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Billionaires are Spending Big in 2020 Election

America’s billionaires are now spending 20 times more on political contributions than they did a decade ago, adding to their influence in Washington, according to a new study.


Political contributions from billionaires soared from $32 million in 2010 to $611 million in 2018, according to a study from Americans for Tax Fairness and The Institute for Policy Studies. While billionaires accounted for less than 1% of total federal campaign contributions in 2010, they accounted for nearly 10% of total contributions in the 2016 and 2018 elections cycles, the report said.


“Billionaires have an outsized influence on our economy, politics and society,” said Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness.


While the report suggests that billionaires have used their money to bend government policy in their favor, giving by billionaires is spread fairly evenly between Republicans and Democrats.


The top billionaire political contributors:

 

  • Sheldon and Miriam Adelson
  • Tom Steyer
  • Mike Bloomberg.


https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/01/sheldon-and-miriam-adelson-top-list-of-billionaire-political-contrib...

 

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“No one’s standard of living will change, nothing would fundamentally change.” -- Joe Biden to rich donors.

 

https://www.salon.com/2019/06/19/joe-biden-to-rich-donors-nothing-would-fundamentally-change-if-hes-...

 

 

 

 

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Two of the three are giving money so we can have freedom from Trump. The other to keep Dictator Trump.

Like it or not that is our system and Trump was created by that system because people who did not like the system had no real idea how to change it. The voted for people like Jill Stein (Russian choice) from a 3rd party for President in a 2 party system. Will they do the same again.

You want to end big money, then use big money to do that, and change our 2 party system by ending Trump to start with. Do not keep it going by not using the only thing that will change it.

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Two of the three are giving money so we can have freedom from Trump. The other to keep Dictator Trump.

Like it or not that is our system and Trump was created by that system because people who did not like the system had no real idea how to change it. The voted for people like Jill Stein (Russian choice) from a 3rd party for President in a 2 party system. Will they do the same again.

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Progressives kept holding their noses and voting for Democrats. Democrats took them for granted.


Democrats didn't push to increase the minimum wage. They watched silently as generation after generation succumbed to student loan debt. As the Earth kept burning, they hardly lifted a finger to help the environment, except for symbolic actions like Obama's fuel efficiency regulations, which required less than automakers were doing by themselves.


Personnel, they say in D.C., is policy. Carter had one progressive in his Cabinet for his first term, Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Obama had none. Citigroup chose his Cabinet.


After the defeat of Bernie Sanders in 2016, progressives tried something new.


Millions of disgruntled Sanders primary voters stayed home, voted for Trump or cast votes for third-party candidates like Jill Stein.


Hillary Clinton, who was so sure she could take progressives for granted that she put Sanders at 39th on her list of vice presidential picks, was denied her presumptive shoo-in victory. (Don't blame Stein. Adding all of her votes to the Hillary Clinton column would not have changed the result.)


Three years later, something remarkable happened.


Most presidential hopefuls in the 2020 Democratic primary campaign emerged from the centrist corporatist wing of the Democratic Party yet felt pressured to endorse important progressive policy ideas. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and even Michael Bloomberg came out in favor of a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Most of the mainstream candidates proposed some sort of student loan forgiveness and "Medicare for All." Nearly all support a Green New Deal.


What forced the Democratic Party to shift left after decades of moving to the right?


Fear that progressives will withhold their votes this coming November.

 

After years of empty threats from progressives, the November 2016 voter boycott proved they wouldn't sell their votes without getting something in return.


The answer to the question "What should progressives do?" is easy in the long term. Progressives should boycott Democratic candidates who don't credibly pledge to support progressive policies.

Biden says he would veto Medicare For All, a Green New Deal or student loan forgiveness.

He is hawkish on Russia and Venezuela.

He doesn't want your vote. Why give it to him for free?


The trouble is, every election is also about the short term. Progressive voters have to game out the next four years.
If Biden wins, his Supreme Court picks may not be significantly more to the left than Trump's.

He is likelier than Trump, who shows restraint on interventionism and ended the occupation of Afghanistan, to start a new war.

Big problems will get small solutions or none at all. Streets will be quiet. If there are any demonstrations, for instance by Black Lives Matter, his Department of Homeland Security will suppress it, as Obama did to Occupy. As under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the left will go back to sleep.

Progressives will watch Biden appoint one corporatist Cabinet member after another as their dreams of making the country a better place fade away.


And in 2024, we will again face a choice between a rabid right-wing Republican and a wimpy, sell-out Democrat.


