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A Note of Caution After This Election Day — And Before the Next

Today’s Democratic success does not portend tomorrow’s Trumpian failure, because white nationalism has a long winning streak

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 05: Apparent Gov.-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters after voting results showed the Democrat holding a slim lead over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin at C2 Event Venue on November 5, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bevin, who enjoyed strong support from President Donald Trump, did not concede after results showed Beshear leading 49.2 percent to 48.8 percent, a difference of less than 6,000 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Apparent Gov.-elect Andy Beshear celebrates with supporters after voting results showed the Democrat holding a slim lead over Republican Gov. Matt Bevin at C2 Event Venue on November 5, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bevin, who enjoyed strong support from President Donald Trump, did not concede after results showed Beshear leading 49.2 percent to 48.8 percent, a difference of less than 6,000 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting

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Matt Bevin is the villain who gets caught at the beginning of the action movie. He’s the flunky, then henchman, the guy whose demise serves a plot device. He is the assistant bogeyman at best, the loudmouth whom ultimately proves disposable. We don’t know yet what will happen at the end.

That the outspoken and brusque Kentucky governor lost his seat in a narrow defeat to state attorney general Andy Beshear on Election Night is an unabashed good thing. This is the guy who, two years ago, more closely echoed Donald Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville than perhaps any public official and likened the moving of Confederate monuments to the actions of genocidal dictators like Hitler. The president who judged his race as a bellwether for his own popularity even called him a pain before the election. “If you lose, it sends a really bad message,” he told Republicans at a pro-Bevin rally on Monday night. “You can’t let that happen to me.”

Like the GOP and its television network, Fox News, Donald Trump tried to pretend as if Bevin’s loss bore good tidings for the party and for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who faces a contentious re-election race against Democratic challenger Amy McGrath next year. But like most everything, Trump may also be wrong about the result being bad for him. It probably doesn’t mean much of anything for 2020. Nor do many of the other positive results nationwide for Democrats.

Do the 2019 Election Results Tell Us Anything About 2020?
Trump Brags About GOP Governor Losing in State He Won by 30 Points

As long as the president still has his cult of personality and is still selling white supremacy, and as long as domestic disenfranchisement is pairing with foreign election interference to silence American voters whom Republicans don’t like, Trump stands a great chance of being re-elected.

Bevin, like many feckless henchmen, lost his job due to his own incompetence. He stubbornly refused to let Kentuckians in on the Medicaid expansion. He signed an unpopular teacher pension law. He meddled with Kentucky’s popular and highly successful health insurance exchange. And he made a host of knuckleheaded mistakes while campaigning. But by combining Trump’s endorsement with a parroted brand of the president’s bigotry in a red state, Bevin came close to winning anyway. Viewed through the lens of 2020, that’s terrifying.

If we look past Trump for one minute, we can see some truly substantive victories for the left on Tuesday night.

The pro-choice Beshear — who, in replacing Bevin, is succeeding his father Steve as Kentucky governor — has vowed to immediately restore the voting rights of 140,000 residents convicted of nonviolent felonies — one of every four black people in the state. Speaking of which, thanks to Florida’s Amendment 4, many citizens returning from incarceration voted in the state for the first time in years, or ever. There are now six state attorneys general who are African American. And seeing progressives sweep four key commonwealth attorney contests in Virginia — in large part because a racial gerrymander is now gone — may have flown under the radar when liberals celebrated a Democratic takeover of its legislature, but promises like Jim Hingeley’s to bring reforms “in the face of mass incarceration” shouldn’t go unnoticed when we’re looking for more progressives in prosecutor roles.

Those are progressive achievements worth recognizing and honoring, but they’re not reasons for the media to predict Trump’s demise. Even more perilously, they’re certainly not reason for the left to engage in self-congratulation or to get complacent about the task ahead. Trump’s presidency is an ongoing national emergency, and it should be treated as such until both the candidate and what he stands for are firmly defeated (and he is removed, physically and otherwise, from office).

Action films are more predictable than elections. It seems premature to consider Bevin’s political demise to have much bearing on what will happen at the end to the archvillain. Still, if there are warning signs for anyone, they are not so much for Trump, but for Democrats. There is the danger of self-congratulation at a moment like this, the temptation to think that they have **** some kind of code. If anything, they should take heed from Bevin’s apparently quixotic struggle to overturn Beshear’s victory.

