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Jack! Always in style!

“God Bless America”

By Jack Hoffman

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By this time I’m sure you’ve all heard the stories about The Donald and the Gold Star family, the Khans, and the loss of their son. And candidate Donald Trump’s foray into foreign policy via ex-KGB operative, Vladimir Putin. Well, here is another example of Trump’s smearing of America you can tape to your refrigerator door:

At a small hoot in Florida, with Trump’s choice for VP, Mike Pence. Pence was giving the same old canned speech when a woman came up to the mic, introducing herself as a gold star mother who lost her son in Afghanistan. She barely got her question out – she was asking Pence about his response to Trump’s vile response to the Khans – when most of the audience began yelling out boos and some unspeakable words.

So what else is new?

Remember Trump saying he could stand out on 5th Ave and shoot someone – and his poll numbers would stay the same??

Well, there you have it: the Trump forces. The ones who have their flags waving and Make America Great bumper stickers.

I recall one thing most of us talked about a few years back: What Fox News was doing to the American public’s collective intelligence. People called it the “dumbing down of America.” And like some contagious disease, it still flourishes out there, in America.

Congressman Jim McGovern Speaks with Blue Mass Group at DNC

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Q. and A. FULL TEXT:

Q: As a progressive who’s strongly supported Hillary Clinton, how would you bring more Bernie supporters into the fold?

A: What I tried to say today is that our work is not done and certainly the people who support Bernie Sanders know the work is not done. We have this incredibly progressive platform, thanks in large part to Bernie Sanders supporters.

In the past, platforms at Democratic conventions haven’t mattered much. We need to make sure that this means something. And that means getting your representatives to sign on the dotted line and say that when these issues come up before Congress, you’re going to vote for them.

I think if it wasn’t for Bernie’s campaign, I don’t think that Hillary Clinton’s positions on some issues would be as progressive as they are. She’s publicly against the TPP. You know what, we need to make sure that in the lame duck session of Congress there’s not an attempt to bring it up.

We need to work together to make sure that all these values that we talked about here today, that we actually abide by them.

I talked about my first political experience with George McGovern. How he’s my gold standard. I think for a lot of people, Bernie Sanders is their gold standard. I think there are a number of Bernie Sanders supporters we’ll still need to persuade. We can’t just assume that everybody’s going to come on board.

I think that in the end we’re going to be successful because I think the choice in this election is so clear. I think we have to focus on issues that matter to people and we can’t ignore these voices.

Just because Hillary is the nominee doesn’t mean that we don’t have to deal with Bernie or Bernie supporters. If we talk about being united, that means it’s a two-way street. I need you and you need me and we’re going to have to work together.

I’m optimistic. As I said this morning, there are days when I wake up with a cold sweat and think about the possibility that a bigot like Donald Trump might be president. But I believe in the goodness of this country. That people won’t embrace that kind of bigotry. I really do believe that love trumps hate. I’m not going to take that for granted and I’m going to work like hell in the next few months.

Q: What did you see in Hillary early on that others may have missed?

A: I’ve known Hillary for 20 years and I’ve always thought of her as a trailblazer.

When I first got elected to Congress 20 years ago, I thought of her not only as the first First Lady I’ve worked with, but she was also one of the first major figures in Washington recognize the importance of early childcare.

She held the first White House conference on early childhood development. We’re so far behind so many other places in the world in terms of understanding that education begins at birth, not when you’re in kindergarten.

She was the first person to come out for universal healthcare. Before Obamacare there was Hillarycare. I think she laid the groundwork and I think she’s committed to universal healthcare. In the platform is this embrace of a public option and we gotta make sure we fight for that.

I also do a lot of work on hunger and food insecurity in the United States and around the world. When she was Secretary of State, right before she was sworn in, I met with her. What I thought was going to be a 10-minute meeting ended up being an hour-plus meeting in which I felt that she really cared and wanted to do something and she did.

