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  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   23 hours 35 min ago

    As in all large societies throughout history, America will always have about two percent of eligible, able-body people who try to scam the system and refuse to work. Another two or three percent can't work because of their physical or mental health. We have (or should have) various programs to catch the slackers and help the helpless.

    The vast majority of working-age citizens are willing and able. At the present time, 4.6 percent unemployment means 95.4 percent are employed.

    Notwithstanding the "illegals" comment, I agree with ct (#2). Surely, our large workforce can somehow come together to pay for a universal healthcare program at an affordable cost to keep us all healthy, happy, and living longer. A rosy-cheeked population translates into a vibrant and productive society.

    Of course, a few other issues would have to be resolved first to make it even more affordable:

    Pay livable wages so workers don't have to resort to public programs to supplement their incomes -- which only serves to subsidize the profits of multi-billion dollar corporations, who deliberately pay low wages just for that outcome, i.e., Wall Mart.

    Quit siphoning off premiums that go to immoral investors who profit on sickness and death.

    Get all blood leaches, i.e., insurance companies, out of primary healthcare.

    Instead of creating a whole new bureaucracy, use the very efficient one we already have called Medicare, which nearly everyone loves (operating on only a three percent overhead), and expand it to include all ages.

    Force the pharmaceutical industry to negotiate with the government for lower prices on bulk purchases, just like the VA does.

    Rein in the carpetbaggers charging outrageous prices for their products and services, such as the outrageous drug companies, the over-priced medical equipment providers, the for-obscene-profit hospital chains, the greedy doctor associations operating like price-fixing cartels, etc., etc.

    Don't reelect politicians who care more about their corporate donors than their other constituents.

    Do elect politicians who are committed to pass legislation to get money out of politics, nullifying the regressive laws passed by the Supreme Court's right-wing interventionists, who handed our Democracy over to the oligarchs.

    If all pertinent statistics were laid bare on the evening news every night (Yeah, right!), instead of the normal fare of shallow, salacious infotainment, the stark reality of American fascism would be revealed for all to see -- God willing, arousing a passive, sedentary audience to action.

    Unfortunately, 95 percent of the news that Americans consume is filtered through a corporate lens to keep people ignorant of the facts that matter the most. The lion's share of public funding in our plutocracy goes to hidden, euphemistically titled corporate welfare programs at the top of society to line the pockets of the already obscenely wealthy elites pulling the levers behind the curtain. Contrary to the corporate-sponsored, right-wing meme, an ever dwindling, adjusted for inflation, much smaller portion of public monies trickle down to those at the bottom.

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   23 hours 39 min ago

    I've really lost patience with the electorate. They put THE WORST people into office, and then stand before these reprobates, like little children, begging for their lives, their jobs, their health, etc., and getting denied. Meanwhile, the rich get a 44% tax break while working stiffs will only get a 2% cut in their taxes; and this is okay with them; they think this is somehow correct and right. We have seen the largest transfer of wealth over the last two decades than in the history of this county (and the world) and STILL the electorate are around voting for this but whining under their breath. What IS that; Stockholm Syndrome or something? All of this didn't come about overnight; it's been coming on for decades. Now that we have reached debarkation, now people are sobbing to these said same highwaymen for mercy. It's disgusting. At what point do people finally wake up and stop being idiots? The stupidity of it all is astounding and breath-taking. What do the electorate think they are doing????

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   23 hours 47 min ago

    #Luigi: Which begs the question, if these elected politicians don't care whether or not people without health insurance live or die because they consider it not their problem, then what the Hades did they put them into office for? I mean, what are they doing, and for whom are they doing it? You mean we elected a bunch of people who will change all of our laws so they intentionally don't take care of us? That makes sense. (Maybe after people get their teeth kicked far enough down their throats they will wake up, stop being church-mice Republicans, and put people into office who will do the bidding of the electorate instead of being mesmerized by how greedy a certain class of investment earners can be.)

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   23 hours 50 min ago

    I know it's a wee bit off topic for the thread, but ... just out of curiosity, are we no longer honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Unless I missed it, I did not hear mention of his name, or the holiday named for him in Thom's program today.

