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Nothing About the 1994 Crime Bill Was Unintentional

  • In the ’90s, Bill Clinton exploited fears about crime in the same way that Donald Trump uses immigration today.
  • The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest showing up at feel-good candidate events.
  • Related: Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

Bruce Shapiro, the Nation

http://www.thenation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Bill_Clinton_protest_ap_img.jpg  Bill Clinton has a heated exchange with a protester during a rally for Hillary Clinton, April 7, 2016, in Philadelphia. (Ed Hille / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

April 11, 2016 |  “I know those young people were just trying to get good television,” said Hillary Clinton’s husband as he reflected on his earlier decision to go horns-first after Black Lives Matter protesters. Imagine, for a moment, if George W. Bush had said those words after being confronted by angry Iraq War veterans. Instead, the ex-president is Bill Clinton, and the protesters were young African Americans whose parents, siblings, friends, and neighbors still endure the consequences of his 1994 Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act.

The 1994 crime bill is, like the Iraq war, an unwelcome guest continually showing up at feel-good candidate events. Twenty-two years ago, William Jefferson Clinton instigated the bill; Hillary Clinton lobbied for it; Bernie Sanders, then in the House, voted for it, reluctantly, after denouncing its core provisions. In recent months, both Clintons have stepped away from the crime bill’s legacy, allowing that, in the former president’s words, “too many laws were overly broad instead of appropriately tailored.” Candidate Hillary now declares that “the era of mass incarceration must end,” without quite saying who inaugurated it. But with 2.3 million Americans in behind bars and policing abuses a national scandal, the crime bill just keeps coming back.

Bruce Shapiro, a contributing editor to the Nation <http://www.thenation.com>, is executive director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.

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Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism, Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Imagine there's no Clintons. It's easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today.

2000+ Doctors Declare: "It's Time for Single Payer to be Back on the Table"

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'We can continue down this harmful path or we can embrace the long-overdue remedy that we know will work: a publicly financed, nonprofit, single-payer system that covers everybody.'

Deirdre Fulton,  Common Dreams

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Demonstration%20for%20Single-Payer%20Health%20Care.jpg "In the United States, the right to medical care remains a dream deferred." (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Public Citizen)  

Thursday, May 05, 2016 | Despite limited advances provided by the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. healthcare system remains "uniquely wasteful" and profit-driven, leaving tens of millions without any insurance and even more underinsured.

As a result, say leading physicians, "the right to medical care remains a dream deferred."

In an effort to finally realize that dream, thousands of medical professionals across the country have signed onto the "Physicians' Proposal for Single-Payer Health Care Reform," calling for a publicly financed, single-payer National Health Program (NHP) that would cover all Americans for all medically necessary care.

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer, Common Dreams

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Clintonism screwed the Democrats: How Bill, Hillary and the Democratic Leadership Council gutted progressivism

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Imagine there's no Clintons. It's easy if you try! Without pernicious DLC, liberalism is a stronger movement today.

Paul Rosenberg, Salon

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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 | Hillary Clinton today promotes herself as a “reformer with results,” and she’s relied on a widespread impression that she and Bernie Sanders aren’t really that far apart on major issues. After the last round of primaries in the Northeast, she expressed it again:

“Because whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us. We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high, that Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street, and we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it. We Democrats agree that college should be affordable to all, and student debt shouldn’t hold anyone back.”

Paul Rosenberg is a California-based writer/activist, senior editor for Random Lengths News, and a former columnist for Al Jazeera English.

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Bank of North Dakota Soars Despite Oil Bust: A Blueprint for California?

Despite North Dakota’s collapsing oil market, its state-owned bank continues to report record profits. This article looks at what California, with fifty times North Dakota’s population, could do following that state’s lead.

Ellen Brown, Common Dreams

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http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/views-article/bank_north_dakota.jpg?itok=pf69nqOq Even amid falling oil prices, by increasing its lending into a collapsing economy, the state-owned Bank of North Dakota has helped prop the economy up. (Photo: AP/Dale Wetzel)

May 02, 2016 | In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned depository bank, was more profitable even than J.P. Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs. The author attributed this remarkable performance to the state’s oil boom; but the boom has now become an oil bust, yet the BND’s profits continue to climb. Its 2015 Annual Report, published on April 20th, boasted its most profitable year ever.

The BND has had record profits for the last 12 years, each year outperforming the last. In 2015 it reported $130.7 million in earnings, total assets of $7.4 billion, capital of $749 million, and a return on investment of a whopping 18.1 percent. Its lending portfolio grew by $486 million, a 12.7 percent increase, with growth in all four of its areas of concentration: agriculture, business, residential, and student loans.

Ellen Brown is an attorney and founder of the Public Banking Institute. She is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt, and her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, which explores successful public banking models historically and globally.

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