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  1. I like Kamala Harris, but I am not sure she inspires me enough. She is not strong enough in explaining the basic problems we have regarding things never getting done for the people. We do need inspiration, as well as instruction of what did not work and why certain policies should. We need inspiration, along with leaders describing the required nuts and bolts behind any policy measure. Yes, kids take out your graphic calculators, and draw upon what they can illustrate. We need the Democratic Party to do its job regarding the most critical issues that we face as a people. Yes, we need solid debates, bolstered by some factual journalism upfront. Please do, Utilize the moments when people are watching in order to educate. This what Congressional Oversight should do. If you cannot make change because you don't have the executive power, and you don't have half the congress, the Senate - what you should do is use that time to investigate and inform. Let them come at you from any side. Use good journalism, utilize strong oversight - use even judicial review. Let's bring in economist, and big bold graphs, and let's also benchmark what other democracies around the world are doing regarding a whole host of issue. Dealing with climate change... Make folks understand how vital an issue this is and how it could affect everything from jobs to healthcare and our justice system. Isn't it all tied to the bottom line, and what is the bottom line? That's always a good question to ask. What is the bottom line? Peace!
  2. Inspiring is really difficult in the big field of candidates as it were.They say Sanders seems desperate, but how is that so wrong, when one considers the long road he has gone down. You know it might be easy to point out what is wrong, but you can point it out all you want, yet in the end for some darn reason it just does not register enough with the critical mass of voters required. Healthcare in general has been under assault for decades now. Dealing with climate change is going to take effort, while at the same time, we do have the needed technology to make a huge dent today - we could do it if enough folks become motivated, you know we could. Regarding jobs, look at the EPOP from the bureau of labor statistics, the entirety of the population gainfully employed before the great recession, up until now. All this info is available for anyone to look up. You do Will. We need people like You! Yes, you're right Will. We need to focus on the truth, and still at the same time pronounce a viable way to make the progress that is required today.
  3. I like Elizabeth Warren the most right now. I like many of the others as well. Bernie is real, he really is real. That's what we need. Someone who is really real about the change we need. Of course it will take support, a lot of support from the people. Big time. That's why I like how Bernie changed the topic of the Democratic Party. Elizabeth was already there, she's real with real policies. And she states it up front, it will take a mandate from the people to exact in a meaningful way. But here's the deal, if people were more informed about the possibility, I think the chances of more people getting involved are very good. de Blasio is an excellent risk taker. He mandated 10 vacation days for all employees in NY City. Listen, there are a lot of constructive ways to solve a lot of issues. How do we get people to buy into ideas, and then, how do we implement those ideas that make sense? How much skin off my nose, am I willing to agree with? No skin off my nose, is that for real, is a good question. Sometimes it might take a sliver of skin off your nose, are you willing to give that much? Do we actually need Pie Charts to illustrate the degree of difficulty and how much skin would be acceptable to come off peoples noses? I think that would help. But it would also help to fully illustrate the gains. No skin off your nose, might represent no gain. And that means enough people possibly did not put their noses to the grindstone; they should put their collective noses to the grindstone - we should have a poll about this. Should there be more people who put their noses to the grindstone, or less? Peace!
  4. I always wondered about solar powered EV charging stations. Just imagine what could be done right now. Below is a link that caught my eye. There are many more design ideas out there. We could make it happen. We should also not discard the idea of mass transit, not by a long shot. We need more of that as well. And I for one would love it if we could make inroads regarding better infrastructure for riding bikes.. Riding a bike to work or other places they need to go where the pathway is safe and open would make folks happier and healthier too. It should be a joy to live an efficient life full of discovery. https://inhabitat.com/beautiful-solar-powered-ev-charging-stations-promise-to-charge-a-vehicle-in-15-minutes/ I think we have not even touched the surface regarding the use of Solar Power. Peace!
  5. A shortage of labor, really? One of the things people should look at other than the monthly jobs report is the EPOP from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Below is the employment - population ratio for the 25 - 54 year age group from pre-recession to 2019
  6. Pence is not the sharpest in the Republican Tool box, yes that's true. And yes, he may not be clean himself. This article is from 2017. I've always thought Pence was a cheap suit. He really did dial into the Trump presidency for a chance to be VP, typical Pence! https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/12/trump-russia-pence-staying-clean-241545 Peace!
  7. Well I just wish the Democratic Party would have at least one serious debate dedicated solely to healthcare in America. I would like it to begin with some excellent piece of journalism. I picked this one from the American Prospect regarding the high price of Insulin because it points to a huge problem we have with pharmaceutical prices while explaining why. I think it would be a smart move. It would educate all people watching the debate and each politician would then need to describe what measures they think the American people should take. They could put the article below into a documentary form and play it prior to letting the candidates come out for the debate. If they did, I really think they'd get some traction. https://prospect.org/article/insulin-racket Peace!
  8. yes indeed, John Steinbeck. Just cause you want something more than Capitalism doesn't mean you are a socialist or a communist. Peace!
  9. True, George Will is intelligent. But until Trump was elected he did say much about a lot of the other trashy things the Republicans have done in the last thirty years. Look, I didn't like it when Russia meddled in our presidential election. But they just augmented what the Republican Party has been doing for years. But sure, we do need people to talk intelligently no matter what ideology they adhere to. Talk intelligently and adhere to the facts. We need that big time. Peace!