Kentucky’s Republican Senate president, Robert Stivers, now claims that the legislature should decide the race. And Bevin himself is now asking the state to check the voting machines and absentee ballots after telling his supporters about unspecified election “irregularities.” If Trump were to lose next November, that will likely be more predictive of what we’ll see from the president than any of the tea leaves that folks are reading about this election and what it means for 2020.


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It's not Fascism when Republicans Do It? 😉
« Reply #31 on: November 07, 2019, 12:23:22 pm »
"Kentucky’s 🐘 Republican Senate president, Robert Stivers, now claims that the legislature should decide the race."

No surprise there.

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Re: 2020 Presidential Election
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2019, 02:11:58 pm »

Dear Anthony,

Billionaires are wailing that wealth tax proposals by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are attacks on free-market capitalism . Warren “vilifies successful people,, says Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase.

Rubbish. There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them has to do with being successful in a genuinely free market: Profiting from a monopoly, insider-trading, political payoffs, fraud and large amounts of inherited wealth.

😈 Jamie Dimon is worth $1.6 billion. That’s not because he succeeded under free-market capitalism. In 2008, the government bailed out JP Morgan and four other giant Wall Street banks because it considered them “too big to fail”.

That bailout is a hidden insurance policy, still in effect, with an estimated value to the big banks of $83 billion a year. If JP Morgan weren’t so big and was therefore allowed to fail, Dimon would be worth far less than $1.6 billion.

Insider trading is endemic in C-suites, too. SEC researchers have found that corporate executives are twice as likely to sell their stock on the days following their own stock buyback announcements as they are in the days leading up to the announcements.

Another way to make a billion is to buy off politicians.

The Trump tax cut is estimated to save 🦕 Charles and the late 🦖 David Koch and their Koch Industries an estimated $1 billion to $1.4 billion a year, not counting their tax savings on profits stored offshore and a shrunken estate tax. The Kochs and their affiliated groups spent some $20 million lobbying for the Trump tax cut, including political donations. Not a bad return on investment.

Other billionaires have made their fortunes extorting investors. 🐍 Adam Neumann persuaded JP Morgan, SoftBank and other investors to sink hundreds of millions into WeWork, an office-sharing startup. He used some of the money to buy buildings he leased back to WeWork and to enjoy a lifestyle that included a $60 million private jet. WeWork never made a nickel of profit.

The easiest way to be a billionaire is to get the money from rich parents or relatives. About 60% of all the wealth in America today is inherited, according to estimates by economist Thomas Piketty and his colleagues.

Capitalism doesn’t work well with monopolies, insider-trading, political payoffs, fraud and large amounts of inherited wealth. Billionaires who don’t like Sanders and Warren’s wealth tax plans should at least support reforms that end these anti-capitalist advantages.

Thanks for reading,
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NOV 18, 2019 OPINION|TD ORIGINALS

Bernie Sanders' Stance 👍 on Bolivia Matters 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a presidential forum hosted by Univision in Long Beach, Calif., on Saturday. (Chris Carlson / AP)

Toward the end of Saturday night’s Democratic forum hosted by the Spanish language network Univision, moderator Jorge Ramos posed what can charitably be called a leading question to 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders. Ramos, who cemented his place in the public consciousness when then-candidate Donald Trump had him tossed from a news conference in 2015, noted that Sanders had called the overthrow of Bolivian President Evo Morales a “coup,” but that others maintain that Morales was attempting to become a dictator. So what does Sanders think?

In a Democratic field that seems to grow more crowded by the month if not the week, the Vermont senator’s answer was nothing short of revelatory. “I don’t agree with that assertion,” he said. “I think Morales did a very good job in alleviating poverty and giving the indigenous people of Bolivia a voice that they never had before. Now we can argue about his going for a fourth term, whether that was a wise thing to do. … But at the end of the day, it was the military who intervened in that process and asked him to leave. When the military intervenes, Jorge, in my view, that’s called a ‘coup.’ ”

Since Morales’ forced resignation, the response of leading Democrats and presidential hopefuls has been one of almost total silence, even among the party’s putative progressives. As video emerged of right-wing protesters burning the flag of the indigenous Wiphala and pro-coup police officers gleefully cutting it off their uniforms, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., declined to comment publicly despite the gruesome precedent in the region. (She has since issued a tepid tweet calling on Bolivian security forces to “protect demonstrators, not commit violence against them.”) The same can be said of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who has made opposition to U.S. regime change the centerpiece of her campaign, although her anti-imperialism has always been questionable at best. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., an outspoken critic of the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen, could only muster the following on social media:

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The drama isn’t just in Washington today. Unrest is growing in Latin America, and the Trump Administration needs to pay attention.

