The bad news for today is that Bernie's Sanders birthday is over, as is the birthday money bomb. The good news for today is that you can still donate to Bernie Sanders' campaign every day.
Now, to the music: Sing it, Jimmy boy! Sing it for the hoi polloi.
In honor of all you birthday bomb donors, today's song is a twofer, in that I am giving you two video versions of the same song. One shows the performers, the other shows pics of Bernie. Your choice, or watch both. I am linking the one showing the performers first, because I think the songwriter (Topher Buckland) and performers deserve that. Good lyrics, including mention of making the best donation he can, so listen up!
The keyboard player upstaging everyone at the start is fun, too.
Initially, he sought to have the US pay for offices in a posh building in Manhattan, but was told it was too expensive or some such and there was bad publicity. So, he rented in Harlem, which was the perfect counter to all that. However, at least for some, still, the Harlem office "rent was too damned high." http://observer.com/2010/11/bill-clinton-has-lavish-taste-even-in-office-space/ http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/taxpayer-tab-for-clinton-inc-16-million-116008
When the lease ran out in 2010, the GSA negotiated a less expensive lease for the renewal, but prices may have been depressed then. Sales prices were, but I don't know about office rental prices.
The Foundation describes his Harlem office as his "personal office," but it is the office to which he is entitled to, at taxpayer expense, as past President. https://www.clintonfoundation.org/about/internships/where-we-are and http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748703856504575600824145139314
The Harlem Office.
He had much larger offices in Arkansas, maybe for the foundation. I don't know how much he was in the Arkansas office, but I do know that he was not in the one in Harlem much. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/uptown/president-bill-clinton-leaves-harlem-no-tears-residents-article-1.118478
If I can find more info, I will revise this post.
OK: The foundation has large offices in Arkansas. The US pays for his "personal office" in Harlem, and the foundation's offices used to be there as well. However, the foundation's NY offices have moved out of Harlem to another part of Manhattan where the rent is supposedly cheaper. Seems odd to me that office rent would be cheaper in the financial district, but that's what all the sources say.
It remained unclear how Mr. Clinton would divide his time between the two offices. On 125th Street near his office, Harlem residents interviewed on Wednesday said Mr. Clinton had been a positive force in the neighborhood, although not a regularly visible one. Abuk Auk, 35, who works at a hair salon near 55 West 125th Street, said she saw Mr. Clinton walking into the building once years ago.
We were so happy, Ms. Auk said of Mr. Clintons arrival in Harlem in 2001. We thought it was going to change everything for us. She pointed across 125th Street at a row of shuttered storefronts and added: You see those shops that are closed? Its too bad he couldnt do more to help small business here.
However, a NY politician said Bubba was beloved there.
Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright, a Democrat whose district includes the Harlem building, described Mr. Clinton as a great neighbor, adding that there were no sore feelings. We love him dearly, Mr. Wright said. The community will always love him. We would catch a glimpse of him from time to time, and that added a special flavor to the neighborhood. We wish him well.id.
Harlem had not been the former presidents first choice. In February 2001, Mr. Clinton abandoned his plans to move into a skyscraper in Midtown after he was criticized for his decision to rent office space at one of Manhattans most lavish office towers. He had planned to rent the 56th floor of Carnegie Hall Tower for $738,700 a year, compared with the $210,000 asking rent in 2001 for the space in Harlem.
Eric C. Jacobsen, a Los Angeles lawyer, did file with the FEC for a Super Pac to support Bernie, calling it Billionaires for Bernie. He had to change the name because a PAC cannot bear the name of the intended beneficiary. His goal was to get some big donations for Bernie.
Jacobson believes liberals general position against unlimited contributions in politics is limiting their ability to compete.
Im hoping to facilitate a level playing field where a billionaire of conscience can write a check and Im going to encourage them to do it, Jacobson told the Loop. In his view, there are plenty of well-heeled liberals who should get in the big money game.
Hes on the hunt now for those billionaires. He already has one in mind, Ronda Stryker, a Michigan philanthropist. He doesnt know where her allegiances are, but he knows she cares about progressive causes.
The Citizens United decision is undermining American democracy. I do not believe that billionaires should be able to buy politicians, he said on Face the Nation in May.
But Jacobson is not deterred (because Sanders wants to independent from big donors). It will be a very unaffiliated effort, he told us.
If Jacobsen can get wealthy people to write big checks on the clear understanding that they won't get anything different from liberal politicians than the rest of us get, I'm all for it.
Entire post is at the above link to the Bernie Group.
Good morning everyone. I started to post this in General Discussion. However, I guess the post in the Bernie Sanders Group to which this post links is about the Democratic Primary as much as it is about Bernie's birthday, so here it went.
Omaha Steve's DU ActBlue donation link https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie
As most of us know, Omaha Steve has been doing yeoperson's work raising money for Bernie via the DU account OS set up for us at ActBlue.
I suspect it does Omaha Steve's heart good every time he sees the total increase and a new goal get set. So, PLEASE use Omaha Steve's link to DU's account to launch your personal birthday money bomb and not the campaign's link.
If you love your family, friends and fellow Americans, and believe Bernie will work to make things better for them, please do this. If you want to help counteract the media's treatment of Bernie, please do this. Even if you just think Americans need to hear what he says about issues, please do this. The donations of average Americans are the ONLY way he will be heard. Make the very best one time and/or recurring donation that you can, even though the minimum donation is one dollar.
AFTER you are finished with the DU account donation portion of Bernie's Birthday celebration, if you wish, you are able to wish Bernie a happy birthday and even leave a personal message (Again, use Omaha's Steve's link for donations, though, not the campaign's link.) https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/happy_birthday_bernie Obviously, your donation is the most important part of today's celebration, and it will convey your birthday wishes, even if you don't have time to "sign" the birthday "card."
For your reading pleasure today: http://observer.com/2015/08/the-great-bernie-sanders-birthday-moneybomb-is-coming/
For your listening pleasure today: (Today's song is an obvious choice, sigh):
And, if it has somehow escaped your attention, I love and am very grateful to each and every supporter of Bernie Sanders at DU, including, of course, each and every member of the Bernie Sanders Group.
Capitalism Hits the Fan-Prof. Wolff
Socialism for Dummies Parts 1 and 2 Prof. Wolff
Socialism and Bernie Sanders Wolff and Nichols
The Game is Rigged - Prof. Wolff
Chomsky speaks to the citizens of Burlington, VT. The Mayor's accent is stronger than that of Senator Sanders, but I think you'll suss out who he is, anyway.
(I am beginning to realize where and when Chomsky got the idea for his current hair do.)
Also posted in Socialist Progressives and as part of a Labor Day post in the Bernie Sanders Group
I SHALL remind you again tomorrow, including Omaha Steve's link in the reminder post.
Meanwhile, enjoy your Labor Day, knowing that no candidate has as good a pro-labor history as Bernie Sanders. He is pro-union, pro-labor, pro-working families, pro-99%, even on the campaign trail:
Eugene Debs Documentary made by Sanders in 1979
Bernie with strikers in October, 2014
The Democratic presidential candidate joined workers from a Penford Products corn processing plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa who were picketing as their union representatives negotiated a contract with management, according to the Des Moines Register.
Bernie's pro-worker speech in Cedar Rapids (LOL at the image above--looks like Trump!)
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