California Corporatist Dems Sink Popular Single Payer Healthcare Bill

by Scott Creighton

Given this dysfunctional reality under the ACA, it’s remarkable that neither major political party has a plan to truly fix the situation,”  Dr. John Geyman

While disabled people are staging “die-ins” outside Mitch McConnell’s D.C. office and getting dragged down the hall and arrested by our “heroic” Capitol Police, California unDemocratic Party members are busy torpedoing a very popular single payer healthcare bill that had already passed in the state Senate and looked ready to move forward into becoming law.

“A high-profile effort to establish a single-payer healthcare system in California sputtered on Friday when Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) decided to shelve the proposal.

Rendon announced late Friday afternoon that the bill, SB 562 by state Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), would not advance to a policy hearing in his house, dampening the measure’s prospect for swift passage this year…

Rendon took pains to note that his action does not kill the bill entirely — because it is the first year of a two-year session, it could be revived next year.

But the move is nonetheless a major setback for legislation that has electrified the Democratic party’s progressive flank.

The California Nurses Assn., the bill’s sponsors and the state’s most vocal advocates for single-payer, blasted Rendon’s decision as “cowardly.”

“Acting in secret in the interests of the profiteering insurance companies late Friday afternoon abandons all those people already threatened by Congress and the Trump administration,” Deborah Burger, the union’s co-president, said in a statement.” L.A. Times

While the governor of the state, Jerry Brown, acknowledged “the tremendous excitement behind the measure” he ultimately concluded “basic and fundamental questions remain unanswered,” as he agreed with the decision to kill single payer in Cali.

What basic questions might Gov. Brown be referring to you ask? Well… there is this:

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“The only reasons these cuts to Medicaid are in this bill is to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans”

Well, that is true. But it’s also to defund Medicaid so they can create a crisis thereby giving them the opportunity to say “look, state-run programs don’t work, let’s privatize it” And they do this to all sorts of government programs like the Department of Education, the Post Office and the Veteran’s Administration.

The Establishment’s Russia Fixation Takes A Dark Turn: An Interview With Stephen F. Cohen

What is this New McCarthyism Really About? What’s Old is New Again

by Scott Creighton

Russian affairs expert Stephen F. Cohen recently sat down with Michael Tracy and discussed the root cause of what they called the “establishment’s Russia fixation”

During the interview Tracy rightly pointed out that even the fringe so-called “progressive” side of the unDemocratic Party are routinely inserting anti-Russian rhetoric into their public discourse and he said this bodes badly for the party and the people of the country as a whole. Stephen agreed with him and went on and on about how these talking points are being disseminated by the old Hillary Clinton crowd in an effort to rewrite the history of her loss in 2016 and spin it into something it wasn’t.

I’ve noticed a marked shift in the political rhetoric as of late as it refers to the fake-left side of our one party, the Business Party, political system. And I think this has been having an effect on the wave of New McCarthyism we’ve been seeing.

Since this special election loss in Georgia, the unDemocratic Party and the media are all starting to recognize what we “fringe” populists leftists have been saying for some time now and that is the old DNC holds nothing for us other than contempt and that’s because they understand their Republican-lite brand isn’t going to satisfy the majority of the party anymore.

Try as they have, try as they might, their effort to turn left-leaning Americans into “centrist” neoliberal moderate republicans has failed. And if these past 4 special elections, the presidential election of 2016, the unDemocratic Party primary of 2016 (which Hillary had to steal in order to “win” the nomination) and the 1,000 various seats they have lost are any indication… they have failed BADLY.

In the wake of all of this failure, the unDemocratic Party has been consistent in only one response to it: doubling down on the core issue at the heart of the failure which is them becoming more and more dependent on corporate money funneling in at record levels as Nancy Pelosi steers her ship of state toward the iceberg.

If this keeps up, one might start to think they are getting paid by Big Business to lose, if one were so inclined to think in conspiratorial ways that is.

It is true the establishment fake-left doesn’t wish the American public to believe a populist ran against one of their own and won. It’s never good to embolden the rabble in that fashion. Our “democracy” is founded on us being told what is best for us and having us believe it.

Our “democracy” is also founded as of late on what Big Business deems “stability”… kind of like the stability it seeks in other countries when their people “vote the wrong way” and we have to issue a “correction” in the installation of a good and solid puppet to run the country with an iron fist for a couple of decades on behalf of our national interests.

That is “stability”

That’s why we have the Washington Consensus. Both parties are neoliberal Business Firsters and we simply don’t allow even the thought of a third party to enter into the minds of the voting public. Just ask Nader about that. After Ross Perot gave ’em a scare back in 92, they vowed to never ever let that happen again. And you can ask Bernie Sanders about that one as well considering the fact that if he had taken up Jill Stein’s offer… Donald Trump would be back on NBC telling washed up celebrities “You’re fired!” right about now.

So yes, Hillary was supposed to win and it didn’t work out that way. But in the end, the Duke of Orange is still going to do his best to serve the interests of the American oligarchs and Big Business and after a little tiff with the good folks at the CIA and State Department, he’s kind of got his mind right with our interventionist foreign policy. I mean after all, what is neoliberalism without ruthless global aggression to provide new markets for our vulture capitalists?

So, in a sense, Stephen is correct to some degree. Yes, they wish to rewrite the history of the previous presidential election in order to frame it as Russian interference rather than a populist uprising against the establishment’s front-woman. That is clear.

But is it the overriding motive? Hardly.

Last night Rachel Maddow did a whole show building up to some writer’s unsubstantiated claim that Trump was somehow in the pocket of Vladamir Putin via some more of her 6 degrees of separation now via some banking deal from 10 or so years ago and the Russian mob of all things.

This “Russian Mob” story has been floated before and Jimmy Dore even floated it himself a month or so ago saying “this is the where they are going to find Trump’s REAL corruption”

The story is ludicrous but it shows how determined they are to continue smearing the current president for political reasons not associated with the very real harm his administration of neoliberal billionaires is attempting to do to the people of this country. It’s a meaningless and vapid accusation that will go nowhere but it will garner viewers and continue with the all important new McCarthyism they have been ginning up for a year or longer.

So what’s it’s all about?

Well, it’s about a lot of things. None of them particularly new.

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Russia’s Lavrov calls on US to respect Syrian sovereignty

(Do you think he’s talking about the West’s “freedom fighters” the Kurds trying to steal half of Syria for their Greater Kurdistan project? I think he is)

from Press TV

…“We call on everyone to avoid unilateral moves, respect Syrian sovereignty and join our common work which is agreed with the Syrian Arab Republic’s government,” Lavrov said.

He said all actions in Syria must be coordinated with legitimate Syrian authorities, “especially when it comes to the occupation of certain territories in Syria, including those that could prompt questions from the point of view of the true intentions of those who carry out such seizures.”..

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