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The partial business openings in the South are designed to 1.Kill the poor and 2.Kick people off UI


The kinds of businesses they are opening up - gyms, bowling alleys, and personal care places - are places where personal contact is all but assured. And those people won't be able to collect unemployment. And they won't be able to vote Democratic if they are dead.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Apr 22, 2020, 12:40 PM (11 replies)

The Clarity of a Smaller Field

Getting down to just two main candidates is a great opportunity for us, as a party, to really examine the remaining candidates with greater detail than has been possible prior to this. With just two candidates, we can really ask ourselves some important questions, and evaluate them carefully:

Who stands a better chance to beat Donald Trump?

We can examine which of the two candidates:

Appears to be sharper, more with it
Speaks with more clarity
Can better call out Trump's fake economic populism
Can better call out Trump's nepotism
Is less likely to try to "work with" the GOP, the way Obama tried to
Is more likely to appeal to undecided, independent, and disaffected voters

Who has backed economic policies that help more Americans?

We can examine which of the two candidates:

Is more likely to fight hard against economic injustice
Is more likely to fight to curtail the fraud in the financial system
Is more likely to fight for healthcare solutions that will be more affordable for most people

etc. etc. It is a great opportunity for all of us.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Mar 6, 2020, 10:06 AM (49 replies)

I think the lesson of Elizabeth Warren is not about sexism. It's about economic populism

I'm seeing a lot of posts on other social media platforms about how it's a shame that such a talented, smart, woman couldn't win the nomination, emphasis on the woman.

I'm a huge fan of Warren and have been for years, well before 2012 and her senate win against Scott Brown. She was my number one choice in the current race, up until it was clear (to me) that she was changing her policies and messaging to put a stake into Sanders' chances. When I contemplate her rise and fall in this race, I see a clear pattern of being a strong, loud, and coherent voice for economic populism and fighting against wealth concentration and for healthcare, to muting, muffling, and muzzling those messages. The change in her rhetoric coincided with her drop in the polls, and also with her bringing on former Harris advisers and then former Clinton advisers. My guess is that those new advisers told her to tamp down her message of economic populism, fighting the fraud of the banks and financial institutions, and creating more economic equality and opportunity, but maybe it is just a coincidence.

The good news is, that I think she could have cleaned up at this point, despite her gender, by being a candidate who clearly was not afraid to promise to fight for economic justice. The bad news is that a lot of people seem to be mistaking her loss in the polls with sexism.

Just my 2 cents, your mileage may vary.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Mar 6, 2020, 09:30 AM (41 replies)

We are about to reap the consequences of our shitty, dumb healthcare

In an epidemic, a system where people can't afford to go to the doctor, who can't afford to go to the hospital, who don't get paid sick leave, who can't afford to get tested, who can't afford treatment even if one is needed and available....will lead to _many_ more deaths.

The usual "sorry, you're on your own" attitude is not going to play well.

The only silver lining, and it is cold comfort, is that it _might_ make an actual healthcare for all plan a real possibility, when people see the ridiculous alternatives played out in real time.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 12:43 PM (84 replies)

Can't support Warren anymore. Superpac was last straw

I still believe at her core is a fierce fighter for social justice, a sharp advocate for consumers against the fraud and greed of Wall Street, and a tough opponent to Trump's mafia.

I have to believe she is just getting terrible advice from the usual class of Democratic campaign advisors who want to run away from populism. But I can't avoid her own bad judgment in listening to that advice.

Not that anyone cares .

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sat Feb 29, 2020, 12:34 PM (73 replies)

The Moderation, Restraint, and Wisdom of the Iranian Mullahs

Here's what I have a hard time believing: that anyone in this country is even seriously discussing the re-election of a half-wit who a month ago was so stupidly careless and ignorant that he almost stumble-bummed us into world war III.

That, if not for the restraint of the mullahs in Iran, we would all (those still alive) be scratching around in the radioactive dust looking for cockroaches to eat, and the media is treating it like just another election.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Feb 27, 2020, 08:50 AM (0 replies)

What will anti-vaxxers do when/if a vaccine for covid-19 becomes available?

it will be interesting to see
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Feb 26, 2020, 08:51 AM (17 replies)
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