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…I think excerpts:

What Kind of Democracy is This by Matt Flinders
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actually this is a different Mark Green… he sites this article in another good HuffPost piece on the trio of supposed scandals of the last year or so trumped up by the right wing noise machine and then dutifully covered as such by the mainstream networks and there talking heads

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Bernie and Trump tweeting on single payer…

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Contact her… or them…KrugKomms on single payer…


is a trusted commenter Verona NJ 6 hours ago

Medicare For All is a very realistic, reasonable idea when facts are viewed plainly instead of with right-wing hysteria and conservative horror.

55 million Americans are already on single-payer in Medicare
74 million Americans are already enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP
9 million Americans are already enrolled in the Veterans Health Administration

A total of 138 million Americans – 43% of Americans – are already enrolled in an American single-payer program.

These three health insurance programs are not perfect, but they are working, AND they also serve the sicker and more elderly part of the population which makes them more expensive than the remainder of the insurance pool which the private ‘for-profit’ insurance industry has organ-harvested for trillions of private profit.

Extending Medicare to all Americans would result in Medicare getting a relatively healthier crop of enrollees than it currently has and its average cost per person would decrease.

As for the ‘scary’ tax increase that would be needed to fund Medicare For All, America is already paying that tax in the form an annual $1 trillion surcharge for healthcare expenses attributable to America’s current 17% of GDP ‘free-market’ psychopathic pricetag – a whopping 5% (or more) of GDP higher than the price of healthcare anywhere else in the world.

Medicare For All would dramatically lower administrative costs and regulate healthcare extortion.

The only thing holding us back is common sense and Greed Over People.

Dr. Steve Aherbach

ny 9 hours ago

In fact Sanders did propose several examples of how to finance single payer later the same day. And there are several published specific proposals for replacing the regressive system of premiums, copays and deductibles (where rich and working class pay the same) with progressive taxation, notably from Physicians for a National Health Program and related allies grouls. In fact over 95% of people and families would pay less with single payer, and have guaranteed coverage and greater choice of doctor’s, clinics and hospitals. State and County and City government would pay much less with national single payer. Employers that currently help provide coverage for employees would pay less. See models of financing proposed for HR76 the House singe payer bill (that ready has a majority of House Dems co-signing) and NY State single payer analyzed by economist Gerald Friedman and California single payer by economist Pollin. And over 20 years of analyses by Lewin Group. Please report on these.

Karen Garcia

is a trusted commenter Outer Slobovia 9 hours ago

I’m tired of hearing the same tired old tropes to explain to us non-wonks that we just can’t have nice things as a bankrupt-free healthy life because of soome dreaded "backlash."

Let’s get really real here. The richest country on earth doesn’t have Single Payer because the corporations and oligarchs running the place don’t want it. This has little to do with people now insured through work becoming too "inconvenienced" if they have to change plans and simplify things. Nearly two-thirds of us want Medicare for All. Does Krugman mean to imply that most people either don’t work, or that their insurance has no stupid limits attached?

Ditto for the political "litmus test" so allegedly feared by politicians loath to quit taking bribes from the predatory insurance industry. Why protect these people? So that our health care system remains the most expensive on the planet, and our mortality and morbidity rates stay some of the worst?

Right now, there are millions of people suffering the mental and physical and financial trauma of two massive hurricanes. So what better time than right now to start incessantly demanding true universal coverage for them, and for all of us?

If Great Britain could establish its national health service after the Nazi blitz, surely we can do the same in the face of the even deadlier assault of man-made climate change.

"Pay-fors?" For starters, we can slash the Pentagon budget, and stop bombing people to death.

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Very nice blogpost rebuking ignent assed climate denying shills…

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Welcome to George Skalsky’s Writing and Advocacy Page that calls for, among other things…

…an ongoing progressive grassroots "pro ‘Big D’ Democracy in America" movement to be carried forward by none other than "We the people…" of these, our United States. This site will also organize and link to other writing and creative projects of mine- some related and some largely unrelated to the political advocacy and organizing that is a big part of what I’ve studied on, yearned for,and now try to work toward in the real "bricks and mortar" world.

