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Remind Republicans looking for Government Action of Ronald Reagan

Republicans looking for government to work and help them should be reminded that they idolized Reagan whose statement was the scariest statement was "I am from the government and here to help". The diseased tree that is Trump and MAGA has its seed in long standing Republican positions and policies. It is not just Trump that is incompetent, it is the underlying philosophy of Republicanism starting before Reagan but flowering in the Reagan years followed by the Tea Party that Government is a problem rather than a source of helping people and that the Private Sector can solve national problems that really require government.

It is not Trump, it is the Republican party. If they expect Government to solve this, they should be reminded that they should exorcise that bad strain from their soul.

Saying NO ONE likes or likes working with Bernie is a lie --- Proof

Yesterday in total bad faith, one of the people who posts a lot of OP and response posts a day always bashing Bernie said it was truth and his proof was that every senator didn't bow down, jump on a soapbox and refute the statement. Well that's an exaggeration but the point should be obvious. When its pointed out that millions of people actually love and support him including some that might not even vote for him, the goal posts change and obviously its just his peers and why didn't each of them take off from their lives to jump on a soapbox..

Well today, Senator Klobucher on the debate stage disagreed with Hillarys statement and said she likes and has worked with Bernie including citing a specific issue they worked closely together on. Are you going to call her a liar because she refused to back up a total smear. Amy is Bernie's opponent too and disagrees with his issues which is fine but she does not do what the people on this site do which is lie, smear and twist every single mention of Bernie. Have concerns, disagree with his issues, but do not lie. This isthe problem with Hillary's comments. If she had said, I am slightly biased because I just got out of a contentious election with him or even said she doesn't like him that would be fine. Instead she said NOONE likes him. Not even SOME PEOPLE. Hillary is definitely entitled to her opinion of Bernie and can even not want him to be the Democratic candidate. However, she did not do that. She smeared him

Now to get to more proof than Amy.

Bernie was one of the founders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus which is composed of Bernie's Peers .

Here are the other founding members U.S. Representatives Ron Dellums (D-CA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Thomas Andrews (D-ME), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Obviously these people wanted to work with him. To forestall attacks. Theyse six didn't like working with him and didn't like him so much that they made him the Chairman of the caucus. After that many more members of Congress joined a caucus headed by Bernie Sanders a person NOONE of them liked or wanted to work with including …Major Owens (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), David Bonior (D-MI), Bob Filner (D-CA), __________(D-MA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Patsy Mink (D-HI), George Miller (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), John Olver (D-MA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and ___________ (D-CA).

All fine progressive democrats who according to the people on this site are "NOONE". So obviously if they are to avoid being NOONE, they must have recognized pretty fast that they actually didn't like him and dont like working with him and history proves you are again correct. These fine democratic peers disliked Bernie so much that they made him chairman the next 7 years until he joined the Senate. Oh I forgot a few names Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank.

Hillary herself worked with Bernie and honestly thanked him for his hard work working with HER on health care. The recent problem with Hillary's comments are not that she said something but the fact that she deliberately exaggerated or lied with the purpose of smearing a leading candidate who may win the Primaries. If so, we need unity and popping in to smear someone with a lie (see above proofs that the use of NOONE is a lie). Its like thinking that everything your divorced friend says about his or her ex-spouse is 100% the truth. If you can not see that the use of NOONE turns something that is her experience and emotional belief into a total smear, you are being inauthentic.

So I hope that I do not see this lie again but know that is a false hope because there are many people on this site who may honestly be concerned that he is not electable and may honestly not like his policies vs some other candidate but all they actually do is lie and smear against him and people who like him, creating division in the Democratic Party. Support your own candidate, don't tear down others.

Noone likes him or wants to work with him is a Lie --- proof

Yesterday in total bad faith, one of the people who posts a lot of OP and response posts a day always bashing Bernie said it was truth and his proof was that every senator didn't bow down, jump on a soapbox and refute the statement. Well that's an exaggeration but the point should be obvious. When its pointed out that millions of people actually love and support him including some that might not even vote for him, the goal posts change and obviously its just his peers and why didn't each of them take off from their lives to jump on a soapbox..

