pelham commented on the blog post Bad Roll Out Finally Moves Obamacare’s Polling Numbers
But the Democrats don’t give a flip about being popular. They just need to be slightly preferred to Republicans. But above all, they need to satisfy the corporations and banks they serve. So the ACA serves the Dems quite well, even though its poll numbers are dropping.
pelham commented on the diary post Russell Brand-Bashing and the Left’s Preferred Powerlessness by Nat Parry.
Great post. Agreed on all counts. And this is why I believe the Left is hopeless. What we need is a large pool of people who reject all this identity politics stuff and are open to sweeping, bold ideas that get to the core and foundation of what’s ailing the world. And that would be [...]
True, Brand didn’t state a proper set of demands, as such. So I’ll suggest a few that might help: 1) Representative democracy. But not by elections alone. Rather by issue-by-issue online voting that our representatives have to follow; 2) Effective corporate charters. And by this I mean charters that can be revoked by public online [...]
pelham commented on the blog post 62% of Florida Voters Would Back Medical Marijuana Amendment
Complete legalization of marijuana at this stage is certainly needed, we’re so far gone with common usage of this mind-fogging crap.
But look at the chart accompanying this item, which reflects several years worth of squirrelly justifications injected into the debate. Doesn’t it strike anyone — including advocates — as just an eensy weensy bit curious that marijuana is now being touted as a palliative for such a wide array of ailments? I mean, come on.
pelham commented on the blog post Reminder: Obama’s 2008 Health Care Campaign Was Based on Active Deception
Actually, government and industry/financial collusion defines capitalism, dating back at least 600 years to the city-states of northern Italy.
Awful as it is, fascism is an improvement, acknowledging the needs of every class by putting the nation first rather than just beating down the 99% by forever extending the globalization required in capitalism for its middle and late stages.
The trailer seems to be getting at the idea that, horror of horrors, we shouldn’t be doing anything that might conceivably devalue our currency. OK. Fine. But if that’s to be the case, we also need to have capital controls that keep investment capital strictly in the U.S. AND away from phony financial instruments like [...]
pelham commented on the blog post Obama Addresses Anniversary Of Financial Crisis As Inequality Worsens
We’ve had exactly two very brief periods of full employment in the 68 years since World War Two — in the early 1950s and late 1960s. That is a lousy, lousy record.
Until the government guarantees a job at a living wage for every single willing and able American, we can safely judge that any — ANY — proposal to fix unemployment and address inequality is pure horse manure.
pelham commented on the diary post Do the Democrats Really Want to Bear the Blame for a Crash that Wall Street Will Cause? by letsgetitdone.
The plans sounds good to me, and it might sound good to the Democrats if they defined “winning” the way most of us would like to think they would. I suspect they don’t. I suspect that “winning” for the Dems — or at the very least the party’s leadership, which is what really matters — [...]
Excellent points. Note also that in the coverage of the immigration debate by the mainstream media — or what remains of these lickspittles — how meticulous they are about avoiding any mention of the devastating multiplication of H1-B visas. These H1-B folks are — in their vast bulk — tech workers whose visas will be [...]
“Middle income voters accept a group of stupid ideas and policies that generally fall under the name of neoliberalism.”
True, but that’s because the issues are artfully packaged that way by the system, by the two parties. If we had a meaningful representative democracy — ie, one that sensibly represented majority opinion on an issue-by-issue basis — we would have:
1) Medicare for all
2) No cuts in Social Security
3) A higher minimum wage
4) More gun control
5) A breakup of the big banks.
And the list could go on, all of which could be achieved virtually overnight, no muss, no fuss, if we had a truly representative democracy. All are perfectly reasonable, sensible ideas supported by a majority but conveniently rendered “politically impossible” by our public servants in Washington who, collectively speaking, we’re paying to actually thwart the public will pretty much across the board.
So it’s a matter of issue packaging, as well as any number of other obstructions that we allow to exist because we don’t insist on true representative democracy. Instead, we permit this tag team of doom, the two-party system, to ruin our lives step by step, decade by decade, without any attempt to put a collar and chain on these blowhards and jerk real hard from time to time to make them do what we want.
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pelham commented on the diary post Censored EPA Pennsylvania Fracking Water Contamination Presentation Published by Steve Horn.
