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Occasional Words from the Resistance

Filed in National by on December 2, 2016 1 Comment

…from the desk of R.E. Vanella.

Like a Woodpecker With a Headache

The house at 1410 Quotidian Street was not the nicest on the block. It was in a category neighborhood people referred to as run-down. Not dilapidated or unoccupied, but in some manner of general disrepair and lazy upkeep that usually suggests one of two situations; an elderly or infirmed homeowner who lacked the resources or ability to manage proper maintenance, or occupied by a renter. In this case it was the latter.

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Senator Tom Carper has a position on the Trump/Ryan plan to phase out Medicare (sort of)

Filed in National by on December 2, 2016 5 Comments
Senator Tom Carper has a position on the Trump/Ryan plan to phase out Medicare (sort of)

While the Senator resist going on the record as being for or against the Trump/Ryan plan (which technically isn’t a fleshed out plan but an expressed desire to end Medicare) a Carper aide has provided me with this:

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Senator Tom Carper and Dem Senate Colleagues Take a Hard Line on Trump’s Treasury Pick

Filed in National by on December 1, 2016 4 Comments
Senator Tom Carper and Dem Senate Colleagues Take a Hard Line on Trump’s Treasury Pick

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

(Steve Mnuchin) is the Forrest Gump of the financial crisis…His selection as Treasury secretary should send shivers down the spine of every American who got hit hard by the financial crisis, and is the latest sign that Donald Trump has no intention of draining the swamp and every intention of running Washington to benefit himself and his rich buddies,”

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UPDATE 2: Carper STILL has no position on the Trump/Ryan plans to end Medicare

Filed in National by on November 30, 2016 5 Comments
UPDATE 2: Carper STILL has no position on the Trump/Ryan plans to end Medicare

Nov 30th, 3:20 pm UPDATE: I just called Carper’s DC office at (202) 224-2441, and Senator Tom Carper “has no position” on Paul Ryan’s plans to phase out Medicare next year and replace it with a voucher program which will force seniors to attempt to buy private insurance. I asked this time if there was […]

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Carper Coy on Congress Capo Convo

Filed in National by on November 30, 2016 5 Comments
Carper Coy on Congress Capo Convo

How utterly sick would it be for Carper to be the Senate minority leader? The answer is, so nauseatingly sick.

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Lisa Blunt Rochester’s first test & a DL Action Item

Filed in National by on November 30, 2016 6 Comments
Lisa Blunt Rochester’s first test  & a DL Action Item

The Republicans want a big bipartisan vote on banking de-regulation to gauge how cowed Democrats are by the election results. If past results give any future guidance, I’d bet that they are very cowed indeed. Congressional Democrats do not require election results to be cowed. That is their natural state. A bright spot could be a “No” vote from Lisa Blunt Rochester, but I’m not holding my breath.

As early as Wednesday, the House will take up H.R. 6392, the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act. This bill would lift mandatory Dodd-Frank regulatory supervision for all banks with more than $50 billion in assets, meaning those financial giants would no longer be subject to blanket requirements regarding capital and leverage, public disclosures and the production of “living wills” to map out how to unwind during a crisis….

You can see with this bill’s framework how financial regulation in the Trump era will be relaxed, not by outright repeal but through deliberate atrophy. Republicans want to replace any mandatory rules for regulation with discretionary ones. That way they can claim that they’re merely improving the system by putting the decisions in the hands of the experts instead of members of Congress.

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A horrid wish…

Filed in National by on November 29, 2016 3 Comments
A horrid wish…

I have a horrid wish that I recoil from as it rises in my heart. I wish that Tom Carper would go ahead, as he as he seems willing to do, and vote for the Trump/Ryan plan to phase out Medicare.

Then he would be beatable in a primary and it he survived the primary he would certainly lose in the general.

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I’m not back yet….

Filed in National by on November 28, 2016 7 Comments
I’m not back yet….

I just can’t get my head around how binary our choices as Democrats are right now. It is all so stupid and reductive. There are Democrats here who were flat out wrong and have been wrong for years about how to fight Republicans, but they can’t budge. It would reveal that they were wrong. That Clinton was the wrong choice, who made poor campaign choices… whatever. That’s yesterday’s news.

