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jcitybone

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-19/no-corn-dogs-in-sight-kamala-harris-scoops-cash-in-the-hamptons?srnd=premium

Harris, Biden, Buttigieg mingle with elite for money boost

Progressives Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders notably absent

Teslas and Maseratis lined the street as Kamala Harris greeted guests sipping drinks from plastic cups with her name on them and eating cinnamon sugar donuts from Dreesen’s at a fund-raiser hosted by movie executive Jamie Patricof and his wife Kelly as the summer of Democratic fund-raisers rolled on in East Hampton.

The senator and former California prosecutor assured donors “I believe in capitalism” during a jam-packed weekend of pitching her plan to save the middle class. Harris is looking to raise enough money to keep her campaign fueled through the next debates in September and beyond.

jcitybone

And this too. She’s not comfortable with Bernie’s plan. Then why did you cosponsor it?

Harris again tried to clarify her stance on health care, a topic that tripped her up in the early Democratic debates. “I have not been comfortable with Bernie’s plan,” she said of Sanders’ Medicare for All proposal, and explained how a Harris administration would leave room for private insurance.

orlbucfan

She sounds more and more like an opportunistic flake.

jcitybone

https://theweek.com/articles/859419/why-democrats-shouldnt-afraid-talk-about-socialism

The idea is that socialist evangelizing won’t only convert skeptical voters. It’ll also bring back Democrats who stayed home in 2016. One fascinating finding from recent polling is that a clear plurality — if not outright majority — of 2016 Hilary Clinton voters preferred America move away from capitalism and towards socialism. This flies in the face of Clinton’s pitch to voters as someone who sought to “save capitalism from itself,” rather than — like her primary opponent Sanders — abandon that economic system all together.

While Trump suggests that running on socialism will cause Democrats to lose in 2020, research indicates that the opposite was true in 2016: had Clinton leaned into socialist policies, she may have turned out some of the many Democrats and progressives who stayed at home on Election Day, costing her several swing states by razor-thin margins. In particular, this includes a large share of young, black progressives — demographics with some of the highest favorability of socialism. Even Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA — far from Marxist propagandists — concluded that a populist economic message would be key to getting this vital group out to the polls.

It’s understandable that so many Democratic leaders are engaged in fearmongering about socialism. Some are the products of an older generation still living in the shadow of the Cold War and left-wing candidate George McGovern’s 1972 loss to (an incredibly popular at the time) Richard Nixon. Others take Republican glee at socialist proposals too literally, failing to remember that 55 percent of voters thought Barack Obama was a socialist before he was re-elected in a landslide. And of course there are the anti-socialist ideologues in both parties who, powered by corporate donors, are desperate at all costs to keep an agenda of economic redistribution at bay.

No matter the specific reason, the data shows that too many Democrats are fundamentally misunderstanding voters’ view of socialism. If the party wants to have any hope of holding the House and winning the Senate and White House in 2020, they need to follow the lead of Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders, and state and local politicians across the country: talk more about socialism. Voters like what they hear.

polarbear4
polarbear4

caveat: If you don’t believe it, don’t talk it.

magsview

Sorry jcitybone! I didn’t see that you’d posted this already.

Benny

Group of top CEOs says maximizing shareholder profits no longer can be the primary goal of corporations

The organization representing the nation’s most powerful chief executives is rewriting how it views the purpose of a corporation, updating its decades-old endorsement of the theory that shareholders’ interests should come above all else.

The new statement, released Monday by the Business Roundtable, suggests balancing the needs of a company’s various constituencies and comes at a time of widening income inequality, rising expectations from the public for corporate behavior and proposals from Democratic lawmakers that aim to revamp or even restructure American capitalism.

“Americans deserve an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity,” reads the statement from the organization, which is chaired by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

The group says its members “share a fundamental commitment to all of our stakeholders,” and commit to doing well by their customers, employees, suppliers and local communities. “Each of our stakeholders is essential,” the group adds. “We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.”

When the right to work capitalists begin to lower the barriers to collective bargaining, then I’ll start accepting that they are making steps in the path forward.

However, this bit of PR illustrates how Sanders and Warren are influencing the discussions, along with climate crisis activists.

A range of lawmakers, meanwhile, are trying to force companies to consider society’s larger goals when they do business or be penalized. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) has proposed a plan that would require U.S. corporations to turn over part of their board of directors to members chosen by employees. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, another 2020 hopeful, would prohibit corporations from buying back their own stock — a move that drives up share prices — unless they offer a certain level of pay and benefits for workers. Other efforts include bills to penalize companies for data breaches or improve the diversity of corporate boards.

I’ll be looking to see what Harris and Buttigieg take away from this. This also gives Biden some cover with WWC.

wi62

Pretty words from these CEO’s I’ll believe it when I actually see it. Right now its just pandering to voters hoping they’ll stick with Biden or Warren whom they know they can control. Their no where ready to give up their greed is good business model. Its going to have to be ripped away from them.

