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jcitybone

Since this is the labor thread, I’ll repeat a couple of things relating to Bernie’s campaign’s union news from yesterday.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/us/politics/bernie-sanders-staff-unionize.html

Senator Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign staff will be represented by a union, his campaign announced on Friday, saying it would be the first time a major-party candidate had a unionized work force.

The employees will be represented by a unit of the United Food and Commercial Workers union. They voted to unionize through what is known as a card-check system: A majority of employees signed forms indicating their interest. Mr. Sanders has previously called for that method to be used at all companies, instead of traditional elections.

“Bernie Sanders is the most pro-union candidate in the field, he’ll be the most pro-union president in the White House, and we’re honored that his campaign will be the first to have a unionized work force,” his campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said in a statement.

jcitybone

There was a lot of good stuff in this Times article. It pointed out that Bernie supporters are not really the ones who are going to be enchanted by Beto. He probably is more of a threat to Harris, Booker, and Biden

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/16/us/politics/beto-bernie-sanders-age.html

But for many in the party, dedication to this critical component of past success — putting forward a new face — is being tested in the 2020 race by twin impulses: the devotion to Mr. Sanders among voters many decades younger than him, who share his belief that American society is rife with inequities that will not be solved by candidates like Mr. O’Rourke, and an overriding desire among Democrats to defeat a president they believe is a menace to democracy.

Supporters of Mr. Sanders believe he offers transformational change — the promise of not merely ousting President Trump but also remaking the country into a more just place — and brings experience that would help him survive a general election and expand the electorate.

This combination of a primary electorate that is at once hungry for structural, even radical, reform and deeply nervous about nominating someone too callow to defeat Mr. Trump poses perhaps the most serious challenge to a candidate like Mr. O’Rourke. He shuns ideological labels, even chafing at “progressive” in the past; often avoids being pinned down on policy; and has no experience in the crucible of presidential politics.

“I know Bernie has a laid-out plan for Medicare and free tuition,” said Austin Palmer, a 25-year-old South Carolinian who went to see Mr. Sanders vow political revolution Thursday night in North Charleston. “Beto has made some broad statements so far.”

Mr. Palmer invoked the recent scandal involving parents committing bribery to get their children into elite colleges, shaking his head at what he sees as a rotten society that must be razed, not reformed. Yet he also indicated that he was most enthusiastic about Mr. Sanders because of the polls he recalls showing that the Democrats’ 2016 runner-up would have defeated Mr. Trump.

As unfathomable as it may be to the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, many in attendance made the case for Mr. Sanders as much on his electability as his liberal platform.

“I want to support someone who I think really has a chance of winning,” said Brandon Greene, a 27-year-old student and pastor. “We can’t take a gamble on a new candidate.”

And Tasha Horton, a 45-year-old real estate broker with college-age children who “love the Bern,” allowed that her “love is for Kamala but strategically it’s either Bernie or Biden.”

Ms. Horton, who went to the same church gymnasium recently to see Senator Kamala Harris, 54, added: “We have to think that way. You can’t think with your heart.”

In other moments, though, his audiences included a striking dichotomy: enchanted older voters, convinced that younger voters would flock to Mr. O’Rourke and rescue the party from Mr. Trump, and younger voters excited by someone else.

As Mr. O’Rourke spoke in Mount Pleasant, standing on a cafe counter, a cluster of teenage fans of Mr. Sanders watched in the wings, curious about Mr. O’Rourke but unmoved by any suggestion that Mr. Sanders is not a man for the times.

“That’s ageism,” said Garrick Dodson, a self-described socialist progressive who will turn 18 next month. “I don’t have a problem voting for an old person I agree with more than a young person.”

Mr. Dodson and his friends suggested that their elders underestimated the boiling anger of the teen and 20-something generation, aghast at what they see as their forebears’ indifference to climate change and student loan debt.

“Gen Z, baby,” Mr. Dodson said.

“Gen Z is coming,” warned a peer, Madison Brady, 18. “We’re so angry.”

polarbear4

Big goal for me: learn how to talk Bernie was while staying calm and allowing lots of leeway for others’ preferences. I realized that the two young women I spoke about with were likely Hillary supporters who still believe in Bernie Bros. I want to be more welcoming, especially when I’m passionate.

I honestly don’t comprehend this yearning for someone they admit doesn’t want the same things for their future. But I don’t want to drive them further into the arms of someone who will make their future worse.

