Democrat poll shuffles deck, but doesn’t count for debates!

The Economist/YouGov poll of Aug. 3-6 on Wednesday, last week, listed the standings of candidates for the 2020 Democrat Party primary, and it was a somewhat different result than last week’s blog on the Harvard-Harris survey.

  • Joseph Biden – 22%
  • Elizabeth Warren – 16%
  • Bernie Sanders – 13%
  • Pete Buttigieg – 8%
  • Kamala Harris – 8%
  • Tulsi Gabbard – 3%
  • Andrew Yang – 2%
  • Beto O’Rourke – 2%
  • All others – 1% or less

Unfortunately for some of the candidates, this was not one of the DNC-selected polls, which count as the four 2% results required to qualify for the September tv debates.

For example, Gabbard’s 3% finish is meaningless, and since she is facing two weeks overseas as an Army Major on reserve duty, it seems unlikely she will be on the stage next month.

But what struck me the most was the size of the poll – 417 pages (click to open).

Who would sit on the phone and answer that many questions without falling asleep?

The answer is: no phone necessary or ever used.

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A look inside the primary poll reveals the type of respondent participating to YouGov on the Internet.

Question: Do you have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the following people?

Here’s the list of those who just said “Don’t know” by % – lower is better:

  • Joe Biden – 18%
  • Cory Booker – 34%
  • Pete Buttigieg – 39%
  • Julian Castro – 34%
  • Bill de Blasio – 42%
  • John Delaney – 58%
  • Tulsi Gabbard – 48%
  • Kirsten Gillibrand – 42%
  • Kamala Harris – 29%
  • Jay Inslee – 59%
  • Amy Klobuchar – 47%
  • Beto O’Rourke – 35%
  • Tim Ryan – 56%
  • Bernie Sanders – 18%
  • Elizabeth Warren – 24%
  • Marianne Williamson – 50%
  • Andrew Yang – 48%

This raises the question of how do you ask someone’s opinion on voting when they have no opinion at all on the candidate(s)?

Some 34% said they weren’t sure or just wouldn’t vote in the 2020 primary, and 58% said they were not interested in watching the most recent debates. Only 12% said they watched an entire debate.

And these are the folks who reflect public opinion for the rest of us?

Two high-ranking conservative British politicians Stephan Adrian Shakespeare and Nadhim Zahawi – founded YouGov in 2000. Major shareholders of the company are BlackRock and Standard Life Aberdeen.

BlackRock, Inc. is an American global investment management corporation founded in 1988, and is is the world’s largest asset manager with $6.84 trillion in assets under management as of June 2019. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Fink, who had worked at First Boston, where he pioneered mortgage-backed securities.

Fink sought funding (for initial capital) from the late Pete Peterson of The Blackstone Group. Peterson called it Blackstone Financial Management for a 50 percent stake in the bond business.

Peterson spent some $1 billion in a campaign since 2008 to raise the Social Security retirement age, cut its benefits and ultimately make it into a Wall Street-managed pension fund. He also wanted to end Medicare and Medicaid, and was a confidant of our Presidents since Richard Nixon, headed the Federal Reserve, and was active in the Trilateral Commission (TC).

Trilateral Commission Members Pete Peterson, Paul Volker, David Rockefeller and Alan Greenspan – Photo: Brian Stanton

Bernie Sanders refuses allegiance to corporate CAP and Hillary’s anti-populist team is seething

Corporate-favored candidate Hillary Clinton and senior socialist Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t make peace after Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, and like the mongoose and the snake, their war never seems to end.

Podesta3The former First Lady of Arkansas blasted the former Vermont high school miler with a brutal video (see below) last week, delivered by John Podesta’s Center for American Progress (CAP). The clip, produced by the center’s affiliate, ThinkProgress, mocked Sanders for how his language changed after he sold so many of his books that he became a millionaire.

