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Leu2500
Leu2500

A little more on Bernie’s Midwest swing this weekend. MI, WI, Pittsburgh, OH & IN. I hope we get more specifics soon. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/437859-sanders-set-for-five-state-midwestern-swing

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Bernie Sanders And Pete Buttigieg Had A Good Week On Cable News

In absolute terms, Bernie Sanders led the week’s coverage. He was mentioned the most — in a total of 551 clips on the three cable networks, up nearly 300 percent from the week before.2 Pete Buttigieg’s mentions also jumped — the number of clips he was mentioned in went from 60 two weeks ago to 216 last week. Many of the more recent mentions had to do with Buttigieg’s fundraising numbers and with his attempts to distinguish himself as a fresh face in a large field.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/bernie-sanders-and-pete-buttigieg-had-a-good-week-on-cable-news/

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Benny
polarbear4

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax.

Interesting move here to keep the tax prep industry competitive https://t.co/FRU84ESHY9

— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) April 9, 2019

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Benny

I use turbotax, but this is wrong. Just as getting rid of the 1040EZ was wrong too. Why make this complicated?

Leu2500
Leu2500

My first thought was “what happened to “small govt.”

jcitybone

https://www.texastribune.org/2019/04/09/beto-orourke-staffers-flip-bernie-sanders-texas/

From oil policy to health care, these two young Beto exes said they never took the time to pore over votes and policy positions. Once they did — and O’Rourke went from Senate hopeful to presidential wannabe — they abandoned him and are now supporting reliable liberal Bernie Sanders in the race for the White House.

Their journey reveals a major fault line for O’Rourke as he transitions from a statewide campaign in which occasional votes with the Republicans can be an asset, to a new primary playing field where some see those moves as political apostasy. Though his record and platform clearly put O’Rourke left of center on the Texas political spectrum — on guns, immigration, taxes and more — many progressive voters see weakness on some of their core issues in the 2020 race.

Lanning and Young say O’Rourke’s oozing charisma and inspirational tone blinded them to a more careful look at his record. Once they did — then defected to Bernie Sanders — they say they literally lost friends over it. Young, who made a video about his switch, said “it got personal” with many colleagues from the Beto for Texas days.

“It hasn’t been received too well from my former co-workers,” Young said. “There’s a lot of burned bridges there.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

how long until he crashes?

Bernie has put issues on the table. Forced other candidates to face their own record and their current positions.

results not pretty for many of them, e.g., Joe Biden

Leu2500
Leu2500

I maintain: Beto v. Ted Cruz: no brainer. Beto v sanders & Warren? He’s not the most progressive.

jcitybone

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2019/04/medicare-for-all-america-cant-afford-good-employer-provided-insurance-for-all.html

The American health-care system is a vast, dilapidated mansion with stairways that lead to nowhere, floorboards full of termites, walls that bleed asbestos, shattered windows, a broken furnace, flooded basement, and the unfriendliest of ghosts.

In other words, it is a hellacious, irrational structure that would be cheaper to tear down and rebuild than renovate, repair, or even maintain.

But the existing structure works well for the exterminator, space-heater, and ghostbuster industries, all of which have strong lobbies (and would suffer a sharp decline in profitability if America transitioned to a single-heater mansion that was ghost-free at the point of service). And since millions of ordinary Americans don’t even have access to the mansion, those who are privileged enough to enjoy its modest protections — especially those who’ve secured a relatively dry and warm spot within the crumbling structure — tend to express satisfaction with the status quo in opinion surveys. So, when voters are told that they can have cheaper, more comprehensive protection from a brand-new mansion — so long as they accept a modest increase in property taxes, which would be fully offset by savings on utilities and maintenance — many evince skepticism. And once Big Ghostbuster starts airing fear-mongering ads about how tearing down the existing structure will turn U.S. into Venezuela, that skepticism is liable to harden into opposition.

All of which is to say: There are virtually no good substantive arguments for preferring incremental improvements to the American health-care system over simply replacing it with a well-designed, single-payer one. But there are some decent political arguments for such a preference.

Unfortunately, politicians aren’t usually comfortable saying, “I support a suboptimal policy because I am afraid of taking on the special interests who oppose the optimal one, and also believe that voters are too ignorant to recognize where their true interests lie, anyway.” So many politicians will simply recast the political downsides of single-payer as substantive defects instead.

For example, some moderate Democrats oppose Medicare for All on the grounds that such a system would be too expensive, and that people who like their employer-sponsored coverage should be able to keep it. Neither of these complaints make sense in substantive terms.

