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Friday, December 2, 2016

RSN: Robert Reich | The Dangers of the Electoral College




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Reich writes: "It looks like Hillary Clinton is going to win the popular vote by a sizable margin. She now has a 2.4 million-vote lead. That's a margin of 1.8 percent. I suspect the final tally will be 2.5 million, giving her a margin of 2 percent." 
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 ACLU Nationwide shared a link.
The recent abusive border search of a Canadian photojournalist 
should serve as…

ACLU.ORG

Read it and weep: Some quotes from some real law & order types:
"Uncontrolled, search and seizure is one of the first and most effective weapons in the arsenal of every arbitrary government" quote by Robert Jackson - Nuremberg Prosecutor, U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
"To give the police greater power than a magistrate [judge] is to take a long step down the totalitarian path...but if it is taken - it should be the deliberate choice of the people through a constitutional amendment" quote by the 1968 U.S. Supreme Court (dissenting opinion in "Terry v. Ohio").
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves" quote by the founder of the Republican Party - Abraham Lincoln.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety" quote by Benjamin Franklin.





"He is desperately babbling in an effort to find something—anything—that will sound presidential, will make him sound reasonable to the New York Times, and give them an answer that they want to hear.
Read it for yourself. This is the unfocused, inarticulate, inchoate thinking of the person who is about to be our 45th President. Shockingly, after the interview, after hearing Trump’s tsunami of bullshit, the Times editorial board praised Trump for being “flexible” on certain issues. I’m not a person who prays, but if you are, please do what you can."
There are no atheists in Fox holes and that is where we are as a nation now, in grave danger.
I urge everyone to take the time to read the entire transcript of 
Donald Trump’s  on-the-record interview with the New York Times. 
It will make you cringe, grimace…
DAILYKOS.COM


 Sick of the Slant - A Fair Look at the News of the Dayshared a link.
Nobody likes unflattering pictures of themselves, but if you're a 
celebrity or…

BOREDPANDA.COM

Politicususa
Okay, are we done with this story yet?
Carrier played the president-elect by getting tens of millions of 
dollars in incentives, while still outsourcing 1,100 jobs to Mexico.
POLITICUSUSA.COM|BY JASON EASLEY


Taxpayers got played!

The Art of the Deal or Sleight of Hand Horse Manure?
US Uncut
Australia's minimum wage is $16/hour and the Big Mac is actually 15 cents cheaper than in the US. Pass this along for the millions of people who say raising wages will increase prices. Cure them of their ignorance. Like our page US Uncut!
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Building Fascism In America






Building Fascism In America

Building Fascism In America
It is very convenient to use amazon.com, and it is practically impossible not to use Google.
But the propriators of both are working in behalf of fascism in America.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post functions as a neocon or CIA asset aimed at shutting down dissent, and Google enables the spy state with its participation and technology.
According to Forbes, Americans have made Bezos rich to the tune of $67.3 billion, a sum larger
than the GDP of many countries, and Bezos uses this money in an effort to shut down dissent in America.
And Google appears to be one of the chief architects of the American police state. As Julian Assange tells us, “Google is not what it seems.” https://wikileaks.org/google-is-not-what-it-seems/
Here is Dave Kranzler’s view of mega-billionaires gone bad:http://investmentresearchdynamics.com/the-fake-news-witch-hunt-mccarthys-red-scare-redux/
How does liberty survive when consumer convenience creates the powers that destroy liberty?
http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2016/11/28/building-fascism-in-america/



TAWDRY SEX SCANDAL!
Petraeus got a cushy deal that's inexcusable - he betrayed his office, ALL Americans and his official duties for his sexual dalliance?
Petraeus at one time showed great promise...NO MORE!
I'll bet that the people who screamed "lock her up" are reveling in the choice of his man as such a statesman and person of integrity. Yep.
Unless Trump pardons him.
NYMAG.COM|BY ADAM K. RAYMOND

VoteVets.org: Palin / Brown / Koch




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Now it looks as if the choices for the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs is down to just three candidates:

1. Sarah Palin 
2. Scott Brown (the guy who lost to Elizabeth Warren and Jean Shaheen) 
3. A former Koch-brothers funded VA-privatizer

Eight million veterans across the country are enrolled to receive services through the VA. The three potential candidates to run the Administration are all ready to privatize their care just to pad the profits of large health care companies.