Podesta is Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff and was Hillary Clinton’s campaign boss in her losing battle for the Presidency. He founded CAP in 2003, and though the organization describes itself as nonpolitical, its directors include not only Podesta, but former Sen. Tom Daschle, known for his tax avoidance of $128,000, and most recently, Stacey Abrams, the self-perceived governor of Georgia.

The other directors of CAP are:

  • Neera Tanden, President, former policy director for both Hillary and Barack Obama
  • Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge fund manager
  • Donald Sussman, founder of New China Capital Management
  • Hansjörg Wyss, billionaire founder of a medical device manufacturer
  • Glenn Hutchins, billionaire with The Blackstone Group
  • Kristin Mugford,  former Senior Director of Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital

 

Besides the Clinton connection, why is CAP going after Sanders?

Could it be that one director, a medical device manufacturer, would be unhappy with Sanders’ Medicare for All?

In a single-payer system, the government can use its leverage to negotiate more reasonable prices for basic medical services, Sanders explained.

It also serves to incentivize doctors that choose to practice in fields where help is needed the most – primary care, family medicine, and pediatrics. An expanded system has the added benefit of giving Medicare more negotiating power when purchasing pharmaceuticals and medical devices

Or the founder of New China Capital doesn’t like a senator, who voted against Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with China?

I voted against NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China. I think they have been a disaster for the American worker. A lot of corporations that shut down here move abroad. Working people understand that after NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China we have lost millions of decent-paying jobs, Sanders said.

Since 2001, 60,000 factories in America have been shut down. We’re in a race to the bottom, where our wages are going down (to). Is all of that attributable to trade? No. Is a lot of it? Yes.

TPP was written by corporate America and the pharmaceutical industry and Wall Street. That’s what this trade agreement is about. I do not want American workers competing against people in Vietnam, who make 56 cents an hour for a minimum wage.

And probably none of CAP’s hedge fund billionaires were impressed, when Bernie urged:

  • Progressive income taxes on the richest Americans.
  • Fixing the estate tax so mega-rich families pay their fair share.
  • Taxing corporations more fairly, including addressing tax havens.
  • Taxing Wall Street speculation.

The CAP/ThinkProgress video is only the most recent shot against Sanders. It followed a recent hit piece By Jessica Goldstein, who used to work for Jeff Bezo’s Washington Post. The richest person in the world, Bezos is often attacked by Sanders for his grotesque wealth and power.

The Vermont senator obscures his wealth to relate to the 99%, while Trump exaggerates his worth to feign a station above his own, Goldstein said.

Trump is “a poor person’s idea of a rich person.” And now, Sanders is altering his language to edit himself out of the line of fire. In recent weeks, his chorus of “millionaires and billionaires” has been amended to take aim only at “billionaires.”

Sanders sent a letter Saturday to CAP, accusing the organization of “using its resources to smear” him and other progressive presidential candidates.

Center for American Progress leader Neera Tanden repeatedly calls for unity while simultaneously maligning my staff and supporters and belittling progressive ideas, he wrote. I worry that the corporate money CAP is receiving is inordinately and inappropriately influencing the role it is playing in the progressive movement.

The Nation magazine said past donors to the CAP Business Alliance included Comcast, Walmart, General Motors, Pacific Gas and Electric, General Electric, Boeing and Lockheed.

I and other Democratic candidates are running campaigns based on principles and ideas and not engaging in mudslinging or personal attacks on each other, Sanders wrote. Meanwhile, the Center for American Progress is using its resources to smear Senator Booker, Senator Warren and myself, among others. This is hardly the way to build unity, or to win the general election.

During a rally Sunday, Sanders’s campaign also sent a letter to supporters blasting the center’s attack on him.

Last night, Sanders appeared on a FOX town hall with professional newsman Bret Baier and a somewhat menacing Martha MacCallum. Sanders was strong on trade, jobs and healthcare, but stumbled badly on guaranteed climate disaster in 12 years, overt discrimination in the U.S., and he continued his decades-long criticism of Israel, regardless of who was in power.

