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Warning HEROES Act "Doesn't Do Nearly Enough," Progressive Group Calls on House to Vote Down Democrats' Covid-19 Bill

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/13/warning-heroes-act-doesnt-do-nearly-enough-progressive-group-calls-house-vote-down

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Don’t Pretend Joe Biden Is Actually Moving Left
~https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/05/joe-biden-move-left
Joe Biden has named several progressives, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sara Nelson, to newly announced policy “task forces.” This beats him just sneering at leftists — but it’s no great progressive victory that a few good people are on a random list of names for toothless task forces.

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this isn’t hard. as long as you keep voting for them because, you know, eek! republicans!, they have you. You have zero leverage, they know it, why don’t you?

Withhold your support and discipline the party. If those “dumb” republicans can figure out how to do it to their pols, why can’t Dems?

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Progressives have lost their minds.

MITCH MCCONNELL HAS ALREADY SAID THE DEMOCRATIC BILL GOES TOO FAR AND IS DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

And the “progressives” demand voting it down in some bizarre other-wordly fantasy land belief that they can get something more socialist?! Are they f–king insane? VOTE OUT THE REPUBLICANS, NOT THE DEMOCRATS’ BILL!!! YOU WON’T GET ANYTHING BUT MORE FASCISM IF YOU SUCCEED IN SIMPLY ATTACKING EVERYTHING DEMOCRATIC. Jezuuuss open your eyes.

DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO EVICT MITCH MCCONNELL FROM THE SENATE. EVERYTHING!!!

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I wish Moscow Mitch was DOA, if you get my drift. I don’t think I have ever loathed and detested a senator as much I I have this profoundly corrupt, regressive piece of shit. And FUCK the idiot people of Kentucky for re-electing this nightmare of a “representative”. Rand Paul is bad enough but McConnell is a whole new level of evil.

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None of the Above. Write it in.

You have a nice, smiling, hand-shaking, baby-kissing congress person who’s been part of this for ten or twenty years?

None of the Above. Write it in.

Those journalists that are little more then rah rah cheerleaders for the DNC ensure the readers that all they have to do is vote Democrat and then hold their feet to the fire.

When it comes to helping the working class the Democrats have cold feet.

These guys are all blowing smoke up your ass but there still no fire.

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Just as happened with the 2008 crash $300 stimulus checks, thousands of dead people got CARES $1200 checks in April while 40 million live people that actually need the money won’t see checks until June or July.

Then as now, stimulus checks for dead people have “deceased” written on them and there is no requirement for whoever gets them to return them. Mnuchin says it would cost more than the checks are worth to enforce a return policy.

I’d like to think this new generation of progressives in Congress have the wherewithal to give the Democratic leadership a taste of the Tea Party MO, but if I hold my breath I’m afraid I’ll pass out. With my underlying conditions, that would be unwise.

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I’ve made several contributions to Amy McGrath, the ex-fighter pilot running to unseat McConnell. What have you done?

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How about WRITE IN BERNIE SANDERS 2020!?

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I’m in agreement with the progressives!
We don’t want things to go back to normal, we want our lives to be better.
Coalitions of voting blocks is how politicians work together and include compromises.
Not rolling over and wagging ones tails.
Vote out the lesser of two evils!
Let me phrase that in your language pops,“VOTE OUT THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS!
NO MORE WOLFS IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING, JEEZUSS ED”

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None of the Above is better, Bernie is a proven quitter.

Why don’t you just identify yourself as a Trump enabling fascist? That’s what you are. Pelosi’s latest bill includes an emergency grant to the USPS of $25billion. 630,000 working class unionized Americans will BE OUT OF WORK if that grant does not come through. By incessantly attacking the Democrats you are proving yourself to be a cowardly fool. Do you really want another 630,000 out of work blue collar union members?

IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT?!?!

You are in fact the one that are the trump enabling Fascist. He would never have got to power had people like you not voted for the Corrupt Democrats over and over again. Clinton>Obama>to The run of HRC against Trump told the people the Democrats were not going to make any changes and just keep pandering to Corporations.

In the first term of the Obama Presidency the Deomocrats had the House, The Senate and the Presidency. Why did they not help the Post office then? Why wait to act until now unless it just about giving the illusion of caring about it.

Pelosi is as corrupt as they come. That corruption is why so many Democrats voted for Trump in the last election.