I identify more with Gen Z. Funny. Grandparents and youngsters, again.

wi60

It will be interesting when Biden announces, right now Beto is the weapons of mass deception flavor of the day. Whom will they fall in love with, Beto or Biden? I like ths last part of the article as a lot of these “Kids” will be voting for the first time and a lot of boomers will be dying off.

polarbear4

As much as I dislike Maddow, this is pretty creepy. It must have something to do with sexual assaults happening in the detention centers.

https://twitter.com/MollyJongFast/status/1106755756911673344?s=20

polarbear4

https://twitter.com/Tav_assoli/status/1106896769068212225?s=20

Costa succeeded in uniting the severely split left wing in Portugal, who now support the minority government led by him. At first, observers were pessimistic about the potential of this constellation, predicting a collapse after a few months. Moreover, both the EU and German minister of finances saw a grave mistake in the departure from austerity. „Angela Merkel described the prospect of a radical anti-austerity coalition in Portugal as “very negative”. The president of Portugal went further, calling non-conservative economic policies a “danger to national security” and attempting to keep the old government in power.

Miraculous economic recovery

It’s been more than three years since the socialist party assumed the reins of government. The scepticism of the early days has virtually vanished. The entirety of Europe seems impressed by the success story of António Costa:

The Portuguese economy has been booming for 4 years. 2017 marked the largest national economic growth of the century.

The Portuguese are not only showing the feasibility of socially conscious policies, but demonstrating the significant potential for success. …

“The budget deficit has dropped to its lowest ever since the change to a democratic system in 1974 – simply because the government re-established and strengthened the social welfare state, leading to the Portuguese people having more money to spend.”

The socialists raised the once slashed wages and pensions, reintroduced paid vacations and retracted many tax raises, all while raising wealth taxes which affect only the rich parts of the population. The government also introduced a property and real estate tax designed not to target the homes of average citizens. Costa’s socialists also put an end to the catastrophic privatizations that were once instructed by the EU and resulted in selling state assets at absurdly low prices.

“The assumption that one could save the economy by aggressively cutting wages and excessively attacking welfare programs was clearly a misconception”, Costa said about his predecessors.

polarbear4
Benny

That is injustice.

polarbear4
polarbear4

The Guardian says they disrupted an anti-war meeting.

https://twitter.com/Beluga2Whale/status/1106925846923628546?s=20

Don midwest
Don midwest
polarbear4

Oh goodie! Latour on Twitter.

humphrey
polarbear4

Yes. So sad how many lighter skinned people are so conditioned by our excellent propaganda. And with people like dinesh out there….

humphrey

Joe Biden Responds to Left-Wing Criticisms with Corny Platitudes

humphrey

Wasserman Schultz Proves She’s A Sociopath – Lies About Venezuela

humphrey
polarbear4

We must generate a tsunami and we’re off to a great start.

humphrey
polarbear4

I imagine they have delightful shopping trips.

polarbear4

Not only is there no out rage, they condone it.

https://twitter.com/angelijka8/status/1106945811412385792?s=20

humphrey
humphrey
humphrey
polarbear4

Why does Aiden Wolfe have a Berner symbol? He does not sound like a Berner.

orlbucfan

He and Chelsea are both political dimwits.

humphrey
humphrey
orlbucfan

Is she pg with her third kid? Good thing she has and married into money. How about stopping at 2, Hillary? T and R, la58!!

orlbucfan

Typo alert: Chelsea not Hillary, but what’s the diff?

humphrey
polarbear4

I did not understand how deeply America changed during my lifetime. True progressives, we need you to run in 2020!

humphrey

It is ironic that this comes from a war mongering neocon but the stats are interesting.

https://twitter.com/MaxBoot/status/1106911155128279042

polarbear4

https://twitter.com/Greg_Palast/status/1106998401235853314?s=20

I like these shorter clips that are coming out.

polarbear4

Big march today. I don’t think we have one here.

https://twitter.com/OldSaukRiver/status/1106997582432100352?s=20

polarbear4
polarbear4

And there you have it.

https://twitter.com/GarethPorter/status/1107014578280501248?s=20

NBC cited two other bogeymen: the Russians and the Chinese. “Other nations have developed an interest in the resource-rich African country, including Russia and China. The soil underneath the razed villages and scorched fields holds a wealth of gold, diamonds, uranium and oil.

Benny

Benny
polarbear4
polarbear4

Somehow the Michael Tracy tweet that I thought I was copying didn’t get on here. He said

Basically channeling John McCain.

polarbear4
polarbear4

The green is Sanders.

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