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Sep 27, 2022Liked by Matt Stoller

Matthew:

Please don't be "sorry for the details". To get the condensed insight you offer here I would have to invest my life and money in the pursuit of articles, reports and periodicals I have no trust or interest in. Lift the veil.

It may not be unusual legislative procedure but my anger immediately flared at Schumer and the stalling of the Antitrust Bill's in the face of the coming election. Machinations by elected political leadership, Google, Chinese influence over American Corporation's, the who, what and why of political appointees all exist in some other dimension for most Americans. Likewise the insertion of an implied "big brother" surveillance capitalist threat into almost all media as a "cooler" on discussion and inquiry. In the broad picture it obfuscates and distorts the national dialogue we deserve and creates a sense of numbing hopeless powerless "what does it matter anyway" in the American psyche.

The ongoing Corporate seizure and control of American agriculture is horror on the hoof. The IMF/WEF/CCP assault on Dutch farmers, the recent object lesson, swat style raid and shut down on an independent Amish farmer and reports that WEF poster boy Bill Gates now owns half of all productive American farmland should be THE wake up call. Efforts by financiers to capture control of the worlds water supply (we own the clouds in the sky) is completely ignored.

Manipulated crisis to crisis no solutions allowed. Americans deserve competent political leadership capable of creating a civil and prosperous future not a cabal of mercenary jackals in the service of totalitarian finance.

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Sep 26, 2022Liked by Matt Stoller

Hey, Matt

If you ever have time for a deep dive into Cox Automotive to how they manipulate prices for banks, dealers, and consumers it would be appreciated.

Thanks, and have a blessed day.

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Will have to call Schumer "my" Senator - he's running for re-election - and give him what for, again ....

The guy is a real %$#@&*

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I am warming up my check book for his opponent in the primaries.

Primary Schumer

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I have called him about other things - and have told a real person (unusual to get one) that if he did some of the stuff, e.g. support Manchin's bill, he won't get my vote, this seals it ....

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Just called ole' Chuck's office - call "didn't go through" on his DC line, and got the usual "leave a message and we'll get back to you" on his local line (they never do) left a message which incorporated Matt's points. pointing out how he, Schumer. refused to do what he said he would re bills, threw in his support of Manchin's bill and the split of the Ukraine support bill from the Covid bill wherein the first got passed and the second didn't and said I wasn't going to vote for him unless he did a u-turn on these issues, though, rest assured, I wasn't voting R either ...

We keep being told we need to "get more Dems in the Sen", but my ? is why - as long as a Dem Sen is controlled by Schumer, what's the point ....

So what do his opponents in the primary have to say about this stuff - though as a registered "non-aligned" I can't vote in a Primary anyway .... I stopped being a Dem years ago when it became quite clear that there was no way to "reform the Dems from the inside" ...

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SH

Progressives only hope is to find out how to reform the Dems from inside. 3rds party's wont survive or take any power or influence in our current system. Just look at the Greens and Libertarians.

The Tea Party ripped control of the GOP from the Bush/ Romney wing. Progressives can and should do the same with the Dems.

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Well good luck with that - it's been tried for decades - and here we are

The Greens have survived for decades - as for influence, even without being in office, where do you suppose the GND came from - Stein ran on it in '16, and I think in '12 - the Ds rhetorically co-opt Green ideas because they know they are more and more popular - but then bury them - how's that go, again - the DP is where progressive ideas go to die - and surprise, surprise, ain't it the truth ... If the Greens are without power it is because we haven't given it to them - about time, past time, we did ...

The Tea Party worked because they were just the R right on steroids - the Ds have been going in the opposite direction of Progs for decades ...

Your loyalty to the D party is, IMO, sadly misplaced - in dismissing 3rd parties you are carrying water for them - if our "current system" won't broach 3rd parties, then that's what we need to change and we can ...

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SH

I don't think i am strongly opposed to 3rd parties in general. Clearly the Green party is fighting the good fight. And if they gave birth to the GND then more power to them.

