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wi61

I posted this quite awhile back but does tie in to your post about the rest of us. So for the newer TPW’ers out their:

Thoughts of an average 99% American to the 1% & corporate America–Author unknown

Lets get something straight.  We, the 99%, want you to know that we are not the least bit jealous of what you have, we especially do not admire the way that most of you got what you have nor do we want to be you. It is your own sick fantasy that makes you think we want what you have.
You, on the one hand, for the most part :
Have stolen trillions of American’s Tax Dollars from our Financial system through Wall Street Fraud and Corporate Fraud just to name a few of your bogus activities;
Seem to think that Corporate Welfare in the form trillions of dollars in subsidies and tax breaks you have not earned is okay for you, but a working single mom who needs SNAP benefits to feed her children is a lazy bum;
Believe that War Mongering, War Profiteering and War Crimes Against Humanity are an acceptable way for you to make money — stealing trillions of American Tax Dollars through the Military Industrial Complex and murdering millions and millions of innocent people, including our own soldiers, for decades in the process;
And one of the worst things that you do is deliberately and knowingly harm our planet and her inhabitants with toxins, carbon based products and illegal shipping and dumping of toxic chemicals, and you are deliberately in denial of human caused climate change;
These are just a few of your depraved and deadly actions that not only do not make us want to be you, but absolutely make us abhor what you do.  And, by the way, you can stop telling yourselves that we do not want Capitalism and Commerce . . . What we do not want is Fascism and/or an Oligarchy ” Plantation Nation ” which is what you represent.
 
We, on the other hand, for the most part are satisfied to have the following :
To get College/University educations without going bankrupt;
To have our diversity and our civil rights respected;
To have homes to raise our families in that we own;
To own our own small or medium businesses with out fear of being run out by corporate beheamouths;
To have more than minimum wages to help us thrive;
To have decent and healthy food to eat;
To have a planet to live on that is not being destroyed;
To have medical benefits so we can stay healthy and not have to declair bankruptcy should we fall ill;
To have the time and money to take a vacation each year;
To be able to retire without fear of living on cat food;
To have a Government and Politicians that represent all of us instead of stepping on our throats, stealing our tax dollars, and only representing billionaires.
We just want to live simple, good lives and have our childern to be better off in life than we were.  
So . . . no, we are not jealous and envious of you and your ill gotten gains, nor do we want to be you.
To quote @GrayManGary  on Twitter : ” Capitalism Should Be A Mechanism To Support Democracy . . .Not An Ideological Tool To Destroy It !

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Bernie Sanders Accuses Liberal Think Tank of Smearing Progressive Candidates

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/us/politics/bernie-sanders-letter.html

WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders, in a rare and forceful rebuke by a presidential candidate of an influential party ally, has accused a liberal think tank of undermining Democrats’ chances of taking back the White House in 2020 by “using its resources to smear” him and other contenders pushing progressive policies.

Mr. Sanders’s criticism of the Center for American Progress, delivered on Saturday in a letter obtained by The New York Times, reflects a simmering ideological battle within the Democratic Party and threatens to reopen wounds from the 2016 primary between him and Hillary Clinton’s allies. The letter airs criticisms shared among his supporters: That the think tank, which has close ties to Mrs. Clinton and the Democratic Party establishment, is beholden to corporate donors and has worked to quash a leftward shift in the party led partly by Mr. Sanders.

“This counterproductive negative campaigning needs to stop,” Mr. Sanders wrote to the boards of the Center for American Progress and its sister group, the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “The Democratic primary must be a campaign of ideas, not of bad-faith smears. Please help play a constructive role in the effort to defeat Donald Trump.”

Mr. Sanders sent the letter days after a website run by the action fund, ThinkProgress, suggested that his attacks on income inequality were hypocritical in light of his growing personal wealth. The letter is tantamount to a warning shot to the Democratic establishment that Mr. Sanders — who continues to criticize party insiders on the campaign trail — will not countenance a repeat of the 2016 primary, when he and his supporters believe party leaders and allies worked to deny him the Democratic nomination.

