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Name: Manny Goldstein
Gender: Male
Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
Current location: Remulak, as far as I can tell
Member since: Tue Aug 30, 2005, 08:44 AM
Number of posts: 34,589

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I am so utterly sick of this Third Way shit.

I come home from a tough day at work, and I get to read how I'm being free-traded by Obama and Halliburton - in secret, of course:

Obama Trade Document Leaked, Revealing New Corporate Powers And Broken Campaign Promises

In late May, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), chair of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, introduced new legislation that would require the White House to share trade documents with all members of Congress and their qualified staff. The move was largely a symbolic act of protest against the secrecy the White House has imposed on a new trade deal, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The agency responsible for trade negotiations -- the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative -- had denied Wyden office access to any of the draft documents involved in the trade pact, offering an unusual legal argument that only a handful of members of Congress were permitted to view them. After Wyden introduced his legislation, however, USTR partially relented, allowing Wyden to see the documents, but not his staff.

"I would point out how insulting it is for them to argue that members of Congress are to personally go over to USTR to view the trade documents," Hoelzer said. "An advisor at Halliburton or the MPAA is given a password that allows him or her to go on the USTR website and view the TPP agreement anytime he or she wants."

The general public and most nonprofit organizations have no access to the documents, although a number of corporate officials can see them.

Obama's been a tragic disappointment, but I desperately want to vote for him if only to keep the Trust Fund Bully out of the White House. But, each day, I feel like I'm rooting to be smashed with a hammer instead of being thrown in a wood chipper.

This sucks.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jun 13, 2012, 09:29 PM (497 replies)

Vote for Democrats. We have no choice, really.

And ask everyone you know to vote for Democrats, too.

Last night I posted a rather scathing screed. I was in a foul mood for various reasons, and I stand by what I said - that neither political party, as a whole, is looking out for working Americans.

HOWEVER, that doesn't mean that both parties are the same. The Republicans are much worse. Much, much worse. Incredibly terrible. It'd be nuts to vote for them, or to not work to get Democrats elected.

Some of us are lucky - looks like I'll get to vote for one definite FDR Democrat this fall (Ms. Warren), and another probable Liberal (Mr. Kennedy). And, unless something unexpected happens, I'll grit my teeth and vote for the other people on our party's ticket. I hope that you'll do the same.

And then let's start getting more FDR Democrats on our tickets.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Thu May 17, 2012, 10:19 PM (131 replies)

Wake up folks: nobody with power gives a fuck about you.

This might get me tossed off of DU, but it has to be said: both parties work for the 1%. The 99% are speed bumps and rubes.

Democrats working to deregulate banks, cut Social Security, and offshore our industries? Not my Democrats. Not Democrats by any historical measure.

I call bullshit on those that call for timidity and triangulation. We've done that for 18 years - and here we are. Do you like where we are? I don't. I think it sucks, and it needs to stop.

When L.B.J. was told that the Civil Rights Act would be folly to attempt with an obstructionist Congress, did he run off and whine about realism? Fuck no. He said “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?”, and he got out there and he fought. And he won. For the 99%.

That's what people in our corner do: they get out there and fight. Bare knuckles, teeth bared.

News flash: anyone who says that they're compromising away your life in the name of realism and moderation is not your friend. Don't be their friend, either.

Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 16, 2012, 07:45 PM (341 replies)

PROOF that the Financial Industry is TERRIFIED of Obama

I had been thinking that President Obama has been lax on the financial industry, but I was wrong.

Turns out they're actually terrified of his Administration: in fact, financial fraud has dropped to new lows! See this striking chart of prosecutions of financial institutions for fraud:

Looking at the chart, we see that financial institutions ran wild under Clinton, started getting scared under Bush, and now are absolutely under Obama's thumb - financial fraud is down more than 50% today!

Thanks to ThinkProgress for setting me straight!
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon May 7, 2012, 07:50 PM (37 replies)

Please rec to show your support for the people of France, England and Greece in

rejecting austerity against the 99% as the way forward.

Putting the screws to the non-hyper-wealthy is not only brutal and immoral, it has never ever been demonstrated to work:

How to End This Depression - Paul Krugman

Please rec this post if you've had enough of this austerity bullshit. Until this sickness stops, this depression doesn't stop: it's that simple.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Sun May 6, 2012, 09:54 PM (89 replies)

We can start with the 2011 State of the Union Address

Here's the quote: "To put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations. We must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans' guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market."