Not on our watch:


Ten to twenty percent of veterans who come back from Iraq or Afghanistan have combat related PTSD. Donald Trump does not seem to know or care that they often require specialized care that private hospitals are not equipped to provide.

Every major veterans group opposes turning over veterans to for-profit health care companies and making them fight for their earned benefits. And VoteVets, we've been preparing for this moment for some time now. All we need is you to stand with us.

All our best,
- The team at VoteVets



Progressive Breakfast: Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump






MORNING MESSAGE

Kenzo Esquivel, Diane Fager and Rev. Tony Pierce
Clean Energy Victory In IL Shows We Can Still Win In The Age of Trump
On Thursday night, the Illinois General Assembly voted to approve the Future Energy Jobs Package, a bill which would more than double renewable energy generation in the state and allow Illinois to become a leader in creating green jobs, including low income solar jobs, and energy efficiency ... Our victory in this fight proves that we can still win, and win big, even in the age of Trump, if we build grassroots, people power around a bold vision. We need not cower in the corner if we organize ordinary people to name, claim and fight for the kind of world we know we deserve.

CARRIER DEAL REVERBERATES

Trump and Pence break from “free market” in NYT interview:“‘I don’t want them moving out of the country without consequences,’ Mr. Trump said, even if that means angering the free-market-oriented Republicans he beat in the primaries but will have to work with on Capitol Hill. ‘The free market has been sorting it out and America’s been losing,’ Mr. Pence added, as Mr. Trump interjected, ‘Every time, every time.'”
WSJ edit board horrified:“Some conservatives will be tempted to tolerate bad policies that appear to be popular that they’d never accept from President Obama. Many Republicans stayed silent or supported Nixon as he imposed wage-and-price controls and created the EPA, only to regret it later. They shouldn’t make the same mistake with Mr. Trump.”
NYT edit board also unimpressed:“Mr. Trump campaigned against crony capitalism, but one-on-one deals like this are at best inefficient and at worst riddled with .. corruption … [But t]he Carrier deal stands as an interesting argument against longstanding Republican economic orthodoxy.”
“Yes, the white working class is about to be betrayed,” says NYT’s Paul Krugman:“…the selection of Tom Price [for HHS] probably means that the Affordable Care Act is doomed — and Mr. Trump’s most enthusiastic supporters will be among the biggest losers … we’re probably looking at more than five million Trump supporters, many of whom have chronic health problems and recently got health insurance for the first time, who just voted to make their lives nastier, more brutish, and shorter.”
“Buy America” fight flares up in Congress. The Hill:“At issue is language included in the Senate-passed version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that would require American iron and steel products be used in projects assisted by the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Sources familiar with the negotiations say Speaker Paul Ryan(R-Wis.) is actively pushing to strip the provision from the bill. Supporters of the provision say Ryan’s push is at odds with President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to support American manufacturers and create jobs for the middle class.”
Jobs up, wages flat in November labor report. NYT:“[The job] gain … clears the way for the Federal Reserve to raise the benchmark interest rate when it meets later this month … The official unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in more than nine years, at 4.6 percent, from 4.9 percent the month before. But average hourly earnings ticked down 0.1 percent … Over the last three months, [job] increases have averaged 176,000 … some economists argue that fears of inflation are overblown and the Fed should hold off on any [interest rate] increase.”
Bloomberg’s Conor Sen proposes a Rust Belt bailout:“Pension costs are eating a higher and higher share of tax revenue … Congress [could] bail out the region, [wipe] the fiscal slate clean and give the Midwest the breathing room to invest in its future.”