Keep shouting . There few here that listen to your nonsense. It like listening to Trump bellowing.

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You black widow spider hanging around with nothing better to do than smear people trying to get trump out of office. You’re a worthless human being.
You are nothing but a destroyer, you enable the destruction of this country. You are worthless.

WHAT IS YOUR POINT, BECAUSE OBAMA DIDN’T MAKE YOU PISS GOLD IN HIS FIRST 100 DAYS THEN WE NEED TO MAKE SURE TRUMP IS RE-ELECTED. YOU ARE WORTHLESS. A ZERO.

As usual you can not reply to the facts so decide name calling is the way out . You remind me of Trump in that regard.

Obama had the power to do all the things progressives wanted and refused to instead sending trillions to the bankers. He took Medicare for all off the table. He did nothing to help your Post office. The only time the Democrats care about this is when they not in power so they can pretend concern, this even as they collect their money from Wall Street for a job well done.

I am A Canadian. I have nothing to do with destroying your country. You did that all on your own by continuing to vote for corruption.

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ANSWER MY QUESTION YOU MONSTER.

Because Obama didn’t make you piss gold in his first 100 you want to re-elect Trump?? Is that your game you sinister creature?
ANSWER ME!

Or what? You are acting like a 5 year old. Do you really vote? No wonder there a fascist running the place down there.

Obama sure managed to make those Bankers piss Gold in his first 100 days to the tune of Trillions of dollars but he could manage nothing for the poor? Trillions for bankers and nothing for the Postal service?

~https://www.cnbc.com/2011/12/14/the-size-of-the-bank-bailout-29-trillion.html

The size of the bank bailout. 29 trillion.

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The progressive caucus at this point is a joke. They are not really putting up a fight, they keep writing polite letters asking for concessions that are never met and they keep being manipulated and hoodwinked by Pelosi that “next time for sure” their demands will be met. But they never are.

Pelosi holds them in so much contempt that in the most recent stimulus bill that was more symbolic than anything since it was never gonna pass anyway and Pelosi knew that this bill was DOA, that she was not even willing to give the progressives SYMBOLICALLY a win or acknowledgment of their policy priorities. She completely excluded anything they really wanted in a bill that was more of a messaging document anyway, in order to humiliate them and let them know they have no power, that they dont matter and never will.

The Progressive caucus needs to exercise power which means being willing to hold up legislation and not allow the corporate wing to extort them to vote for some giant bail out for banks and multinationals as a condition of being able to get a pittance for the american people as they did in the first stimulus bill.

They need to go on the offense with Pelosi, go on TV each night and point out how she wants to bail out the lobbyists and debt collectors and how she extended the Patriot Act and voted on allowing the FBI/William Barr to spy on peoples’ web-browser and search history.

In other words, they need to be willing to use the same kind of hard-line, guerrilla tactics the Freedom Caucus employed back then in order to get their way. These soft-ball tactics and politely asking and writing letters while Pelosi and Co and just kick them in teeth daily isnt working!! That is not how you play the game of retaining and gaining power. The elites aren’t gonna just give it to you, you have to pry it from their cold, dead hands!!

I mean look, all of the Squad members are being primaried with the DCCC behind the challengers. That is how much Pelosi and the corporate Dems hate these people and hold their movement and voters, which make up a large portion of the Democratic voter base by the way, in contempt.

They are bad faith actors who have surrounded themselves with former Republicans/Never-Trumpers who have turned into Never-Sanders and taken over the Democratic party and are building the ideological framework of the party which means actively working to undermine and destroy progressives while embracing Reagan and GWB type of conservatism.

As a progressive you cannot go up against these people and expect to win by asking politely and writing letters and not using whatever power and leverage you got to get your way. Sure this may make you unpopular with Congress but it will make you popular with the people and you could raise a fortune that way. Why? Because people want to see their reps put up a real fight rather than roll over for Mama Bear Pelosi and her corporate donors. The working class cannot wait any longer for the elites to be ready to give them power. That is not how it works. And who cares if they are unpopular in congress among the elites, that is a club you dont wanna be part of, they have a 22% approval rating.

Stand up for the people, use your political capital to be a true resistance party or the corporate Dems will swallow you whole and quash you once and for all if you keep employing these neutered, half-assed, wishy washy, soft-ball tactics.

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