So we need to cut it, but not slash it, for future generations. Obama kept using this cute phraseology after the SOTU, until he got busted by the press:

Briefing room word games: What's a 'slash' versus a 'cut' in Social Security?

Then of course, last summer, during the fully-fake "eat your peas" budget crisis, Obama called for cuts in Social Security and other entitlements:

"We then offered an additional $650 billion in cuts to entitlement programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security." - Obama, July 22nd 2011

Offered is bad enough. But demanded? Rep. Conyers: Obama Demanded Social Security Cuts--Not GOP

Obama demanded Social Security cuts. That's awful.

And when we take into account the other maneuverings - Obama's Simpson-Bowles commission, repeated untruths about the original purpose of Social Security, bizarre assumption used by Obama's Social Security Trustees that force pessimistic projections, etc... It's bad, bad stuff.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed May 2, 2012, 02:32 PM (3 replies)

Incredible: Single Payer way more popular than ObamaRomneyCare.

From today's NY Times:

Poll: 47% Disapprove of Health Care Law

More Americans continue to disapprove of the federal health care legislation than support it, with a deep partisan divide underscoring their views, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

Passed in 2010, the Affordable Care Act has never won the support of most Americans in surveys by The Times and CBS News, highlighting the Obama administration’s lack of success in winning over the general public to its signature domestic accomplishment.


More independents agree with Republicans about the law than with Democrats, with 51 percent of these important swing voters saying they disapprove of it.

by contrast, polls have consistently shown that two-thirds of Americans want Medicare for All

Medicare for Alll would cost a hell of a lot less than ObamaRomneyCare, is clearly constitutional, and people actually want it, bigtime. But it requires political courage: politicians saying "no" to some of the 1%.

So here we are.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Mon Mar 26, 2012, 10:26 AM (146 replies)

WTF is wrong with Bernie Sanders? Seriously.

Yesterday, the Senate took a BIG bipartisan step in helping our economy by passing Eric Cantor's JOBS Act. The House previously approved it, and President Obama will sign it.

Practical people like Eric Cantor, Chuck Schumer, you and me understand that our economy is being held back by all of those Washington regulations on Wall Street. If only Wall Street could be free of its regulatory shackles, the 1% could take what's left to be took, and the country would be better off.

But nuts like Sanders won't let go, all they do is whine! Here's how Sanders greeted this breakthrough:

"At best, this bill could make it easier for con artists to defraud seniors out of their entire life savings by convincing them to invest in worthless companies. At worst, this bill has the potential to create the next Enron or Arthur Andersen scandal or an even worse financial crisis.

Have we learned nothing? Deregulating Wall Street led to the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. Now the same people who caused this horrible recession are telling us that more Wall Street deregulation will create jobs. Give me a break. I strongly support providing small businesses with the tools they need to create jobs. Sadly, that's not at all what this bill will do."

And that Mary Schapiro, the commie running the Securities and Exchange Commission? She whined to the Senate:

“Too often, investors are the target of fraudulent schemes disguised as investment opportunities... As you know, if the balance is tipped to the point where investors are not confident that there are appropriate protections, investors will lose confidence in our markets, and capital formation will ultimately be made more difficult and expensive.”

Incredible! Don't they realize that the free market will regulate itself? It's never failed yet.

Let's drink a toast together to the new spirit of bipartisanship in Congress. Last November it was the three Bush "free" trade bills, yesterday Wall Street deregulation... who can predict what's next? Maybe Newt will get his wish and they can end those meddlesome nanny-state child labor protections.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:57 PM (59 replies)

Why is DU down on Geithner? He did the dirty work that needed to be done.

If I recall correctly, Geithner was one of the few people willing to put Elizabeth Warren in her place when she tried to find out what happened during the Wall Street meltdown:


That woman is scary! If she unseats Scott Brown, the job creators will get the vapors and we'll all pay for it.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Wed Jan 25, 2012, 10:07 PM (30 replies)

Can't people on DU find forgiveness in their hearts?

I'm continually amazed by the callousness I find on DU.

Our President wants to put the robo-signing mess behind us. Why is that so controversial? Have we become so hardened that we cannot find a little forgiveness in our hearts?

Sure, these good folks committed perjury that wrecked many thousands of lives - but not once did they commit perjury about their own personal sex lives. And they sure as hell didn't smoke pot. Given these facts, I believe that they are not a danger to society. And I hope that you'll join me in cheering the end of the private Hells that these bankers have been living in.

Tomorrow is a new day. Let's forgive and forget.
Posted by MannyGoldstein | Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:26 AM (94 replies)
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