In Bolivia, the U.S. needs to support a civilian-led transition of power at a perilous moment. We can’t botch this like we did Venezuela.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 13, 2019

Given that the U.S. has repeatedly backed coup attempts in Venezuela, most recently throwing its support behind President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó, the last line of that tweet seems confusing at best and ominous at worst. What, after all, is the United States’ to botch? By contrast, British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn instantly condemned Morales’ removal from office as an assault on “democracy, social justice and independence.” Both Trump and Prime Minister Boris Jonson have officially recognized Bolivia’s interim government.

In the week since, the crisis in Bolivia has grown increasingly deadly. The Bolivian military has slaughtered dozens of demonstrators, and over the past two days, hand-picked president, Jeanine Áñez, has issued a pair of disturbing edicts. The first is that the Bolivian military will not be prosecuted for crimes committed in the suppression of protests, providing it with what members of the socialist MAS party are calling a “license to kill”; the second is the creation of a “special government apparatus” to detain MAS lawmakers, who constitute a two-thirds majority in the Bolivian legislature. Meanwhile, Argentinian journalists have been chased from the country under the threat of violence.

Ánez, whose deceptively named Democratic Social Movement Party won just 4.2% of the vote in the October elections, has called a New Year’s celebration of the Aymara people “satanic” and has referred to Morales as a “pobre indio” (a poor Indian). Upon assuming office, she declared that “La Biblia vuelve al palacio” (“the Bible has returned to the presidential palace”), bearing an oversize scripture to re-enforce the point. The New York Times notes that she has made her speeches “shadowed by an aide carrying a cross.”

None of this absolves Morales of his apparent illiberalism or real missteps in office. As his critics in Western media eagerly observe, he narrowly lost a 2016 referendum to determine his eligibility for a fourth term, receiving approval instead from his country’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice. Along similar lines, the U.S.-backed Organization of American States has reported irregularities in 2019’s presidential elections, although those remain in dispute. As “Empire’s Workshop” author and Latin American historian Greg Grandin recently wrote, “there has never been a coup in Latin America where the president being overthrown wasn’t considered ‘problematic.’ (Yes, not even [Salvador] Allende.)” Indeed, The Economist blamed the Chilean president directly for Augusto Pinochet’s seizure of power in 1973.

It seems telling, then, that the military asked Morales to resign after he agreed—likely under duress—to a second election. And while the current Secretary General of OAS Luis Almagro will not, former Secretary General José Miguel Insulza has said that Bolivia’s democratic interregnum meets the political definition of “un golpe” (a coup).

So why can’t Democrats do the same? Whether the Trump administration is directly responsible for Morales’ overthrow or the U.S. is merely the passive beneficiary of a new market-friendly and increasingly Christofascist regime is, ultimately, beside the point. (A passing familiarity with Bolivian history or Operation Condor more broadly point to the former, to say nothing of the attempts in Venezuela earlier this year, although I am loath to speculate.) Any presidential candidate who claims to represent workers and marginalized communities, who even nominally opposes U.S. imperialism, should be able to identify a coup as such. If they can’t, why should we trust them to implement a just and holistic foreign policy?

It’s a basic test that the party has, to date, failed miserably—one that not only illuminates the threat Sanders 👍 poses to America’s two-party duopoly but renders absurd the notion that he shares the politics of Warren or any other 2020 contender.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-stance-on-bolivia-matters/
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Robert Reich✨: 👍  "Republicans, and even some Democrats, are out to scare you about Medicare for All. They say it’s going to dismantle health care as we know it and it will cost way too much. Rubbish.

If you’re a typical American, you're already paying far more for health insurance than citizens in any other advanced country. And you’re not getting your money’s worth. The United States ranks near the bottom for life span and infant mortality. Or maybe you’re one of the 30 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance coverage at all.

Any Medicare for All is better than our present system.

But true Medicare for All is far better because it’s based on the simple and proven idea that we shouldn’t be paying private for-profit corporate insurers boatloads of money to get the insurance we need.

It’s time for true Medicare for All.
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Ann Bley 👍

The tragedy for our country is that it has taken 3 years to bring this traitor down, and it is still likely that the senate will exonerate him. The mandate for We the People is to vote 🦀 Trump and every 🐘 Republican out of office November 2020.

