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jcitybone

https://newrepublic.com/article/154008/bernie-sanders-rich

Sanders’s message has largely been targeted, it’s worth noting, at the super-rich. He told The New York Times, for instance, that he was different than the president, another rich person, by “not being a billionaire, not having investments in Saudi Arabia, wherever he has investments, all over the world.” That is a key difference and it slots in with Sanders’s larger message. His book royalties aren’t perpetuating global instability or inequality. The point of his political life has been to fight against both of those things; over the last few years, he’s managed to get rich doing so—though not that rich, at least compared to his fellow senators.

His policy platform, moreover, has emphasized, repeatedly, tax increases for people in what is now his income bracket. It’s not entirely clear what the charges of hypocrisy would even represent. You are, after all, allowed to advocate for the powerless from positions of power—more people in the United States Senate should try it.

Instead, the fixation on Sanders’s wealth seems to have more to do with a general discomfort in talking about his policy positions, and perhaps especially, his democratic socialism. The Beltway media, in particular, have struggled to understand his earnestness, and some of that cynicism often bleeds into coverage of his finances.

It also, of course, speaks to the desire to undercut Sanders’s message. “Bernie is a known quantity in any socialist paradise,” establishment-class Republican consultant Rick Wilson told Kruse, “the party apparatchik with the dacha…” Kruse helpfully notes that everyone who knows Sanders thinks the comparison is absurd. But Wilson’s corny line points to the dig that many have hoped would stick: That Sanders is really just another politician, in it for the money.

Still, the real lesson of Sanders’s millions isn’t that he’s sold out his political revolution. It’s that his political revolution is winning, turning him into one of the most improbable celebrities in recent American history. Far from hurting Sanders’s political success, his new wealth points to just how popular his ideas about inequality and fairness have become.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/opinion/nurses-medicare-for-all-health-insurance.html

The women say that their professional experiences have led them to an inescapable conclusion: The motives of gargantuan for-profit health care industries — hospitals, pharmaceuticals, insurance — are incompatible with those of health care itself. They argue that a single-payer system, run by the federal government and available to all United States residents regardless of income or employment status, is the only way to fully eliminate the obstacles that routinely prevent doctors and nurses from doing their jobs.

Several proposals now working their way through Congress would aim to create just such a system. The nurses’ support for such proposals — the union has endorsed a bill put forth by Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington — is somewhat surprising, because the zero-sum nature of American health policy tends to place them on the losing end of any major system overhaul. The money it will take to provide many more services to many more patients will have to come from somewhere, the thinking goes. And the paychecks of doctors and nurses are a likely source.

That calculus has not deterred the nurses.

Perhaps that’s because they see so much time and money wasted by the bureaucracy of the current system. By most estimates, the administrative costs of American health care surpass those of any other developed nation. Or maybe it’s because of the innumerable avoidable medical crises they constantly find themselves confronting. Patients go into heart failure because they can’t afford blood pressure medication, or gamble with their diabetes for want of insulin, then turn up in the hospital needing care that’s far more expensive than any preventive measure would have been.

Or maybe they just know that a steady job with decent health benefits does not exempt anyone from the arbitrary agonies of our current system. Ms. Johnson-Camacho recalls having to discharge a patient without essential chemotherapy — not because the patient was uninsured but because his insurer refused to cover the drug that had been prescribed. “I had just finished explaining to him how important it was to take this medication faithfully,” she says. “I told him, ‘Every day you skip it is a day that the cancer has to potentially spread.’ And then we had to send him home without it.”

jcitybone

I agree that Biden’s crowds are smaller partly because his strongest demographic is older voters who are less likely to attend rallies, etc. But is also shows that he is not inspiring younger voters who the Dems need to turn out. Those older voters will turn out to vote for any Dem; the younger ones not so much.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/28/biden-energy-crisis-1345359

So where are the big energetic crowds, the lines around the block to get into Joe Biden’s events?

The question is no small matter in a party still recovering from a bitter 2016 defeat — a loss marked by a lack of enthusiasm for an establishment nominee in several critical states.

Attendance at the former vice president’s launch rally paled next to some of his rivals. In his first Iowa visit, he didn’t match the crowds that greeted Elizabeth Warren or even the less well-known Pete Buttigieg in their initial visits. So far, he’s kept his events to smaller venues where there’s little danger of empty seats.

