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Don midwest
Don midwest

asking big bank CEO to solve a budget problem of a citizen

https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1116535319254458368

he failed the test

here is a second link to the video

Benny

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I’m not concerned that Bernie is a bit behind in the polls after Biden. I prefer he continue to exceed expectations, so number 2 is fine. The CNN power ranking is pure bullshite for entertainment.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Morning, LD. I think you need more coffee.

Have the sound on MSNBC this AM (I know, a mistake).

But it was worth hearing Rep. Hakeem Jefferies, the Democratic Caucus Chairman on Pelosi’s leadership team. Joe or Mika tees him up, he’s talking about Pelosi & her leadership, Kay Noah blah. And then he says this “Every American has the right (sounding good here, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) schreech ACCESS to high-quality healthcare.”

Sorry, Pelosi. We want the RIGHT to healthcare. ACCESS is what the republicans offer. Dems are supposed to be better than that.

Leu2500
Leu2500

That “Kay Noah” bit? That’s auto correct needing coffee. It’s supposed to be “blah blah blah” oh for the edit function.

magsview

Hear, hear, Leu2500! You’d think by now they’d know that the word “access” shows their cards.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Obama officials cheering Assange’s arrest

They had all the info to prosecute, but chose not to proceed

All the info in the indictment was known – in court records for Manning’s trial

Why are dems cheering the arrest? Because they were embarrassed in 2016 and are looking for a scapegoat

Don midwest
Don midwest

they now have him in jail and can hold him while they work the extradition issue through the courts

some have suggested that if Sweden opened its case again, he could be sent there which might be a better path than staying in UK

in any case, this is about establishment politicians hiding what they do and have done

orlbucfan

Any way the FRighties and their media whores can distract people from watching what kind of crap they’re pulling. I hope the best for both Assange and Manning, but won’t hold my breath. 🙁

jcitybone

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/bernie-sanders-wants-incarcerated-people-vote-here-s-why-he-ncna993476

Bernie Sanders’ suggestion that all states should allow incarcerated people to vote, instead of re-enfranchising them one-by-one after incarceration, is a constructive way of bypassing the voting rights debate and getting right down to the idea that one remains a citizen even after being convicted of a crime. (Elizabeth Warren wasn’t opposed to the idea a week before.)

Currently, only two states – Vermont and Maine – allow prisoners to vote from behind bars, regardless of their conviction status. But Utah allowed it until 1998 and Massachusetts prisoners could vote until 2000, when the state rescinded that right after a few of them formed a PAC and stated their intention to both vote and influence local elections. In other words, the disenfranchisement of people upon conviction is hardly a universal or required practice.

Elected officials are the people who can solve these problems. And if this level of regular violence and death beset almost any other population — and certainly a majority white population — politicians would have spent money to stop it already. But, in part because incarcerated people lack political power, many politicians have deemed them expendable.

Perhaps no one lives more subject to the laws of the United States than the American prisoner, and yet he or she has no say in them. Allowing him or her to vote is how we end the dehumanization of incarcerated citizens. Not only will investment of rights resurrect them civilly, prisoners’ participation will ultimately affect policy for the better and make our prisons more humane.

jcitybone

Only Buttigieg and Gabbard expressly do not support voting for the incarcerated. The rest focus on restoring felon’s voting right after incarceration without taking a position on voting while in prison.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/2020-democrats-felon-disenfranchisement_n_5cae58dde4b09a1eabf75616

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-V.t.) last week became the first presidential candidate to call for allowing people convicted of crimes to vote while behind bars, the next front in the battle for voting rights.

“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” Sanders said at a Saturday town hall in Iowa. “But you’re still living in American society, and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”

But no other candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 have joined Sanders in endorsing the move on a national level since then. The idea is being pushed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is urging candidates to commit to cutting the federal prison population in half and advancing civil libertarian ideas over the next two years.

It’s significant that candidates running for office are even talking publicly about restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions, said Marc Mauer, executive director of The Sentencing Project, a criminal justice nonprofit. Mauer said in an interview he couldn’t recall the issue ever coming up in a campaign before, and it was meaningful that it was being discussed as a legitimate policy question.