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This is getting plenty of coverage.😁 What will Neera say?

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/438828-bernie-sanders-liberal-think-tank-using-its-resources-to-smear-progressives

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is accusing a liberal think tank of “using its resources to smear” him and other candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

Sanders wrote in a letter to the Center for American Progress (CAP) on Saturday that the group has unfairly criticized him, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

“I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other,” he wrote.

“Meanwhile, the Center for American Progress is using its resources to smear Senator Booker, Senator Warren, and myself, among others. This is hardly the way to build unity, or to win the general election,” Sanders continued.

Sanders wrote in the letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, that the group recently published an article on ThinkProgress that criticized him “for my appearance and for the income I earned from writing a book.”

“Then, a day later, you published a video that dishonestly attacked me for hypocrisy in my effort to address income inequality in America,” he said.

Don midwest
Don midwest

had not noticed until this post

good idea to make explicit where the establishment dem party is and its support of neo liberal economics

Matt Stoller today

Still reading the Reed Hundt book “Crisis Wasted” on Obama. Hundt did the first major East Coast fundraiser for Obama. The book savages the whole team as a bunch of brilliant but incompetent deceptive neoliberals who couldn’t see obvious problems in front of them.

this is the first tweet in a tweet series about the econ of Obama

Don midwest
Don midwest

Interesting that emptywheel ignoring this dust up

Leu2500
Leu2500

She’s not igniting it. She’s taking sides. https://twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1117482225434615808

Leu2500
Leu2500

Ignore.

But she did ignite my ire.

Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster

Marcy: “I just donated to Warren because she’s not involved in this stupid fight with CAP”. This, coming from someone who, on her own, gave up a source to the federal government. She hates Bernie, although she hates Glenn Greenwald more. The nasty comments about Greenwald on her site are beyond the pale – it’s like Trump supporters. But Greenwald was right – the MSM DID fall for the Russia/Mueller hysteria that Marcy Wheeler clearly abetted.

I have zero use for her now.

Kudos to Bernie, once again.

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Leu2500
Leu2500

Instead of reading what The NY Times & The Hill have to say about it, here’s the actual letter Bernie sent to the Board Of CAP. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5839898-Bernie-Sanders-Letter-Accusing-CAP-of.html

And the first thing I notice is, that despite what I was seeing on Twitter, etc, Bernie was defending numerous candidates, esp. Warren & booker, not just himself.

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This should not come as a surprise. 🤔 CAP responds dishonestly!

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/438840-liberal-think-tank-accuses-bernie-sanders-of-trying-to-muzzle-journalists

A liberal think tank said Sunday that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is trying to “muzzle” its journalists after the 2020 presidential candidate said the group was “using its resources to smear” him and other Democratic candidates.

“The Center for American Progress is a research institution focused on ideas and policy. ThinkProgress is part of CAP Action: It is editorially independent of both CAP and CAP Action and has been for years. We do not suggest, edit, approve or see their stories before publishing. And, in this particular instance, no one at CAP or CAP Action knew about this article or video’s existence before publication,” the Center for American Progress (CAP) said in a statement.

“Indeed, ThinkProgress publishes articles with which we disagree. We cannot and will not muzzle ThinkProgress, an editorially independent journalistic enterprise, and we believe it’s wrong for any political leader to demand it do so.”

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Independent my ass! As Neera Neera pats them on the back for their work!

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Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster

Neera Tanden is a self-venting bag. Just like what you can buy cooked rice in at Trader Joe’s to put in your microwave.

wi61

The more I read about CAP it sounds like the Dem version of ALEC that the R’s kow tow to. Both have many of the same corporate donors. And you wonder why the averge American is angry. Gonna be a hell of a battle to get Bernie to the nomination!!!

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Assange Indictment: A Threat to the Foundation of US Democracy?

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Leu2500
Leu2500

Anyone who remembers this moment on 60 Minutes is not surprised.

https://youtu.be/mlz3-OzcExI

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I wonder if Sherrod Brown showed up?

