Democratic Leaders Rake in Corporate Cash as “Squad” Sticks With Sm...

Are you wondering why Democratic Party leaders have only sternly worded statements and tepid pleas for civility, while Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley, "The Squad", speak truth to power? Follow the money.

"The Squad" relies mostly on small donations, while "... 344 corporate-related PACs made 520 contributions to the six Democratic House leaders in the second quarter, totaling nearly $1.2 million."

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As Ocasio-Cortez advocates for the Green New Deal, the top House Democrats rake in contributions from the PACs of fossil fuel companies such as Dominion Energy ($10,000), BP ($6,000), ExxonMobil ($2,500), and TransCanada ($1,000).

While “the Squad” supports Medicare for All, pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, and certain health industry trade associations, which oppose the program, support House Democratic leaders. The leadership members’ second-quarter donors include the PACs of Eli Lilly and Company ($15,000), AmerisourceBergen ($7,500), Blue Shield of California ($7,500), UnitedHealth Group ($7,500), Johnson & Johnson ($6,500), Abbott Labs ($6,000), Pfizer ($5,000), and Amgen ($4,500).

As the two sides battle it out for the party’s future, they are relying on their core constituencies to help them along: For “the Squad,” it’s the diverse groups of people who helped them win congressional seats for the first time in 2018. For the establishment, it’s the corporations that have sent lobbyists to their offices and checks to their campaigns for many years.

AOC says,“Are we headed to fascism? Yes, I don’t think there’s a question.”

Establishment Democrats are afraid to use the words "White Supremacy". (quote source) See Mike Luckovich comic.

Which do you respect?

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The problem is Independents are typically the swing voters and studies show them to be the least educated of the electorate. When people equate socialism with Bernie, they equate communism with Bernie, most don't really know the difference.

So while I agree with you the US needs to go more left, I don't think this is the time to do it, it just gives Trump more amo because the economy is doing well and people are afraid to change it up.

The Democrats seem to be screwing up royally again this cycle, they need to mention all the great things Obama did for the economy, but they focus instead on Trump's moral failings, which are typically secondary concerns to the electorate.

Studies: independents, least educated?

Andrea, I doubt it. With a Dem dad and a Repub mom, I learned to not attack either party. In politics since 1972, I’ve met plenty of independents. They think and are the most caring.

I tell newbies there are many good people in groups independent of the parties, and if they want to meet thugs go to the parties. Partisan combat and ethics don’t mix well.

I think you are right, Tom. I find that in Trumpworld the ideas is to demonize the other party and often make it appear that your party is saying or doing what the other party is doing and saying. If something is wrong it must be the fault of that idiotic other party. Even in this forum when I said both parties are conflicted I was hit back with something that I am supposedly saying bad about the Dems. It wasn't what I said at all. 

I am not watching the debates however. Ideas on how well Obama did in the past and things like it are not going to win an election. I demonize Trump enough myself but we should have a steady focus on the fact that we have no good reasons to accept bad behavior. What is happening is that we are being dumbed down daily to a point of acceptance. 

Tom, when I note studies show Independents to be the least educated of the electorate, I'm talking about politically. I'm not saying there aren't good or intelligent people in that group. But these studies make sense, since in my experience Independents tend to vote based on the personalities of the politicians.

But really a much more important factor is party affiliation, which typically dictates how they politicians vote. And for me, climate change, social safety net and women's rights are the most important issues, and you generally won't find Republicans supporting those issues, or Democrats voting against those issues, unless a great portion of their base goes against their party affiliation.

Also, the difference between 49%-51% and 51%-49% party representation in a chamber of Congress or in most state legislatures isn't just a different likelihood of getting controversial bills passed. The party majority determines the agenda. It determines committee chairs and majorities; it determines which bills are heard and debated by the full chamber; it can even determine which bills even go to committee in the first place.

Related: "Corporate team of rivals: Harris now in top tier with Biden to prevent a progressive nominee" (Common Dreams)

[...] No one has summed up Biden’s political stance better than Elizabeth Warren, who told the California Democratic Party convention five weeks ago: “Some Democrats in Washington believe the only changes we can get are tweaks and nudges. If they dream, they dream small. Some say if we all just calm down, the Republicans will come to their senses.” She added: “When a candidate tells you about all the things that aren't possible, about how political calculations come first . . . they’re telling you something very important—they are telling you that they will not fight for you.

Being preferable to Joe Biden is a low bar, and Kamala Harris clears it. But, like Biden, she stands to lose potential support from many self-described liberals and progressives to the extent they learn more about her actual record. [...]

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