Friday, May 2, 2008

One way to support the Tibetan Struggle

At the People's Platform website we've created a page dedicated to supporting the struggle against Chinese repression. Remember: this is a site that you build. So it isn't enough to read you should contribute. Be heard. We also advocate boycotting Chinese products and/or the Chinese Olympics. It isn't about stigmatizing the Chinese people but the government that rules over them.

Transcript: Bill O'Reilly Interviews Hillary Clinton

Read the transcript and see how the "tough" Hillary Clinton stood up to the famous FOX bully Bill O'Reilly:

O'REILLY: OK. Oil prices. Now, you want us to suspend the federal gas tax. So does John McCain. Obama doesn't. But when I hear that, I say, it's the same old politician stuff, because the Democratic Party was opposed, is opposed to ANWR drilling. You voted against nuclear energy seven times. And I'm saying to myself, both parties, both parties have sold the folks out on energy. And now the folks are getting hammered and they should be angry at both parties. Where am I going wrong?

CLINTON: Well, here's what I think. I think there's plenty of blame to go around. We have not done what we should have done...

O'REILLY: Even for you?

CLINTON: ...for more — oh, for all of us, for everybody.

O'REILLY: OK. So you're taking some blame.

CLINTON: But consumers, drivers, political officials, the oil companies, you name it. We're not acting like Americans, Bill. We're not in charge. And I want to put us back in charge, and that's going to...

O'REILLY: OK, so you're going to change your votes on drilling and nukes?

CLINTON: Well, here's what I'm going to do, and I've said this very clearly. In the short term, I do want a gas tax holiday, but to pay for it by putting a windfall profits tax on the oil companies.

O'REILLY: What's that mean though?

CLINTON: Well, here's what...

O'REILLY: What does that mean?

CLINTON: Now look, what it means is that the oil companies have made out like bandits. You know that.

O'REILLY: Right. Record profits.

CLINTON: We all know that, right?


CLINTON: And there is no basis for them to have these huge profits. They're not inventing anything new.

O'REILLY: So, but what do you do? Take 20 percent of their profits away from them?

CLINTON: You set a baseline, and above that baseline you begin to tax their profits.

O'REILLY: So Congress has got to say yes to this.

CLINTON: Congress has got to say yes. Now, I know that's an uphill climb.

O'REILLY: You bet.

CLINTON: But I'm trying to lay the groundwork so that when I'm president we can get in there and say this has been going on way too long. I also want to take on OPEC. You know, OPEC is a cartel, it's a monopoly.

On universal healthcare:
O'REILLY: $5 billion deficit, OK? The biggest expenditure in both California and New York? Medicaid, Medical. Fraud, between 10 and 20 percent. So you're going to tell me President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, is going to, A, run this efficiently and B, not bankrupt the country, when California and New York are already bankrupt? How are you going to do that? Moses going to come down?

CLINTON: Well, he could help. Don't you think?

O'REILLY: Yes, that's who you're going to need.

CLINTON: On those tablets, here's what's going to be written: If we don't get to universal health care, we will continue to bleed money. If we don't have more accountability, like through electronic medical records, we will never catch up to the fraud. If we don't make a decision right now that we're actually going to protect what is best about the American health care system, we won't recognize it in 10 or 20 years.

So here's what I say: Everybody who has health insurance who's happy with it, you keep it. No changes. But what I am going to do is take an already existing plan — it's not government-run, it's not a new bureaucracy. It's the way Congress and federal employees get their health care. And we're going to open it up to every American, because I think it's about time...

O'REILLY: But you're going to subsidize it.

CLINTON: Well, we are. But here's why. You already are subsidizing it. Your family policy has a $900 hidden tax. Why? Because when some poor person who doesn't have health insurance...

O'REILLY: Goes to the emergency room...

CLINTON: That's right.

O'REILLY:'ve got to pick it up.

CLINTON: You pick it up.

O'REILLY: And I don't mind doing it.

CLINTON: Well, but we're going to get the costs down for everybody, because people should pay something if they can afford to pay it. So under my plan, we're going to tell the insurance companies, no more discrimination, you've got to take care of people with pre-existing conditions. We're going to regulate them differently. And we're going to give them a different business model.

O'REILLY: All right. It's a complicated issue, and I don't think you can do it.

