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jcitybone

If it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, there’s sure to be another column by the obsessed Rubin attacking Bernie. This one claims that Trump wants to run against Bernie so that means Bernie is a certain loser.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/29/when-will-democrats-realize-trump-desperately-wants-run-against-sanders/?utm_term=.cfee2dad581f

WindDancer13

And HRC wanted to run against Trump.

jcitybone

polarbear4

Bern it up!

Leu2500
Leu2500

About biden’s Union appearance today….

https://theintercept.com/2019/04/29/joe-biden-campaign-union-pension-cuts/

Joe Biden is kicking off his presidential campaign Monday afternoon alongside a local labor union in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as part of his strategy to engage working-class voters in states that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. But even as Biden basks in their image, the workers in the local union are locked in a battle with their bosses over cuts to their pensions — cuts enabled by a law passed during the former vice president’s time in the Obama White House.

Biden will speak to members of the Teamsters Local 249 alongside United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, a man Biden has previously said he “work[s] for.” Gerard himself opposed the Obama bill, and the USW has since called on Congress to pass legislation to protect benefits with alternative funding. Gerard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Former President Barack Obama signed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 into law as part of an omnibus spending bill that also rolled back some Dodd-Frank consumer protection regulations on Wall Street and lifted limits on campaign contributions to national political parties. The measure allows sponsors of pension plans who can demonstrate they are in declining or critical financial condition to cut promised workers’ benefits in order to remain solvent.

Thanks to that Obama-era law, members of the Teamsters Local 249 are facing up to 30 percent reductions in their retirement benefits — the type of economic setback prone to produce the anxiety so heavily discussed in 2016. All participants in the plan will have the chance to vote on it, but the Treasury Department has the power to veto that decision if employees reject it. Many unions backed the plan as the only way to save retiree pensions in the long run, but individual workers have expressed frustration when faced with the prospect of cuts and have since called for revisions to the original bill allowing for cutbacks.

“Walking shoes”, huh.

humphrey

humphrey

WindDancer13

Something to keep in mind until we learn differently is whether or not there was a vote on who to endorse or are the union leaders making the choice without input from members. That happened a lot in 2016 and some union members called it out.

humphrey

In this case it is likely a leadership decision. Biden has not been running long enough for there to be a polling of the membership.

orlbucfan

Teamsters Leadership has had a-less-than-stellar history/record for years.

WindDancer13

There were some real winners way back when also, though. It is that power/greed thing.

Really makes someone run out to join or stay with a union when the leaders cannot respect the whole concept behind a union.

wi60

Well iv’e been in unions a few times over the years and could careless whom the union I was in endorsed. If I didn’t like whom they endorsed I voted as I saw fit.

WindDancer13

True. I am sure the majority do. However, in a campaign the endorsements carry a lot of weight with some people. It ensures they don’t have to think for themselves.

WindDancer13

Oh, good point. That had not dawned on me yet. That would also be local wouldn’t it? I hope anyway.

orlbucfan

So much for YUPPIE PBO. Third Way rules. 🙁

jcitybone

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/29/bernie-sanders-challenges-donald-trumps-china-trade-policy.html

The Vermont independent and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate unveiled a trade platform Monday that challenges his rivals to take several steps he says will protect American jobs and boost wages. Trump has already backed — but failed to follow through on — some of the trade policies Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist and frequent target of conservatives, outlined in his trade plan.

On Monday, the senator called for Trump and all of his Democratic competitors to pledge to renegotiate U.S. trade deals and label China a currency manipulator — the latter a step the president has not taken despite promises to do so. He also pushed for an executive order to bar federal contracts to companies that outsource jobs, the repeal of a provision in the GOP tax law that critics say promotes outsourcing and a promise not to appoint a trade representative who worked on Wall Street.

