How Democrats betrayed the Working Class and embraced Wall Street & Corporate America

How Democrats betrayed the working class by pursuing campaign finance parity with Republicans in the 1980s and 1990s.

Today’s Democratic elites see the professional/creative class as a “meritocracy”. They were unwilling to reign in Wall Street in 2008 and now because Wall Street is populated with their fellow Ivy League alumni and they identify with corporate leadership.

Notes

The day after Donald Trump was elected president, The New York Times recommended six books “for those trying to understand the political, economic, regional and social shifts that drove one of the most stunning political upsets in the nation’s history.” Among them: Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Frank, a Kansas City native, has followed up, embarking on a 13-city barnstorming tour to talk to Trump voters, union leaders, and progressive activists across the Midwest in conjunction with Listen Liberal’s release in paperback. On his last stop¬in Kansas City¬he discusses what he has learned.

This event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books. Frank discussed Listen Liberal at the Library in March 2016; you can view the video on YouTube, and you can find the book in the Library Catalog.

Veterans exposed to ‘burn pits’ struggle to get benefits approved by the VA

Tens of thousands of U.S. Veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq are sick — many say due to the military’s trash “burn pits.” Veterans have had to fight to get their illnesses recognized as linked to their service and smoke exposure — a critical step to qualify for medical and disability benefits. Congress is considering legislation to change all that. John Yang and Dan Sagalyn report.

The Economics of Climate Change

Professor Steve Keen explains how mainstream economics is driving the climate disaster

Professor Steve Keen was one of the few economists to realise that a serious economic crisis was imminent in 2005. He publicly warned the world, and helped his native Australia navigate the 2008 crash without the major repercussions that crippled markets everywhere else.

He is now working on a new model of economics for a post-crash world. He joined me today to discuss why and how capitalism needs to be constrained, the economics of climate change and what mainstream economists and academics are getting wrong—to the detriment of us all.

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Press NAILS Biden Admin on WEAK Response to Israeli Crisis

State Department spokesperson Ned Price refuses to effectively engage with the press over the current Israeli-Palestinian crisis. Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks. Watch LIVE weekdays 6-8 pm ET. http://youtube.com/tyt/live

Read more HERE:  https://www.commondreams.org/news/202… “Pressed repeatedly by reporters during a briefing on Monday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price refused to condemn Israel’s killing of children with airstrikes on Gaza, offering evasive and mealy-mouthed responses that members of Congress slammed as unacceptable.”

The 106 Congress Representatives that Supported the 2020 Supreme Court Election Lawsuit: State of Texas vs Pennsylvania, et al

No. 155, Original
IN THE Supreme Court of the United States

STATE OF TEXAS, Plaintiff, v. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, et al., Defendants.
On Motion for Leave to File a Bill of Complaint
Motion for Leave to File Brief Amicus Curiae and Brief Amicus Curiae of U.S. Representative Mike Johnson and 105 Other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File a Bill of Complaint and Motion for a Preliminary Injunction

iff,
v.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, et al.,
Defendants.
____________________
On Motion for Leave to File a Bill of Complaint
____________________
Motion for Leave to File Brief Amicus Curiae
and Brief Amicus Curiae of
U.S. Representative Mike Johnson and
105 Other Members of the U.S. House of
Representatives in Support of
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to
File a Bill of Complaint and
Motion for a Preliminary Injunction
____________________
WILLIAM J. OLSON
JEREMIAH L. MORGAN
ROBERT J. OLSON
HERBERT W. TITUS
WILLIAM J. OLSON, P.C.
370 Maple Ave. W., Ste 4
Vienna, VA 22180
PHILLIP L. JAUREGUI*
JUDICIAL ACTION GROUP
1300 I Street, NW
Suite 400 E
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9309
plj@judicialactiongroup.com
wjo@mindspring.com
Attorneys for Amici Curiae
*Counsel of Record December 10, 2020
════════════════════════════════════════
List of Amici Curiae

