It's a coincidence that the Republican Accountability Project released this McCarthyism video-- a must watch-- at the same time that DWT covered a little of McCarthyism's cultural blacklist yesterday. What this is about, though, is "the new McCarthy, Kevin McCarthy... