January 2016

"SOCIALISM" - Define Yourself Properly or Risk Being Defined by Your Opponents

Friendly advice to Bernie-- Labels count. The term "Socialism" has a lot of loaded definiitions on the internet--just Google it.. Most people have an impression of the term and it isn't positive. Opinionators use this word as a pejorative......they assume that everyone knows it is bad and most people are too lazy to educate themselves. Bernie needs to expand this label to mean what he means it to be---not the internet definitions that suggest that government by socialism means that it controls the means of production and distribution and is a route to communism.

For the Clinton Campaign: What's the Problem?

To all my "neoliberal" friends and Hillary supporters. When asked, Bernie Sanders inferred that groups such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Human Rights Campaign were "establishment," speculating about the reasons for their Clinton endorsements.

My Advice for Bernie Sanders

Let me preface this by saying that I am a YUGE fan of Bernie Sanders. The only reason I won't be caucusing for him in Iowa is because I live overseas, and can't afford the plane ticket home.

That said, I do have some concerns about the way his campaign has developed. For the most part, I am overjoyed with his success, but I think he could still do better in some areas, and that's what this article is about.

Work Force Utilization

Every time the Obama Administration adds more jobs and drops the unemployment rate down to around 5%, the MSM and Fox complain that the work force utilization is only at about 62.5%. If you Google this factor, you will find that in the last 65 years, it has only been as high as 67% (under Clinton) and as low as 59% under Eisenhower. After Regan had cut taxes and started doubling the National Debt, WFU factor started rising and continued up to 67% and then started dropping under "W" to near its present level and has rissen marginally under Obama.

Democratic Socialism is NOT the same as Social Democracy

One accepts Regulated Capitalism and one doesn't....Thom needs to get better informed...

You do not call the EU or the Nordic countries Democratic Socialist States....they are Social Democracies...BECAUSE they accept Capitalism.

Democratic Socialists are simply Socialists that believe in an elected Govt. Democrat i that term is an adjective not a noun....

NEW BOOK: Kochs behind Hedge Funds & Congress destroying the Puerto Rican Government’s finances.

Read how the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their extreme right-wing agenda in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right."
http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/20/dark_money_jane_mayer_on_how

NEW BOOK: Study confirms Koch Industries 1 of 3 top producers of Air Pollution, Water Pollution and Climate Pollution.

Read how the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their extreme right-wing agenda in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right."
http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/20/dark_money_jane_mayer_on_how

NEW BOOK: 2012 EPA lists Koch Industries as the single biggest producer of TOXIC WASTE, remaining today in top 5.

Read how the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their extreme right-wing agenda in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right."
http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/20/dark_money_jane_mayer_on_how

NEW BOOK: America’s disgraceful response to Climate Change a product of Kochs marching orders.

Read how the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their extreme right-wing agenda in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right."
http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/20/dark_money_jane_mayer_on_how

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Democratic Debates: Is It Time to Get the Corporate TV Stars off the Stage?

Thom plus logo The democratic debate, operating entirely within the context of corporate TV stars' questions and largely Republican frames, shows once again why a for-profit "news" operation shouldn't be running a presidential debate.