Saturday, November 4, 2017

Slow Saturday Special: Clinton Stole Democratic Nomination From Sanders

We already knew that over a year ago.

Just keep in mind that the same pre$$ that pooh-poohed such talk is now owning up to it.

To be honest with you, I'm sick of my analysis and commentary being belatedly validated by the insulting pos pre$$ with nary an apology.

And they wonder (or do they) why we despise them?

"Warren’s charge that the Democratic primary was ‘rigged’ says more about 2020 than 2016" by Annie Linskey and Victoria McGrane Globe Staff  November 03, 2017

WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren weighed in on a controversy that [has] hung over the Democratic primary: She says the nominating contest was “rigged’’ in favor of Clinton after all. Just like the progressives who backed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said it was.

Warren made the surprising allegation in three of the five national TV interviews she granted Thursday, responding to charges in a new book by former acting Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile that the party’s supposedly neutral apparatus was actually controlled by Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters.

This isn't new.

“We recognize the process was rigged, and now it is up to Democrats to build a new process, a process that really works, and works for everyone,” Warren said to PBS’s Judy Woodruff.

It’s an unexpected foray into an intraparty dispute that the Massachusetts Democrat had previously ignored, at least publicly. Observers said it shows both the power that the progressive wing of the party holds at the moment and the intense interest that Warren has in shoring up good will from the Sanders voters.

Warren, if she decides to run for president in 2020, is seen by many in the Democratic coalition as the rightful heir to the Sanders army of support, if he opts not to seek the nomination again. But she would have to overcome some lingering resentment from his backers, known as Bernie-crats and Bernie bros, because she sat on her hands in 2016 instead of cheerleading for his insurgent candidacy.

I didn't know Bernie was planting roadside bombs (with his "army" of support), but leaving that aside for the moment, I object to the framing of a possible future campaign and the idea that she would be the heir of Sanders' voters. 

Doesn't she have to earn those votes like anyone else? Why does the pos elite pre$$ constantly imply that certain candidates have a right to your vote, as if they were entitled to it?

Isn't that for YOU to decide (as if it matters)?

Actually, this admission regarding the stealing of the nomination is proof that YOU DO NOT DECIDE!

“There is a Bernie donor base that’s very important if you want to be in national political office. This is a play for that,” said one former senior Sanders campaign strategist, who requested anonymity to avoid offending Warren. “It’s a calculation. Repairing that relationship is more important than poisoning the well with the Clintonites.”

Warren also appeared in an unusual joint video with Sanders Thursday to discuss their shared opposition to the Republican tax plan. “I’m going to call you Larry David,” Warren quips to Sanders at the top, referring to the “Seinfeld” creator and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star who has played Sanders on “Saturday Night Live.”

Throughout the video, they nod and listen to each other level criticisms at the Republican Party for, as they put it, squeezing the middle class in favor of the wealthy.

“So I’m in this fight, how about you, Bernie?” Warren asks.

“We’re there,” Sanders replies.

Yeah, if only we could have a Democrat president.

Warren declined to answer questions from the Globe about when she came to believe the Democratic primary was rigged, and why she is talking about it now.

That is a far cry from what I was told about ten days ago

Must be my perception of it.

A Warren aide, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Warren respects Brazile, who leveled the charge in a Politico op-ed Thursday previewing her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-Ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.”

The Warren aide said the senator was particularly concerned by Brazile’s characterization of a joint fund-raising agreement with the Democratic Party, dating to 2015, that allowed Clinton to control cash that was coming into the party from her donors. The agreement allowed her campaign and the DNC to coordinate large-scale fund-raising through the national and state parties. Under the agreement, Clinton’s campaign controlled that money.

Sanders signed a similar agreement, but didn’t use it to raise money, in part because his fund-raising strategy involved small, Internet contributors. He did not have the support of the sort of donors who would give large sums through state Democratic parties. Had Sanders won the Democratic nomination, he would have had control of the money Clinton raised for the election.

Sanders backers also complained during the primary about other ways the party establishment had its thumb on the scale for Clinton, including the outsized role of so-called super delegates, or party elders, who have automatic delegate votes toward the nomination.

The allegation about Clinton’s fund-raising arrangement isn’t new. Politico had reported on it in May 2016.

When MSNBC’s Chuck Todd asked Thursday for her reaction to Brazile’s piece, Warren also sided with Sanders.

Some in Clinton’s world were not upset to see Warren take Sanders’ side now, since Clinton lost and it is advantageous for Warren to avoid ire from the left wing of the party.

