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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 09:44 AM
Number of posts: 34,589

Journal Archives

At what point is a self-proclaimed "Democrat" not a Democrat?

Are there any bondaries to what constitutes a Democrat? If so, what are they?

Does being a Democrat require certain core beliefs and a track record compatible with those beliefs, or is politics just "color war" - choose a color and start fighting?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 11:15 PM (121 replies)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): are you in favor or against?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 03:11 PM (32 replies)

Van Jones: Hillary Is "Blowing" It; Watch Out For Elizabeth Warren

Van Jones: Hillary Is "Blowing" It; Watch Out For Elizabeth Warren

VAN JONES: But, you know, I feel badly because I actually like her a lot. But I think she's blowing it. And I think she's actually emboldening -- if I were Elizabeth Warren or if I were Schweitzer, I would be sharpening my pencils and getting ready to go because I think she comes across badly.

I wonder, and you've been in public life and you know it's tough, I wonder if she tries to come back from some of these injuries, that there's not still a sense of aggrievement there that she sometimes creeps into her comment.

Et tu, Van?
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 26, 2014, 12:27 AM (49 replies)

Casino repeal will be on the Mass. ballot!

The enlightened folks on the Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that casino repeal can be on the ballot!

Let's keep the damned things out of our Commonwealth!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 06:40 PM (7 replies)

Hillary and Bill earned every penny they have.

Much gnashing of teeth over the Inevitable One's storehouses full of cash. Since when is it a crime to be very wealthy? Hell, FDR was wealthy. George Washington was possibly the wealthiest man in America.

The problem isn't the Clinton's money, per se. Here's what is the problem:

First off, their money comes in huge torrents from the people Bill unchained so they could financially brutalize the 99%, and to whom Hillary is trying to gift the TPP and other outrageous stuff. It's blood money. Our blood, and the blood of our children.

Second, saying that an ex-President is broke might be technically correct, but it's truly wrong. Another "it depends on what the definition of is, is".

Finally, Hillary and Bill have a history of prevarication on topics great and small. People easily assume that Hillary's trying to mislead them again, at this point few will give her the benefit of the doubt.

It ain't the money: it's the bull@#$%.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 24, 2014, 11:56 AM (173 replies)

How do *you* feel about fuckety-fuckin' fuck sprayed across DU?

Not just fuck, of course. Also the other stuff that would have gotten my mouth washed out with soap if I'd said them as a child.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sat Jun 21, 2014, 10:28 PM (77 replies)

Eric Cantor stopped the Grand Bargaining. What now?

I just had an ugly thought. Back in 2011 it was Eric Cantor who stopped the Grand Bargain deal to cut $200 billion from Social Security and raise the Medicare eligibility age by two years. He stopped it because it included a modest tax hike on the wealthy.

Now that Cantor's gone... hopefully Congressional Democrats are a little more Liberal today and can fend off another round of this garbage.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 20, 2014, 10:24 PM (4 replies)

The return of Fitzmas.

There is talk of Governor's Walker and Christie being prosecuted. I think that's pretty unlikely. Perhaps you've noticed that top-tier Republicans are (like bankers) a protected class in today's DOJ, and among law enforcement in general. They get the "look forward, not backward" treatment.

I hope I'm wrong.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 20, 2014, 01:07 PM (9 replies)

My 11 rules for fixing America

1. Bring back the draft. Every man and woman for a couple of years, say starting at 18. No deferments. Don't send my kid into an insane war while your kid goes to Wall Street, #%^* you.
2. Politicians must recuse themselves from decisions, votes, or statements on military action unless they have a close family member in the military, in a role that's likely to see combat in a conflict
3. Politicians may not become lobbyists, nor may they earn more than $250,000 per year after leaving office. Ever.
4. Reinstate Glass-Steagall. Because it worked fine for more than half a century, until it was repealed. Then everything started to suck.
5. Unions, unions, unions. Make unions mandatory for all non-managerial positions, unless employees vote to not unionize. Or something like that. The 99% will never have power without unions.
6. Tariffs. It should be no cheaper to manufacture in corrupt, polluting microwage countries than to manufacture in the US.
7. Reinstate the tax structure of the 1950s. Compared to today, the wealthiest paid 3x, the middle class paid half. It worked great.
8. Socialized medicine, or at least single payer. An extra 8 cents of every dollar we spend on anything in the US goes to the excessive costs of our failed medical system. It's sick.
9. Bring back the old personal bankruptcy law that Joe Biden and his buddies #%^*ed with to make some more shekels for their banker patrons.
10. Make food, housing, and medical care basic rights guaranteed by our government.
11. End dependence on fossil fuels in a decade. We can do it.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. They're probably not quite right, but not so far off.

I'm sick, utterly sick, of the total corruption, dysfunction and bull#%^* in our country. We used to be a great country. Now, between the bankers, the Third Way and rightwing loons, we've turned into a steaming load of manure, and it has to stop.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 18, 2014, 10:11 PM (74 replies)

Anyone here involved in the Berwick campaign?

I'm thinking of lending a hand - Massachusetts deserves an FDR Liberal at the helm.

Looking for information; the last campaign I got involved with was a frustrating disaster, I'm hoping Berwick's is better!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 18, 2014, 09:31 AM (2 replies)
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