Mike Johnson represents the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana
Gary Palmer represents the Sixth Congressional District of Alabama
Steve Scalise represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana
Jim Jordan represents the Fourth Congressional District of Ohio
Ralph Abraham represents the Fifth Congressional District of Louisiana
Rick W. Allen represents the Twelfth Congressional District of Georgia
James R. Baird represents the Fourth Congressional District of Indiana
Jim Banks represents the Third Congressional District of Indiana
Jack Bergman represents the First Congressional District of Michigan
Andy Biggs represents the Fifth Congressional District of Arizona
Gus Bilirakis represents the Twelfth Congressional District of Florida
Dan Bishop represents the Ninth Congressional District of North Carolina
Mike Bost represents the Twelfth Congressional District of Illinois
Kevin Brady represents the Eighth Congressional District of Texas
Mo Brooks represents the Fifth Congressional District of Alabama
Ken Buck represents the Fourth Congressional District of Colorado
Ted Budd represents the Thirteenth Congressional District of North Carolina
Tim Burchett represents the Second Congressional District of Tennessee
Michael C. Burgess represents the Twenty-Sixth Congressional District of Texas
Bradley Byrne represents the First Congressional District of Alabama
Ken Calvert represents the Forty-Second Congressional District of California
Earl L. “Buddy” Carter represents the First Congressional District of Georgia
Ben Cline represents the Sixth Congressional District of Virginia
Michael Cloud represents the Twenty-Seventh Congressional District of Texas
Mike Conaway represents the Eleventh Congressional District of Texas
Rick Crawford represents the First Congressional District of Arkansas
Dan Crenshaw represents the Second Congressional District of Texas
Mario Diaz-Balart represents the Twenty-Fifth Congressional District of Florida
Jeff Duncan represents the Third Congressional District of South Carolina
Neal P. Dunn, M.D. represents the Second Congressional District of Florida
Tom Emmer represents the Sixth Congressional District of Minnesota
Ron Estes represents the Fourth Congressional District of Kansas
A. Drew Ferguson, IV represents the Third Congressional District of Georgia
Chuck Fleischmann represents the Third Congressional District of Tennessee
Bill Flores represents the Seventeenth Congressional District of Texas
Jeff Fortenberry represents the First Congressional District of Nebraska
Virginia Foxx represents the Fifth Congressional District of North Carolina
Russ Fulcher represents the First Congressional District of Idaho
Matt Gaetz represents the First Congressional District of Florida States
Greg Gianforte represents the At Large Congressional District of Montana
Bob Gibbs represents the Seventh Congressional District of Ohio
Louie Gohmert represents the First Congressional District of Texas
Lance Gooden represents the Fifth Congressional District of Texas
Sam Graves represents the Sixth Congressional District of Missouri
Mark Green represents the Seventh Congressional District of Tennessee
Michael Guest represents the Third Congressional District of Mississippi
Andy Harris, M.D. represents the First Congressional District of Maryland
Vicky Hartzler represents the Fourth Congressional District of Missouri
Kevin Hern represents the First Congressional District of Oklahoma
Clay Higgins represents the Third Congressional District of Louisiana
Trey Hollingsworth represents the Ninth Congressional District of Indiana
Richard Hudson represents the Eighth Congressional District of North Carolina
Bill Huizenga represents the Second Congressional District of Michigan
Bill Johnson represents the Sixth Congressional District of Ohio
John Joyce represents the Thirteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Fred Keller represents the Twelfth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Mike Kelly represents the Sixteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Trent Kelly represents the First Congressional District of Mississippi States
Steve King represents the Fourth Congressional District of Iowa
David Kustoff represents the Eighth Congressional District of Tennessee
Darin LaHood represents the Eighteenth Congressional District of Illinois
Doug LaMalfa represents the First Congressional District of California
Doug Lamborn represents the Fifth Congressional District of Colorado
Robert E. Latta represents the Fifth Congressional District of Ohio
Debbie Lesko represents the Eighth Congressional District of Arizona
Blaine Leutkemeyer represents the Third Congressional District of Missouri
Kenny Marchant represents the Twenty-Fourth Congressional District of Texas
Roger Marshall, M.D. represents the First Congressional District of Kansas
Tom McClintock represents the Fourth Congressional District of California
Cathy McMorris Rogers represents the Fifth Congressional District of Washington
Dan Meuser represents the Ninth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Carol D. Miller represents the Third Congressional District of West Virginia
John Moolenaar represents the Fourth Congressional District of Michigan
Alex X. Mooney represents the Second Congressional District of West Virginia
Markwayne Mullin represents the Second Congressional District of Oklahoma
Gregory Murphy, M.D. represents the Third Congressional District of North Carolina
Dan Newhouse represents the Fourth Congressional District of Washington
Ralph Norman represents the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina
Scott Perry represents the Tenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Guy Reschenthaler represents the Fourteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Tom Rice represents the Seventh Congressional District of South Carolina
John Rose represents the Sixth Congressional District of Tennessee
David Rouzer represents the Seventh Congressional District of North Carolina
John Rutherford represents the Fourth Congressional District of Florida
Austin Scott represents the Eighth Congressional District of Georgia
Mike Simpson represents the Second Congressional District of Idaho
Adrian Smith represents the Third Congressional District of Nebraska
Jason Smith represents the Eighth Congressional District of Missouri
Ross Spano represents the Fifteenth Congressional District of Florida
Elise Stefanik represents the Twenty-First Congressional District of New York
Glenn “GT” Thompson represents the Fifteenth Congressional District of Pennsylvania
Tom Tiffany represents the Seventh Congressional District of Wisconsin
William Timmons represents the Fourth Congressional District of South Carolina
Ann Wagner represents the Second Congressional District of Missouri
Tim Walberg represents the Seventh Congressional District of Michigan
Michael Waltz represents the Sixth Congressional District of Florida States
Randy Weber represents the Fourteenth Congressional District of Texas
Daniel Webster represents the Eleventh Congressional District of Florida
Brad Wenstrup represents the Second Congressional District of Ohio
Bruce Westerman represents the Fourth Congressional District of Arkansas
Roger Williams represents the Twenty-Fifth Congressional District of Texas
Joe Wilson represents the Second Congressional District of South Carolina
Rob Wittman represents the First Congressional District of Virginia Ron Wright represents the Sixth
Congressional District of Texas States House of Representatives.
Ted S. Yoho represents the Third Congressional District of Florida
Lee Zeldin represents the First Congressional District of New York

