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Open letter to Howard Dean

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Howard Dean says 'Who knows?' to another presidential run

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It is not just that the magic is gone (Elizabeth Warren is the current GREAT HOPE OF THE AMERICAN LEFT). There is a bigger problem. Running for office is not the way to take America back. We have to do something about the press. So here are some things you could do:

start a blogger fund to support bloggers, give us a business model

start a cable news station

start a radio network

work with low powered radio stations, the ones supporting local communities to develop funding for them

start a fund for livestreamers to support their work

we have to change the public discourse, and for that we need an alternative media. If you have read Scott Shane's Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union, you understand the role of the underground press in taking down communism.

We need an alternative press to take down the culture of corruption. Do for bloggers what Al Gore has done for renewable energy.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

I'd say that these are things that progressives should do, rather than Democratic Party functionaries. There are plenty of examples of "journalism" carried out by organizations dependent on the Democratic Party. Remember the Veal Pen? Part of the reason Barack Obama has gotten the support of those organizations is that those organizations were told where their bread is buttered by LucaRahm.

I'm not all that excited about Dean taking another run at the White House, either, but he may as well.

Submitted by lambert on

In retrospect, "I want my party back!" sounds an awful lot like hope and change, doesn't it? Not that I'm bitter.

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What I find really sad is that, in retrospect, even Hillary Clinton sounds kinda hopey changey.

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F*$$ howard sellout dean and at the same time F$$$ the demodog party, the party of $$$$$$$$$.
I'm not bitter but I do want to get even.

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Submitted by Alexa on

At the risk of sounding like a "tag team" with Cujo359, I share some of the same sentiments.

To my mind, "Hope and Change" doesn't sound that much like "I want my Party back." But in retrospect, from what I've seen of Dean since he ran, and from the past almost five years--both were bogus claims.

And I expect the next Democratic Party candidate (Hillary, Biden, Martin O'Malley (Maryland Governor), Deval, Booker, Villaraigosa, yada, yada) to have a similarly vacuous slogan.

Whatever they choose--it won't mean "jack."

Regarding Joe Biden:

New Biden staffer Reed seen as playing role in deficit compromise
By Erik Wasson - 01/17/11 12:55 PM ET

The hiring of Vice President Joe Biden’s new chief of staff Bruce Reed last week may bolster the chances that the administration and Congress can agree on a long-term deficit reduction package, sources said.

Reed most recently served as the executive director the president’s deficit commission and played a key role in drafting the plan by its chairman to reduce the nation’s debt. The mix of spending cuts, entitlement reform and tax reform gained bipartisan support by a surprising 11 out of 18 members of the commission.

A centrist, Reed, had served as chief domestic policy adviser to President Clinton and was the CEO of the Democratic Leadership Council. . . .

“Bruce will be a voice for deficit reduction within the administration, and if the budget process leads to negotiations on a broader budget deal, Bruce is extremely well suited to play a critical role in helping forge an agreement,” the source said.

Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), who served on the commission and voted for the plan, also praised the selection of Reed.

“Bruce did an outstanding job leading the staff of the President’s Fiscal Commission. He also brings tremendous experience with him from his work at the DLC and in the Clinton Administration. Importantly, Bruce understands the threat from the nation’s long-term debt outlook and will bring an added voice for fiscal responsibility to the Administration’s internal deliberations,” Conrad said in an e-mailed statement.

Nancy Altman, the co-director Social Security Works said Monday she is worried Reed's appointment will endanger entitlement benefits. Altman opposes the debt commission's recommendation that Social Security cost of living increases be reduced and the retirement age be raised.

"I would hope that some advisers to the president and vice president would articulate and champion the view held by the vast majority of the American people -- and which I and many other experts view to be the best policy -- , that benefits should not be cut, either straightforwardly or through an increase in the retirement age; instead, the projected shortfall should be eliminated solely through additional revenue," she said. "Sadly, this is not what Reed is likely to espouse…. Consequently, his appointment appears to be one more voice in what I see as a misguided chorus, and the president and vice president are therefore denied a voice on the inside to argue what many experts believe is the better approach."

An administration official, however, downplayed the role that Reed will have on the debt, noting that it will only be part of his responsibilities. The source said that Jared Bernstein will continue to be Biden’s chief economic adviser.

[My Note: Jared Bernstein supports the Chained CPI and other cuts. Hear him on XM radio and C-Span all the time. He is NO LIBERAL.]

Regarding Howard Dean's run. Don't believe for a minute that it would "change the course of the corporatist, neoliberal agenda of the Establishment (DLC) Dems and Dem Party Elites."

Here's an excerpt of Governor Dean speaking to Lindsey Graham on "Face the Nation" last year.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, you are talking about the senator I'm looking at right now on the screen?