    What else am I missing here?

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/martin-luther-king-jr-day-shooting-miami-at-...

    Ah, yes. Racial hatred ... alive and well in these (un)United States.

    Just in case anyone cares for a recap:

    https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/16/newly_discovered_1964_mlk_speech_on

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 23 min ago

    Are you kidding? Ryan has a plan, replace the ACA with exactly what we had before the ACA!

    Why aren't we more worried about replacing Trump and Pence first ?.... The election needs to be declared invalid? Both the FBI and CIA are sitting on Trump/Putin collusion evidence and Obama knows about it. Not releasing it before Friday will make Pence president within months. The collusion evidence will be the excuse Trumps's own party will use to impeach him. Ryan and Turtleman both want Pence as president because they know that Pence will sign every god damn bill they send him. Obama's excuse for not doing anything will be.." I though it was just propaganda"! ..mark my word on this.

    I'm fully aware many are of the opinion that this election will cause a rock bottom moment in history and during the next four years everyone will wake up to the republican lies....it ain't going to happen that way...we're all ffdd..meaning the entire planet if something doesn't happen to change history in the next four days.

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 1 hour ago

    I'm another one, retired but not yet eligible for Medicare, who would have no health insurance at all if not for the ACA. Nor would I be able to get any, having preexisting conditions.

    I think the Republicans are still trying to punish Barack Obama for being black and yelling "f--- you!" at the liberal-ish majority who elected and reelected him. They know that any adequate replacement for "Obama Care" is going to look just like Obama Care.

    There's no rational reason to repeal the ACA. It's politics and spite and nothing else.

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 1 hour ago

    Paul Ryan did not blow it with his answer to Jeff. It was the response of someone who does not care. Whether or not people without health insurance live or die is not his problem. This is who he is and this is who the party he represents is.

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 2 hours ago

    cccccttttt • 21 min 28 sec ago
    #2
    "US could afford basic healthcare for every citizen using a payroll tax.
    In Japan all workers pay $100 a month.
    There are many neighborhood clinics open to any citizen for $10 a visit.
    What US can not afford is ultra expensive procedures and illegals.
    ct"

    Great idea but the key words in your plan is "payroll Tax" Once again, the worker bears the load for all those not working.

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 2 hours ago

    My Democratic Senator also voted against it. I wrote an email complaining that he is voting opposite of his constituents without even polling. Waiting an answer.

    I was a Bernie supporter that became an anyone other than Trump supporter. Before even being inaugurated, Efhusoe, Trump all ready has a close to war or a trade war with China. His foreign policy is based on irrational Tweets at 3 in the morning. He has no rational thinking. His cabinet is even turning against him.

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 2 hours ago

    US could afford basic healthcare for every citizen using a payroll tax.

    In Japan all workers pay $100 a month.

    There are many neighborhood clinics open to any citizen for $10 a visit.

    What US can not afford is ultra expensive procedures and illegals.

    ct

  • Cory Booker's Vote Shows Why To Get Money Out Of Politics   1 day 2 hours ago

    Then why Thom did you support Hillary Clinton. She was the epitome of the corruption from money in politics. If she had won, we would of gotton someone worse than Trump in 2020,a Trump 2.0, because with HRC, it would be more wars, more empire, more neoliberalism, and more corruption. Trump puts an ugly face on empire, you know, the shit we are already have been doing for decades. Maybe with Trump, people will stop being partisan sheep and wake up. Supporting the lesser of two evils (which was the establishments plan from the beginning to get her elected because they pushed Trump, Carson and Cruz in the MSM) just gets us more evil in the end. We must break this neoliberal fever and stymie the move to more corporatist control. Get money out through an amendment. What has Hillary done since the election? Crap! What has Bernie done? Still fighting for us. No more Clintons, no more corporatists, no more neoliberalism!!!

  • OLIGARCHAL MEDIA...hey lefties...words matter!   1 day 4 hours ago

    What? If Al Franken was the key, then I think perhaps you might want to change the locks.

    The question remains with no answer...how come rich liberals are not buying up media outlets?

