Person #4125: 41 Posts

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  1. Mainstream Media Continues to Fail (0 Replies)

    Remember when Les Moonves, head of CBS, said his 24/7 coverage of Trump “It May Not Be Good for America, but It’s Damn Good for CBS.” Well, nothing’s changed in corporate America … even here in Boston, where we also have Trump’s favorite QB, coach, and NFL team owner. It’s a not-so-brave new world.

  2. Let's not get carried away (2 Replies)

    There are no profound changes in the GOP yet. We’ll have to wait ’til after Hillary’s election to see what happens to The Party of Lincoln (TPOL). Will these racist tools of the Koch Bros., like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, continue to rule, or will TPOL go the way of the Whigs? I suppose this country needs two parties, but it will continue to be hard to give reasons why … unless TPOL starts living up to its namesake.

  3. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy! (0 Replies)

    But only a Texas school would keep him on in any capacity.

  4. Go Big or Go Back to the 20th Century! (0 Replies)

    With Kinder Morgan running up the white flag, it’s clear we’ve finally entered the 21st Century. Yes, it’s probably too late to stop a lot of the damage caused by our energy policies to date, but we replay the 20th Century at our peril. Let Massachusetts show the country — including The Donald and The Koch Bros — how to build a renewables-based economy — and future: Go Big on wind and solar.

  5. Prohibition 2.0 (1 Reply)

    Yes, Prohibition 2.0 is as much of a failure as Prohibition 1.0, the original Volstead Act version. It took 13 years, from 1920 to 1933, for us to learn you can’t keep people from their booze. But you can regulate and tax alcohol. You can educate young people on its dangers, and you can develop programs to help alcoholics. The problem with drugs today is no different.

    If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, then when it comes to drug policy in the U.S., we are truly insane.

    But we can recover, first by admitting Prohibition 2.0 is a failure, then by legalizing, regulating, and taxing all drugs. This should put a dent in the illegal drug trade, keep little old ladies from getting hit on the head while also reducing convenience liquor store robberies, and we might even save some money on law enforcement.

  6. There was this fellow from Austria ... (0 Replies)

    … back early in the last century whom both industrialists and the military thought they could control, so they supported him for Chancellor in 1932. How’d that work out?

  7. Of all these Benedict Arnold companies ... (0 Replies)

    … Apple is the worst. Steve Jobs and now Tim Cook, in all their black t-shirt smugness, could have set an example by manufacturing iPhones here in their home country, providing jobs for Americans. But no. They took their jobs to China, and I for one will never forgive them for that. The fact that they are blackmailing US taxpayers is just in keeping with their corporate values. At least Goldman Sachs makes no pretense about their values, which we know is to screw the US taxpayer.

  8. Stop complaining and elect progressive Dems ... otherwise ... (3 Replies)

    … it’s just NADER, NADER, NADER, NADER … all over again. Look what’s happened in Maine. There is no shortcut. I rest my case.

  9. 'Nader Party' Would Work (0 Replies)

    Just ask the Dems in Maine. If you’re not happy with our Dem Legislature, or the MassDems Party, join us to make it better. Third parties just enable the likes of George W. Bush and Paul LePage.

  10. Stop the presses, there's poverty in the Bay State! (2 Replies)

    No doubt more Charter Schools will be the miracle solution, along with more tax breaks for GE, etc.

  11. Toward Privatizing Education (0 Replies)

    I’m sure the MTA knows it, but do their members? Really? The long-term goal of the Pioneer Inst., and its founder Le Grand Charles Baker, is to do away with public schools, to corporatize and privatize public education in the very state that started public education in the U.S. almost 400 years ago. And that means doing away with public school teachers, their unions, and the very protections that those unions provide. And charter schools are the first step in that process. So, teachers, time to engage … while you still have jobs. Whether its Baker, Trump, Cruz, Rubio, or whomever, the simple truth is they do not have your long-term interests at heart.

  12. Let's start modestly ... (0 Replies)

    … with a standardized medical bill that we ALL can UNDERSTAND. Wouldn’t that be a breakthrough?

