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FDR Populist Progressive who believes the environment trumps all. We\'re sinking the only ship we\'ve got, and govt leaders are ignoring it.

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Yup.

We need to do that.

I see that happening. Many of us do.

Here's Robert Reich, a very cool look into a possible future~

How the Peoples Party Prevailed in 2020
MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016

Third parties have rarely posed much of a threat to the dominant two parties in America. So how did the People’s Party win the U.S. presidency and a majority of both houses of Congress in 2020?

It started four years before, with the election of 2016.

As you remember, Donald Trump didn’t have enough delegates to become the Republican candidate, so the GOP convention that summer was “brokered” – which meant the Party establishment took control, and nominated the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

Trump tried to incite riots but his “I deserve to be president because I’m the best person in the world!” speech incited universal scorn instead, and he slunk off the national stage (his last words, shouted as he got into his stretch limousine, were “Fu*ck you, America!”)

On the Democratic side, despite a large surge of votes for Bernie Sanders in the final months of the primaries, Hillary Clinton’s stable of wealthy donors and superdelegates put her over the top.

Both Republican and Democratic political establishments breathed palpable sighs of relief, and congratulated themselves on remaining in control of the nation’s politics.

They attributed Trump’s rise to his fanning of bigotry and xenophobia, and Sanders’s popularity to his fueling of left-wing extremism.

They conveniently ignored the deeper anger in both camps about the arbitrariness and unfairness of the economy, and about a political system rigged in favor of the rich and privileged.

And they shut their eyes to the anti-establishment fury that had welled up among independents, young people, poor and middle-class Democrats, and white working-class Republicans.

So they went back to doing what they had been doing before. Establishment Republicans reverted to their old blather about the virtues of the “free market,” and establishment Democrats returned to their perennial call for “incremental reform.”

And Wall Street, big corporations, and a handful of billionaires resumed pulling the strings of both parties to make sure regulatory agencies didn’t have enough staff to enforce rules, and to pass the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Establishment politicians also arranged to reduce taxes on big corporations and simultaneously increase federal subsidies to them, expand tax loopholes for the wealthy, and cut Social Security and Medicare to pay for it all. (“Sadly, we have no choice,” said the new President, who had staffed the White House and Treasury with Wall Streeters and corporate lobbyists, and filled boards and commissions with corporate executives).

Meanwhile, most Americans continued to lose ground.

Even before the recession of 2018, most families were earning less than they’d earned in 2000, adjusted for inflation. Businesses continued to shift most employees off their payrolls and into “on demand” contracts so workers had no idea what they’d be earning from week to week. And the ranks of the working poor continued to swell.

At the same time, CEO pay packages grew even larger, Wall Street bonus pools got fatter, and a record number of billionaires were becoming multi-billionaires.

Then, of course, came the recession, along with bank losses requiring another round of bailouts. The Treasury Secretary, a former managing director of Morgan Stanley, expressed shock and outrage, explaining the nation had no choice and vowing to “get tough” on the banks once the crisis was over.

Politics abhors a vacuum. In 2019, the People’s Party filled it.

Its platform called for getting big money out of politics, ending “crony capitalism,” abolishing corporate welfare, stopping the revolving door between government and the private sector, and busting up the big Wall Street banks and corporate monopolies.

The People’s Party also pledged to revoke the Trans Pacific Partnership, hike taxes on the rich to pay for a wage subsidy (a vastly expanded Earned Income Tax Credit) for everyone earning below the median, and raise taxes on corporations that outsource jobs abroad or pay their executives more than 100 times the pay of typical Americans.

Americans rallied to the cause. Millions who called themselves conservatives and Tea Partiers joined with millions who called themselves liberals and progressives against a political establishment that had shown itself incapable of hearing what they had been demanding for years.

The rest, as they say, is history.

http://robertreich.org/

Rigged race means Hillary takes more delegates in Bernie’s Wyoming win

April 9, 2016 | 4:44pm | Updated
Rigged race means Hillary takes more delegates in Bernie’s Wyoming win



Bernie Sanders won again Saturday — and still lost.


The Vermont senator took ­Wyoming by an impressive 12 percentage-point margin in statewide caucuses, beating Clinton 56-44 percent. But under the Democratic party’s oddball delegate system, Sanders’ winning streak — he has won seven out of the past eight contests — counts for little.

In fact, despite his win, he splits the Wyoming’s 14 pledged delegates 7 to 7 under the caucus calculus.