  • Women's March Could Be Bigger Than Trump Inauguration   1 day 4 hours ago

    Women's marches nationwide this Saturday

    Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

    This week begins by honoring Dr. King, and it will end with an inauguration that stands in opposition to all that King and the civil and human rights movement stood for. And we all are in a political moment where we cannot afford to be silent.

    That is why MoveOn has signed on proudly as a partner of the Women's March on Washington—and the 370 Sister Marches around the world—to stand with millions of people raising our collective voice against the dangerous and hate-filled politics and policies of Donald Trump.

    Click here to RSVP for a Sister March in your state—all are welcome. And note: if you agree to participate in this action, you agree to the terms found here.

    These marches, organized on short notice, are an authentic, spontaneous, and powerful response to the election, and will be a visually impactful and motivational signal around the globe that on the day after the inauguration, the majority of us who did not vote for Trump are ready to confront his agenda and unite to keep our communities safe.

    Women’s rights are human rights and the unity principles of these marches include ending violence and racial inequity, and protecting and advancing environmental justice and reproductive, LGBTQIA, civil, immigrant, disability, and workers’ rights.1

    We are not single-issue progressives. The intersectionality of our collective goodwill must stand in witness at this moment. And that is why we are asking that you join a march near you, this Saturday, January 21.

    We will not remain silent. We will raise our voices in unison against a hateful and dangerous demagogue and the culture of corporate corruption, white supremacy, and authoritarianism that surrounds him.

    Join a Sister March and be part of history.

    It's easy for the past few months to leave us feeling lonely and afraid—to give up hope. But our voices are loudest when we come together. The truth is, we are more powerful than ever before. And now is not the time to be silent about the things that matter.

    Thanks for all you do.

    —Anna, Justin, Jamiah, Ilya, and the rest of the team

    P.S. If you plan on attending the Women’s March on Washington, click here for more details.

    Source:

    1. "Unity Principles," accessed January 16, 2017

  • America's 'HEALTH CARE- the systems SICK   1 day 5 hours ago

    Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman (who runs on his record as a tough Marine) cuts and runs from his constituents at a meeting that he organized, because of his vote against Obamacare.

    http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/politics/constituents-upset-over-co...

  • Is Trump Right As Rain on NAFTA & Offshoring?   1 day 6 hours ago

    @ k. allen #11:

    I too am very concerned about the two hundred, or so, truly inspiring souls still encamped at the Sacred Stone Camp. That is no small feat in the middle of winter on the northern plains with temperatures regularly dipping well below zero, often twenty or thirty below with windchill sometimes reaching sixty or seventy below. Skin freezes within minutes. I used to work on the railroad in Eastern Montana during blizzards and am quite familiar with how deadly it can be.

    The proud and hardy Lakota and Dakota people of the Great Sioux Nation, and the many other tribes who have gathered together in solidarity, have survived on this land for many, many generations. They thrived despite the harsh environment for thousands of years, only to succumb to genocide by European immigrants during the ruthless Western expansion. Millions of Native Americans perished at the hands of the fearful, the hateful, and the greedy.

    For them, the Standing Rock protest is nothing new. Their story is the story of America. They are the people of the Earth. They understand how sacred the sky, the land, and the water is to all life. That is why they call themselves "Water Protectors" -- a small band of "friends" teaching the world, in harmony with a higher spirit.

    The "black snake" was rerouted away from Bismark because white people didn't want their own water supply threatened. Why is it okay to threaten the water supply of the tribal lands, not to mention the millions of people down river whose lives also depend on the sacred waters of the Missouri River?

    It would be supremely ironic and hypocritical for an Administration -- that gained power largely by dividing people over race, religion, and ethnicity, by playing on the fears of white people against "those others" who might threaten their way of life by immigrating to America -- to encourage further attacks (tear gas, rubber bullets, clubs, and freezing water canons) on the original indigenous people of America.

    Morally, Trump has his own sacred duty to protect and to cooperate with the people of conscience who are peacefully protesting for the rights of all life on the planet against an industry that doesn't care about the rights of anyone except their wealthy investors. Will he be kind to the people and work with them? Will he too honor the Higher Spirit of Earth? Come spring, we'll all find out.