If voting is a guaranteed right, it shouldn’t be something that gets taken away in prison, Mauer added. He said it was inconsistent for candidates to describe voting as a fundamental right but support restrictions on voting in prison.

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg also supports restoring voting rights “for all formerly incarcerated,” a spokesman said. “Just not while still incarcerated.”

A spokeswoman for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) said felons should not be able to vote while under the control of law enforcement ― including if they’re on parole ― because their votes could be “unduly influenced by those authorities.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

I have to admit, Tulsi has a point. We’d have to dismantle the private prison system and keep a good eye on it.

jcitybone

It’s a pretty blunt instrument though to deny prisoners (and parolees!) the vote because they “might” be influenced by authorities.

orlbucfan

Florida voters passed restoring voting rights to felons who have completed their sentences by a resounding margin. The latest? The crooked FRighties up in Tallahassee are doing everything in their power to thwart it. They’ve messed up Med Pot, and are now trying to eliminate voters being able to put amendments to the state constitution on the ballot. It never ends down here!

polarbear4

True. I am for it. Just sayin’.

WindDancer13

The same argument was made against “giving” women the vote (that their husbands would now have two votes). And used again against lowering the voting age (influence of parents). Gee, that argument just never gets old, does it?

wi61

Once a woman get that ballet and votes. She might tell her husband what he wanted to hear but voted the complete opposite. As far as the teen vote goes at 18 most teens are some what rebellious and wouldnt vote for someone that their parents tried to influence them to vote for. they probably would do the exact opposite.

jcitybone

Of course, the author still had to take Bernie to task for not releasing his taxes fast enough.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/bernie-sanderss-wealth-doesnt-make-him-a-hypocrite.html#comments

Unsurprisingly, Sanders still received some flak for his millionaire status. “Bernie is lucky to live in a capitalist society,” CNN’s Erin Burnett remarked on a Tuesday episode of her show. “It’s all very off-brand and embarrassing, but Senator Bernie Sanders is a millionaire,” announced one ThinkProgress piece. But alleging that Sanders’s wealth makes him a hypocrite relies on a misunderstanding of his political views, and at the same time, obscures the real red flag his tax-return saga raises.

Sanders does not appear to be an anti-capitalist in the strictest sense — his brand of social democracy is compatible with capitalism, even as it seeks to regulate it and loosen its grip on the American worker — but even if he were, his wealth wouldn’t make him a fraud. Socialism does not demand asceticism. As the old labor slogan says, workers need bread and roses, too — small luxuries that make life more tolerable. The point isn’t to accumulate excess, but to elevate the human dignity of the worker — a radical shift from the current the political reality. When the U.S. government does offer help to low-income people, it typically does so under punitive conditions. People who need welfare have to prove they’re looking for work, as if they’re lazy bums who must be goaded into productivity. Similarly, there’s no real financial reason for the Women, Infants, and Children food aid program to ban beneficiaries from purchasing herbs or spices, but it does. One F-35 fighter jet can buy a lot of dried basil, and only one of these items works as advertised on a regular basis. (It’s not the jet.) The government could improve the material circumstances of vulnerable Americans with relative ease, if it chose to do so — that’s the core argument Sanders, and like-minded politicians, have put forward.

Leu2500
Leu2500

FFS. Bernie is required to file annual financial disclosure forms due to being a senator. You know, The same forms that Trump’s sister the federal judge filed & The NY Times used in its investigation into the Trump family finances, taxes, and tax dodges.

They are even, surprise, surprise, surprise, available to the public here. https://efdsearch.senate.gov/search/

Here’s the link to his 2017 disclosure. Nymag, check out the royalties. https://efdsearch.senate.gov/search/view/annual/fbe78885-0e7f-4e56-9033-6c3c6e547946/

Leu2500
Leu2500

One thing we find out? Bernie’s folk album must be doing well (relatively) because he’s earning 4 figures royalties from it.

magsview

The 1987 one?

Benny

Never mind that Julian Castro said he would release his in the next “few weeks” rather than committing closer to tax day, which is what Bernie is doing.

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