Tyrannocaster

You just can’t have enough pooches in your internet life.

jcitybone

LOL. Good luck at getting my pups to pose together like that. Here’s two shots of them together. In one they are sacked out and in the other a treat is involved.

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magsview

LOL, thanks for the pics, I needed that! Looks like they own that sofa! 😉

polarbear4
polarbear4

can i haz snuggle?

orlbucfan

Toto whom I miss terribly was the only ham of our 5 Dobes. The other 4 hated the camera and knew when it was aimed at them. Great pup shots!!

Tyrannocaster

Those guys are adorable.

magsview

Great pic! I agree, you cannot have too many pics of “pooches”, especially adorable pooches. Those two lions flanking the smaller dogs almost don’t even look real!

Tyrannocaster

Tervs are imposing dogs. The Cardis are not, LOL, but they are awfully cute. Incidentally, the one in back (Dagger) is a Corgi whose ears did not come up all the way on their own and the owner (my sis-in-law) decided not to tape them. Everybody thinks he’s a St. Bernard puppy, LOL. Note: Karloff’s ears were all the way up at 8 weeks. You just never know. As for the Tervs’ ears, I’ve never seen one with ears that weren’t up and never heard of anybody taping them. But Cardigans do have awfully big ears.

jcitybone

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/joe-biden-wont-beat-donald-trump/

Biden himself knows that his age and state of mind are a problem, and Glenn Thrush’s recent New York Times story showed that Barack Obama knows it, too. “At some point” in 2008, Thrush reports, while Biden was on his way to becoming the Democrats’ VP pick, he “told Obama aides that ‘Barack would never have to worry’ about him positioning himself for another presidential run. He was too old…”

That was over a decade ago. Today, according to Thrush, while he has accepted that Biden is running, “Obama has hammered away at the need for his campaign to expand his aging inner circle.” It’s the innermost circle of all that must worry him the most. Obama also told Biden’s people, per Thrush, “Win or lose, they needed to make sure Mr. Biden did not ‘embarrass himself’ or ‘damage his legacy’ during the campaign.

Biden at 76 shows his age more than Bernie Sanders (77) or Donald Trump (73). When Trump says something outrageous, that’s Trump being Trump. When Biden says something outrageous or bizarre, that’s partly his old habit, too—Thrush reminds us that in 2007 he called Obama “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy”—but his casual slips are increasingly worrying. The gaffes keep coming. How many will it take before voters seriously question his competence? If Biden is meant to be a contrast to Trump, those who say Trump is mentally unfit for office will have a hard time making the case that Forgetful Joe is an improvement.

The best thing Biden has going for himself is the division of his opposition. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are keeping the Medicare-for-all left split. If he were facing only one of them, Biden would be in serious trouble already. Even better for Biden, Warren and Sanders look about equally tough—Warren is determined, she’s more acceptable to the party’s moderates than Sanders is, but Sanders remains the favourite of the activist left. Neither has an obvious path to knocking the other out of the race: Sanders can hardly attack Warren from the left or accuse her of not being viable; and she can’t deploy a viability argument without risking a loss of her left flank to the very candidate she’s attacking. And so far, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg show little hope of chipping into Biden’s support on the centre-left.

Biden has wanted to be president for a long, long time: he first ran for the White House over thirty years ago, and according to sources “in Biden’s orbit” who spoke to Glenn Thrush, he never got over his failure. He saw 2008 as “his final chance to exorcise the humiliating memories of a promising 1988 campaign demolished by reports he had plagiarised speeches.” Biden told Obama he would never run for president again, yet now he is. His ambition has blinded him to reality: his time has not come, it’s already past, and as soon as Democratic voters decide between Sanders and Warren, they’ll let him know.

polarbear4
polarbear4

“Obama also told Biden’s people, per Thrush, “Win or lose, they needed to make sure Mr. Biden did not ‘embarrass himself’ or ‘damage his legacy’ during the campaign.”

that’s awful! just to preserve his legacy, you’d risk this country going to hell in a handbasket and climate change not being addressed? obama and biden, go home.

Tyrannocaster

The whole debacle that is the Obama Presidential Library tells you everything you need to know about him.

magsview

Apparently Biden’s “legacy” is more important than the future of most of the people and pretty much the entire planet.

I’m getting pretty discouraged about the Warren/Bernie thing and the way that Warren is angling against Bernie.

polarbear4
polarbear4

m2. surprised, but I shouldn’t be. I fell for Obama in 2008, two, not really diving into his history.

orlbucfan

mags, Warren is still an ex-GOPuke. I have always been leery of her. I now wonder if the “ex” is accurate.

Torabs
Torabs

Funny how casual racism regularly is dismissed as a “slip” or “gaffe” by Biden. It’s 2019, come on now.

Don midwest
Don midwest

from twitter land

polarbear4
polarbear4

Tulsi could do herself a favor by coming out strongly against this.

orlbucfan

This plus her inexperience is why I won’t vote for her!

Tyrannocaster

Here’s something else that should give Tulsi pause: