and with the policy course of the party set, they introduce a team of 100 shock troops to deploy across the country to lock up the party's grassroots.
They closed their doors in 2011 proclaiming that their purposes had been achieved. Some days it's hard to find argument with that.
I think the most disheartening thing this group ever did was to have a press conference in 2003 to declare that Howard Dean was not the man to be president.
What the DLC said about Dean in 2003
More than 50 centrist Democrats, including Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner, met here yesterday to plot strategy for the "New Democrat" movement. To help get the ball rolling they read a memo by Al From and Bruce Reed, the chairman and president of the Democratic Leadership Council. The memo dismissed Dean as an elitist liberal from the "McGovern-Mondale wing" of the party -- "the wing that lost 49 states in two elections, and transformed Democrats from a strong national party into a much weaker regional one."
That article by a David Von Drehle is no longer available at the WP as far as I can see.
See how easy it all was? Lots of rich donors, overlooking the convention floor from 54 stories high? Not bad.
And their power over the party has never ended.
Posted by madfloridian | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 01:05 AM (68 replies)
The party started taking corporate money in the late 80s so they did not have to take stands for the people. Once the obligation is there, change is very hard.
Since the late 80s the party has openly shoved its left aside. And yet...
they fully expect us to forget all about that and in the famous words of Bill Clinton..."fall in line".
It is not just supposition on my part, the leaders who took us in the direction of big money said so in their very own words.
Simon Rosenberg 2001:
These folks who wanted to be beholden to big money rather than stand for things that were good for the people of the party said openly they were going to take over the party.
Their own words:
To give you a sense of how sprawling From’s legacy actually is, consider the following. Bill Clinton chaired the From’s organization, the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) and used it as a platform to ascend to the Presidency in 1992. His wife Hillary is a DLC proponent. Al Gore and Joe Biden were DLCers. Barack Obama is quietly an adherent to the “New Democrat” philosophy crafted by From, so are most of the people in his cabinet, and the bulk of the Senate Democrats and House Democratic leaders. From 2007–2011, the New Democrats were the swing bloc in the U.S. House of Representatives, authoring legislation on bailouts and financial regulation of derivatives. And given how Democrats still revere Clinton, so are most Democratic voters, at this point. The DLC no longer exists, but has been folded into the Clinton’s mega-foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, a convening point for the world’s global elite that wants to, or purports to want to, do good. In other words, it’s Al From’s Democratic Party, we just live here.
How they got started:
Recruiting Bill Clinton
We discovered that we were losing because middle-class voters, voters at the heart of the electorate, had voted Republican in 1988 by a 5-4 margin. The reason was that they did not trust Democrats to handle the issues they cared about most. In a Time magazine survey a week before the election, voters said that Republicans would do a better job than Democrats of maintaining a strong defense by 65–22; of keeping the economy strong by 55–33; of keeping inflation under control by 51–29; and, of curbing crime by 49–32. Those were the issues that drove presidential elections, and until the perception on them changed, Democrats simply were not going to be competitive.
In other words they wanted to be more like the Republican Party so they could win, they thought.
A little after four o’clock on the afternoon of April 6, 1989, I walked into the office of Governor Bill Clinton on the second floor of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
Yesterday a former president whose wife is running for president campaigned in about 4 polling places in Massachusetts. Last I heard the powers that be in MA and the party were maybe going to look at it if they have time.
Bernie Sanders has done amazingly well in a campaign in which the DNC is supporting his opponent openly. His fundraising is record-breaking, with many donors still left to tap again for funds.
He is not obligated to big money, it is not like a chain pulling him down.
He can stand for the people while others with the corporate obligations can not.
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 3, 2016, 06:31 PM (40 replies)
Actually this is a thoughtful article.
Both Parties Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Proximity to the White House
Clad in his armor of hate, Trump is handily winning state after state in the Republican primary election, prompting many of us to wonder how he can possibly be so popular. A country where a black man won the popular vote two elections in a row now has enough voters either embracing Trump’s racism or so willing to look past it that he is likely to snag the Republican Party’s nomination. It seems unreal.
The article continues by saying that in some ways "his popularity is a predictable end result of the politics of resentment that the Republican Party has stoked for years in order to win votes."
The GOP establishment has built up ideas about cutting government spending to individuals while boosting businesses through claims (proved false time and again) that jobs and other benefits trickle down to ordinary Americans. It has nurtured a large segment of the American population in this way, relying on social hot-button issues such as abortion to override personal economic hardship and to direct votes toward the party. But Republicans didn’t count on a Trump candidacy offering voters the demagoguery minus spending cuts. This is on them.
The writer then turns to the Democrats' role.
A choice between Sanders and Trump offers white voters the chance to choose inclusiveness over demagoguery in its most reductive terms. Indeed, progressive whites, in conjunction with voters of color (who tend to be progressive), already outnumber white swing voters. So it should not surprise us that in a Sanders-Trump matchup, Sanders would probably win. In fact, the latest CNN poll finds that “Sanders—who enjoys the most positive favorable rating of any presidential candidate in the field, according to the poll—tops all three Republicans (Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Marco Rubio] by wide margins.”
Posted by madfloridian | Thu Mar 3, 2016, 05:02 PM (14 replies)