But birthing a GND that is no where near getting passed relative to the control that the Tea Party has over the GOP today makes taking over one of the major parties far more realistic to me.

The Tea Party did it with the GOP. They crushed the power base of the Bush's and Romney's and Chaney's. Why can't progressives do the same to the Clintons's, Biden's and Pelosi's?

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SH

My son worked for our local Congressional rep this summer in DC and took the calls you sent to Chucks office. They are a waste of time. They are kids like my son, a sophomore in college, and they just listen enter something in a book and no one ever looks at it.

Just saying. Campaign against Schumer in the primaries. Sure you will lose but the more you do it the weaker he will be. I have campaigned against Pelosi for 6yrs now. She is worse than Schumer.

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I know those calls and $3.50 will get me a cup of coffee (or has the price gone up?) But if you don't call they say "Gee, I haven't heard any opposition from my constituents"

We can call 'til our ears fall off, petition our fingers to the bone, and march 'til our soles (and souls) wear out - but until we replace those *&^%$#@ with honest non corp indep. Prog we the people will keep losing - as for Ds - some may be honest, but they are NOT indep. of the party bosses, so when push comes to shove, they cave ... running as a D is like dancing with the Devil, you can boogie a bit but step on his toes and there is hell to pay - they know which side their bread is buttered on and it ain't on we the people's side - I have watched politics, local and nat'l for a good (or bad) 30 years and the pattern is clear ....

As I said, as an Ind I can't vote in the D primaries, but even when I could, it didn't matter - my choice, Kucinich when he was running , didn't have a snowball's chance in the Arctic - So I am sending my money to Matt Hoh running as a Green for Sen in NC ... maybe he will lose but I have decided that I want my money and my efforts to go to the best candidate, not the "best" we are told we can get, but the best one, period - If we ALL did that, think what we might achieve .... so I wish you well, but NO D (and if it needs to be said, NO R), any and all rhetoric aside, will help us get where we need to go and we are running out of time ....

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SH

I disagree with you only in strategy. I think our hearts are in the same place.

It was too bad that Kusinich did not stick around politics like Bernie did. He was ahead of his time at a time when corporations were taking over the Democratic party under the eyes of the Clintons..

There is a hunger in the country for progressive policy. IT just needs more leaders than Bernie putting out that message.

If you remove incumbents from office and replace them with new blood from their own party you weaken the effect that the lobbyists have over Dem law makers. The Tea Party is aggressive at removing morate Dems. The Dem voters should be equally aggressive in removing corp controlled Dems from office each and every election,

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Kucinich tried to stick around - but he was basically redistricted out after the previous census - he then tried to run for Mayor again in Cleveland, but lost ...

See here's the problem - the Corp controlled Dems basically, through the DNC, DCC, etc. squelch any honest Progs in the primaries - they fund their opponents - as i said, the Tea Party just took the Rs farther down the road they were already on - Prog Ds are going in the opposite direction of the Corp Ds, and, if they do get through, they are soon enough read the riot act. As for being "weakened" - seems to me the lobbyists just raise the rates ....

Frankly I do not understand your loyalty to D candidates of whatever stripe .Bernie knows how far he can go, he may go to the edge, rhetorically - but not over - he basically made a deal with the Ds, he's there to keep folks like you in the DP tent .. Sorry 'bout that ...

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Thanks for the update.

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I would suggest that the "free market" philosophy, wherein the rules of supply and demand prevail, and price is determined by "what the market will bear", being applied to everything and everywhere, whether for good or evil, is precisely what has gotten us into this mess ....

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If your idea of a "free market" does include rules and and the rules now are being made by The Banks, Corps etc., who own both the D & R Parties, to make it more what you say you like, we have to put better rule-makers in office - honest Ind Party folks - that has been clear to me for decades, but for reasons which escape me, we seem to prefer to stick to the 2 Party shtick which keeps shticking itself up our collective derrieres ....

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Why do we keep voting for the uniparty?

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