She initiated this program called Feed the Future which is now feeding millions of people around the world and empowering small farmers and particularly women farmers in some of the poorest countries in the world, really making a difference. And to me, that’s America at it’s greatest.

We all talk about national security and I believe that championing issues like ending hunger and extreme poverty will do more to enhance national security than all the drones and all the bombs and military hardware that we send all over the world.

I like her. I respect her. I think she’s a good person. In elections, you gotta make choices. I’ve never been against Bernie, I’m just for Hillary. But I’m glad Bernie ran and I think that it not only moved our party in the direction it needs to go, I also think he energized a lot of young voters and made her a better candidate. I think she has a better chance of winning having gone through this primary.

Q: Is there any hope for the House?

A: I think we have a lot of seats in play in the House. Winning the House back is gone from an impossibility to a possibility. It’s still an uphill climb, but it’s possible and you’re hearing a lot of pundits say that. And I think we can win the Senate back. If we win the House and Senate back and we get Hillary as president, we’re going to be able to actually do some things. Not just in small, incremental ways, but in bigger ways.

This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

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HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!

-R.T!!!!!!!!!!

The Donald – fashion faux pas! … Why Democrats need to focus on Trump’s tax returns

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“Donald Trump” by R.Tirella

By Steven R. Maher

Recently, the InCity Times website, incitytimesworcester.org, published a book review by me –  Trump and Me, written by longtime New Yorker magazine writer Mark Singer. The book had a number of facts about Trump that highlights the need for Democrats to pressure candidate Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

Democrats should put aside the controversies over Trump University and Trump’s bellicose rhetoric about Muslims, Mexicans and Hillary Clinton.

The Democrats need to focus, like a laser beam, on pressuring Trump to release his tax returns.

Not technically bankrupt

Trump has denied ever going bankrupt. Technically speaking, that’s true. Trump set up individual corporate entities for each separate property, particularly his Atlantic City casinos. In the event of an economic downturn, Trump was able to throw some of these corporations under the bus, putting them into bankruptcy without involving himself legally as an individual. There is nothing illegal or insidious about such behavior. The very purpose of corporate entities is to shield stockholders from responsibility for corporate debts and liabilities.

In 1996 Trump was paid by Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts a $1 million salary, another $1 million for miscellaneous “services,” and a bonus of $5 million. Trump will have to list every company he receives income from on his tax returns.

Trump’s tax returns are quite likely verified by “Schedules,” in which he lists the details of his claimed income and deductions. On Form D Trump will list in schedules specific capital gains transactions on which he has made or lost money. These will include stock and real estate sales.

Other sections of Trump’s tax returns will show his charitable donations and may turn up obscure real estate tax credits or deductions that Trump, one of America’s savviest property investors, likely took advantage of. It will also show alimony payments, if any.

$10 billion net worth

Trump claimed in federal filings he had a net worth of $10 billion. Recently  InCity Times published a book review written by me of “Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa” by James Neff. In that book, Neff detailed how accountant Carmine S. Bellino was able to use tax returns to make rough calculations of the filer’s net worth. Some of Trump’s critics assert Trump’s $10 billion calculation overstates Trump’s true net worth. Real estate valuation is a flexible art. Trump’s cash flows may not match up to his claimed net worth.

Donald Trump tax returns are probably prepared by the best tax lawyers and CPAs in America. Whether these will stand up to public scrutiny or cause Trump severe political embarrassment remains to be seen.

But the big issue is whether Trump will release these returns prior to the November 2016 election.

Go, Edith, go!!

Don’t be an “I” – stay registered and VOTE!

By Edith Morgan
 
So, you are registered, you voted recently, and have not moved. But how do we know you are still there, and still alive?

A few days ago we all received a plain “billet doux” from the City of Worcester Election Commission, asking us to verify that we still live where we are registered, and to correct any errors or omissions on this paper.

I hope you did not toss it out, or misplace it or expect that your spouse or other family member filled it out. 

From my many years of experience as Warden on election day, I know there is so little fraud at voting time that it is not worth the paranoia and suspicion that has been fomented in recent years – mostly to make voting more onerous, but not dealing with any REAL problems.

