Political poetry that reflects the insanity we live with, from Skip Tenczar
So old Joe Rogan now gives medical advice,
A zillionaire podcaster rolling monetary dice.
This “expert” on all things
To popularity he clings.
Tell Joe that disinformation can have a steep price
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/550632-fauci-joe-rogans-comments-about-young-healthy-people-not-needing-a-vaccineRethink the speech...Biden addresses congress and the American peoplepull quote: "There’s no wall high enough to keep any virus out,” the president said in the middle of a speech that began with him declaring that America, at least, had finally turned the corner on the pandemic. “And our own vaccine supply, as it grows to meet our needs and we’re meeting them, will become an arsenal of vaccines for other countries, just as America was an arsenal for democracy in the world.”talkers: Bill Curry, Robert Hockett, and Lincoln Mitchell
lPart 1: We discuss the Biden speech before Congress. Many of the phrases echo the New Deal and the Great Society. Biden spoke of restructuring American society, and revitalizing America. He spoke to and for everyone, not specific demographic groups. His approach is one that emphasized that government is necessary to accomplish what the country needs.
Part 2: The Republican response/rebuttal was weak. Tim Scott, the only black Senator, repeated the claims of the former president, with no acknowledgment of their falsity and exaggerations. “There is no racism in America.” is patently false. It has become clear that Republicans do no believe in fairness. Essentially, they offered no vision for Americans, going forward, only opposition to whatever the Democrats propose.
Bio: Bill Curry is a two time candidate for Governor of Connecticut, aide to Bill Clinton, and a writer and political pundit.
Robert Hockett is a lawyer, and professor at Cornell University. He is an expert at policy.
Lincoln Mitchell is a writer, pundit, and specialist in political development, based in New York City and San Francisco. He is associated with Columbia University's SIPA.
Biden speech takeaways: Government is good, and so are jobs The Path to Higher, More Inclusive Economic Growth and Good JobsBiden Offers a Can-Do Unity Vision With Rich Paying ‘Fair Share’ https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-28/biden-to-make-call-to-action-in-first-congressional-address?srnd=premiumThe local news crisis is a labor storyAmerica’s profit-driven media system promotes disinformationA Walmart worker talked about suicide. The store sold him a gun anyway, family says.Two weeks’ paid sick leave at Walmart could have prevented 7,500 Covid cases, report findsChina is wrong to think the US faces inevitable declineThe Grim Secret of Nordic Happiness It’s not hygge, the welfare state, or drinking. It’s reasonable expectations.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/04/finland-happiness-lagom-hygge.htmlMaking the Top 1% Its Own Tax Class
The DOJ planned to arrest Derek Chauvin in court and charge him with civil-rights violations if he was acquitted of murder, report says https://www.businessinsider.com/doj-planned-derek-chauvin-arrest-charge-if-acquitted-murder-report-2021-4
Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive, Drawing Lessons From Bessemer https://truthout.org/articles/staten-island-amazon-workers-begin-union-drive-drawing-lessons-from-bessemer/
Rudy Giuliani investigation is bringing heat on lobbyists with foreign clients https://www.businessinsider.com/rudy-giuliani-investigation-doj-lobbyists-foreign-clients-fara-trump-2021-4
corona virus and variants and India
The family of Mario Gonzalez says his death mirrors George Floyd's. Body camera footage of his arrest contradicts an initial police statement.
As Indians Face A COVID-19 Crisis, Facebook Temporarily Hid Posts With #ResignModi
Vaccine Hoarding May Backfire on Rich Nations as India Reels https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-27/vaccine-hoarding-set-to-backfire-on-rich-nations-as-india-reelsRussia rejects Ukraine’s push to revise 2015 peace deal
Cuomo Aides Spent Months Hiding Nursing Home Death Toll
Home and office of Rudy Giuliani searched by federal agents
Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world
Soldiers are refusing the vaccine out of spite: ‘This is the first time I get to tell the Army no!’/.....time to bring back the draft
Germany’s Greens ahead of Merkel’s CDU/CSU in new poll
Political poetry for our times, by Skip Tenczar
3 is the limit of meals when on a diet,
And 3 kids playing are rarely quiet.
The trilogy and triptych,
Are used by the artistic,
But in Florida, 3 people constitute a riot!
Part 1: Infrastructure: What is it? How do we improve it?
