I have Joslyn Stevens's permission to repost this interview.
This week I conducted an interview with a progressive populist I follow on twitter, Priceman, whose annoying habit of using facts and common sense with a dose of in-your-face realness to prove his points tends to piss off democrats over at the “progressive” DailyKos. I feel it’s necessary to showcase often ignored voices representative of the people who speak truth to power and will continue to do so on a weekly basis. Read below the fold...
It occurs to me that he is Argentinian, one of the countries who renounced their debt. All of Latin American has suffered under austerity plans.
It can't be lost on Francis that Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and Spain, the countries suffering the most from EU imposed austerity, are predominately Catholic, and the countries imposing those plans are predominately Protestant.
I suspect that one of the reasons he was chosen is that third world cardinals wanted someone who would take on the banksters. Read below the fold...
Last week’s Politico Magazine ran a story quoting Wall Street executives who have become saddened and bewildered by how little pull they have in Washington:Read below the fold...
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Campaign 2014 begins as Obama invites insurance-selling "Moms" to Oval Office
The Obamas, who rarely co-host events in the Oval Office, aim to enlist moms in the campaign to convince their adult children, family members and peers to sign up for health insurance under the president's signature law.
Come Wednesday, the Obamas will welcome moms from around the country who have been working to convince relatives, neighbors and friends to get covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Obama administration has been courting women for months, emphasizing that adult children can stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26 and that insurance companies can no longer deny kids coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
Winning over women would have another benefit: Democrats are relying on them in the 2014 midterm elections that will decide control of Congress. Recent polls and analysis suggest the White House faces an uphill fight. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in November found that 49 percent of women have an unfavorable view of Obamacare, compared to 33 percent with a favorable view.
So top Obama aides, including adviser Valerie Jarrett, White House Domestic Policy Council director Cecilia Muñoz, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius have reached out through media that traditionally reach women, including magazines like Woman’s Day, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Latina, Marie Claire, Glamour, Health, Latina and Ebony.
I know Moms, like apple pie, have always been used politically, but I find this tactic especially creepy and repellent, even for Obama, because we're giving people public praise for selling a private product to their peers and personal networks; in other words, for commercializing personal relationships.
It's exactly as if Amway was taking a bunch of "top producers" to Disneyworld or Vegas. Fine in itself, but do we really want the Executive Branch to work like Amway? Read below the fold...
A one-hour White House meeting to discuss healthcare.gov and NSA surveillance. The attendees:
Tim Cook, CEO, Apple
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy
Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix
Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox
Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!
Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce
Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga
Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global*
Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast
Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google
Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T