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Toward a progressive and democratic economy…

Progressive disillusionment with Democrats has simmered for decades. As progressives push for more populist candidates, Democrats must choose a path. Will they confront corporate power and reassert the rightful place of government to facilitate economic justice and equity? There are signs of progressive renewal, including the inspiring struggles of restaurant and retail workers, campaigns to raise the minimum wage, election outcomes in New York and Seattle, growing opposition to war and a rising educational justice movement. Will Democrats embrace the demands of a resurgent progressive movement, or will they continue to indulge their corporatist impulses—and donors?

James Thindwa is a member of In These Times‘ Board of Directors and a labor and community activist.

That sort of special treatment, legislation or lack of regulation secured through gifts, campaign contributions, promises of jobs after lawmakers leave office, and other goodies is what Oxfam calls “political capture.” Using their wealth and influence, the rich capture the political process and exploit it to sustain and enhance their wealth. This has occurred at the expense of everyday Americans. It has contributed significantly to income inequality.

From cassandravert comment in In these Times…
1. Why/how the superrich got all that capital in the first place
2. How we can create a system that produces the distribution result that we have said seems fair
3. Where to draw the line between life support and creating incentives to achieve
4. Redefine public assets to include much of what private parties have claimed for themselves (looking at you, Nestle CEO)
5. Where to draw the line between private property and public interest/assets
6. How much is too much
7. The cultural antidote to wealth envy–when we see people with too much, we have to see that as an abuse of the system that needs to be corrected, not a role model.

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Uncle Wendell quotes and more…

“We do not need to plan or devise a "world of the future"; if we take care of the world of the present, the future will have received full justice from us. A good future is implicit in the soils, forests, grasslands, marshes, deserts, mountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans that we have now, and in the good things of human culture that we have now; the only valid "futurology" available to us is to take care of those things. We have no need to contrive and dabble at "the future of the human race"; we have the same pressing need that we have always had – to love, care for, and teach our children.
(pg. 73, "Feminism, the Body, and the Machine")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“We can say without exaggeration that the present national ambition of the United States is unemployment. People live for quitting time, for weekends, for vacations, and for retirement; moreover, this ambition seems to be classless, as true in the executive suites as on the assembly lines. One works not because the work is necessary, valuable, useful to a desirable end, or because one loves to do it, but only to be able to quit – a condition that a saner time would regard as infernal, a condemnation.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

“We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else. The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition. One reason to eat responsibly is to live free. (pg. 323, The Pleasures of Eating)”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“If we are to have a culture as resilient and competent in the face of necessity as it needs to be, then it must somehow involve within itself a ceremonious generosity toward the wilderness of natural force and instinct. The farm must yield a place to the forest, not as a wood lot, or even as a necessary agricultural principle but as a sacred grove – a place where the Creation is let alone, to serve as instruction, example, refuge; a place for people to go, free of work and presumption, to let themselves alone. (pg. 125, The Body and the Earth)”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“For the sake of “job creation,” in Kentucky, and in other backward states, we have lavished public money on corporations that come in and stay only so long as they can exploit people here more cheaply than elsewhere. The general purpose of the present economy is to exploit, not to foster or conserve. (from ‘Compromise, Hell!’ published in the November/December 2004 issue of ORION magazine)”
Wendell Berry

"The freedom of affluence opposes and contradicts the freedom of community life.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“It is easy for me to imagine that the next great division of the world will be between people who wish to live as creatures and people who wish to live as machines.”
Wendell Berry, Life is a Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition

"As I understand it, I am being paid only for my work in arranging the words; my property is that arrangement. The thoughts in this book, on the contrary, are not mine. They came freely to me, and I give them freely away. I have no "intellectual property," and I think that all claimants to such property are theives.”
Wendell Berry, Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community: Eight Essays

