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  • We Need To Stop Blaming China and Blame Ourselves   1 day 3 hours ago

    @#8

    Thom likes to find the slightest excuse to blame everyone but the individuals that signed the bill. I don't care if a majority or either party liked or disliked the bill, it was given to a president that could have stopped it from happening. Time to face reality, the democrat party is just as corrupt as the republicans and all the fodder the leftie/socialists threw at the republicans for trying to stop Obama is miniscule when compared what President Trump is dealing with. He gets little cooperation from either side.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 4 hours ago

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  • Gun control   1 day 4 hours ago

    Thanks for the laugh, Phiilip.

    K2

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 4 hours ago

    Thom, as an American disabled senior who spent 35 years working in the hospitality industry, I have witnessed the power of the hospitality lobby. Every state feels they are a tourist destination and so a functioning hospitality sector is a must. Labor unions that speak on behalf of the workers have shrunk from 1 of 3 employees in 1965 to 1 of 10 employees in 2014. This has happened through a calculated and coordinated attack by “think tanks”, politicians, and media; serfs, all owned by the corporate and economic elite.

    We, the workers and common folk, have suffered economically as this insidious ideology, developed. From the 1930's during America and Europe's heyday of “fascism”, they continue to vitiate and inveigle our democratic values and social fabric through it's agenda of duplicitous and malevolent coercion(populism). An ideology that allows unfettered peculation, perpetrates corporate hegemony that undermines civil laws and absolves the transgressors of any responsibility for harm or cost to citizens resulting from their disregard and disdain for anything but profit.

    Fascism did not die at the end of WWII. Instead a euphemism for their fascist ideology of greed and power was created..... “Free Enterprise”!!! Yes... “Free, unfettered capitalism for the few, Enterprise” and the “Road to Serfdom” for the rest of us.

    Sadly, they are very close to turning the world into riches for the oligarchs and perpetual serfdom for the rest of the world. The fact that there are so many fatuous apostates filled with betise and perfidy of quislings singing a song by abnegated pharisee's spewing the nihilistic and seditious rhetoric they've learned from their masters, the corporate and economic elite.

    We are witnessing the emergence of the fascist “Fourth Reich”. It never went away, it just changed clothes and put on the euphemistic dress of “Free Enterprise, Capitalism=democracy, Individual freedoms, etc..

  • SICKNESS that PERMEATES American Society   1 day 4 hours ago

    idlehands,

    I suggest the next time you want to say something you keep the kitten off the key board, in that way maybe what you want to say might make some sense.......though doubtful.

    I live in these united states and I'm here to tell you idlehands that the us. is racist through all it's internal policy and throughout it's actions outside of it's borders. To try and put the blame for the present on the shoulders of few usurpers now holding the levers of power is avoiding the obvious point that SOMEONE allowed it to happen and voted to put in place every single one those town board seat members, every congressional chair and then all the way to the oval office.

    But they all found it acceptable to hand it off to one,

    "The focus on one subsector of Trump voters—the white working class—is puzzling, given the breadth of his white coalition. Indeed, there is a kind of theater at work in which Trump’s presidency is pawned off as a product of the white working class as opposed to a product of an entire whiteness that includes the very authors doing the pawning. The motive is clear: escapism. To accept that the bloody heirloom remains potent even now, some five decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down on a Memphis balcony—even after a black president; indeed, strengthened by the fact of that black president—is to accept that racism remains, as it has since 1776, at the heart of this country’s political life. The idea of acceptance frustrates the left. The left would much rather have a discussion about class struggles, which might entice the white working masses, instead of about the racist struggles that those same masses have historically been the agents and beneficiaries of. Moreover, to accept that whiteness brought us Donald Trump is to accept whiteness as an existential danger to the country and the world. But if the broad and remarkable white support for Donald Trump can be reduced to the righteous anger of a noble class of smallville firefighters and evangelicals, mocked by Brooklyn hipsters and womanist professors into voting against their interests, then the threat of racism and whiteness, the threat of the heirloom, can be dismissed. Consciences can be eased; no deeper existential reckoning is required." unquote.

    The First White President;

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-pre...

    Don't try to pawn some economic bullshit off as deep thinking. This is a racist country.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 5 hours ago

    "Remember I said Republicans don't think health care is a right, it's a privilege." TH

    Newsflash for Thom. Health care IS NOT a right. Stating so reveals a total lack of understanding of what rights are and where they come from, on your part and many other liberals.

    K2

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 5 hours ago

    Zeke....you're correct, I have little respect for those who condemn the Dems with almost no condemnation of the Koch party. I don't trust where you're coming from at all.