CLINTON: But you know, Bill, it's a moral issue.

O'REILLY: It is and it isn't.

CLINTON: It is a moral issue. Oh, no, it is.

O'REILLY: I mean, there's a self-reliance that has to kick in, you know?

CLINTON: That's right. There is a self-reliance. But...

O'REILLY: I mean, I don't want to be paying for someone who's taking heroin and drinking a bottle of gin a day.

CLINTON: But I assume you want to pay for some hardworking family whose kid has juvenile diabetes.


CLINTON: Or some woman...

O'REILLY: I don't mind doing it.

CLINTON: ...that just gets diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

O'REILLY: I think there should be safety nets, but I don't know if you're going to be able to do this.

CLINTON: There — well, but if we don't do it, we'll meet here again in five or 10 years. We'll have more uninsured people. The prices will have continued to go up, because we will not have put into place the safeguards and the accountability that our health care system needs.

O'REILLY: All right.

The Tide is Turning Against Hillary Clinton

The latest Zogby poll in North Carolina has Obama ahead of Hillary by a whopping 16 percent. Overall the Real Clear politics poll average has the Illinois Senator winning by 8 percent.

The biggest blow to Hillary's chances comes from the endorsement by Joe Andrews, the former head of the DNC under Bill Clinton:

While the pundits, never missing an opportunity to be wrong, are enraptured by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the party has already begun a powerful and profound movement of superdelegates to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

Today, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Joe Andrews, who served during the Clinton presidency, is switching from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to Obama. Several major Clinton fundraisers have made the switch and more than a thousand Clinton donors have now donated to Obama.

Andrews has major influence in Indiana.

In an excellent front-page story last Friday in The Hill, it was noted that a large number of leading Edwards supporters, now totaling more than four dozen, plus at least nine members of Congress who supported Edwards, have moved to Barack.

The pundit class doesn't get it, though they will be forced to by events. In the coming primaries Hillary is shamelessly pandering to voters with the gas tax, a true elitist view as it suggests that voters can be fooled. Not to be outdone, the elitist pundits similarly talk about what a "brilliant" tactic this is. Wrong again. Voters are not stupid.

This is kind of laughable. A Clinton endorsement touted by the her campaign blows up in her face:
Last November, the Clinton campaign issued this following release:
The Clinton Campaign today announced the endorsement of former Democratic National Committee Chair Joe Andrew [...]

Andrew became the youngest DNC chair in party history when he took the reins in 1999, after five years as Indiana Democratic Party Chair. Under Andrew, the DNC rose out of debt, implemented new technologies and grassroots mobilization efforts, and raised more than $225 million.

Andrew is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board of The Blue Fund, a mutual fund which invests in companies meeting standards of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, community participation and respect for human rights.

He is currently a partner with the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Washington, DC in the Corporate and Securities, Venture Capital and Public Law & Policy Strategies practice groups.
"Joe was a strong leader who put the Democratic Party on the right path,” Clinton said. "I'm honored to have his support."

Let's see if the Clinton mob try to smear Andrews:
Noting that Clinton surrogate James Carville likened New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to "Judas" after Richardson endorsed Obama, Andrew launched a blistering preemptive strike:

"They are the best practitioners of the old politics, so they will no doubt call me a traitor, an opportunist and a hypocrite. I will be branded as disloyal, power-hungry, but most importantly, they will use the exact words that Republicans used to attack me when I was defending President Clinton."

Andrew, a superdelegate, cited Clinton's push for a gas tax holiday as "the straw that broke the camel's back" in his defection, but Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson said he did not expect a stampede of superdelegates to Obama's side over the issue. "I don't think it's hurting us," Wolfson told reporters.

Hillary will lose despite her, and her supporters', dirty tricks:
North Carolina's attorney general has put a halt to automated phone calls that told blacks to register to vote after the state's registration deadline for Tuesday's primary had passed.

The suspiciously timed calls were eventually linked to the left-leaning Women's Voices Women Vote group, which states as its mission signing up female voters to boost Democratic turnout.

Roy Cooper, the North Carolina AG, said this week he had put a stop to the calls, which spurred allegations that the women's group was trying to confuse black voters, who overwhelmingly support Barack Obama over Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The calls urged people to register, even though the deadline for the primary was April 11.