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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich writes The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare):

More Americans than ever believe the economy is rigged in favor of Wall Street and big business and their enablers in Washington. We’re five years into a so-called recovery that’s been a bonanza for the rich but a bust for the middle class. “The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes,” says Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Which is fueling a new populism on both the left and the right. While still far apart, neo-populists on both sides are bending toward one another and against the establishment. […]

1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail. Left populists have been advocating this since the Street’s bailout now they’re being joined by populists on the right. David Camp, House Ways and Means Committee chair, recently proposed an extra 3.5 percent quarterly tax on the assets of the biggest Wall Street banks (giving them an incentive to trim down). Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter wants to break up the big banks, as does conservative pundit George Will. “There is nothing conservative about bailing out Wall Street,” says Rand Paul.

2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money. Elizabeth Warren has introduced such legislation, and John McCain co-sponsored it. Tea Partiers are strongly supportive, and critical of establishment Republicans for not getting behind  it. “It is disappointing that progressive collectivists are leading the effort for a return to a law that served well for decades,” writes the Tea Party Tribune. “Of course, the establishment political class would never admit that their financial donors and patrons must hinder their unbridled trading strategies.”

3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank. Populists on the left have long been urging this; right-wing populists are joining in. Republican David Camp’s proposed tax reforms would kill dozens of targeted tax breaks. Says Ted Cruz: “We need to eliminate corporate welfare and crony capitalism.” 

4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans. Bernie Sanders and other populists on the left have led this charge but right-wing populists are close behind. House Republican Justin Amash’s amendment, that would have defunded NSA programs engaging in bulk-data collection, garnered 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans last year, highlighting the new populist divide in both parties. Rand Paul could be channeling Sanders when he warns: “Your rights, especially your right to privacy, is under assault… if you own a cellphone, you’re under surveillance.”

5. Scale back American interventions overseas. Populists on the left have long been uncomfortable with American forays overseas. Rand Paul is leaning in the same direction. Paul also tends toward conspiratorial views about American interventionism. Shortly before he took office he was caught on video claiming that former vice president Dick Cheney pushed the Iraq War because of his ties to Halliburton.

6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations. Two decades ago Democrats and Republicans enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then populists in both parties have mounted increasing opposition to such agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted in secret by a handful of major corporations, is facing so strong a backlash from both Democrats and tea party Republicans that it’s nearly dead. “The Tea Party movement does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” says Judson Philips, president of Tea Party Nation. “Special interest and big corporations are being given a seat at the table” while average Americans are excluded.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003Desperately seeking WMDs:

This is pretty pathetic. We've gone from claiming "hundreds of tons" of chemical and biological agents, to dismantling a so-called mobile lab fervently hoping to find a molecule or two of the stuff.
[Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence] Cambone said that experts had done initial tests on a trailer taken into custody April 19 at a Kurdish checkpoint in northern Iraq but said more substantial testing is required.

Cambone said the surface of it was washed with a caustic material and it likely would have to be dismantled before testing can be done on hard-to-reach surfaces.

In other words, their initial tests came up with nothing. But what the heck -- announce the find. Make a big deal about how this justifies the war and its thousands dead and $80 billion (and counting), and then meekly admit, on page 37, that perhaps they jumped the gun (again). Indeed, Cambone already admits that some of the equipment on the truck could be "used for purposes other than biological weapons agent production."

This is tiring. Why not shut their trap until they confirm the recent presence of banned substances? Because these leaks serve to advance the administration's lies regarding the justification for war.

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  •  Don't miss This Week at Progressive State Blogs... (33+ / 0-)
    Every Saturday at 8 a.m. Pacific Time, I post This Week at State Progressive Blogs. This consists of excerpts from bloggers around the nation publishing news and views at venues like Plunderbund, Texas Kaos, Turn Left at South Dakota, Calitics, My Left Nutmeg, Cottonmouth, Uppity Wisconsin, Left for Alabama, Rural and Progressive, Raging Chicken Press, blue nc, Blue Virginia, Blue Oregon, Blue Hog Report and a multitude of others. You don't have to put up with commentary from me in this series. It's all about these guys and gals. Stop in while you eat breakfast. Or lunch. And if you know of a progressive state blog you think I should be reading, please drop off a comment with its link. If it's your blog, don't be shy. Self-promotion is A-Okay.
    state blogs,Juanita Jean's
    Appalachian Voice state blog
    Mudflats blog

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu May 08, 2014 at 07:26:42 PM PDT

    •  Also, please note that Obama has served (0+ / 0-)

      his mother's memory with the initial results of PPACA.

