As you know, US Congress approves first step for repealing Obamacare (Update). Without a doubt, most Americans want the ACA to be replaced - by something better! As things stand now, the Dems are so spooked and riled by the oncoming Trump Regime, that they will be in no mood to cooperate on crafting something better. Meanwhile, the mean, erstwhile Republicans glory in repealing Obamacare, yet secretly cower in the fact that they have no alternative to offer. If they were to take the stance of cooperating to build a new healthcare system, they will only end up lobbying for something EVEN MORE CORPORATE than the ACA. So, my sense is that both parties shall once again lock themselves in a year's long loggerheads, blocking out other legislations. It may get so bad than it will invite another wave of progressives getting elected in 2018.
It is good that Bernie Sanders campaigns for a REPLACEMENT for the ACA - that is also my position, of course. But, in so far as he might sell out to the DNC Dems, and defeat his own purposes, then I will oppose his partisanship. If you would like my health care views from the past, see:
My recent rant - Affordable Care is Up In the Air!
My tags - politics - health care debate, health care / insurance, economy - health care
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(RESISTING PARTISAN HYSTERIAS) - As the Democrats Press for War, the Left Must Demand Peace and Social Transformation
I almost completed a good, long intro to this post, weeks ago, but it was erased by an unexpected "refresh" by my NoScript. I will probably write something similar to it later. The gist of it was - is - that the long-degenerative economy, correlated to the sucking of wealth to the "upper" 1%, has given rise to something which I called, "The New Middle." NPR recently did some stories on this, using the same term(!), but it failed to take account of the political dynamics behind the declining middle class.
( The New Middle is a populist, uncertain uprising of those who have been marginalised by the failing economy...Collapse )
July 30, 2016: Hillary's Convention Con - by Ralph Nader...
The 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was a multi-layered, raucous display of political theater. A host of delegates loyal to Senator Bernie Sanders were inside in large numbers exclaiming “No more war” during former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's speech and raising all kinds of progressive, rebellious signs and banners against the Hillary crowd. Although Hillary addressed them directly in her acceptance speech, “Your cause is my cause,” those dissatisfied delegates in the hall saw her rhetoric for what it was: insincere and opportunistic.
She said she’d tax the wealthy for public necessities, but declined to mention a sales tax on Wall Street speculation that could bring in as much as $300 billion a year to support such initiatives. She opposed “unfair trade agreements,” but remarkably omitted saying she was against the TPP (the notorious pending Trans Pacific Trade Agreement backed by Obama that is receiving wide left/right opposition).
She paid lip service to a “living wage” but avoided endorsing a $15 an hour minimum wage, which would help single moms and their children – people she wants us to believe have been her enduring cause. Few people know that it took until the spring of 2014 before candidate Clinton would come out for even a $10.10 minimum wage. News reports noted that Clinton, a former member of Walmart’s board of directors and Arkansas corporate lawyer, was wrestling with how to support $10.10 per hour without alienating her Wall Street friends.
“Caring for kids” doesn’t extend to encircled Gaza’s defenseless children, hundreds of whom were killed by American-made weapons wielded by the all powerful Israeli military. Gaza is the the world’s largest open air prison and under illegal blockade. Remember, as Secretary of State, Hillary fully backed war crimes, condemned by almost all countries in the world. On the stage in Philadelphia, she spoke of backing Israel’s security without any mention of Palestinian rights or the need to end Israel’s illegal occupation of the territories.
The Sanders revolution still burns bright in Muncie – where will his supporters turn now the two main parties seem to offer ‘different flavours of the same thing’?
People march to protest against the planned CETA free trade agreement (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) between the European Union and Canada, and similar plans between EU and United States (TTIP) in Warsaw, Poland October 15, 2016 © Agencja Gazeta / Reuters
September 24 - URGENT MESSAGE – STOP CETA – ADOPT THE SOCIAL CONTRACT
September 28 - The “Secret” TISA, TTIP and TTP = Corporate Hegemony and Economic Warfare
Oct.10 - Our Revolution: We Still Have to Fight the TPP
October 14 - Think Hillary Will Flip Flop and Support TPP? So Does Her Speech Writer — Leaked Email
Original newz story - Click here
Julian Assange has confirmed that Bernie Sanders was threatened into pulling out of the Democratic race in July.
During a recent interview with Australian journalist John Pilger, Assange said that Bernie Sanders was forced to drop out of the race due to threats from the Clinton campaign.