“Without getting into the details of whether it’s right or wrong, siding with Bernie yesterday was clearly the path of least resistance,” said one former Clinton campaign staffer.

Stu Loeser, a Democratic strategist, said Warren was acting as if she doesn’t need the support of the Beltway-based Democratic National Committee bureaucracy.

“In an era in which you don’t need a grocery store to get groceries, or a car to drive around, she’s betting you don’t need the party to win the party’s nomination,” said Loeser. “She might be right.”

Loser is a Democrat strategist?

Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic strategist, said the revival of the Clinton-Sanders primary dispute shows the Democratic Party is in dire straits, just like the GOP, breaking down into factions warring over power, not principle.

“What Donna Brazile did is not productive for democracy,” he said. “It reduces faith in parties, makes people believe that everything’s fixed, creates division among Democrats that was unneeded and gives the opposition a reason to smile.”

Yeah, the truth is not productive for democracy because it reduces faith in the lying, looting establishment, says Sheinkopf. 

It's all about ILLUSIONS and IMAGERY, folks! The elections are rigged as is most everything else.

Indeed, President Trump took to Twitter on Friday keep the national conversation focused on Democratic dysfunction in 2016.

“The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!” Trump wrote.

He also called out Warren, referring to her by a nickname mocking her claims to Native American heritage.

“Pocahontas just stated that the Democrats, lead by the legendary Crooked Hillary Clinton, rigged the Primaries! Lets go FBI & Justice Dept,” Trump wrote Friday morning.

They did issue arrest warrants and some have already been jailed.

Warren responded to his comments on social media: “I understand your desperation to change the subject, @realDonaldTrump. Your campaign mgr was just indicted for conspiracy against the US,” she wrote. “The DNC shouldn’t play favorites. But that’s a whole lot different from illegally conspiring with Russia. The FBI knows the difference.”

Flogging that ‘fake news’ isn't going to help.



"President Trump pressed the Justice Department again Friday to investigate his political opponents, lashing out at Democrats as he argued that they were the ones who acted corruptly during last year’s election and not his own campaign, which is under investigation. Shortly before leaving on a trip to Asia, Trump issued a name-calling blizzard of accusations at Democratic leaders and railed at law enforcement agencies that have refused to prosecute them, even as he acknowledged that presidents are not supposed to intervene in law enforcement decisions. “I’m really not involved with the Justice Department. I’d like to let it run itself,” he told reporters. “But honestly, they should be looking at the Democrats.’’ He again turned to the name calling that has characterized his political career, assailing “Crooked Hillary,” “Crazie Bernie” Sanders, and “Pocahontas,” a derisive name he has used for Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat. He said Clinton “stole the Democratic primary” from Sanders, saying there was violation of campaign finance laws and money laundering.”

It's now an open secret like so many other things.

"President Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly disappeared Thursday evening, but was back up and running a short time later, according to the social messaging company. Trump responded to the action Friday morning on the social media platform. Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, social media reports surfaced that the president’s personal account, @RealDonaldTrump, was unavailable, providing the error message that the user ‘‘does not exist.’’ The account was restored by 7:03 p.m. Twitter took responsibility for the outage. In a tweeted statement, the company said Trump’s account was ‘‘inadvertently deactivated due to human error’’ by one of its employees. The account was unreachable for 11 minutes. ‘‘We are continuing to investigate and are taking steps to prevent this from happening again,’’ the company statement continued. Twitter later said the deactivation ‘‘was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day.’’ A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment."

Also see:

Trump campaign adviser met with Russian officials in 2016

Clovis withdraws nomination for USDA’s top scientist post after being linked to Russia probe

Democrats demand that Sessions explain his meeting with Papadopoulos

Did it ever happen?

Manafort attacks special counsel’s case as ‘embellished’

Judge put a gag on it.

Professor in Trump case made many trips to Russia

Bunch of ne'er-do-wells, 'eh?

Yup, nothing regarding the uranium deal with Russia or the pee dossier today, and I expect the Clinton theft of the nomination will be dispatched to the pre$$ nether regions as well.

"The House’s leading tax bill negotiator opened the possibility that the push by Congress to cut taxes could mesh with its so-far failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Representative Kevin Brady, Republican of Texas, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said the tax bill could include a measure to do away with the health law’s mandate that most Americans have health coverage. Brady said no decision had been made about whether to include repeal of the individual mandate, as Trump wants."

Don't worry, they are taking care of the children.

