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  • Trump Is Using Racist White People To Make The Rich Richer   5 days 5 hours ago

    The entire problem is that the duopoly is and has always been the servants of the very, very rich. We, The Rubes of all stripes are NOT represented by either the right wing Democratic Party or the very right wing Republican Party of the Wall Street Owned One Party System (WOOPS). Until we wake up, organize and reject the corporate owned duopoly and especially the Democratic Party wing of it we WILL NOT have representation in Washington or the various state houses. The very dysfunctional democracy we once lived under has been reduced to little more than ink on the brittle parchment paper of history. However, as the ruling elite has always known, history is only manageable after it has happened. Accordingly, if we do not recognize that the GOP wing and the Democratic wing are THE PROBLEM history will continue on its present course. If we remain rube like ostriches all of us will remain the exception to the old political adage as a people who is fooled all of the time.

  • Trump Is Using Racist White People To Make The Rich Richer   5 days 5 hours ago

    While the Republicans are really showing their cards, the Trolls like Dianereyenold and OU812 have disappeared.

  • Trump Is Using Racist White People To Make The Rich Richer   5 days 7 hours ago

    Most Trump supporters are white people who can't come to grips with the reality that American-style capitalism, as sold to them by the Republican party, is throwing them under the bus. Now that the people in power are treating them more and more like any non-white person who isn't rich, they become even more desperate and resentful. So they embraced Trump, who ran on being the anti-Republican Republican. And now it is even harder for them to admit that they have been conned big time by a carnival barker who will deliver on exactly nothing that he promised. They will desperately cling to their fantasies, until the reality becomes to ugly to pretend away. I say this as an old white guy.

  • I HATE CHRISTMAS   5 days 9 hours ago

    The fundamental truth is that most folks can't afford Christmas as celebrated in our pop culture of excessive gift-giving, excessive partying and pious role playing. When you see the ads on tv for giving a new Mercedes or Lexus for Christmas you get the strong message that you are a loser if you can't pony up the cash for such a present.

    Even the biggest sleasebags in the community dive into the festivities and put in their once yearly appearance at a candlelight service. Unfortunately this has become an over-the-top commercial holiday season designed to stoke merchandise sales, depression, sadness and regret and feelings of inadequacy, accompanied by overplayed ballads and heart wrenching sentimental tunes, which are inescapable, whether you are on isle 2 in Wallmart or fetching a gallon of milk from the corner store. It drives sales and credit card abuse. It creates an unrealistic sense of entitlement and self-reward. It creates debt.

    Fuck xmas

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   5 days 11 hours ago

    Legend:

    I'm not sure what you are trying to say....you've provided the reference, how about some substance.

  • I Want a President Who Will Say...   5 days 12 hours ago

    I don't think any solution/action on the gun front will have an immediate effect. If left in place, though, I think licensing, registration, and insurance requirements will have their effects.

    You say "criminals," like there are good guys and there are bad guys, the cavalry, and Dr. Evil with his squad of faceless henchmen. We may rightly classify organized crime rings like the Mafia, or the drug lords in Mexico and South America as full-time criminals. This set may also include the gang leaders of large American cities. Yes, these guys will always find their way to the deadliest arms necessary to uphold their regimes. Proportionally, there aren't that many of these guys.

    There is also a considerable portion of gun deaths that result from people who temporarily cross that line into evil. Crimes of passion and ones fueled by too much alcohol by otherwise peaceful citizens are examples. Stephen Paddock was a criminal for exactly 1 day of his life. I'm willing to bet these gun deaths outnumber the ones committed by the full-time criminals in any given year. I'm not going to look those numbers up right now, but I'd bet they at least parallel the Darth Vader (full-time evil) killings.

    These are the deaths that we're going to cut into with gun laws, the Adam Lanzas, The Las Vegas shooters, the countless crimes of passion, or ones committed by the guy who decided to stop taking his anti-psychotic medication last week. These, to me, are worth trying to prevent, and I know that a big bite can be taken out of them.

    Give law enforcement what they need to tackle the bad guys. I'm not wild about them using the same weaponry in policing the general public, but they should have in-kind arms.

    I am certain that a more responsible gun policy in America, frightening as it may be to the gun crowd, can only reduce gun violence nationwide. Saying we all need to be armed to have peace is to say that all countries need to have nuclear bombs to have world peace. Yeah, maybe so for a while, until one goes off. Then it becomes clear that we're much closer to safety and security if no one has a nuclear bomb. It's no different with guns. We're all less safe because we have them, not the other way around. The other way seeing it is insane, irrational, upside-down thinking.

    I don't advocate taking all guns away by my willingness to compromise for the sake of my fellow Americans who loves their guns. If we're not going to take them away, we're all going to have to agree that as long as we have guns we are going to have gun violence. They go hand in hand. That's what they're made for. So we agree that the goal is to reduce the numbers so that they alone don't make it seem like we are at war. We have reduction as our agreed upon goal. We could even pick a number, say we want it to come down by 50% and work to that end, and take that victory.

  • Human Evolution   5 days 14 hours ago

    Stupid, uneducated children become stupid, uneducated parents who beget stupid, uneducated children who become...

    Break the chain. Forget those damned social networks, pablum for the aging child. Read a good book.

    No, not the NY Times list of best sellers. For fine, stimulating, wake up reading, this is my favorite list:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/100-novels-everyone-should-read/

    But these books, too, get the gray matter jiggling:

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction

    http://entertainment.time.com/2005/10/16/all-time-100-novels/slide/all/

  • TWO DEGREES and the DO GOODER'S   5 days 16 hours ago

    On the discussion of BLOOD OIL vs pipe maintenance to protect precious groundwater reserves. What a great business idea! Someone could invent an early leak detection system and repair service for Canadian oil which passes thought the KXL pipeline. This would be done with dollars which would otherwise be spent sending troops to "defend" US oil interests in the Middle East. This is a sustainable project which could create jobs in the newly emerging KXL energy sector and could be viewed as an valuable investment in of some of the redirected public monies in a sustainable "retraining" or "job creation" program. The current true cost of a barrel of crude which we import from the Middle East includes the blood of troops sent there to defend it. Oil leaks and greenhouse gasses aside, since oil harvesting and consumption damages will continue to occur and cross borders. We can definitely do much more to cut fossil fuel consumption down with cleaner technologies that use fewer resources. We can design earthquake and leak resistant pipes and ways to detect and resolve leaks. We can reduce consumption AND harvest oil from Canada rather than OPEC. It is less costly in human suffering and taxpayer dollars. It will require less maintenance than supporting endless wars in the Middle East. It it the best temporary measure available until we are as close to completely oil free as possible. As the writer at essaytyper.pro I believe it takes a while to break any addiction...and permanently change disastrous behaviors of consumption. Let's hope we use the least toxic approach in the meantime. No to OPEC oil, yes to KXL pipeline (leaky as it may become at times).

  • We Need To Stop Blaming China and Blame Ourselves   5 days 16 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   5 days 16 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   5 days 16 hours ago

    Thanks for the laugh, Phiilip.

    K2

  • Republicans Failing Their Corporate Sponsors Could Be a Miracle For Democracy   5 days 16 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   5 days 17 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   5 days 17 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   5 days 18 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   6 days 2 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   6 days 2 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   6 days 2 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   6 days 2 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   6 days 3 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   6 days 3 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   6 days 3 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   6 days 4 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   6 days 4 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   6 days 5 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/

So you think You'll Get a Tax Break, or tax cut? Really?

A letter was sent out recently by the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians.

You're not hearing Breitbart News or Common Dreams - right or left - organizations or news sites with a point of view other than that they are committed to healing people.