Nader Gave Us Bush Sanders Gave Us Trump

Can anyone imagine how far along would the United States be at this point if Al Gore had defeated George W Bush. When Bush finished his eight years as president, we were losing 700 jobs per month. The economy was in a free fall toward the Great Depression. President Barack Obama, a Democrat, had to rescue the economy and turn things around. George Bush had two wars and gave the richest 1% a tax cut. It was Obama who had to fight the Republicans in Congress while trying to overcome what they and Bush had done to America. Can anyone imagine how far along we would have been if Hillary Clinton had defeated candidate Donald Trump last year. Clinton would not have nominated a conservative to serve on the Supreme Court. Trump can possibly put four Clarence Thomas type justices on the Supreme Court. The man in the White House is insane and dangerous. Clinton is a stabilizing force with a history of serving as First Lady for eight years with her husband, President Bill Clinton. She was a Senator and President Obama’s Secretary of State. How could this country allow Trump to lead this great nation and not Clinton?

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Democrats in Split-Screen: The Base Wants It All. The Party Wants to Win.

By ALEXANDER BURNS and JONATHAN MARTIN

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Democrats are facing a widening breach in their party, as liberal activists dream of transforming the health care system and impeaching President Trump, while candidates in hard-fought elections ask wary voters merely for a fresh chance at governing. The growing tension between the party’s ascendant militant wing and Democrats competing in conservative-leaning terrain, was on vivid, split-screen display over the weekend. In Chicago, Senator Bernie Sanders led a revival-style meeting of his progressive devotees, while in Atlanta, Democrats made a final push to seize a traditionally Republican congressional district. It may be essential for Democrats to reconcile the party’s two clashing impulses if they are to retake the House of Representatives in 2018. In a promising political environment, a drawn-out struggle over Democratic strategy and ideology could spill into primary elections and disrupt the party’s path to a majority.

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Bernie Sanders & the BernieCrats: Attacking Liberals that Don’t Pass their Purity Test

By S. Novi democracyguardian.com,
There is no doubting that Bernie Sanders has created a personal ‘litmus test’ of purity that any liberal candidate must pass and in doing so, he is confirming the same actions of the past, which has been to hand elections over to Republicans. This type of behavior is not new to Sanders, as he has historically done this even in his own state of Vermont. His support of only a ‘cherry picked’ group of people that pass his personal ‘purity test’ has been one that reflects his own self-centered attitude that he is the only one that can set standards. The sad part about this is he is deliberately trying to divide the Democratic Party, and the Republicans are thrilled. The more adversity that they see, the more that they know their Republican candidates will win.. His followers, the BernieCrats, seem hell-bent on shoving their own agenda down the throats of the Democratic Party. They are attempting to hijack the party and not just move things to the left, but reject any and all members that don’t comply with their particular purity rules. Let’s get one thing clear: Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat. He is an Independent and neither he nor his cult followers belong in the Democratic Party.

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The Hijacked American Presidency

Charles M Blow

NYTimes.com
Every now and then we are going to have to do this: Step back from the daily onslaughts of insanity emanating from Donald Trump’s parasitic presidency and remind ourselves of the obscenity of it all, registering its magnitude in its full, devastating truth. There is something insidious and corrosive about trying to evaluate the severity of every offense, trying to give each an individual grade on the scale of absurdity. Trump himself is the offense. Everything that springs from him, every person who supports him, every staffer who shields him, every legislator who defends him, is an offense. Every partisan who uses him — against all he or she has ever claimed to champion — to advance a political agenda and, in so doing, places party over country, is an offense.

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Understanding Republican Cruelty

Paul Krugman

NYTimes.com
The basics of Republican health legislation, which haven’t changed much in different iterations of Trumpcare, are easy to describe: Take health insurance away from tens of millions, make it much worse and far more expensive for millions more, and use the money thus saved to cut taxes on the wealthy. Donald Trump may not get this — reporting by The Times and others, combined with his own tweets, suggests that he has no idea what’s in his party’s legislation. But everyone in Congress understands what it’s all about. The puzzle — and it is a puzzle, even for those who have long since concluded that something is terribly wrong with the modern G.O.P. — is why the party is pushing this harsh, morally indefensible agenda. Think about it. Losing health coverage is a nightmare, especially if you’re older, have health problems and/or lack the financial resources to cope if illness strikes. And since Americans with those characteristics are precisely the people this legislation effectively targets, tens of millions would soon find themselves living this nightmare.

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Senate Republicans ready themselves for a massive theft from the poor

Eugene Robinson

WashingtonPost.com
The “health-care bill” that Republicans are trying to pass in the Senate, like the one approved by the GOP majority in the House, isn’t really about health care at all. It’s the first step in a massive redistribution of wealth from struggling wage-earners to the rich — a theft of historic proportions. Is the Senate version less “mean” than the House bill, to use President Trump’s description of that earlier effort? Not really. Does the new bill have the “heart” that Trump demanded? No, it doesn’t. The devil is not in the details, it’s in the big picture. Fundamentally, what Republicans in both chambers want to do is cut nearly $1 trillion over the next decade from the Medicaid program, which serves almost 70 million people. Medicaid provides health care not just for the indigent and disabled but also for the working poor — low-wage employees who cannot afford health insurance, even the plans offered through their jobs.

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