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https://www.cleveland.com/politics/2019/04/bernie-sanders-says-he-would-bar-gm-from-federal-contracts-for-lordstown-actions-if-elected-president.html

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd of union members and workers from around Lordstown on Sunday that, if elected president, he would freeze government contracts to companies like General Motors who opt to shut down American factories like the Chevy Cruze facility to outsource jobs to lower-paying countries.

Standing just three miles from the now-idled factory in a packed auditorium at Lordstown High School, Sanders – an independent from Vermont running as a Democrat – made the pronouncement during town-hall meeting that functioned as a quasi-rally in front of a friendly crowd.

But the positive reception by the crowd to Sanders’ constant flurry of attacks against GM show that the factory closures could be a serious liability for Republicans in 2020.

“If entities like General Motors think that they can throw workers out on the street while they’re making billions of profit, and then move to Mexico and pay starvation wages and then line up for federal contracts, they’ve got another thing coming,” Sanders said, flanked onstage by activists and union leaders from the American Federation of Teachers.

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Pete Buttigieg is No Progressive, But Cable News Want You to Believe Otherwise

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What will the Hilbots say when Bernie releases his taxes?

Leu2500
Leu2500

More from his stop in Gary (this is the mystery Indians stop on this swing).

Walk in Gary. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPkFpwhNUE/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=s1i3sgjxge49 (I love that we have a candidate who likes to walk, see things for himself. Much different view of things than from a car.)

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Leu2500

Indiana, not Indians.

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Jimmy Dore Leaves The Young Turks | Cenk Uygur’s Response

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Don midwest
Don midwest
humphrey

Thanks for the link as it is a good read.

Unfortunately it is all about the “Benjamins”. The weak leadership does not want to offend the big money donors.

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It is good to see that the list of groups participating keeps growing.👌👍

https://dcccblacklist.com/

Despite the DCCC’s bullying, we’re still going to work on primaries.

The Democratic Party’s official congressional arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), recently announced that they would prohibit the organization from doing business with organizations, consultants, and vendors that support primary challengers to incumbents. The DCCC is using their financial leverage to intimidate and blacklist many hardworking people in our movement in a blatant attempt to protect a handful of out-of-touch incumbents.

We’re launching The Blacklist to fight back and provide potential primary challengers with a database of go-to vendors, organizations, and consultants who will continue to support efforts to usher in a new generation of leaders into the Democratic Party.

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Leu2500
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Reupping: roseAnn Demoro in Jacobin in shy organized labor should back Bernie.

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/02/organized-labor-unions-bernie-sanders-president

jcitybone

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-47917325

In their letter to Sajid Javid, 70 parliamentarians – chiefly Labour MPs and peers – urged him to “stand with the victims of sexual violence” and ensure the rape claim against the Wikileaks founder could be “properly investigated”.

“We do not presume guilt, of course, but we believe due process should be followed and the complainant should see justice be done,” the letter said.

Labour’s Stella Creasy tweeted a copy of the letter sent to Mr Javid.

The same letter was also sent to shadow home secretary Diane Abbott.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the UK government should not extradite Julian Assange to the US.

But speaking on Saturday, Mr Corbyn said he had made it “very clear all along that if there are allegations which Julian Assange needs to answer, of sexual issues, sexual attacks that may or may not have taken place in Sweden, then it’s a matter for the courts to decide – but I do think he should answer those questions”.

He added: “My objection was to his extradition to the United States because I do believe that Wikileaks told us the truth about what was actually happening in Afghanistan and in Iraq.”

The Labour leader said it was now for Sweden to put forward proposals on the matter.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry also said on Friday she was “disgusted” the US allegation had been “allowed to eclipse” the sex offence case.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/438849-gillibrand-campaign-links-low-fundraising-to-al-franken-backlash-memo

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign suggested Sunday that the campaign’s low first-quarter fundraising totals could be partly attributed to backlash over Gillibrand’s decision in 2017 to call for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).

In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the campaign reportedly said there’s “no question” that donors are retaliating in response to Gillibrand calling on Franken, who had been accused of sexual harassment, to step aside.