Btu every year, we find many voters who come to their polling places and find that they have an “I” by their name. They still get to vote, but  have to complete a “voter certificate” – not a very difficult process, but a delay, and many voters are in a hurry (on their lunch hour, or with family at home,etc).

So , fill in the  “Voter Registration  Information System Validation” form and send it back in the self-addressed envelope. Surely keeping our election lists up-to-date is worth the 49 cent stamp needed – or take the envelope and deliver it in person to the Election Commission in person, at City Hall.
 
Then, save Tuesday, March 1 – and VOTE. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Since March 1st is a primary, there will be four ballots available: you can only take the ballot of the paqrty you belong to. There are Democratic (D), Republican(R), Grenn/Rainbow (J), and United Independent Party (CC) ballots.  If you and Unenrolled (U), that is, have not designated any party, you can choose which ballot you want. Whatever ballot you choose, your party designation will not be changed.
 
I was surprised to learn that there are 24 additional parties listed, but they are not running candidates. However, if you are a member of any of these other parties, you can still vote, but only using one of the above mentioned four parties. (There will be a complete listing of these
at your poll, or at the election commission.)
 
It is always a good idea to have a picture “ID” with you, just in case there is problem. Also, if you have moved in the last few months, have “proof of residency” with you (that includes any of the following: current utility bill, bank statement, payroll statement, government check, or any other document that sows your name or address. Of course, your driver’s license or ID is acceptable) YOUR PASSPORT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, as it does not have an address.
 
All of us at each poll will do all we can to make your voting experience pleasant and quick. The new voting machines are a pleasure to use. And we in Massachusetts are fortunate to have a paper ballot, so we have a “paper trail” if there ever is any question about an election result.

We have done everything in our power to make our elections foolproof and honest – the rest is up to you, the voters. 

The precious privilege of voting is well worth a little effort, is it not?

Not thrilled with candidates …

By Sue Moynagh

This is not an article that endorses one candidate over another for any of the races this election cycle. Rather it is an observation that it is becoming increasingly difficult for some voters to choose any of the nominees when it is time to vote. Let me start by saying that I am a registered Democrat. I was a member of the city Democratic Committee and Ward 6 Chair for several years. I went from being unenrolled in any party to becoming an active member of the Democratic Party because I consistently voted for this party’s candidates and I also wanted to become even more involved politically. I worked in a number of campaigns and even won female Democrat of the Year award from the City Committee in 2010. So what changed?

Over the past few years, it has become difficult to find a candidate that supports what I support. For example, I voted for President Obama, not because I thought he was the most qualified choice for the Presidency, but because I could not support McCain with Sarah Palin as a running mate. I am a middle of the road Democrat, and feel uncomfortable with the positions of both extreme left members of my party and those of the ultra right conservatives. As an individual, my main concerns are protecting the environment, creating jobs, health care and public safety. Yes, I am concerned about foreign affairs, the state of the nation’s infrastructure, education and the growing national debt, but personally, it is becoming more important to me to concentrate on what concerns me directly.

When I was in my late forties, I was told that I could never get a good job because I lacked college degrees. I went back to school, and earned my degrees. I also graduated at the peak of the economic crisis, when hundreds of thousands of people were losing jobs. I am almost 60 and things are not much better.

Supposedly, the economy is improving, slowly but surely. The National unemployment rate as of July 2012 was 8.3%, and the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development projects an increase in job growth by 2.5% by 2018 within our part of the state. Sure there are jobs available, but most that I see are part time and pay minimum wage. They do not provide a living wage. Other jobs require specialized training. Employers say jobs remain unfilled because there are no qualified workers. The unemployment rate is truly much higher because it does reflect the fact that many people have given up searching for jobs, many are underemployed, and some graduates and young adults are just entering the job market. Unless you have good connections, your search may be long and fruitless.