I vote Progressive and support Bernie Sanders. Even Joe Biden concedes it’s time for us to take America back, and return our country to the people.

The momentum is there to shift America towards focusing on repairing 40+ years of rule by billionaire oligarchs and corporations.

While others may defer to the rich, Bernie won’t, and I believe he’ll improve the quality of life for all of us, giving U.S. Medicare for all, a Green New Deal, a real social safety net, and worker rights and protections.

Read more:

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/clown-car-of-chaos-finally-crashes-and-burns/23117/

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Re: 2020 Presidential Election
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November 23, 2019 9:28 AM  Wendell Potter Info@medicareforallnow.org

Who’s behind the massive disinformation campaign to kill Medicare for All?

Who’s behind the massive disinformation campaign to kill Medicare for All?

It’s not just the greedy insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Recent reporting shows that the for-profit hospital industry is just as concerned about protecting their investors’ profits―effectively putting the incomes of the rich over the health of the American people.[1]

And the man behind this propaganda campaign has a long history with both the insurance and for-profit hospital industry. 😈 Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, is best known for the “Harry and Louise” commercials in the 1990s that helped sink the Clinton health care reform effort.

😈 Chip Kahn

He was also involved in killing the so-called “public option” from the Affordable Care Act.

I’ve known Chip for years. Back when I was part of communications efforts of the health insurance industry, Chip was the head of the Health Insurance Association of America. Now, he’s switched from for-profit insurance to for-profit hospitals. But he’s singing the same  tune.

In his new role, Chip has taken credit for the creation of the dark-money group, the Partnership for Americans Health Care Future , whose membership boasts dozens of health insurance, pharmaceutical and investor-owned for-profit hospitals who are funding the anti-Medicare for All campaign.

As you read this, the Partnership is running attack ads on Facebook targeting Medicare for All in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. They are trying to scare Democratic voters toward supporting candidates who do not back full-blown Medicare for All.

We know Chip's strategy of fearmongering. And we must defeat it in order to pass Medicare for All NOW!


Wendell Potter

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[1] “Documents Reveal Hospital Industry is Leading Fight Against Medicare for All,” The Intercept, Oct. 15, 2019

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The top-level results compare urban (or “metropolitan”) counties — NCHS’s categories one through four — with rural (or “non-metropolitan”) counties, categories five and six. They deal a devastating blow to the urban versus rural thesis.


📢 Politics Is Not Rural vs. Urban, and Here’s the Data to Prove It

Within each of the 11 “nations” of the U.S., rural and urban voters actually behave very similarly—but very differently from voters in other regional cultures

By Colin Woodard 👍 Nov 8, 2017 · 9 min read

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I don’t disagree that the United States is in crisis, with fissures breaking apart our facade of national unity and revealing structural weaknesses of the republic. Our federation — and, therefore, the world — is in peril, and the stakes are enormous. As the author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, however, I strongly disagree with the now-conventional narrative that what ultimately divides us is the difference between metropolitan and provincial life. The real divide is between regional cultures — an argument I fleshed out at the outset of this series—as it always has been. And I now have the data to demonstrate it. ... ...

That’s not to say that rural, suburban, and urban voters have the same political priorities — they absolutely do not, whether one lives in Thailand, the United Kingdom, or Colorado. But the differences between them are a secondary factor after deeper, wider cultural forces: the shared customs, beliefs, values, underlying assumptions, symbols, and stories that define and sustain the idea of being Thai or British or Far Western. ... ...

Nor are cities reliable bastions of Democratic support. The core counties of major metropolitan areas, like Phoenix, Jacksonville, and Virginia Beach — and lots of smaller ones, like Boise, Chattanooga, Corpus Christi, Mobile, Knoxville, Pensacola, Tulsa, and Wichita — voted Republican in every one of the past five presidential elections. ... ...

Far from voting alike, all but the very largest cities behave like the regional culture they belong to.

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Agelbert NOTE: I think Colin Woodward is right.

The 😈 Republicans figured that out a long time ago. That is why the following map correlates so well with the one above.



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The stark urban-rural divide in the country is to be found almost exclusively in the Midlands, where it has a disproportionate 🐘 effect 😈 on the Electoral College, as that region straddles several historic swing states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Iowa, and Missouri among them.

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Ocasio-Cortez Raised More Money Than Any Other House Democrat in Third Quarter

November 27, 2019

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While many try to belittle a progressive agenda that centers working people & the public good, in truth it’s more powerful than ever.

