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On April 28 a “transcript was released from the most recent hearing at a federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on the lawsuit filed on behalf of Bernie Sanders supporters against the Democratic National Committee and former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz for rigging the Democratic primaries for Hillary Clinton. Lawyers for the DNC argued the DNC has a right to pick candidates in a back room.

The corporate press is doing its best to ignore this class action lawsuit alleging the Democratic National Committee (DNC) worked directly in conjunction with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign to keep Bernie Sanders out of the White House. This lawsuit has been raging on in the courtrooms for months on end–and yet, most people have no idea of its existence, in large part thanks to the corporate media’s total lack of coverage.

The lawsuit alleges the Democratic National Committee, which is managed by Wall Street toadies who fear Bernie Sanders, worked side-by-side with the Hillary Clinton campaign to derail the Sanders challenge last year in the Democratic presidential primary. If true this violated the Democratic Party’s own charter, specifically Article 5, Section 4, which specifically states the DNC cannot work with a “single campaign to effectively choose who would win the Democratic ballot, the attorneys stated in the suit.”

According to Newsweek, “The most recent court hearing on the case was held on April 25, during which the DNC reportedly argued that the organization’s neutrality among Democratic campaigns during the primaries was merely a “political promise,” and therefore it had no legal obligations to remain impartial throughout the process.”

In other words, the DNC is admitting guilt while insisting it did no wrong in directly supporting Wall Street’s choice to be the Democratic Party candidate for US president because they certainly didn’t want the people’s candidate

For more on this story click the links below.

The Lawsuit—Newsweek

DNC Lawyers Argue DNC Has Right to Pick Candidates in Back Rooms

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President Donald Trump admitted on national television a couple days ago that Australia’s universal health care system was vastly superior to the private for profit system of the United States. If Trump knows that, then every major US politician in both major political parties know this, and yet, the US still does not have universal health care. This suggests the only reason the US doesn’t have universal health care is because of the massive US government corruption, which is a function of the corruption of the two major US political parties who dominate the US federal, state and local governments. We in the US have an inefficient but profitable system, though it’s only profitable for a relative few. The rest of us pay the price in higher costs, while the rich profit from it via higher profits, rising share prices, and surging dividends.

How superior is the Australian universal health care system to the USA?

1. Australian life expectancy is over 82 years, compared with 78.5 years in the USA.

2. Australians spend 8.9 percent of their GDP on healthcare compared to 17.7 percent in the USA. The USA has the highest healthcare costs in the entire Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development nations.

I could, of course, go on and on. One thing is clearly certain. The US has the most inefficient healthcare system in the entire developed world, and that is mainly due to political corruption and the financial abilities of those who benefit from this bloated system to control the corrupt US corporate media establishment, allowing them to effectively hide the truth from most of us and play on our fears.

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On Sunday April 23, Bernie Sanders said, “The Democratic Party’s model is failing,” and if voter turnout doesn’t grow “there is no future forward for the Democratic Party.”

Now how about that? The Democratic Party is controlled by billionaires and the grassroots is drifting away. They ran Walmart/Wall Street candidate Hillary Clinton for US president and lost to an outsider who said outrageous and pretty stupid stuff in 2016. Of course, Donald Trump also kicked the crud out of 16 other contenders for the Republican Party nomination, so maybe the Republican grassroots are tired of the other billionaires that control their political party.

“Well,” Sanders said. “I think what is clear to anyone who looks at where the Democratic Party today is that the model of the Democratic Party is failing,” Sanders said on “Face the Nation.” “We have a Republican president who ran as a candidate as the most unpopular candidate in the modern history of this country. Republicans control the House, the Senate, two thirds of governors’ chairs.”

“And in the last eight years, they have picked up 900 legislative seats,” Sanders continued. “Clearly the Democratic Party has got to change. And in my view what it has got to become is a grassroots party. A party which makes decisions from the bottom on up. A party which is more dependent on small donations than large donations. A party… that speaks to the pain of the working class in this country.”

