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humphrey

Left wing HAH!

He memorizes a few talking points but he will likely vote like Manchin and Sinema if he is lucky enough to be elected.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Puh-leeze. Do they think Osoff’s twitter campaign ad will be any better this time around? https://youtu.be/-rMVNC5l4IM

He pissed away $23M+ last time. Then Handel was beaten in the midterm (by a woman btw. Why didn’t those “special place in Hell” establishment Dems pick a woman to run the first time?)

magsview

Go away and work for some tech firm Ossoff! (and try to not make the world a worse place thanks) Politics not your thing.

humphrey

humphrey

wi61

The R’s will stay silent on this because of Trumpcorp Jr and Kushner. Well 2nd thought maybe not. But as we’ve seen its ok for a R president.

humphrey

humphrey

Benny

Benny

Original reporting and commentary by TYT’s Emma Vigeland:

Benny

Benny

Leu2500
Leu2500

If you live in Iowa, you can see Bernie this weekend. Souix City. Ames (lots of college kids) , perry & ft dodge. With an agricultural policy address in Osage find out more here. https://www.facebook.com/berniesanders/

Benny

I hope Bernie acknowledges that East Iowa is really hurting at the moment from flooding.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Rather than “hope,” check out his twitter page. Here’s his most recent tweet about the floods. He’s Bern addressing all the floods this year, and thing them to climate change.

Benny

TY! Missed that!

Benny

I don’t guess Joy Reid will be discussing this clip anytime soon.

WindDancer13

And look who is nodding her bobble head.

Benny

Yep, it’s Barbie!

WindDancer13

Ir I remember correctly, Barbie not anatomically correct; this one is not morally correct. I would have gone with Betsy Wetsy, though.

humphrey

Benny

Coming on in an hour!

humphrey

humphrey

Benny

Bernie Sanders: Medicare For All’s Moment Is Here. Don’t Back Down.

Part 1

A decade ago, when I introduced legislation guaranteeing medical care to every American, the proposal was cast as a “radical” and “unrealistic” measure, and I could not convince a single senator to cosponsor the bill.

Ten years later, our Medicare for All bill has widespread support in the House and Senate, and polls show Medicare for All is supported by a majority of Americans, including a majority of Republicans.

As the House this week held historic hearings about Medicare for All, we must remember that this transformation did not happen by accident. It happened because Americans from all walks of life understand that we have a dysfunctional health care system designed to make huge profits for the drug companies and the insurance companies, while tens of millions remain uninsured or underinsured and we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs.

And these Americans are now fighting back. They are not only resisting Trump’s efforts to throw 32 million people off the health care they have; they are demanding that health care in the United States be considered a right, not a privilege.

Now, because of these grassroots efforts, we are on the verge of a historic victory — and that reality is prompting a backlash from the powerful special interests that continue to reap hundreds of billions of dollars from the status quo.

But our message must be clear: We must remember the lessons of history and refuse to back down.

This is not going to be an easy fight. To try to stop our movement’s momentum for Medicare for All, the insurance and pharmaceutical industries have recently formed a front group called the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future. In reality, this is a partnership to protect health industry profits. Through deceptive ads, the group’s goal is to try to persuade legislators to oppose Medicare for All, or divide and confuse us with weaker proposals.

This group’s members aren’t patients or consumers or people impacted by our current health care system — they are insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying group. These groups spent $143 million on lobbying in 2018 to try to preserve a system that is a disaster for millions of Americans, but that is making big money for CEOs. In 2017 alone, while Americans were getting crushed by higher premiums and prescription drug prices, the top 65 health care CEOs made $1.7 billion in compensation, and the 25 highest-paid CEOs in the pharmaceutical industry made roughly $440 million.

So it should be no surprise that these companies and their political groups will spend enormous sums of money to try to stop us.

But let us be absolutely clear: These frantic attempts to derail our progress are a sign that we are winning — and that means we cannot rest, we cannot back down, and we cannot accept any substitute.

We must stand firm in unequivocally declaring that through a Medicare for All system, we are going to make health care a human right for all people in this country. Our bill expands Medicare to cover all people and to cover long-term care. It will reduce overall health care spending and finally end the situation whereby Americans are forced to choose between putting food on the table and paying for medicine.

Benny

Part 2 of op-ed in Buzzfeed

And here is some good news to remember as we begin the 2020 presidential election campaign: If we keep pushing, history suggests that we will be victorious.

Recall that in the mid–20th century, President Harry Truman first proposed guaranteeing health care to seniors. This idea was billed as radical, “un-American,” and an attack on basic freedom that would be a political loser. And because of that withering assault, the idea stalled in Congress for years — until voters made their voices heard.