  10. Some conservative political commentator who has written for the Washington Post, since 1974. He was on Fox News as a commentator for several years until one day he quit because of Trump. Now he comes on MSNBC, as a guest commentator. But he stays the same. He's never changed. To me that's okay, he should state what he believes, but he never talks about the divide in this country much. He never talks about what party helped to contrive the divide, not ever. He likes baseball, he talks about three strikes, the game is about great pitchers, and how they can rattle any hitter. If you got two strikes against you because of tax cuts for the rich that never grew the middle class, you are still in the batters box, waiting for another pitch. The batter hits a high major league pop up and the catcher misses it because it is just near the edge of all the people sitting their with front row seats, and because of the sun in his eyes, he somehow fails to make the catch. It's another foul ball, and its a three two pitch. The odds are there are going to be a couple more foul balls, and then, either a walk, or a hit. What about Obama's last pick for the supreme court? What about that George Will? What about the divide in this country and all the people who helped sew it? George you're a good writer, but what do you know about economics? Talk to the people George about climate changed caused by humans dependents on fossil fuel. Talk about all the people who don't have healthcare, or about the problems with illegal immigration. Who made up the lie about open borders George? Who made up the lies about the ACA George? You left Fox because you find Trump unconscionable, that a news source would support a president who was inept, what about the party that still supports him. Why did they do that when you still supported them long ago, what the hell did you ever really truly stand for? I don't think you know too much about baseball either. I guess. Oh come on George...You never were an athlete, son. Peace!
  11. I feel certain that there is a holistic feeling you get from writing, and that is why people write stories, stories that are parts of life, augmented with fiction, so that real names of real people are not misused, and because of legalities. I once had a friend, I will call him John. John was a poet, and more than that, he was a magician regarding story telling. I always knew my friend John would someday win a Noble Prize for literature, along with a Pulitzer, the National Medal for Fiction, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award. I just did. John would say, I just did, write about history as if I was an older person telling a story that was important, that the older person was an eye witness to reveal onto the youth so that history could mean something true, to me, someday, somehow. I just felt purpose in writing. Prose just fell into place. And stories surrounded me, they would fall out of nowhere into my thoughts, and I would start to write, like I did. I had a story in me I believed, probably, someday I thought, John would say. I kind of know how hard it is to struggle and what it is like to be a disregarded saint that no one would ever take much notice over, never ever care too deeply about. But they made the difference to others, all their hard work, sometimes it made them, those other characters reach way beyond their own capabilities, so much so that they breathed character, to make some good, as Aristotle foretold back in the days of old John was a storied philosopher kind of writer, a historian, who understood how holistic it can become, just to write. And John was my friend. He died of congestive heart failure at the age of 64. John was not considered to be a red, by the US government, but always during his life he sided with the left, and because of this, his taxes were audited, just in case, of the fear of communism back then. And tell me why, people are. Tell me about, The Pearl, I wish I could write like that guy, when you see something firsthand, automatically your words become fluid and it becomes easy to describe holistically the works of people that you see because then you can make some good. And then maybe you hope, you can write stories like John did. fiction based on fact. stories that live on. Peace!
  12. https://go.peteforamerica.com/today/?gclid=CjwKCAjwsIbpBRBNEiwAZF8-z06SDWxgXf0hL62AlDHaDmXb4hWrh7Hwz54EhYRakBQTsrqHbWb-NRoCIAYQAvD_BwE He makes it easy to donate to his campaign. But how serious is he about climate change and universal healthcare in the US, is a good question. I will tell you that there are a lot of good qualified Democrat Party Candidates, And that's a good thing. Where did all the manufacturing jobs go, will they ever come back, well not by yesterday's measure, now. And I just like Tom Petty
  13. I work for a big corporation that employs 60 thousand world wide. We all got a check for $500. A one time offering. I bring it up because a lot of US Corporations also did likewise. They (those employees) were overjoyed. And the Corporations, thinking they gave this one time crumb to their employees( only in those who worked in the US)/ made them also feel good as well... I also bring this up because Corporations like mine who are successful grow mostly by buying up smaller firms. But what they seem not very capable at doing is investing in R&D, or in focusing on becoming more profitable by creating more quality in the things that they make. And they will tell you that they just can never find enough qualified help. They always want to hire more people, but it is difficult in such an economy like the one we find ourselves in. And oh, by the way, a lot of things we sell to other countries, well those other countries have regulations, and oh by the way, who is in charge of making sure we meet those other countries regulations, who feels all the turmoil, who is by the way in charge of all this growth, and without any big capital investment, I might add??? Well they could, if they raised wages. Well that's easy for a worker to say. You can't go spending money willynilly, just spending money to spend money, when you need to meet the bottom line. The Demand I might suppose, just isn't there yet. Peace!
  14. I work for a big corporation that employs 60 thousand world wide. We all got a check for $500. A one time offering. I bring it up because a lot of US Corporations also did likewise. They (those employees) were overjoyed. And the Corporations, thinking they gave this one time crumb to their employees/ made them also feel good as well... I also bring this up because Corporations like mine who are successful grow mostly by buying up smaller firms. But what they seem not very capable at doing is investing in R&D, or in focusing on becoming more profitable by creating more quality in the things that they make. And they will tell you that they just can never find enough qualified help. They always want to hire more people, but it is difficult in such an economy like the one we find ourselves in. Well they could, if they raised wages. Well that's easy for a worker to say. You can't go spending money willynilly, just spending money to spend money, when you need to meet the bottom line. The Demand I might suppose, just isn't there yet. Peace!
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