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Let's be honest about it. A Clinton Administration will be nothing new, it will not be bold, not be daring, it will be just be the same old neoliberalism that we know from ye Old Clinton years. There will be no real change to Wall Street. Let's name all the no changes we know will happen during a Hillary Clinton administration.

No new changes to Wall Street.
No new changes to health care reform.
No new changes to education (Getting Rid Of No Child Left Behind)
No new changes to student loan reform.
No new changes to maternity leave.

At best, a Clinton administration keeps the course steady. That's the least we can ask for, but that's not at all inspiring. That's not what gets the base out to vote. It's not what we want the Democratic Party to be. That doesn't answer what Americans want to be addressed on their base issues:

Financial Inequality
Maternity Leave
Paid Sick Leave
Student Loan Reform (Make student loans less, and college aid more available)
Homeownership to remain affordable
Increasing base wealth for middle class
Stable commodities (what people see at the grocery store)
College being actually affordable for their kids
Retirement Security (That means keeping Social Security solvent)
Health Care (That means actual health care access, and less subsidies, more actual health care available to everyone for at a basic price)

We all know that Hillary Clinton will keep the course. That alone isn't enough to get people to turn out to vote for her in droves to beat the Republican challenger. Let me tell you, the conservatives WILL get out in drove for Jeb Bush because they hate Hillary Clinton that much. However, us? We won't get out that much for Hillary if she doesn't inspire us, and get us to see a brighter future. I'm not just talking about the Democratic base, but the entire American populace.

We've seen our wealth vaporate during the Great Recession. We've seen tuition go up drastically putting our children in massive amounts of debt that we never wanted them to be in, but a college degree is the only thing that gets you a somewhat decent job these days. And health care.....still no real cost controls on health care. The insurance companies get the subsidies, and they still can increase their premiums. It would be far better for us to have a single price for health care, and for health care providers to know actually what they can get in reimbursements for their services. Each health care provider should be paid a flat wage that is commensurate to their specialty level, and in accordance with a 4% bump in salary each year.

Hillary Clinton is not likely to really bring about transformative change to the system. At best, she will keep the course, and make sure if Ruth Ginsberg steps down, there is someone to replace her.

And with that in mind ---- that actually doesn't get the majority of the American populace to actually vote enthusiastically for her.

There are drawbacks to a Clinton candidacy, and positives to one also. I would just like to see more boldness of her. A more repudiation of the money that feeds her, and more independence.

Of course that's more likely to happen in her second term with nothing to lose. However, I would like to see a flash of that now.

Otherwise I'm O'Malley or Warren all the way.

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You ever know how when you are in that hole, and nothing can seem to help you out, and with every action you take, or with every event that happens to you, you get deeper and deeper in that financial hole that's sucking the freedom out of you?

And you look up. The way out is a small blue expanse of sky at the very top of the hole, and you're all the way down in darkness. You feel suffocated, desperate, hungry, and your future doesn't look very bright. You hear people happily making plans about what to do for the holidays.

They're buying presents with the money they have. They can afford to drive. They can afford to take to the air and fly across the nation to see their loved ones. They can go to the store to pick up a plump turkey for their family, and pay their utilities to keep the fireplace going in their homes.

But you can't. You're so deep in that financial hole, and you feel like no one's listening to you asking for help.

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The fallout from the elections has been severe with a complete GOP takeover of the Senate, and state legislatures across the country. Our party lost, and there were many reasons, but the most glaring one is that there was a complete LACK of messaging that spoke to people's interests. When people really don't know what the Democratic Party stands for as a whole, they're not going to be invested in the party itself, and that's a fact.

Some may dispute that fact, but the reality is that we cannot trust the Democratic Party, especially the leaders in D.C., to do the messaging right. They're not there on addressing messaging around these big ticket items that surely will be on people's minds going into 2016:

  • Student loan debt
  • Lack of wage parity
  • Maternity leave
  • Family-friendly policies
  • The environment
  • Wall Street accountability
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News this morning is that President Obama will appoint Ron Klain as the Ebola "czar" to deal with this unprecedented public health crisis. I'm not sure how Ron Klain, with no medical qualifications, can be prepared to deal with this disease. I was hoping that President Obama would've picked someone that worked in the Surgeon General's office to send a message, but I think this is much more about getting agreement on who to be Ebola Czar, and if so, then Klain may be the person for this role.

