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WindDancer13

thanks! I went to P4AHCF and LOL’d them.

The post had 17 likes and well over 200 comments. No need to argue with stupid, but laughing at them is healthy. Go give them a chuckle.

magsview

“Hey, Bernie Sanders!” lol, is basically the gist of it. wow.

magsview

I laughed, but this is serious for me. Here’s what I tweeted about it:

WindDancer13

Excellent!

magsview

Thanks!

Benny

magsview

Thank you Humphrey!

I actually have a break in the action (a TGIF miracle!), so was happy to see your Friday Evening Open Thread. Cheers!

polarbear4

M2!

LieparDestin

Totally random alert:

Rhiannon Giddens has a new album out. I think shes one of the most talented musicians, singers, songwriters, instrumentalusts, etc out there today

magsview

Thanks for the tip LD! Not gonna lie, I’ve never heard of Rhiannon before. I hope you enjoy your weekend!! Cheers!

LieparDestin

Two of my fav performances:

jcitybone

Really great! But this will always be my Rhiannon

EyeRound
EyeRound

Love Rhiannon Giddens! I remember her from the Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has such an incredible voice–trained to sing opera, I believe.

I also love the Turkish rifs in this piece!

Thanks LD.

Benny

Amy sure wants to be in Biden’s lane:

jcitybone

Good—siphon some votes away

polarbear4

Giving it all away to get Republican support is over.

Benny

WindDancer13

In an article on electability, the author makes this comment referring to progressives:

Does it matter, though, if Biden is not palatable to a small, yet vocal, part of the Democratic Party base?

I have been under the impression that progressives make up a larger part of the Democratic base than what this author suggests, so I went looking for numbers only to find nothing definitive.

What I did find that the number of Democrats identifying as liberals has been steadily increasing over the number who call themselves moderates or conservative. A lot of this is driven by younger people as seen in this article from the Pew Research Center. This seems to hold true with all demographics…except African Americans.

So, I went looking to see what the differences there are between progressives and liberals to see if I could get an idea what those numbers might look like. I found this article, Definition of Progressive Liberalism, at Classroom. While I still do not have numbers, I found the breakdown interesting. Even more interesting is who is referenced in this article. One reference is to an article at GOS from 2008 by Vikingkingq, and one to a 2011 article in HuffPo by David Sirota.

Both articles have a lot of good things as well as does the one at Classroom. However, I did not plan to write an essay so will not quote them here. My original question is still unanswered but what sent me searching lead to a comfortable feeling that we are not alone.

My conclusion is that just like women and people of color are underrepresented in our elected officials, so are progressives. However, we all still exist. In an otherwise bland article about electability, the author reminds us that our views will continue to be dismissed as those of a very few even as the numbers grow to be too big to ignore. To paraphrase: I am Progressive. Hear me roar.

magsview

I don’t think we are alone. But all I have is anecdotal atm. I do think that people who think of themselves as progressives, lefties, are getting more and more brave to express themselves. The ‘pragmatic’ more centrist liberals don’t seem to have quite as much sway as they used to in the public sphere. But those centrist liberals still seem to have a tight grip on the Democratic party. An outsized grip. We need to keep working at prying their fingers off one by one.

WindDancer13

Why is it that people have to be “brave to express themselves” as a progressive? I agree that this may be the case, but am now wondering at what impediments there are to stating that as a political philosophy.

For now, I think I will have to be satisfied with the many polls now using the tern “Very Liberal” (and knowing that those are probably being under counted) as an identification for those who consider themselves as progressive and the size of Bernie’s crowds vs those of the moderate candidates.

polarbear4

jcitybone

Three WaPo anti-Bernie articles in one day. Maybe they can devote a daily section to Bernie hit pieces

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/03/sorry-bernie-most-americans-like-their-health-insurance-way-it-is/?utm_term=.e1fbc5ac00d0

Benny

Perhaps Marie Antoinette didn’t read this article before filing her lazily penned op-ed.

Health insurance deductibles soar, leaving Americans with unaffordable bills

“It feels like the system isn’t working,” said Andrew Holko, a 45-year-old father of two who is facing $5,000 in outstanding medical bills because of diabetes medications, cortisone injections his wife needs for pelvic pain, a recent trip to the emergency room for his 9-year-old daughter and other services.

Holko’s information technology job puts his household income above $80,000, close to the median for a family of four. But with a mortgage, student loans and two growing children, Holko says he has little extra to cover a $4,000 annual deductible.

“We shop at discount grocery stores. My wife is couponing. We are putting every single bill we can on the credit card,” Holko said, noting that even a family meal at McDonald’s seems like a luxury. “We’re drowning.”

In the poll of working-age adults with job-based insurance, a quarter said they had put off vacations or major purchases in order to pay for healthcare. A quarter have curtailed spending on clothing and other basic household goods.

Half said costs had forced them or a close family member to delay a doctor’s appointment, not fill a prescription or postpone some other medical care in the previous year. That is higher than some other national surveys, but a study published Thursday by American Cancer Society researchers found that in the last year, 56% of all U.S. adults had problems paying medical bills, delayed care or worried about affording care.

magsview

I hear yah Mr. Holko! I hear ya.

But outside of my personal pain, think of what this does to the economy! That’s 25% of the people NOT spending money in their communities (on other than food & medical). The health care industry is one big tick sucking blood from the entire country.

jcitybone

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/05/03/iowa-caucus-bernie-sanders-ia-agriculture-rural-america-policies-elizabeth-warren-tyson-anti-trust/1091335001/

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says rural America is facing a “major, major crisis” and will roll out a major policy plan in Iowa to combat it.

“That’s a fact and somebody’s got to recognize that,” the presidential candidate said Friday in an interview with the Des Moines Register. “And if we don’t recognize it and we let this crisis continue, what we’ll see is more and more depopulation of rural counties.”

Sanders, who will campaign across Northwest Iowa Saturday and Sunday, is set to deliver a speech about agricultural policy Sunday morning in the swine barn of the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Osage.

Laying out his vision Friday, the senator said the rural way of life needs to be preserved both in his home state of Vermont and across Iowa. To do that, he will call for major, structural changes to the agricultural economy.

To start, he wants more active anti-trust enforcement of the major agricultural companies.

wi60

“An election cannot give a country a firm sense of direction if it has two or more national parties which merely have different names, but are as alike in their principals and aims as two peas in the same pod.”-FDR.

And these two parties wonder why indy voters as a voting block are getting to a point where they out number registered R’s and D’s.

polarbear4

So many fracked up things in the world, so little time.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Ohio Congressional map struck down as illegal gberrymandeting. This is Yuge!

Leu2500
Leu2500

This is how out of whack it is.

Republicans last year got 52 percent of the vote, won 12 of 16 districts

polarbear4

🙌🏼🙏❣️

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Press
Freedom
Day

A list of Wikileaks awards.

polarbear4

I haven’t called yet if I ever do. Probably already on a list somewhere, but this is a sure way to get on one But then Max does it all the time—he’s probably high on somebody’s list and that can be a dangerous place to be for a journalist.

Lots calling from the comments.

polarbear4

WindDancer13

Campaign ad for the guy primarying Pelosi.

polarbear4

Sign me up.

polarbear4

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polarbear4

We’re fighting ourselves.

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