I haven’t picked up a phone once this year to dial for dollars, & I don’t meet w/ corp lobbyists.

That is the power of your grassroots support.  https://t.co/BDxvMETBnS

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 27, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised more money for re-election than any other House Democrat in the third quarter of 2019 -- a testament to grassroots fundraising over schmoozing with corporate lobbyists and wealthy executives. Approximately $1.1 million of the $1.42 million Ocasio-Cortez raised in the third quarter came from donations under $200.

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Bernie Sanders ✨ Surges in Latest Polls
« Reply #42 on: November 28, 2019, 03:48:00 pm »
NOV 27, 2019 NEWS

Bernie Sanders ✨ Surges in Latest Polls

By Jon Queally  — New findings indicate that the Vermont senator has pulled ahead in New Hampshire and is closing the gap between him and Joe Biden nationally. ... ...

Notably, as CNN points out, Sanders enjoys the trust of most voters when it comes to the key issues of the climate crisis and healthcare:
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On health care, 28% say Sanders—an advocate of “Medicare for All” and the elimination of private health insurance—would best handle the issue. That’s about even with the 26% who choose Biden, who has argued against moving to a completely government-run system. Another 19% say they prefer Warren’s approach, which ultimately results in government health coverage for all, while 7% choose Buttigieg, and no other candidate has the backing of more than 3% on the issue.

Sanders leads the way more clearly on handling the climate crisis: 27% favor his approach, followed by 21% who prefer Biden and 15% Warren.

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Charlotte Ruse
Of course Bernie is surging--checkout is campaign rallies on YouTube (since they never appear on mainstream media news) you'll always see thousands showing up passionately in support of Bernie's platform. It's really a diverse group of supporters it's NOT just the young. The audience is packed with college kids, millennials, baby boomers, and minorities. Working-class people of all ages want real change. Bernie's platform focuses on critical economic issues tormenting millions in the US: healthcare, affordable housing, student debt, medical debt, climate change, prison reform, and political corruption, etc...

Eighty percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck most don't have $400.00 to pay for an unexpected emergency and 87 million lack adequate access to healthcare. The government can keep pissing away money on more needless wars or millions can organize in a grassroots movement and demand that tax dollars being stolen by war profiteers should be reallocated to the rebuilding of the US infrastructure. Bernie 20/20

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The record stock prices touted by Trump are, in fact, a measure of the increased economic exploitation that has produced the fall in life expectancy among workers."

For decades enormous wealth has been transferred to a tiny percentage of the US population. It's a simple equation-- owners and investors profit through worker exploitation. In other words, one person gains through another person's losses. That's really what the stock market represents. High dividends means LOW wages for the working-class. To accelerate profits industries must eliminate jobs, suppress wage growth, robotize manufacturing plants, or find wage slaves in other countries.

"Real average wages in the US (that is, the wage after accounting for inflation) has about the same purchasing power it did 40 years ago. And what wage gains there have been have mostly flowed to the highest-paid tier of workers."

Towns that were once thriving communities look like an apocalypse movie set. This is especially the case for deindustrialized towns in the midwest like Ohio and Pennsylvania as well as parts of the south like
West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, and Tennessee. While the "affluent" coastal states are inundated with thousands of homeless. If the homeless are lucky they're sleeping in their cars rather than in cardboard crates or a tattered tents. Their cars have become their "official residence." They sleep in their car and then drive to a full-time low-paying job and then drive back to their "homeless community parking-lot."

Three people own more wealth than the bottom 50% of the entire US population. "The three richest individuals—Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Jeff Bezos—collectively hold more wealth than the bottom 50% of the domestic population, a total of 160 million people or 63 million American households. Roughly a fifth of Americans have ZERO or negative net worth."

Warren Buffett, takes great pleasure in f--king over the poor. His company Clayton Homes operates the two biggest mobile home lenders, 21st Mortgage Corporation along with Vanderbilt Mortgage. Clayton finances more mobile home loans than any other lender by a factor of more than seven. CultureBanx noted that in 2105, 72% of black borrowers got their loans from Clayton’s Vanderbilt Mortgage and 21st Mortgage. To put it simply Buffett capitalizes on trailer debt. Once the unsuspecting desperate poor get sucked into these loans their indebted for the rest of their lives.

It should be noted, Invitation Homes owned by the Blackstone Group is even more predatory than Buffett's enterprise they've thrown millions out of their homes. If you have a chance read "Homewreckers" by Glantz. Oh, by the way the Blackstone Group posted a profit of $779.4 million, or $1.15 a share, compared with $442.7 million, or 64 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier. The value of Blackstone's main private-equity portfolio rose by 2.6% sequentially during the quarter.