“We need a president who will actually fight for American workers, keep their promises, and stand up to the giant corporations who close down plants to send jobs overseas,” Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders’ proposal reflects a Democratic field that sees an opening to drill into Trump on his trade policy. As a candidate in 2016, the president pledged to overhaul U.S. trade deals to boost American manufacturing and cut trade deficits. While the U.S. has replaced its free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, it faces hurdles on its way to ratification in Congress. The Trump administration also hopes to strike a new deal with China, but the world’s two largest economies still have issues to resolve.

jcitybone

polarbear4

WindDancer13

Of course, and we are still here. = )

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/04/elizabeth-warren-policy-bernie-sanders-presidential-primary

It’s unsurprising that Bernie’s broad vision of social conflict is more inspiring than Warren’s. After decades of skyrocketing living costs and stagnating wages, many working people are spoiling for a fight. That nascent fighting spirit can be seen in the popular protest movements that began in 2011, the unprecedented popularity of Sanders’s dark-horse candidacy in 2016, and the teachers strike wave that kicked off last year.

Unencumbered by an awkward mixture of admiration for capitalism and disapproval of its ugliest excesses, Bernie Sanders is uniquely capable of picking that fight — and making ordinary working people feel like they’re at the center of it, that it’s theirs to win.

It’s the trouble Warren has had breaking through in this way that explains why she has turned to cranking out hyper-detailed proposals. She’s making up with wonkery what she lacks in big-picture political clarity. In the process, she’s successfully grabbing headlines and winning the hearts of left technocrats with prominent platforms. That might translate into some boost in popular support. But it’s not obvious that such support will ever rival that of a candidate who tells workers, “This is class warfare, and we’re going to stand up and fight.”

We are right to admire many of the ideas coming out of the Warren campaign. Best-case scenario, they will spur a progressive policy arms race, which would be to the benefit of all.

But we shouldn’t see her policy blitz purely as a sign of strength. It may actually be an SOS message, a panicked response to her campaign’s shortcomings in the field of mass politics. And of course, mass politics are necessary for creating durable and militant constituencies that can self-organize outside the state, which is in turn necessary to win and preserve a progressive policy agenda against the interests of capitalists — an agenda that Warren and Sanders largely share.

Warren’s policy blitz strategy may pay off in the short term. But in the long term, there’s no substitute for naming the sides, picking a side, and building up your side to fight the other side. And that’s Bernie’s game.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Bernie’s guest column in the Las Vegas fun on affordable housing.

https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/apr/29/we-cannot-continue-to-ignore-the-crisis-in-afforda/

We cannot continue to ignore the crisis in affordable housing
By Bernie SandersMonday, April 29, 2019 | 2 a.m.
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Michael Wyke / AP
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
The time is long overdue for the United States to have a government and an economy which represents the needs of working families, and not just the 1 percent and wealthy campaign contributors.

That is why I am fighting to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, make sure that women receive equal pay for equal work and make it easier for workers to join unions. It’s also why I’ve advocated for a $1 trillion investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure — our roads, bridges, water systems, wastewater plants and rail system.

And, let me be very clear: When I talk about infrastructure, I am talking about the need to address the crisis of affordable housing, a crisis which exists in Nevada, my state of Vermont and communities all across this country. It is not acceptable to me that over 500,000 men, women and children in our country are homeless on any given night — including many thousands in Nevada.

A decade ago, Nevada was the epicenter of a housing crisis that saw thousands of Americans thrown out of their homes and big banks bailed out by the government. Today, the Trump administration is rolling back Wall Street regulations, the banks are demanding weaker mortgage rules and Nevada is once again facing a housing crisis — this time in affordability.

Right now, Nevada has the fewest number of affordable rental units of any state in America. On average, there are only 19 affordable rental units for every 100 low-income Nevadans. At one point last year, only 39 out of 1,800 rental units in Clark County were reportedly accepting low-income housing vouchers. Meanwhile, home prices in places like North Las Vegas had more than doubled since the housing crisis 10 years ago, and in recent years, Southern Nevada has had among the highest homeless rates in the nation.

It is not acceptable that millions of our fellow citizens are spending 50 percent or more of their limited incomes to put a roof over their heads, leaving little money for food, transportation, health care or medicine. It is not acceptable that, in communities throughout the country, wealthy developers are gentrifying neighborhoods and forcing working families out of the homes and apartments where they have lived their entire lives.

