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Bezos Asked Michael Bloomberg To Run

What Arrogance!

Jeff Bezos asked Michael Bloomberg to run for President in February. According to Vox:

bezos asked bloomberg to run in februarySometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city’s former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.

It wasn’t just any Amazon executive — it was Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO and the world’s richest man.

Bezos was calling with a question for his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider entering the 2020 presidential race?

Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation.

But he had a question of his own for Amazon’s CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in New York City? Bezos’s response matched Bloomberg’s — he wouldn’t.

Now Michael  Bloomberg is running. As a Democrat. This is a perfect example of why voters are so cynical about politics. The Rich feel they’re entitled to buy control of the country if necessary. Bloomberg will self-fund his campaign, which puts all other  Democratic candidates at a huge disadvantage.

His rationale for running is that Joe Biden’s campaign was struggling financially. Instead of putting his money behind Biden, the Mayor’s over-blown sense of self says the country needs him. We don’t.

Like Trump, Michael Bloomberg IS Wall Street

Michael Bloomberg, though a champion for certain Democratic causes, is no Democrat. His views on women and minorities are enough in themselves to reject him. Then there’s his defense of Wall Street’s business as usual. In September, Bloomberg Magazine boohooed the mere $23 million Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer David Solomon was paid last year. It seems his predecessor earned three times that much in 2007. In fact, they report:

Investment bankers had their pay reduced by about a third, with a mid-level banker now getting $600,000 to $950,000, Bell said. Compensation for managing directors has fallen roughly 30%, to an average of $1.5 million to $2 million.

Awww… at the same time the article states, and I quote, “…pay was never as significant for the [bank] branch staff, [You know- the “little people”] but it’s been holding up too, rising along with average wages.”

As Slate’s Matt put it:

When the question is gigantic sodas, Bloomberg sees exploited marks and decides to rescue them from themselves. But when the question is financial products, Bloomberg sides with the con artists and says the marks are only suffering because they’re not smart enough.

Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the Democratic race could blow everything up. If voters have to choose between two oversized egos, they may just keep the one we’ve got. Bernie voters probably won’t vote at all, making Bloomberg the spoiler, as he admitted.

The Mayor’s autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway, style, coupled with his disdain for women and minorities should make his candidacy a non-starter. Democrats need to stand up to this attempted hijacking of our primary.

WILL THEY?

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Rick Santorum Makes a Despicable Play

Rick Santorum can’t sink much lower.

If you’re Rick Santorum, and you got your “Christian” ass kicked in your last attempt to become President, what do you do? Evidently, you put on some “blue collar” type clothes (to hide the fact that you’re a millionaire) and start whipping up the Republican base about “those immigrants”.

Not the undocumented folks that your party usually denigrates, oh no, you’re going to get the angry white guys to start hating on legal immigrants, too. It’s a despicable ploy and Santorum should be ashamed of himself:

Rick Santorum claims to be a Catholic, yet he sinks so low as to literally create another avenue of hate for the hateful, with a bald-faced lie:

Since 2000 there have been a little over six million net new jobs created. What percentage of those net new jobs are held by people not born in this country? Half? Sixty? All of them.

Santorum’s statement comes from a report by the Center for Immigration Studies, a not-so-pro-immigration group:

…who’s Senior Policy Analyst Stephen Steinlight told the Inter Press Service News Agency in 2005 that immigration threatens “the American people as a whole and the future of Western civilization.”SPLC

Here are a few of the report’s errors, courtesy of PunditFact:

First, that study focused on workers between 16 and 65 years old. In a footnote, the authors acknowledge that the results would look quite different if they had included older workers.

The center’s study also noted that the time period you pick will change what the data show. The report said, “Since the jobs recovery began in 2010, 43 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants.” That, obviously, is much less than “all” of the new jobs.

…the study lumped legal and illegal immigrants together.

[it] …is correct that foreign-born workers, both citizens and noncitizens, do disproportionately well in the job market. But the actual numbers fall well short of the 100 percent…”All” is an overstatement.

One of Pope Francis’ messages in the church’s 2014 “World Day of Migrants and Refugees” declared:

“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity.”

rick santorumWould Rick Santorum change his statement if he were shown its inaccuracy, probably not. His anti-immigrant stance is a cornerstone of conservative politics. I’m not sure his campaign can stoop any lower this in the future, but nothing would surprise me.

He couldn’t win as a religious zealot, so now he’s re-invented himself as a “blue collar” kinda guy; thing is, he’s never had a blue collar job in his life. Rick wants to be President, and he’ll say and do whatever it takes to get his party’s nomination.

cross-posted@ All Things Democrat

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I’m Sick Of Spineless Democrats

twitter roseI’m pretty damned sick and tired of spineless Democrats refusing to stand up for this President’s policies, most of them policies that the Democratic Party is all about. What they should have been doing is touting the President’s record and educating voters on the current state of the economy. They could have made the point that he did it in spite of six years of obstruction by Republicans. From the Boston Globe:

pt_1068_7033_oSince January 2013, the economy has improved significantly. All the dire predictions made by Republicans in 2012 have been refuted. A jobless recovery? The unemployment rate has dropped from 7.9 percent in January 2013 to 6.2 percent today. A health care disaster? The number of uninsured adults has plunged by 25 percent, thanks to Obamacare. Spiraling health-care costs? The years that Obama has been in office have seen the lowest rates of increase in a generation. Out-of-control deficits? A 2014 deficit of $514 billion, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office — almost half what it was during the 2012 campaign. As a percentage of GDP, the deficit is about the average of where it’s been the last 40 years.

