Saturday, April 13, 2019

It's Hard Staying Focused On Issues In The Midst Of Trump's 10-Ring Circus-- But Bernie Is Staying On Message


How does Trump get people to not think about his disastrous economic policies, built on an entirely wasteful deficit that has nearly doubled to a trillion dollars since he occupied the White House? His pathetic circus routine has done the trick in a general sort of way. No one seems to be paying attention, for example, to his trade agenda with new outages come out every day, often more than one a day.

Yesterday, for example, Jake Tapper broke the news that a senior White House source-- probably Kushner-in-law or someone trying to get Kushner-in-law in trouble-- leaked the news that Trump told the Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would grant him a pardon if he were sent to jail for having border agents illegally block asylum seekers from entering the U.S. Another Hair on Fire Friday moment! (And, by the way, since then Trump named McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.)

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Doing his best to leave Trump's constant, insane and attention-grabbing provocations to the media, Bernie keeps focusing on his core issues of income inequality and a rigged system. Yesterday he followed up on his trade agenda by releasing the video below, itself an update of the video above from last year. Bernie's key points about Trump's soggy trade deal with Mexico and Canada-- currently in no man's land in Congress where it has virtually no chance of being ratified-- are that:
the deal would continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico because Mexico's workers make as little as two dollars an hour, which the deal doesn't address
the deal doesn't protect the enironment
the deal is a give-away to pharmaceuticals and other big corporate special interests
Last November Bernie told his Vermont constituents exactly why he opposes Trump's deal too replace the same NAFTA that Bernie has always opposed and feels needs to be replaced.
As someone who not only voted against NAFTA, but walked on the picket lines against it, there is no question that this unfettered trade deal needs to be fundamentally rewritten. In my view, a re-negotiated NAFTA must stop the outsourcing of U.S. jobs, end the destructive race to the bottom, protect the environment, and lower the outrageously high price of prescription drugs. Clearly, Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 does not meet these standards and I will strongly oppose it in its current form. Unless strong enforcement mechanisms are written into the text of this agreement, corporations will continue to ship U.S. jobs to Mexico where workers are paid as little as $2 an hour.

Further, this deal includes some outrageous giveaways to the fossil fuel industry and big pharmaceutical companies that will harm the environment and increase prices for life-saving prescription drugs. Before this deal is sent to Congress for a vote it must include strong enforcement mechanisms to increase jobs and wages and all of the riders that benefit big fossil fuel polluters and pharmaceutical companies must be taken out of it. Trade is a good thing-- but it has got to be fair.

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At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only wish Bernie had stayed on message between November of 2016 and 3 months ago.

At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not going to matter about Bernie, because the DCCC will ensure that he doesn't win the nomination. They are going to give us Biden and Beto.

I will vote Green instead.

At 7:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will not vote for Bernie even if the DNC (the DCCC ratfucks good house candidates, not presidential hopefuls) steps on its own dick and somehow lets Bernie get the nom. He lost me with his endorsement of $hillbillary.

If you endorse someone who has been your opposite for decades, your principles are far too flexible to earn my vote.

I'm going to wait and see what develops wrt independents, but I have voted Green for quite some time now.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Environmentalist said...

Give it up on being angry at Bernie for supporting Hillary. Suppose he had not. Then he would get the entire blame for her
defeat. Now it goes to Assange, Wikileaks, Russia, Jill Stein, Bernie, and Susan Sarandon.

At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wrong. $he earns the blame for her own defeat in either case.

I actually believe Bernie would have won had he run as an independent. I think at least 10 million of trump's 62 million would rather have had Bernie than that lying fat fuck. And he would have drawn a couple of 10s of millions more dormant voters who, after 36 years, finally had something worth showing up for.

I also think that 80% of $hillbillary's 65 million would have greatly preferred Bernie.

What they didn't know at the time was Bernie was a mirage. Now that we know, I cannot ever support him again.

At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be laughing my ass off when, not if, Bernie endorses and campaigns for skeevy joe after the DNC ratfucks Bernie again and rigs it for skeevy joe.

I'll probably laugh so hard I'll pull a hammy when, not if, DWT begs us to "hold our nose and vote for the stink" again... still.

And when trump pulls 360 electors while losing the voting by 8 million, I'll laugh so hard I'll puke up bubble gum I swallowed back in the '60s.



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