We have an affordable housing crisis, and we must address it.

Unfortunately, we have a president who isn’t simply ignoring this crisis, he and his administration are actively making it worse. Instead of expanding federal housing programs, President Donald Trump is proposing an 18 percent cut to them. And instead of working to drastically decrease high rents, Trump is proposing to dramatically raise rents on low-income Americans who receive housing assistance. And instead of expanding affordable housing, Trump is proposing the elimination of the National Housing Trust Fund, which funds affordable housing and was based on legislation I spearheaded in Congress.

How do we address the affordable housing crisis? Here are several ideas.

First, we must significantly and permanently expand the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to build housing that lower-income people can afford. Currently, we are spending $800 million a year on this program. This is far too little. By greatly expanding the trust fund, not only would this help build the affordable housing units we need, but it would create good-paying jobs to do it.

Second, we must raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a renter would need to earn $22.10 an hour to comfortably afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the U.S. under the current housing market. Raising the minimum wage is an additional way we can close the wage-rent gap.

Third, we must adequately fund grants for cities and towns that wish to create community land trust housing. When I was mayor of Burlington, Vt., we were the first municipality in the country to implement this idea, something which is now being utilized successfully throughout the country. Land trust housing enables people to enjoy the advantages of homeownership while keeping housing perpetually affordable.

Fourth, we must make sure that communities can utilize tools, including rent control, that maintain rent stability. Landlords should not be able to simply raise rents to any level they want, any time they want. We must also make certain that communities have the option to mandate that developers include affordable housing in new developments. Creating fancy new housing may be fine, but it must include a decent percentage of affordable housing as well.

Fifth, we must commit to funding and repairing our existing public housing stock. There is an enormous amount of public housing that has been neglected for years and is in need of massive repair and refurbishment.

Sixth, we must aggressively defend and promote the legal protections of fair housing, and make sure that no one is denied housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender or disability. We must fight the modern-day redlining that subjects people of color to arduous loan processes and capricious denials.

Making these changes will not be easy. It will require a grassroots movement to defeat Trump and then create a government that represents all people. That is what we are doing in this presidential campaign.

polarbear4

Where is the outrage?

orlbucfan

McClatchy used to be a decent news source. If they are promoting anti-Bernie then something has changed for the worse. I almost subscribed to them. Now, I’m glad I didn’t.

polarbear4

I thought so too

jcitybone

NYCVG
NYCVG

good timing for this.

Just as Biden is pretending that he’s for labor.

polarbear4

Anyone know Chuck Jones’ Twitter handle?

WindDancer13

I cannot find one there that would fit this person. There is one very right wing, hateful guy, a bunch of artists and musicians and some where it was not clear if it was even possible to be him. Sorry.

humphrey

humphrey

Although they are outnumbered the progressive list list keeps growing.

https://dcccblacklist.com/

humphrey

Biden’s Terrible, No Good Presidential Campaign Flops Out The Gate

humphrey

I have no idea if this is true or simply vicious slander.

https://twitter.com/LeftwardSwing/status/1122940414741237761

Leu2500
Leu2500

Sexual assault is a crime. This was back in feb, so 2 months ago. Well within the statute of limitations. It is reasonable to expect that a police report be filed. That the author says nothing about this raises a lot of doubt in my mind.

polarbear4

Weird.

polarbear4
humphrey

I might add that many of the mentions likely were not flattering.

I think we all know who MSNBC and CNN are pushing.

WindDancer13

ABC covered Biden’s rally today live. After a search at ABC, they have only covered one minute of Bernie’s announcement rally.

humphrey

For one thing. The arm looks awfully long. 🤔

Leu2500
Leu2500

I know we say “hollow leg,” but this hollow?

WindDancer13

Well, I am not a doctor, but from a woman’s point of view…no. Unless you are talking about that two-year old floating in the air. then I have no idea.

humphrey

jcitybone

Dem attacking Dem—the horror

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/441262-inslee-hits-orourke-he-did-not-lead-on-climate-change-in-congress

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee criticized his fellow Democratic presidential candidate, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, on Monday, saying O’Rourke “did not lead” on climate change as a member of Congress.