“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members – among them the need to need one another. The answer to the present alignment of political power with wealth is the restoration of the identity of community and economy.
(pg. 63, "Racism and the Economy")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“This massive ascendancy of corporate power over democratic process is probably the most ominous development since the end of World War II, and for the most part "the free world" seems to be regarding it as merely normal.”
Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

“[All the ancient wisdom] tells us that work is necessary to us, as much a part of our condition as mortality; that good work is our salvation and our joy; that shoddy or dishonest or self-serving work is our curse and our doom. We have tried to escape the sweat and sorrow promised in Genesis – only to find that, in order to do so, we must forswear love and excellence, health and joy.
(pg. 44, "The Unsettling of America")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.”
Wendell Berry, What Are People For?

“I would argue that it is not human fecundity that is overcrowding the world so much as the technological multipliers of the power of individual humans. The worst disease of the world now is probably the ideology of technological heroism, according to which more and more people willingly cause large-scale effects that they do not see and that they cannot control. This is the ideology of the professional class of the industrial nations—a class whose allegiance to communities and places has been dissolved by their economic motives and by their educations. These are people who will go anywhere and jeopardize anything in order to assure the success of their careers.”
Wendell Berry

“We have made it our overriding ambition to escape work, and as a consequence have debased work until it is only fit to escape from. We have debased the products of work and have been, in turn, debased by them.
(pg. 43, "The Unsettling of America")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, one can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it. Where we live and who we live there with define the terms of our relationship to the world and to humanity. We thus come again to the paradox that one can become whole only by the responsible acceptance of one’s partiality.”
Wendell Berry

“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”
Wendell Berry

“A crowd whose discontent has risen no higher than the level of slogans is only a crowd. But a crowd that understands the reasons for its discontent and knows the remedies is a vital community, and it will have to be reckoned with. I would rather go before the government with two people who have a competent understanding of an issue, and who therefore deserve a hearing, than with two thousand who are vaguely dissatisfied.
But even the most articulate public protest is not enough. We don’t live in the government or in institutions or in our public utterances and acts, and the environmental crisis has its roots in our lives. By the same token, environmental health will also be rooted in our lives. That is, I take it, simply a fact, and in the light of it we can see how superficial and foolish we would be to think that we could correct what is wrong merely by tinkering with the institutional machinery. The changes that are required are fundamental changes in the way we are living.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

“We Americans are not usually thought to be a submissive people, but of course we are. Why else would we allow our country to be destroyed? Why else would we be rewarding its destroyers? Why else would we all — by proxies we have given to greedy corporations and corrupt politicians — be participating in its destruction? Most of us are still too sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it. We reward them so well, in fact, that those who piss in our cistern are wealthier than the rest of us.

How do we submit? By not being radical enough. Or by not being thorough enough, which is the same thing.”
Wendell Berry

“The United States has 250 Billion tons of recoverable coal reserves – enough to last 100 years even at double the current rate of consumption.’ We humans have inhabited the earth for many thousands of years, and now we can look forward to surviving for another hundred by doubling our consumption of coal? This is national security? The world-ending fire of industrial fundamentalism may already be burning in our furnaces and engines, but if it will burn for a hundred more years, that will be fine. Surely it would be better to intend straightforwardly to contain the fire and eventually put it out! But once greed has been made an honorable motive, then you have an economy without limits. It has no place for temperance or thrift or the ecological law of return. It will do anything. It is monstrous by definition.”
Wendell Berry

“A person who undertakes to grow a garden at home, by practices that will preserve rather than exploit the economy of the soil, has his mind precisely against what is wrong with us… What I am saying is that if we apply our minds directly and competently to the needs of the earth, then we will have begun to make fundamental and necessary changes in our minds. We will begin to understand and to mistrust and to change our wasteful economy, which markets not just the produce of earth, but also the earth’s ability to produce.”
Wendell Berry

“That we can prescribe the terms of our own success, that we can live outside or in ignorance of the Great Economy are the greatest errors. They condemn us to a life without a standard, wavering in inescapable bewilderment from paltry self-satisfaction to paltry self-dissatisfaction. But since we have no place to live but in the Great Economy, whether or not we know that and act accordingly is the critical question, not about economy merely, but about human life itself.

