HomeBernie Sanders5/30 News Roundup & Open Thread – Nina Turner: “Americans Are Being Left Behind”, Jaffe Talks Primarying Pelosi & More
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jcitybone

Definitely no to Booker in 2020. He did change his vote about drugs from Canada, which does show pressure against these corpDems can work

Democrat Cory Booker defends Jared Kushner — after receiving loads of campaign cash

Kushner and other donors affiliated with Kushner Cos. delivered more than $41,000 to Booker’s Senate campaign in 2013, according to data compiled by PoliticalMoneyLine.com. Politico reported that Ivanka Trump hosted a fundraiser for Booker during that election.

In 2009, Jared Kushner also gave $20,000 to Booker’s Newark mayoral ticket “Booker Team for Newark,” New Jersey campaign finance records show. That year, Booker attended the wedding of Kushner and Ivanka Trump.

Booker has in the past made headlines taking stances at odds with others in his party. During the 2012 election, for instance, Booker defended the private equity industry and slammed Barack Obama’s campaign for attacking then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s private equity firm, Bain Capital. More recently, Booker cast a pivotal vote against Democratic legislation to allow Americans to buy lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada.

polarbear4

myself and others have already been accused of being racist for opposing him. just pointing out what he votes and stands for.

magsview

But of course those who pull down Nina are not sexist or racist at all…

polarbear4

oh yeah. forgot about that one. Thanks!

Benny

I’ve known he & his wife were Booker donors. Corporate Dem, whatever creases the squeaky wheels.

Benny

Tablets aren’t great for posts. Overcorrects for words I did not want to use.

jcitybone

https://patch.com/new-york/ditmaspark/watch-live-stream-bernie-sanders-gives-commencement-speech-brooklyn-college

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be back in his native Brooklyn on Tuesday morning to give a commencement speech at Brooklyn College’s graduation at the Barclays Center on Tuesday morning.

Sanders attended Brooklyn College, which is part of the public City University of New York (CUNY) system, for one year after he graduated from James Madison High School in the Midwood/Flatbush area of South Brooklyn, and before he headed to the University of Chicago.

Tuesday’s ceremony got underway at 9:30 a.m. when the graduates filed into the Barclays Center. They were still doing so more than an hour later. Sanders is scheduled to give his address after about a dozen or so other speakers. You can watch a live stream of the ceremony below:

While Sanders didn’t graduate from the school, Brooklyn College announced Monday that he had received an “Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.” The college gave him the distinction to honor “his groundbreaking career in politics, visionary approach to public policy and higher education, dedication to civic welfare, and commitment to equality.”

magsview

I don’t think Bernie has spoken yet. The fb comments positive.

Live now:

Benny

Missed it. Hope it was worthwhile!

Stuck in Houston. Not really where I like to be. Hope my flight doesn’t get cancelled.

polarbear4

i know this is being girly, but i do like her in short hair better–she looked so effin’ cool! Still, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with and i love her.

And Nina, your message is the one that needs to be heard FAR and WIDE! Forget Russia for a minute. We’re dying out here! THANK YOU, Nina!

magsview

Twitter got really ugly over the weekend with both hard right (Mike Cernovich for ex) and centrists trying to paint the murderer in Portland as a ‘berniebro’. Give..me..a..break. He was a Hillary hater. He was driven by hate.

Then the centrist liberals switched to hating on Nina because she dared to put people’s immediate concerns ahead of ‘RUSSIA!’.
Brock’s trolls turned on her like a pack of wild dogs. It made me very angry.

humphrey

That is quite a list of Losers that you quoted there. LOL!

magsview

Sorry! 😉

There was more but that certainly gave a flavor. I’m so happy that Nina fights back like she does. The hateful ones don’t seem to discourage her too much from what I can tell.

polarbear4

Nina da WOMan!

magsview

She’s amazing and I love her.

Benny

Hope to meet her at The People’s Summit!

humphrey

LOL!

jcitybone

http://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-budget/trump-budget-gets-three-fifths-of-its-cuts-from-programs-for-low-and

President Trump’s 2018 budget contains the largest dollar cuts to programs for low- and moderate-income people proposed by any President’s budget in the modern era, reflecting a strikingly imbalanced approach to reducing the deficit or offsetting the cost of its proposed tax cuts. The plan would cut these programs by an estimated $2.5 trillion over the next decade. About three-fifths (59 percent) of the budget’s cuts would come from these programs that help low- and moderate-income families afford the basics or improve their upward mobility.