President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain, a lawyer who has served as chief of staff to both Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, as the Ebola czar, CNN and CNBC report.

Klain left the White House in 2011 to become president of Case Holdings.

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Former White House press secretary Jay Carney said on CNN that he thought that actions in combating the spread of Ebola in the United States that "may involve flight restrictions, they may involve moving all patients to specific hospitals in the country that can handle Ebola, and I think those would be wise decisions to make.” And he's not the only Democrat to call for flight restrictions.

I think the first step, which I believe already has been taken by officials in Dallas, is to restrict the movement of potentially exposed health workers, and ban them from air travel until their incubation period has passed. I am not sure about overall flight restrictions, but if more cases pop up in different cities, then that might be necessary for the government to do so each city can handle the local outbreaks of Ebola.

Given the way the plane with the Ebola nurse was quickly decontaminated and taken out of commission shows that the CDC is worried about contamination of Ebola on common surfaces in that aircraft. If Ebola presented a low risk to travelers, then that plane would've been decontaminated and kept in commission. That clearly is not the case since the nurse was symptomatic on the flight. Now we have hundreds of people, including those on the four more flights on that plane after that nurse's initial flight, that are exposed and at risk of getting Ebola.

Call me crazy, but I would not recommend that anyone take air travel for at least a month or until this Ebola has been contained and each of the potential exposed Americans have passed their 21 day incubation period without contracting Ebola. It's better to be safe in taking precautions than to be sorry.

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Business Insider reports that Wal-Mart, due to concern over its bottom line, rather than the health of its employees, decided to cut health insurance benefits for their part-time employees.

The announcement comes after Wal-Mart said far more US employees and their families were enrolling in its healthcare plans than it had expected following rollout of the Affordable Care Act. Wal-Mart, which employs about 1.4 million full- and part-time US workers, says about 1.2 million Wal-Mart workers and family members combined now participate in its healthcare plan.

That has had an impact on Wal-Mart's bottom line. Wal-Mart now expects the impact of higher healthcare costs to be about $500 million for the current fiscal year, or about $170 million higher than the original estimate of about $330 million that it gave in February.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/...

To be clear, it's not Obamacare's fault for making Wal-mart do this. It's Wal-mart's own fault for its horrible employee treatment, lack of regard for public health, the safety of their own employees, and their greed that has lead them to this decision. If Medicaid was allowed to be expanded in ALL states (thanks SCOTUS), then this would be less of a concern.

However, since red states like Texas has not expanded Medicaid, it means that people that I know that work at Wal-Mart will be without health benefits for their families, and that they're SOL due to Republican governance.

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Mon Oct 06, 2014 at 09:32 AM PDT

Woman Required to Pay $800 For IUD

by slinkerwink

My friend who lives in Florida, was going to get an IUD under her Medicare plan, Humana Gold Plus. She got notified from her OB that her insurance only covers the insertion, and that $800 would be required for the insurance coverage of the IUD.

This doesn't make sense. My friend is deaf, and is on Medicare. Why would birth control not be really covered? I don't get it. This is what she was told from her OB office:

The insurance lady at my OB said im better off paying private because if they submit the bill and insurance declines it, i will be billed more than if i just pay private.
Is she being ripped off by her OB or by her insurance carrier, Humana? I'm not sure in this case. Is there anyone that can help figure this out?
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The CDC admitted that the Ebola outbreak in Dallas could widen beyond the current Liberian case, and said that restricting travel would not help contain the spread of additional outbreaks from citizens from affected countries.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden vowed to "stop Ebola in its tracks" in the United States while acknowledging that the Dallas outbreak could become larger than one case.

"I'm not going to promise that we can stop this at just one case, but I can tell you we have the advantage because the right steps are being taken," Frieden wrote late Thursday in a CNN op-ed.

What Frieden said about not even bothering to contain the spread of potential Ebola risks from other countries is utter bullshit:
"Even if we tried to close the border, it wouldn't work," Frieden said Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"People have a right to return, people transiting through could come in, and it would backfire because by isolating these countries it will make it harder to help them."

