2019 Dem Debate #3– ‘Corporatist’ Debate

Sorry this is a long read but it is important for the candidates to get their story out there to help the voter make their decision where to place their vote.

Last night the top ten Dem candidates hit the stage in Houston in what I call the “Corporatist Debate”….because these candidates are the candidates that get the most press so they can make the stage….these are the candidates that the media wants the voter to pick from……

Keeping with my tradition I will give my break down so my readers do not have to suffer through the crap being spread.

Ten Democratic presidential candidates are debating in Texas tonight—including front-runners Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren, together in the same debate for the first time. Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, and Amy Klobuchar are also taking part in the ABC debate in Houston. Harris got one of the biggest cheers during her opening statement, when she directly addressed President Trump, accusing him of using “hate, intimidation, fear, and over 12,000 lies as a way to distract from your failed policies and your broken promises.” The former prosecutor said the only reason Trump hadn’t been indicted because of a rule against indicting sitting presidents—then told him to “go back to watching Fox News. ” More:

  • Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur campaigning on a promise to give every American $12,000 a year, said the universal basic income would be given to 10 people who visited his campaign website. “That’s quite a way to build your list—you have to sign up to enter the raffle to get the money,” notes Clare Malone at FiveThirtyEight.
  • The candidates clashed over “Medicare for all,” with Biden saying his plan would give people the option of keeping their current plans, the Guardian reports. “I’ve never actually met anybody who likes their health-insurance company,” Warren told him. Sanders recycled his line about “writing the damn bill” on Medicare for all. In her answer, Klobuchar said it was a bad idea to end private health insurance. “While Bernie wrote the bill, I read the bill,” she said.
  • The gloves came off when Castro and Biden clashed on health care, with Castro telling Biden: “I’m fulfilling the legacy of Barack Obama and you’re not.” He also made Biden’s age an issue, accusing him of contradicting himself and saying: “Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?”
  • Harris, who served as California’s attorney general, faced a tough question about her criminal justice plan. “When you had the power, why didn’t you try to affect change then?” asked moderator Linsey Davis. Harris argued that she tried to change things from the inside.
  • On racism, Beto O’Rourke delivered what Politico‘s Christopher Cadelago calls his best answer from all three debates. “We have a white supremacist in the White House and he poses a mortal threat to people of color all across this country,” said O’Rourke, who promised to sign a slavery reparations bill into law.
  • The candidates were more unified on the issue of gun control. Biden pointed to his record, saying he was the “only one up here who’s ever beat the NRA,” the Guardian reports. Biden and Harris praised O’Rourke for his efforts after the mass shooting last month in his hometown, El Paso. O’Rourke called for the confiscation of “battlefield” weapons like assault rifles. “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said. “We’re not going to allow it to be used against a fellow American anymore.”
  • Castro and Biden clashed again on immigration, with Castro accusing the former vice president of cherry-picking Obama administration policies, the AP reports. ” I stand with Barack Obama all eight years, good, bad, indifferent,” Biden replied. Yang shared his own story. “My father grew up on a peanut farm in Asia with no floor and now his son is running for president,” he said. “That is the immigration story that we have to be able to share with the American people.”
  • When the debate turned to trade policy after a break, Harris slammed Trump’s “fragile ego,” comparing him to the Wizard of Oz, the Washington Post reports. “When you pull back the curtain it’s a really small dude,” she said. Buttigieg quipped that Trump had said he’d like to see him do a deal with Xi Jinping, but “I’d like to see him make a deal with Xi Jinping.”
  • A hoarse Sanders drew a contrast between himself and Biden on Iraq. “I never believed what Cheney and Bush said about Iraq. I voted against the war in Iraq,” Sanders said. Biden admitted that it had been a mistake to vote to authorize the 2003 invasion. Warren said she would be willing to bring the US out of Afghanistan without a deal. Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan in 2014, said he would do the same.
  • Sanders said it was “extremely unfair” to compare the democratic socialism he believes in to the systems in Venezuela and Cuba. “I agree with what goes on in Canada and in Scandinavia,” he said.
  • A strong line from Klobuchar during a segment on climate change: “You know that movie, The Day After Tomorrow? It’s today.” O’Rourke promised to spend $5 trillion on the issue. Booker, a vegan, said he would not tell voters in Texas and Iowa to stop eating meat.
  • Biden, asked what resilience means to him, was interrupted by shouts from protesters—but since they failed to shout in union, what they were saying was unclear. Biden went on to talk about the deaths of his wife, daughter, and son.
  • In answer to the resilience question Buttigieg talked about serving in the military as a gay man under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”—and about being an elected official in Indiana when Mike Pence was governor, the New York Times reports. He said he wondered whether coming out of the closet would be “the ultimate professional setback.” Sanders spoke about running for the Senate in the 1970s and getting just 1% of the vote.

