Biden “doesn’t have time” to explain his healthcare plan

Because his “healthcare plan” amounts to “whatever the insurance industry wants.”

As Joe Biden storms through Iowa and prepares for his first visit as a presidential candidate in South Carolina, the Democratic front-runner has said he doesn’t “have the time” to lay out the details of his healthcare plan.

“I don’t have time; I don’t want to keep you standing any longer,” Mr Biden said recently in Iowa City, declining to lay out his vision for America’s healthcare future to the assembled crowd, according to POLITICO.

Happy Birthday, Karl Marx

From the Howie Hawkins Campaign:

Happy 201st birthday to one of the world’s most important thinkers, Karl Marx.

Marx (and his collaborator, Engels) understood that our ecosystem is vibrant and intricate, where balance is key and where we can’t often control the outcomes of our impact.

It’s time for system change, not business as usual. Get involved at

Das Kapital, Volume III, Part IV:


After McGovern and Carter

The Democratic Party does not care about beating Donald Trump. It didn’t in 2016, and it doesn’t now. What it cares about, all it has ever cared about, is preserving the status quo.

We may have moved past the party’s ability to clear the field for its preferred frontrunner, as it did for Clinton, but make absolutely no mistake: after McGovern and Carter, the “party of the people” will never, ever again allow the people to decide a candidate.

If it comes down to Bernie and somebody else in the primary, you know in your bones the corporatocracy ain’t ever picking Sanders.

The specter of superdelegates

“The specter of superdelegates deciding the nomination, particularly if Mr. Sanders is a finalist, is highly unappetizing to party officials. “If we have a role, so be it, but I’d much prefer that it be decided in the first round, just from a unity standpoint,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.”

Sure, it’s in Stabenow and the rest of the superdelegates’ interest to spread some bullshit about “party unity” in interviews. However, don’t think for a second that this talk of party unity will stop superdelegates from nuking Bernie’s candidacy, if he comes into the convention as the front-runner. And, sure, since @EIWBM_Cat started saying it, I agree with her that the DNC doesn’t have the political capital to engineer a coup. Nina is probably right that the DNC couldn’t engineer its way out of a paper bag, right now. But with Stabenow saying this, out loud, now – “if we have to have a role, so be it” – don’t think for a second that superdelegates won’t pick the candidate if handed the opportunity. And right now, it looks like they probably will.


We warned you

We warned you that this is what they were doing.

A widely shared New York Times article about the growing nervousness Democratic Party bosses have about Bernie Sanders includes one comment from a superdelegate that may prove controversial.

If we have a role, so be it, but I’d much prefer that it be decided in the first round, just from a unity standpoint,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

Oh, WaPo, don’t you go changing

Ah, yes, Washington Post, please tell me some more how “we should totally uphold the existing class system” is such a well-known “progressive” talking point.

Pete Buttigieg is a conservative. He ALWAYS has been. The DNC is running him to mollify conservative, wealthy idiots, as usual.

That he’s got a D attached to his name, or has a husband doesn’t magically make his politics “lefty.”

Just because you and the rest of mainstream, billionaire-owned media want to paint Buttigieg with a progressive brush, that doesn’t have a damn thing to do with making him an actual progressive.

Americans who have a college degree earn more than Americans who don’t. As a progressive, I have a hard time getting my head around the idea a majority who earn less because they didn’t go to college subsidize a minority who earn more because they did.