“There’s no question that the first quarter was adversely impacted by certain establishment donors — and many online — who continue to punish Kirsten for standing up for her values and for women,” the memo reads.

Gillibrand’s campaign announced Sunday that it raised $3 million in the first quarter of 2019, putting her behind several of her Democratic rivals in the race, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Leu2500
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Too bad she doesn’t stand up for those same values in her Congressional office.

https://www.vox.com/2019/3/11/18259908/kirsten-gillibrand-sexual-harassment

Tyrannocaster
Tyrannocaster

Exactly. If it was good enough for you call Franken out on it, why wasn’t it good enough for your own office? Oh, right…

Leu2500
Leu2500

More concern tolling from the liberal establishment. More vapors over Bernie appealing to Trump voters. (Excuse me, how much ink has been spilled on Obama to Trump voters? )

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/can-bernie-sanders-really-win-over-trump-voters/2019/04/14/43744f10-5c65-11e9-9625-01d48d50ef75_story.html?utm_term=.b0beb7f79e08

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jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/14/us/politics/pete-buttigieg-announcement.html

As he ascends from flavor-of-the-month to widely visible contender for the Democratic nomination, Mr. Buttigieg’s record as a two-term mayor is beginning to come under scrutiny. Apart from his biography — he has credentials from Harvard, Oxford and McKinsey consulting — Mr. Buttigieg’s candidacy rests on his claim of reversing economic free fall in South Bend, once an industrial powerhouse that in 2011 was named by Newsweek one of America’s top 10 “dying cities.”

Today, businesses and pedestrians have returned to parts of downtown, including the new offices in the former Studebaker factory.

“I’m glad you can see this for yourself, because this city’s story is a big part of why I am doing this,’’ he said, speaking in an unrestored part of the factory where the vaulted roof leaked on a rainy day.

Not everyone has benefited from the city’s post-recession growth. Some black and Hispanic residents, who account for 40 percent of the population, feel left out.

“It’s hard for me to say this is a turnaround city,” said Regina Williams-Preston, who is running in municipal elections to replace Mr. Buttigieg.

“We’re all excited about what’s happening downtown — the black community, poor folks, Hispanic people,” she said. But prosperity has not flowed equally. “Over half the people in our community who are working — it’s their dollars that you’re investing — are not feeling a return on their investment.”

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https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/poverty-income-population-do-the-stats-reflect-buttigieg-s-legacy/article_b895fbf7-7d3a-5ae2-92bc-52179f56ad5e.html

Another metric that has garnered attention amid Buttigieg’s rise is the city’s population. Last year, city officials celebrated a fifth consecutive year of population gains when the 2017 estimate was released at 102,245 residents. The increases weren’t large but came after a decade of decline.

Linda Wolfson, a member of the Community Forum for Economic Justice, is more interested in a different set of numbers: households under the poverty line and those falling under the United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) measure. In 2018, 43 percent of households in St. Joseph County fell under the poverty or ALICE thresholds. The data are not broken out by city, so the numbers for South Bend could be even higher.

“We may have had an increase in population, but that could all be people who are fairly wealthy moving back to Notre Dame Avenue and downtown apartments and condominiums,” Wolfson said. “So the statistics are just the statistics” and don’t necessarily mean everyone’s situation has improved.

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Pittsburgh rally going on. Bernie is speaking. https://youtu.be/u744LcdP_wY

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https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2019/04/14/Bernie-Sanders-strives-to-win-back-Pa-democrats-at-rally-in-Oakland-scheney-plaza-campaign-2020/stories/201904140178

In the first official presidential campaign visit to Pittsburgh of the 2020 cycle, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders started with a boast.

“We were told that it was gonna rain and there’d be a small turnout,” Mr. Sanders told a large crowd of mostly college-aged supporters at Schenley Plaza in Oakland on Sunday evening. “Looks like that’s not the case.”