I don’t mind revealing when I’m wrong, and I’ve tried to think through what I’ve been wrong about on this blog. So much… where to start? I made a game out of the Republican primary race. I thought Trump was a joke. Wrong and wronger still. As much as I know that it is naive I still thought that “the truth” would matter. Wrong.

I’m still searching for something productive to do or say to get beyond how wrong I’ve been. Hopefully what I come up with will be something to “do” and not something to “say” as I think the old adage from fiction writing is fitting – show, don’t tell.

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I’m out to give thanks…

Filed in National by on November 22, 2016 31 Comments
I’m out to give thanks…

I’ll be back next Monday, but in the meantime, I’ll be giving some serious thought to what I can and should be doing in the next 24 months. The challenges we now face demand some serious consideration, planning, and execution. This lazy dilettante blogger stuff is done.

El Som got a ball rolling with operation Carper, and I definitely want to figure out I can best help out that initiative. But there is a lot that needs doing. Whether we are talking about blog activities or off-blog activities, I’ll need your help to establish some real goals and start grinding out some progress in the direction of accomplishing those goals.

We have some tough times ahead of us and I need to figure out where to apply my energies and my meager talents. Peace.

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Occasional Words from the Resistance…from the desk of R.E. Vanella.

Filed in National by on November 22, 2016 36 Comments

The Personal Is the Political Is the Psychopathological: The Politics of Contemporary Psychopathological Double-Binds

Midterm Examination

Ms. THODE

November 7, Year of the Depends Adult Undergarment

KEEP YOUR ANSWERS BRIEF AND GENDER NEUTRAL

In David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest, students enrolled in the above-mentioned course were asked, as the midterm examination, to solve a Double-Bind. If on one hand you were a kleptomaniac, pathologically driven to steal everything you could, but on the other you were also a crippling agoraphobic, paralyzed by the fear of ever leaving your home, how could you satisfy these two totally opposing and overwhelming compulsions?

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Hatch to Carper – The “bipartisan cover” hotline is ringing

Filed in National by on November 18, 2016 29 Comments
Hatch to Carper – The “bipartisan cover” hotline is ringing

This makes me sick with anticipation. …Sen. Hatch referenced obliquely in his comments today on Capitol Hill. “…there will be many Republicans who will be wary or possibly unwilling to move on phasing out Medicare unless they have at least token bipartisan cover provided by Democrats.” If it’s only Republicans, I think they will have […]

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I hate being right all the time.

Filed in National by on November 17, 2016 7 Comments
I hate being right all the time.

From Today’s Open Thread:

“Trump’s wins among late-deciders account for his margins of victory in FL, MI, PA and WI. He loses w/out them.”

From Me on March 16, 2016 the day Clinton Clinched the Dem nomination:

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UPDATE: Tom Carper STILL has no position on GOP initiative to end Medicare

Filed in National by on November 15, 2016
UPDATE:  Tom Carper STILL has no position on GOP initiative to end Medicare

UPDATE: 12:28 – I called again to see if there has been any recent thinking on the Senator’s part regarding Paul Ryan’s plans to phase out Medicare next year. There hasn’t been. Senator Carper still has no position on Paul Ryan’s plainly stated intention to phase out Medicare next year.

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Patty Blevins – What happened?

Filed in National by on November 15, 2016 33 Comments
Patty Blevins – What happened?

An incumbent State Senator isn’t supposed to lose. An incumbent President Pro Tempore of the State Senate really isn’t supposed to lose. It just doesn’t happen. So how did Lacey Lafferty’s lawyer, Anthony Delcollo (the guy had as the least likely of Dave Burris’ “fightin’ three young’uns” to win) knock off Blevins? Or, I guess you might ask, how did Blevins let the seat go?

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Best song ever

Filed in National by on November 14, 2016 1 Comment

In posting music videos, as with voting, I’m all about quality over quantity.

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Someone check in on Celia

Filed in National by on November 14, 2016 13 Comments
Someone check in on Celia

There are a lot of politics going down in the First State and she hasn’t posted anything since the 8th. A special election in the 1Oth SD? Patti Blevins getting Blovened? And yet, crickets are chirping in her corner of the world wide web.

She even passed on writing up something on Return Day, which is like her Christmas. When not writing about Mike Castle or Tom Carper, she maintains what she probably considers an icy, and detached objectivity. Maybe this election was too much for her? It was too much for me, and don’t carry the extra burden of feigning objectivity.