Fracking is a win-win situation for industry. Not only does it prolong our dependence on relatively scarce fossil fuels, but it also turns a formerly abundant resource, clean water, into a scarce resource that can be sold to us.
I’m not being the least bit facetious. This is precisely what appears to be happening.
pelham commented on the blog post Nancy Pelosi Driving Force Behind Saving the NSA Spying Program
Pelosi is the focus here, but is it possible to imagine any other Democrat with any possibility of achieving such a high position in the party being appreciably different when it comes to such issues? The same can be asked of Obama and any Democrat with a whistle of a chance at achieving the presidential nomination.
It’s not Pelosi or Obama or any other bad apple. It’s the very nature of the Democratic Party, or perhaps of the two-party system. And the essence of the party and the system precludes certain things we tend to assume in the absence of much evidence in living memory.
We have a representative democracy without:
A) representation, or
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Granted, the situation sucks. And it would be nice to have unions, especially ones that have real clout, are democratic and control political parties with an iron fist. But we don’t.
But maybe there’s a better solution. These corporations all have to have charters, right? Where do the charters come from? On whose authority? Ultimately, it’s our authority, the authority of the 99%.
So, let’s start yanking charters if corporations don’t shape up. I know, it’s easy to say that. But perhaps we need a powerfully focused effort to make this possible — and even simple — to do.
Otherwise, we can hang around and complain all day and nothing’s going to happen.
pelham commented on the blog post Administration to Let Employers Avoid Mandate By Offering Worthless Insurance
The real brilliance of Obamacare lies in the fact that it’s so infernally complex and the consequences of implementation will be so drawn out that the public at large won’t realize what hit them until the Obamas are long gone from office and well on the way to their first billion in speaking fees and whatnot.
pelham commented on the blog post Americans More Closely Align with Democrats on Immigration
That’s about right. Big business lobbying and propaganda for more cheap labor dates back to World War One. Not sure precisely when progressives abandoned labor to play the immigration card.
Re Serwer’s long resume in peacekeeping: Historically, aren’t most U.S. “peacekeeping” efforts just a light camouflage for bringing certain portions of the world into the U.S. orbit — even if that, paradoxically, eventually includes military force and violence?
In that sense, Greenwald’s response to Serwer is factually correct. One instance of exposing U.S. malfeasance does indeed count for more than a lifetime in these supposed peacekeeping roles. In fact, just minding one’s own personal business, mowing the lawn and taking out the trash would count for more.
While Ralph Nader and Greenwald are indeed quick to lash out at those who differ with them, I believe they’re more often than not correct in assuming that these opponents — mostly people in high places who should and probably do know better — are badly motivated. Serwer would fall into that category.
Moreover, why does TBogg have no problem with Serwer’s initial intemperate remark, which was unprovoked and started the whole exchange? Serwer doesn’t come off as a peaceable soul.
We may have caused this state of affairs, but I’m not sure we’re to blame. If we were fully informed about the consequences of filling out questionnaires and whatnot, we might not be so forthcoming. In any event, since the Internet was developed with taxpayer funds, it belongs to all of us. That being the [...]
pelham commented on the blog post If You Haven’t Figured Out How to Make the Employer Mandate Work Yet, How Will Another Year Help?
How is a $3,000 penalty for not providing insurance that costs an average of $11,000 an incentive for more employers to cover their workers?
That’s an $8,000 incentive NOT to cover workers.
Similarly, the ACA doesn’t require that spouses of workers be covered by family plans, just the kids. Again, how is that an incentive to cover more people through work?
Re Romney: Mormon thrift and pluck had nothing to do with his wealth.
It was mainly the repeal of part of the U.S. anti-racketeering law in the 1980s that actually made it legal for leveraged-buyout artists to borrow huge sums of money to acquire publicly traded companies and then saddle those companies with the debt.
This would be like someone borrowing to buy your home mortgage from your bank and then piling that debt on you, so that your monthly payments suddenly doubled. It’s pure thievery.
As for the media, there is nothing that says that have to report the highly distorted figures the government puts out. The Labor Department has more realistic figures that include discouraged workers, and the media could simply decide to use that instead, or maybe data compiled separately by other organizations.
Instead, we get the usual herd reporting every month.
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