With the Pittsburgh rally, Mr. Sanders is capping off a weekend battleground tour in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — three states that were key to Donald Trump’s win in 2016. Mr. Sanders’ campaign has said the candidate’s messaging on unions, trade and health care will make him well-positioned to win back Pennsylvania for the Democrats.

“The reason we are visiting these states is pretty simple,” Mr. Sanders said at the top of his speech. “Donald Trump won them two and a half years ago. We’re not going to let him win them in 2020.”

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T and R, la58!! I can’t keep up with all the terrific posts on here anymore!! This is terrific, (hint-hint LD) !!

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-asks-capitol-police-to-step-up-security-for-omar-after-trumps-911-tweet/2019/04/14/8edba93a-5ee5-11e9-bfad-36a7eb36cb60_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_source=reddit.com

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she has asked the U.S. Capitol Police to increase its protection of Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Trump tweeted a video of the Minnesota Democrat spliced with footage of the burning twin towers.

“Following the President’s tweet, I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces.”

Typically, only members of congressional leadership have designated Capitol Police security details.

Pelosi had earlier come under criticism from some Democrats, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), for a statement in which she condemned the video Trump shared but made no mention of Omar.

On Sunday, in addition to mentioning Omar, Pelosi called on Trump to “take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”

“The President’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger,” the speaker said.

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A good rundown of Dem statements on Rep. Omar. One likely Dem candidate has said zilch.

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/14/democrats-not-defend-ilhan-omar/

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who responded to Trump directly last week when the president mocked him, was the only likely candidate to offer no comment.

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Oh Neera! What do you have to say about about this?

jcitybone

I’m sure the disgusting article about Bernie’s wealth was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Here’s the actual letter Bernie wrote to cap’s board. It’s not just about him. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5839898-Bernie-Sanders-Letter-Accusing-CAP-of.html

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Toledo blade coverage of bernie’s stop in MI. https://www.toledoblade.com/local/politics/2019/04/13/bernie-sanders-presidential-democratic-candidate-michigan-campaign/stories/20190413108

“Today I challenge Donald Trump — for once in your life, keep your campaign promises,” the Vermont senator said in front of a crowd assembled in parking lot that, 11 months before the Democratic primary, few candidates have been able to draw outside of their launches.

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It’s WaPo so a mixed bag in this article. There was one incorrect statement. “No other candidate for the Democratic nomination still talks about Hillary Clinton, whose surprise defeat was traumatic for millions of Democrats. Poking at the primary wounds can be risky; in Michigan, when Sanders reminded the crowd of his successful fight to end the voting power of “superdelegates,…”

Talking about superdelegates is not talking about Clinton. I bet Bernie never mentions her name. Actually, the one candidate that did bring her up negatively was Mayor Pete who immediately was attacked by Clinton fans.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paloma/the-trailer/2019/04/14/the-trailer-what-we-learned-about-sanders-2020-this-weekend/5cb088b61ad2e567949ec175/?utm_term=.070a670b7c99

“This bothers me a little bit.” Sanders, more than any other candidate for the Democratic nomination, dislikes the political press. It’s not personal for him; he does not, like Donald Trump, spend his time onstage prodding the audience to boo the dishonest media. The Sanders critique is the one advanced by left-wing media critics such as Noam Chomsky and Robert McChesney, in which corporate control of the media leads it to cover scandal and gossip, which is not a threat to their power, instead of policy — which is.

That leads Sanders to bristle and attack the premise of questions where other Democrats might be apologetic or evasive. In Gary, for the first time since launching his campaign, Sanders offered to take questions from reporters. He didn’t do so in a “gaggle,” the term of art for when a candidate stands surrounded by cameras and reporters, and takes questions from any direction. He did so with the media gathered across the room from his roundtable, with his supporters looking on.

The first question, from Francesca Chambers of the Daily Mail, was one of the senator’s least favorite subjects: whether making more than a million dollars, as he has since 2016, cuts against his message.

“I didn’t know that it was a crime to write a good book,” Sanders said, to applause from the crowd. “It turned out to be a bestseller. My view has always been that we need a progressive tax system that demands the wealthiest people in this country finally start paying their fair share in taxes. If I make a lot of money, you make a lot of money, that is what I believe. So I don’t apologize for writing a book that was number three on the New York Times bestseller list, translated into five or six languages.”

