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TOON: This Modern World: Goofball & Galahad candidates

Original & more at DailyKos.

TOON: Trump's abortion bill

You're welcome.


GOP so scared of Ocasio-Cortez they fake an interview with her

I do not like the term "fake news" because it was abused the second it was born, but this definitely qualifies.


Malcolm X on one of our on-going debates here:

Gallup: problems with Russia not mentioned by significant number as important

Trump is a dangerous, incompetent, immoral pustule of a person, who should never have become president, and seeking foreign help to win the election is definitely worth removing him from office among his many, many moral and legal offenses.

But Democrats need more on the table in 2018 than just the Trump/Russia, because that's not on most people's radar.


PALAST on NY Times finally covering cross-check voter purges


I'm glad they are covering it, but this article leaves out WHO is doing (mostly Republicans) and who they are purging (mostly minorities who vote for Democrats).

PIC: How do we pay for Medicare for All?

It is one thing for Republicans to ask that questions, but Democrats know better.

Medicare has far lower overhead because there are no profits skimmed, exorbitant exec salaries, advertising, or legion of customer "service" operators to deny claims.

Medicare's disadvantage is that it cannot make campaign donations, or offer lobbying or exec jobs to politicians who support it when they are voted out of office, a serious bipartisan disadvantage for any well-run government program.

Trump's next supreme court pick...

If he were still alive.

Trump's immigration & voter suppression could be related

Republicans know they are dying demographically, so to postpone the inevitable, they are trying to keep non-whites from voting.

They can't stop immigrants who are already here and legally in the pipeline for citizenship from eventually becoming citizens and voting, but they can make the country a lot less attractive for legal and illegal immigrants.

One side effect of the child separation policy is illegal immigrants being less likely to bring their kids with them, but since families still need the money & businesses LOVE exploitable cheap labor, dad and/or mom will still come but more likely for limited stays instead of setting down roots.

I don't think it will work long term because minorities are too large a percentage of our population unlike Jews in Germany who were less than 1%.

But to fight back, we need candidates motivated more by principle than the big payday at the end of their time in elected office.

This American Life nailed the problem at core of Democratic Party

A Democratic voter who had worked for the State Department and was a high school teacher was looking for someone to back in the primary against his Republican congressional rep and noticed that one of the candidates was a CEO of a medical devices company who outsourced jobs and another was a lawyer for a top lobbying firm, so he got into the race himself.

Some of his friends were politically connected and tried to hook him up with big donors.

I was shocked that he said there were upfront demands about changing his policy positions before they would donate. He didn't call it quid pro quo, but I sure as hell would.

Maybe this in inescapable, but we need candidates who will say no to people with money on at least a few key issues like not privatizing public education, not saying free higher education is pie in the sky when you give twice the cost of that in defense spending increases, and making healthcare truly affordable by either single payer or putting a choke chain on insurance companies at minimum.

Every Democrat on both sides should listen to this.

It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

But often things would take a turn. One major democratic donor, a former Goldman Sachs guy actually, he told Beals Medicare for All is a handout. And it's a political loser. Lots of big donors saw it as this lefty thing that could sandbag the party in general elections. They remember the backlash to Obamacare. Another guy, an investment banker type, he says, sure. I'll contribute.

Jeff Beals
I'll contribute to your campaign. But you have to change your website because it says "rigged economy." And you need to change, "rigged economy" on your website. I don't like that. And it's just a distortion. And I said, well, I can't change that.

Ben Calhoun
He couldn't change that because that would mean giving up the main argument he thinks Democrats should be making right now.

Jeff Beals
I think that a lot of democratic politics has been about trying to find the least offensive cause to the donor class to rally people around while stepping on the fewest toes. And there are worthy causes you can rally people around. Guns-- you can rally people around that. And you could maybe get to 51-49 and win.

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