Austerity

Republicans have proved to be masters at soundbite manipulation. The GOP has gotten, mainly, poor white people in the Red States to oppose Medicare expansion, happily believing that rich people trickling on them will eventually improve their lot. Truth in schools is being portrayed as a threat to whiteness, and...

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  • October 15, 2021

“As in the Times Op-Ed from which the book originated, the title refers to the results of studies conducted in Germany from the mid-nineteen-eighties onward, which reported, among other intriguing findings, that eighty per cent of East German women always experienced orgasm during sex, compared to sixty-three per cent of...

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  • April 8, 2021

The jewel of the US prison-industrial-complex, GITMO still has 40 prisoners. Austerity comes to pseudo ‘black-site’. “Washington: A once-secret unit within the Guantanamo Bay detention centre that had fallen into disrepair has been closed and the prisoners moved to another facility on the American base in Cuba. The prisoners at Camp...

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  • April 5, 2021
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Like Martin Luther objecting to Pope Leo X selling indulgences to raise money for a variety of excesses, the environmental costs of carbon markets far exceed the benefits. Austerity would have denied us Renaissance art which is less at risk in an age of non-fungible tokens. Today the consequences for the planet...

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  • March 28, 2021

Even as DC is now better prepared for a “million militia march” on 20 January, the likelihood is that only the most foolhardy will lay their lives down for Trump’s Big Lie. Meanwhile “something of a pariah” Trump will flee to Florida to rehabilitate his now permanently abysmal position in history. And...

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  • January 17, 2021

Americans are in pain as most of the media devote most of their time to the coup. Ezra Klein has timely advice for Democrats; Help people fast. He also has advice for Joe Manchin. Message Democrats better heed x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. After the Trump administration's...

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  • January 10, 2021

The name of the anonymous author of op-eds criticizing the operation of the White House, is Former DHS chief of staff @MilesTaylorUSA ), but in the scheme of October Surprises this is a footnote. More important matters are whether one of five swing states can be won by Biden/Harris. x Thread....

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  • October 28, 2020

Trump’s constant pimping of the stock market numbers is not the same as a sign that the economy has returned to the level of “winning” even before Trump took office. Like voting twice, Trump’s not being a good minimal-state libertarian where all debt resolves itself in a ‘free market’. Instead,...

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  • September 4, 2020

“(T)erminating labour and share markets, along with the type of commercial banking taken for granted today, is a prerequisite for a post-capitalist society with functioning markets, authentic democracy and personal liberty.” Left accelerationism seems tempting in a time when markets, democracy, and liberty are in peril. but Yanis Varoufakis is hinting...

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  • August 30, 2020

It is the GOP white whale, a continuing trope, to loot the social security system by eliminating it, and Trump wanted no defections in 2020. It is a sign of desperation to step on what has been a third rail of recent decades and a more symbolic attack on the...

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  • August 9, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT), in support of San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto’s (D. PR) gubernatorial campaign: Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto In a moment I’m going to ask you to support our efforts to ensure that Mayor Carmen...

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  • June 28, 2020

Moscow Mitch’s attack on Obama’s criticism of Trump’s criminal negligence when dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is pure Trumpism — blatant racism aimed at the former president.   The Republican base, especially in Kentucky, is filled with bigots and racists, and one of their favorite punching bags is that uppity black man...

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  • May 13, 2020

Elie Mystal from The Nation has a new piece out about how U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) wants to block businesses from being sued for putting their workers are risk during the COVID-19 pandemic: McConnell has “insisted” that the next stimulus package will include legal immunity for...

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  • May 3, 2020

The odds are very high that Amy McGrath will win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate to take on Moscow Mitch this year in Kentucky.  In fact, you can tell that she is going to be the nominee because she outraised Moscow Mitch in fundraising.  The Democratic Establishment and some...

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  • April 29, 2020

Below is a collection of things that I’ve been saving up — including the problems of CV-19, MMT, neoliberalism, and other things relating pandemics to the economy. If there’s a point to this selection it is to remind ourselves what will happen in 2021 with Larry Summers now advising the Biden...

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  • April 26, 2020

Evil is as evil does when it comes to Moscow Mitch’s declaration that the states should go bankrupt rather than have the federal government keep them afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.  And it appears that Kentucky Democrats are not going to let the famous Grim Reaper off the hook when...

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  • April 24, 2020

Shakedowns of materiel like PPEs that demonstrate abuses of federal power are now de rigueur and should not be confused with fiscal policy or even neoliberal austerity. Disaster hides much venality. It’s about rank kleptocratic crony-capitalism in the form of market-cornering or cartelization. For example, Trump’s brag about ventilators is no different than...

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  • April 22, 2020

The study of national effects is also about subnational regions as comparing NYC to California and Washington shows the relative effectiveness but also some of the problems of density. 2020-2021 will be about subnational, regional recessions. The question will be how largely blue state urban concentrations recover from the pandemic(s)....

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  • March 26, 2020

I think there will be certain things that are predictable for tomorrow night’s Democratic presidential debate.   You know you suck as a moderator when you get panned by both Democrats and Fox “News.”  And I am talking about Bothsiderist Chuck Todd.  Seriously, I don’t normally pay any attention to Fox, but...

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  • February 19, 2020

Did you know that Michael Bloomberg is the ONLY Democratic presidential contender who knows how to defeat Trump?  I do not have the links for now to Nicole Wallace’s Deadline Whitehouse from Friday where her panel gushed about Bloomberg’s latest ad about Trump, or the segment from Sunday’s AM Joy...