There was more applause, but Sanders wasn’t done. “This bothers me a little bit,” he added. “Maybe we want to talk about Gary, Indiana. Maybe we want to talk about poverty. Maybe we want to talk about youth unemployment.”

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Oh my! It is going to be an uphill climb with leaders like this.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/438856-pelosi-progressive-dem-wing-represented-by-ocasio-cortez-is-like-five-people

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the left flank of the House Democratic caucus represented by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is “like five people” in a Sunday interview.

Asked by Lesley Stahl about potential insurrections or pushback from the progressive wing of the party, Pelosi responded “That’s like five people” and disputed that there was a distinction between herself and progressive Democrats, saying she herself identified as a progressive.

When Stahl asked for Pelosi’s thoughts on the left wing of the party pushing initiatives such as Medicare for all, which Stahl said were “allowing the president to say you’re all socialists,” Pelosi noted the GOP made similar claims when Lyndon Johnson led the creation of Medicare in the 1960s.

“This is an ongoing theme of the Republicans. However — I do reject socialism as an economic system. if people have that view, that’s their view,” Pelosi said. “That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”

“By and large, whatever orientation [House Democrats] came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to go down the mainstream,” she told Stahl.

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Psst, Nancy. The center is to your left.

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I agree between a center Dem and Trump, I’m picking the center Dem, but why does that have to be the uninspiring choice?

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Nancy “Progressive” Pelosi.

Really. Made my day, LOL.

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https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-political-scene/bernie-sanders-imagines-a-progressive-new-approach-to-foreign-policy

Sanders was warming to a broader theme. Our position in the regional conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran should be rebalanced, he said. There has been, he went on, “a bipartisan assumption that we’re supposed to love Saudi Arabia and hate Iran. And yet, if you look at young people in Iran, they are probably a lot more pro-American than Saudis. Iran is a very flawed society, no debate about it. Involved in terrorism, doing a lot of bad things. But they also have more democracy, as a matter of fact, more women’s rights, than does Saudi Arabia.” As President, Sanders said, he imagined the U.S. taking a more neutral role in the countries’ rivalry. “To say, you know what? We’re not going to be spending trillions of dollars and losing American lives because of your long-standing hostilities.”

Sanders turned to the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which he described in similar terms; he wanted to orient American policy toward the decent people on both sides, and not to their two awful governments. “While I am very critical of Netanyahu’s right-wing government, I am not impressed by what I am seeing from Palestinian leadership, as well,” he said. “It’s corrupt in many cases, and certainly not effective.” He mentioned the United States’s leverage in Israeli politics, because of its alliance and economic support. (“$3.8 billion is a lot of money!”) I asked if he would make that aid contingent, as some Palestinian advocates have suggested, on fuller political rights for Palestinians. Sanders grew more cautious here. “I’m not going to get into the specifics,” he said. He was worried about the situation in Gaza, where youth unemployment is greater than sixty per cent, and yet the borders are closed. (“If you have sixty per cent of the kids who don’t have jobs, and they can’t leave the country, what do you think is going to happen next year and the year after that?”) But he also said that he wanted to “pick up from where Jimmy Carter was, what Clinton tried to do, and, with the financial resources that we have of helping or withdrawing support, say, ‘You know what? Let’s sit down and do our best to figure it out.’ ” He seemed to want to strike an earnest, non-revolutionary note. “I’m not proposing anything particularly radical,” he said. “And that is that the United States should have an even-handed approach both to Israel and the Palestinians.”

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When Sanders’s aides sent me a list of a half-dozen foreign-policy experts, assembled by Duss, who talk regularly with the senator about foreign policy, I was surprised by how mainstream they seemed. Joe Cirincione, the antinuclear advocate, might have featured in a Sanders Presidential campaign ten or twenty years ago. But Sanders is also being advised by Robert Malley, who coördinated Middle East policy in Obama’s National Security Council and is now the president of the International Crisis Group; Suzanne DiMaggio, a specialist in negotiations with adversaries at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Vali Nasr, the dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Studies at Johns Hopkins and a specialist in the Shia-Sunni divide.