  • Is Trump Right As Rain on NAFTA & Offshoring?   1 day 6 hours ago

    Rbd171: if you want President Trump to do as he promised, work with him. Would you work with someone who fought you every step? If you want a seat at the table and to be heard, be kind.

  • OLIGARCHAL MEDIA...hey lefties...words matter!   1 day 7 hours ago

    Colage1..

  • America's 'HEALTH CARE- the systems SICK   1 day 10 hours ago

    Mediacal Tourism, YES! I want to see ads on TV.

  • Is Trump Right As Rain on NAFTA & Offshoring?   1 day 11 hours ago

    Tillerson correctly states the tpp does not serve the peoples interests and that is precisely why he and most our politicians will support it.

    Like most of us, i hope trump will do as promised. I won't hold my breath.

  • COPS NOT EVEN in TOP TEN of DANGEROUS JOBS   1 day 11 hours ago

    I'm wondering why they don't just replace all those crosses at the top of their church spires with a gold plated AR rifle. After all they worship the damn things. Manna from heaven cometh from the end of a barrel and happiness is a warm gun.

    Hey remember this from 75?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyMsZsL9Umo

  • Is Trump Right As Rain on NAFTA & Offshoring?   1 day 17 hours ago

    (deepspace -#10)

    Thank you deepspace, for that synopsis.

    It may not make it into revisionist history books
    ((( ... and who am I to say what is real and true? )))
    It's mind boggling to the already boggled mind ...
    All I can say is what you say is what I saw.
    ... all of that, and more ...

    It's no secret. Everybody knows. OK, so Trump won - only, it wasn't fair and square ... what else is new? That's politics, right? There are so many flaws in the system, how can anyone win, fair and square, anyway?

    People don't seem to know how to fix a system that has been broken from the beginning - so, he knew how to manipulate a rigged system to win. Is this the skill set America needs to cope with corruption, full spectrum?

    Maybe so - at least, for some ... only, I have a problem understanding people who gloat - full of glee doing a happy dance on the graves of broken dreams and lost ideals.

    This isn't fun for me. I hate to see people suffer. I honor anyone's right to disagree and/or disengage if dominant trends go against the grain (as they most likely will, given that people are not all the same.)

    I want people to be able to settle differences in ways that invite mutual acceptance and harmonious resolution. I doubt that can happen so long as people are celebrating each others' losses and goading each other accordingly. Who really wins?

    Right now, I am concerned for those folks standing in prayer with no weapons at Standing Rock. Donald Trump has said he will handle the problem quickly, and it will be over. Given what I've seen so far, I am not reassured of a positive outcome.

    How will a President Trump handle a conflict in which he, and his associates are invested in the oppressive element being challenged?

  • Why Trump "won"   2 days 4 hours ago
  • The Donald Ducks Conflict Of Interest Issue   2 days 5 hours ago

    Thom, while trmp seems obsesed with twitter while ignoring the media, Why not start a campaign to have his twitter account shut down. Surely marcket pressure could be applied.

  • Why Trump "won"   2 days 5 hours ago

    Mr. Trump will be inaugurated on Friday - even with the overwhelming Russian hacking evidence, plus the long list of what appear to be illegal/treasonable activities by Mr. Trump and/or his "team" and/or Mr. Pence. Republicans in both houses are happily supporting him without question. MY question is: are Republicans counting on Pres. Trump and V.P. Pence being thrown out and Paul Ryan becoming president? Mr. Ryan and the ultra-right wing Republicans seem suspiciously happy - I am beginning to believe it is because Paul Ryan's agenda will actually happen, either because Trump/Pence are "out" within a year or so, Ryan becomes president, or Ryan knows that he can "sneek" his agenda through both houses, controlled by Republicans. I'd like to know if my cynicism has morphed in to illogical conspiracy theory, or if any one else worries as much about Paul Ryan's power-grab as I do?

  • Good Cops and Bad Cops: Why There is So Much Skepticism of Law Enforcement   2 days 5 hours ago

    And why not?

What Trump Means w/"Insurance for Everybody"

Donald Trump just made the Republican push to repeal Obamacare a whole lot more complicated.