Baier, whose FOX salary is about $7 million a year, fumbled with his question about Sanders finally earning more than $1 million, thanks to book sales.

As on cue from CAP, Baier asked why Sanders didn’t pay extra income taxes, since he favors a higher rate than current law. Sanders replied that he paid what was legally required, and then suggested Baier and MacCallum donate part of their much higher salaries.

Not to escape the public’s notice, Trump blissfully reacted with a tweet this morning:

So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on . Not surprisingly, and the “audience” was (were) so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have ?

Donna Brazile was the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, who leaked CNN debate questions to Hillary’s campaign staff. Wikileaks reported:

A WikiLeaks e-mail dump revealed that Brazile sent an e-mail message on March 5, 2016, to John Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri with the title: “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash.” The message continued, “her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint.”

At the next event in Flint, Clinton was delivered a similar question from audience member Mikki Wade, whose family was affected by the poisoned water.

On October 11, 2016, a WikiLeaks e-mail dump included an e-mail Brazile sent on March 12 to Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri with the subject header: “From time to time I get questions in advance.”

In the e-mail, Brazile discussed her concern about Clinton’s ability to field a question regarding the death penalty, and in a CNN town hall debate the following day, Clinton received a similar question about the death penalty.

My opinion is that Trump was very wrong about criticizing Baier, but exactly right in suggesting someone at FOX was nuts to hire Brazile.

You turn 65 and then you must go into a Medicare plan, and you pay a fortune more for far fewer benefits

What a difference a year makes.

You are one of the millions of Americans, who don’t have company health insurance. Damned with a pre-existing condition, you carry so-called Obamacare (www.healthcare.gov).

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Oh no, not Medicare!

Next year, you turn 65 and must enroll in Medicare.

There’s no good news, just bad news for you. Obamacare is a far better plan than Medicare and costs at least $1,800 less a year.

Worst of all, there’s no limit on how much you might spend on healthcare and then face bankruptcy. Continue reading “You turn 65 and then you must go into a Medicare plan, and you pay a fortune more for far fewer benefits”

Baraka smears Barack, Israel and Sanders in VP bid

ajamu_barakaGreen Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein‘s Vice President running mate, Ajamu Baraka, could be a step away from running our federal government. And that is frightening.

Baraka called Barack Obama an “Uncle Tom president.”  He is not happy with the government or much else.

He tweeted about the Baltimore riots:

“Don’t let Obama and the Democrats off the hook. They are using the state to suppress resistance while giving defacto impunity to cops that kill black and poor people across the country.”

He seems to prefer Donald Trump over President Obama: Continue reading “Baraka smears Barack, Israel and Sanders in VP bid”

At Last, Clinton Foundation Tax Return for 2013 allows you to examine how organization operates

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As voters ponder their candidates for President, Bernie Sanders was asked this past week to release more than just one year of tax returns and Donald Trump hasn’t released any recent years’, because of an IRS audit.

However, if you are into examining tax returns, why not review the 2013 Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation IRS filings? Just click on: IRS 990 – December 2013 The 83-page document can be viewed or downloaded.

Earlier years are available here:

The Clinton Foundation is huge, and has been on the Charity Navigator (CN) watch list until December 2015. The charity is currently not rated by CN for the following reason:

We had previously evaluated this organization, but have since determined that this charity’s atypical business model can not be accurately captured in our current rating methodology. Our removal of The Clinton Foundation from our site is neither a condemnation nor an endorsement of this charity. We reserve the right to reinstate a rating for The Clinton Foundation as soon as we identify a rating methodology that appropriately captures its business model, CN explained..

The watchdog group said that in accordance with their policy for removing charities from the CN Watchlist, Charity Navigator removed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation Continue reading “At Last, Clinton Foundation Tax Return for 2013 allows you to examine how organization operates”

Arab League and Hamas endorse Bernie Sanders!