We have a conversation with Bob Hennelly about how to define infrastructure: We can talk about roads and bridges, but if we truly want to discuss infrastructure, we should talk about what things make life possible and easier for the citizens of the US. Tha means we should talk to the mayors of the country, who understand this. This means we should be talking about community well being. What kinds of factors affect community well being? What should be the role of police in that context? What kinds of long-term consequences do we incur when we ignore these?
Bio: Bob Hennelly is a long-time reporter about public-sector unions and public service.
Part Two...a conversation with the author Karen Cox, about the problem of NO COMMON GROUND when discussing confederacy and confederate monuments.
Bio: Karen L. Cox is a Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has written several books about the history of the confederacy, and has studied the attitudes of many white southerners to monuments of the confederacy.
We discuss the attitudes of many white southerners about the confederacy, and their veneration of the “lost cause,” which does not acknowledge that it is truly lost. Their narrative is that the civil war was a struggle to assert states' rights, rather than to perpetuate human slavery. In building monuments to the leaders of the rebellion, they are honoring the men who fought to perpetuate slavery. The Confederate battle flag even now is used as a tool of intimidation. They rewrite the narrative to justify their denial of that reality. In that way, they are very like Trump in his denial that he lost the election.
CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS AND THE ONGOING FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
by Karen L Cox
ON background: A chronicle of the effort to erect and protect or remove Confederate statues or other monuments.Cox, a historian of the American South, estimates that several hundred monuments to the Confederacy exist in cemeteries, town squares, and other public spaces, and many have faced political and legal challenges in recent years. In this engrossing social history, the author writes that while these memorials began with an impulse to remember the dead, the United Daughters of the Confederacy soon began using them to promote the so-called “Lost Cause” view that in the Civil War, the South fought not for slavery but for states’ rights. Cox follows changes that have occurred since Reconstruction in the stances of friends and foes of the monuments, including Black activists whose opposition grew during the civil rights era and gained further momentum during recent protests centered on Confederate battle flags or statues of Robert E. Lee in cities such as Charleston, New Orleans, Charlottesville, and Richmond. The author argues that such monuments and symbols, like flags, are not harmless throwbacks: “They are weapons in the larger arsenal of white supremacy, artifacts of Jim Crow not unlike the ‘whites only’ signs that declared black southerners to be second-class citizens.” For such reasons, Cox makes an implicit case for removing monuments from publicly funded spaces without reconciling that position with her view that monuments are “essentially, a local problem” and decisions about them should be made by “a cross-section of community stakeholders.” She suggests no compromises that might work if residents of a community disagree on removal—there may be “no common ground” among people for whom monuments represent “competing visions of history.” Nonetheless, this clear and thorough account, essential for Southern libraries, is likely to become a standard reference work on its subject.
A well-documented history of Confederate monuments and the conflicting views they inspire.
There’s a circus going on in County Maricopa,
Yet another recount run by a conspiracy dopa.
No journalists are allowed,
A process wrapped in a shroud.
Perhaps they’ll find Trump votes on Jupiter’s Europa.
Part one: a conversation with the former President of Costa Rica:
About Migration: Money alone can’t fix Central America – or stop migration to US https://theconversation.com/money-alone-cant-fix-central-america-or-stop-migration-to-us-157953
We talk to Prof. Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, former president of Costa Rica about how his country differs from other central American countries with respect to economy, civil rights, and political stability. Costa Rica has a middle class, which is missing in other central American nations, which explains the economic woes there. For Biden, this complex question is one he must address to solve the migrant problem in the US. (In 1993, border enforcement cost was 363 M dollars, in 2020 the cost was 4.9 B dollars. )Should the US have a “Marshall Plan” for the region? We discuss the causes and possible solutions.
Bio: Professor, diplomat and politician, Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera served as President of Costa Rica from 2014-2018.
Prior to his election, he was a professor, researcher, Director of the Central American Masters Program in Political Science, as well as Deputy Director of the School of Political Science and Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica.
He also worked at the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Chief of Staff to the Minister, and later as Ambassador at Large for Central American Affairs and Director General for Policy. Between 2009 and 2012, he was representative of the Iberic-American General Secretariat for Central America and Haiti. In 2016 he was appointed co-chair of the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on the Economic Empowerment of Women. Solís is a graduate of the University of Costa Rica and has a master’s degree in history and political science from Tulane University. With 30 years as an educator, he has also taught in universities throughout the US and Europe. He has published extensively in books and professional journals on US-Latin American relations and Central American history and politics. Among others, he is co-author, with Mark B. Rosenberg, of The United States and Central America :Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility, (Routledge Press, 2007).
