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Haven't had a chance to go through the past two days' posts, alas, but a couple articles on Social Security:
Maybe, without banging-intern scandals, Hillary will be able to pull off what Bill couldn't.
A few of the incredible images taken today as more than 1,000 people joined Harvard dining hall workers on Day 18 of their historic strike. Workers and their allies are needing to take it to the streets to get what they need to survive from the wealthiest university on the planet.
The rain let up just before we got there and didn't come back until the walk back to the car.
Young Gay Autistic Comrade was, once again, verbally attacked by a bunch of idiot student liberals for his outfit. They claimed that he looked "too militant," "fascistic" and that his Soviet military hat made him look like "a Nazi." When I pointed out to them that Nazis and communists were on opposite side of the spectrum, they said they didn't want our support. I then asked them if they were dining hall workers. When they said, no, I then pointed to my Teamsters pin, then pointed over to the flatbed truck from which the union leaders were speaking, and how it read "Teamsters Local 25." Later, my local president gave a pretty good speech (made me feel guilty for voting against him in the national election) and pledged $10,000 to the UNITE-HERE 26 strike fund and the idiot student liberals didn't say anything after that.
There were also sizable contingents from up and down the east coast, including one from Atlantic City with t-shirts reading "Trump Taj Mahal: I Held the Line Against Carl Icahn." They were pretty spirited despite having, as Comrade X reported above, having lost their jobs.
Leftist Bingo-wise, lots of Taafeites, Cliffites and Marcyites, and three Spart sympathizers that I hadn't seen in, oh, 20 or so years. One of them was uncomfortable, one of them asked hostile questions, but the last, who got me a job in an industrial print shop back in the day, stopped and talked to me about old times for awhile.
Anyway, pretty good rally.
Shame! Shame! Shame on Harvard!
But does he draw a more significantly working-class group than the Democratic primary candidates?
Based on, as I said, months-old data presented in this article, it doesn't look like it, but I am sure there other articles and other polls.
I guess I just take umbrage at a letter to "The (White?) Working Class" from a "College-Educated" poster who pops up every election cycle to suggest that we need to raise the Social Security retirement age in order to balance the budget.
A couple months old, but interesting nonetheless:
Yes, but according to the exit polls cited in the NBC article above, black voters under 30 voted for Sanders 52% to 47%.
Which might not mean much in the grand scheme of things (apparently, they're expecting low turnout among such voters as compared with the two elections in which Obama ran), but it is what I was talking about.
Oh, crazy, Guardian article on the same question published today:
Full disclosure: written by a contributor to Socialist Worker.
Orfamay Quest wrote:
Thank you, I understand that "based on the people I know" isn't scientifically sound. Was surprised, however, to discover that "based on the people I know" ended up being in line with national trends.
Hillary Clinton's campaign employs more black women than any other presidential campaign in US history.
Found this article through the links:
I was wondering to myself, a couple of pages ago, if minority, i.e., black, voters were so overwhelmingly in favor of Hillary, why all the black activists I've worked with over the past couple of years were Sanders supporters. In retrospect, though, they were all under 30.
Well, I don't know what Citizen Lurker was referring to. It might have been a general question about gridlock, but since it came after my post about Schumer's public and Clinton's private talk about lowering the corporate tax rate so that the kleptocrats will bring their offshore money home, I chose to interpret it in regards to that and was pointing out that Schumer's already citing Ryan that they've got bipartisan support.
Digging through the links, Schumer's been working with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) for about a year to get a similar bipartisan gift to the American capitalist class off the ground.
Besides, according to Schumer, Ryan's down with giving in to the capital strike, too.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
"Revenue-starved Democratic leaders have broadly hinted they are prepared to cave, either for a “holiday” period or permanently.
"In an exchange with CNBC’s John Harwood, Schumer confirmed that the latter is in fact in the works. When Harwood asked Schumer if 'it would be a permanent lower rate, not a holiday rate,' Schumer replied, 'Yes, you can’t do a one-shot deal.'"