In 1960, America elected John F. Kennedy after he campaigned in support of Truman’s idea. That election prompted a health care bill to finally begin being debated in Congress, and Kennedy at the time noted that “what we are now talking about doing, most of the countries of Europe did years ago.”

Of course, the legislation was initially blocked by Republicans and conservative Democrats, who argued that if the proposal passed, it would be nothing short of the end of the republic. Americans, though, were not deterred — they fought back with a 1964 election landslide that was so enormous, the new Congress was all but forced to immediately pass what is now known as Medicare.

“It took a big election, with voters changing the balance of power on Capitol Hill,” as Princeton historian Julian Zelizer wrote.

More than a half-century after that achievement, we are now at a similar moment in American history.

This is a moment that requires us to say louder and more clearly than ever that health care is a human right, not a privilege.

This is a moment to point out that Medicare is the country’s most popular and cost-effective health care program — and that by expanding it to cover everyone, we will save Americans money.

This is a moment to say that we cannot accept any more Americans dying or going bankrupt for lack of medical care.

This is a moment to proudly declare that Medicare for All’s time has come.

In short, this is a moment to stand up, not stand down. If we do that, we will win.

humphrey

Shorter version.

wi61

I expected that total to be a whole lot more than that to be honest. One could argue that their really using our money gained from over changing the average american for thier goods /services.

WindDancer13

Politicians are cheaply bought. Some of the donations I have seen have been fairly small. Of course, it may be on the merit system. The more you do for them, the more they pay.

Benny

I didn’t know Ro was from Bucks County, PA.

Benny

I’d like to see the cross tabs as this poll is very different from the one posted yesterday by CNN.

Benny

jcitybone

More than anything this poll is bad for Warren’s “electability.”

Benny

Notice the folks are the same racially as Mayor Pete? No one at TOP points this out but Bernie constantly takes hits on this false meme.

jcitybone

From Michael Bennet’s “announcement”
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/michael-bennet-why-im-running-for-president.html

Our republic has reached a critical juncture. An authoritarian China is gaining economic power and geopolitical influence at breakneck speed. The stagnation of middle-class wages threatens our children’s economic future, while climate change threatens their grandchildren’s very survival. But when I look into the decades to come, I do not do so with the slightest trepidation. Because I know that our republic has faced challenges just as vexing in the past, and, time after time, by hook or by crook, people as wealthy and white as I am have made it through just fine. If you want crocodile tears about Mother Gaia, go listen to Beto O’Rourke. If you want the truth, then read my lips — I’ve got half of my retirement savings invested in water, and another quarter in Albertan farmland. When the Ogallala Aquifer dries up, I’m going to be a fucking zillionaire. By the time the rising tides hit the fan, I’ll either be dead or strapped into an Oculus Rift on a luxury satellite like the one in Pixar’s Wall-E. And at that point, I promise you, I will care no more about what happens to you peasants than you all care about what’s happening to the bees.

These are the questions that my campaign will seek to answer in the weeks and months ahead. But while this stunt candidacy is about me — not “us” — I cannot sustain it alone. If I’m going to palliate my nagging sense of insignificance by proving myself to be a less forgettable middle-aged white man than John Hickenlooper, I’m going to need your disposable income. So please, join me in this fight. Together, I believe, we can funnel significant amounts of money into the advertising firm that my friend Carl operates and thus secure favors from him at some future date.

jcitybone

Fake friend

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/02/joe-biden-is-no-friend-of-unions

At no point in his career has Biden proven willing to take the slightest political risk on behalf of workers. His appearances in union halls occur when he needs something from labor. On the other hand, when Biden went to vacation in the Hamptons during the 2011 Verizon strike, workers in the area sought him out “just to possibly get a show of support, a thumb’s-up, a head nod, anything” – to no avail. That same year in Wisconsin, labor leaders specifically asked Biden to come to rally their resistance to the brutal, ultimately successful attack by Scott Walker; Biden declined.

In fact, I can find reports of only two instances of Biden appearing on a picket line or otherwise supporting embattled workers at any point in his very long public life: once in Iowa, during his 1987 presidential campaign, and just this month in Boston. Now, his first major presidential fundraiser is being hosted by the founder of one of the country’s leading anti-union law firms. The man running to be labor’s champion is sponsored by someone who has made millions choking the life out of the labor movement.

