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jbob

Good morning LD & PW peeps. I’m back home in upstate NY after completing my one year vacation in Yosemite National Park. It was fantastic! I went to the Stockyards Cafe for Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs breakfast in Amarillo TX on my way driving across the country. It was early (before sunrise) and there was only me and a few old regulars in the place. A real slice of life! Bernie is speaking at the VFW hall in Burlington VT tonight. That is close to me but I just can’t make it over there today. I would be happy to see him run for President in 2020. A strong pick for running mate could help to continue progressive policy into following administrations.

jcitybone

Welcome back to NY state jbob! I’m a new resident of Poughkeepsie in retirement though we’ve had our house in the Catskills for years.

jbob

Thanks jcitybone. I’m in the Albany area. Also retired and loving it.

magsview

Yay! jbob is back!!

I’m so glad you had a “fantastic” time in Yosemite.

I’m just fine with Bernie giving it another crack! With what appears to be a very crowded field, I agree with you about a strong running mate.

jcitybone

American journalists should have booed too

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/trump-booed-davos-2018-jeered-fake-news-media-speech-us-president-wef-latest-a8179471.html

Donald Trump has been booed at the World Economic Forum in Davos after launching an attack on what he described as the “nasty, mean and fake” press.

“It wasn’t until I became a politician, that I realised how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be,” Mr Trump said. Pointing into the crowd, he added: “… as the cameras start going off in the back.”

The comment was met by a mixture of boos and laughter from the audience.

Mr Trump continued: “But overall, the bottom line, somebody said ‘well they couldn’t have been that bad because here we are, we’re President’. I think we’re doing a really great job with my team.”

Ishaan Tharoor, a reporter for The Washington Post, confirmed “foreign journos sitting next to me booed Trump’s attack on the press”.

jcitybone

See Listen Liberal by Thomas Frank.
Probably the main reason why the US, is so different from the Western European democracies

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/democrats-paid-a-huge-price-for-letting-unions-die.html

If the Democratic Party wasn’t bleeding support from white working-class voters in its old labor strongholds, it would dominate our national politics. Understandably, Democratic partisans often blame their powerlessness on such voters — and the regressive racial views that led them out of Team Blue’s tent. But as unions have declined across the Midwest, Democrats haven’t just been losing white, working-class voters to revanchist Republicans — they’ve also been losing them to quiet evenings at home. The NBER study cited by McElwee found that right-to-work laws reduce voter turnout in presidential elections by 2 to 3 percent.

Further, the notion that grassroots organizing cannot make a non-woke white man prioritize his class interests over his racial resentments — and thus, that the Democratic Party’s refusal to bolster the union organizing was irrelevant to its failure to fend off Trump — is unsupportable. In 2008, labor invested a quarter-billion dollars into Barack Obama’s election, allocating the bulk of those funds into burnishing the candidate’s support among union voters in the Midwest. That year, unionized white men backed Obama by an 18 percent margin; while nonunionized ones went for John McCain by 18.

If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms?

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