I had no use for this debate for it was not a debate but a beauty contest for corporate friendly candidates.

Sorry but if one would be hoping for a break out candidate then you were disappointed…..plenty of attempts at a one liner but no one jumped to the head of the line.

There were some notable take aways from the night…..

Biden emerges unscathed. Biden, who repeatedly brought up his time serving under President Obama, rambled at times but was more energetic “steadier” than in his first two debates, according to the New York Times—and “none of the nine other candidates onstage appeared to significantly damage his candidacy.” Kamala Harris, who memorably clashed with Biden on his record on racial issues during the first debate, did not lay into the former vice president or any of her other rivals, saving her attacks for President Trump.

Obama is back in favor. In earlier debates, some candidates tried to distance themselves from Obama-era policies, but there was a lot of love for the former president Thursday night, and not just from Biden, reports the Washington Post reports. “We all owe a huge debt to President Obama” on health care, though ObamaCare needs to be built on, Warren said, while Kamala Harris invoked his 2008 campaign slogan when calling for bolder action on the issue. “Instead of saying no we can’t, let’s say yes we can,” she said.

Big night for Beto. Beto O’Rourke was widely agreed to have had a good night, though it’s not clear whether it will result in a bump in the polls. Other candidates praised him for his response to last month’s mass shooting in El Paso, his hometown, and he spoke passionately in favor of gun control. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said when asked about his mandatory gun buyback proposal.

Booker “pretty sharp.” Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight says Cory Booker was “pretty sharp” during the debate, though he believes the senator should shift more to the center in case party elites decide Harris is flopping and Biden has “a lot of downside risk.” “And maybe they could turn to Booker,” he says. “But Klobuchar and O’Rourke also had good debates, and they’re plausible landing spots too.” Fellow FiveThirtyEight analyst Nathaniel Rakich predicts that after his attacks on Biden, Castro is the most likely candidate to see their polling numbers move—but it’s not clear what direction they’ll move in.

Trajectory unchanged. Politico‘s reporters didn’t see anything likely to shape up the Democratic contest. Biden remains the front-runner, and ‘though he had a so-so performance, it’s good for Sanders that the debate didn’t turn into a one-on-one Biden vs. Warren showdown,” says Holly Otterbein. Alex Thompson predicts that “fundraising and media attention will continue to shrink for candidates outside the top five to six.”

Nothing has changed my opinion…the stage was full of ‘corporatist” and one progressive.  Nothing said on that stage will ever come about….promises and exaggerations.

None of last night’s theater has changed my mind on who I am supporting…..actually nothing about the debate was necessary and in fact was a waste of time….unless of course you are swayed by one liners or cute slogans.

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Will Biden Stay In The Lead?

Poll after poll and pundit after pundit has told thew American people just what a great guy Biden is and the fine job he is doing as the Dem front runner.

If he is going to be anointed as the “man to beat Trump” then he needs more scrutiny than the press is giving him……the media is white washing everything about the candidate…..his lies and called a “misspoke” or gaffs or “Joe being Joe”…..but the candidate is far from being perfect as a candidate he is the only one to beat Trump…..is the best I can say about him…..

The media wants Biden…..the pundits want Biden….the DNC wants Biden and the DCCC wants Biden…..so do we crown him now?

But how about a closer look…..

Which brings us to Joe Biden. Like Hillary (and Bill) Clinton, he represents the corporate-establishmentarian wing of the Democratic Party. Also like Hillary, his main hook is the undisputable dreadfulness of the Donald.