Sanders, who ran against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, is on a “unity” tour across the country with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to reinvigorate the Democratic base. The Vermont senator said the party must “take the lead” on issues that matter to the working class to increase voter turnout and “regain control of the United States Congress.” He failed to mention this is unlikely to occur with the billionaires in control of the party.

“So what we have got to do and what Democrats have got to do is go all over this country, start getting into those red states which have been ignored for decades, start growing the voter turnout,” Sanders said. “Having an agenda which brings people together to say that, ‘In the richest country in the history of the world, yeah. You know what? We can have health care for all people as a right. We can raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. No, Donald Trump is not right. Climate change is not a hoax. It is a major planetary crisis.’”

Of course, none of this is going to happen until the next recession begins this summer because the billionaires don’t want it to occur. After the brunt of the recession begins to hit in earnest some months later, voters of the Democratic Party will hopefully chase out the billionaires because a series of grassroots movements has already formed though they have not coalesced except to be anti-Trump. This, of course, means these movements against Trump have a striking resemblance to the Tea Party that dogged President Obama during his eight years. The Koch Brothers primarily fund the Tea Party and exercise significant control over its leadership.

The problem with many of the grassroots who are involved in the Democratic resistance to President Trump is what also ails Tea Party grassroots members, which was an attitude of “Obama bad, anything Republican good.” Many members of the Democratic grassroots resistance follow a similar small minded path, only it’s “Hillary good: Trump bad,” and “Democratic Party run by billionaires good; Republican Party run by different bunch of billionaires bad.”

Too few of these people don’t realize they need to kick the billionaires and millionaires and their plutocrats like Hillary and Bill Clinton out of the Democratic Party. If they fail to achieve this, they will simply be used by the billionaires who control the Democratic Party to defeat Donald Trump in the next presidential election rather than cleaning their own house. The corruption in both major political parties stinks like two pigsties.

When Tom Perez became Chairman of the Democratic Party by defeating Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison the grassroots lost to the billionaires, and many of them didn’t even know it. This means the grassroots resistance has yet to influence the Democratic Party in any meaningful way. This suggests that if the Democratic Party bosses successfully use the grassroots resistance to unseat Donald Trump in 2020, it’s still going to be business and corruption as usual.

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A month ago, I wrote the Democrats would do anything to prevent the Republicans from using the nuclear option, and so too would the Republican Party leadership. See President Trump, Neil Gorsuch and the Nuclear Option That Won’t Happen–JohnHively.Wordpress.com. Right now, it takes sixty votes to pass anything through the senate, otherwise the opposition will filibuster whatever it is. However, the senate can vote to end the filibuster, which means a simple majority vote is all it will take to pass anything through the senate, such as legislation or Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to be the next US Supreme Court justice.

Politico now reports the Democrats are negotiating with Republicans to allow Gorsuch to become the next Supreme Court Justice in exchange for not eliminating the nuclear option on a future US supreme court nominee. See Democrats Weigh In On Deal–Politico.com.

This would allow Gorsuch to become a US Supreme Court justice on a simple party line up and down vote. Forty-eight Democrats will vote against him, and fifty-two Republicans will vote for him, and the deal will be done.

Quite naturally, the corporate media will not mention the last thing the Republican leadership wants to do is use the nuclear option, just like the corporate wing of the Democratic Party doesn’t want to use it.

If the Republicans use the nuclear option for Gorsuch’s nomination, the Republican grassroots would then insist the Republican Party leadership use the nuclear option to pass anti-abortion legislation, thereby ending the Republican leadership’s best wedge issue uniting the billionaire corporate wing of the party with middle and working class evangelical Christians, many of whom might then decide to vote on bread and butter issues during the next presidential race with such progressive Democrats as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. No, the billionaires don’t want that.

