SILENT MAJORITY…

image What political pundits choose not to see or understand and damn sure chooses not report is that BERNIE is a face of America’s … SILENT MAJORITY… who are tired of the bogus … R… D… red … blue …  labels as they are meaningless as they both seek endorsement from “dark$$$” & Wall $treet fat cat$ to thwart the will of the people…

Sanders from the Democratic Unity tour: The party’s model is failing, you know

POSTED AT 10:01 AM ON APRIL 24, 2017 BY ED MORRISSEY  Confused? Think of the Democratic Party Unity Tour as a political version of a horror movie. Tom Perez is the teenager who can’t quite seem to figure out what’s going on, and Bernie Sanders … well, he’s the guy about whom the police finally warn, The disunity’s coming from inside the house!

Yesterday, Sanders took time off from promoting the Democratic Party to tell John Dickerson on CBS’ Face the Nation that “the model of the Democratic Party is failing.” Unity, baby!

SANDERS: I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is, that the model of the Democratic Party is failing. We have a Republican president, who ran as a candidate as the most unpopular in modern history of this country. Republicans control the House, the Senate, two-thirds of governor’s chairs, and in the last eight years they have picked up 900 legislative seats.

Sanders gets that much right, but then insists on using the same tired arguments from the “failing model” of the Democratic Party over the last eight years:

Clearly the Democratic Party has got to change. And in my view, what it has got to become is a grassroots party, a party which makes decisions from the bottom on up, a party which is more dependent on small donations than large donations. A party, John, that speaks to the pain of the working class in this country. Middle class is shrinking; 43 million living in poverty, almost all new income and wealth is going to the top one percent, people can’t afford to send their kids to college, they can’t afford child care, they can’t afford health care.

The Democratic Party has got to take the lead, rally people, young people, working people, stand up to the billionaire class. And when we do that, you’re going to see voter turnout swell. You’re going to see people coming in and running for office. You’re going to see Democrats regain control of the United States Congress.

Er … isn’t that precisely the model of the last election? Hold a lot of rallies with millennials in urban centers, engage in class warfare, and demonize success? Sanders might think he could have done it better than Hillary Clinton did, and perhaps he’s still sore over her domination of the donor class within the Democratic Party, but he’s still basically describing the 2016 Democratic effort with this prescription for the future. It sounds like the usual defense of socialism: It’s not the model that failed, it’s that the wrong people were running it.

The Democratic Party model has failed, but it’s not because they don’t conduct enough class-warfare and hold too few rallies on urban-university campuses. It’s because Democrats have modeled their party to attract only the progressives who demand total fealty to their dogma and reject anyone outside of it. The working class in middle America didn’t abandon the Democrats — they got abandoned by the Democrats. When the DNC stops listening to people trying to turn them into the Green Party, they might find ways to reverse the trends that Sanders correctly points out.

 

In the meantime, perhaps Perez might be better served on this Democratic Party Unity Tour by a partner who actually is a Democrat. Just a though

 

Two-thirds of Americans think that the Democratic Party is out of touch with the country

 Philip Bump April 23 at 12:41 PM  ..You might not be surprised if I were to tell you that a majority of Americans think that President Trump is out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today. Sure, he won the election, but a plurality of voters opposed him, and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that he hasn’t expanded his base of support significantly since then. You certainly wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s a broad partisan split on the question, as there is on nearly everything in politics these days.

Only 1 in 10 of those who voted for Trump in November think he’s out of touch — but 90 percent of Hillary Clinton voters do. Partisan views are slightly more moderate, with 20 percent of Republicans and 87 percent of Democrats holding that position.

When it comes to the Republican Party, the numbers are a bit worse. Sixty-two percent of Americans, and 30 percent of Republicans themselves, think that the GOP is out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States.

But none of this means that Democrats are seen as echoing the concerns of the common man. In fact, the Democratic Party is viewed as more out of touch than either Trump or the party’s political opponents. Two-thirds of Americans think the Democrats are out of touch — including nearly half of Democrats themselves.

It’s worth highlighting that last point. While the political opposition generally views Trump or either party as about equally out of touch — with about 80 to 90 percent saying so — the Democratic Party is viewed as far more out of touch by Democrats than Trump or the GOP are by Republicans.

Young People Want Radical Change—Survey Blows the Lid off Right-Wing and Corporate Economic Propaganda

The Trump administration is doing all it can to accelerate inequality—here’s what a random sampling of 200 Americans under 40 want economically.

By Les Leopold / AlterNetA new survey conducted by the Runawayinequality.org Educational Network shows that younger Americans (ages 18-40) overwhelmingly support bold proposals to reverse inequality— polices such as Medicare for all, free higher education, ending mass incarceration, wealth taxes on multi-millionaires, financial speculation taxes on Wall Street, public banks, immigrants rights, worker rights, a guaranteed job at a living wage, campaign finance reform, and a sustainable environment. 

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is doing all it can to accelerate inequality. The billionaire appointees, the Goldman Sachs economic advisors, the hollow health care and tax proposals all are designed to move more money into the hands of the few.

Unfortunately, the mainstream Democrats are hardly better when in comes to runaway inequality.

  • Over the last 37 years, America’s top 10 percent saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at all, but their incomes actually declined by 1 percent from 1978 to 2015, according to research by Thomas Piketty.
  • During the Obama years "the top 1 percent of families captured 52 percent of total real income growth per family from 2009 to 2015 while the bottom 99 percent of families got only 48 percent of total real income growth," reports inequality expert, Emanuel Saez

Most politicians and pundits throw their hands up in despair. They argue there is really nothing we can do about rising inequality because of the powerful impacts of global competition and automation. Those who are falling behind just don’t have the skills needed to prosper in the modern world. Life is unfair. Get used to it.