HOWARD DEAN: No, actually I admire this senator because he-- he crossed Grover Norquist on his ridiculous tax pledge and actually admitted that we are going to have to raise both revenues and cut spending. So this senator is an exception to the rule. But the fact is, the other forty-four Republican senators--

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM (overlapping): You're killing me, Howard, you're killing me.

HOWARD DEAN: Yeah, probably not going to help you in South Carolina in any way, Lindsey, right? . . .

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: Well, good question. What Governor Romney said is he would look at Simpson-Bowles as the model. And Simpson-Bowles, the Gang of Six, the Supercommittee--even though it failed--there's a formula that I think will take hold eventually. Nobody wants to raise tax rates. Not one person who has looked at this problem we have as a nation suggested raising tax rates. But Tom Coburn, Pat Toomey, the Gang of Six, Simpson-Bowles Commission--all said let's flatten and broaden the tax base. Let's eliminate deductions and when you ask him how many deductions? I think we should eliminate all deductions except interest on your home and charitable giving with a cap, take that money back into the Treasury--it's a trillion dollars a year we give away in deductions--and use most of it to pay down tax rates and about one-fourth of it to pay down the debt. That's what Simpson-Bowles, the Gang of Six, the Supercommittee tried to do. And I'm confident that's what Governor Romney would embrace.

BOB SCHIEFFER (overlapping): You know--

SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM: And here's the bottom-- here's the bottom-line, Bob, we're not going to get entitlement reform from Democrats unless we put revenue on the table as Republicans. And I'm not going to put revenue on the table as I described without entitlement reform. We know what to do, what we should do it. And we're not going to do it without presidential leadership. So I hope Governor Romney and President Obama will do something before the election to show this leadership.

HOWARD DEAN: I agree with that. You know, I think Senator Graham and I were in the room, we'd probably come to an agreement fairly quickly. He's right. We do have to have entitlement reform. I do not agree that only one-quarter of the tax savings-- and I agree with him on exactly the deductions that should be kept, too. What I don't agree with him on is I believe three-quarters of it ought to go towards paying down the deficit, not one-quarter because the deficit is a huge problem, but I didn't think that was a particularly unreasonable suggestion that he just made.

BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Well, gentlemen, I want to thank both of you.

As with most Democratic Party candidates, "the base" is sold a bill of goods regarding our so-called "progressive" (and usually DLC) candidates.

So now, after having watched Dean on one "business and Sunday talk show" after the other--I know better.

So, even though I was a member of not one, but two Dean DFA chapters, I say:

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

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Submitted by Alexa on

link, jo6pac.

I've run across his blog in the past, but frankly never noticed that a "regular person" could actually leave a comment.

You may just run into me over there, in the future. ;-)

[I guess his being called a "liberal" economist is simply part of the "rebranding and/or redefining" of the word, since the DLC took over the Party in the mid-80's. It never ceases to amaze (and disgust) me.]

He was on with Diane Rehm just this past week, pushing for the "replacement of the Sequester," with the Grand Bargain (although they are careful not to say what they would actually replace the Sequester with).

An actual "liberal" would call for the "repeal" of parts of the sequester (I favor defense cuts--certainly some), and of course would drop the toxic notion of a "Grand Bargain" to begin dismantling the social safety net.

He and Ezra Klein's wife, Annie Lowrey speak eloquently about how they want the Sequester ended "for the poor."

However, last time I checked, the very folks for whom they cry crocodile tears--when it comes to the NOW 140,000 renters who receive housing vouchers--it was 125,000 just several months ago--are also heavily represented in the cohort that would suffer from the implementation of the Chained CPI (seniors and the disabled).

I would imagine that the loss of approximately 3% of one's scheduled Social Security benefit for the rest of one's life, would hit at least as hard as the loss of a rental voucher (which sometimes are "temporary").

OF COURSE, I don't want the toxic cuts to the rental voucher program, SNAP, Meals on Wheels, etc., etc., to remain in this piece of crap, ill-conceived, and gimmicky piece of legislation that Jack Law and Rob Nabors dreamed up.

On the other hand, none of these interviewees touch on "what" the Administration wants to "replace" the Sequester with.

At one time I thought that Rehm was on the side of the people, but over the past few years, she seems to have sold out (so, what else is new, huh?).

Here's a link to the Rehm webpage below, for this particular program.

The Impact Of Sequestration

This is "why" I put up the C-Span video of Dem Rep (and Leadership Member) Chris Van Hollen a week ago.

I wanted to make sure that it was understood that the "Grand Bargain" is not dead--just gone under the radar, through "regular order."

Submitted by Hugh on

Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic party's high visibility anti-progressive neoliberals are beginning to gather and put out feelers to be the next Corporatist in Chief.