Psychopathic Anthony H. Cordesman of the Washington think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies has the audacity to say that: "The US does not face any foreign threat as serious as its failure to come to grips with… the rise in the cost of federal entitlement spending.”

I would say, the greatest threat to the US is its hyper-militarism compounded by its political corruption inevitably leading to its own SELF-DESTRUCTION.
https://www.truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-surges-in-latest-polls/
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Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds
nytimes.com - In her study, Dr. Mutz sought to answer two questions: Is there evidence to support the economic anxiety argument, and did the fear of losing social dominance drive some voters to Mr. Trump? To find …

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I see the NYT is going to repeat, repeat, repeat the scaremongering about "Trump supporters" (hidden message: Trump supporters = whites ;)) "losing status" until most Americans believe that society dividing and destroying propaganda, thereby enabling Trump's total FASCIST takeover of the USA. It just might work. I'm praying it won't.

Here's what a Sanders Presidency (with a supporting Congress) would bring to the USA, something the NYT flat refuses to repeat, repeat, repeat, which it should repeat, repeat, repeat, but won't because it would put the LIE to that "whites losing status" propaganda they plan to repeat, repeat, repeat until we are all convinced it's "okay" to support Trump's xenophobia and cruel, murderous racism:

https://thesolutionsproject.org/why-clean-energy/#/map/countries/location/USA

This web site has a 100% Renewable Energy Plan by 2050 for every country on Earth, plus plans for cities and US states. 
Check your state or city out if you have the chance.

https://thesolutionsproject.org/why-clean-energy/#/map/countries/
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Re: 2020 Presidential Election
« Reply #44 on: November 30, 2019, 03:30:49 pm »
Am finding the relentless pro-impeachment optimism of Bill Palmer and his menagerie increasingly hard to take.

Impeachment of Trump based on the evidence is necessary, is required for no better reason than it is the morally right thing to do.

Removal is impossible going in, because, as polls show, half the country is immune to and indifferent in the face of evidence. Not only do they not care, they don't want to hear it.

We have to share a country with THESE worthies.



Why? Unless you believe the percentage of people in the USA with the views of those pictured (two poor propagandized people that cannot be taken seriously because they probably do not speak a word of Russian) is above 20% (I'm being generous here. ;D), Palmer's posts look less like hopium than the bizarro land unreality clinging expectations of Trump supporters.

HALF the people in the USA, if the polls are to be believed, have had their belly full of 🦀 Fascist Trump. That is equivalent to a doom drum roll for Trump and his Wrecking Crew, no matter how many corrupt lackey politicians want to keep him there.

Remember that less than 30% supported the original American Revolution. Trump and his wrecking crew pretend otherwise, but they are sweating bullets 24/7. They have excellent reasons to 🦍 bet the fascist farm on destroying any remaining vestiges of democracy in this country BECAUSE, if they don't, they are OUT, with many of them headed for being prosecuted for all sorts of crimes afterwards.

It's not just Trump that half the country wants to impeach AND remove from corrupt, criminal political influence; it's the ENTIRE biosphere destroying elite dominating US politics!


And, I'll wager a LOT MORE than half the country is in that camp.   

All that said, if your actual premise is unrelated to the picture you posted, but is based on the fact that the 👹💵🎩 Democratic Party Leadership would rather ensure 🦀 Trump stays in totally Fascist office rather than support a Sanders Presidency, then I would agree with you. Palmer, a worshipper of all things 🎩 Pelosi, does not get the FASCIST danger the Democratic Party, which gave us a Trump Presidency (see: 🐍 Obama's Bankster Bailout) in the first place, continues to pose for the USA.

The only way Trump goes is if the DLC is steamrolled by Sanders. 😈 Obama, the Wall Street Lackey, has already made it crystal clear that he will fight Sanders tooth and nail.

So, yeah, if the corrupt bastards like 🐍 Obama are successful, a Sanders Presidency may very well be mission impossible. 😟

Even so, I am totally convinced that if Sanders does not become POTUS, the outcome on the right of the following graphic is guaranteed. On the other hand, If Sanders DOES become POTUS, it may happen anyway, but at least a Sanders Presidency gives us a fighting chance. If Trump does not go away, it is GAME OVER in many, many more ways than one.


   
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