      Ann's death from cancer echoes.

      Count everything and it's up around 20,000,000 people getting better health care. That will rise next year and again in 2016.

      Ann Dunham. Praise be.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Paul "False Prophet" Ryan von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Fri May 09, 2014 at 06:40:58 AM PDT

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  •  1,019,886 registered users on dKos now. (18+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
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    We've added 494 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Fleetwood Mac's "Love in Store".

  •  Superheroes NFL draft profiles (9+ / 0-)
    Superman, Spider-Man, Hulk, Flash, Wolverine, Toad:

    Superman, defensive end, junior, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Smallville

    Overview: Refugee from dying planet, immigrated to Earth as young boy. Absorbed power from sun, transforming into edge rusher. Daily Planet first-team All-American. Registered 345 tackles, 85 sacks, and 14 reversals of the Earth’s rotation. Missed two games due to adverse reaction to glowing green substance.

    Strengths: Plays bigger than his size. Massive upper body strength makes him unblockable at times. Vertical is off the charts. Can really fly. Exhales freezing air and releases bursts of heat from eyeballs.

    Weaknesses: Questions about level of competition in Smallville. NFL scouts voice concerns about commitment to football. Will take plays off, telling coach he has to “save the world.” Loner, often retreats to Fortress of Solitude. Lacks killer instinct—believes injuring opponents is immoral. Refuses to undress in front of teammates. Died in 1992, so durability is a concern. A bit stiff in the hips.

    Draft outlook: Generational prospect. Likely No. 2 selection behind Jadeveon Clowney.

    contined here:

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:40:47 PM PDT

  •  Tornado Missile Protection - public comment open (9+ / 0-)

    In today's FR, Nuclear Regulatory Commission  extends the comment period on draft guidance addressing what Tornado Missile Protection requirements U.S. nuclear plants should address.

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission 'thumps' Daniel Wilson, former Chemist at Entergy's Indian Point Nuclear Plant by barring him from NRC-related activities for one year in a case where he falsified chemistry analytical reports addressing fuel used for emergency backup generators at the Indian Point Plant:

    •  Barred Despite glowing reviews nt (7+ / 0-)

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:47:41 PM PDT

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      •  Any technical person or union employee (4+ / 0-)
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        who thinks they are doing their employer or themselves a favor by falsifying environmental and process reports and analysis risk criminal prosecution and jail time.  

        For example, about the only time anyone goes to jail under the Clean Air Act is if they are involved in falsifying a report or making a false statement to EPA or State air agencies.
        They don't send the CEO to jail for that particular kind of falsification...they send the worker-grunt to jail.

    •  You don't want tornado missiles harming (5+ / 0-)
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      emergency backup generators since a tornado is also capable of affecting off-site plant electrical power access as well.

      Losing off-site power and not having emergency backup generator capability = big problems for an operating nuclear plant.

      •  Problems with nuclear plants: rising oceans would (1+ / 0-)
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        seem to be a pretty big problem since the US alone has 16 active plants on the oceans. Then there's the alteration of Lake levels and Riverbeds over time. If fairly rapidly in a climate-change time, it wouldn't be a surprise.

        The best I've heard from anyone on this is 'Holland has had dykes for centuries.' That was the best, and they weren't joking. You can tell how much consideration has gone into the matter. We live in a day where no one in a responsible position seems able to connect any one thing with any other thing.

        A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

        by Jim P on Thu May 08, 2014 at 10:37:44 PM PDT

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        •  The primary issue with that are the locations (1+ / 0-)
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          that were built like Fukushima...where the water flooded the basements of the reactor buildings wiping out electrical controls and operability.   Those units were built on a cutout of the shoreline bluff so the critical structures were compromised by a Tsunami.    

          Which of the 16 plants are not built on a bluff in a manner without sufficient vertical elevation to avoid ocean water intrusion from whatever cause?

          •  How high do the seas rise? The projection (2+ / 0-)
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            seems to be at least a meter in the 'non-catastrophic' scenario. iirc that projection has been doubled based on experience in the last few years, so who really knows?

            Even in the 'happy' instance, you'd have to expect cooling intake points and the related plumbing to be compromised if not destroyed. 16 is the number of active plants on the Oceans; there are more with cores but not in business. And then, more nations than the US with plants near the shore.