Altogether, the budget proposes $4.3 trillion in non-defense cuts through 2027. This means its $2.5 trillion in cuts to programs assisting low- and moderate-income people would constitute about 59 percent of the total non-defense cuts (see Figure 1), even though these programs account for just 29 percent of non-defense spending and just 24 percent of total program spending. No other modern President (including President Reagan when he proposed deep cuts to low-income programs in his first budget) has proposed a budget with cuts of this magnitude to programs assisting struggling families, even if the cuts are adjusted for inflation or measured as a percent of the economy.

magsview

I don’t know much at all about this new effort, but at least Nina likes it.

Tired of losing the Rust Belt, new Democratic group has strategy to un-Pelosi the party

At least three House Democrats are backing a new political organization that aims to give progressive candidates in the Midwest and Appalachia a new form of support that isn’t dependent on the Democratic Party’s coastal financial elite.

The People’s House Project, founded by former MSNBC host and 2010 Virginia congressional candidate Krystal Ball, has begun interviewing candidates and recruiting donors for the new political action committee. The organization, which will go public on Tuesday, will provide money, guidance, and political connections for the candidates it chooses to run under its banner.

So far, three House Democrats from the two regions targeted by the PAC — Ryan, Michigan’s Dan Kildee, and Kentucky’s John Yarmuth — are supporting the People’s House Project.

The two House Democrats interviewed for this story emphasized that they view the project as complementary, rather than in conflict with, the existing Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Similarly, they stressed that they don’t intend for the new organization to serve as a rebuke to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. (Ryan ran against Pelosi for minority leader in December 2016 and lost.) “This has to be a movement with a lot of hands rolling in the same direction,” Kildee said in an interview.

“This gives us a chance to go straight into the heartland with an economic message,” said Kildee, who like Ryan stressed that he doesn’t view the effort as contradictory to Pelosi. “We have really not led with an economic message that transcends the whole spectrum of voters who would benefit from Democratic policies.”

humphrey

This video is certainly appropriate.

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/30/cut-corporate-taxes-how-biggest-companies-cheated-taxes-2016

Donald Trump wants to cut what some call the “highest corporate tax rate in the world.” The tax cut will, according to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, “pay for itself with economic growth.”

“Corporations make billions from U.S. research and education, but then they turn around and cheat us on taxes.”Two delusions in one.

The realities are far different for anyone who actually considers the facts. And some of the facts about 2016 tax avoidance are shocking and depressing.

Ten companies mentioned in this report collectively withheld nearly $15 billion in tax money in 2016.

That’s as much as Trump’s proposed cut for Health and Human Services, which carries out essential research on cancer and deadly threats like the Ebola and Zika viruses.

Corporations make billions from U.S. research and education, but then they turn around and cheat us on taxes. And Republicans think corporations should get a tax break.

jcitybone

From Robert Reich: Corp taxes cut–CEO salaries soar

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

The typical big-company chief executive raked in $11.5 million last year, an 8.5 percent raise from a year earlier. Since most CEO pay is in company stock, the bump reflects how well the stock market has done.

Over the last 5 years, typical CEO pay has improved twice as fast as the typical weekly paycheck for full-time employees. Meanwhile, hourly wages have barely moved because companies continue to replace full-time workers with contact workers and with software. Why are they doing this? To boost stock prices – which boosts CEO pay.

So most workers continue to get shafted while top executives have never been as rich.

What are Trump and the Republicans doing about this? They’re planning to cut taxes on the wealthy and on corporations, while eviscerating Medicaid, Social Security disability, and food stamps. And they want to take away health insurance for 23 million Americans.

Sounds like a plan.

magsview

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Private prison companies’ scheme to license baby jails fails as Texas legislative session ends

Despite private prison lobbyists’ best efforts, a proposal that would have licensed immigrant family detention centers as “child care facilities” failed in the Texas legislature this year.

The bills would have granted state officials the authority to issue licenses for immigrant family detention centers under lowered standards.

GEO Group had previously told its investors that attaining licensing would allow it to detain children for longer periods of time, saying: “Presently, the center operates as a short-term processing facility and this licensing process will allow for longer lengths of stay.”

A state representative who introduced the measure acknowledged that the proposed legislation came directly from GEO Group, the nation’s second-largest private prison company, which operates Karnes.