It is possible to make a little economy, such as our present one, that is so short-sighted and in which accounting is of so short a term as to give the impression that vices are necessary and practically justifiable. When we make our economy a little wheel turning in opposition to what we call “nature,” then we set up competitiveness as the ruling principle in our explanation of reality and in our understanding of economy; we make of it, willy-nilly, a virtue. But competitiveness, as a ruling principle and a virtue, imposes a logic that is extremely difficult, perhaps impossible, to control. That logic explains why our cars and our clothes are shoddily made, why our “wastes” are toxic, and why our “defensive” weapons are suicidal; it explains why it is so difficult for us to draw a line between “free enterprise” and crime. If our economic ideal is maximum profit with minimum responsibility, why should we be surprised to find our corporations so frequently in court and robbery on the increase? Why should we be surprised to find that medicine has become an exploitive industry, profitable in direct proportion to its hurry and its mechanical indifference? People who pay for shoddy products or careless services and people who are robbed outright are equally victims of theft, the only difference being that the robbers outright are not guilty of fraud.”
Wendell Berry, What Matters?: Economics for a Renewed Commonwealth

“Much protest is naive; it expects quick, visible improvement and gives up when such improvement does not come. Protestors who hold out longer have perhaps understood that success is not the proper goal. If protest depended on success, there would be little protest of any durability or significance. History simply affords too little evidence that anyone’s individual protest is of any use. Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one’s own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.”
Wendell Berry

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Getting Funded… Media matters… to contact…

The donors link

Radio for Peace International…

To whom it may concern… and FYI… I pulled out of my "Citizens Candidacy" campaign for the U.S. Senate seat from Ohio in 2006 when Sherrod Brown entered the race. I feel the weight of the 6-8 voters that swung his way with that decision helped give his campaign early momentum, and I have never regretted that reality. Part pf my Website for that "virtual" experiment-actually for the 2004 election (which was inspired by rumors that Jerry Springer might run against George Voinovich that year) can be viewed at*/

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“Repost after re-wading through all of this…” study this up and apply soon…

…the companion ruling to Citizens United

Two years ago today, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in the v. FEC which allowed for the creation of independent-expenditure only committees, commonly known as Super PACs. Combined with the unlimited corporate expenditures enabled by the Supreme Court’s earlier Citizens United decision, this case brought the campaign finance system to where it is now: more than $80 million spent already this cycle by Super PACs and more than two-thirds of their funding coming from just 46 rich donors.

winetasting club

Toward the end of his tenure, when he was writing an increasing number of dissents on the Rehnquist Court, Brennan was asked if he was getting discouraged. He smiled and said, “Look, pal, we’ve always known — the Framers knew — that liberty is a fragile thing. You can’t give up.” And he didn’t.

from: Bill Moyers…

The historian Plutarch warned us long ago of what happens when there is no brake on the power of great wealth to subvert the electorate. “The abuse of buying and selling votes,” he wrote of Rome, “crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread in the law courts and to the army, and finally, when even the sword became enslaved by the power of gold, the republic was subjected to the rule of emperors.”

We don’t have emperors yet, but one of our two major parties is now dominated by radicals engaged in a crusade of voter suppression aimed at the elderly, the young, minorities, and the poor; while the other party, once the champion of everyday working people, has been so enfeebled by its own collaboration with the donor class that it offers only token resistance to the forces that have demoralized everyday Americans.

google fdr’s fireside chats audio- start a radio station that draws from it and then expands to issues of the current gilded age

The Unfinished Work of America

In one way or another, this is the oldest story in America: the struggle to determine whether “we, the people” is a moral compact embedded in a political contract or merely a charade masquerading as piety and manipulated by the powerful and privileged to sustain their own way of life at the expense of others.