I did work for a time as Interim Executive Director for a local Community Center, and I worked with a large number of individuals and families that needed additional assistance because they did not even come close to making a livable wage. Many clients could not find any employment or were underemployed, working even less than 20 hours a week. Most of these people have never asked for assistance before, and some feel like they have no hope of ever getting back on their feet. I know how they feel. How can you feel hope when even cashier jobs are slowly being phased out in pharmacies and supermarkets? I recently spoke to someone who said that a local company he worked for has outsourced its consumer outreach calls. We need jobs for all skill and education levels.

I am frustrated by the lack of any meaningful attempts to encourage job creation. I have never seen such polarization between parties. No one wants to compromise. Elections have always included mud-slinging between candidates, but it seems more pronounced now. I want meaningful solutions. I want to see stronger economic growth, job creation, education that helps graduates attain these positions that require specialized training and I especially want to see progress that sustains and protects the environment, not destroy it.

I speak to a lot of people about politics, and many feel as I do. Quite frankly, many Democrats are tired of President Obama. They feel that he has had his chance, but his ideas are not working. Some feel he has compromised too much, especially on environmental issues. Almost all brought up “socialism.” However, like me, they don’t feel that Romney is much better. The ultra right conservatives feel he is too moderate. Others, middle of the road Democrats, feel that he has nothing to offer. He has changed his opinion on key issues such as women’s rights and health care too many times, and he knows nothing about how the “real” men and women struggle and fail to make ends meet. People feel this way about the Elizabeth Warren/ Scott Brown contest.

I consider voting a privilege and a responsibility. I do my homework and vote for the best choice. If I feel strongly about what a candidate can bring to the office, I campaign for him or her. I will not be campaigning this year, and I don’t want to settle for the lesser of two evils when I cast my ballot. Many of the people I talk to feel the same way. We are tired of meaningless campaigns that focus on how much crap one person can dig up and throw at the other. We want informative, insightful discussions about issues and some plans that offer real solutions. We want “positives” not “negatives!”

None of us expect miracles from anyone who comes into office, but we want to believe that we can all move forward in these hard times, not just the top one percent of our population. We want to think we can work and improve our quality of life as individuals and families, and we want our future generations to have their chances to achieve the American dream.

Marty Lamb: Tea Party mouthpiece in “Lamb’s” clothing/Vote for McGovern and Chandler!

By Rosalie Tirella

So besides having to put up with Marty Lamb’s fake news interviews on TV 3, we have this: Lamb claiming in radio ads that his opponent, incumbent Congressman Jim McGovern, has been arrested during these past few years. Arrested! What poppycock!

What the radio ads don’t tell listeners: Jim McGovern was arrested for protesting America’s slow response to the tragedy in Darfur and our two catastrophic wars in the Mid East – both of which McGovern was staunchly against from the get go. He and other folks were calling attention to the issues by calling attention to themselves. Civil Disobedience. You can’t get more American than that (think of Concord’s Henry David Thoreau!).

Jim McGovern will win reelection no sweat, but if he feels he needs to, he should tell voters Marty Lamb wants to kill Medicare, Social Security, the minimum wage, and the civil rights that Martin Luther King Jr. died trying to make a reality. King didn’t get to “the mountain top” Continue reading Marty Lamb: Tea Party mouthpiece in “Lamb’s” clothing/Vote for McGovern and Chandler!

Book review: The Battle for America 2008

The Battle for America 2008 By Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson

Reviewed by Steven R. Maher

“It’s a pretty fascinating slice of Americana” – Barack Obama on the 2008 election.

The 2008 Presidential election will fascinate historians for generations to come. And the aptly titled “The Battle for America 2008” by Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson will be great resource for historians writing about that drama. It is a great first draft of history.

Non-partisan

This book is unusually impartial. This is because the authors used the journalistic device of letting the primary actors – candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Sarah Pallin – speak for themselves. Throughout the book, at key historical moments, the major players are quoted in conversations with campaign aides, coming to a decision or explaining an event. Continue reading Book review: The Battle for America 2008