aside: Here is his youtube speech from 4 years ago talking about immigration. Well worth the listen but a quote that jumped out at me began with this memory: He has just told the story of his grandmother who left Jamaica with 5 children when the boat she fled on broke down off the coast of Costa Rica, a place she had never heard of but 2 generations later her grandson is the Pres. of Costa Rica He then asks the audience: "Where do we come from? if we don't remember where we come from we very seldom know where we want to go." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4gsJmceEf4
Part two: a conversation with the Canadian Research Chair in Digital Communication in the public interest: Stopping misinformation means fixing the relationship between journalism and PR
We discuss the problem of how social media has eroded journalism and journalistic outlets. There has been a decline of local news outlets. What has replaced news is the rise of big media companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others, who spread misinformation, and none of which are objective. There are no subject-matter experts among those reporting. Instead, we need more diverse, knowledgeable reporters, and more institutional memory. The consumers of news have very little information literacy. Students in journalism programs now see their future in public relations professions, rather than true journalism.
Bio: Jaigris Hodson is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Royal Roads University is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Communication for the Public Interest. She has published research in a wide range of academic publications including the Canadian Journal of Communication, Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies and Loading… Journal of the Canadian Game Studies Association. She has also published in non-academic publications such as The Evolution and spoke at TEDX Victoria 2012. She is currently working on a CIHR funded project to examine ways to mitigate online misinformation flows related to the COVID 19 pandemic.
Political poetry from Skip Tenczar
Some Republicans say there’s no systemic racism,
And they express it with all-knowing straight face-ism.
But what on earth do they know?
Most are as white as the snow.
And their delusions are just a form of escapism.
Part one: a conversation with education reporter John Merrow
Think of Children as POW’s, and Act Accordingly.
John Merrow suggests that we think of our children as recently freed Prisoners of War who’ve been kept in isolation for months. They have endured unprecedented and often harrowing experiences, and they’ve also endured endless stretches of boredom. They now need time and space to process what they have been through. They need to learn how to be together. Basically, they need a safe way to re-enter society. He has several suggestions on how this can be done.
bio: John Merrow began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio in 1974 and recently stepped down as President of Learning Matters, a non-profit production company in New York City. In 2012 he became the first journalist to be honored with the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, often referred to as “education’s Nobel Prize.” Since 1984 Merrow has worked in public television as Education Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and as host of his own series of documentaries. His work has been recognized with Peabody Awards, Emmy nominations, four CINE Golden Eagles and other reporting awards. An occasional contributor to the opinion pages of USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Education Week, he is the author of The Influence of Teachers(2011) and Choosing Excellence (2001) and co-editor of Declining by Degrees (2005). He blogs weekly. Merrow lives in New York City with his wife.
Part two: a conversation with VOX co-authors Austin Frerick and Charles Mitchell
We discuss the current state of hog farming in Iowa with Austin Frerick and Charles Mitchell. This is a practice that is currently now well regulated, and thus full of abuses. The inhuman conditions, and the huge environmental impact of these practices is horrible. The communities where these huge hog raisers are based (most of Iowa) have polluted the ground water, the soil, and the air. Residents are trapped, because their properties are now worthless. What should be done: at least, a congressional hearing.
bio: Austin is the Deputy Director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University, an initiative that brings together faculty, students, and scholars to collaborate on research related to competition policy and antitrust enforcement. He is also a Fellow at The Harkin Institute at Drake UniversityAustin is currently working on a book that argues for restoring the balance of power in the American food system in favor of farmers, workers, small businesses, and communities.Austin is a 7th generation Iowan from Cedar RapidsHe attended Grinnell College on merit scholarships and Pell Grants. While in college, Austin wrote two theses on corporate power in Iowa’s slaughterhouse communities. After being the first in his family to graduate from college, Austin attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for graduate school on a full academic scholarship.
bio: Charles Mitchell is Chicago-based journalist focused on agriculture, technology, food, rural politics, and climate. His work has appeared on Vox, The New Republic, The Baffler, and other websites. Browse his work here.Recently he has helped research and fact-check a book for Mark Bittman (you can read the Times review here), and organized farmer-labor solidarity for Wisconsin Farmers Union (which In These Times recently covered).--
The Hog Barons How Iowa’s largest hog producer courted power, turned farming into a numbers game, and transformed the American heartland.
Some on the right complain about wokeness,
Their world challenged causing provokeness.
