For just under a decade, the GSCI remained a relatively static investment vehicle, as bankers remained more interested in risk and collateralized debt than in anything that could be literally sowed or reaped. Then, in 1999, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission deregulated futures markets. All of a sudden, bankers could take as large a position in grains as they liked, an opportunity that had, since the Great Depression, only been available to those who actually had something to do with the production of our food. ...
note - the following is my theory of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy based on sheer speculation
Going back to 2008, there seemed to be some sort of understanding between General Electric and candidate Obama. Rachel Maddow got a show (I think Schultz's show did not come until after the election.)
From GE's point of view they needed a plan B. Judging from executive stock dumping, they knew that they had driven the company off the rails and would need a bail out, and must have felt out all the major presidential contenders. Obama must have given them some reassurance. Read more about The Donald Diversion
From Booman of all people:
When I think of an ideal Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib scandal doesn't immediately leap to mind. But it looks like that is who DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray has recruited to run for the open Senate seat in Texas.
Healthcare-NOW! is a little like Bullwinkle, they just can't learn that some tricks are not going to work. I received yet another email encouraging me to contact my member of congress.
Who is on Healthcare-NOW's list? Most likely people who have already contacted their member a dozen times on this issue. In other words, a regular customer. Members of Congress track their mail, if they have you typed as a health care activists, your follow up letters do not pack much of a punch. Read more about Healthcare-NOW! needs a new hat
Roll call vote on Ryan bill to end Medicare. If your representative voted against Medicare, please write a letter to the editor criticizing the vote. We need to get the word out. Read more about Aux letters to the editor, Citoyens! Republicans vote to end Medicare
Healthcare-NOW! has a new blog, Hands Off Our Medicare!
I discovered this quite by chance. Why didn't they send out an email blast? Or at least send an announcement to their online supporters? Do they even have a list of their online supporters?
They are a tiny organization with staffers juggling too many balls, so we can't be surprised or too critical when they drop one.
Just making an observation. Read more about Hands off our Medicare blog
Let me start by saying that for all I know Healthcare-NOW! is doing everything that I suggest. They are almost certainly doing at least some of this. Read more about If I were congressional strategist for Healthcare-NOW!
1. Enact a public option
Question for Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, do you have specific legislative language for a public option with a bill number? Because if you don't you are just jerking your supporters around.
As you well know, there is a proposal that would cover everyone and save money, HR 676, why not the best? Read more about It's back, the Zombie Public Option Sparkle Pony!
I can't find words for how pleased I am that Glenn was chased off the air. Congratulations to Color of Change, Spocko, and everyone involved. It is a huge victory and important sign that the left can take down a big guy, at least in certain circumstances.
The next step is to go after Fox itself.
Some businesses play Fox without having thought about it at all, and may not know how divisive and dangerous Fox is. Turn Off Fox will help you work with others in your area (and across the country) to identify places that play Fox, ask them to change the channel, and explain why they should.
If I were in charge of strategy for the Medicare for All movement (never say the scary word single payer, say Medicare for All) I would chose this moment for an email blast asking people to write a letter to the editor in support of HR 676 (which now has 41 co-sponsors)
Want a Democratic response to Ryan? How about Medicare for All baby? Read more about Medicare for All Baby
Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: With five precincts remaining, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg has taken a 447-vote lead over incumbent Justice David Prosser in the Wisconsin state Supreme Court race out of 1.5 million votes cast, the AP reports.