Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Underscoring previous assessments that the Democratic establishment, including the party's 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, has 'a Wall Street problem,' new polling and focus group data shows that Democrats are perceived as woefully out of touch when it comes to the economy.

The pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA surveyed 801 voters who backed former President Barack Obama in 2012 but who then voted for Donald Trump in 2016, as well as hundreds of drop-off voters who opted to stay home on election day. Priorities USA also conducted a series of focus groups with voters in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida—swing states that had voted for Obama but switched to Trump, handing him the presidency. 

Reporting on the survey, the Washington Post's Greg Sargent wrote Monday: 'One finding from the polling stands out: A shockingly large percentage of these Obama-Trump voters said Democrats' economic policies will favor the wealthy—twice the percentage that said the same about Trump.' "

-->More Hillary bashing, or the simple truth that the Democrats favor the wealthy as much as the Republicans? Readers of the NYT, however, were spared this view of our corporatized Democratic Party. It didn't cover this story.

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The Guardian UK:
"Elizabeth Warren, one of the most prominent Democrats in the Senate, has broken ranks to criticise Barack Obama for misreading the economy and a swath of Democrats for selling out to wealthy elites.

In an interview with the Guardian, the Massachusetts senator, tipped as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, also spoke of her optimism about grassroots resistance to Donald Trump and how it has changed American democracy. ..

The senator went on take a swipe at members of her own party while describing the collapse of old distinctions between left and right. 'I think there are real differences between the Republicans and the Democrats here in the United States,' she said. 'The Republicans have clearly thrown their lot in with the rich and the powerful, but so have a lot of Democrats.' ”

-->Top Democrat criticizes former president and calls her party out of touch on wealth issues? No mention of the story in the NYT, which almost always comes down on the side of that same wealthy elite.  

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Common Dreams:
"As President Donald Trump and the GOP attempt once again to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a much crueler bill, House Democrats are pushing in the total opposite direction: as of Thursday, a record 104 have signed on to co-sponsor a Medicare-for-All bill.

The bill, H.R. 676, known as the 'Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act,' has been introduced into Congress repeatedly by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). It has now received support from more than half of the Democratic caucus, a record for the party. ...

'Americans are fed up with an inhumane, profit-driven health system that leaves millions without care,' said Dr. Carol Paris, president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), in a statement. 'Quality health care is not a luxury, nor is it a commodity that can be bought and sold in a marketplace. It is a social good that can be best delivered through a single-payer national health program.' "

-->Another story not covered by the NYT, which obviously favors our current profit driven system over universal healthcare.

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