Writing in the Guardian recently, the social critic George Monbiot commented,

“So I don’t blame people for giving up on politics… When a state-corporate nexus of power has bypassed democracy and made a mockery of the voting process, when an unreformed political system ensures that parties can be bought and sold, when politicians [of the main parties] stand and watch as public services are divvied up by a grubby cabal of privateers, what is left of this system that inspires us to participate?”

Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgendaReport.Com.

Her article America vs. the World on Imperialism:

Published on Saturday, February 22, 2014 by YES! Magazine

The Myth Behind Public School Failure

In the rush to privatize the country’s schools, corporations and politicians have decimated school budgets, replaced teaching with standardized testing, and placed the blame on teachers and students.

by Dean Paton

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From By SUZANNE METTLER, professor of government at Cornell University, is the author of “Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream.”

Dean Baker is the co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). He is the author of The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer and the more recently published Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of The Bubble Economy. He also has a blog, "Beat the Press," where he discusses the media’s coverage of economic issues.

Published on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by The Guardian

Paul Ryan Isn’t the Wonk of Washington – It’s Time to Listen to More Good Ideas

Sure, the new budget from the left won’t pass. But DC’s double standard anoints false kings

by Dean Baker

(1) The minimum wage was last increased in 2009. Before 2007, it was stuck at $5.15 for ten years. Follow the example of Australia: it pays workers a living wage (roughly $15.00-US for adults). How can Australia can afford to pay a living wage and provide good benefits, including universal health care?

Business Profits as a Percentage of National Income:
U.S.: 20.4%
Australia: 12.7%

(2) More than 30% of workers belonged to unions in the 50s. Today, it is only 7% in the private sector. Clearly, we need to strengthen labor rights legislation.

(3) Our trade agreements were designed to benefit corporate America and their top executives. Americans should not be asked to compete with workers who earn 20-30 cents an hour and with countries that lack adequate environmental and safety standards. We need fair trade.

(4) Investing in our crumbling infrastructure, research, education, and clean energy would create MILLIONS OF JOBS. We can fund these investments with a financial transaction tax―0.5% on the purchase of stocks and taxing bonds and derivatives at lower rates. It would curb speculation and generate $350 billion a year.

The spirit of the Marquis himself started haunting Washington with a vengeance about 30 years ago. De Sade’s original gospel of pain and the freedom to be greedy was handed down in a straight line to Ayn Rand and her acolyte Alan Greenspan. The austerity Bible of neoliberal selfishness remains a perennial best-seller in all three branches. The Book of Revelation is sub-headed "Citizens United." Mystery money in the form of legalized political bribes is flowing in torrents, drowning out the last vestiges of democracy.

while ordinary Americans have been arming themselves to the teeth with firearms to gain the illusion of power, they have been effectively disarmed as workers. They have been stripped of power in the workplace, or of their very livelihoods, and then pitted against each other – employed against unemployed, white collar against blue collar, and on the basis of ethnic origin

Krugman refers to "a predilection for acting tough and inflicting punishment whatever the economic conditions" without sufficient discrimination. There is no predilection for toughness or punishment towards the very rich or big corporations. All the toughness and punishment are intended by the very rich and the bosses of large companies to apply to the rest of us. Prof. Krugman has pointed that out before but it has to be repeated over and over.

Published on Monday, March 3, 2014 by Consortium News

What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis

by Robert Parry

From there About page:

From Editor Robert Parry: We founded in 1995 as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. The site was meant to be a home for important, well-reported stories and a challenge to the inept but dominant mainstream news media of the day.

As one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press in the mid-1980s, I was distressed by the silliness and propaganda that had come to pervade American journalism. I feared, too, that the decline of the U.S. press corps foreshadowed disasters that would come when journalists failed to alert the public about impending dangers.

Also by 1995, documents were emerging that put the history of the 1980s in a new – and more troubling – light. Yet, there were fewer and fewer media outlets interested in that history.

The memories of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush were enveloped in warm-and-fuzzy myths that represented another kind of danger: false history that could lead to mistaken political judgments in the future.

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