Clinton, meanwhile, also gets the state’s four superdelegates — who already pledged their allegiance to her in January. So despite “losing,” she triumphs 11-7 in the delegate tally.

Of the 500 superdelegates who have announced whom they’re supporting, 469 say they’re for Clinton.

That makes Sanders’ win in the Cowboy State and in caucuses and primaries across the country little more than a morale boost — and maybe a cruel joke to his ­ardent young supporters.

Meanwhile, both candidates turned their attentions to New York’s April 19 primary, and its trove of 291 delegates.

In city appearances, Clinton shied away from a slice of Junior’s cheesecake and Brooklyn-born Sanders touted his borough bona fides.

“I hope that New York state will help lead this country into the political revolution,” the Vermont senator told a cheering crowd of 700 mostly Hispanic and black voters at the United Palace of Cultural Arts in Washington Heights.

The crowd booed when Sanders said that New York is “Secretary Clinton’s adopted home state.”

“That’s not a crime,” Sanders joked in response.

“So if we can win here, it opens the door to victory to the White House,” he said, saying that a high voter turnout on April 19, when New York’s 291 delegates will be allocated, could vault him past the front-runner. Current polling averages have Clinton in the lead in New York by 13 points.

........snip..........

http://nypost.com/2016/04/09/bernie-sanders-wins-democratic-caucuses-in-wyoming/


It IS rigged, like our economy, like our financial industry, like our foreign policy, like our privatizing public services, like our monopolized industries killing entrepreneurship, like our unfair "free trade" deals, like our media. (Thus the crappy link.)

Its a "cruel joke" to more of US than just the young supporters.

This is HILARIOUS - Pundits are just STUMPED SILLY that some things are more imp

than politics.

I WISH I could embed this video. If someone can, please do!

Jeff Weaver on Bernie Sanders’ Vatican Trip: Some Things Are More Important Than Politics

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/videos/2016-04-08/jeff-weaver-bernie-sanders-won-t-cancel-vatican-trip

Jeff Weaver just tells it like it is, "Some things are more important than politics." Their jaded view of the world just can't believe it.

"This is inexplicable to me"





While they absolutely positively cannot understand how Bernie could leave for a couple of days before the NY Primary, Bernie manages to schedule THREE rallies on ONE day in NY.

That day is TODAY!

Bernie Sanders Plans Rallies In Manhattan, Bronx And Queens For Saturday, 4/9
http://gothamist.com/2016/04/08/bernie_sanders_plans_rallies_in_man.php

He's just amazing.

I hope he gets to meet the Pope. It would be so incredible for him.

Bernie Sanders Nearly Catches Up With Hillary In California

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – California’s Democratic primary this June is no longer a sure thing for frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The latest Field Poll finds Clinton has lost almost all of her once-massive lead over Bernie Sanders.

Less than a year ago, Clinton led Sanders in the Field Poll 66 percent to nine percent.

Three months ago, Sanders had whittled her lead down to 11 points.

Now Clinton leads 47 percent to 41 percent, a margin of just six points.

“Hillary Clinton is ahead, but not by much,” Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo told KCBS.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/04/08/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-democratic-primary-field-poll/






By early June, I'm guessing even more people will be Feeling the Bern in Sunny CA!!

http://feelthebern.org/

Sanders and his supporters understand something critical...

Excerpt from~

The Problem With Hillary Clinton Isn’t Just Her Corporate Cash. It’s Her Corporate Worldview.
The Nation
By Naomi KleinTwitterYESTERDAY 4:47 PM

....Very Large Snip....


Hillary Clinton and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2014. (Reuters / Shannon Stapleton)

......To understand this worldview, one need look no further than the foundation at which Hillary Clinton works and which bears her family name. The mission of the Clinton Foundation can be distilled as follows: There is so much private wealth sloshing around our planet (thanks in very large part to the deregulation and privatization frenzy that Bill Clinton unleashed on the world while president), that every single problem on earth, no matter how large, can be solved by convincing the ultra-rich to do the right things with their loose change. Naturally, the people to convince them to do these fine things are the Clintons, the ultimate relationship brokers and dealmakers, with the help of an entourage of A-list celebrities.

.......Another Very Large Snip......