In the eyes of Biden’s progressive critics — as well as President Donald Trump, who has publicly mocked him for it — the seeming lack of excitement or teeming masses at his events is a leading indicator of a lack of passion for his candidacy.

“I started to think the polls were wrong about Biden because it’s not what we’re seeing on the ground,” said Aimee Allison, founder and president of She the People, a national network devoted to promoting women of color.

“Inspiration is the X-factor and we’re waiting for the inspiration from Biden,” she said. “When the inspiration isn’t there, the turnout from the core of the Democratic base — women of color — isn’t there. And then we lose.”

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This is the part that I liked in the article.😁

Last Saturday, when Biden held a rally for his headquarters’ opening in Philadelphia, his campaign estimated the crowd size was 6,000 — a count that some local observers thought might be generous. One local elected Democrat who supports Biden privately told POLITICO the rally was smaller and less energetic than expected.

The event fell far short of the size his surrogates predicted in one of the nation’s largest Democratic cities. Just before Biden formally announced his candidacy last month, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who helped organize a fundraiser for Biden, had loftier expectations.

“He’s enormously popular here,” Rendell, a former Philadelphia mayor, said in a late April interview. “We could get tens and tens of thousands of people … For one rally, I think we could do that.”

President Trump — for whom crowd size borders on obsession — seized on Biden’s Philadelphia launch, mocking the former vice president two days later at a rival Pennsylvania speech where he exaggerated the smallness of the crowd.

“We have thousands of people … look at the thousands and thousands of people we have,” Trump said at a Montoursville rally, for which his campaign declined to release an estimated crowd count. “They said [Biden] had 600 people … I’d say 150.

underlining by me.

humphrey

I posted This last night but I am repeating it for a reason.

If this is in fact true will there be similar repercussions?

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MSNBC Shares Wrong Poll Number To Push False 2020 Narrative

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Trump Rolls Back Anti-Discrimination Protections For Trans People

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polarbear4

Bepo actually has a Greenwald piece.

jcitybone

It’s one issue that WaPo and Greenwald actually agree on.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/28/politics/bernie-sanders-photo-lines/index.html

At the end of each of his three Memorial Day ice cream socials, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders concluded in a way he had never done before.

He told the crowd that he would take a picture with whoever wanted one.

“Now, a number of you as I was walking around wanted selfies,” Sanders told the crowd in Warner, New Hampshire. “So if people wanted to form a line, and I’m happy to do selfies with as many people who want them.”

At the next stop in Laconia: “Lastly, if there’s anybody that would like to do a selfie, get on line, let’s do it.”

And finally, here in Rollinsford: “One other thing: Anybody wants a selfie, get on line.”

The decision for Sanders to take photos and engage with a long line of voters after a campaign stop is a decided shift from the way he campaigned when he first got in the race. By embracing selfies, the Vermont independent made himself more accessible to voters, particularly in New Hampshire.

The idea to do a photo line after events in New Hampshire was the senator’s idea, a senior staffer for the Sanders campaign told CNN. And while the senator took plenty of selfies during his 2016 campaign, the aide said, full photo lines after events are entirely new.

Most people who made their way through the selfie line told Sanders how much they support him and what they did for him when he ran in 2016.

One woman in Laconia asked Sanders to sign her arm.

“Oh God,” Sanders exclaimed — but he still gave in to the woman’s request.

The setup also allowed voters to ask questions that may have been less serious, but allowed Sanders to let his guard down and connect.

A man in Rollinsford asked the candidate about his favorite Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor, given his three ice cream social events with Ben & Jerry’s co-founders.

“Cherry Garcia is pretty good,” Sanders said.

polarbear4

warm fuzzies.

orlbucfan

Obviously knows the flavor’s title is a pun on Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. T and R, mags!! Hope all the TPW faithful had a good Holiday weekend. 🙂

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polarbear4

maybe he does. 😢

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But what will Cheri Bustos have to say about this?

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hope Bernie and staff are watching this

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Lol. “I do like Joe Biden, as a vice president.” Lol

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takes about a minute. Deadline tomorrow.

polarbear4

I knew most of us have seen this but it’s such an important clip. Seven minutes for seven countries.