When I have some more free time I should look up our previous conversation from years ago, maybe, about the capital strike.
Didn't see any of this one, was at a meeting in Worcester where the comrades were planning their "Who's Afraid of Jill Stein?" public meeting next week, but I did just run into this article:
Orfamay Quest wrote:
You're probably right, but there seem to be quite a few liberals, some in this thread, who have spent a lot of time claiming, for example, that Bernie pulled her to the left, etc., etc.
Four- to eight-more years of neoliberal austerity coming your way, America. Start building your strike funds and community organizations now.
Well, her follow up paragraph is pretty notable, can't say I'm surprised it isn't quoted as often:
"But the other basket -- and I know this because I see friends from all over America here -- I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas -- as well as, you know, New York and California -- but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they're just desperate for change. It doesn't really even matter where it comes from. They don't buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won't wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they're in a dead-end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well."
(Can't believe I've made a semi-pro Hillary post.)
(Pardon me, Citizen Cursor, for using your post.)
Well this, plus Wikileaks quotes that the Clinton campaign didn't want to run against Jeb because there was little in his economic plan the Clinton campaign disagreed with, bodes pretty ominously for a "progressive" Clinton presidency.
Conservative Anklebiter wrote:
Woah, bro, talking shiznit about me behind my back?
I'm telling mom.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
But now I have:
Some, but not all, of the same ground covered in Chicago Tribune who, for the record, have endorsed Gary Johnson after their GOP pick, Rubio, got cut.
Spastic Puma wrote:
Whoa man, Trump has been for LGBT rights all his life, okay? He's not a flip flopper like HRC
I actually haven't found any indication that the Observer has a pro-Trump line. In fact, I wouldn't have even known it was owned by his son-in-law if they didn't run disclaimers every now and then. But then again, I admit, I only read their articles when they come across my feed.
More generally, I've heard some commentators opine that the WikiLeaks stash are gonna be studied for a long time as documentary evidence of how a successful presidential campaign operates. So far, I've enjoyed watching how talking points her staffers came up with last year have been successfully disseminated. For example,
"Earlier in Clinton's campaign, emails from October 2015 show staff trying to build a defense for their candidate's late arrival on supporting gay marriage, and her history of supporting 1996's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Again, Clinton campaign staff had to figure out how to defend her on something she actually believes in. 'I'm not saying double down or ever say it again,. I'm just saying that she's not going to want to say that she was wrong about that, given she and her husband believe it and have repeated it many times. Better to reiterate evolution, opposition to DOMA when court considered it, and forward looking stance.'"
Also interesting are Bill Clinton's comments from 2000 when he opined that he was more in line with the "gay agenda" than she was and that she was "really a little put off by some of this stuff."
Trump's son-in-law's paper on Clinton campaign staffers' efforts to create a narrative where Hillary doesn't look like a flip-flopping bigot.
I haven't gotten around to reading them myself, but I ran across this part:
"'We’re in a time in Syria,' she said, 'where they’re not finished killing each other . . . and maybe you just have to wait and watch it.'"
and was reminded of our discussion in the Syria intervention thread on what I dubbed the Luttwalk Thesis.
Pillbug Toenibbler wrote:
Ok, so I don't vouch for any of this, but I was bopping about on Facebook reading about various communist things and watching videos of kittens raised by huskies and such*, and I run across a conversation between some Paizonian that I friended but don't know who they are and Crimson Jester. It was about this article:
I had heard from some Green Party types that the whole "Write-In Bernie" campaign was a Machiavellian ploy by the Hillbots to siphon votes from Dr. Stein (irony, huh?), so I read through the comments and find the same accusation there. I also find a comment by somebody claiming to be friends with the author and the two of them disseminated the article honestly, but incorrectly. I don't know (or care), but then I was led to another article:
Again, I don't vouch for any of this, but if the second article is to be belived, you can write-in Bernie and not have your vote tossed in: Alabama, Iowa, New Hampshire (Live free or die!!!), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. Parenthetically, I wonder if that's why Vermin Supreme (a Massachusetts resident, I believe) spends so much time campaigning in New Hampshire.