            Too, a meter or more rise might not directly flood a plant on a bluff, but it could make the bluff an island, depending on the nearby elevations. I'd think even one nuke swamped would be trouble, but also that there'd be more than one vulnerable plant.

            A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

            by Jim P on Thu May 08, 2014 at 11:06:16 PM PDT

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        •  The entire idea of Holland would probably not be (3+ / 0-)
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          feasible in an earthquake zone, and maybe Venice wasn't such a good idea after all.

  •  Yayyyy!!!! (9+ / 0-)

    FEC determines Bitcoins are political speech!!!  What could possibly go wrong except everything (positive news).  I hope the Kochs now use only bitcoins.

    Boston globe

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:49:39 PM PDT

  •  Check out James Wells' post (9+ / 0-)

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu May 08, 2014 at 08:50:48 PM PDT

  •  Reich, please! (7+ / 0-)

    Is that the best he could muster? I see pragmatism here, but little principle.  "Resurrect Glass-Steagall"?  Sure, but what about a Tobin tax and other mechanisms designed to put a check on rampant speculation? How about an SEC made up of at least a few people not actually of the banks?  And while we're at it, how about a reform of the Fed along the same lines? Make it a democratic institution instead of a private-gvt partnership, and assert the supremacy of the demos over the banksters.  

    "Scale back interventions overseas"? How about "dismantle the empire"?  "End corporate welfare"? How about ending corporate personhood and subordinating them to the status of creatures of the public interest that they once were and ought now to be?

    What Reich is proposing is not the Establishment's nightmare, it is the Establishment's wet dream - or it oughtta be.  It is a set of proposals with no animating spirit of conviction to sustain it through a second election cycle, much less a generational revolt.

    •  I agree with several of your suggestions... (12+ / 0-)

      ...but Reich is talking populism not revolution.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:05:27 PM PDT

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      •  Seems like what he is really talking (2+ / 0-)
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        is progressive/tea party solidarity.  

        I don't think it's going to happen, because what divides us is actually greater than what unifies us, sorry to say.

        And there is/are virtually no candidates that smartly combine the two.

        "You cannot win improv." Stephen Colbert ( at 16:24).

        by Publius2008 on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:42:06 PM PDT

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        •  Tea Party morons are 99%-ers too. (0+ / 0-)

          Ralph Nader has been talking about a Tea Party/Progressive partnership lately.  

          The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

          by Azazello on Thu May 08, 2014 at 10:10:29 PM PDT

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          •  A "Tea Party/Progressive partnership" isn't (2+ / 0-)
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            going to happen because that would never be in the interests of the Tea Party funders, the Koch Brothers who would never stand for being undermined by any such deal or attempt at a all of that is a waste of time for progressive Democrats.

            •  Be VERY Afraid.... (2+ / 0-)
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              "Wall Street and big business Republicans are already signaling they’d prefer a Democratic establishment candidate over a Republican populist.

              Dozens of major GOP donors, Wall Street Republicans, and corporate lobbyists have told Politico that if Jeb Bush decides against running and Chris Christie doesn’t recover politically, they’ll support Hillary Clinton. “The darkest secret in the big money world of the Republican coastal elite is that the most palatable alternative to a nominee such as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas or Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky would be Clinton,” concludes Politico.

              Says a top Republican-leaning Wall Street lawyer, “it’s Rand Paul or Ted Cruz versus someone like Elizabeth Warren that would be everybody’s worst nightmare.”

              This is from Reich's article.  It's a blatant admission that the big money plans to abandon the increasingly radical GOP to buy up the Dem party.  It is also a blatant admission that Hillary is not one of us.  She's one of them.  They know it.  I know it.  And,...she knows it.  And, after they pay her hundreds of millions of dollars in 2016, who do you think her policies will support?

              That said, I still think Jeb will run, so the big money will have somewhere more palatable to put their cash in 2016.  But, beware, when the money supports the Democrat, it means that she may not be the lesser of two evils.

          •  Great example of the cartoon thinking that keeps (1+ / 0-)
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            us under the thumbs of the mighty.

            Good job.

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            by dinotrac on Fri May 09, 2014 at 04:32:15 AM PDT

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        •  The rain falls on everyone alike. The Dem/Repub (1+ / 0-)
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          Show ain't about dealing with the people's concerns outside of social issues. Certainly not Money; certainly not meddling the world over. Looks like issue alliances are really the only way to break the chains of Official Politics.™

          A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

          by Jim P on Thu May 08, 2014 at 10:42:30 PM PDT

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          •  Yo Ho! Methinks you've got it. (1+ / 0-)
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            Simple dynamics like left/right and Democrat/Republican seem to be less useful all the time.