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Arabs use Chomsky to promote destruction of Israel

Don’t believe every headline, but there may be truth to the one on this blog.

The reason?  There’s many a happy smile in places like Iran, now that one of our Presidential candidates has joined Noam Chomsky’s cult – the one that uses propaganda to express hate, not just signs in Arabic like “Death to Israel” on long-range missiles.

Chomsky, who has publicly endorsed his friend Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, has strong views about just which group of Americans (Jews) should be named as the chief target of an aggressive campaign of class warfare against “the rich and privileged”, whom Sanders is daily berating. Continue reading “Arab League and Hamas endorse Bernie Sanders!”

Chicago’s Jaymal Green – protestor, Bernie Sanders’ organizer or just a Clinton/Rahm Emanuel plant?

Whether you like a candidate or not, ask yourself what kind of behavior should be accepted – even promoted – by the public media, when an event is held in a private venue? Were you shocked when a mob screamed and tore up signs just to disrupt a rally in Chicago? Is there any difference between a rented hall and a church, synagogue or mosque? Finally, what distinguishes a private, ticketed rally being swarmed, and the same crowd descending into your living room and screaming at you?

Jaymal (aka: Jamal) Green was interviewed (in the video above) by Megyn Kelly on FOX News Friday night, last week, and he was treated as a community activist. He opposes Donald Trump, and said that is why he led the effort to cancel the Chicago rally.  Jaymal

Megyn has many guests like this, who dislike Trump, and frankly it’s beginning to remind me of two co-workers having a secret affair, but constantly arguing at work to hide their romance from the rest of the staff.

In the spirit of searching for a new John Galt, a few keystrokes revealed that Jaymal’s Twitter page is called Your Favorite Singer and uses a picture of Bernie and Jaymal together, as the profile shot. For those into music, Jaymal has even written a theme song for Sanders, which he sells for 99 cents on cdbaby.  But (for a limited time only) you can hear it free on this blog.

More keying brought up Jamal’s ties to the Chicago political establishment. In August 2012, Chicago Police invited Ja’Mal (another name he uses) Green “to keynote speak for a youth march. After inspiring so many young people, Ja’Mal was invited again to speak and he was given the community leadership award by the new (police) superintendent Gary McCarthy.” Continue reading “Chicago’s Jaymal Green – protestor, Bernie Sanders’ organizer or just a Clinton/Rahm Emanuel plant?”

Kochs paid Romney; now he pushes Rubio/Kasich

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Chart by Robert Maguire – http://www.opensecrets.org –    (click on above image to enlarge)

Mighty Mite Romney is using robo-calls to urge voters in four states to support Marco Rubio in today’s GOP primaries. Also, in one state he urges support of John Kasich, as well as Rubio. In all calls he disparages Donald Trump, and doesn’t mention second-place Ted Cruz.

To the untrained eye (or ear?) this is very confusing, especially when Romney reps declare that they will also be helping Cruz in the future, but not today. They say it’s all an effort to block Trump from winning the party’s Presidential nomination, despite his near universal approval by voters in national polls.

While you might disagree with Trump on many issues, nearly every American is disgusted with a campaign finance system that allows the very rich to give millions to elect their stooges to public office. Both Trump and Bernie Sanders have railed against the super pacs and their hidden contributors. Trump has especially ranted against those who pull the strings before and after elections, and he has been attacked by the rich interests, who want to continue their control of the electoral process.

The big money, big control boys are nervous, very nervous over the prospect of a Sanders or Clinton victory. At this point Trump seems more likely to gain the prize (unless there is a F.B.I. surprise) so most guns are directed at him.

Assume the biggest power brokers among the wealthy are the ones most alarmed. The Koch brothers, sons of the founder of the John Birch Society – that refuge of the hysterical – Continue reading “Kochs paid Romney; now he pushes Rubio/Kasich”