  • What Happens When Big Business Takes Over Government   1 day 13 hours ago

    This has been happening since ages now – money does influence politics. Some would say that money is at the core of politics. This can be seen in the heart of colonization where the greed for more profits let European nations exploiting Asia and Africa. Government policies were, are, and will continue to be influenced by big companies.You also find more information through my college essay segment. I am getting help from this segment for my research work on the topic of “developing country’s business problems”

  • Transcript: Thom Hartmann: The Big Picture: Big Business wins...small business loses. 6 October '11   1 day 14 hours ago

    It is not at all a surprise that big fish do eat the smaller ones to survive. This happens in the oceans as well in corporates. This report assignment analysis only proves this fact to be true to the core. Business is based on profit, simple as that. The big companies obviously have better set of resources to grab the profits.

  • Business vs. Business...Corporate Personhood   1 day 14 hours ago

    This is downright outrageous that such influence of money and big corporate sharks is now visible on the decisions of the court. The court is not trying to keep it under the sheets either; making policies that blindly support the sole profit of the corporate big shots. Law was meant to be metaphorically blindfolded, not literally.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 14 hours ago

    #12,

    Thank you for your response, I was concerned that any LGBT might take unintended offence, and it's definatly not meant that way.

    I was done when Bill C shook his finger in our faces.

    Nice wordpress articles.

    I have found writting our Dem leaders pretty useless,

    Did you know that on medi cal when they covered dental they would send dental impressions back and forth to Florida prisions to make the dentures, it could take a year or more to get a partial that fit....I have a friend who went through the process.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 14 hours ago

    #10,

    Medi cal in California will also wait for you to die and take your home for services rendered.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 15 hours ago

    Obamacare is not single payer because they could not get the votes. Joe Lieberman (IND) from CT was the swing vote. It did a lot of good things but is Corporate for profit insurance. Dealing with for profit medical industry. But ask yourself, what have Republicans done for healthcare compared to Democrats?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_Protection_and_Affordable_Care_Act

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 15 hours ago

    Why this struggle with taking care of poor and frail humans in our country?

    The wealthiest place on the planet

    Individuals who propose these suggestions need to go and live in countries where people die, and young, because they can not afford to see a doctor

    I'm talking "so called" third world

    America is like this

    No money... get sick... die... dead... get outta here

    Supposedly a Christain country

    Damned shame... shame... shame!

    To use Christian language "go to hell"!

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 16 hours ago

    HotCofee: I'm a gay activist myself, of many years (as well as a progressive) and couldn't agree with you more! Obama is just a brand, a corporate shill. I have zilch faith in our party any more. In fact, I lost faith back in 1996, when Clinton was in office and signed DOMA and DADT, and threw the poor under the bus, to become a puppet for major corporations, as a "Centrist Democrat." It is during his term that "Republican Lite" was coined. I remain an independent to this day.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 16 hours ago

    2950-10K: You wouldn't respond so flippantly, had you bothered to take a little time to do your own research.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 16 hours ago

    It is a misnomer to imply that Medicaid is free to those poor enough to be eligible. In fact, even most of our blue states with Obamacare's Expanded Medicaid, still require their clients to pay such an exorbitant share of cost (SOC), that they cannot afford it. This is not the case in a few (or several or a bit more) states, such as Minnesota, which does not charge any SOC if your income is around $1,300 or less. However, dental care is not covered.

    Now here in my home state, California, SOC was established in 1989...and is based on that year's cost of living, which is a humble $600! And since that cost has never been adjusted over the years, this means someone on Medi-Cal who collects a monthly Social Security income must pay the remainder of that income beyond $600, for any month he or she uses Medi-Cal, which only covers any expenses /over/ that amount.

    This means that many, if not most, Medi-Cal recipients cannot afford to pay the SOC, thus must go without the vital health care they need and deserve. (I also want to point out that no one so poor as to be eligible for Medicaid should ever be required to pay /any/ SOC in the first place!) We Californians have had a Democratic governor for some years now (Jerry Brown), yet he has neither addressed nor rectified this egregious ripoff to the poor...who must, as a result, continue to live with more misery, pain and early death, thanks to an astronomical, MONTHLY Medi-Cal fee. If you doubt my claim re. high SOC, see:

    http://www.shareofcost.com/state-assistance/share-of-cost-california.html

    --from which I quote:

    Share of cost is calculated on a monthly basis by deducting a set amount called a "maintenance need level" from the net income. That is, Share of cost = Net Income - Maintenance Need. A Medi-Cal beneficiary’s share of cost is the difference between her income after allowable deductions and the Maintenance Need Level (MNL), which is a set amount allocated for her living expenses.

    The MNL has not changed since 1989 and is $600 for an individual. Thus, anything an individual earns over $600 a month becomes that individual’s share of cost. For example, if an individual earns $1,100 a month, that person must incur $500 in medical costs each month before receiving any coverage from the Medi-Cal program. For consumers with a high share of cost, Medi-Cal provides little more than catastrophic coverage and does not enable them to access health care services. --end

    In my online research, I've discovered other blue states that also charge an exorbitant SOC, including Washington and Oregon. And it seems that the majority of blue states are guilty of this denial of basic health service to the poor. Medi-Cal's own site once had a page where they admitted this terrible arrangement, but they have since taken it down, and replaced it with a very deceptive statement, making it look like no one is charged too much for their care. And that is why I had to find another site, to verify my claim.