            AND ---

            Keep us from taking meaningful action in our own behalf.

            Seriously -- how much power is there in votes?

            A ton.
            But only if we use them well.

            As long as the powerful keep us focused against each other, they will skate by.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Fri May 09, 2014 at 04:35:09 AM PDT

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        •  Not exactly. (0+ / 0-)

          Even if there actually were a Tea Party, I don't think he'd be talking about that.

          He's talking about overcoming divisions that keep us from pursuing common interests and keep us subjugated to the wealthiest segment of America.

          Many things are neither right/left nor Democrat/Republican. They are just a mess.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Fri May 09, 2014 at 04:31:40 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, (0+ / 0-)

        that was more or less the substance of my complaint.  Ignoring your semantics - I was certainly not calling for "revolution" as in French Revolution, Terror, and all that.

        The original Populists espoused some reforms more radical than Reich proposes here, and FAR more radical in the context of their time (which preceded the creation of the welfare state).  But the key thing is they placed their calls for reform in the context of a larger framework of analysis - they "packaged" it "for sale", if you like to the public. And it worked: their arguments about the necessary role of the government as the champion of the liberty of ordinary Americans (farmers, workers) against "private power" helped reverse the popular acceptance of "trickle down" economic wisdom peddled by Carnegie and the social Darwinists.  The next generation of politicians on both the state and federal level incorporated substantial portions of Populist reasoning into their own push for reforms: the progressives.

    •  Reich is for the "Tobin Tax" (8+ / 0-)

      Do you mean a financial transactions tax? Reich is for that.  Here's what else he's for:
      student debt forgiveness
      free college/votech education
      graduated wealth tax on all income over a million dollars
      stock transaction tax
      link CEO pay to worker pay
      new anti-trust legislation
      raising the minimum wage to $15/hour
      taking the cap off of Social Security tax
      exempt first $20,000 from payroll, Social Security

      I could go on like this all day long. I follow Reich on FB and I go to his site, He has more ideas on how to reform the American economy in a day than I have in a month.

      Best check out some of his essays, not just this one particular article.

      Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

      by rbird on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:31:23 PM PDT

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      •  Very much better! (0+ / 0-)

        Happy to be corrected on the particulars, especially when I so agree with them (I don't dislike Reich, I just wish he were a better salesman).

        But my larger point was that few of these things are likely to make it, or last long if they do, apart from a powerful shift in the political culture, such as occurred in the US at the end of the last Gilded Age.  That requires the construction of a larger framework for understanding the problem - such as that crafted by the original Populists - at the end of the last Gilded Age.  

        We are not trying to turn around a few wayward trends; we are not tinkering with a few malfunctioning bits of otherwise sound machinery. We are trying to turn around a 40-year-old reaction against the New Deal liberal order, which deliberately rigged the machinery of our political economy in favor of big banks, big corporations, and big money.

    •  Hes missing the biggest one of all... (1+ / 0-)
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      Get the money out of politics, because until we do its going to corrupt anything else thats accomplished.

      Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

      by fToRrEeEsSt on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:42:06 PM PDT

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      •  Getting the money out of politics requires... (5+ / 0-)

        ...legislation that can pass muster with the Supreme Court. Getting a Supreme Court that will bend back precedent with rulings that view as constitutional legislation getting money out of politics means getting some much more liberal new justices, who must be confirmed by the Senate whose current members do not constitute a liberal majority. Therefore getting money out of politics requires electing a considerable number of new more liberal members to the Senate, candidates for which must raise millions (or tens of millions, depending on the state) so they can win elections and be around when a sitting justice dies or resigns to confirm a liberal replacement.

        Oh, and a President in office willing to nominate more liberal justices.

        It's a conundrum.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Fri May 09, 2014 at 01:32:53 AM PDT

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        •  Many TPers want the money out, too. (2+ / 0-)
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          I'm sure the Koch Bros do not want it out, but every TPer I personally know wants it out. Read Reich's article, especially the first part with the "quotes" that didn't get excerpted here on DK. This did not surprise me one bit.

          I get a lot of mileage when talking to TPers when I bring up banksters and money-in-politics. Many TPers - especially the early ones - went Tea Party specifically due to the outrageous abuses of the banksters. Had Obama not abdicated on the golden opportunity to prosecute the Wall Street criminals, many of these same TPers would have ditched the TP idea.