  13. Cheaper than the Olympics (0 Replies)

    Yes, GE’s move to Boston is costing us money, but it’s a lot less than the Olympics would have cost us, and unlike the Olympics there may be long-term benefits, i.e., GE may start a parade of tech leaders to MA (I hope not all in Boston) — sans the blackmail. Our elected officials have to understand that like GE, they need us more than we need them. So yeah, for now Liz’s “bland hurrah” is sufficient.

  14. Amber Alert Issued for MA Democratic Party (1 Reply)

    The MDP has not been seen alive for a year, and suspicions are growing that it has been taken captive by Le Grand Charles. While no ransom notes have been received, the “no new taxes” pledge emanating from the House side of the legislature is evidence that the formerly robust and progressive MDP is now on life support. Please notify the authorities if you have any information that could lead to its renewal.

  15. Charlie Baker: A failed leader (0 Replies)

    Our governor, who is now siding with the likes of Alabama Gov. Bentley in post-Paris fear mongering, is an embarrassment. FDR told the nation we have nothing to fear but fear itself, but we have a Republican governor who folds up like a $2 suitcase in the face of a desperate and weak criminal enterprise (ISIS/ISIL). Imagine what he would have done if instead of ISIS/ISIL he was facing the Wehrmacht? Charlie, you have failed the leadership test. You are unqualified to lead this state, let alone the nation.

  16. Well, I'm disappointed that you're disappointed (1 Reply)

    How could you possibly have expected anything else? Whether Trump believes his BS or not is beside the point. Today’s GOPers live in a parallel universe where “reality” is something Fox News creates and facts are just some trivial annoyance. As Paul Krugman notes: “I do want to weigh in for a minute on Donald Trump’s tax plan — which would, surprise, lavish huge cuts on the wealthy while blowing up the deficit. That’s in contrast to Jeb Bush’s plan, which would lavish huge cuts on the wealthy while blowing up the deficit, and Marco Rubio’s plan, which would lavish huge cuts on the wealthy while blowing up the deficit.” Nuff said.

  17. Dan Wolf should have been allowed to run for Gov ... (0 Replies)

    … that he wasn’t is a loss for all of us (and of course the reason he wasn’t allowed to run was pure BS). He ran a great session. Three takeaways: If you want to reduce income inequality: 1) adopt a progressive income tax; 2) put more money into education, especially the early years; and 3) invest in infrastructure … not only would it create jobs and raise hourly wages across the board, it would make our economy more efficient, promoting growth, which then creates more jobs!

  18. Looks as though Dems need to do some house-cleaning (1 Reply)

    If Rep. Bradley represents “leadership” on this, then we will need a very big broom indeed. Good work Matt Barron.

  19. Barney lives in the REAL world (1 Reply)

    … and he speaks the truth: While Bernie has raised issues that HRC must address, and that is a valuable contribution, the longer we take to organize behind one candidate, and raise the obscene amounts of money that will be required to win, the harder the job will be come 2016. Having lost two consecutive elections, the Koch brothers and their ilk will be on a spending frenzy this time around, a frenzy like we’ve never seen: they will throw money at the GOPer candidate, at voter suppression efforts, on a 2016 version of the Swift Boat ads that sunk John Kerry in 2004, on voter registration efforts, and this will not be limited to attacking HRC, they’re coming after state reps and state senators, too. So yeah, Barney isn’t being anti-Democratic, he’s talking the truth. We’re in for the fight of our lives, and we’d better unify soon if we’re going to win because losing the White House is one thing we must not do.

  20. Who's side is he on? (1 Reply)

    Clearly not ours. As noted above, Chuck is a Wall Street shill who does not have the President’s back. He cannot distinguish the nation’s interest from his own parochial interests, and as a consequence he does not qualify to lead Senate Dems. MoveOn is already urging its members to withhold campaign contributions to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. As Dan Pfeiffer, a former top aide to Obama, tweeted in support of MoveOn’s effort: “The base won’t support a leader who thought Obamacare was a mistake and wants War with Iran.” Go Liz.