As for the history of race,
They’d prefer to embrace
Denial and the perspective of white folkness.
rethink the week
Professor Dean Spiliotes , Civic Scholar SNHU
Professor Steven Greene, Political Science NC State
Lincoln Mitchell (NYC and San Francisco),Author, columnist and Pundit, lecturer at Columbia
Part 1: We have a discussion on many topics. The first is the surprise that many feel about Joe Biden: he has surprised the Democrats and Republicans alike by his bold actions. The infrastructure proposal should be called the “modernize America” proposal, and the Republicans should learn that infrastructure means more than roads and bridges.
Part 2: We discuss the Chauvin verdict, and what it means, particularly in light of the fact that there were six deaths caused by police on the same day. Guns appear to be the problem, since everyone is presumed to be armed. We also have a brief discussion about California's Gov. Newsom, and the candidacy of Caitlin Jenner for the post.
The Big Lie Arizona style
Half a Year After Trump’s Defeat, Arizona Republicans Are Recounting the Vote An audit of the vote in Arizona’s most populous county was meant to mollify angry Trump voters. But it is being criticized as a partisan exercise more than a fact-finding one.
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs calls for investigation into election audit security lapses
gunsWhy gun control is a matter of national security
Montana governor signs bill nullifying federal gun banshttps://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/550103-montana-governor-signs-bill-nullifying-federal-gun-bans?rl=1
Chauvin Verdict what does it mean
The Memo: Biden tries to flip the script on taxeshttps://thehill.com/homenews/the-memo/550076-the-memo-biden-tries-to-flip-the-script-on-taxes
Not rich? Good news: You’re probably getting a tax cut.https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/25/dems-tax-cuts-biden-484476
The COVID-19 Catastrophe in India Keeps Growing
Krishnamoorthi calls on Biden to release AstraZeneca vaccine stores to ailing countries
Coronavirus cases in Kolkata: Every second person getting tested in Kolkata is positive https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/every-second-person-getting-tested-in-kolkata-is-positive/articleshow/82236519.cms
The recall in California
NY Mayor's Race
vaccinations are needed now
When Will the United States Start Sharing Vaccines? As the pandemic keeps spreading in the rest of the world, it’s time to share the wealth.
The World Needs Many More Coronavirus Vaccines https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/opinion/covid-vaccines-poor-countries.html
Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic Covid-19 Vaccines
States have a new Covid problem: Too much vaccine Millions of Americans are still getting shots each day — but, in a jarring twist after months of scarcity, too many slots remain open as skeptics hold out.
Vaccinations With Johnson & Johnson Vaccine to Resume in the U.S.
If climate change is a ‘priority,’ Biden must shed the cold war approach to China
Police Officers Killed Six People in the 24 Hours After Chauvin Verdict
juvenile justice not
Low-Skill Workers Aren’t a Problem to Be Fixed https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/04/theres-no-such-thing-as-a-low-skill-worker/618674/
Political poetry by Skip Tenczar
Love thy neighbor -- get vaccinated!
Don’t risk getting family contaminated.
We get the jab for us and others,
For we are all sisters and brothers --
No matter which politician we nominated.
bio: Scott Braddock, Editor of the Quorum Report, Dean of the Austin Press Corp, the voice of Texas
- After President Biden made it clear he intends to play hardball on Medicaid expansion, a majority of the Texas House now supports it - but it is still a long shot in Texas
- It looks now like a proposed law targeting trans youth who play sports is running into a brick wall in the Texas Legislature
- Permitless carry of firearms, sometimes called "Constitutional carry," has a big problem in Texas: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
- And yes, a new poll shows actor Matthew McConaughey would smoke Gov. Abbott in a head to head matchup next November. But does it really mean anything?
Bio: Paul Glastris is an American journalist and political columnist. Glastris is the current editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly and was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from September 1998 to the end of his presidency in early 2001.
Bio: Bill Curry, a lawyer who has been a two-time nominee for Governor of Connecticut, and a counselor to President Bill Clinton. He is now a writer and political pundit.
We talk about Mondale and his legacy.
We have a discussion about the juxtaposition of environmental action vs. improving the economy: This is not necessary, since both can happen.
How to reform police in America
Why justice being served in the Chauvin trial seemed like a miracle
Covid around the world
On the wall at the Carter Center
We told the truth. We obeyed the law. We kept the peace.-Mondale (Trump did none of these things)
A great Mondale quote will explain why he will always be an inspirational figure for me:
"President Reagan likes to say Uncle Sam is a kindly old man with a spine of steel, and that he is. But I want to see Uncle Sam as well with a mind and with a heart and with a soul and a conscience." Walter F. Mondale
Why a #WalterMondale win. against Reagan in 84 would have made #America a place of greater #economic #justice
here is Trippi's full tweet...remembering his time campaigning for President with Walter Mondale: I remember traveling with him to a meat packing plant & Fritz bellowing ‘Show me your hands!” My jaw dropped as plant worker after worker thrust a hand in the air with fingers missing lost on the job. I had no idea, but Fritz did. And that’s who he was fighting for...
