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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Nearly 20,000 Bay State Democrats have fled the party this winter, with thousands doing so to join the Republican ranks, according to the state's top elections official...

Galvin called both "significant" changes that dwarf similar shifts ahead of other primary votes, including in 2000, when some Democrats flocked from the party in order to cast a vote for Sen. John McCain in the GOP primary.

The primary reason? Galvin said his "guess" is simple: "The Trump phenomenon," a reference to GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who polls show enjoying a massive lead over rivals Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and others among Massachusetts Republican voters. read more


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"Not everyone is poor because they're irresponsible party animals."

No, they're poor because their labor has little or no relative value. You can party your ass off and still make a ton of money if you have something of value to offer employers. I know lots of people who fit that description.

"It IS someone else's fault that jobs have been shipped overseas, college puts you into debt, and an illness could put you into bankrupcy."

It's someone else's fault when your illness results in bankruptcy? Explain that one to me. And jobs going overseas? If market conditions make employing an American a heardship, whose fault is it? Does your concern also extend to those employers in places like North Dakota who were forced to pay market wages for unskilled labor that were twice as much as minimum wage? Should the government have stepped in and attempt to depress wages for the sake of the employer's profit margin?

"You're either dishonest or simply uninformed to say CRA loans were a major factor in the crash."

But it's not dishonest to point to the CRA as a program that forced banks to lend credit to those who would have otherwise been uncreditworthy.

"Co-pays that should have been paid as part of a national health system."

By who? I don't mind paying my co-pays at all. But should I be paying Danni's as well? Yours? Because if I'm responsible for paying for your lack of health, I'm going to want a say in regulating your unhealthy behavior.

"Apparently you think cancer survival should hinge on how rich you are."

Yeah. Sort of. If you are unwilling or unable to pay, you have no right to expect treatment equivalent to one who is.

"www.thedailybeast.com"

The piece is worth reading, basically because it enumerates his thoughts on how severely limiting personal and social freedoms is justified in the defense or support of a socialist revolution. The bottom line is that there are many progressives who don't mind boots being put to throats if it contributes to their desired end-state. And Bernie appears to be one of them.

It's Bernie's positions like those laid out in this article that would be his downfall in a general election, which is why I don't think you've heard much about it. You don't want to break out the big guns immediately. I think if Bernie had been a greater threat to Hillary this may have already been made a bigger deal of, but it's looking like she's going to be the nominee, in which case none of Bernie's dark political past will come into question.

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I don't think it's a lack of knowledge on the actions of those individuals. Consider Bernie Sanders and his support for the totalitarian regimes in the Cuba and Nicaragua. With Nicaragua:

If CNN can ambush Sanders by reaching back to 1974 and his not-entirely-unreasonable criticism of the CIA, perhaps another enterprising television journalist will ask the candidate-of-consistency one of the following questions:

-- Do you think that American foreign policy gives people cancer?

-- Do you think a state of war -- be it against the Vietnamese communists, Nicaraguan anti-communists, or al Qaeda's Islamists -- justifies the curtailment of press freedoms?

-- Do you stand by your qualified-but-fulsome praise of the totalitarian regime in Cuba? Do you stand by your unqualified-and-fulsome praise of the totalitarian Sandinista regime in Nicaragua?

-- Do you believe that bread lines are a sign of economic health?

-- Do you think the Reagan administration was engaged in the funding and commissioning of terrorism?

A weird palette of questions, sure, but when Sanders was mayor of Burlington, he answered "yes" to all of them. Hidden on spools of microfilm, buried in muffled and grainy videos of press conferences and public appearances, Mayor Sanders enumerated detailed -- and radical -- foreign-policy positions and explained his brand of socialism. (If you find foreign-policy debates tedious, feel free to ask Sanders if he still believes that "the basic truth of politics is primarily class struggle"; that "democracy means public ownership of the major means of production"; or that "both the Democratic and Republican parties represent the ruling class.")

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