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A few "provocative" thoughts on US politics.

America goes through political phases/cycles where certain policies take hold for many years, often decades. For instance, the Great Depression ended several decades of relative "Laissez Faire" policies with an expanding welfare state
This period was combined with relatively low immigration and an increasingly interventionist Federal Government with the creation of several new federal agencies. Though the Depression was "brutal" by our standards, things started improving after several years (before WWII).
This period saw significant rises in living standards for the vast majority of Americans. But, marginal tax rates were very high during this period - 91% in the case of the Eisenhower years (Republican). Kennedy cut marginal rates to 70% but they stayed there till Reagan.
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So.

For five years now, Bernie Sanders' opponents have described him as not just excessively focused on white voters -- not just racially insensitive -- not just, well, RACIST -- but as UNIQUELY racist amongst Democratic candidates.

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Instead, he was delivered a victory in the beating heart of white America by a coalition of working-class men and women of color, many of them immigrants to this country who were being given the first chance of their entire lives to take part in the democratic process.

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It is this specific victory -- of satellite caucuses formed by his volunteer's deliberate outreach to communities of color in America's 4th-whitest state -- that the Democratic leadership is challenging, and that the Buttigeig campaign is trying to take away.

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Why Andrew Yang is not for America. His first plan, most comprehensive plan, is UBI(1,000 a month). The biggest issue with this is it doesn’t stack with things like Snap, Tanf, SSI, and many more programs people rely on.
If you go to Andrew Yang's site, he claims it stacks with Social Security Disability... the thing is, not everyone who is disabled has worked enough to collect Social Security, so they get SSI instead. You cannot collect SSI AND UBI at the same time. You must choose one.
Yang's site makes the claim that "Even some people who receive more than $1,000 a month in SSI would choose to take the Freedom Dividend because it has no preconditions."
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A quick reminder that the CFPB is not big structural change.

It's not fighting big banks & winning, as Warren claims.

It did not fail because REPUBS undermined it.

It was/is from onset a neoliberal legitimization mechanism.

What does that mean?
The CFPB was designed to police illegal lending practices & it did just that: $12 billion for 29 million consumers in refunds and canceled debts.

Sounds good, right?

Meh.

It was notably not designed to reduce bank power or constrain perfectly legal usurious lending practices.
The result.

Escalating Citizen Debt:
Americans paid $113 billion in credit card interest in 2018 alone, a 50% percent payment and 4% interest increase since 2013.

Consolidated Bank Power & Record Profits:
$236.7 billion in 2018 alone.

medium.com/@jemtoback/the…
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A day after the debate and, boom, the Warren campaign starts w/ the backpedaling bulllshit re M4A. This is in a nutshell why nobody committed to addressing the material precarity of the moment can support Warren.
As some of us have said for months, Warren is serially dishonest re M4A, which for the record is actual, defined legislation before congress. She knows she can't attract progressives w/out signaling support & knows she can't get DEM power endorsement w/out signaling retreat...
...So she does both. This is technically known as lying and Warren's entire current political brand is built on this kind of performative dishonesty.

Biden or Butterhead will shoot everyday people in the face. Warren will shoot everyday people in the back.
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I think the BEST thing to happen yesterday is that more people on the Sanders team are now pushing back on that “essentially the same” narrative regarding the differences between Sanders and Warren. This, at a time where it’s increasingly clear that we need to.
These are a few of the things that I saw being posted:

1: Sanders did show up for Standing Rock protestors. Warren did not, instead boxing support for the pipeline workers to continue to work, which would destroy Native land (and our) water supply.

#Sanders2020 #Warren2020
2: Sanders will not receive corporate cash in the primary nor in the general. Warren has already taken corporate cash via a prior election cycle, and will accept corporate cash in the general.

#Sanders2020 #NotMeUs #Warren2020
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We started looking at automated activity (and potentially other aspects of) tweets containing various #<candidate first or last name>2020 hashtags (e.g., #Warren2020, #Kamala2020, #Bernie2020, etc.) We examined tweets from Jan 1st - July 3rd, 2019.

cc: @ZellaQuixote
Looking more closely at the 2020 hashtags that have both a significant percentage (we used 10% as a cutoff, 3%-ish is average) of automated activity and at least 1000 tweets, we see sizable volume for tweets posted via VK (Russian Facebook-esque social network.) What's the deal?
The VK activity in the 2020 hashtags comes from 21 very similarly-named accounts. Account names are the display name with "Im" prepended (e.g., "Alberta Swift" = "@ImAlbertaSwift.) All tweets were posted via VK, and none tweeted before 2018 (despite some being created in 2015.)
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#ElizabethWarren's bill reminds me of Romney's advice to youths in 4/2012, "Borrow money, if you have to, from your parents. Start a business... [Jimmy John Liautaud] borrowed $20K from his dad..."

The loan was c. 7/82 and was actually $25K.
$25K in 7/82 = $59K in 4/12
#Warren
In the first half of 2019, the nat'l average #rent increased by 2.6%.
rentcafe.com/blog/rental-ma…
Warren declined to be interviewed for this story. In May, at request of media, her campaign released a summary of her outside work. As a senatorial candidate, Warren released a shorter version, which omitted her work for Dow Chemical.

#NeverWarren
washingtonpost.com/politics/dow-b…
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DSA endorsed #Sanders2020 but AOC has not. Funny how that works... news.yahoo.com/the-aoc-primar…
Lawmaker who doesn't know the law tries to call out law enforcement for *checks notes* following the laws. I guess the "release Manafort" gaffe wasn't bad enough. 🤦‍♂️
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AOC is better on Twitter than on TV where she has less control while Trump used Twitter to drive and control TV coverage and messaging. M4A and a Green New Deal hasn't resonated and seeped into the nation's psyche the way #MAGA and "Build the Wall" did.
vanityfair.com/news/2019/01/a…
Getting the facts right sets you up to be morally right.

Also helps you avoid breaking the law. nydailynews.com/news/politics/…
AOC's First Speech on the Floor of Congress Gives Voice to Unpaid Air Traffic Controllers Hit by #TrumpShutDown and Insanely High Cost of Living. theguardian.com/us-news/video/…
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1/8 My favorite #quote by #JosephStalin, which explains the scientific, #DialecticalMaterialist explanation of true freedom in material reality, not just as an abstract ideal. #StalinIsBack #StalinLives #JVStalin #Stalin #StalinQuote #StalinQuotes #Truth #MELS #MarxismLeninism
2/8 Having an #objective, #rational, #ScientificSocialist, #Dialectical, & #Materialist viewpoint allows us to accurately see & evaluate & analyze #Truth & #Reality as they truly materially exist in this universe.
3/8 An idealistic, dogmatic viewpoint, which capitalists have, however, makes one irrational enough to 'see' freedom where freedom stays trapped on a piece of paper while people are oppressed in their actual lived lives.
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Since this article doesn't seem to have any interactive element to it, I'm going to hold a series of polls to determine the winner: #DemBracket #DemPrimary2020 #2020Polls #MarchMadness #BracketOfRandomThings #Bracketology #FITN @TheDemocrats
First matchup in the #Lefties portion of the bracket! Of these 2, which would you rather support in the 2020 Democratic primaries for president?
1. @SenSanders i.e. @BernieSanders #Sanders2020
2. @ninaturner #Turner2020
#TwitterPoll #FeelTheBern #OurRevolution
(Oops, I forgot to include the seeds; Bernie is 1st seed and Nina is 8th seed. The '1' and '2' by their names aren't seeds, but rather correspond to the poll options. I'll fix this in the rest of them, seeing as someone's already voted in this one.)
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