Minnesota, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
blacks represent 8.15% of the total MN population but blacks constitute 31% of those incarcerated in MN
Gwen Carr-mother of Eric Garner "This should be a little victory 4 all of us, but now it has to be put in practice everywhere."
Florida ‘anti-riot’ law is unconstitutional, federal lawsuit in Orlando contends Orlando Sentinel
India went from 11,000 covid cases/day in mid-Feb. to about 20,000/day mid-March to more than 200,000 by mid-April.-be afraid!!!
the situation in India South Africa and Brazil - A double mutation and relaxation of mitigation measures in the face of a vaccine developed for the wild type - sound familiar? at 25% vaccination the USA remains highly infected and now people of all ages are getting sick -We are exceptional at spreading virus. In 1918 the Flu hatched in the USA was a milder strain. After it infected all of the world it returned to the USA much deadlier.
Non-stop cremations cast doubt on India’s counting of COVID dead Reuters
Biden offers new tax credits to get folks vaccinated https://apnews.com/article/biden-200-million-coronavirus-vaccine-shot-goal-72f81e42d17e7aa9549e36213c9b42a8
No, Maxine Waters Did Not Violate Derek Chauvin’s Right to a Fair Trial https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/04/maxine-waters-derek-chauvins-impartial-jury.html?fbclid=IwAR0P9Ri_JoGa1ZUxF2Hvq5ItIFfsr3w7-SoZT8L_SSaKsFe8Q6k2_c1TyiA
Waters-We've got to stay on the street&we've got to get more active. We've got to get more confrontational aka Lewis-good trouble
Anybody who begrudges home care workers a raise cause it isn't infrastructure has never had an Alzheimer's patient at home-Charlie Pierce
vaccine apartheid? 0.1% of Covid vaccines have gone to low-income countries v 85% have gone to high&upper-middle-income countries
Should the NRA be labeled a terrorist organization when 84% of Americans support stricter background checks (91%Ds&77%Rs)
Our political poet notes the moment: from Skip Tenczar
Our nation was clearly unnerved,
Would Chauvin get what he deserved?
9 minutes on George Floyd’s neck,
Shown to all through high tech,
And because of that, justice has been served.
Part one: we focus on the covid virus storm overwhelming India (the politics, economic and health challenges)
We chat with Hari Kumar and Daniel Block
Currently, with about 300,000 new cases daily, the Indian health system is overwhelmed. Short supplies of medication, health care workers, and such things as oxygen for ventilators are all effects of these shortages. The middle class in India is strained, and disappearing, due to the situation. Modi, the prime minister, will likely be reelected, despite his failure to plan ahead and to take responsibility for dealing with the pandemic. The effects for India will be long-term. They see themselves as competing with China, and not advantageously at present. Modi is supported by Hindus, the most numerous of the blocs in India. He also has a great deal of power over the media.
Hari Kumar ,NY Times reporter on assignment in New Delhi India
bio: Hari Kumar is a reporter in the New Delhi bureau of The New York Times, which he joined in 1997. He covers news from India and at times from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives. He has traveled India extensively in India, covering a variety of news from natural to manmade disasters, from elections to the insurgency in Kashmir, from the economy to human rights issues, and from India’s villages to its expanding middle class.
Daniel Block, managing editor, Washington Monthly
bio: Before joining the Monthly, Daniel was a 2017-2018 Luce Scholar living in Delhi, India, where he studied Hindi and worked for the Caravan—a leading Indian politics and policy magazine. Daniel’s writing has also appeared in the Atlantic, Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the American Prospect.Daniel graduated from Swarthmore College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and
How India Allowed the Virus to Overwhelm It: Complacency and lack of preparation by the Indian government pushed the country into an unprecedented crisis. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/20/opinion/india-covid-crisis.html
Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward PovertyThe pandemic sent 32 million people in India from the middle class last year. Now a second wave is threatening the dreams of millions more looking for a better life. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/business/economy/india-covid19-middle-class.html?searchResultPosition=2
Modi Owns India’s Unfolding Covid Disaster
But, unlike Donald Trump, he may survive his government’s deadly mishandling of the pandemic. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-04-20/narendra-modi-owns-india-s-covid-19-disaster
Complacency and Missteps Deepen a Covid-19 Crisis in IndiaThe new wave will hurt global efforts and vaccine supplies, experts say. Researchers are scrambling to assess whether new coronavirus variants are playing a role in India.
