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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

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Fine. I'll say it. I'll vote for Elizabeth Warren if she's the nominee.

With gusto! Damn, you bet!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 05:38 PM (38 replies)

The President is Powerless. Utterly Helpless.

There's a group of folks on DU that have been clamoring for our president to end his boundless infatuation with the bankers and wealth, to turn instead to helping the rest of America. (You know... us little people who voted him in to office.)

"But there's nothing he can do!!! He's utterly powerless!!! He needs Congress to do anything more!!!"

"Bull@#$%. The President of the US can do all kinds of things - he just needs to want to do them."

"No-no-no!!! Nothing can be done, nothing at all, only a MoleLibertarianRacistPuristFirebaggerRatFucker would suggest otherwise!!!"

So yesterday our president unilaterally signed a law that will make student loan debt more affordable for many folks. A few days ago, he unilaterally released prisoners from Gitmo.

Were new laws passed that allowed these things to happen? Nah. Instead, our president simply used the same power he's always had - he just decided he wanted to use it now, that's all.

That's really it. The President of the United States has extraordinary powers - if they want to use them. They can make good stuff happen, and they can apply enormous pressure to persuade bad actors in Congress to act responsibly.

If they want to.

If they want to.

When the time came for the Bush tax cuts to end, there was much gnashing of teeth: "We NEED to renew the cuts, the Republicans have us over a barrel! The world will end!" Yet when the Republicans threatened our president's own legacy achievement, ObamaCare, it was all "@#$% you Republicans, just try", the government got shut down and the Republicans folded in no time.

I appreciate that our president is starting a slow shift towards addressing the ever-deepening plight of the folks who don't have co-workers and/or family in the White House. I deeply appreciate it, and I hope it continues and expands. But can we end "The president is powerless! Powerless!" meme? It's utter nonsense.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 05:33 PM (3 replies)

Think it's so easy? Try it yourself.

Suppose that *you* were unceremoniously kicked out of the White House with only $8 million and possibly some good will generated by pardoning Marc Rich and giving Wall Street everything, just everything.

What parts of your life would *you* cut?

See? Not so easy!


Ready-For-Hillary Manny
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 10, 2014, 12:15 AM (87 replies)

I've changed my mind: now I'm Ready for Hillary!

Dear friend:

Hillary Clinton's searched her soul and concluded that her 2002 vote to invade Iraq was a mistake. I know - we all know - how difficult it is to admit to any mistake, and few of us will ever feel such remorse in our soul as Hillary must feel from that awful vote that caused such horror.

I believe that Hillary's change of heart humanizes her, shows us that she's big enough to think things through based on better information, rather than clinging blindly to previous positions out of stubbornness or insecurity. I respect that, as much as I respect Hillary's long history of fighting for the 99% and winning tough battles.

So, today, I find myself in the surprising position of throwing my support behind Hillary. Should she run for the 2016 presidency in 2028, I believe that she'll do a superb job of making the right decisions based on data from 12 years before, just as she's done on Iraq.

Until 2028? Since most Congressional Democrats voted the right way in 2002, perhaps we should try to make someone else the Democratic nominee in 2016.

Manny is... Ready for Hillary! (As soon as we have a time machine.)
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Jun 9, 2014, 01:45 PM (57 replies)

Hey Republicans: we lost the war, and it's your fault. Now we trade prisoners.

Republicans (with a bit of Democratic help) waged an unbelievably-stupid war against Afghanistan, totally ignoring the basic rules of how to win. Like they ignore all rules based on "facts" and "evidence". Wars are normally won by destroying the enemy's will to fight, by horrific and sickening destruction - think Sherman's March to the Sea and the firebombings of Germany and Japan.

Obama took a crack at winning the thing, ignoring those same rules, but finally realized it wasn't happening.

So we lost.

War's over.

Now we trade prisoners.

That's how it always works.

If you don't like losing wars, either don't start them, or fight them in a way that might win.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Jun 6, 2014, 08:07 AM (2 replies)

I *told* you things were changing!

Since Occupy, I've been prattling on about how the 99% are starting to wake up after 30 years of slumber and start paying attention.

Today is another milestone - Hillary now admits that her vote on the Iraq War Resolution was a mistake.

Now anyone who thinks about this stuff figured Hillary would go all Elizabeth Warren in public after completing her "I'll soon need to say stuff in public that I don't believe but don't worry!" victory lap of Wall Street. We knew that: she even mumbled "middle class" a few times in 2008, so this affectation was not without precedent.

But admitting that she got the war wrong (while most Congressional Democrats got it right)? That's new and unexpected, I gotta say, I'm impressed. Not impressed by Hillary, but by the pressure she must be feeling from her polling of the 99%. Clearly, they found we're mad as hell and are not going to believe utter bull#%^* anymore.

Good. Let's get mad, and let's get going... lots of work to do.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu Jun 5, 2014, 09:30 PM (154 replies)

Glenn Greenwald ain't no Libertarian, Part 2: Wall Street

(Second in a series on pervasive lies spewed on the Internet)

Rachel Maddow calls Glenn Greenwald "the American Left’s most fearless political commentator".

Bill Moyers says that Greenwald is ”the most important voice to have entered the political discourse in years.”.

Michael Moore says "The first thing I do when I turn on the computer in the morning is go to Glenn Greenwald’s blog to see what he said. He is truly one of our greatest writers right now."

Sounds like these folks think Greenwald's a Liberal - but others know better. A small but vocal group on the Internet is working 24/7 to let us know the truth: that Glenn Greenwald is in fact a Libertarian, and that his work is an existential threat to Democrats. That Greenwald attacks Democrats from the right because he's a far-right kook, not from the left because he's a Liberal.