Attorneys for Plaintiff
Ken Paxton
Counsel of Record Attorney General of Texas
P.O. Box 12548 (MC 059)
Austin, TX 78711-2548

kenneth.paxton@oag.texas.gov 512-936-1414
Party name: State of Texas

L. Lin Wood Jr.
Counsel of Record P.O. Box 52584
Atlanta, GA 30355-0584

lwood@linwoodlaw.com 4049833284

Why Justin Trudeau Is Able to Stand Up to Donald Trump

I have the immediate urge to praise Canada, set in motion by Justin Trudeau’s recent rebuke of Donald Trump at the G-7 summit. There, Trudeau made it plain that he and his country were not about to be bullied by the American President, not on a question of unilateral tariffs, not about anything. Trump responded with gangster-style threats and sneers, followed by more threats and sneers from his associates.

.. The question worth asking is what it is in the Canadian national character, if I may call it that, that makes Canadians so ready to take on bullies.

Canada has been doing this as long as there has been a Canada. The Mounties wear red coats, we were taught in school, to defy villains by their very presence.

.. Lester Pearson prompted Charles de Gaulle to cut short a visit to the country, in 1967, after he had insulted Canadian sovereignty.

.. When Pierre Trudeau learned that Richard Nixon, in 1971, had called him an “asshole,” he delivered an unforgettable Canadian retort: “I’ve been called worse things by better people.”

.. Famously obliging in attitude—how do you get twenty-five Canadians out of a swimming pool? You say, “Please get out of the swimming pool”—Canadians are also notoriously stubborn of spirit.

.. Canadian democracy is supported by some of the strongest social capital in the world, exceeded only, by most academic measures, by that of Scandinavia and New Zealand.

.. Trust in social institutions, in the honesty of government and the solidarity of citizens, remains strong in Canada, even when its results, as with the election of Doug Ford—the smarter brother of the late Rob Ford, the onetime mayor of Toronto—to the premiership of Ontario, is not what progressive-minded people might like.

.. the United States now ranks below Canada, it still scored high in recent registries. But it once led the world in social capital. Can it do so again?

.. The term seems to have originated, or at least become most closely associated, with the Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam.

.. in northern Italy, where citizens participate actively in sports clubs, literary guilds, service groups, and choral societies, regional governments are “efficient in their internal operation, creative in their policy initiatives and effective in implementing those initiatives.” In southern Italy, by contrast, where patterns of civic engagement are far weaker, regional governments tend to be corrupt and inefficient.

.. If you have experience working outside your immediate clan or cohort, you’re likelier to be able to practice democratic politics.

.. Jürgen Habermas captured in the phrase “the public sphere,” when he showed how essential civic life was to the Enlightenment: a government is only as strong as its cafés.

.. for all the South’s cultural self-proclamation, it was a paralyzed, frozen society, while the North was full of activity. “Our young men are members and managers of reading rooms, public libraries, gymnasiums, game clubs, boat clubs, ball clubs, and all sorts of clubs, Bible classes, debating societies, military companies; they are planting road-side trees, or damming streams for skating ponds, or rigging diving-boards, or getting up fireworks displays, or private theatricals; they are always doing something,”

.. it was the strength of Canada’s commonplace civilization, the knowledge that a huge and hugely variegated country would find bullying unacceptable, that gave Trudeau the nerve to speak

.. his defense of the idea that there is more to politics than the rituals of domination and submission, which are the sum total of Donald Trump’s understanding of society.

.. The bankruptcy of America’s social capital becomes more evident when we see it flourish elsewhere. It’s no accident that Trudeau, in addition to receiving the support of his own Parliament, has received that of what used to be called the free world. The American President, meanwhile, has found himself more at home with the brutal leaders of gangster governments.