Part two: a conversation with Professor of Political Science Dan Hofrening at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Is Biden channeling Mondale??? Note Jane Mayer of the New Yorker asks the same thing.
We discuss the similarities between Mondale and Biden in their general characters: both perceived as honorable men who told voters the truth. Their liberal viewpoints are similar. They both served to “open the door” to others: Mondale, to Geraldine Ferraro, and Biden, to Kamala Harris.
We also discuss the likely effects of the Chauvin verdict.
Arnie's personal comment: Two seminal moments capture Walter Mondale’s long-shot 1984 Presidential bid, which I covered as a neophyte reporter for the Wall Street Journal. The first was his effect on a cavernous campus gym in the Midwest filled with cheering supporters. The place was crammed to the rafters with college students who had been raucously awaiting Mondale’s arrival and were primed for excitement. The crowd applauded wildly as the former Vice-President strode onto a stage festooned with festive bunting and balloons. But, when Mondale launched into his stump speech, he told the eager young students that not all of them would go out into the world and succeed. Many of them, he warned, would find that life could be hard, and that they might have setbacks. He predicted that some members of the audience would someday need the help of government services, and that, in the future, many would rely on Social Security. When I looked out across the room, it was as if a field of wildflowers was wilting before my eyes. One could feel the crowd’s optimism plummet, as soon-to-be college grads pictured themselves as needy old folks waiting for their government checks. Everything Mondale said was true. But it was not what American voters wanted to hear.
The second instance was more famous. It was a moment during his acceptance speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention when, to the shock of many, Mondale chose to deliver the bad news that, if elected, he would raise taxes. At the time, Ronald Reagan, who was seeking a second Presidential term, was promising “morning again in America,” with a series of gauzy television ads featuring white picket fences and golden sunrises. But Mondale refused to peddle the magical thinking of Reaganomics—the phony claim that slashing taxes would produce an economic boom so great that it would make up for the lost tax revenue. To the contrary, Mondale accurately argued, it was instead producing vast federal deficits, degraded social services, and runaway economic inequality. Rather than endorsing the ostensibly pain-free path of “supply-side economics,” Mondale declared that something had to be done to reduce the mounting federal deficit. “Let’s tell the truth. It must be done. It must be done,” Mondale declared, during the most important speech of his life. “Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won’t tell you. I just did.”....
It remains to be seen whether Americans are more willing today to accept hard truths about the taxes that it takes to sustain such spending. The track record since 1984 isn’t reassuring. But the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has undoubtedly gained strength since Mondale’s day, and polls suggest that there is strong public support for the Biden Administration’s vast pandemic-relief program and proposed infrastructure plan--and, perhaps more important, for paying for it by raising taxes on the rich. “Mondale was very conscious of campaigning for the future,” Jacobs told me. “And now, with Biden, the future has caught up.”
There will be no veterans of World War III.
The idea behind Reaganomics is this: a rising tide lifts all yachts.
Links: Remembering Walter Mondale
The former Vice-President and Presidential candidate told voters the hard and politically costly truths they didn’t want to hear.
Political poetry for the tense moments of our time
Derek Chauvin is not the only one on trial,
To think anything else is simply denial.
There is copious evidence,
Showing this officer’s malevolence.
Will the nation’s justice system again be defiled?
Part 1: We talk with Lewis Gordon, Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut. He works in the areas of Africana philosophy, existentialism, phenomenology, political theory, postcolonial thought, theories of race and racism, and philosophies of liberation.
We discuss the Derek Chauvin trial. “There is a difference between enforcing the law and being the law.” Chauvin's actions were torture, and define the difference between law enforcement on a white population and a black population. Blacks are presumed to be guilty, while whites are innocent, and are assumed to have made a mistake. We have a dual legal system as a result. This attitude also translates to non-police whites being 'presumed' deputies in order to enforce laws.
Part two: a conversation with Mel Goodman
Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His most recent book is “American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump” (Opus Publishing), and he is the author of the forthcoming “The Dangerous National Security State” (2020).” Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.
