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details from a coalition of progressive groups
Why reform Wall Street?
Because a handful of hedge fund managers make more money per year than all of the kindergarten teachers in America put together.
Because the five biggest banks are bigger now than they were before the financial collapse of 2008.
Because we pay sales taxes on everything we buy – from a gallon of gas to a bag of groceries – but Wall Street doesn’t pay a single penny in transaction taxes on hundreds of millions of dollars of financial products they buy and sell every day.
Because the richest 1% has captured 90% of all income growth since the recovery began. …
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from Healthcare-NOW! 6/2/16
This year, a national single payer leader was one of 15 chosen to help write the Democratic Party’s Platform! RoseAnn DeMoro, director of National Nurses United, was selected by Bernie Sanders to advocate for Medicare for All.
Unfortunately the Democratic National Committee has vetoed her.
The national platform hasn’t included explicit support for single payer since the 1970s, and the establishment wants to keep it that way.
TAKE ACTION: Right now, the DNC is taking official written testimony and video testimony for consideration – tell the committee your healthcare story and why you want single payer on the party platform!
This year is different – despite the rejection of DeMoro, the platform committee is unusually progressive, with a number of strong single-payer supporters like activist Cornel West, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison, and others. Backed by the 81% of Democrats currently supporting single payer, the committee could force explicit support to be written into the platform. This would be a crucial first step in passing single payer legislation at the national level.
Yours in solidarity,
Ben and Stephanie
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff
by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 2/29/16
Jeff Roe, Ted Cruz’s campaign manager responsible for some nasty campaign tactics, was in the news last week when Cruz had to fire his communications director for dirty tricks. Roe “was among the first local operatives to tail opponents with camera-wielding trackers and, a decade ago, to investigate the social media pages of candidates and their children” (Matt Flegenheimer, “Behind Ted Cruz’s Campaign Manager, Scorched Earth and Election Victories,” New York Times, Feb. 23, 2016).
Ah yes, tracking: do you remember the “macaca” incident ten years ago, which propelled Jim Webb into the Senate (a stroke of luck comparable to locations associated with Joe Sestak‘s 2006 CD-07 opponent, incumbent Curt Weldon, being raided by the FBI the month before the election)?
In August 2006, the incumbent Republican, George Allen,
singled out S.R. Sidarth, a student working for the Webb campaign who was taping Allen’s appearance. Allen addressed Sidarth, an Indian American and a person of color, as a “macaca”… as in, “Let’s give a welcome to macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia.” An immediate outcry led to constant Allen apologies, insisting that he was not using a racial slur. His campaign has never been the same since…. (NPR, 9/22/06)
Now I’ve met one of those trackers, right here in West Chester, when John Fetterman, and one of the 4 Democrats who will be on the April 26 ballot for US Senate, gave a talk at West Chester University on January 27.
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