Democratic Party Presidential Candidates for 2020

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Warren Proposes the Biggest Expansion of Social Security in 50 Years
Warren’s plan goes quite a bit further. It includes the cost-of-living adjustment, the minimum monthly benefit, and an across-the-board benefit hike. But that across-the-board jump comes to $200 a month immediately for every current and future recipient, along with several other changes focused on women, caregivers, people with disabilities, and people of color. The $2,400 a year extra for everyone is nearly double what the Larson/Sanders plan gives to its poorest beneficiaries.

An independent analysis from Mark Zandi of Moody’s estimates that the Warren Social Security plan would increase average benefits by almost 25 percent for the lower half of income earners. It would lift 4.9 million seniors out of poverty, slashing the senior poverty rate by over two-thirds. And once it kicks in, it would steadily and modestly grow the economy by putting more money in the hands of seniors who are likely to spend it. “The plan results in a much more progressive Social Security system,” Zandi writes.
 

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To watch tonight or not to watch. Hmm, what else is on might help me decide.
 

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang went full influencer on the debate stage Thursday night.

In his opening remarks, Yang announced that he would be giving away $120,000 through the course of the next year as part of a pilot program for his campaign’s key policy plan: universal basic income, or what he refers to as the “Freedom Dividend.”

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Yang was a longshot candidate when he first announced his bid for the presidency last year, but after appearing on a number of YouTube shows and popular podcasts he rose to prominence.

Through this strategy, Yang has qualified for every Democratic debate, so it makes sense that he would continue down the path that influencers have paved and announce a giveaway. Giveaways are ubiquitous with internet influencers who look to grow their followings.
The "influencer" candidate. Ouch.
 
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I'm DVR'ing it. I'll watch it this weekend when I've got time to digest it.
What network has it? I thought it was NBC but they just have their usual shows. Looking at news channels in the on screen guide shows nothing unusual.
 

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The idea that there's only one party, the business party, is an idea that while not entirely wrong is also probably being said by someone who doesn't give a shit about social issues unrelated to the economy.
There's some Princeton researchers who determined that we live in an oligarchy (rule by the few). What Congress actually *does*, rather than what they say, lines up with what the top 20% in income want. Not surprisingly, most members of congress belong to this category, and did before getting elected, which automatically puts them in that category. The top 20% includes a lot of business owners, but it also includes professionals, inherited wealth, etc.

So rather than the business party, I call it the money party, which has a left and right wing.
 

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There's some Princeton researchers who determined that we live in an oligarchy (rule by the few). What Congress actually *does*, rather than what they say, lines up with what the top 20% in income want. Not surprisingly, most members of congress belong to this category, and did before getting elected, which automatically puts them in that category. The top 20% includes a lot of business owners, but it also includes professionals, inherited wealth, etc.

So rather than the business party, I call it the money party, which has a left and right wing.
This one. It's the top 10%. For the bottom 90%, there is near zero correlation between what they want and what becomes law.


"The preferences of the average American appear to have only a miniscule, near zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."
 

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Not defending Biden's weird comment, but I actually do own a record player, and do listen to it fairly frequently.
Yes but I'm betting you're not offering family record-nights as a solution to youth violence... ^^
 

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Yeah, except for audiophiles and baby boomers/older I can not think of anyone who owns a phonograph. Even tape players and cd players are uncommon, but less so. Most people use some sort of mp3 player (like a phone or their computer, ipods died long ago) or streaming. Way for Biden to not show he is old.
 
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Anyone catch this when it aired?

Burning AOC ad during Democratic debate sparks outrage
An advertisement showing the image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bursting into flames aired during ABC's Democratic debate in Houston on Thursday, prompting a heated response from viewers.

The 30-second ad, from a Republican-affiliated PAC named New Faces GOP, features its founder Elizabeth Heng, a former GOP congressional candidate in California, warning about liberal politicians who embrace socialism.
 
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