    I don't know why alternative (progressive) news sites and whistle blowers like Thom Hartmann never seem to bring this matter to the public eye. I have emailed my Medicaid grievance to many popular alternative news sites, as well as to notable liberal and Democratic politicians. Yet not a single one ever got back to me, or has covered this issue. The important thing that comes out of this, is:

    The Democratic Party is just as culpable for hurting the poor in a most vulgar way (because invisible)...and it has been going on in many states for a long, long time. To point one's finger solely at Republicans is not just a misnomer: it is a shame of the worst kind. Yet the Democratic Party bigwigs are patting each other on the back, over the "miraculous" achievements of Medicaid.

    You may read my original letter of outrage to the progressive media and politicians (including Nancy Pelosi) here:

    http://zekeblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/obamacare-defecates-on-the-poor/

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 16 hours ago

    Zeke, I don't have time to verify your statements, but consider this, how many Kochpublicans want Medicare for all????....something many Dems are already pushing for.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 17 hours ago

    Thom:

    With this conservative takeover, you certainly have a lot to write about. But it must be disheartening to see all that you have worked for as a writer to be dismantled before your very eyes.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 17 hours ago

    Experts predict that Kochpublican tax/ACA repeal legislation will cause health insurance premiums to rise by at least 10%, which means an increase of $$$thousands$$$ to most. It's pretty simple math, if your health insurance plan costs you and or your employer $10,000/yr, then the increase will be $1000. Even this low-ball amount is far more than the temporary tax cut that only some "working people" will get.

    States like Calif. and N.Y. need to go single-payer immediately....in my opinion this would be best way for the , "We the People," Blue States to fight back. Lead by example and let the, "We the Billionaires," Red States continue to pay for their sins.

    Kochbaggers will tell you that massive tax breaks for the rich will grow the economy and thus offset the 1.7 trillion being added to the deficit, in other words their talking point is the biggest economic lie already told....many decades old and proven to not work.

    Yep, they're going to break it and not know how to fix it. Get ready for the fall of our empire...seriously. Putin will tell you what that feels like. He's about to get his revenge.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 17 hours ago

    The Dems had 8 years to make Obama care work, why didn't they? They would probably be in office now if they didn't run princess pantsuit. What I saw was 8 years of Dems with their head stuck in their underwear, all things LGBT were the priority. Obama care and LGBT are the only accomplishments I can think of, and neither group seem very happy with the results.

    So... if California goes single payer on it's own how long before everyone without medical moves to California? Which has no housing or water???

    As bad as it is the Dems brought it on themselves.

    Keep letting the Corporations lobbists run the country and you won't even want to use the health care we do have.

    Please lets not forget they successfuly lobby both sides.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 17 hours ago

    Get the cemetaries ready, and fire up the furnaces.. There's going to be a LOT of dead people coming! I wonder if I'll have enough money left for my creamation? What Irony - They used to call Obamacare, "death care"..

  • I Want a President Who Will Say...   1 day 19 hours ago
    Quote BenDorigan:

    gumball, you are the politest troll I have ever encountered. Kudos to you for not being outright rude and vicious.

    I'm not here to troll, I enjoy friendly conversations with folks of a different viewpoint :)

    It was more interesting before Thom shut the forum down, this blog set up is not very user friendly.

  • I Want a President Who Will Say...   1 day 19 hours ago

    I'm not suggesting that ending private gun ownership is your intention, I am of the belief that it will be the end result though. Why? Because all the proposed "solutions" will not achieve the goal of lowering gun violence. Why? Because criminals do not follow the laws.

    It is not required to have registration on a car that you own. Only to drive it on public roads. That point aside, I think registration is naive. How many do you think are actually going to follow through with this? There are literally hundreds of millions of guns in circulation. What should be done to those that ignore the registration? Is this really an enforceable law?

    You ever hear a politician suggest anything close to what you are? They use terms like "Common Sense" gun laws and will not suggest anything beyond assault rifle bans and the "gun show loophole". We closed that "loophole" here in Washington state 3 years ago. It is roundly ignored.

    I'm not passionate about guns, and I personally don't really care about gun control.

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   1 day 19 hours ago

    The vast majority of Trumps base Got screwed today by the Republican Congress tax vote. They are on the path to making the 1% more wealthy at their expense.

Trump Is Using Racist White People To Make The Rich Richer

There is this whole mythology that Donald Trump came to power because 53% of white women voted for him, because 66% of white working men who didn't have a college degree voted for him.

That may be, but those are not his constituents. Those are his suckers. Those are his rubes.