We talk about the announcement that Biden is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. This will put an end to a 10 year war for the US. This is controversial among military leaders, because they do not want to let go of a war, even if it is lost. While the initial reason for intervention in Afghanistan was logical, that is, to punish al Quaeda for 911, that goal was reached early on. To then attempt to build an American style government in Afghanistan was not feasible. We talk about those Afghanis who helped the US troops should be treated.
The Strategic Importance of Leaving Afghanistan
Bernie Sanders says Putin is murdering Navalny 'in front of the world' for exposing the
Russian president's 'vast corruption'
Political Poetry by Skip Tenczar
43 percent of Republicans won’t take the covid shot,
No matter the facts their minds are firmly wrought.
The Donald is their pilot,
Who took his jab in private.
Perhaps these folks already bought their cemetery plot.
Time to leave Afghanistan: a conversation with Army Captain Dan Berschinski.
US Army May 2007 - Apr 2013, 6 years
Tacoma, WA & Afghanistan, Rifle Platoon Leader who led a 35-soldier infantry platoon. Was responsible for planning, resourcing, and executing training from individual level up to platoon level during pre-deployment period. During deployment he was responsible for conducting combat operations.
Captain Berschinski: I lost both my legs fighting in Afghanistan. Staying there doesn't honor our troops. Joe Biden once correctly advocated for a vastly smaller footprint in Afghanistan. Let's hope, as president, he has the courage to be correct again.
The reason for leaving Afghanistan is clear: the scope of what the US was trying to do has grown over time, and is not achievable for many reasons. Leaving as a military force does not mean abandoning the Afghanis completely, but changing what we do there. Neither should the US abandon those who helped us while the US was engaged. We have an obligation to the locals.
Part two; The pivotal race for NYC mayor: We talk with Lincoln Mitchell and Robert Hennelly
bio: Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues domestically and internationally. He has written seven books, is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and writes “The American Angle” for Brussels Morning. He retains an affiliation with Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department as well. He is also a co-host of the 'Say It Ain’t Contagious' Podcast on baseball and social justice.
Bio: Robert Hennelly is a reporter for The Chief Leader, columnist at salon.com, insidernhj.com, and found @stucknation
We talk about the number and variety of Democratic candidates for the mayor's position. NYC is a huge financial center, a cultural center, and home to many very rich people. The voter demographic is complicated: high-status, working class, but liberal. The main issues for NYC are: how to go on in a post-Covid, environment, policing problems, new ways of working, among others. But it is necessary that NYC by a leader in reinventing how large cities continue.
Andrew Yang Is Top Pick for New York City Mayor Among Key Voting Group A new poll shows the former tech entrepreneur is the No. 1 choice for Democrats age 50 and older https://www.wsj.com/articles/andrew-yang-is-top-pick-for-new-york-city-mayor-among-key-voting-group-11618783200
NY Mayor's race is getting petty
Dark Money in NYC mayor's race
Tirschwell quits, calls city politics ‘broken’
NYC mayoral candidate Ray McGuire supports lifting charter-school caphttps://nypost.com/2021/04/18/nyc-mayoral-candidate-mcguire-supports-lifting-charter-school-cap/
Political poetry from Skip Tenczar
The merchants of death have no contrition,
They just want to sell more ammunition.
The mass shootings continue
Tearing through innocents' tissue.
When will it be time for some prohibition?
rethink the week Guests
Dean Spiliotes, Professor at SNHU, Civic Scholar/Presidential scholar
Rick Newman, NH lobbyist, and former State Representative
Daniel Block, Executive Editor, Washington Monthly
David Atkins is a writer and activist from California. He is a contributor to the Washington Monthly’s Political Animal, elected DNC Member, and president of The Pollux Group, a qualitative research firm.
Public reading a post from Facebook. David Gray lives in Austin Texas.
From new friend David Gray: "I need to drive my two-year-old to daycare tomorrow morning. To ensure we arrive alive, we won't take public transit (Oscar Grant). I removed all air fresheners from the vehicle and double-checked my registration status (Daunte Wright), and ensured my license plates were visible (Lt. Caron Nazario). I will be careful to follow all traffic rules (Philando Castille), signal every turn (Sandra Bland), keep the radio volume low (Jordan Davis), and won't stop at a fast food chain for a meal (Rayshard Brooks). I'm too afraid to pray (Rev. Clementa C. Pickney) so I just hope the car won't break down (Corey Jones).
When my wife picks him up at the end of the day, I'll remind her not to dance (Elijah McClain), stop to play in a park (Tamir Rice), patronize the local convenience store for snacks (Trayvon Martin), or walk around the neighborhood (Mike Brown). Once they are home, we won't stand in our backyard (Stephon Clark), eat ice cream on the couch (Botham Jean), or play any video games (Atatiana Jefferson).