People DO NOT have the right to return to the U.S. from these affected countries. Non U.S. citizens do not have the right to return -- what they have are visas that allow them entry to the United States, and it's clear that self-reporting at the border or checkpoints does not work especially since the man from Liberia lied about being exposed to Ebola. What the government needs to do and actually should have done two or three weeks ago is to put a ban on issuing visas to Non-U.S. citizens from Ebola-affected countries, and put travel restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to these countries where Ebola outbreaks are occurring.

There's a reason why isolation and containment is so effective. It prevents the disease from spreading, and minimizes the risk of a ripple effect of infection going out among the populace. I'm disappointed in the failure of the Texas hospital to contain and isolate the man from Liberia. I'm disappointed in the failure of the Obama administration to put a stop to issuing visas to people from these countries, and for not putting travel restrictions into place.

And even more so, I'm disappointed in the State of Texas for not expanding Medicaid because we now have a large uninsured population here that are at risk of contracting Ebola and not coming in for medical treatment. This whole situation is a flustercuck from start to finish.

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Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 09:23 PM PDT

How Do We Get Better Cops?

by slinkerwink

In a conversation with a friend over how dumb and idiotic the cops were being with their ignorance of civil rights and racial profiling, my friend asked me how someone like that becomes a cop. And that's when it hit me: can it all come down to the level of education that a cop gets before being hired into law enforcement?

Perhaps. I decided to do some checking because I'd read earlier on Dailykos that it was okay to hire cops with low IQs. Studies have shown that people with low IQs tend to be more racist, aggressive, and conservative.

So we're recruiting people with low IQs, and with a high school education and a GED into the police force in our communities. And we're surprised when these cops start harassing minorities because of their preconceived racist notions of minorities in the communities that they patrol.

What are the requirements for one to become a cop? Here's what I found below:

You must also be at least 18 years of age, have a driving license, and be a legal resident of the United States in order to become a police officer. In most departments the legal age of being a police officer is 18 and 21.

So we're getting applicants out of high school and barely college-age to become a cop. We can surely expect great decision-making out of new police officers at that age.

Having a college degree is not a requirement for getting hired by most police departments, but it can help to have even a few years of education in a related field, especially if you plan to later become a detective or hold an administrative position.

So how many cops have a high school education, GED, or never completed college? I looked for information on this, and only found this article which mentioned a study from 1988 showing that 23% of cops had attended college.

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The fact is that when given a choice between a REAL Republican and a Democrat that sounds like a Republican, the conservative voter will choose Republican every single time. It makes no absolute sense for these Democrats to try appealing to conservative voters in swing states. It depresses the Democratic base, doesn't excite them to get the vote out, and doesn't give the Democrat the bump in the GOTV that they're looking for on election day.

They STILL have not learned this lesson after years of trying this under Clinton, the DLC, and the Third Way. Conservative voters go Republican almost every single time because they'd rather have an actual Republican than a Democrat that sounds like one.  

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Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 08:55 AM PDT

If I Were Hillary Today

by slinkerwink

Coming on the news of the Supreme Court's decision, I would be making a statement about the decision today if I were Hillary Clinton. I'd use this as an opportunity show why we need women voters involved in our elections to erase the principle of religious corporate personhood, and to destroy the concept of corporate personhood as it applies to every aspect of our lives, and to our electoral process.

What do you think Hillary should do today? It would be a very inspiring moment if she did make a statement on this. Let's send our thoughts on this to her office here:

http://hillaryclintonoffice.com

This is a pivotal moment in politics that could very well define how she stands up for women's rights, and her approach to the increasing corrupting influence of corporations in our lives.

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Talking Points Memo informs me that Senator Graham is still obsessed with Benghazi, along with many Republicans in Congress. You'd think they would've found new topics to talk about like:

1) Student loan reform
2) Housing reform
3) Wall Street accountability
4) Food safety
5) Agriculture reform

But, still......Benghazi. Benghazi......

The more a Republican pontificates on Benghazi, the more my mind goes to Internet memes like this one below:

The politicization of a national tragedy is nothing new, but it was rather surprising to me to hear Republicans still talking about Benghazi two years after it happened. Are they so narrowly focused on what is their own created controversy to the exclusion of the actual problems facing the middle class?

It sure seems so to this kossack who checked political news for the first time in two months.

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