PENCE PROMISES RIGHT-WING BLITZ

Pence predicts “ambitious” first 200 days in WSJ interview:“The new administration’s first priorities would include curbing illegal immigration, abolishing and then replacing Mr. Obama’s signature health-care system, nominating a justice to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and strengthening the military … By springtime, the Trump administration would work with congressional leaders ‘to move fundamental tax reform’ … Pillars of the tax overhaul would include lowering marginal tax rates, reducing the corporate tax rate … to 15%, and repatriating corporate cash held overseas, he said.”
Not every Republican may vote to scrap Obamacare. The Atlantic:“…there are already two question marks. One is Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the centrist Republican who voted against repeal in late 2015 … The other potential problem is Senator Lamar Alexander … Alexander voted for repeal last year, but in recent days he has made clear that he prefers a different strategy for ending the ACA: ‘replace and then repeal.'”
TNR’s Brian Beutler argues Dems ahve upper hand:“…that very desire to avoid responsibility for bad outcomes is the source of Democratic leverage. Republicans will have taken millions of insured Americans hostage, hoping Democrats would help them pick off the victims. By doing nothing, Democrats will turn the gun back on Republicans themselves.”
Bipartisan duo drafts bill to protect DREAMers. The Hill:“Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) … are crafting a bill to shield children living in the country illegally from being deported if they grew up in the United States and have stayed out of trouble. The bill is likely to have the support of another Republican on the committee, Sen. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) … right now it looks like the sponsors are well short of the 14 Republican votes they would need to overcome a filibuster.”

DNC CHAIR CANDIDATES STUMP TODAY

DNC members audition candidates for chair at Association of State Democratic Chairs forum today. The Hill:“[Rep. Keith] Ellison … is the early front-runner … But he is expected to face a stiff challenge from [Howard] Dean … Several other buzz-worthy names might still join the race, including Labor secretary Tom Perez — a favorite in Obamaworld – and NARAL president Ilyse Hoge, who this week received the backing of influential liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas … ‘This isn’t a cinch for anyone right now,’ said Peter Corroon, the state Democratic chairman of Utah and first cousin of Dean. ‘It’s a wide open field.'”
Though Dean won’t attend in person. The Hill:“He will send in a video, while three other announced candidates – Ellison, New Hampshire chairman Raymond Buckley and South Carolina chairman Jaime Harrison – are slated to appear in person … several DNC chairs and party members … say they aren’t seeing the same kind of intense lobbying effort from Dean that other candidates are waging behind the scenes.”

MIXED SIGNALS FROM EUROPE

Estonia dumps flat tax. Bloomberg:“…the Baltic nation adopted universal levies for business and personal income in 1994, a move that was later copied by peers including Hungary, Romania, and Russia. But what was lauded as a measure to boost the economy has fallen from favor, after inequality grew and rapid growth fizzled out.”
Brexit leader loses election. NYT:“In a surprise upset, a candidate of the centrist and pro-European Liberal Democrats defeated a prominent supporter of British withdrawal from the European Union in a parliamentary by-election … The victory, by Sarah Olney, delivered a badly needed lift to the Liberal Democrats, who were in danger of becoming extinct … ‘The people of Richmond Park and North Kingston have sent a shock wave through this Conservative Brexit government, and our message is clear: We do not want a hard Brexit,’ she [said.]”
Italy referendum could bolster right-wing populists. NYT:“Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, only 41, once seemed to have solved the riddle of how to survive Europe’s populist, anti-establishment tempest. But with a critical national referendum on Sunday, the populist wave is now threatening to crush him … What should be an inward-looking referendum on whether to overhaul Italy’s ossified political and electoral system has taken on much broader import … Mr. Renzi’s supporters have taken to calling his opponents in the internet-born, populist Five Star Movement ‘Trumpisti.’ … With polls indicating that Mr. Renzi may fail, the possibility that he could resign, and force new elections or perhaps bring a caretaker government, has alarmed many leaders…”
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