          Go back and look that those early TP signs. Notice how many complained about banksters buying government. There were a lot. There still are.

          Reich is correct; there are many similarities between Tea Party (especially) and the left. With Democrats, maybe not so much.

          •  Sorry, but it is verboten to suggest that people (2+ / 0-)
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            who shared Tea Party beliefs have anything in common with progressives or Occupiers or anybody.

            That kind of thinking could lead to people getting together and actually accomplishing something that the richest and most powerful people don't like.

            Can't have that here.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Fri May 09, 2014 at 04:39:03 AM PDT

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        •  It may also require a Constitutional amendment (0+ / 0-)

          because the Supreme Court is right: there are many uses and ways in which money constitutes speech, and political speech is highly protected.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Fri May 09, 2014 at 04:36:41 AM PDT

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        •  seems to be a case of insolubility /nt (0+ / 0-)
        •  Having seen a diary quoting Cenk Uyger... (0+ / 0-)

          about a movement for an Amendment, I have come to believe that is probably the best way. The legislative route is too slow and too easily diverted by the very money that you would be trying to stop.

          A strong populist movement focused solely on forcing this Amendment is likely our only path way out of this mess. We are just so far down the rabbit hole we have few advantages left except sheer numbers.


          Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

          by fToRrEeEsSt on Fri May 09, 2014 at 03:40:37 PM PDT

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  •  MSNBC: The Obamacare/Benghazi pivot (12+ / 0-)

    MSNBC tracked how quickly the GOP moved from talking nonstop about Obamacare to suddenly being all about some grand Benghazi conspiracy coverup.  Chris talked about it with Wendell Potter and Charles Pierce.  Rachel discussed this as well, but with no guests.  Ari Melber, still filling in for Lawrence, had on Nicholas Kristof, Steve Clemons, Robert Reich, Nick Hanauer, and Jonathan Cohn.  Ed talked with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).  (I couldn't find the clips from The Last Word posted in their usual spot, so I had to go with the newfangled embed codes here.)

    You should also watch Chris's interview with gun store owner Andy Raymond, who received tons of death threats when he originally said he'd sell the "smart gun", but has since backed off because of those threats.

    Also see Rachel's piece about the Tea Party versus the GOP establishment, culminating with a possible $1 million bribe/payoff/ransom in Massachusetts, of all places, where she talked with Frank Phillips.

    Chris also covered the latest on the Oklahoma death penalty, talked with Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) about the Maine Governor's race he's running in, and looked at the issues surrounding Common Core with Randi Weingarten and Sabrina Joy Stevens.

    Rachel also talked with Ed O'Keefe about the VA scandal and the subpoenas facing them now.

    Ari also talked with Kevin Durant's mother Wanda Pratt, and had on Mark Chilton, who just won the primary this Tuesday to become registrar of deeds in Orange County, North Carolina, where he promises he'll issue same sex marriage licenses even if the state doesn't allow it.

    Ed looked at how the Keystone XL vote couldn't clear the Senate with Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mike Papantonio, talked about the state of the Florida GOP with Ana Rivas Logan and Mitch Ceasar, blasted Michele Bachmann for being against that women's museum, and discussed GOP obstructionism with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

  •  The Ron Paul fans... (3+ / 0-)
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    I know are all sharing this shit from Lew Rockwell himself.  (Hey, if you guys claim Rockwell wrote those racist newsletters instead of Ron, why are you still associating with him?)  It's mocking the picture of Michelle Obama with a sign about the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, by using that one note they know how to play, "Obama is a war criminal".

    •  Ya know (4+ / 0-)
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      hbk, BruinKid, Meteor Blades, JeffW

      Using a racist/bigot stooge as your mouthpiece when you're attempting to call someone out is never a good idea.

      But what do I know, I'm not a Libertarian. :(

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:16:52 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  BEN GAZZI !!! (11+ / 0-)

    Ben Gazzi was a man,
    Yes, a big man!
    With an eye like an eagle.
    And as tall as a mountain was he!

    bang head on wall photo: bang head on wall gif 3549512169-1.gif

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:06:21 PM PDT

  •  Could this 6th year 2014 midterm elections.. (9+ / 0-)

    .. end up a replay of 1998 Dems gains?
    After failing to garner insurance co. co-operation in hearings designed to prove one of the GOP’s many lies, the non-paying “takers” stories feel completely flat.  Even Marsha Blackburn was reduced to less than her usual self righteous bloviating. At minute 6:42 on the video is a chart that was featured in  Jed Lewison Diary that tells the tale:

    ..Kudos to Jed 
    Further along Chris Hayes speaks with Charles Pierce on the politics around the various pseudo-scandals and the GOP and what happened last time the GOP pulled this crap in an earlier 6th year midterm election, 1998.  Against long odds the republicans lost seats. The Dems gained.  Today the same midterm odds against Dems chances are being reported today.  But so are the RWNJ’s tactics and foul play methods as in 1998. Impeachment is even buzzing around and not just with the teabaggers.  