Nor does Biden have a public policy record favorable to the working class. In 1977-1978, during unions’ big push for labor law reform, he vacillated for months and sabotaged the proposal with public criticism. He voted for Nafta and supported the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He authored the punishing 2005 bankruptcy bill, a reward to creditors and punishment to debtors. Worse still, he has been one of the main legislative architects of mass incarceration, a regime that has devastated the heavily policed and punished American working class.

wi61

Biden and $hillary just wants the union vote and then go away and dont bother me for 4 years

Benny

Sorta like the PoC vote. Often taken for granted until primary time.

jcitybone

Krugman has no idea about how to bargain. There is zero evidence that Bernie would not support something less than M4A if that’s what passed Congress. Just look at his history in supporting better but less than ideal legislation. Any health care improvement will be bust unless there is a strong push for the optimum. Krugman is a disingenuous fool.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/opinion/sanders-biden-2020.html

You might try to rationalize the Sanders position by saying that Medicare for All is an aspirational plan, and that in practice he would be willing to accept a more gradualist approach. But that’s not what his behavior suggests. On the contrary, Sanders has conspicuously refused to support measures that would enhance Obamacare, even as a temporary expedient.

For Sanders, then, it seems to be single-payer or bust. And what that would mean, with very high likelihood, is … bust.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Sure, krugman. You seem to gave forgotten what Bernie did when they were trying to get the votes for Obamacare.

Despite the inherent limitations of a self-described democratic socialist who eschews the norms of Beltway fundraising, the Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont has won legislative victory after victory on an issue that has been dear to him since his days as Burlington’s mayor.

That issue is the simultaneously benign and revolutionary expansion of federally qualified community health clinics.

Over the years, Sanders has tucked away funding for health centers in appropriation bills signed by George W. Bush, into Barack Obama’s stimulus program, and through the earmarking process. But his biggest achievement came in 2010 through the Affordable Care Act. In a series of high-stakes legislative maneuvers, Sanders struck a deal to include $11 billion for health clinics in the law.

The result has made an indelible mark on American health care, extending the number of people served by clinics from 18 million before the ACA to an expected 28 million next year.

Snip

Sanders’s place in health clinic history will be remembered for his forceful role in the winter of the health reform debate. In December 2009, tensions ran high as Congress inched closer to a final health reform deal. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., tapped Sanders to help win support from liberals who thought the bill was too weak as well as from Democrats from rural states who were facing mounting pressure. More funding for community health centers, Sanders argued, was a win-win solution for both camps, since the program would ensure access to health care for even the most remote areas of the country while also helping those without insurance. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., among others, held out to the very last moment.

Two days before the Senate voted to break a Republican filibuster of the bill, Reid called on Sanders to make his case on the Senate floor. Sanders, in typical fashion, said the legislation was far from perfect, but thundered about the common-sense need for health centers, citing the acute demand for more primary care doctors, the cost-savings from patients who would otherwise use the emergency room for the common cold, the patient-centered model of clinics, and so on. Senate Democrats rallied and overcame the Republican filibuster.

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Daniel Hawkins, vice president of the National Association of Community Health Centers, recalls that in the end Sanders was able to negotiate with Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., to increase health clinic funding through a special technical amendment that could modify the reconciliation Senate bill through a simple majority vote. The technical amendment passed, with $9.5 billion targeted for health center operations and $1.5 billion for construction and renovation projects. The House passed the final Senate bill, and President Obama signed the legislation with $11 billion in health clinic funding into law on March 23, 2010.

“There was no one who played a more important role than Senator Sanders,” Hawkins says, remembering Sanders’s constant lobbying of other lawmakers to support the funding.

wi61

What a sanctuary we have here TPW’ers!!!! The amount of Bernie bashing ,poll manipulation is already at a fever pitch.(They must be really getting worried) Been so depressing that I’ve all but written off watching the MSM unless Bernie is on for a rare segment. The amount of info here has been outstanding as most days are now going to a morning/evening OT. Keep it up everyone whom does their various research and posts the info. Your posts are appreciated.

polarbear4

I’m so happy about his Venezuela statement.

wi61

I’m so sick of the US being in the state of perpetual war!!!!

wi61

Sums up my opinion of Biden

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humphrey

I am adding this one.
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jcitybone

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-is-everything-joe-biden-is-not/

They don’t get it.

Mainstream journalists routinely ignore the essential core of the Bernie 2020 campaign. As far as they’re concerned, when Bernie Sanders talks about the crucial importance of grassroots organizing, he might as well be speaking in tongues.

Frequently using the word “unprecedented” — in phrases like “our unprecedented grassroots effort to take on the powerful special interests and billionaire class” — Sanders emphasizes the vast extent of organizing necessary for him to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year. For an extraordinary campaign, that could be attainable. For mainline media, it’s virtually inconceivable.