After my wife and I tuck him into bed around 7:30pm, neither of us will leave the house to go to Walmart (John Crawford) or to the gym (Tshyrand Oates) or on a jog (Ahmaud Arbery). We won't even walk to see the birds (Christian Cooper). We'll just sit and try not to breathe (George Floyd) and not to sleep (Breonna Taylor)."
These are things white people simply do not have to think about."
Discussion Part 1:
We begin our discussion on the topic of policing and white priviledge. What we see with the problems of policing now is not new: the only difference is that we now actually SEE it, because of the prevalance of video devices available to everyone. The problems need to be addressed, but this is likely to be more effective at the local level. At the national level, Republcans are panicking, because they see that the demographics in the US are changing. The US Supreme Court is very ideological, and becoming more politicized. However, they may perceive “the threats” of change (packing, term limits, ethics rules), and may moderate this tendency somewhat.
Discussion Part 2:
We examine the desire of the vaccine manufacturers, who want to preserve their intellectual property rights, even though the government paid for the development of vaccines. We talk about “vaccine passports”, and what characteristics these should have in order to be valid. We also take on the topic of the “Anglo-Saxon Caucus”.
US and China want to cooperate on climate change
term limits for Supreme Ct. Justices
The American Legion Calls For Ending The Forever War Https://Www.Theamericanconservative.Com/State-Of-The-Union/The-American-Legion-Calls-For-Ending-The-Forever-War/
After criticism, Biden says he will raise U.S. cap on refugee admissions https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/biden-says-he-will-raise-us-cap-refugee-admissions-2021-04-17/
Biden withdrawal from Afghanistanhttps://thehill.com/policy/defense/548758-five-questions-about-biden-withdrawal-from-afghanistan
Are Republicans Too Optimistic About The 2022 Midterms? https://washingtonmonthly.com/2021/04/11/are-republicans-too-optimistic-about-the-2022-midterms/
The Conservative Supreme Court Is Out of Touch with an Increasingly Secular America https://washingtonmonthly.com/2021/04/11/the-conservative-supreme-court-is-out-of-touch-with-an-increasingly-secular-america/
infrastructure or jobs?
voting in America
Jim Crow’s Ominous Lessons on Voter Suppression
Activists protest Texas' voter bills at Greater Houston Partnership building downtown
Indianapolis FedEx shooting: Who were the eight victims?
Indianapolis gunman bought rifles despite earlier gun confiscation
Gunman a former employee
FedEx to ‘reevaluate’ its policy requiring employees to lock up phones during shifts following Thursday’s shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis
being Black in America
The Myth of the Dangerous Traffic Stop Is Killing Black Men in America
dismantle the current way we police
It is Derek Chauvin who is on trial, not America
As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-oregon-6f7f919d27644d02c330da5a8648af95
Johnson & Johnson asked other drugmakers to help it study blood-clot risks, and Moderna and Pfizer declined, report says https://www.businessinsider.com/jj-asked-help-study-blood-clots-moderna-pfizer-refused-wsj-2021-4?nr_email_referer=1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Business_Insider_select&pt=385758&ct=Sailthru_BI_Newsletters&mt=8&utm_campaign=Insider%20Select%202021-04-17&utm_term=INSIDER%20SELECT%20-%20ENGAGED%2C%20ACTIVE%2C%20PASSIVE%2C%20DISENGAGED%2C%20NEW
Five global concerns for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/548774-five-global-concerns-for-the-johnson-johnson-vaccine-pause
Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/04/17/us/vaccine-hesitancy-politics.html
Covid: Canada sounds the alarm as cases overtake US https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56779428
America hits the vaccine wall: Thousands of appointments go unfilled as states across the nation warn that ‘hesitancy’ to get the shots threatens to derail rollout Daily Mail
Dire need of beds, oxygen’: India’s capital under siege from COVID-19 https://www.reuters.com/world/india/india-under-siege-covid-19-hospitals-overwhelmed-2021-04-18/
Covid-19 Pushes India’s Middle Class Toward PovertyThe pandemic sent 32 million people in India from the middle class last year. Now a second wave is threatening the dreams of millions more looking for a better life. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/business/economy/india-covid19-middle-class.html
President Biden, Support a People’s Vaccine Project Syndicate
Who Owns Vaccines? The Baffler
Marjorie Taylor Greene the Anglo Saxon Caucus
well maybe not
aside: can't stop reading this!!!!