So what, then, about Biden? Democrats need to talk about Joe. There’s little doubt that the 77-year-year-old former U.S Vice President is suffering from some measure of dementia. Confusing New Hampshire with Vermont, not knowing the name of the college where he just spoke, thinking that he met with Parkland school shooting victims when he was vice president, invading the centrist MSDNC host Joy Reid’s physical space to claim that she advocates “physical revolution,” inappropriate public touching (and sniffing), forgetting thoughts in mid-sentence, saying that the recent Dayton and El Paso mass shootings took place in “Michigan” and “Houston” – all of this and more (including the alarming frequency with which he looks lost and confused) suggest that Biden’s elevator is no longer running all the way to the top floor (if it ever was) as he nears his ninth decade of life. Executive function is no small matter. This is about aging, which some people (e.g. the still on-point Bernie Sanders) do more gracefully and cogently than others (e.g. Joe).

No Joe: On Character, Quality and Authenticity

I am no supporter of Biden and I have criticized him and the DNC for their favoritism in this election…they are firmly in-line with the corporatist Biden and they will bitch slap anyone that opposes Biden…….

The man quickly identified himself as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He didn’t need to tell me that he was hopping mad.

Ken Martin was angry that my colleagues and I were handing out a flier—providing some inconvenient facts about Joe Biden—to delegates and activists as they entered the New Hampshire Democratic Party convention on Saturday. The headline, next to Biden’s picture, quoted a statement he made last year: “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason why we’re in trouble.”

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/09/09/why-dnc-vice-chair-bawled-me-out-sharing-critical-accurate-information-about-joe

Biden is slightly better than the lying toad in the white house….

Please do not let the DNC and the Media decide who you will vote for in 2020.

How will Biden fare in the 3rd Dem debate tonight in Houston?

That is the question.

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Is Climate Important?

If your main issue for this election is climate then do you know how the candidates stand on the issue?

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Greenpeace’s ranking of the candidates can be found on the group’s homepage.

The 10 candidates have all delivered plans to address the climate crisis—but differ in the details of their approach. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), for example, has pledged to spend over $16 trillion to combat climate change in order to hit an ambitious goal of zero emissions in the electricity and transportation sectors by 2030 and the full economy by 2050. Most of Sanders’ opponents, on the other hand, like South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have only committed to a full zeroing out of the economy by 2050. Buttigieg has only pledged $2.5 trillion to the effort. 

You can read more about the plans at HuffPost and find a comprehensive rundown of the candidates on environmental issues from Inside Climate News here and from The Guardian here

Let’s look at a couple of issues within the topic of climate crisis……..

Nuclear Energy–

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) centers nuclear power in his climate plan, saying earlier in 2019 that it is “imperative for the United States to lead the way on tackling the world’s climate crisis, and that must include the development of clean and innovative technologies like next-generation nuclear energy.”

Booker is joined by businessman Andrew Yang and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke in supporting new investments in energy.

Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden tack to the middle, rejecting any new nuclear infrastructure but support maintaining the power plants that already exist in the country.

Silent on the issue were Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.), neither of whom responded to questions about their positions from The Hill.

Sanders is the candidate most opposed to nuclear energy—his plan would refuse to renew leases on plants and calls for investments in renewable energy

Fracking–

Sanders and Booker favor a full ban on fracking, while Warren’s campaign on Wednesday said she endorsed a “national ban” which is currently unclear in scope.

“Fracking is a danger to our water supply,” Sanders said in a statement. “It’s a danger to the air we breathe. It causes earthquakes. It’s highly explosive. Safe fracking is, like clean coal, pure fiction. But, most importantly, methane from natural gas contributes to climate change and is setting us on a path to disaster. When we are in the White House, we will end the era of fossil fuels, and that includes fracking.”

As Common Dreams reported Wednesday, Sanders is the only candidate who has “called for such a complete and total fracking ban.”

Most of the rest of the field at the Wednesday forum, however, endorse continuing fracking albeit in a regulated and limited form.

Biden’s position remains unclear.

Let me restate……please check your candidate out as well as all the others and choose the best one that represents your mthoughts and values……

Greenpeace’s ranking of the candidates can be found on the group’s homepage.

You can read more about the plans at HuffPost and find a comprehensive rundown of the candidates on environmental issues from Inside Climate News here and from The Guardian here

The candidates have no real answer for the number one polluter…..