The conformist political reporters are akin to inept topside oceanographers who stay away from the depths while scrutinizing the surface and speculating on future waves. Time and again, the sea changes that come from below take them by surprise.

humphrey

Just because of the fact that Bernie does well in the caucus format.

Another state has switched.

humphrey

Another way to minimize Bernie’s delegate numbers.

polarbear4

Jesus H Christ. Can Bernie do anything? And will machines be used? I’m getting ready for the revolution.

Benny

While it’s true that Bernie does better in caucuses, I am opposed to them in principle. They aren’t democratic enough. I wish every state were like mine, which is an open primary.

humphrey

The DNC is putting a positive spin on the changes as being more democratic. wink! wink! But does little to influence New York’s ridiculous registration rules and closed primaries that are an insult to independents.

Benny

We agree. Unfortunately, state voting laws are hard to change.

Leu2500
Leu2500

NY is getting better. Still work to do, but some changes will help. https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-landmark-legislation-modernizing-new-yorks-voting-laws

Additional changes in the 2020 budget:

Voting before noon upstate: State Election Law currently prohibits poll places from opening before noon in primary elections only in upstate New York, creating unequal access to the polls across the state. New Yorkers everywhere are entitled to the same opportunity to vote, and this year New York will ensure that voting hours are extended for primary elections upstate to match voting hours across the rest of the state.
Make Election Day a holiday: An inability to take time off of work should never be a barrier to voting. This year, New York will ensure that any New Yorker has time off to vote on Election Day.
Automatic registration: Today New Yorkers are given the opportunity to register to vote when interacting with State agencies and they must affirmatively ask to be registered. The budget includes a proposal to reverse that process and register eligible New Yorkers to vote unless they affirmatively ask not to be registered. Automatic voter registration will not only boost voter registration and turnout in this state, it will also strengthen our democratic process.
Online registration: Apart from DMV, there is currently no online option for voter registration in New York State. The budget includes a proposal to ensure automatic voter registration opportunities are available online, including allowing New Yorkers to apply to register to vote on the State Board of Elections website.
Ban corporate contributions: Corporate money has overtaken our election system. The executive budget includes a proposal to ban all corporate contributions, restoring the power to the people and helping to remove dark money and special interest influences in our democratic process.

orlbucfan

Be a cold day in h3ll before even a couple of those good ideas gets passed in Floridumb. 🙁 T and R, LD!! The change-to-primary could end up biting the DNCrap in the butt. Bernsters are already informed and energized. There’s plenty of time left before the primaries start.

Leu2500
Leu2500

No, not “just because of the fact Bernie does well in caucuses.” Caucus reforms was one of the dnc reforms proposed by Bernie. From the unity commission report:

The Commission was mandated to make recommendations as to how caucuses can be less burdensome and more inclusive, transparent, and accessible to participants. Because of the high level of excitement surrounding the most recent Democratic presidential nominating process, states saw unprecedented levels of participation in their primaries and caucuses. While this is great for the Party, it also has created challenges for caucus states and voters. The Commission members, many of whom have extensive experience in running and participating in caucuses, discussed both the positive and problematic aspects of caucuses.

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At the same time, many are concerned that caucuses disenfranchise voters, such as seniors, members of the military, working families, students, and parents of young children, who are not able to attend a caucus meeting or spend hours while internal meeting processes continue in order to exercise their right to participate in the presidential nominating process. At the same time, lack of funding and staffing in some cases has created an absence of transparency and barriers to participation. States who use caucuses must find new and better ways to ensure broad participation.

humphrey

Because the Rules Committee was stacked against Bernie representatives I do not trust most of the outcome.

Benny

Understandable.

polarbear4

polarbear4

How in hell does the dying Beto campaign have these numbers? We saw how Bernie will stomp Trump on Fox? I’m tempted to just not read polls for a while.

humphrey

You can read them if your in need of a chuckle since most of them are manipulated jokes.

Leu2500
Leu2500

I missed 1 stop in Iowa. https://twitter.com/OFB2020/status/1123964864265891840

See if you can keep up, Biden.

polarbear4

polarbear4

So now the Secret Service is apparently helping Trump pull off an illegal coup.

humphrey

Take advice from Krugman with this in mind.🙄

polarbear4

😢

Benny

Chewie was my favorite character in Star Wars! Sorry to see his passing.

polarbear4

polarbear4

oh hell. on earth.

humphrey

And the Republicans bastards did not join in to override Trump’s veto!

Benny

polarbear4

Great. AND I wish he had talked about saving lives and the quality of lives.

polarbear4

Sweet voter made vid

polarbear4

I♥️this.

polarbear4

humphrey

humphrey

I am including this tweet for the image included. The link is also worth a read.

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