Under our existing system, the United States spends several times more than similar nations on health-care administration, pharmaceuticals, and physicians’ salaries. In return, Americans enjoy the 29th best health-care system in the world (just behind the Czech Republic’s) according to the Lancet.

None of this means that Democrats shouldn’t try to liberate Americans from the haunted, ramshackle health-care system they call home. But it does mean that progressives must strive to raise the public’s awareness of the rising costs, and coverage disruptions, that will be required under our existing system. And every time a Democrat describes Medicare for All as exceptionally expensive — or exceptionally disruptive to existing coverage — they make that task more difficult.

wi61

USA 1st in Billionaires– but we have 3rd world heath care in expenses

Don midwest
Don midwest

Another issue that has been a bipartisan effort

When Glenn Greenwald was in Columbus OH a few years ago, he made an important point that I had not seen so clearly. Namely that both factions were in agreement on the big issues but fought over personalities and other side line issues like woman’s health care.

Watching Democracy Now on Monday, Russia $60B on military, NATO already $260B and USA heading up to a trillion ($730B more or less but other things are actually military) … and I thought, what if that money was spent in Europe for the people, rather than raise it up to $400 B or so per Trump’s request.

Wars have not settled much and cause havoc and humans facing their own destruction rush to speed the end

So a dem candidate who is anti war shakes up the status quo

Don midwest
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

And blowing up mountain tops.

magsview

The first time I saw with my own eyes the line of mountains (was travelling south from CT to S. OH), with many missing their tops, tears came to my eyes. A real shame, tragic even now that I know how it affects the locals water. No, criminal is the right word.

Benny

FYI…someone on twitter has the Thread Roller on tweets about Kamala Harris’ proposed legislation in Congress.

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1115376713612050432.html

jcitybone

Well it’s good the co-sponsors are still there for the new M4A.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/09/politics/sanders-medicare-for-all-bill-2020/index.html

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce his new “Medicare for All” bill Wednesday morning, a move that will again push health care policy to the front burner of the Democratic presidential primary.

The new legislation’s big-name co-sponsors include four of Sanders’ fellow 2020 Democratic contenders — Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand — all of whom also signed onto an earlier version Sanders put out in 2017.

By unveiling his proposal now, Sanders is effectively doubling down on his signature policy idea and betting that his calls to eliminate private medical insurers will be a winning one with Democratic voters, even as the party rallies around Obamacare amid an escalating court battle instigated by Republicans and backed by President Donald Trump.

But the move could light a match to a simmering debate within the Democratic Party, pitting Sanders against other candidates, including some of the Senate bill’s co-sponsors, over the best path toward universal coverage. It is a fight Sanders appears to welcome. During the early stages of the 2020 campaign, he has relentlessly attacked private insurers, arguing that their presence is a malign influence on the whole of American health care — a step, both rhetorically and on the policy front, that his opponents have so far refused to match.

magsview

Just a little something to add to yesterday’s talk about any remaining chances of a two-state solution for Palestinians:

https://twitter.com/domihol/status/1114585237969887233

… under a "1-state solution" an additional 4.75 million Palestinians would be voting with current citizens and Israel's internal and external politics would never be the same … that's why the political elite loves that "2-state solution" – which is never going to happen … pic.twitter.com/OeORPEQKbo

— Dominic | دومينيك (@domihol) April 6, 2019

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polarbear4

The one state solution is ideal, but I disagree that we should be asking Ilhan to support it right now. We have to stop the settlements and attacks. That is the first thing that has to be done and I don’t even know how to go about that when we’re not even allowed to criticize what they’re doing. But to me that’s the first step.

In this election., Though, I’m not sure that it’s worth discussing, because it will only be used to smear. Yes, big ideas need discussion, but this is a big flame out just waiting to happen. ??‍♀️???‍♀️?peace sign.

Let’s start with stopping the annexing and attacking.

magsview

But how? How to stop with the annexing and attacking? Israel is currently operating with impunity.

For me this is always worth discussing as the settlements keep happening.

But as far as I know I never put this issue on Ilhan. I put it on all decent human beings.

polarbear4

You’re right. Discussion is Imperative. I guess I am gun shy with the elections coming up.

However, stopping Israel’s actions right now will take all the brain and heart power we have without complicating things with a theoretical solution. Stopping funding might be a start.

. I’m open to hearing how such a solution could stop the violence. And I don’t think we have much hope of stopping it until Bernie gets in.

imho. What do I know? I’m just a bear. ???

polarbear4

How might you stop them?

Now you’ve got me thinking. Uh oh.

polarbear4

I’m suffering from Twitter brain fry and am staying off it tmrw. ???

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