    Chris Hayes is asking whether the republican scandal mongering we’re seeing today is comparable to 1998
    Charles Pierce starting @ minute 9:16

    Chris Hayes: “Charlie do you see any parallels here(?)..I’ve been saying the whole time - ‘they’re not that dumb – they’re not that dumb, they’re not going to go through this again, and I think this select committee..I’m beginning to question my.. what I thought before.”

    Charles Pierce:  “Well..I mean it takes awhile to get the Kangaroo suit out of mothballs, ah. I do think they understand the dynamic. And I do think that they have short term political goals that have blinded then to long term liabilities, which is basically what happened in 1998.

    Chris: “What happened in 1998, and here’s where I see the replay is..they started creating these institutions and bodies that had their own gravitational pull and their own momentum, and once you have the independent counsel, then it kind of got out of everybody’s hands pretty quickly. There were some people urging it on.
    To me, that’s the real danger to John Boehner. You start getting subpoenas; you get stonewalling; you get, you know, invocations of executive privilege. You get F0X fanning the flames and the next thing you know, you’re on the road to escalating”

    Charles: “ Yeah, well that’s the thing. When you compare the Obamacare issue and the Benghazi issue; I shudder to call it an issue -  but let’s just do it for argument sake, it’s a lot easier to do the Benghazi issue because you can make it up. You can make up the numbers on Obamacare but sooner or later math is going to cross you.
    You can make up anything you want about the Benghazi thing, and if the President withholds one e-mail, it’s no longer about Benghazi, it’s about ‘what are they hiding?’.  An you can get another two weeks out of that.”

    Chris:  “And it’s the meta-scandal of course, that the other part of it that’s reminiscent of the Clinton years... there was this carousel  of scandals …and that’s what similar to me about Benghazi; what the scandal is keeps changing.”

    Charles:  “Well there was a memorable moment, I’ll never forget it,.. in a congressional hearing where Ken Starr came before a house committee and was being questioned I think much to his unhappiness, by Barney Frank ; And Ken Starr admitted that there wasn’t anything on white water;  there wasn’t anything on travel-gate;  there wasn’t anything on the cattle futures;  there wasn’t anything on the billing records;  there wasn’t anything on the suicide of Vince Foster;  And I think Barney looked at him and said something like – ‘It would have been nice if you’d told us that a year and a half ago.’  

    (short ad – sorry)  
     Link to All In :  

    Not that we Dems can let up , and it would be very dumb to depend on republican idiocy no matter how plain to see,  but Chris and Charles may be onto something here.

    •  The fact that Republicans (6+ / 0-)

      believe that their stupid Benghazi conspiracy theories will be the end of Hillary Clinton shows that they still haven't figured out why Obama encouraged Romney to "please proceed', when Romney was stupid enough to bring idiotic right wing Benghazi conspiracy theories to a presidential debate in 2012.

      “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:29:58 PM PDT

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  •  It's about time (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    that an official front page diary recognizes that the populists on the right and progressives/populists on the left want the same things.

    People on this site have had their head up their butts about this, refusing to recognize the populist sentiment on the right.

    The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

    by dfarrah on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:24:11 PM PDT

    •  Every TPer I know would agree with his points. (0+ / 0-)

      I work with a lot of guys who are TPers. I intend to show them Reich's blog. I can tell you right now that not one of them will disagree with anything he's written.

      Republicans probably would not agree, but there is a difference. Mainstream Republicans are not populists. Yes, the Kochs try to guide the TP, but as individuals, the TP-leaning Republicans are populists.

      Seems as though every time I can finally get through to a TPer, it's the populism that does the trick.

      •  Well, I know (0+ / 0-)

        several 'mainstream' repubs - mostly family in Texas and Oklahoma, who say the exact same things.  I know this is anecdotal, but just extrapolate from them to the larger population.  

        The members of this site have been in complete denial about the opportunity the dems had to re-align the parties like Reagan or FDR did.

        BO and the dems blew it.