“Climate change will be the top issue in this primary, and it’s good news that Democratic candidates are putting forward ideas on the issue,” said Inslee, who has made climate change the central issue of his campaign. “But, voters have a right to look closely at Democratic candidates’ plans to separate rhetoric from results on climate change.”

Inslee released the statement in response to a $5 trillion climate change plan O’Rourke issued Monday, in which he called for efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, as well as updates to infrastructure and investments in climate sustainability in local communities.

The plan, the Inslee campaign wrote, contains several policy initiatives Inslee undertook as governor, including expansion of zero-emission vehicles, hydrofluorocarbon restrictions and accelerated clean energy deployment.

“Beto O’Rourke will need to answer why he did not lead on climate change in Congress and why he voted on the side of oil companies to open up offshore drilling,” the Inslee campaign wrote. “We look forward to a climate debate — where voters will have the opportunity to hear about which candidates have a strong, extensive record of fighting climate change and which candidates have a record of siding with fossil fuel companies

humphrey

With a goal of 2050 it gives him lots of time to collect from the fossil fuel industry.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-16/o-rourke-declines-to-sign-activists-no-fossil-fuel-money-pledge

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke declined to sign a pledge from climate activists not to accept any money from the fossil fuel industry, saying he won’t take donations from oil and gas executives, lobbyists or political action committees but won’t turn down contributions from workers.

“If you work in the oil fields, you answer the phones in the office, if you’re one of my fellow Texans in one of our state’s largest employers, we’re not going to single you out from being unable to participate in our democracy,” the former U.S. representative from El Paso told a crowd of students at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, on Tuesday.

polarbear4

lol.

humphrey

humphrey

Not sure if this was mentioned previously. It is important.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/29/democrats-money-future-majority-1291388

A group of Democratic operatives are launching a $60 million political group with plans to reclaim values-laden terms like “freedom” and “opportunity” for their party ahead of the 2020 election.

The nonprofit organization, called Future Majority, plans to provide strategic advice to other Democratic groups, as well as branding efforts, communications and a “war room” that will debunk fake news and counter conservative social media. The group quietly soft-launched during the 2018 midterms and advised organizations including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on how to message to voters.

Much of Future Majority’s work will target Midwestern states that have been trending more Republican — and which could be tipping point states in the 2020 presidential election, said the group’s executive director, Mark Riddle.

“It’s no great secret that the presidential race will be won or lost in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio — if we can win back the narrative that the word ‘Democrat’ equals people who are fighting for folks who work hard every day, we can continue to win elections,” Riddle said. “If [Democrats] get defined as being about socialism and these other words people can hear about out of Washington, then I worry.”

Considering the makeup of the group guess who they will be supporting.

Future Majority has enlisted advisers including Dan Sena, who was executive director of the DCCC for the last election, and Julianna Smoot, a deputy campaign manager on Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection effort. Two major Democratic donors are co-chairing the group: Philip Munger, son of Berkshire Hathaway billionaire Charles Munger, and Dan Tierney, founder of high-speed trading company GETGO. Keith Mestrich, president and CEO of Amalgamated Bank, is also helping fund the group.

polarbear4

Or they could work hard to give us more real freedom and real opportunity. Just a thought.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

I was in the front row! But too fast and far away. 😊

polarbear4

Leu2500
Leu2500

Ny times on biden’s Campaign event today. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/us/politics/joe-biden-2020-president.html

PITTSBURGH — Joseph R. Biden Jr. used his first address as a presidential candidate Monday to sketch out his economic plans, vowing to rebuild the country’s middle class in a state that helped hand President Trump the White House three years ago.

Appearing in a Teamsters hall, Mr. Biden scorned corporate greed, pledged to revive unions and said the minimum wage should be lifted to $15 an hour nationwide. He also centered his message squarely in the state of his birth, telling a few hundred supporters who greeted him with “We Want Joe” chants that Pennsylvania is key to Democrats’ chances of reclaiming the White House.