Few of these advisers were part of Sanders’s notionally isolationist 2016 campaign. But, as emergencies in Libya, Syria, and Yemen have deepened, the reputation of Obama’s foreign policy, and of the foreign-policy establishment more broadly, has diminished. Malley told me, “Out of frustration with some aspects of Obama’s foreign policy and anger with most aspects of Trump’s, many leaders in the Party have concluded that the challenge was not to build bridges between centrist Democrats and centrist Republicans but, rather, between centrist and progressive Democrats. That means breaking away from the so-called Blob”—a term for the foreign-policy establishment, from the Obama adviser Ben Rhodes. DiMaggio said, “The case for restraint seems to be gaining ground, particularly in its rejection of preventive wars and efforts to change the regimes of countries that do not directly threaten the United States.” She and others now see in Sanders something that they didn’t in 2016: a clear progressive theory of what the U.S. is after in the world. “I think he’s bringing those views on the importance of tackling economic inequality into foreign policy,” DiMaggio said.

jcitybone

4500 at the rally

jcitybone

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2019/04/14/sanders-tougher-trump-gm/39345545/

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of betraying the working people who put him in office and challenged him to deny federal contracts to General Motors until the company reopens shuttered plants.

“The biggest lie was that he was going to stand up for working families and take on the establishment,” the Democratic presidential contender told a Pittsburgh rally in his first visit of 2019 to the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania. “That was a monstrous lie.”

Earlier in Lordstown, Ohio, and again in Pittsburgh, Sanders pressed Trump to put action behind his words on GM plant closings. Trump has assailed the company for shutting its small-car factory in Lordstown, in a politically important state, complaining about the company’s leadership and a local union leader while seldom mentioning the other U.S. factories that GM plans to close.

That’s not enough, Sanders said.

His message to GM and other multinationals: “If you want a federal contract paid for by taxpayers, treat your workers with respect and dignity. No more paying your workers inadequate wages while you provide CEO’s with multimillion-dollar parachutes, no more taking away health care benefits, no more denying workers the right to form a union.

Leu2500
Leu2500

The WaPost’s David Weigel’s coverage of Bernie’s Midwest weekend. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/paloma/the-trailer/2019/04/14/the-trailer-what-we-learned-about-sanders-2020-this-weekend/5cb088b61ad2e567949ec175/

Typical hogwash. An example:

Sanders stands apart in another way: He seldom discusses the midterm elections, when Democrats broke the Republican majority in the House and swept key races in the Midwest. Instead, he discusses the 2016 election and primary. In Wisconsin and Michigan, he thanked the audience for delivering big primary wins, and noted, at a western Michigan stop, that some had called his victory there “the biggest upset in modern political history.” In both states, he noted that he won “more votes from young people — black, white, Latino, Asian American and Native American — than Trump and Clinton combined.”

Jeez, Dave. Maybe that’s because (1) he’s the only candidate to have run in 2016 and (2) he’s making the claim that based on past performance he’s the most likely to win the nomination.

jcitybone

https://vtdigger.org/2019/04/14/poisoned-press-original-plot-stop-bernie-sanders-didnt-work/

Long before any votes are cast for president, some Democratic thought leaders have made up their minds about at least one thing. Bernie Sanders is too risky to be the party’s nominee. And this existential fear of the so-called “far left” is already producing questionable choices, not the least of which is a preference by most other candidates and officials to avoid a serious discussion of socialism.

Instead, Democratic nominees tend to reinforce the right’s red scare tactics by defensively declaring themselves capitalists, or at least deep socialist skeptics. “It can never work, not in America’s heartland,” most appear to agree, unfortunately neglecting to mention Social Security, Medicare and other democratic socialist policies that have operated successfully for decades, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

But Sanders has seen it all before, from the public trash talking to the secret smear campaigns, ever since his first victory.

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