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Holy war against Hillary

By Brent Budowsky

What have the American people done to deserve the political campaigns that have become a permanent feature of American life, starring politicians who perpetually escalate every unsavory tactic that brings politics into widespread disrepute?

Today, consider the Republican campaign for the presidency in 2016, which has degenerated into an obsessive war against Hillary Clinton that borders on becoming a vindictive and venomous holy war, that is more reminiscent of political discourse in the Middle East than the contest of serious ideas that should be the hallmark of democratic nations. Tomorrow, we will consider the Democratic side of what is shaping up as a vapid and empty 2016 campaign.

For two years Clinton has been the target of the most personally hostile, lavishly financed and longest-lasting negative campaign of personal destruction and character assassination in the history of presidential politics…

Ever since Clinton left her post as secretary of State, the GOP has been running a nonstop campaign of vilification against her that is the only unifying principle of Republicans. It takes a form of a two-year holy war, financed by huge conservative money, subsidized by taxpayer funding for partisan congressional hearings, that paints a demonic portrait of a woman who does not exist and publishes a book that turns a half truth into a big lie, propagated by presidential candidates who substitute their derision against the demon for the vision of America they lack.

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Senate Cook Goes On Strike

Senate Cook Goes On Strike

(Political Wire) Bertrand Olotara: “Every day, I serve food to some of the most powerful people on earth – including many of the senators who are running for president: I’m a cook for the federal contractor that runs the US Senate cafeteria. But today, they’ll have to get their meals from someone else’s hands, because I’m on strike. I am walking off my job because I want the presidential hopefuls to know that I live in poverty. Many senators canvas the country giving speeches about creating ‘opportunity’ for workers and helping our kids achieve the ‘American dream’ – most don’t seem to notice or care that workers in their own building are struggling to survive.”

“I’m a single father and I only make $12 an hour; I had to take a second job at a grocery store to make ends meet. But even though I work seven days a week – putting in 70 hours between my two jobs – I can’t manage to pay the rent, buy school supplies for my kids or even put food on the table. I hate to admit it, but I have to use food stamps so that my kids don’t go to bed hungry.”

88,000 Applicants and Counting for 55 Units in ‘Poor Door’ Building

And do they have separate water fountains?

88,000 Applicants and Counting for 55 Units in ‘Poor Door’ Building

(New York Times) A glassy new tower in New York City attracted an outcry for featuring one entrance for condominium owners and another for low-income tenants.

But having to walk through a so-called poor door has not deterred those seeking an affordable place to live. As of Monday, the deadline for applying, more than 88,000 people had put their name in for the 55 low-priced units, the developer said.

“I guess people like it,” said Gary Barnett, founder and president of Extell Development Company, the tower’s developer. “It shows that there’s a tremendous demand for high-quality affordable housing in beautiful neighborhoods.”

The Scott Walker Antidote: Minnesota

The Scott Walker Antidote: Minnesota

(Nancy LeTourneau, Washington Monthly) In 2013, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article reminding us that when it comes to population, commerce and politics, Minnesota and Wisconsin have an awful lot in common. But something drastically changed after the 2010 election.

Wisconsin has been cutting taxes, curbing unions, expanding private school vouchers and rejecting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

Minnesota has been raising taxes, empowering unions, legalizing same-sex marriage and embracing Obamacare…

[According to Mother Jones’ Patrick Caldwell,]

Over the past several years, Minnesota has become a testing ground for a litany of policies Democrats hope to enact nationally: legalizing same-sex marriage, making it easier to vote, boosting primary education spending, instituting all-day kindergarten, expanding unionization, freezing college tuition, increasing the minimum wage, and passing new laws requiring equal pay for women. To pay for it all, [Minnesota governor Mark] Dayton pushed a sharp increase on taxes for the top 2 percent—one of the largest hikes in state history. Republicans went berserk, warning that businesses would flee the state and take jobs with them.

The disaster Dayton’s GOP rivals predicted never happened. Two years after the tax hike, Minnesota’s economy is booming. The state added 172,000 jobs during Dayton’s first four years in office. Its 3.6 percent unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country (Wisconsin’s is 5.2 percent), and the Twin Cities have the lowest unemployment rate of any major metropolitan area. Under Dayton, Minnesota has consistently been in the top tier of states for GDP growth. Median incomes are $8,000 higher than the national average. In 2014, Minnesota led the nation in economic confidence, according to Gallup.

I would simply add that recently [Wisconsin governor Scott] Walker announced that Wisconsin will have to skip a $108 million debt payment due to his budget shortfall, while yesterday Minnesota’s state budget office announced a projected $1.9 billion surplus (up $832 million since their last projection in November)…

Dayton has clearly proved that – when all the hype is over – Democratic policies work.

My Message to CNN this Morning

I am sick and tired of the horse race coverage of the 2016 elections from ALL news sources.

Instead of talking about the tactics, the hairdos, and “how it plays in Peoria”, how about providing some history and context to the ISSUES being raised?

For example, when Hillary Clinton talked about income inequality, you had a perfect opportunity to discuss the merits of what she said, instead of how it will be received.

Is it true? What is the history? What is the context? How does income inequality impact the country? What would happen if more Americans had more money (hint: the economy would BOOM)?

CNN could become the network of political information and context, instead of being like all the others.