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  • February 9, 2020

Archives Alan Minsky, Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America Contacts:  Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director, (818)-749-9497 Alan@PDAmerica.org Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director, (301)-602-9388 Mike@PDAmerica.org Today, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) released a statement about Thursday’s UK General Election. Here are key quotes: Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director, said, “On Thursday,...

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  • December 10, 2019

Here we have another indictment of the collapse and corruption of the mainstream Media:  the rehabiliation tour of Steve Schmidt on MSNBC.  While his friends in the Media are giving him a bear hug, my memory still works.  And I have Google.  Schmidt crapped all over the Democratic Party with...

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  • November 1, 2019

Mick Mulvaney, fact witness, copped to the quid pro quo by admitting that “we do it all the time, get over it”. This rendered null a week of Trump proclaiming “No Quid Pro Quo”.  It’s probably the best he could do for media framing considering as he’s still OMB head, he...

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  • October 17, 2019

It only took two weeks for Joe Biden to finally say that Trump has committed an impeachable offense. “To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached,” Biden said. “That’s not only because of what he’s done. To answer whether he’s committed acts sufficient to warrant...

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  • October 9, 2019

Not that Warren and Sanders had not already figured this out, but CNN reports that Biden will obliquely criticize Warren — and IMO Sanders — with the line “We need more than plans” from the eventual Democratic nominee.  According to Biden, you need someone who knows how to get things done and...

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  • September 11, 2019

Wow.  A corporate billionaire who thought that the federal deficit was the greatest threat to America and wanted to fix it with cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid had to end his foray into presidential politics.  Seems Howard Schultz didn’t find a mass audience for his austerity message.  But...

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  • September 6, 2019

Cross-posted from Eclectablog.com During the time when the Flint water crisis was unfolding, right wing conservatives spent a lot of time trying to convince the country and the world that it was all the fault of the local government. They portrayed these local leaders as incompetent buffoons who poisoned themselves,...

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  • August 16, 2019

Pitch In To Help PDA Make It Easy To Contact Congress In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Shayna, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Dan, and Janis—your PDA national team. PDA Makes Sure Your Voice Is Heard Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is working closely with our coalition partners...

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  • June 1, 2019

Onward to a safer world for all.  Mike Fox for Alan, Dr. Bill, Dan, Janis, Deb, Bryan, Kimberly, Mike H. and Shayna — your PDA National Staff Help Us End Gun Violence Now   At events across the country folks will be wearing orange and coming together to tell the...

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  • May 31, 2019

photo: The Constitution of the United States (Image from the U.S. Archives) In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Deb, Dan, Bryan, Mike F, Shayna, Dr. Bill, Janis, and Kimberly—your PDA National Team PDA Supports Impeachment InvestigationsUrge Congress To Cosponsor Tlaib Resolution Special Counsel Robert Mueller said, “If we had had...

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  • May 30, 2019

photo: Donna Smith and Senator Elizabeth Warren By Donna Smith – former Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America and currently a Medicare for All campaign surrogate for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. It was July 17, 2007, and I was set to testify to the House Judiciary Committee about medical...

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  • May 29, 2019

For Inclusive Prosperity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Shayna, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Dan, and Janis—your PDA national team. PDA Makes Sure Your Voice Is HeardContact Mike Fox to Educate Congress The Trumpublicans tell us the economy is doing better than ever. Really? Not according to so many...

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  • May 28, 2019

You’re probably already well familiar with the Republican Party’s guileful ratfucking of our economy while the black man was in charge of our country. Much is made of Donald Trump’s efforts to reverse everything President Obama ever did, but Trump’s policies are really just a new chorus of an old...

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  • May 5, 2019

April 3, 2019   Brussels, Belgium By, Alan Minsky, Executive Director | Progressive Democrats of America Hello, I’m Alan Minsky, the Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America, also known as PDA. Contrary to what our name might imply, PDA is not actually a part of the Democratic Party. We...

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  • April 10, 2019

Zach Carter at Huffington Post has a good write up about Howard Schultz is stuck in the 90’s, and I think what is outlined by Carter is why we should not panic about Schultz running for president. Schultz is trashing what he calls “free health care” promised by the extreme...

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  • January 29, 2019

Could we all just take a few moments, access our current political mess, and maybe have a ceasefire among those who resist Trump and his policies?   As to my meager qualifications for calling for a ceasefire, I offer the following about my past stances and transgressions: I’m a partisan Democrat who...

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  • July 23, 2018

Thursday’s release of the House GOP tax plan will be greeted with a flurry of “hot takes” about its “winners and losers.” So, for everyone’s sake, let’s keep this simple. Unsurprisingly, the biggest winners from what the President called a “big, beautiful Christmas present” are people named Trump and those...

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  • November 2, 2017

There is plenty of doom and gloom at Davos and it could be we are due for another cyclical piece of devastation. Harvard professor Kenneth Rogoff said the fear in the markets stems from a dawning realisation that the Chinese authorities are not magicians after all, and that this time...

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  • January 21, 2016

David Brooks states the issue properly: Given the financial crisis, widening inequality, the unpopularity of the right’s stances on social issues and immigration, you would have thought that progressive parties would be cruising from win to win. But, instead, right-leaning parties are doing well. In the United States, Republicans control...

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  • May 13, 2015

Now it should be explicit, not suspected or implicit that elections are not democratic in the presence of Murdoch, the Kochs or Adelman. What we see is that anything will be done where the most powerful are sure they will not be prosecuted. Lies count for nothing. There is no...

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  • May 11, 2015

People die.  Every single day.  Western tradition dictates that the dead be buried.  It's a cultural thing that has been practiced by various civilizations for thousands of years.  Other cultures have had or have developed their own, different ways of dealing with the dead – and I pass no judgement...

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  • April 16, 2013
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