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Friday, October 28, 2016

Former Republican Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted that he would be "grabbing his musket" if Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in the election. He later made the dubious claim that he wasn't calling for armed insurrection against the U.S., but instead was referring only to civil disobedience. Trump's constant claims of a rigged election as he trails bigly in most polls have increased this kind of rhetoric. Walsh, a Tea Party candidate, served only one term in Congress, where he once called on President Barack Obama to secure the border with "moats and alligators." read more


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Facing off with the CEO whose massive bank appropriated customers' information to create millions of bogus accounts, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts had sharp questions Tuesday for Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf. She told him, "If one of your tellers took a handful of $20 bills out of the crash drawer, they'd probably be looking at criminal charges for theft. They could end up in prison. But you squeezed your employees to the breaking point so they would cheat customers and you could drive up the value of your stock and put hundreds of millions of dollars in your own pocket. You should resign. You should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on, and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission." read more


Facing off with the CEO whose massive bank appropriated customers' information to create millions of bogus accounts, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., had sharp questions Tuesday for Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf. She said Stumpf made millions of dollars in the "scam," telling him, "You should resign ... and you should be criminally investigated." read more


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The media needs to close their biased racist trap and start reporting the facts and what happens instead of giving us a biased perspective and POV from the chosen ordained elites that they mostly hire. Dana Milbank is biased.....as is the media itself and also per Wikipedia. This bio is similar to many in MSM as are their viewpoints. They do not represent 95% of America. Until the media demographically represents America from the east coast to the west coast they are not worth their close minded opinions.

en.wikipedia.org Milbank is the son of Ann C. and Mark A. Milbank[1] and is Jewish.[2] He is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of Trumbull College, the Progressive Party of the Yale Political Union and the secret society Skull and Bones.[3][4] He is a graduate of Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, New York. In 1993, Milbank married Dona Lynn DePasquale in an interfaith Jewish and Roman Catholic ceremony.[1] He is now divorced.[5]

#13 | POSTED BY ROBSON AT 2016-12-04 07:37 PM | FLAG:

Thanks for pointing out that Milbank is Jewish. Say no more, say no more!

Hilarious that with every post you harp about "the elites," as if your King Donald, who has lived a life of privilege and will be the wealthiest president we've ever had, were some kind of common man. Do you really think he could give two cents about us peasants? Trump was elected because he was able to rile the simpleminded into believing happy days can be here again, if only America would withdraw from the rest of the world and kiss up to big business.

One other thing: Columnists are supposed to be "biased." They write opinion pieces by definition. See the word "opinions" at the top of the article? There are right-wing columnists too. No sane person expects them to be "unbiased."

[Part 2]
In my heart of hearts, I believe those regular people are deluded. Trump is no more interested in average Americans than the man in the moon. And he's not as fresh as advertised. In a Trump administration, I see an M.O. that promises more of the tired trickle-down mindset that the GOP has promoted for decades.

What gets too little attention is the fact that manufacturing jobs have vanished in large part because of automation and other efficiencies, along with competition from lower labor costs in Mexico, China and other developing (or exploitive) nations. Automation is only going to intensify, and Trump can't erase that. And the most effective way to compete against lower-wage countries for industrial jobs is to accelerate the drive – already well underway – to lower wages here. Blue-collar America is not going to be excited about making $15 an hour when they used to make $27 an hour. And eliminating the ACA, flawed though it is, is not going to help the working class move forward, either.

Trump scored a lot of points by making broad pledges to somehow fix very difficult problems, in the process blaming most of our nation's ills on minorities, immigrants, Muslims and other soft targets. It's an easy sell when your constituency feels underpaid and unloved, and Trump is a master of the soundbite. But platitudes and insults only take you so far. He risks a big backlash when the buyer's remorse kicks in big-time.

But who knows how long that will be.

In the meantime, the Democrats need some new blood. Pelosi is the safe pick for minority leader, and yes, her experience is valuable in that role. But it sure is hard to get excited about her. The DNC had better start looking for fresh leadership, and work hard to reframe the message, because what they have now is lacking.

Obama actually benefitted from being new blood himself. He has a forceful personality and – ironically – was frequently derided for having little political experience. Of course, his personality is quite different from Trump's. Obama proved you can win by staying positive and without being a bombastic authoritarian.

I also think he kept the economy from going off the cliff. Still, it hasn't rebounded to the degree that it once was – say, before the tech and real-estate bubbles popped. Maybe it never will. Bubbles aren't a good thing, after all. I guess nobody wins elections by standing up and saying, "Working-class America, you are toast. The world economy has changed, and those high-paying manual jobs were a one-time blip in our history. You'd better upgrade your education and skills or else scale back your dreams and learn how to start farming." Sounds like "eat your broccoli." So the message is going to be a challenge. While I sure as hell don't want the Dems to pander to fear and anger the way team Trump has done, they have to show they are the party of the big tent, working to get things done.

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