This election, Democrats will say as they always do, is too important for ideological purity. Progressives should wait until some future election when less hangs in the balance. Perhaps in 2028? Maybe 2032? 2036?


https://m.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_ted_rall/the_data_i...

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@gordyfl wrote:

Two of the three are giving money so we can have freedom from Trump. The other to keep Dictator Trump.

Like it or not that is our system and Trump was created by that system because people who did not like the system had no real idea how to change it. The voted for people like Jill Stein (Russian choice) from a 3rd party for President in a 2 party system. Will they do the same again.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Progressives kept holding their noses and voting for Democrats. Democrats took them for granted.


Democrats didn't push to increase the minimum wage. They watched silently as generation after generation succumbed to student loan debt. As the Earth kept burning, they hardly lifted a finger to help the environment, except for symbolic actions like Obama's fuel efficiency regulations, which required less than automakers were doing by themselves.


Personnel, they say in D.C., is policy. Carter had one progressive in his Cabinet for his first term, Labor Secretary Robert Reich. Obama had none. Citigroup chose his Cabinet.


After the defeat of Bernie Sanders in 2016, progressives tried something new.


Millions of disgruntled Sanders primary voters stayed home, voted for Trump or cast votes for third-party candidates like Jill Stein.


Hillary Clinton, who was so sure she could take progressives for granted that she put Sanders at 39th on her list of vice presidential picks, was denied her presumptive shoo-in victory. (Don't blame Stein. Adding all of her votes to the Hillary Clinton column would not have changed the result.)


Three years later, something remarkable happened.


Most presidential hopefuls in the 2020 Democratic primary campaign emerged from the centrist corporatist wing of the Democratic Party yet felt pressured to endorse important progressive policy ideas. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg and even Michael Bloomberg came out in favor of a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Most of the mainstream candidates proposed some sort of student loan forgiveness and "Medicare for All." Nearly all support a Green New Deal.


What forced the Democratic Party to shift left after decades of moving to the right?


Fear that progressives will withhold their votes this coming November.

 

After years of empty threats from progressives, the November 2016 voter boycott proved they wouldn't sell their votes without getting something in return.


The answer to the question "What should progressives do?" is easy in the long term. Progressives should boycott Democratic candidates who don't credibly pledge to support progressive policies.

Biden says he would veto Medicare For All, a Green New Deal or student loan forgiveness.

He is hawkish on Russia and Venezuela.

He doesn't want your vote. Why give it to him for free?


The trouble is, every election is also about the short term. Progressive voters have to game out the next four years.
If Biden wins, his Supreme Court picks may not be significantly more to the left than Trump's.

He is likelier than Trump, who shows restraint on interventionism and ended the occupation of Afghanistan, to start a new war.

Big problems will get small solutions or none at all. Streets will be quiet. If there are any demonstrations, for instance by Black Lives Matter, his Department of Homeland Security will suppress it, as Obama did to Occupy. As under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, the left will go back to sleep.

Progressives will watch Biden appoint one corporatist Cabinet member after another as their dreams of making the country a better place fade away.


And in 2024, we will again face a choice between a rabid right-wing Republican and a wimpy, sell-out Democrat.


This election, Democrats will say as they always do, is too important for ideological purity. Progressives should wait until some future election when less hangs in the balance. Perhaps in 2028? Maybe 2032? 2036?


https://m.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/political_commentary/commentary_by_ted_rall/the_data_i...

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Well you have down pat all the far left nonsense. The far left and far right are one in the same just approaching total dictatorship from different paths. We had Germany on the far right path, and the old SU on the far left path. The two even united for a time with their peace agreement, but that fell apart due to the two leaders were so un balanced.  The SU joined with the west and was on the wining side and we went into the cold war which was ended when Stalin left the scene and they got a sane leader who worked with Ronnie. One thing proved by GB when they moved far left, and it almost destroyed GB was the far left ideas have little merit. All talk and then mostly failure. The only thing GB got was the start of their Health Care Service which had to be modified to work.

 

Here is a fact for you. This country was built as a center country using 2 parties. That has allowed  us to move slowly toward our goals. When ever the far get control we go backwards. We have gone backwards due to the far right many times over the last 50 years. The far left has been so bad they could do nothing but help the far right take us backwards, and they still do this to this day. If Trump gets back in and becomes the full Dictator he wants to be  the far left will have been his support that gave him the edge todo it, but as usual they will cry we don't want Trump.

 

The best thing that could happen is to have Trump out of office, and then move back to the center and once again be a leader. Part of doing that would be to have both far right and far left go to the trash can of history as neither has even done any good for the average people.

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