Are Maddow, Moyers, and Moore mere rubes for the Koch brothers and Ron/Rand Paul? Is Greenwald truly a Libertarian bent on destroying what's left of good government, and turning the 99% into Soylent Green?

Yesterday we were shocked to find that Greenwald's stated views on Social Security and Medicare are substantially to the left of our Democratic president and many/most Democrats in Congress: he doesn't think these programs should be [strike]cut[/strike] strengthened, no way, no how. Sacrebleu! Doesn't sound very Libertarian!

Perhaps we'll have better luck today: let's review Greenwald's record on the regulations that fetter Wall Street, that prevent the creation of an Ayn Randian paradise on Earth. Surely Greenwald must be in favor of freeing the wealthy and powerful from their nanny-state chains, and is working tirelessly to keep them from being unfairly prosecuted by The Most Liberal President Ever, yes?

For your review, here's some of Greenwald's handiwork on the subject:

The Untouchables: How the Obama administration protected Wall Street from prosecutions

"Zero Accountability": Glenn Greenwald on Obama’s Refusal to Prosecute Wall Street Crimes

Immunity and impunity in elite America

And then there's these:

Larry Summers, Tim Geithner and Wall Street’s ownership of government

Another Goldman executive named to key government post as its profits skyrocket

The events preceding Goldman Sachs’ new “blowout profits” which starts In May, a former top IMF official noted: "the finance industry has effectively captured our government."

Sounds kind of... well, Liberal. Like that difficult woman from Massachusetts who somehow sneaked into the Senate.

Oh well, we seem to have struck out again today in proving Greenwald's Libertarian cred. Again, he appears to be a good bit more Liberal than our Democratic president and many/most Democratic members of Congress.

Of course, this hardly disproves that Greenwald is the result of a torrid 13 seconds between Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan in the bathroom at CBGBs - America is the land of baseball after all, it takes three strikes before we're out. Let's see if we can't nail Greenwald in our next installment. Or, maybe, just maybe, we'll find out that Greenwald ain't a Libertarian at all, that there's a group of people on the Internet who really, really really want us to know things that are simply crap.

Stay tuned.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 3, 2014, 11:37 PM (92 replies)

Elizabeth Warren's Greatest (Youtube) Hits

12/12/2014 - Sen. Warren takes the floor in the Senate to describe how Citigroup has co-opted the Executive branch of government, uses that power to pillage working Americans.


12/10/2014 - Sen. Warren Calls on Congress to Strike Repeal of Dodd-Frank Provision in Funding Bill - gobstopping overview of the crap getting pulled on us by Congress and our President. Citigroup is threatening to shut down the government unless they get the right to gamble using taxpayer money.


11/212014 - Senator Warren goes after NY Federal Reserve Chairman (and former Goldman Sachs exec, of course) William Dudley for the Fed's a culture of letting bankers have their way with the 99%:


11/19/2014 - Senator Warren Takes FHFA Director Mel Watt to task for blowing off his authority to reduce mortgage principals after promising, one year ago, to look into it. This would save hundreds of thousands of family homes from foreclosure.


A list of videos showing Sen. Warren in action, fighting for the 99%. (This is a work in progress... we'll be adding more videos over time)

3/29/2014 - The case for Elizabeth Warren for president, in 7 minutes:


6/19/2013 - Elizabeth Warren one of only four senators voting against Obama's choice for US Trade Representative, because he refuses to stop keeping negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership "free" trade agreement secret.


2/24/2013 - Elizabeth Warren shames bank "regulators" at her first Banking Committee meeting


4/29/2009 - Elizabeth Warren to Tim Geithner: Why treat banks better than the auto industry?

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 3, 2014, 05:50 PM (5 replies)

Glenn Greenwald ain't no Libertarian, Part 1: Defending Social Security and Medicare

(The first in a series on pervasive lies spewed on the Internet)

Glenn Greenwald is on record as opposing Obama's attempts to cut Social Security and Medicare, e.g.:

Reports: Obama pushing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

Obama and progressives: what will liberals do with their big election victory?

Defending entitlements: does that sound like a Libertarian? I don't think so.

Greenwald is a strong advocate for civil liberties, not a Libertarian.

So why do I care? Am I just a Greenwald fanboy?

I care because truth is important. Only the truth will get the 99% out of the crater we've allowed ourselves to get stuck in. When people on the Internet write that Greenwald is a Libertarian, know that they're either lying or ignorant. Either way, they are not truth tellers, and all information they supply should be treated with great skepticism.

By the way - this info comes from a DailyKos article, which was linked by madfloridian.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jun 3, 2014, 12:29 AM (243 replies)

Does smearing Snowden and Greenwald count as right-wing propaganda?

There was a poll yesterday in which DUers voted overwhelmingly (6 to 1!) that "promotion of rightwing propaganda is a per se violation of community standards", and thus offending posts should be hidden. And this makes sense to me - right wing nonsense should not be tolerated on DU.

My question: should sustained attacks on the messengers who carry important truths to us also be considered as right-wing propaganda? In particular, I'm thinking about the stuff that hijacks virtually every thread about Operation Spy on Everyone™, e.g., "Snowden sux!!! and should be in jail!" , and "Smearmaster Greenwald is a smearing Libertarian Paulite greed-head who was once in favor of the Iraq war***" After all, isn't this a standard right-wing technique to distract from discussing substantive issues?

***so were some, but by no means most, Congressional Democrats. But the same folks don't complain about that - instead we get a handful of "oh grow up" tossed at our heads.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun Jun 1, 2014, 10:34 PM (99 replies)
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