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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
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Ignore.

But she did ignite my ire.

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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
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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.)

Leu2500
Leu2500

Indiana, not Indians.

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

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