Well today, Senator Klobucher on the debate stage disagreed with Hillarys statement and said she likes has worked with Bernie including citing a specific issue they worked closely together on. Are you going to call her a liar because she refused to back up a total smear. Amy is Bernie's opponent too and disagrees with his issues which is fine but she does not do what the people on this site do which is lie, smear and twist every single mention of Bernie. Have concerns, disagree with his issues, but do not lie. This isthe problem with Hillary's comments. If she had said, I am slightly biased because I just got out of a contentious election with him or even said she doesn't like him that would be fine. Instead she said NOONE likes him. Not even SOME PEOPLE. Hillary is definitely entitled to her opinion of Bernie and can even not want him to be the Democratic candidate. However, she did not do that. She smeared him

Now to get to more proof than Amy.

Bernie was one of the founders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus which is composed of Bernie's Peers .

Here are the other founding members U.S. Representatives Ron Dellums (D-CA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Thomas Andrews (D-ME), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Obviously these people wanted to work with him. To forestall attacks. Theyse six didn't like working with him and didn't like him so much that they made him the Chairman of the caucus. After that many more members of Congress joined a caucus headed by Bernie Sanders a person NOONE of them liked or wanted to work with including …Major Owens (D-NY), Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), David Bonior (D-MI), Bob Filner (D-CA), __________(D-MA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Patsy Mink (D-HI), George Miller (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), John Olver (D-MA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) and ___________ (D-CA).

All fine progressive democrats who according to the people on this site are "NOONE". So obviously if they are to avoid being NOONE, they must have recognized pretty fast that they actually didn't like him and dont like working with him and history proves you are again correct. These fine democratic peers disliked Bernie so much that they made him chairman the next 7 years until he joined the Senate. Oh I forgot a few names Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank.

Hillary herself worked with Bernie and honestly thanked him for his hard work working with HER on health care. The recent problem with Hillary's comments are not that she said something but the fact that she deliberately exaggerated or lied with the purpose of smearing a leading candidate who may win the Primaries. If so, we need unity and popping in to smear someone with a lie (see above proofs that the use of NOONE is a lie). Its like thinking that everything your divorced friend says about his or her ex-spouse is 100% the truth. If you can not see that the use of NOONE turns something that is her experience and emotional belief into a total smear, you are being inauthentic.

So I hope that I do not see this lie again but know that is a false hope because there are many people on this site who may honestly be concerned that he is not electable and may honestly not like his policies vs some other candidate but all they actually do is lie and smear against him and people who like him, creating division in the Democratic Party. Support your own candidate, don't tear down others.

Would a viral poll against all Aquiting Senators help

Any tech person savvy enough to start one outside DU. Thinking it would simply contain a vow to vote against or contribute against any Senator voting to convict. Right now they are eatimating the fact of trump retaliation against possible voter reaction. If a poll went viral it might really show that the threat of Trump is less than the threat of voters. I am thinking of how the last episode of game of thronea got 3million signatures against the showrunners There were various public defenses but in fact star wars terminated their gig with star wars.

You dont need the Senate to Call Witnesses

The house continues to have constitutional investigative powers and oversight totally independant of the Senate Impeachment farce

If the Senate fails to call witnesses, the House should hold a press conference that very day saying the oversight committees will call the same witnesses to testify in open session. The Senate and McConnell can not say anything since its not in the Senate.

Now it wont be impeachment testimony but it will be public and Democratic pundits can say that even though the Senate refuses to obey its constitutional duty, the American People will still receive the information about their government that we deserve.

Let's be clear. If Hillary loses the General. The responsibility is on her primary voters

There has been ample evidence that she was and is a risk in the General Election to lose to a republican. No candidate is perfect but people (like me) have been warning that Hillary is a risk for a while now ever since she became a candidate again. Polls showed that she would or could have problems against moderate republicans.