With control of the US house, senate and presidency, this is a golden opportunity for the Republican leadership to pass strong anti-abortion legislation, if they really wanted to, and no, they don’t want to. The Democrats couldn’t stop them if they tried to, provided an old fashioned up and down vote can take place in the senate. That won’t happen.

The other billionaires who control the Democratic Party don’t want to use the nuclear option as well, and for simple financial reasons. One day the Democrats will have control of all three branches of the US government, and the Democratic grassroots will want the Party to pass stronger labor union legislation, a higher minimum wage, renegotiate the trade treaties that allow the billionaires to export US jobs so they cannot do so (Grassroots Republicans also want that), pass a single payer health care bill, and on and on. None of these, of course, would be in the interests of the billionaires who control both parties.

The Republican and Democratic grassroots are being played by the billionaires and their politicians in high places. We’ve been played for decades. The nuclear option has not been used precisely because doing so would end the legislative gridlock that has stopped the above issues from being determined. The billionaires win with gridlock, and all at the expense of the rest of us. The rest of us win when the nuclear option is used.

So expect a deal will be made between the Democrats and the Republicans that will allow Neil Gorush to become the next US Supreme Court Justice without the use of the dreaded nuclear option. Of course, it’s the billionaires who dread it.

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A new report from the United Nations shows that Norway has overtaken Denmark as the world’s happiest nation. The study was performed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), which was launched by the United Nations in 2012.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview.

The United States dropped to 14th this year from 13th last year. Sachs said the United States is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse.

US Senator Bernie Sanders had a lot to say about these issues.

“Norway,” he wrote, “is now the happiest country on earth followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, the United States has moved down to 14th on the list. Why are the people in Norway so much happier than the U.S.? It’s not that complicated.

While hundreds of thousands of bright, young Americans don’t go to college because they cannot afford the cost, public college is tuition-free in Norway.

While the U.S. is the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care as a right, Norway has a single-payer health care system that provides high-quality health care to all of its citizens at a far lower cost.

While the U.S. is the only major country that does not guarantee workers some type of paid sick leave, Norway guarantees 50 paid sick days.

The U.S. has the highest childhood poverty rate of nearly any major country on earth, while Norway has one of the lowest followed by Denmark and Finland.

As we strive to be a more just society, we must follow the examples of our brothers and sisters in other countries who have made better progress. What do you think?”

Click here for more on the story from Reuters.

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Bernie Sanders and Corporate Taxes
Last week, US Senator Bernie Sanders took to the floor of the senate with a giant poster of a Donald Trump tweet. Sanders challenged the president elect to stand by his promise of no cuts to social security payments, medicare or medicaid. Polls show most US citizens are against cutting back on these programs.

The US could easily expand these programs by simply placing a tariff on goods manufactured abroad by US corporations and then exported to the USA, something Trump also promised to do, and then earmarking those tariff dollars toward Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

In the case of social security, there are many more options for expanding social security benefits, which have been deliberately made to languish behind the growth of real inflation. If you earn more than $118,500 per year, you don’t pay social security tax on any income earnings above that number. Simply eliminating this artificial cap would allow the government to significantly raise payments to beneficiaries for decades to come.

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According to Bernie Sanders, “If Donald Trump’s plan to repeal the estate tax is enacted, his family and his cabinet nominees would receive a tax break of up to $9 billion. Repealing the estate tax would only benefit the very, very rich. Meanwhile, these same cabinet members are hell-bent on cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Tax breaks for billionaires, cuts in programs for the elderly, the sick and the poor. Not acceptable. We will fight back.”

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As for Trump’s tax breaks for the rich, it will prove devastating to the US economy. We’re already in the midst of a massive stock market and illegally contrived housing bubble, and those tax cut proposals will simply inflate the bubbles even more, and redistribute income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent. Furthermore, repeal of the estate tax will increase the hold the rich have on the US government, and increase the corruption that permeates that institution like never before.

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