“the Los Angeles teachers are not striking against austere Republican state legislatures. Rather, they are striking against the policies of their Democratic-controlled school district, city, and state, and are framing their efforts as a fight for the future of public education.”
As national Democrats voice support for LA teachers, only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has acknowledged that the strike is partially about school privatization.
They just don’t get it. Politicians who sell America out aren’t our “people”
“I’m sure Ms. Cortez means well, but there’s almost an outstanding rule: Don’t attack your own people,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.). “We just don’t need sniping in our Democratic Caucus.”
The effort is part carrot, part stick. But it’s far from clear the anti-establishment political novice can be made to play ball.
Can partisan Democrats please stop saying “progressives are dividing the party”. The party is already divided. The rift between progressives and the corporate centrists is real, and it won’t be mended by vote shaming or name calling.
We need to have a serious dialogue regarding policy, strategy, and what kind of country we want to live in. The Democratic establishment is making this next to impossible by using media hacks and think tank surrogates to slander anyone who dare critique them.
The democrat partisan base is so frightened by losing to a Republican, they fail to muster even an ounce of courage to perform an honest assessment of their party. Instead of performing a thorough analysis of why Clinton lost, the party machine immediately turned to blaming others. It’s better to cast blame around then to admit that decades of corporate centered policies and empty rhetoric collapsed the American middle class to them.
If we really want to beat Trump, we must nominate someone who can mend this rift and solve the many problems that Americans face. Another corporate cartoon of a politician will not do this. We need someone who will beat back the corporate stranglehold on our government, take bold action to address climate catastrophe, and implement a new economic model that is not built on inequality or exploitation.
If you believe the climate science, we literally have ten years to act. A soothsayer weather vain politician will not do, we need people of action! If you really fear Trumpism, work to nominate someone who will not only beat Trump, but someone who will enact policies to put right wing corporatism in its grave. Our very lives depend on this
“If Democrats are marching to the left, that road leads directly back to platforms and politicians who, in their day, commanded wide support and existed firmly in the mainstream of political thought.”
Many on both sides are worried about the party’s leftward swing. They say it’s a deviation from the mainstream. It’s not.
To the people who actually believe “the Democrats need to take corporate money and cater to mega donors to compete with Republicans” think about this –
There are currently over 44,000,000 (44 million) registered Democrats in America. Let’s say that half of them paid dues of just $5 a month. That would equal:
$110 million per month or $1.32 billion per year
That’s just with half of the registered Democrats paying a measly $5 per month. I’m sure more than half would pay dues, and I’m sure some would contribute more, say $10 or $20 per month. Through this arrangement it is totally feasible that they could raise $2 billion per year.
This $2 billion per year could easily fund every electoral campaign and party function that is currently done under the corrupt donor system we have now.
This would allow the Party to represent their base, and not corporate interests, because they’d no longer need their money to operate. This is how a true people’s party would fund itself. No need for donors, no need for PACS, no need to cater to the wealthy to fund campaigns.
Oh yeah, and the best part? They’d actually be able to pass legislation that helped the majority of the country, assuring growth of party, more dues paying members, and a lock on winning.
“It’s infuriating to see a fellow Democrat basically parrot the talking points of the Koch Brothers when it comes to the very common-sense idea that any politician who accepts donations from the fossil-fuel corporations should not be allowed to legislate on climate change.”
Stop pretending the establishment wing of the Democratic party isn’t owned by Wall Street, war profiteers, and big energy
Instead, Democrats are sticking to their original plan, and channeled Exxon Mobil in an announcement refusing to bar members who take fossil fuel money.
“I spent 20 years as a health insurance executive before leaving my job as a vice president at Cigna. I can tell you firsthand that by focusing on a half-baked measure like a Medicare buy-in, Democrats would hand a huge gift to the private insurance industry while doing less than the bare minimum to help struggling businesses, workers, families and patients.”
An ex VP from one of our country’s largest private insurers comes out for Medicare for all! Any honest person with knowledge of our healthcare system will admit that insurance companies are making a log of money by denying or offering subpar healthcare.
Go for dramatic reforms. Health insurance companies are interested in profits, not playing fair. I should know. I used to be a vice president at Cigna.
And this is why we need new leadership. Not because of age or identity, but because the current leadership is beholden to big money and special interests.
Three of the lawmakers who will lead the House next year as Congress focuses on skyrocketing drug costs are among the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, a new KHN analysis shows.