Ossoff defeat proves Dems would rather piss away money than shift to the left
Yvonne C. Claes
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As a Progressive, I am pleased that Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in Tuesday’s special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Well, it’s nice to see that the Progressives and Conservatives can agree on something, now and again.

It’s about the issues, assholes, and you won’t win when you offer candidates who oppose single-payer healthcare and a $15/hour national minimum wage.

And…where have candidates who support those won, outside of blue districts?

This in spite of the fact that Trump has historically low favorability ratings.

He has low favorability ratings when juxtaposed against time in office. It should be noted that Mr. Obama was down to the 40% favorability mark at the end of 2009.

Ossoff, who ironically resembles House Speaker Paul Ryan’s kid brother

I think most people noted the resemblance to Anthony Weiner.

The former congressional aide scoffed at the notion the country is ready for Medicare for All, despite a majority of Americans on the right and left supporting such a program.

Sure. Everyone loves a free lunch. They will all support anything that promises to be better than what they currently have …… until they find out how much it will cost. And if the lessons of California (who just priced this out) hold, single payer would require rather massive tax increases. All the way down to the middle and even into the lower classes.

Translation: Single-payer is unrealistic and we have to accept the fact that people will continue to die.

Failure of logic here. There are universal coverage systems other than single payer in the world. In fact, single payer is not as common as the other two major universal coverage systems.

Americans are increasingly tired of such excuses and know damn well that if we have money to start wars, we sure as hell can provide healthcare to all citizens.

Then you should have applauded Trump when he told Europe to start paying their own way on NATO. In some respects, Europe has universal care because we’ve been covering their NATO obligations for them.

Ossoff repeatedly said he supports a “livable” minimum wage but refused to assign a number to what that exactly means.

He’s right; that’s because nobody knows what it exactly means. A wage level that work sin one area might cause economic turmoil in another. Our economy is very regionalized.

Senator Bernie Sanders, this country’s most popular politician, endorsed Ossoff but demurred when asked if he considered Ossoff a Progressive.

Well, he endorsed Clinton too, so I really don’t know why anyone really cares what Sanders has to say. He’s popular because the GOP spent their money eviscerating Clinton, and didn’t turn the Big Guns on Sanders, who has as many skeletons in his closet as Clinton does.

Democratic leaders aren’t interested in winning. They simply are putting on a show for those increasingly few voters who still believe in fantastical concepts like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a benign political party. The purpose of elections is to raise money for the ruling class, not to represent constituents.

Even I, as a lifelong critic of Democrats, are not that cynical about them. As a matter of fact, if I were ever to BECOME that cynical, I would seriously consider going expat.

OK, one more time for those in the peanut gallery: Being against Trump is not enough. You must support and work for initiatives that actually will make the lives of Americans better.

Finally we agree.

Imagine what Democratic leaders — who preach the importance of electing people to defeat Trump’s agenda — could accomplish if they actually put their money where their mouths are on their two faces?

No difference. The GOP money was going to go to wherever the Dem money went.

That’s something the Democrats (like the Republicans) have been loathe to do because many of their own party leaders and corporate masters are among that privileged group.

Or, they just understand basic economics. There is no scenario that you can dream up that removes enough money from the top earners to substantially shore up the social programs that doesn’t cause economic turmoil.

The entitlements are in far worse financial shape than you seem to know.

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