I, personally, don't care Citizen Blast who you vote for or if you vote at all, but I thought of you while looking at the articles, so I thought I'd share.
Beats me, but this doesn't sound good:
"On Monday, however, the various issues associated with Clinton's email setup came roaring back. According to emails released by the FBI, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the FBI to ease up on classification decisions in exchange for allowing more FBI agents in countries where they were not permitted to go. The words 'quid pro quo' were used to describe the proposed exchange by the FBI official."
Yeah, I've been watching 538 pretty much every day since the post I called (some of) you a bunch of Chicken Littles and it looks to me like she's had it under lock for quite a while.
As far as my own neck of the woods goes, as I thought would happen, since Pussygate, the senatorial race in NH, according to 538, has swung from a slight lead for Kelly Ayotte* (R) to Maggie Hassan (D) leading 57.2% to 42.8%.
If the likes of Comrade Anklebiter manage to do their thing correctly, the next major American party might rise on the backs of the (hopefully) vast pool of potential votes that finds the current democratic political entity far too right wing for their tastes.
And, NYT on longtime Clinton aide-de-camp Cheryl Mills, Clinton Foundation relationships and sweatshops. Note: No smoking guns, just the usual imperialists-helping-companies-with-terrible-labor-records-exploit-the-Thir d-World.
In this series, Left Voice amplifies the voices of candidates who have undertaken the bold task of running as socialists. This time we interviewed presidential candidate for Socialist Action, Jeff Mackler.
And here's the speech Clinton gave before signing the NAFTA treaty into American* law.
*Lo siento, "estadounidense".
I posted that one above when we were talking about it a couple of days ago.
Since then, according to the Miami Herald:
But a campaign spokesman pointed to statements by Podesta and Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook on Oct. 9. Both said the context of that sentence related to green energy -- and wasn’t about people immigrating to the United States.
On Face the Nation, Mook said she was talking about integrating green energy between north and south America.
"But if the question is does Hillary Clinton support throwing open our borders, absolutely not. And she is going to do everything she can to fight to protect the interest of workers in this country. That is actually why she voted against the Central American free trade agreement when she was a senator," Mook said.
On Fox News Sunday, Podesta also said she was referring to clean energy.
"When she was secretary of state, she talked about creating a hemispheric effort to bring clean energy across the continent from the tip of South America to Canada, to invest in clean and renewable energy, to invest in the transmission that would clean up our energy system," Podesta said. "And I think when you look at what she said about immigration, she's for comprehensive immigration reform that takes people out of the shadows, emphasizes family unity, but also has -- modernizes our border security.
Is that the same one we were discussing before, or another one?
If another one, I haven't seen it, do you have a link?
If the same one, the speech was to Banco Itau in Brazil and it had nothing to do with immigration, but with energy policy, said her campaign.
Anyway, traveled out to Keene, NH, yesterday, ground zero for the Free State Project, to meet up with our new comrade, peddle socialist newspapers and hand out Jill Stein lit.
We were expecting long arguments with libertarians, but were surprised that we kept getting heckled by Hillary supporters. I took a walk down the street at one point and discovered that we were set up a block away from the Dems' campaign office. Mystery solved.
Recruited another Keene-ite, huzzah!
There's another woman, I forget her name at the moment, a filmmaker, who, the headlines said, is facing 45 years for reporting from Standing Rock.
Interestingly, with the rise of wages in China "and other countries" (I'm not sure which ones), increasing transportation costs, and more reliance on automation, American textile jobs are returning to the US south.
The Britishiznoid Socialist Workers Party.
He resigned in the wake of their sexual assault scandal.
He was active in the short-lived International Socialist Network, but resigned from them with their other celebrity writer (well, less so in these circles) Richard Seymour, over, well, you can read for yourself:
Don't know where he went after that.