She, we and the democratic party got very lucky that the Republican establishment was not able to get their disliked front running candidate (Trump) out of the race. We did the opposite. The democratic party insiders desperately wanted our front running establishment candidate with high unfavorables to win. We could have selected someone with better favorables and with less problems if the early process had not looked so locked up so we could have had other candidates. Biden seems similar to Hillary policy wise but does not have her baggage. If it really looked like an open primary we might have got Warren to run which would have united a lot of parts of the Democratic Party. However we did not. We seem to be left with Hillary.

Trump is the only candidate in history who has had higher unfavorables and net unfavorables than Hillary. If Hillary wins she will be very lucky that Trump is her opponent. However, it is not a foregone conclusion. She tends to have her unfavorables increase the longer she is showing publically. It will be difficult for her to change that especially if some of the foundation and email stuff explodes. It is not certain that Trump can not change his unfavorables somewhat since he seems more of an actor than a politician.

Turning solely to Hillary as a candidate.

Hillary has high unfavorables, generates little excitement in the young and energizes the republican base. She is very intelligent but has a long history of being surrounded by scandal both real and purely created by the Republican hit machine. However, she also brings some of the problems on herself with equivocating, flip flopping and lying as a candidate and has hidden her relationship with corporate america. Most people who plan to run for president do not solicit donations and big money from corporations that they hope to regulate in a few years. It is a problem to have a cozy and personally lucrative business relationship with wall street in a party that is suspicious of the role of wall street in our economy.

We, on the left side of the party, are really left to hope she is a good liberal and will protect social security, not flip flop back on the TPP, really support a more robust minimum wage. Her image is problematic and hated by republicans but some of her votes are distrusted by the left side of the democratic party. She voted for the Iraq War, supported Doma, the bankruptcy bill, cluster bombs. She introduced a bill on flag burning. These worry the leftists in her own party which is not a great place for a candidate who needs all people in her party to support her. Her relative inauthenticity and the war vote are two of the the reasons she lost in 2008 to a relative newbie to politics although one with great political gifts and has lost 45% of the primary to an older leftist senator.

All the people who advocated for her and voted for her in the primary bear the responsibility if she loses. If she loses do not try to shift responsibility to people who do not later vote for her. She is a candidate that against our advice you supported as our standard bearer. Hopefully she can win against trump. She would have a hard time if the Republicans could have nominated a better candidate but we got lucky. However if she loses you take responsibility for voting for her. Do not blame the people who thought she was a bad candidate and wanted someone else who polls say is a better candidate against the republicans.

You can start by taking responsibility now rather than setting it up so you will blame Bernie people, young people, leftists, people not voting You have told us that she is a candidate who can win. If she does not its on YOU.

Pursuing principled bills that pin Republicans to a position is one way Bernie will progress us

For some reason the Hillary supporters attacking Bernie think the world will stop or at least Obamacare will end if Bernie submits or has a congressperson propose a single payer system against Republican and corporate Democratic party opposition. I am not sure they know that just means that vote is defeated.

However, it has a lot of benefits. It causes media debate which fosters information. Further and more importantly it reassures the base of the Politicians beliefs and that the Politician is fighting for him and it pins down the opposition. In future elections it becomes an issue and a basis of support for the party. Single payer is supported by the American People. Putting it up and losing because the Republicans will vote against anything Bernie does in the first few years or maybe even in his whole first term is part of the process of building public support for a party and a movement.

Secondly, the Hillary supporters seem to think that if you put a vote up for a vote and it loses, you can never do it again. Bernie and the progressive democrats in congress can put it to a vote every week. This by itself has the same good results put up above.

