My Post That Krugman Links To

Paul Krugman links to a post I wrote last year. With the revote on Fast Track possibly coming up soon I think it is a good post to repeat. So here it is.

Democrats Who Move Right Lose Elections – There Is No “Center”

Mainstream Democratic campaign consultants and pollsters typically tell candidates they should “move to the right” and campaign to the “center” with positions that are “between” the “left” and the “right.” This is the way, they say, to “attract swing voters” who would be “scared off” by a candidate who takes populist positions that favor the interests of the 99 percent over the interests of the 1 percent.

Polling and experience show that exactly the opposite might be true.

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Live or Later: Virtually Speaking Podcast 6pm pacific/9pm eastern

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Bankrupt American public policy: TransPacific Partnership (TPP); the Republican budget; Iran treaty. Clinton and the dominance of centrist policy and rhetoric in the Dem party.

Commentary from Dave Johnson, Stuart Zechman, Jay Ackroyd. Follow @DCJohnson @Stuart_Zechman @JayAckroyd

2015 Media Panel Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman. Alternates: Susan Madrak, Sara Robinson, Spocko, Charles Lenchner.

Listen live or later: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/virtuallyspeaking/2015/04/06/dave-johnson-stuart-zechman-vs-sundays

Virtually Speaking Tonite 9ET/6PT Dave Johnson and Joan McCarter

Virtually Speaking is an online radio show that you can listen to at any time, live or later. It features online progressive “personalities” — people you see doing a lot of writing online.

Tonite I am on with Joan McCarter of Daily Kos. Moderator is Jay Ackroyd.

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Topics:

Which lies really matter, Brian Williams’ or Dick Cheney’s?

GOP governors and Medicaid expansion encapsulated in King v Burwell and the tension in the party between doing as the Koch’s command and what their constituents need.

Joan McCarter — Senior Political Writer and regular front page contributor to Daily Kos. Joan writes about national legislative developments. Follow @joanmccarter

Dave Johnson — Fellow with Campaign for America’s Future and Senior Fellow with Renew California. Read Dave at Seeing the Forest, Campaign for America’s Future and Alternet. Follow @DCJohnson

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Virtually Speaking Tonite – Get Yourself Some Dave

9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific http://www.blogtalkradio.com/virtuallyspeaking/2014/11/10/dave-johnson-dave-waldman-vs-sundays. Click for live or to listen later.

Election post-mortem, did candidates “distancing” themselves from Obama and core Democratic policies help them get votes or drive away base Dems? Disarray in the GOP?

Robert Reich’s statement – on Facebook! – that Dems must get their act together and appeal to regular people’s economic needs — or else we need a new party.

And, if there is time … “pointergate” to insane to be ignored.

Dave Johnson, David Waldmanprovide the commentary, with Jay Ackroyd. Satire from Culture of Truth.

The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes

I have this posted over at AlterNet: 5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes

Corporations get enormous benefits that regular “persons” do not. One of the biggest is limited liability. This means that the shareholders are not liable for the debts of the corporation. A corporation can get in a lot of trouble, financial and otherwise, and then just close up shop, divide its assets to its creditors, and the shareholders can just walk away losing only the money they originally put in. While it might be a “person” to certain members of the Supreme Court, there is no person to be made to work off the debt or to put in jail.

Corporations also enjoy lower tax rates than people do. (Except for the people who make a gain from the shares: they get a special, even lower tax rate called “capital gains.” Why is this? The capital gains tax rate is lower because the wealthiest make most of their income from capital gains, and the wealthiest make most of their income from capital gains because the capital gains tax rate is lower.)

And of course, corporate “persons” never have to die.

Read the rest at AlterNet.

Virtually Speaking Tonite 6PT / 9ET

6p pt/9pm et – Avedon Carol & Dave Johnson

Shortsighted centrism empowers republicans while implementing bad policy. Triangulation backfires, as with immigration or misses opportunities, as with the ACA, SS benefit cuts, gay marriage. Policy and political concerns would be much more successful if widely popular, effective polices were adopted. Instead, we get Rahm’s memo. Plus political satire from @Bobblespeak

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The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman

5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You’re Fabulously Wealthy

I have this up over at AlterNet: 5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You’re Fabulously Wealthy,

The housing market is supposedly recovering, yet the homeownership rate is dropping. Meanwhile rents in urban areas were already high but now are absolutely skyrocketing. What’s going on? As millions lost their homes many of the houses were and are being bought up by large investors. And what do these investors want? They want rent and lots of it. According to a NY Times report, In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class, “In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared ‘the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.’ ”

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Meet the Billionaires Using Their Immense Wealth to Make Life Miserable for Ordinary Americans

I wrote this for AlterNet: Meet the Billionaires Using Their Immense Wealth to Make Life Miserable for Ordinary Americans: 5 examples of billionaires pushing a right-wing economic agenda.

Here is how it works these days: You start hearing about a big, national problem and then it becomes a drumbeat. First there are a few articles and columns mentioning that such-and-such is a problem. Then a number of articles appear, then a “study” from a “think tank” confirms the problem and sounds the alarm about how terrible it is, and then just as the issue seems to be the only thing you are hearing about a solution is presented. Of course, the solution always involves taking something away from you and giving it to some company or industry standing in front of a billionaire or three. The right question to start asking when you hear about these “problems” is which billionaire is driving this.

Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.

Go read the rest at AlterNet!

8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain

I wrote this for AlterNet: 8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain,

On the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Republicans are whipping out “compassionate conservatism” again, in an attempt to rebrand themselves as something other than the harsh, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-everything wingnuts they have been showing us they are. It’s a strategy Republicans default to when they’ve taken things to such an extreme that the country is revolted. And here we are with Republicans pretending to have proposals geared toward fighting poverty instead of just boosting the fortunes of those who already have huge fortunes.

Read the rest at AlterNet.

The Left Hook – A New Progressive Blog For Silicon Valley

Take a look at a newcomer to the scene: The Left Hook: Politics with a Punch.

“The Left Hook offers a progressive perspective on issues that impact Silicon Valley. We stand for social and economic justice, and our writers seek to advance those values by bringing to light current events and issues that too often are neglected. Although this site is curated by the South Bay Labor Council, its subjects will not be limited to labor issues. The Left Hook will provide a platform for a broad spectrum of news and commentary from a wide variety of citizen journalists. ”

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