Sanders and his supporters understand something critical: It won’t all be win-win. For any of this to happen, fossil-fuel companies, which have made obscene profits for many decades, will have to start losing. And losing more than just the tax breaks and subsidies that Clinton is promising to cut. They will also have to lose the new drilling and mining leases they want; they’ll have to be denied permits for the pipelines and export terminals they very much want to build. They will have to leave trillions of dollars’ worth of proven fossil-fuel reserves in the ground.

Meanwhile, if solar panels proliferate on rooftops, big power utilities will lose a significant portion of their profits, since their former customers will be in the energy-generation business. This would create opportunities for a more level economy and, ultimately, for lower utility bills—but once again, some powerful interests will have to lose (which is why Warren Buffett’s coal-fired utility in Nevada has gone to war against solar).


A president willing to inflict these losses on fossil-fuel companies and their allies needs to be more than just not actively corrupt. That president needs to be up for the fight of the century—and absolutely clear about which side must win. Looking at the Democratic primary, there can be no doubt about who is best suited to rise to this historic moment.



The good news? He just won Wisconsin. And he isn’t following anyone’s guidelines for good behavior.

Please read in full here~
http://www.thenation.com/article/the-problem-with-hillary-clinton-isnt-just-her-corporate-cash-its-her-corporate-worldview/

Top Hillary Clinton Campaign Fundraiser Lobbies for Offshore Drilling in Israel

DeSmogBlog
April 7, 2016

Top Hillary Clinton Campaign Fundraiser Lobbies for Offshore Drilling in Israel



Jackson Dunn, a lobbyist employed by FTI Consulting subsidiary FTI Government Affairs and a top-level campaign finance bundler for Hillary Clinton's presidential run, lobbied throughout 2014 and 2015 for offshore drilling off the coast of Israel on behalf of Noble Energy.

The finding by DeSmog comes days after an irritated Clinton told an activist for Greenpeace USA, that she was “so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me” with regards to her coziness to lobbyists and fossil fuel campaign cash.

Dunn, according to his FTI biography, formerly worked for the Bill Clinton White House as the point man for the “business community’s support of President Clinton’s economic and trade agenda.”



The lobbying disclosure forms confirm that Dunn lobbied the White House and State Department on developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, which is where Noble's top energy assets offshore in Israel sit.

Noble recently faced a major setback in Israel with the Supreme Court ruling that the contractual agreement the company landed with the Israeli government was illegal and akin to a monopoly. The court gave the company and Israel up to a year to negotiate a new deal.

http://littlesis.org/maps/1238-fti-consulting-and-hillary-clinton/embedded

....snip...

Read in full~
http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/04/07/hillary-clinton-campaign-fundraiser-offshore-drilling-israel




Also~
Forty lobbyist bundlers raised a collective $2,075,344.60 for the Democratic candidate — nine times more than the $228,400 that eight lobbyist bundlers raised for Republican candidate Jeb Bush.

Clinton’s top bundler by far was Jackson Dunn of FTI Consulting, who raised $231,544. Dunn lobbies on behalf of Dow Chemical, MasterCard, Noble Energy and PepsiCo, according to lobbying records.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/07/16/lobbyists-bundle-2-million-for-hillary-clinton/


And her recent statement about China...more bs...

Teneo, which maintains offices in Dubai and Beijing, was founded in 2011 by former State Department official and Hillary 2008 fundraiser Declan Kelly, as well as former Clinton aide Douglas Band and Paul Keary, former senior managing director of FTI Consulting, a global consulting firm specializing in China.

FTI’s man in Washington, Jackson Dunn, served as an aide to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as to former Sen. John Kerry, who succeeded Hillary at State. Teneo’s “intelligence CEO” is James Shinn, a former Pentagon official focused on China.

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/hillary-huma-abedin-teneo-conflicts-of-interest/


But then, Mr Dunn loves China, like his buddy Bill~

In the Clinton White House, Jackson Dunn was associate director of public liaison, coordinating the business community’s support of President Clinton’s economic and trade agenda, including the successful efforts to pass the New Markets Initiative and to secure PNTR for the People’s Republic of China.

http://www.fticonsulting.com/our-people/jackson-dunn


Scared Of President Trump? Then You Should Really Feel The Bern


By Liam McLoughlin on April 7, 2016

Scared Of President Trump? Then You Should Really Feel The Bern


...snip....

........Candidate favourability ratings are also indicative. On average Clinton has a net favourability rating of -14. Unless the general election suddenly deploys golf scoring, this seems like bad news for Clinton 2016. Sanders’s score is +6.

