charley-on-the-mta

Co-founder and -editor of Blue Mass. Group. Singer & voice teacher by trade. Dad and husband. Lives in Arlington.

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  1. Markey, yes (0 Replies)

    Sheldon Whitehouse is a man on fire (huh). Brian Schatz from HI. Merkley from OR. Guessing that Kamala Harris (CA) will be. Less prominent but active are Klobuchar and Cantwell.

    Markey has been the Little Red Hen on climate for literally decades. As for what he’s done lately … Well he’s in the minority, and yet last year he helped pass — yes, pass, with bipartisan support — a toxics bill.
    https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/udall-markey-durbin-announce-agreement-on-chemical-safety-reform-bill

  2. She was a addicted (0 Replies)

    To a drug. A powerfully addictive one, and one that felled millions of others too.

    Yes, people who do things “wrong” in life deserve care. How organ transplants get prioritized is a very difficult question indeed — generally by prospects for survival, currently — but I can’t get with this playing God via moral judgment that is so popular on the right..

  3. The definition ... (0 Replies)

    Of fascism that I learned in college is that it is at once corporate, anti-labor, racist, populist, nationalistic, and anti-democratic.

    So you know, “fascist” works pretty well. Bannon’s done his homework and he fits the bill.

  4. Even yet still more Perriello (2 Replies)

    A podcast for the New Republic. He’s great. This is the Dem sweet spot: Actually progressive, not corporate, nor brittle lefty, down to earth, Main Street, communitarian. Perriello/Buttigieg 2020.
    https://newrepublic.com/article/140400/primary-concerns-episode-43-tom-perriello-triumph-confident-progressivism

  5. Part of the economy (1 Reply)

    Public or private, it’s a part of the economy. And if you think parochial business interests aren’t a defining factor in this issue, imagine if MA went single payer and imposed price controls on Partners et al. The fur. Would. Fly.

  6. "Doesn't want it" (0 Replies)

    Some Dems would be great with Medicare for All. Some not. And that’s probably a true reflection of the feelings of their constituents.

    Particularly if some version of Trumpcare gets passed, it’s a good time to talk principles of cradle-to-grave health care for every last person.

  7. "Even worse" (0 Replies)

    I think 24 million more uninsured is a difference in kind, not degree.

  8. "Originalism" (2 Replies)

    I’m sure some smart people can explain this to me, but I can’t get beyond this: Even if the law’s language doesn’t change, *reality* does change. And the way the law maps onto reality changes. It has to! No lawmaker anticipates all the possible applications of the law. So naturally, laws have to be read in non-obvious ways. To claim the text on one’s side so often seems obtuse at best, presumptuous as hell otherwise.

  9. I'm not gonna call hin (0 Replies)

    “An enemy of the people”. Nasty history to that phrase, including from the Orange Menace himself.

    I would say, “no friend to the interests of the vast majority of people.” Or something more graceful.

  10. Seems to me ... (1 Reply)

    We ought to notice when Trump makes an argument *from the left*. One has to acknowledge that through his haze of demented aggression, he’s got an ear for telling people what they want to hear, QED.

    But sometimes that’s what we’re *already* saying. Which can be unnerving.

  11. redlining, sentencing disparities, health disparities (1 Reply)

    Don’t forget redlining, which prevent blacks from building wealth via their own real estate. Or sentencing disparities, which still exist; or health care discrimination, which is extremely well-documented. This is *now*.

    “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past”

  12. I like Brown. (0 Replies)

    We are short of 40-something governors et al with charisma and a marketable record. O’Malley could use some spit-shine — this stuff can be learned.

    Buttigieg 2028

  13. "easy way out" (1 Reply)

    And respectfully, I think after 100+ years of advocacy for universal health care of some kind, and the resultant political fallout, I would not refer to the ACA as “the easy way out”. I think it’s rather easier to declare oneself to be on the right side of an issue, as Himmelstein does, without actually digging into a give-and-take legislative process which is *designed* to disappoint.

  14. "Bernie .." (1 Reply)

    “Would have won…”

    Tell me who’s going to win in 2020 (and 2018). Much more interested in that plz

  15. With all respect (1 Reply)

    To you and the merits of single-payer, it does not shock me that Himmelstein didn’t have a nice meeting with Baucus. Himmelstein has been one of the “doesn’t play well with others” SP advocates (unlike, say, Sanders).

    Meanwhile the ACA has saved actual lives, while DH would not have sullied by being involved in such a corporate sellout.

    I like single payer. I think Himmelstein’s political strategy is … Doomed to fail.

  16. in no way (2 Replies)

    can voting for Trump be deemed a “rational decision”. But he was offering a return to the past. The task is to offer a *plausible* future — one that seems attractive and attainable. We will be working against Stockholm Syndrome in coal country: People want their unsafe, life-curtailing coal jobs in a dying industry back. They don’t know any different.

  17. more government, please (0 Replies)

    Many folks who don’t like the ACA think it doesn’t go far enough. Price controls. Public option. etc.

    Even Trump — very sensibly! — suggested negotiating with drug companies for better prices, which was the Dems major objection to Medicare Part D.

  18. I've mentioned before ... (0 Replies)

    that the Globe ought to be in the habit of using *annualized* rates of growth, for everything — public employee contracts, etc. “16% over four years” – I mean, a nice bump but not crazy.

  19. "Fair" (0 Replies)

    Bro, these clowns are not freaking Copernicus. They’re trolls whose intent is to exhaust and delay, to “annihilate truth”, as Garry Kasparov says. I ran out of patience with that about 10 years ago.