Transportation has become the top source of US pollution, accounting for 29 percent of greenhouse gas pollution, even as the power sector has become cleaner. The margin is only expected to grow. With electric vehicles sales still at barely 1 percent of the US market, Americans’ desire for SUVs after a brief slump has become reinvigorated. Globally, industries like the shipping business and air travel are growing.

The 2020 Dems Have No Serious Plan for Addressing the Single Biggest Source of US Pollution

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GOP Is Cowardly As Well

I have written many times just how cowardly I think the DNC/DCCC has become…it tries to pick the candidates for the voter with the help of the MSM…..and now the GOP has joined into the undemocratic practice.

They are choosing the candidates for the voter……trying to head off any embarrassment for “you know who”……

Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers.

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans.

The moves are the latest illustration of Trump’s takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus. They underscore the extent to which his allies are determined to snuff out any potential nuisance en route to his renomination — or even to deny Republican critics a platform to embarrass him.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/06/republicans-cancel-primaries-trump-challengers-1483126

This means the newest challenger to Trump will face a steeper hill to navigate……

President Trump just picked up another opponent in the Republican primaries: Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot challenge to the current occupant of the Oval Office, reports the AP. “I am here to tell you now that I am going to get in,” Sanford said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. When asked why he was taking on an incumbent who’s popular within the party, Sanford said: “I think we need to have a conversation on what it means to be a Republican. I think that as the Republican Party, we have lost our way.”

The 59-year-old Sanford has long been an outspoken critic of Trump’s. He frequently questioned Trump’s motivations and qualifications during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election and called Trump’s candidacy “a particularly tough pill to swallow.”

That makes 3 challengers to Trump’s candidacy……

Tell me what you think….should the party decide who should represent the people and take it out of the hands of the voter?  Or should the voter be lead around by the nose?

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Biden Stands Strong(?)

I wish I was talking about him standing strong behind some good progressive policies but in this case I am talking about him struggling to defend his lie.

Which lie is that, professor?  Let me remind you what lie……https://lobotero.com/2019/08/30/bidens-new-gaff/

Biden is basically saying that his LIE does not matter……

Last week, the Washington Post detailed how Joe Biden had jumbled up three different war stories into one as part of a campaign anecdote about the bravery of troops. Biden initially defended the accuracy of his account, but he’s now acknowledging the flub while calling it meaningless in the grand scheme, reports NPR. “The details are irrelevant in terms of decision-making,” Biden says in an interview with Asma Khalid. The 76-year-old has long been prone to gaffes, but he says voters should not be concerned. When pressed on the details in the war story, for example, he said: “That has nothing to do with judgment of whether or not you send troops to war, the judgment of whether you bring someone home, the judgment of whether you decide on a health care policy.”

Politico has more from the same interview: “‘The fact that I would forget that it was [Maj. Gen. David] Rodriguez who was pinning—I believe this is the case—pinning a bronze star on a young man was—it’s irrelevant to the point,” he tells Khalid. At the Hill, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Biden ally, says the media is making too big a deal of the former VP’s slip-ups. Americans don’t care, he argues. Biden’s gaffes “are not outright lies; they’re likely the result of a faulty memory or some confusion about the facts,” writes Rendell. The man he wants to replace, by contrast, is a “Liar-in-Chief,” he writes.

He LIED!  That MATTERS!

If his memory is faulty then is he a good candidate?

If the LIES are not important then why is lies a big deal when he talks about Trump?

This most recent LIE is not his first……there is his lie about the Iraq invasion and occupation…..

Count his role in supporting the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as another part of Joe Biden’s long political career that the former vice president—who voted for the war as a senator—doesn’t quite remember correctly. 

In an interview with NPR published Tuesday morning, Biden told reporter Asma Khalid that he opposed the war from the very moment it began in March of 2003 despite voting for its authorization just months earlier.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/09/03/flat-out-lying-critics-reject-biden-effort-re-write-history-his-support-us-invasion

He was against it from the beginning seems to be a popular stand these days…if all that is true then how did they get enough votes to authorize the war?

All this makes Biden a non-candidate in my book…..he will say whatever he needs to say to the audience of the day to gain the nomination.

There is NO difference between Biden and Trump just he is less disgusting than the other.  The media is reporting that Biden’s gaff is not a problem with the hinterland voter…..if true then there is a problem when lying is totally acceptable…at least for me….if he, Biden, will lie about this what else will he lie about to the voter.

