Republican Elites Are Scared of @PhilBredesen

When the Knoxville News-Sentinel needs someone to give voice to the extreme right-wing of the political spectrum, Greg Johnson is the writer who often gets the job. He has an opinion piece up on the News-Sentinel website about Democrat Phil Bredesen’s run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker.

Two things are evident in Johnson’s piece. First, he cannot stand the thought of Tennesseans sending a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Second, he respects, perhaps even admires Bredesen. The worse thing he can think of to say about him is that some Democrats might not like Bredesen’s pragmatic, common-sense approach to governing.

To be certain, Greg writes a nice article. To his credit, he uses the first paragraph to remind Tennesseans what a truly great job Bredesen did as governor of the state. Where Johnson misses the boat is his understanding of what Bredesen’s common-sense pragmatism would mean for working class Tennesseans. Greg writes an article each week for the News-Sentinel, but most of his time is spent working as a financial advisor for Edward Jones

Greg does an outstanding job helping Tennesseans with portfolios of upwards of $500 ,000. The problem is most Tennesseans don’t have portfolios quite that large. Greg also likes politicians who cater to folks who have plenty of money to invest. That may be the real reason he does not want Tennesseans to send Phil Bredesen to Washington. Greg knows that Bredesen will work just as hard for working class Tennesseans as Greg does for those with ample investment portfolios.  Greg also knows that Bredesen would likely oppose any GOP scheme to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

We already have enough politicians in Washington who are using their offices to pad their pockets and the bank accounts of their donors.  In fact, the GOP candidate that Greg favors, Marsha Blackburn, already has a cozy arrangement with the pharmaceutical industry.

Greg and Marsha will be fine regardless of who wins this November’s race. The same cannot be said for middle and working class Tennesseans. They need a Senator who is going to be on their side. Phil Bredesen is the common sense choice for all Tennesseans.



Drug companies using tax windfall to benefit shareholders, not patients

With New Tax Savings, Drug Companies Start by Rewarding Shareholders, Not Patients Struggling with Skyrocketing Prices The Office of U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker, April 9, 2018 In December 2017, President Trump and the Republican-led Congress enacted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a $1.5 trillion bill that delivers massive tax cuts to the nation’s…

via Drug companies using tax windfall to benefit shareholders, not patients — PNHP’s Official Blog

The Problem With Public Pensions Isn’t Size, It’s the Politics of Funding

The New York Times ran a piece this weekend about the growing burden of paying public pensions. Naturally it features a few examples of outrageously high pensions, but the overall gist is that the cost of pensions is getting so high that it’s crowding out spending on other things. Dean Baker comments: Workers sign contracts…

via The Problem With Public Pensions Isn’t Size, It’s the Politics of Funding — Kevin Drum – Mother Jones

The Balanced Budget Amendment Will Hurt Social Security and Medicare: Please Call your Member of Congress


The Balanced Budget Amendment that is being discussed in Congress would be terrible for America’s retired workers. It would use automatic cuts to their earned benefits to balance the federal budget in any year that there is a revenue shortfall. Such a law would be a travesty of justice punishing working and middle-class Americans while the wealthiest American continue to reap the harvest of the most recent #GOP tax cuts. In short, the Balance Budget Amendment would seek to balance the federal budget from the pockets of those least able to pay for it, while those who are not paying their fair share get a free pass. You can read more about it here: Balanced Budget Amendment

Please call your members of Congress to explain why you think this is a bad idea for working Americans. If you need help finding a contact number for your member of Congress, click here Members of the U.S. Congress

Paul Ryan Booed After Telling Nun The Social Safety Net ‘Disincentivizes Work’ #Resist

During the CNN Paul Ryan Infomercial Town Hall tonight, a nice Dominican nun asked Paul Ryan how he reconciles his faith and Republicans in Congress “not willing to stand with the poor and working class” in the recent “debates about health care and the anticipated tax reform.” Shorter nun: How can you call yourself a…

via Paul Ryan Booed After Telling Nun The Social Safety Net ‘Disincentivizes Work’ — Latest from Crooks and Liars

Who Benefits From Donald Trump’s Tax Plan?

The Tax Policy Center has published a new estimate of Donald Trump’s tax plan. But wait! Don’t go away yet! You’re right that the results are pretty much the same thing we’ve seen from every Trump tax plan—and, for that matter, from every Republican tax plan over the past few decades: The poor and the…

via Who Benefits From Donald Trump’s Tax Plan? — Kevin Drum – Mother Jones

New Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Think It Is a “Good Thing” the Senate ACA Repeal Bill Failed

In the aftermath of the Senate’s failure to pass major health care legislation and repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Kaiser Family Foundation released findings from a poll to understand what Americans think of the ACA, the attempts to repeal it so far, and next steps. The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll shows that a…

via New Poll Shows a Majority of Americans Think It Is a “Good Thing” the Senate ACA Repeal Bill Failed — Medicare Rights Blog