Clinton’s Iowa game-changer

Clinton’s Iowa game-changer

By Brent Budowsky

In her opening remarks at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa today, Hillary Clinton offered the game-changing idea that she will champion: taking corrupt money out of politics, even if it means promoting a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case. As Iowa voters, American voters and the political media focus on this over time, the notion of a grand national battle led by Clinton to reform our politics is the kind of futuristic reforming politics that is fervently desired by the Democratic base and mainstream America.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a huge game-changer, presaging a long overdue national debate about the corruptions of money in politics after the Citizens United decision, which essentially gave the super-wealthy the power to buy elections by destroying bipartisan congressional efforts to limit the corrupting power of political money.

This is big news: Clinton supporting a constitutional amendment will make the corruption caused by money in politics one of the major issues in the campaign, and align Clinton with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the large majority of Americans who have expressed their disapproval of Citizens United in polls.

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton’s support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.

This site was hacked.

My WordPress database was deleted by someone who hacked my account. I was able to restore from a not-so-recent backup, but I suspect that the post below (reposted today) had something to do with the attack. How dare I expose the hatefulness of the right?

ISIS in America

From “Art Vandelay”:

Get raped and killed, you cunt!

I wish you would die and get raped, you liberal cunt! Better yet, I would love to round up the liberals, communists, and socialists and Green Party people and give them the Holocaust treatment. Yes, that’s the right, I want a final solution to the Leftist Problem and see you and your type die!

Lower Blood Sugar Levels May Be Good for the Brain

New posts at Many Years Young 10/25/13

Lower Blood Sugar Levels May Be Good for the Brain

Major Alzheimer’s Risk Factor Reduced by Red Wine Ingredient

Blood Pressure Drugs Decrease Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Learning new skill beats puzzles for boosting seniors’ memory

Tip-of-the-tongue moments not tied to memory decline

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Flu shots may reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes, death

New posts at Many Years Young 10/23/13

Flu shots may reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes, death

AHA: Focus On Prevention, Not Just Treatment, Of Heart Disease

How can you lower your heart attack risk?

5 Foods To Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Measuring age by altered DNA, not birthday candles

New posts at Many Years Young 10/22/13

Measuring age by altered DNA, not birthday candles

Controlling Triggers of Age-Related Inflammation Could Extend ‘Healthspan’

How can eating well help you as you get older?

Eat Your Way To 100

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American men: Dudes, you’re porky!

New posts at Many Years Young 10/21/13

American men: Dudes, you’re porky!

High-Fat Diet, Night Light Combo Puts on Pounds

Oreo Addiction

Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies OKs junk food tax

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4 Mindful Ways To Take Advantage Of Autumn

New posts at Many Years Young 10/20/13

4 Mindful Ways To Take Advantage Of Autumn

Meditation Beats Anxiety By Activating Certain Brain Regions, Study Finds

Enhance Your Well Being Through Breath Meditation

Yoga as Medicine

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Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, and the Tea Party victory in the shutdown battle

 

Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, and the Tea Party victory in the shutdown battle

 

By Brent Budowsky

 

The recent fiasco increases the odds Democrats can win back control of the House and keep control of the Senate

 

[But] the Tea Party won a great economic victory in the shutdown battle by forcing President Obama and Democrats to accept more than $70 billion of spending cuts and forcing them to accept continuation of the budget cuts of the sequester

 

Who is the powerful voice of progressives in Washington, on matters of creating jobs and fighting poverty, comparable to the Tea Party’s passion of the right? The answer: There is none.

 

My advice to Hillary Clinton is to bring back two words that have been lost in American politics and lost in nations throughout the world, words that were once the public trust of progressives everywhere. Those words are: Full employment. I’d like to see Clinton start giving speeches, the sooner the better, using the words “full employment” and beginning the great and huge debate that this nation, and our world, urgently needs

 

As the next round of budget negotiations begins, we should not be debating how much austerity to impose and how much more pain to allocate to the impoverished and the poor. We should be discussing how many new jobs to create and how to bring about those two words that should reenter our national debate and be echoed around the world: full employment.

 

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Better park signs can spur more people to exercise, study says

New posts at Many Years Young 10/18/13

Better park signs can spur more people to exercise, study says

Exercise May Help Knees More Than Glucosamine And Chondroitin

Exercise and cholesterol

Vigorous workouts lower risk of high blood pressure

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Broccoli, Peanut Butter, Soy, Walnuts Are Cancer Fighters

New posts at Many Years Young 10/17/13

Broccoli, Peanut Butter, Soy, Walnuts Are Cancer Fighters

How to Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

Walking tied to fewer breast cancers in older women

The Stress and Cancer Link

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Finding Health: Is It That Complicated?

New posts at Many Years Young 10/16/13

Finding Health: Is It That Complicated?

It’s Simple, Easy And Free — And It Will Improve Your Health

Even if quitting smoking leads to weight gain, it still helps

Food is often the best medicine

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Treating Sleep Apnea to Address Dementia

New posts at Many Years Young 10/15/13

Treating Sleep Apnea to Address Dementia

COPD May Trigger Cognitive Decline

Potential link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s

Common Fungicide Induces Parkinson’s Symptoms in Mice

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Polyphenols in Diet Associated With Longevity

New posts at Many Years Young 10/14/13

Polyphenols in Diet Associated With Longevity

What Germans Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

Why Switzerland Has Some Of The Happiest, Healthiest Citizens In The World

Death Rates Higher Among Middle Aged, Elderly When Economy Is Booming

Plus lots more.

We’ve Gotten The Pursuit Of Happiness All Wrong, Until Now

New posts at Many Years Young 10/13/13

We’ve Gotten The Pursuit Of Happiness All Wrong, Until Now

People, Not Things, Bring Happiness, Study Shows

Experts Say These Magic Words Will Change Your Life

The Simple Things You Should Be Doing Every Morning (But Aren’t)

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