“If I’m going to beat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s going to happen here,” said the former vice president, noting that his party has “had a little bit of trouble” here — a reference to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 loss in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Biden, who is making his third bid for the presidency, offered few specifics about his economic plans and reprised many of the broad themes that have long been staples of his stump speech.

He eschews corporate greed. Except at big $ fundraisers.

Snip. Bernie’s not sitting back.

Yet even before he took the stage, Mr. Biden got a sharp reminder that before he can take on the president he first must survive the Democratic primary, in which he has instantly become the front-runner.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont issued a news release boasting that he is the only presidential candidate to oppose Nafta and other free trade measures, a thinly veiled attack on the former vice president as he begins his campaign with union members in a region walloped by manufacturing losses. As a Delaware senator, Mr. Biden supported Nafta and voted to create permanent normal trade relations with China.
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It was the second time since Mr. Biden entered the race on Thursday that Mr. Sanders, his closest competition in the polls, has targeted him, and another sign of what could be a robust debate between a mainstream liberal and a democratic socialist.

Leu2500
Leu2500

I can’t find the press release, but Bernie was on cnn tonight. https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/29/politics/bernie-sanders-joe-biden-contrasts-cnntv/index.html

When asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper if Sanders was concerned about Biden’s endorsement from the International Association of Fire Fighters, the Vermont independent said, “I’m running against, I think, 19 other people, so I’m concerned about everybody,” with a laugh — before setting out a brief history of their political disagreements.
“But I think when people take a look at my record versus Vice President Biden’s record — I helped lead the fight against (North American Free Trade Agreement); he voted for NAFTA,” Sanders said on “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“I helped lead the fight against (permanent normal trade relations) with China; he voted for it. I strongly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership; he supported it. I voted against the war in Iraq; he voted for it.”
Sanders’ comments offered a preview of the debates likely to dominate the Democratic primary, as the party’s recent progressive push comes up against its more corporate-friendly, moderate establishment. Biden and Sanders, despite their differences on policy, both see electoral bases of support in the industrial Midwest and among organized labor. By underlining his opposition to trade deals mostly reviled by leading unions, Sanders, who has also criticized President Donald Trump’s record on this front, could cut into Biden’s support.

humphrey

Here is the video of Bernie on CNN

humphrey

Bernie starts at the 30 second mark. That darn Bernie dealing with facts during the interview.

polarbear4

polarbear4

humphrey

a fine example of the Comcast bounce.

WindDancer13

This is going to mess with the Bernie Bro meme.

Some other numbers from the Monmouth poll (not vetted by MSNBC):

Whites non-Hispanic: Biden 27% Bernie 15%

Political ideology (Dem voters):
Biden–Liberal 17% Moderate/Conservative 36%
Bernie–Liberal 23% Moderate/Conservative 17%

Is it better to nominate a woman or a man to run against Trump:
Woman 7%
Man 12%
Does not matter 77%
Depends on candidate 3%
Don’t know 1%

Is it better to nominate a person of color or a white to run against Trump?
Color 5%
White 6%
Does not matter 87%
Depends on the candidate 1%
Don’t know 1%

Note: This poll was completed before Biden’s announcement; had 330 registered Democrats and leaning Democrat with a 5.4 margin of error.

humphrey

polarbear4

Can’t wait to hear the story of his likely crimes. Are they going to slow walk it until after the election?

WindDancer13

Now that does not look suspicious at all.

humphrey

polarbear4

polarbear4

This is the first time the backstreet boys have given me chills. 🔥🦜🦜😂

polarbear4

But that could be because I hadn’t heard them much. They’re pretty good.

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

Not this time.

polarbear4

Really, Ro?

humphrey

Is he that clueless?

polarbear4

Probably being polite and reaching out to a big voter base, but he went overboard. Reached out to Neera, too, some kind of thank you. Weird. Getting ratio’d.

humphrey

polarbear4

They will have to cheat.

Good, short article.

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