.... The piece discusses the main reasons why Clinton is the worst possible opponent to Trump, and why Sanders would fare so much better. The key point is while Trump struggles on policy, he specializes in personal attack politics. Clinton’s background is Trump’s wet dream:

“She gives him an endless amount to work with. The emails, Benghazi, Whitewater, Iraq, the Lewinsky scandal, Chinagate, Travelgate, the missing law firm records, Jeffrey Epstein, Kissinger, Marc Rich, Haiti, Clinton Foundation tax errors, Clinton Foundation conflicts of interest, “We were broke when we left the White House,” Goldman Sachs…

There is enough material in Hillary Clinton’s background for Donald Trump to run with six times over.”

In contrast, by all accounts Sanders is the cleanest politician in American politics.

Trump would have little dirt to work with and be forced into humiliating policy debates with Sanders, who will play “world’s greatest statesman” to Trump’s “world’s greatest prank”.

Add to this the fact we are living in increasingly anti-establishment times and Trump, bewilderingly for a man with immense inherited wealth, plays this card very well. His populist attacks against Clinton as the establishment candidate would hurt her, but do nothing against our man Bernie.

I should also mention the FBI criminal investigation into the mishandling of classified materials on Clinton’s private email server, which could derail her campaign at any moment. ...

....snip....Setting aside this pretty realistic nightmare scenario, the mainstream media and your Clintonite friends will quote electability and pragmatism at you ad nauseam, mainly because the moral case for Bernie over Hillary is undeniable. Clearly even on the pragmatic front they are clutching at establishment straws.



...snip...

With Democratic control of both houses, Bernie would actually get loads done. As a tease, please enjoy this list of Sanders’ progressive policies that could well become reality. They range from tackling income inequality, to free college education, universal healthcare, attacking political corruption, seeking racial justice, empowering First Nations peoples, pivoting away from militarism to diplomacy and seriously addressing climate change.

You may hope for greater equality on a peaceful, liveable planet.

You may just fear seeing the White House renamed Trump Tower 8.

Either way the pragmatic course of action is to Feel the God Damn Bern.



https://newmatilda.com/2016/04/07/scared-of-president-trump-then-you-should-really-feel-the-bern/

Thom agrees & makes some good points about the exchange.




If you actually read it and not the spin from the HRC camp, its clear how sane & decent Bernie is & what a GREAT president he'd be for US.



Written transcript

About Hillary's "Media Matters" and "Blue Nation Review"

We've learned much about these "media" outlets thanks to our excellent DUers' posts here.

But some of the following SuperPAC info was new to me, so in the interest of sharing more & for the sake of transparency about the fake news sources....

"Correct The Record" is a SuperPAC for Hillary which spun off from American Bridge. American Bridge doesn't have to reveal its donors so it doesn't. It also gives "donations" to another Hillary SuperPAC which does have to reveal donors. So it just lists American Bridge as a donor, and the secret donors can be assured their anonymity will remain in tact. (see link below)

12/2015 -

....snip.....

Correct the Record was originally part of the American Bridge super PAC, but was spun off in May 2015 to be its own super PAC. It’s headed by Brad Woodhouse, the past president of American Bridge 21st Century and former communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Correct the Record is located in the same offices as Media Matters and American Bridge; as National Journal pointed out, “When long­time Demo­crat­ic op­er­at­ive Brad Wood­house left his job head­ing one su­per PAC to lead an­oth­er, he didn’t even change desks.” Most of Correct the Record’s staff used to work at the super PAC arm of American Bridge, according to FEC filings.

The FEC has stated that it only regulates Internet activity when it is “communication placed on another person’s website for a fee.” So, Correct the Record says it actually can communicate with the campaign because all of its activity is on its own website. (This underscores the so-called "Internet “blind spot” that we pointed out a couple weeks ago.)

In theory, Correct the Record could coordinate with the campaign, then coordinate with the other super PACs. We don’t know if that is true, and even if it was, it’s doubtful the FEC would do anything about it. But Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan has described the group’s activity as “creating new ways to undermine campaign regulation.”

The New York Times has reported that Brock, who officially left American Bridge for Correct the Record when it was formed, is “focused on paying attention to the activities of Correct the Record and Media Matters, which will play the biggest role in defending Mrs. Clinton throughout the campaign.”