        The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

        by dfarrah on Fri May 09, 2014 at 05:21:39 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  These are 6 liberal wedge issues. (5+ / 0-)
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    Jeff Y, JeffW, JML9999, Jim P, Meteor Blades

    A progressive candidate can use these issues to reach swing voters and win elections. But I bet money there's not a single DCCC staffer or DC consultant saying that to candidates this year.

    The corporate third way approach is a good strategy for raising funds, but it has no real voter constituency.

  •  Final report on the Jan. 2014 school shooting (5+ / 0-)

    in Roswell, NM was issued today. It's quite interesting. I wrote a diary on it:

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:43:43 PM PDT

  •  Strip Met Police of counter-terror duties, say MPs (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, tardis10

    Strip Met Police of counter-terror duties, say MPs

    MPs have called for sweeping changes to counter-terrorism policing, including stripping Scotland Yard of its role in overseeing and leading investigations.

    The Home Affairs Select Committee said responsibility for counter-terrorism should move from the Met Police to the six-month-old National Crime Agency.

    It said intelligence agencies required better oversight and accountability.

    The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) said MPs had misunderstood the Met's role.

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:44:25 PM PDT

  •  I agree with Reich. Too bad the GOP won't work (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, jan4insight

    on anything except conspiricy theories these days and the Koch's priority, Keystone.

    What's with Dems stating that they'd be willing to discuss a trade for minimum wage and immigration reform?  Really, trade the livability of the planet for anything???  

  •  a good first step but too issue-specific (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, travelerxxx

    the scale and scope of capitalism cannot allow the institutional structure to be re-regulated without significant change to the legal and corporate structure of the economy - none of which kleptocratic interests will surrender without significant struggle as we have seen since the Crash.

    1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail.

    2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money.

    3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank.

    4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans.

    5. Scale back American interventions overseas.

    6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:55:52 PM PDT

  •  Bicycles are the fastest growing commuting mode (3+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, JeffW, LakeSuperior

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Thu May 08, 2014 at 09:55:58 PM PDT

  •  I blocked someone by mistake. (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    How do I unblock them?

  •  Rep. Jared Polis (D-Co) was on the Ed Show (0+ / 0-)

    tonight talking about the oil and gas industry and environment.  

    Unfortunately, Polis has some serious environmental policy baggage with his BREATHE Act which has been cosponsored by over 50 progressive Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Rep. Polis and the vast majority of environmental organizations in the United States are promoting legislation and asking Democrats to support a measure promoted on the basis of the Gasland conflation that the oil and gas industry is exempt from the Clean Air Act.

    I've delayed writing a diary about the BREATHE Act for at two years because telling the story is so fucking painful, both to write about and it will be incredibly painful to read because it includes a MASSIVE FAIL on the part of a galaxy of national, state, regional and local citizen environmental organizations.  

    The promotion of the BREATHE Act is also inextricably connected with multiple present Daily Kos participants who are doing damage to all Democrats with the BREATHE Act & to Senator Muskie's heritage.

    I'll be writing about this soon in detail, but I'll give you clue as to the involves a massive deregulation that can only make the Koch Bros smile who seek the same result by a different venue as would be achieved by the BREATHE Act.

    The proposed BREATHE Act is the worst-ever idea conceived by environmental organizations in the United States for amending the Clean Air Act in the 44 years since first passage of the CAA in 1970....and yes, I've been watching this issue during that entire time period.

    The promotion of the BREATHE Act is also the worst, most destructive example of organized lying/'group think' by progressive Democrats and environmentalists that I've ever encountered in my long career in environmental non-profit organizations.

  •  night owls - really NEED your help! (2+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, LakeSuperior

    the sheltie i wrote about here ten days ago?  the rescue operator is refusing to return her!

    the diary was temporarily taken down at the request of a very respectable sheltie rescue organization trying to mediate - the mediation was unsuccessful!

    so,here is a petition on to lend support to the  distraught owner and breeder of this champion girl - please consider signing it.

    i've asked admin to restore the diary and comments and i'll be doing a much more in depth followup on this shadowy rescue operator and shelter.  the shelter director and assistant director were fired in the midst of serious charges of mismanagement - piper, the sheltie, seems to have been a casualty along with her mom!

    in the meantime, until the diaries go up, could you help by signing the petition?