Trump is even being insinuated into the mayoral race.

"Warren asks EPA to investigate Norton water discoloration" by Alyssa Meyers Globe Correspondent  November 03, 2017

Water has been flowing from Norton’s faucets in a range of colors, from pale yellow to dark brown, and Senator Elizabeth Warren has now requested that the US Environmental Protection Agency take a look into why.

After they ignore Flint?

Warren sent a letter to the agency Thursday urging it to work with the town to determine the cause of the discoloration and whether the water still meets health standards, according to a statement from Warren’s office.

The discoloration has alarmed several residents who are not convinced that the issue is a natural part of the town’s water flushing program, as Norton Water Superintendent Bernie Marshall says it is. Water discoloration is normal when hydrants are flushed, he said.

“The residents of Norton deserve nothing short of absolute confidence in the quality of their drinking water,” Warren said in her letter.

Warren’s office didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on why Norton’s case had drawn her attention.

The flushing usually ends around Thanksgiving when the weather turns cold, Marshall said.

The sediment changing the color of the water is mostly flushed out, and the town has been hearing fewer reports of discolored water in recent weeks, he said. They’re also in the process of constructing a treatment facility to reduce the levels of manganese in the town’s water so when they do flush the pipes, the water will not contain the sediment that turns it yellow and brown.

Marshall said these steps will resolve the issue and said residents shouldn’t worry about the town’s water being unsafe.....

Because it would destroy confidence in authority?


RelatedAfter hurricanes, Mass. coping with influx of evacuees

They are real life-savers.

"Anti-Trump rally planned for Boston Common Saturday" by Danny McDonald Globe Staff  November 03, 2017

An anti-Trump rally is planned for Boston Common Saturday afternoon, to be followed by a march through downtown Boston.

The event, organized by a group called Refuse Fascism, will coincide with 20 like-minded rallies across the United States, including ones in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The aim, said Carl Dix, an organizer of Saturday’s demonstrations, is to create “a political crisis in the country that can force the removal of the Trump/Pence regime.” 

I think you will have to settle for Trump.

“This nightmare must end,” said Dix during a phone interview on Thursday. “The Trump/Pence regime must go.”

They then mention the August rally where the Globe said violence is okay if it is for the right cause.

State Representative Mike Connolly, a Cambridge Democrat, said, “The Trump-Pence regime is truly a threat to humanity.”

As have other U.S. administrations before it.

Other events are planned later this month, Dix said. On Nov. 9, demonstrators will be traveling to Manchester, N.H., to join a protest of Stephen Bannon, a former Trump adviser who is scheduled to speak there.

RelatedRenTech’s Robert Mercer resigns, sells Breitbart stake to daughters

He asked for mercy and received none.

On Nov. 10, Somerville Theatre will host a screening of the film “Sir! No Sir!” a documentary that chronicles anti-war protests in the US armed services during the Vietnam War, said Dix.

Organizers from Saturday’s rally on the Common also plan on attending a veterans peace march in the area on Nov. 11, said Dix. Another anti-Trump demonstration is planned for Copley Square on Nov. 18, he said.

I nearly fell off my chair when I saw those in print.


Speaking of traitorous vets

"Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was dishonorably discharged from the Army by a military judge on Friday, but received no prison time for desertion and endangering troops, ending a drama that began more than eight years ago in war-torn Afghanistan....."

We end where we began:

"Higher education prepares for battle on tax plan" by Deirdre Fernandes Globe Staff  November 04, 2017

Colleges and universities in Massachusetts and across the country began mobilizing Friday to fight elements of the Republican congressional tax plan, which they warned could make earning a degree more expensive for students and families.

The federal tax overhaul, unveiled on Thursday, calls for a tax on some private college endowments, eliminates the student loan interest deduction for borrowers, and even nixes a deduction that sports fans use to buy season tickets for college basketball and football games.

“There will be a lot of blocking and tackling in the coming weeks,” said Michael Armini, a senior vice president of external affairs at Northeastern University, referring to the lobbying colleges will do in an attempt to alter the tax package. “We don’t want tax policies that create disincentives for people to pursue a college degree.”

Trade organizations that represent colleges and universities promised to get their donors, alumni, and students talking to their legislators about the potential pitfalls of the tax proposal.

Is it just me, or does the fact that ejewkhazion is now a trade and industry bother you, too?

They argue the tax plan is balanced on the back of higher education at a time when universities are more important than ever in ensuring that the United States competes in a global economy.