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lundergan grimesKentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes uses a shotgun in her new campaign commercial to distance herself from Barack Obama.

The 35-year-old is shown skeet shooting in Mark Putnam’s newest spot for her campaign against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Here’s a report on guns and the President from Huff Po:

The president said he respects gun rights, but he lamented the fact that even a modest bill to expand background checks failed to pass in the Senate last year. That legislation, which would have required universal background checks for all gun purchases, fell victim to a GOP-led filibuster amid intense pressure from the National Rifle Association.

“Most members of Congress are terrified of the NRA,” Obama said. “The only thing that is going to change is public opinion. If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.”

gundealers.photoblog600Lundergan-Grimes never says exactly what she disagrees with on gun policy. Does she mean expanding background checks, something 92% of voters support, including 92% of gun owners and 86% of Republicans? And the coal thing – according to Industry analysts in a Business Week report:

…let’s go to industry analysts helpfully assembled by Bloomberg News’ Mario Parker in a June 3 dispatch that deserves close attention in Washington and around the nation.

Under the Obama plan, coal still will be used to generate 30 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, down from 39 percent in 2013, according to the EPA. “While it stifles increases in demand,” Parker notes, the Obama plan “isn’t fatal” to the coal industry or to that portion of the utility business that burns coal. In fact, he adds:

Utilities are seen by analysts as boosting consumption of the fuel at their most efficient plants to ensure power-grid reliability. “If anything, it’s a little bit better than expected,” Jeremy Sussman, an analyst at Clarkson Capital Markets in New York, said yesterday by phone. “There’s no change to coal burn for at least the next six or seven years and that’s not talking about legislation or any litigation that will come from this.”

Lundergan-Grimes actually sounds like a Republican on her campaign site’s issues page:

Washington’s regulatory barriers and burdensome taxes threaten this critical development in Kentucky.

My God, that’s straight from the GOP playbook. In a bizarre dichotomy, she both promises to protect the coal industry, while claiming she’ll help those suffering from Black Lung:

I would also support the pending Black Lung Health Improvement Act sponsored by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

Among other provisions, the bill would make it easier for coal miners to apply for and collect black lung benefits, provide more accessible legal representation for coal miners during the black-lung claims process, and create grants for research into black lung.

I can pretty much state, with no research at all, that mining coal causes Black Lung; at least she wants to help miners die easier. How about helping them not get it in the first place? As one coal miner’s grandson wrote:

Black lung disease contributed to 3,007 Kentucky miner deaths from 1972-1994. One in 10 Kentuckians has asthma, which is exacerbated by air pollution and 574,000 acres of Kentucky have been strip-mined.

We must [use] common sense, like EPA’s Clean Power Plan, as well as government incentives for renewable energy like those fossil fuels have always enjoyed. That could provide Kentucky 28,000 renewable energy jobs in 10 years – twice the number of its coal jobs.

Too bad he’s not running.

Barack Who?

Here’s Bill Maher’s take on the Democratic cowards via Politicususa:

It didn’t have to be this way. If Democratic candidates would just stop throwing their own people and achievements under the bus and distancing themselves from their own president. That is never a winning strategy. Just ask President Al Gore. Clay Aiken, who’s running in Congress in North Carolina, recently said about the president, “I have nothing to do with him, and I can find several areas where I disagree.” Okay, but come Wednesday, Obama will still have a job whereas I don’t know what Clay will be doing, but I assume it involves a cruise ship and a cover of Copacabana.

But the one I feel bad for is Obama. Sixty-three straight months of economic expansion. A depression averted. A deficit reduced by two thirds. A health care law that’s working and lowering costs. Two women on the Supreme Court. Bin Laden’s dead. The stock market at record heights. An unemployment rate that dropped from 10.2 to 5.9. If you’re a Fox News viewer trying to do the math, that’s less. Gas prices are down.

Is it really that hard of a record to get behind?… The Democrats have three Senate candidates who won’t even admit to having voted for Obama.

Kentucky’s Alison Grimes was an Obama delegate. How do you explain that? Uh, hey, that’s why they call it a convention. I was drunk. It’s like if someone asks do you have sex with your husband? And you replied, I’d rather not say. But I will say that when my husband does want to have sex, I often disagree. I mean, c’mon Democrats. You gave people healthcare, not herpes. Own it. Instead of chasing polls, move them.

Absolutely right.

Benedict Arnolds

The biggest turncoats are those campaigning in southern Red States who, if they had any brains, would have made an issue of how the conservative legislatures in those states have failed the working class voter. As I pointed out in a post for All Things Democrat, southern states are failing in practically every measurable category, except of course, tax breaks for the wealthy.

Instead we have spineless Democrats like Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, West Virginia Senate candidate Natalie Tennant, Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, and Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu. These candidates have campaigned with Bill Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, but distanced themselves from the President. They could have made the case that his policies are actually working, that historically, Democratic policies have been far more successful than Republicans’; instead, they threw the President under the bus.

I don’t expect these candidates to agree with every Obama policy, the Democratic Party is not a mindless goose-stepping party like the Republicans. I do expect them to give him credit where it’s due. Cowardly Democrats disgust me.

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