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There are times when service to self takes precedence, so that we can serve from a good place. 💕🐻🦜

jcitybone

https://splinternews.com/jonathan-chaits-laughable-attempt-to-take-down-bernie-s-1835069500

Because vapidity never takes a day off, New York concern troll-at-large Jonathan Chait was at it again on Memorial Day with a piece on why, in a country that has essentially known nothing but perpetual war since World War II, Bernie Sanders’ pro-Sandinista stance in the 1980s is problematic.

Chait has three major qualms with Sanders in this arena based on Sanders’ recent interview with the New York Times, the primary one being that Sanders wasn’t sufficiently mealy-mouthed about the Nicaraguan Civil War and the American government’s attempts to overthrow Nicaragua’s socialist government and replace it with a right-wing militia.

Finally, Chait retreats back to a familiar complaint when the Times interview was published: that Sanders was mean and condescending to the reporter. “Is Sanders’s plan for dealing with attacks on these statements, if he’s nominated, to change the subject and lash out at the media?” Chait writes. “That doesn’t seem like a great plan.”

It’s a true mystery as to what Chait is basing that statement on, considering who the current president is and what he’s been doing since the day he announced his candidacy. And either way, Chait is criticizing Sanders for playing the same game most American politicians play when confronted with criticism.

In Sanders’ case, however, the criticism doesn’t hold weight. When you’re someone who’s been active in American political life for decades and have been right about nearly every major question of American foreign policy in that time frame, you should repeat it, and often, even if it angers people who can never seem to get it right.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2019/05/28/bernie-sanders-backs-policies-dramatically-shift-corporate-power-us-workers/?utm_term=.a585bec27f12

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will push new policies aimed at giving workers a greater ownership stake in companies, moves the 2020 presidential candidate is pitching as a dramatic transfer of power in the U.S. economy.

The plans would give millions of workers the type of workplace influence typically reserved for shareholders and executives.

Supporters say giving workers a greater ownership stake could boost wages for American workers and force companies to focus on long-term results, while critics contend the plans could cause investors to take their money overseas.

The proposals also suggest Sanders may aim to expand his campaign beyond the issues that defined his 2016 presidential bid — particularly social safety net expansions such as Medicare-for-all and free college tuition — and into other areas of labor policy.

These proposals are a response to a widening gap in the U.S. economy, said Blasi and Kruse, the Rutgers economists. The wealthiest 10 percent of Americans currently own 97 percent of all capital income, including all capital gains, interest payments and corporate dividends.

“With real wages being flat, looking at employee ownership and profit-sharing is a compelling way for the middle class to get a share of the benefits of ownership,” Blasi said. “If we don’t find a way to include the middle class in share of ownership, then capitalism is dead. That’s basically it.”

humphrey

Small wonder that they keep Biden sequestered. His ego and his mouth get him in trouble.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/445832-joe-biden-in-2007-it-was-the-biden-crime-bill-that-became-the-clinton-crime

Former Vice President Joe Biden boasted at a 2007 Democratic presidential debate that the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act originated as the “Biden Crime Bill” before it became known as the “Clinton Crime Bill.”

The remarks, made during Biden’s second White House bid in October 2007, came as the then-senator from Delaware rebuked former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who was seeking the Republican presidential nomination at the time.

“He is genuinely not qualified to be president,” Biden said. “Here’s a man who brags about how he made the city safe. It was the Biden crime bill that became the Clinton crime bill that allowed him to do that.”
The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act was passed with bipartisan support in 1994 and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton, who had pushed for the legislation. At the time, Biden chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and played a crucial role in passing the bill.

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Hah! Hah! Hah! It looks like Trump is in trouble now.🙄

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polarbear4

I tend to believe Joe, but he’s just an arrogant entitled old man, but this is not a good look. I believe this is a recent “rally.”

polarbear4

not “but.”. Trying to say that I don’t think he’s a molester as some people tweet. And he probably genuinely thinks he is some kind of innocent. But he’s gotten a pattern that is shallow, arrogant and entitled.

humphrey

He is not called “creepy Joe” for nothing

polarbear4

And so sure that the public will never find out about these things.

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What a surprise coming from this source. NOT!

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