They keep on selling you that as AI is coming online, etc, etc. It's simply of way of hanging a yoke of debt around your neck so you will be dutifully little slaves upon graduation and won't question or dissent from authority and its policy. 

Haven't you kids learned anything yet?

“They are taking away from the schools the money that is targeted to students and sending it to the federal government,” said Steven Bloom, a lobbyist for the American Council on Education.

It's like taking tax dollars and giving it to GE, Amazon, Hollywood, etc, etc.

Colleges and universities may already have some allies. On Friday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren called the plan “completely backwards on higher education.”

There she is again!

“By eliminating deductions for college and student loan expenses, the GOP will increase the burden on young people already struggling with student debt,” Warren said in a statement. “And nonprofit college endowments should fund things like tuition reduction, basic research, and scholarships for students — not giant tax cuts for rich Republican donors and giant corporations.”

The $1.51 trillion plan to slash taxes for corporations, offer middle-class families some modest relief, and simplify the county’s tax code is likely to come under fierce debate.

The legislation is expected to hurt taxpayers in states with hefty real estate prices and high-income earners, such as Massachusetts, by eliminating deductions for state and local taxes and capping the mortgage interest tax break. The proposal has also fueled resistance among the powerful homebuilding and real estate industries.

Overall, the GOP tax plan is expected to reduce the tax breaks for higher education by $65 billion in the next decade, according to Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation.

In a written analysis of the tax plan, Republican lawmakers said that many of the education-related tax breaks overlap and are confusing, and defended the new tax on endowments.

“Endowments at many private colleges are large enough that parity requires that they be placed on equal footing with private foundations when it comes to paying a tax on net investment income,” according to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The proposal calls for a 1.4 percent tax on the investment income generated by large, private college endowments. The tax would likely hit more than 150 colleges and universities nationwide, 15 of them based in Massachusetts, including Harvard University, MIT, and Amherst College, along with less prominent institutions, such as Clark University and the College of the Holy Cross, both in Worcester, according to estimates by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Harvard, with a $37 billion endowment, declined to comment on the potential costs of the excise tax. MIT, which has a $15 billion endowment, referred questions to its trade organization.

Holy Cross, which has a $681 million endowment, cautioned that students might have to bear the increased costs of some of the proposed changes.

“The Republican tax plan as it is proposed would have a negative impact on college affordability and would force most institutions to become more dependent on tuition,” Holy Cross said in a statement.

While colleges argue that their endowments help them reduce tuition costs, provide more financial aid to low-income students, and fund cutting-edge research, critics say they amplify the inequities in higher education.

Historically, the endowments weren’t subject to taxes because Congress considered universities to be in the public interest and serving a public good, said Mark Schneider, a vice president at the American Institutes for Research and the former commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.

Now they $erve them$elves in more ways than one.

But when nearly three-quarters of the nation’s 18 million college students are enrolled in community colleges or public universities, yet a small group of private colleges that educate a fraction of students hold most of the wealth, it creates a lopsided system, Schneider said.

The wealth inequality is everywhere! The rich get richer!

Schneider has long advocated for a sliding tax rate on endowments over $500 million with the proceeds placed in a competitive fund to help community colleges.

“When you’re talking about such vast inequality in resources, you have to ask if it’s in the public interest anymore,” Schneider said.

It is not, and yet here some fairness is being attacked and its the page one lead in my Globe. They are obviously protecting the elite schools in the area.

Colleges and universities unaffected by the endowment tax proposal — which hits only institutions with more than 500 students and investment income of $100,000 for each full-time student — said there are other provisions in the Republican bill that are just as worrisome.

The plan cuts tax benefits to student loan borrowers, professionals who return to college to upgrade their skills, and students who receive tuition assistance from their employers.

Borrowers have been able to deduct up to $2,500 in interest payments on their student loans from their tax bill. That has helped eased the debt burden of going to college. More than 11 million tax filers take advantage of the deduction, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

The average savings of the deduction to taxpayers who used it this year was just over $200, according to the committee.

Still, it’s difficult to say how some of these changes will affect individual taxpayers, said Jason Delisle, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.

While taxpayers may lose the student loan interest deduction, they may benefit from the doubling of the standard deduction under the proposal, Delisle said.

“This is a massive, complicated tax bill,” Delisle said.

That's a polite way of saying you're f***ed, America.



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That's not very sweet and I see no future for her. She's now a loser like Boston-area homebuyers because Big Data and Big Money have subverted our democracy.

It's getting late so it is now time to bury this post like a squirrel buries a nut.