If the media is correct then it will explain the sad shape of this nation when lie make NO difference.

For now I am sticking with my choice of candidates and if that fails and Biden becomes the nominee then I shall look toward a alternative.

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Closing Thought–30Aug19

I have been giving my opinions on the Dem candidates for the 2020 nomination……one that does not register well right now is Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota…..

I am not keen on the candidates that state that they will not end our endless wars……and Klobuchar has stated that she would keep US troops in Afghanistan if elected…..

Like other Democrats running for president, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar believes it’s time for American troops fighting in the nearly two-decade-long war in Afghanistan to come home. But she’s also open to keeping a limited U.S. military presence in the country. 

“You could always have training footprints and people working there ready to go if there is a complete upsurge,” Klobuchar said on “Face the Nation” Sunday. “But I think that you have to make sure that this country can function on their own.”

The U.S. currently has about 14,000 troops in the country, but President Trump has signaled he wants a major drawdown as soon as possible, given the seemingly intractable nature of the conflict. Foreign policy hawks in his own party, like staunch ally Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have urged Mr. Trump to maintain a “robust” military presence in Afghanistan for national security purposes. 

Although she also supports withdrawing most U.S. forces from the country, Klobuchar stressed that the U.S. government needs to secure a lasting and balanced agreement with the Taliban that ensures the recent social and political reforms in Afghanistan continue. 

“You want to make sure a lot of the gains we made with women in government and the democracy gains that we made in Afghanistan stay the same,” she said. “But yes, I think we need to start bringing our troops home.”

(wcbi.com)

This is a cop out….many say basically the same thing which is political-speak for the status quo will remain….plus her statement….”to protect the gains…..”  What gains?

Women are still treated like crap……democracy is only in and around the capital Kabul…..again what gains?

My loyalty lies with the candidate that has stated that she will bring the troops home….as a soldier that has served in a war zone I take her at her word.

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Biden’s New Gaff

It is my considerable opinion that the media is doing all they can to keep Biden in the voters mind and keeping him protected as much as possible.

Yes the man is famous for his numerous gaff (lies) but one of his best was made just recently….

Joe Biden has been under fire for gaffes on the campaign trail, but the Washington Post is out with a report about an inaccuracy of a whole different order. It seems that Biden likes to tell a story about how, as vice president, he shrugged off the risk of danger, traveled to Afghanistan, and pinned the Silver Star on a Navy captain who had rappelled down a ravine under enemy fire to retrieve the body of a fellow soldier. “He said, ‘Sir, I don’t want the damn thing!’” Biden told an audience in New Hampshire Friday night. “‘Do not pin it on me, Sir! Please, Sir. Do not do that! He died. He died!'” Moving stuff, and the “God’s truth,” says Biden. But then comes this devastating critique from Matt Viser and Greg Jaffe of the Post: “Almost every detail in the story appears to be incorrect.”

They interviewed more than a dozen troops, commanders, and Biden campaign officials, concluding that it “appears as though the former vice president has jumbled elements of at least three actual events into one story of bravery, compassion and regret that never happened.” For example, Biden did visit Afghanistan—as a senator, not as VP, and he pinned no medals on anyone during the trip. The service member who performed the heroism described by Biden was a young Army specialist, not an older Navy vet, and Biden never pinned a medal on him. President Obama did, though it was the Medal of Honor. As VP, Biden did pin a medal on a service member who didn’t think he deserved it, but it was a Bronze Star, and it went to an Army staff sergeant who tried unsuccessfully to rescue a comrade from a burning Humvee

I have listen to the pundits say Biden is just being Biden or that it was 3 stories put together to make a point, etc etc.

It is a LIE no matter how you want to cut it Biden lied and exaggerated to win hearts and minds….if 3 parts are a lie then the whole damn thing is a LIE!

If it is not FACT then it is a LIE!

It is that simple!

The President lies well go but that does NOT make Biden’s LIE any less a LIE!

The media is brutal on everyone else about exaggerations and lies….but not Biden….why is that?

Listen to the MSM sugar coat this lie while calling out others…that is a prime example.

I have bitched lots about the MSM and the way they are making the case for the nomination of Biden….this illustrates how far they will go to protect Biden’s place in the polls, in the voter’s mind and the headlines.

DO NOT let the media tell you who is your candidate…

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