“I’ve known the lady who’s their lobbyist for a long time …That’s where the legislation came from,” said state Rep. John Raney, a Republican from the rural town of Bryan. “We don’t make things up. People bring things to us and ask us to help.”

Too many politicians seem to be just a bag of hot air waiting for $$$ to fill the void where their values ought to be.

polarbear4

Yes. And lobbyists writing laws is the norm now.

magsview

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humphrey

I’ll bet that Hillary doesn’t give a DAMN about Flint now that the election is over.

Benny

I was in Corpus Christi this weekend. Working class town. No one was talking about the Gates of Kiev. They talk about the donut holes in Medicare, jobs, youth needing full time work. R’S are running Trumpcare ads, some are buying the message because the govt has left them out (meaning Obama). There is common ground: Hillary. They want her gone from the political scene. She is an albatross around the Dems necks. But they don’t understand democratic socialism, so Bernie’s message is also lost.

What a cluster eff Hillary and Trump created.

Miss me guys and gals?? 😉😉😉

polarbear4

Weird, because when Bernie spoke to coal miners in VA about Medicare for All, they got it. They gave him a standing ovation. If Bernie went there, I bet they’d get it.

Benny

It is the word socialist. I had to explain to my friend it means FDR socialism. They think it means the same thing as communism.

magsview

How Liberals Fell In Love With The West Wing

Despite its relatively thin ideological commitments, there is a general tenor to the West Wing universe that cannot be called anything other than smug.

It’s a smugness born of the view that politics is less a terrain of clashing values and interests than a perpetual pitting of the clever against the ignorant and obtuse. The clever wield facts and reason, while the foolish cling to effortlessly-exposed fictions and the braying prejudices of provincial rubes. In emphasizing intelligence over ideology, what follows is a fetishization of “elevated discourse” regardless of its actual outcomes or conclusions. The greatest political victories involve semantically dismantling an opponent’s argument or exposing its hypocrisy, usually by way of some grand rhetorical gesture. Categories like left and right become less significant, provided that the competing interlocutors are deemed respectably smart and practice the designated etiquette. The Discourse becomes a category of its own, to be protected and nourished by Serious People conversing respectfully while shutting down the stupid with heavy-handed moral sanctimony.

In Toby Ziegler’s “smart and not,” “qualified and not” formulation, we can see a preview of the (disastrous) rhetorical strategy that Hillary Clinton would ultimately adopt against Donald Trump. Don’t make it about vision, make it about qualification. Don’t make it about your plans for how to make people’s lives better, make it about your superior moral character. Fundamentally, make it about how smart and good and serious you are, and how bad and dumb and unserious they are.

Now, facing defeat and political crisis, the overwhelming liberal instinct has not been self-reflection but a further retreat into fantasy and orthodoxy. Like viewers at the climax of The West Wing’s original run, they sit waiting for the decisive gestures and gratifying crescendos of a series finale, only to find their favorite plotlines and characters meandering without resolution.

polarbear4

Exactly!

humphrey

Could this be the start of Demexit?

polarbear4

Yay! I’m coming! (later, probably)

magsview

Wind Project in Wyoming Envisions Coal Miners as Trainees

Goldwind Americas, an arm of a leading wind-turbine manufacturer based in China, has been expanding its business in the United States. It has been careful to seek out local, American workers for permanent jobs on the wind farms it supplies.

Now it is trying to extend that policy to an unlikely place: Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state and has hardly welcomed the march of turbines across the country, even imposing a tax on wind-energy generation.

On Thursday at an energy conference in Wyoming, the company announced plans for a free training program for one of the nation’s fastest-growing jobs: wind farm technician. And it is aiming the program at coal miners having trouble finding work, as well as those from other industries.

Called Goldwind Works, the program would begin next month with a series of informational meetings in Wyoming and include a safety training and tower climb at a wind farm in Montana.

polarbear4

About time! I always wondered when the fossil fuel corpses would jump on green energy. Still wondering….

humphrey

I know whose side Trump would be on.

humphrey

Its not what I would say that Justice has been served.

humphrey

Just as bad it took this long to even get there!

Benny

https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10158743532925716

Doubt the Drumpf will listen since he is back on the campaign trail & not governing.

humphrey

This is not what I would call a fact based tweet by NPR.

humphrey

This would be a joke if it wasn’t so ridiculous.

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