But, these fatalists are dead wrong. There is ample evidence to show that many other nations have far less inequality but are also using the most advanced technologies, and are more open to foreign competition. (See here.)

Furthermore, the mainstream Democrats have convinced themselves, that despite the Sanders surge, most Americans do not support bold policies to reverse runaway inequality. These officials believe that most Americans reject "socialistic" programs.

Does a social democratic program appeal to most Americans?

We decided to test the mainstream Democratic Party phobias by asking 200 randomly selected 18 to 40 year-olds to evaluate a strong platform aimed at reversing runaway inequality. 

(The response choices were "Strongly Agree", "Neutral," "Disagree," "Strongly Disagree."  The results below combine the "Strongly Agree/Agree" categories, and the "Strongly Disagree/Disagree" categories. Given the sample size the margin of error is a 7 percent. The survey was conducted April 20-22.)

The results clearly demonstrate that these younger people are more than willing to embrace bold proposals. Please keep in mind that approximately 30 to 40 percent of these respondents voted for Trump.

  • Money and Politics: The right to fair and equal representation, free from voter suppression and the influence of big money. For our democracy to endure, we must overturn Citizens United, enact public campaign financing and enforce the Voting Rights Act.  

Agree:  65.8%  Disagree: 5.0%

  • Medicare for All: The right to universal health care.  Expand and improve Medicare (for All) to provide every American with access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Agree:  75.6%  Disagree: 12.7%

  • Environmental Protection:  To prevent catastrophic damage to our planet’s life support systems, we must accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy; protect our water and air from pollution; and prevent companies from moving to countries with weaker health, safety and environmental standards.

Agree:  84.5%  Disagree: 4.0%

  • Job at a living wage: Everyone who is willing and able to work is entitled to a decent paying job in a safe and healthy workplace. If the private sector can’t provide such jobs, then the public sector should.

Agree:  65.0%  Disagree: 20.5%

  • Free Public Education: The right to free public education from pre-K through college or trade school. Pre-K for 2- to 5-year olds should be available free of charge for all families. And everyone who qualifies for entrance to higher education should be able to attend tuition free.

Agree:  72.0%  Disagree: 13.0%

  • Impartial criminal justice: Biased law enforcement in poor urban and rural communities must be ended, and we must stop using mass incarceration as a substitute for decent employment and educational opportunities.

Agree:  75.1%  Disagree: 16.9%

  • Pathway to citizenship:  Every resident of the US should have a comprehensive pathway to citizenship, and be afforded the rights to due process and a fair hearing that the Constitution guarantees to all.

Agree:  68.2%  Disagree: 10.4%

  • Worker Rights: To protect and enhance worker rights and fairness on the job, the freedom to unionize, free from employer coercion, must be promoted.

Agree:  58.6%  Disagree: 10.5%

  • Public Banks: As an alternative to Wall Street’s predatory lending, every state should charter a public bank, modeled on the Bank of North Dakota, whose first and only goal is to serve its people. Also, like many other developed nations, the US should charter a national postal bank to provide fair and accessible financial services in all our communities.

Agree:  59.0%  Disagree: 9.5%

  • Taxing Wall Street: To move money to Main Street, a small sales tax should be imposed on stocks, bonds and derivatives. This also would discourage high frequency computer trades which make up the majority of all stock market activity.

Agree:  49.0  Disagree: 10.7%

  • End Stock Manipulation: CEOs and their Wall Street partners should not be permitted to enrich themselves by using corporate funds to buy back their own shares in order to artificially raise share prices. This was illegal before 1982 and should be again.

Agree:  71.5%  Disagree: 6.5%

  • Wealth Tax of 1% on those whose net worth is over $10 million:  Those who have grown super-rich in our financialized economy must pay their fair share of taxes. A wealth tax, currently used by Spain, France, Switzerland and Norway, is an excellent way to recoup those losses.

Agree:  72.1%  Disagree: 10.1%

What will it take to wake up the Corporate Democrats?

The Democrats now are trying to move "economic issues" into their core message.  That’s not good enough. As we see from our survey, younger Americans in particular are hungry for more than platitudes about economic opportunity, public private partnerships, reduced tuition loans and other half measures. 

What the Democrats are offering can be co-opted by Trump’s faux populism.  But a strong agenda to reverse runaway inequality cannot.

Rather than embrace these proposals mainstream Democrats are likely to reject our survey because it doesn’t jibe with the milquetoast questions posed by their high-priced pollsters, and because it challenges their cozy relationships with Wall Street and corporate elites.

But we can’t afford to sit around and moan this sorry state of affairs. Millions are in motion and eager to get more involved.  We need to break through the false narratives and continue to prove that Americans want a much fairer society.

For starters, we could turn this agenda into a circulating petition, get 20 million or so to sign it, and then shove it in the face of every politician. Then maybe, just maybe, we’ll see growing support for real policies to reverse runaway inequality. 

If you’re interested in helping out, check out runawayinequality.org  We need you. We need each other.

(In honor of Trump’s first 100 days, we’re having an e-book sale for Runaway Inequality: An Activist Guide to Economic Justice. — $4.99 on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple.  All proceeds go to support these educational efforts.)

Les Leopold, the director of the Labor Institute, is currently working with unions and community organizations to build the educational infrastructure for a new anti-Wall Street movement. His new book Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice serves as a text for this campaign. All proceeds go to support these educational efforts.

.…The underlining defining overtone appears to me the issues BERNIE raised in his campaign for the office of President of the United States of America heartily resonate with those will LEAD America’s future…

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