Since it was formed in May, Correct the Record has raised $1.4 million from some of the same donors as American Bridge — big donors Steve Silberstein, Joan Cooney and Barbara Lee have donated to both. Correct the Record was only active for about a month before its first and only FEC filing, so we’ll know more about their finances in January. (Yes, super PACs go six months without divulging donor information some years.) The Clinton campaign itself is Correct the Record’s single biggest contributor, at $275,615.

Correct the Record also has a joint fundraising committee with Priorities USA, called American Priorities, but it’s raised no money and spent only $1,200.

.......snip.......

In interest of transparency: Libby Watson, who contributed to writing this post, was formerly an employee of Media Matters.

https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2015/12/03/behind-the-clinton-campaign-dark-money-allies/

A Quick Dip Into the Deep, Well-funded Dark Money of Hillary's SuperPACs

Hillary has TEN SuperPACs backing her run for president~

Ready for Hillary PAC (hybrid super PAC)
Ready PAC (hybrid super PAC, formerly Ready for Hillary)
Hillary for America (candidate PAC)
Priorities USA Action (super PAC)
Correct the Record (super PAC)
American Bridge 21st Century (super PAC)
American Bridge 21st Century Foundation (501(c)(4))
American Independent Institute (501(c)(4))
Media Matters (501(c)(3))
The Bonner Group


Greenpeace found “$3,250,000 in donations from large donors connected to the fossil fuel industry to Priorities Action USA,” the main Super PAC backing Clinton’s campaign.

Hillary has been actively coordinating with this superPAC.

See~Hillary Clinton Says She Does Not Coordinate With Super PAC She Reportedly Raised Money For

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/hillary-clinton-says-she-does-not-coordinate-super-pac-she-reportedly-raised-money


AND, here is a list of the BIG MONEY donors attempting to purchase our govt through Priorities Action USA~
https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/pacgave2.php?cmte=C00495861&cycle=2016

***********

THEN, we have the interesting transition of "Ready for Hillary" to "Ready PAC".

Ready for Hillary raised $77 MILLION before she even announced. Which means that she could legally raise money with the superpac that wasn't officially a superpac yet because she hadn't become a candidate yet. It was after she announced, the transition to Ready PAC occurred.

https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2015/12/01/super-pacs-dark-money-and-the-hillary-clinton-campaign-part-1/

***********

ALSO worth noting, Clinton herself is SuperPAC "Correct The Record" biggest contributer, as pointed out in the following article~

Correct the Record was originally part of the American Bridge super PAC, but was spun off in May 2015 to be its own super PAC. It’s headed by Brad Woodhouse, the past president of American Bridge 21st Century and former communications director of the Democratic National Committee. Correct the Record is located in the same offices as Media Matters and American Bridge; as National Journal pointed out, “When long­time Demo­crat­ic op­er­at­ive Brad Wood­house left his job head­ing one su­per PAC to lead an­oth­er, he didn’t even change desks.” Most of Correct the Record’s staff used to work at the super PAC arm of American Bridge, according to FEC filings.

The FEC has stated that it only regulates Internet activity when it is “communication placed on another person’s website for a fee.” So, Correct the Record says it actually can communicate with the campaign because all of its activity is on its own website. (This underscores the so-called "Internet “blind spot” that we pointed out a couple weeks ago.)

In theory, Correct the Record could coordinate with the campaign, then coordinate with the other super PACs. We don’t know if that is true, and even if it was, it’s doubtful the FEC would do anything about it. But Campaign Legal Center’s Paul Ryan has described the group’s activity as “creating new ways to undermine campaign regulation.”


The New York Times has reported that Brock, who officially left American Bridge for Correct the Record when it was formed, is “focused on paying attention to the activities of Correct the Record and Media Matters, which will play the biggest role in defending Mrs. Clinton throughout the campaign.”

Since it was formed in May, Correct the Record has raised $1.4 million from some of the same donors as American Bridge — big donors Steve Silberstein, Joan Cooney and Barbara Lee have donated to both. Correct the Record was only active for about a month before its first and only FEC filing, so we’ll know more about their finances in January. (Yes, super PACs go six months without divulging donor information some years.) The Clinton campaign itself is Correct the Record’s single biggest contributor, at $275,615.

https://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2015/12/03/behind-the-clinton-campaign-dark-money-allies/



........So, what ARE the chances that if Hillary were to become our president, she would choose a Supreme Court Justice nominee willing to overturn Citizens United & ending all this Dark Moneyed SuperPAC killing off our democracy?
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