Assange’s admission appears to substantiate claims by the Kremlin who revealed they had evidence that Jane Sanders was physically threatened in order to “get Bernie on board” with Hillary’s campaign.
“Julian, we cut you off earlier when you were talking about what you felt were the most significant emails that you have released. Is there any last one that you’d like to mention? And also, do you have any thoughts on Bernie Sanders? I mean what is your opinion why Bernie Sanders drop out of the race?”
“Look, I think—you know, we know how politics works in the United States. Whoever—whatever political party gets into government is going to merge with the bureaucracy pretty damn fast. It will be in a position where it has some levers in its hand. And Bernie Sanders was independent candidate trying to get the nomination trough the Democratic Party and if you ask me he did get the nomination, but he was threatened to drop out.”
Again, Assange has promised to release incriminating emails which are sure to result in Clinton’s indictment. He says he has evidence that Hillary made deals with an alleged Islamic state sponsor, as well as damning information about the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton campaign knows he’s on to her, too, which is why a strategist called for an assassination of Assange on TV.
“Of course, we’re very interested in revealing the truth about any candidate and yes we have some material about Bernie Sanders that will be published,” Assange added.Human Rights Groups to Launch All-Out ‘Pardon Snowden’… - September 12th, 2016 - Nadia Prupis, staff writer Some of the world’s most prominent human rights organizations are launching a formal campaign on Wednesday calling on President Barack Obama to pardon whistleblower Edward Snowden, a long-awaited effort that will coincide ...
Good Article - August was a huge month for Berniecrats
Every time I hear Lori Wallach speak, it is better than sex. I heard her again the other day, this time on "Sly," a Wisconsin talker. Hear Lori Wallach, (also from Wisconsin), speak against the TPP*. Lori Wallach, trade expert and superhero, has an expressive, articulated voice, similar to that which develops in some artsy-progressive females. I think of the woman on, "This American Life"; or Rachel Maddow; or Lois Lane, or the reporter on, "Hudsucker Proxy." It's a dorky, indie-kind of sweet - (possibly exclusive to women who have graduated from women's colleges in western Massachusetts). Her voice made me think that Lori Wallach was in her thirties - but she's in her 50's. And her hair isn't jet-black.
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But it is what Lori Wallach has to say which I find most attractive! She is really the main voice speaking out against the TPP, and similar sham-wows, and the whole scam referred to as "FREE trade." In the interview with Sly, Wallach warned that President Obama will be pushing for a vote on the TPP during the lame-duck session of Congress. Traditionally, lame-duck presidents have not been able to get a lot done, especially when opposed by the majority. However, there are a lot of people in Congress who will be on their way out, and they are looking for nice cushy jobs with mega-corporations, so they are likely to do a little quid-pro-quo voting. And Obama just might pull it off - this, the major goal of his presidency, apparently. If Obama passes the TPP, he won't have to grovel, giving speeches to Goldman-Sachs - he'll be set for life. (And ya know what? It disgusts me).
Wallach also mentioned that the Wisconsin Congressman from La Cross, Ron Kind, is very pro-TPP. You might also be surprised to know that so-called progressives, Howard Dean and Ron Wyden, who has supported other "free" trade swindles. (One reason why? Port cities). . (Jeff Merkley, the OTHER progressive Senator from Oregon, was the first Senator to endorse the venerable Bernie Sanders - Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders - by Senator Jeff Merkley). I think the Democratic Party has achieved its ultimate goal, which was to morph into a slicker, $icker version of the Republican Party, hiding this behind its resort to liberal social issues and identity politics. Thus we have even seen Russ Feingold and Tammy Baldwin turn away from Bernie to support Hillary, and all her corporate baggage.
( Read more: THE HEIGHTS OF HYPOCRISYCollapse )
Lori Wallach is the founder of Global Trade Watch, [explore site further], not to be confused with Global Research, (Michel Chossudovsky). You can hear and see her in action, just search "Lori Wallach youtube" - (past year).
TPP will cost American jobs, harm the environment, increase the cost of prescription drugs, and threaten our ability to protect public health
Hillary Clinton may not have heeded progressives' call to clearly say she'll urge the White House and her fellow party members to oppose a "lame-duck" vote on the Trans Pacific Partnership, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has done just that, calling on Democratic Congressional leadership to publicly oppose a post-Election Day vote on the "job-killing trade deal."