If you think this is just words. Please note that this is exactly what happens in the Republican party. Not saying that their principles are correct but they have a much better understanding of long term strategy then the mushy centrists of the current Democratic Party leadership. Reagan did not come out of a vacuum. Republicans lost election after election but kept consistent messaging until they are in a position to enact what they want. In fact, when Reagan ran, he was considered a joke. Nixon lost multiple times till he won. Republicans have much better understanding of the valude of consistent messaging over time even though their principles are consistently wrong.

You can even see this now in Congress. There is a reason that the Republicans put a repeal Obamacare bill up to vote every few weeks and it was one of Ryan's first acts as speaker. It is NOT because they think it has any chance of success. They know even if passed, Obama would veto it. So why do they do it. Its because its valuable for the Republican base and the Hillary supporters clearly do not understand this when their main line of attack is that Bernie's programs will be opposed and clearly voted down by the current Republican Congress.

What the Rich Always Say

When faced with income inequality questions. There are a number of responses.

HRC just faced that question in regard to the amount of money she made recently from speeches.

Her answer was to say what all rich people say: paraphrased it was something like The American People like success, they just dont want people to pull up the ladders after they are successful. We want everyone to have that success.

This is pure cop out on the question of inequality. The fact is I think most people do and should begrudge the quality of the reward given for the type of "success" she was talking about. One of the major problems with our country and its economics is that it is all about top level success and unlimited rewards for that type of success versus the lack of a decent life for the people who either have problems or do not stand out.

This disparity between success and failure is a big part of what we mean when we think of income inequality. This aspect is reflected in those great recent studies comparing peoples views of ideal distribution, actual distribution, and how they think wealth and income is currently distributed. In those studies, most Americans have no idea of the actual wealth distribution of the Country. I think this is partially understandable. From our earliest days we are taught an economic model that is based on unlimited potential and growth. It is hard for humans to deal with adverse facts that such models do not work when presented with reality. We have cognitive dissonance on areas where such models do not work such as income inequality and global climate change.

I will give HRC credit in one area. She hit on the right words for what our goals should be. For years, the corporate capitalist meme in addressing inequality has been "equal opportunity". However, as a logical construct, you could have inequality and yet have it be equal. Everyone has a chance to be one of the 1% who own everything, the rest just get to have nothing. However, everyone has an equal opportunity to be one of the elites.

In her speech, HRC used the phrase "shared prosperity" which i think is a much better goal for progressive people. It is not about mobility or opportunity or success, it really is about sharing our economic prosperity as computers, trade, increased productivity remove american workers from the wealth building equation.

However, you are not sharing prosperity if you then give the standard form answer about success and ladders. Such answers to shared prosperity have been used for years but are absolutely devoid of any content or solution. We can not reward all of society the way the 1% is rewarded in this Country. Leaving ladders in place so a few can have a good life is not the answer. Shared prosperity is not about competition for a few success slots. It should not be the goal to have all of our children compete to be one of those 1% successful people. Shared prosperity should mean what the words connote. We all share in the progress of our economic system in producing goods and services that increase quality of life for human beings.

The problem I have with HRC is I think that competition is exactly what she thinks shared prosperity means.

A Good Response to the TPP

The Arbitration Provisions of the TPP are the most controversial. They allow a corporation to sue in an international tribunal in front of corporate lawyers (who also are free to bring such cases) for changes in law that might affect profits.

The only defenses so far have been a claim that the US has not lost such cases although that could certainly change as we engage capital exporting countries.

Regardless, the best answer is that changes in law, like changes in costs, are risks that are part of the investment decision. Why should tax payers bail out investors for risks that the investor should consider in deciding whether to invest. Investors profits can be reduced for all sorts of reasons beyond their control .... increases in energy costs ... competition .... natural disasters.

There is no reason we should not put risks of changes in laws that affect potential profit on the Investor. If a country sees fit to add worker protections or environmental laws after the investment and it loses the investor all or some money, that should be one of the risks the investor is being paid for when he invests.

It occurs right now in third world investments where investors demand higher returns if they believe a country is instable. Let them price risk of legal change themselves rather than put it on the back of taxpayers after the fact.
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