    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Thu May 08, 2014 at 10:16:34 PM PDT

  •  Anyone else watching the May 9 Parade? (0+ / 0-)

    Only reason I'm still awake at this hour (ET)

  •  Reich Forgot Principle Number 7: (0+ / 0-)

    Reich Forgot Principle Number 7:
    Wealth Distribution
    Several years ago I wrote the Demand Subsidy Act. This act would impose a 1.5% tax on each Wall St. transaction and accrue said funds into a special "DEMAND SUBSIDY ACCOUNT," whereupon said funds would be distributed weekly to each person in America of age.

    Such an arrangement would create the biggest economic boom and job creation in the history of the U.S. No doubt about it. How? Here's how our economy is supposed to work: Demand Buys Products; the More Demand, the More Product Purchases; the More Product Purchases, the More Manufacturing; the More Manufacturing, the More Jobs; the More Jobs, the More Income; the More Income, the More Demand, and so forth.

    Consider how retail industry salivates over the approaching holidays and how they calculate profits based on increased DEMAND. Instead of temporary DEMAND increases during the holidays, imagine the economic BOOM created by an endless weekly infusion of DEMAND into our economy. Again, I predict the biggest economic boom ever IF the DEMAND SUBSIDY ACT is ever implemented.

    I don't believe Democrats or Republicans will ever pass such a bill. I believe We The People need to stop holding an American Idol Contest every four years, step away from candidate-based politics and move toward agenda-based politics; that's what the BIG CORPORATIONS DO; they don't worry too much about which individuals are elected, because they know they SPEND THEIR MONEY TO FORCE THEIR AGENDA THROUGH CONGRESS.

    I'll support and fight for an agenda, but I sure as hell don't want to waste my time AGAIN voting for a toothy, free-wheeling candidate who is NOT subservient unto a real, solid enumerated agenda.

  •  #5 and #6 are bad. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sky Net

    We are currently witnessing one of the western world's greatest crises since the end of the Cold War. Putin is busy annexing territories around him, and Reich wants to wave a giant white flag? I'm not advocating invading countries day and night, but now is the time for bold American leadership (which is why I could support Hillary for president).

    As to the TPP, this is a good agreement in principle - provided that it does not end up gutting thousands of regulations in process. Bad deals can always be thrown away, like ACTA was. Possible negative outcomes are no reason to stop negotiations now though.

    It is nothing new that the far-left and far-right embrace similar views. This is something to be fought though, not embraced.

  •  At the top of the list should be anti-corruption (1+ / 0-)
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    Eliminating systemic corruption in Washington by forcing money out of politics and limiting corporate and lobbying influence in government should be priority #1.

  •  Establishment nightmare (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder who Robert Reich considers to be "The Establishment".  I doubt there's a single person who would be against all six of his recommendations, let alone consider it a "nightmare".  And he keeps naming well-known people who support his recommendations, so doesn't seem much of a nightmare scenario to them.

    Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

    by Sky Net on Fri May 09, 2014 at 12:26:38 AM PDT

  •  Tea Party sometimes surprises me... (0+ / 0-)

    Interesting that Reich identifies their economic views as so anti-Establishment.

    A pity their core values include racism, sexism, anti-LGBT bigotry, religious fanaticism, abuse of the poor, assorted forms of denying science and reality, and the whole a-handgun-in-every-desk-drawer-and-pants-pocket thing.

    Except for those little details, we practically agree with them!

  •  Robert Reich is a very interesting man with great (0+ / 0-)

    ideas and I only wish he was in a position of influence or office where many of his ideas could become reality, or at least placed out in the general media spotlight for more Americans to read, and think about.

    He isn't a "DC lightweight" by any means, but rather a voice of reason, with some very serious thought behind it.  I enjoy reading his writings and ideas in all of his books and publications.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Fri May 09, 2014 at 07:35:40 AM PDT

  •  Amendments to Reich's points (0+ / 0-)

    I'd say restricting the NSA doesn't go far enough.  The FBI, State Police, local law enforcement in several big cities all go too far. Chicago's speed enforcement cameras now cover a 360 degree field, when only one direction is needed for the stated purpose.

    Also, I'd be careful that restricting interventionism abroad doesn't turn into isolationism. It would be ALL too natural for Americans to say "You know what? Screw it. We messed with a bunch of other countries the last few decades. Let's leave everyone alone."  That's fine, but if a real threat appears we ought to be willing to do what's necessary to protect ourselves and our allies.  I'm thinking Taiwan, South Korea, The Baltic States, etc...

    "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but us can free our minds." - Bob Marley

    by nightsweat on Fri May 09, 2014 at 09:19:25 AM PDT

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