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Autocracy: Rules for Survival

Filed in National by on November 12, 2016 6 Comments
Autocracy: Rules for Survival

Masha Gessen, who grew up in Putin’s Russia, has six rules for getting through the Trump years.

Rule #1: Believe the autocrat. He means what he says. Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable. Back in the 1930s, The New York Times assured its readers that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was all posture.

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Why We Need a New Democratic Party

Filed in National by on November 12, 2016 42 Comments
Why We Need a New Democratic Party

“Bill Clinton and Obama also allowed antitrust enforcement to ossify – with the result that large corporations have grown far larger, and major industries more concentrated. The unsurprising result of this combination – more trade, declining unionization and more industry concentration – has been to shift political and economic power to big corporations and the wealthy, and to shaft the working class. This created an opening for Donald Trump’s authoritarian demagoguery, and his presidency.

Now Americans have rebelled by supporting someone who wants to fortify America against foreigners as well as foreign-made goods. The power structure understandably fears that Trump’s isolationism will stymie economic growth. But most Americans couldn’t care less about growth because for years they have received few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens in the forms of lost jobs and lower wages.”

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Some thoughts on starting a political blog

Filed in National by on November 11, 2016 6 Comments
Some thoughts on starting a political blog

Although “blogging” has been overtaken by Facebook and other social media, there is still a place for political discourse among (mostly) like-minded folks. Especially in an era in which the mass media, and “news” operations have shit the bed and divested themselves of the responsibility of being fact-finding and truthful, we still need warm campfires to gather around. A place where false objectivity does not give all claims equal standing. We need to know that we are not alone and that we are not being gaslighted. So political blogs still have a place. So if I was giving advice to someone just starting one in some place like Arizona, say, I’d say this:

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Reid Statement – Hey Chris Coons, This is what a Democrat sounds like

Filed in National by on November 11, 2016 16 Comments
Reid Statement – Hey Chris Coons, This is what a Democrat sounds like

“I have personally been on the ballot in Nevada for 26 elections and I have never seen anything like the reaction to the election completed last Tuesday. The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. “White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, […]

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Lisa Blunt Rochester Statements – The view from Alpha Centauri

Filed in National by on November 11, 2016 7 Comments
Lisa Blunt Rochester Statements – The view from Alpha Centauri

I can kind of forgive her because winning her election must be a thrill. But if this is any indication of where LBR’s head is, she needs to wake the eff up – and quickly.

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Aaron Sorkin’s letter to his wife and daughter

Filed in National by on November 10, 2016 36 Comments
Aaron Sorkin’s letter to his wife and daughter

Sorkin Girls,

Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from. That’s a terrible feeling for a father. I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible. It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas, a serious psychiatric disorder, no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has.

And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?) For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, F.D.R., J.F.K. and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion). We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.

And the world took no time to react. The Dow futures dropped 7,000 points overnight. Economists are predicting a deep and prolonged recession. Our NATO allies are in a state of legitimate fear. And speaking of fear, Muslim-Americans, Mexican-Americans and African-Americans are shaking in their shoes. And we’d be right to note that many of Donald Trump’s fans are not fans of Jews. On the other hand, there is a party going on at ISIS headquarters. What wouldn’t we give to trade this small fraction of a man for Richard Nixon right now?

So what do we do?

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Thought Experiment: Is it time for all good Liberals and Progressives to flood into the Green Party?

Filed in National by on November 10, 2016 21 Comments
Thought Experiment: Is it time for all good Liberals and Progressives to flood into the Green Party?

I know, I know. Just read this and hear me out below the fold…

“As the center shifts right, liberals press closer to the center in order (being practical and realistic) to forestall the calamity of finding themselves too far out. As they rush in this direction, the equilibrium of the system necessarily shifts right again–and the cycle repeats…The secret of the whole process is the political vacuum on the left. There is no left opposition in American politics. It is this vacuum which pulls the new Right out of the walls.”

–Hal Draper, “The Ultra Right and the Liberals” (1962)

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Coons Statement Predictably Underwhelms

Filed in National by on November 10, 2016 9 Comments
Coons Statement Predictably Underwhelms

Nobody can know what a Trump Presidency means for America and be okay with it, unless your name is Senator Chris Coons.

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Clinton Statement

Filed in National by on November 9, 2016 12 Comments

Thank you. Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the […]

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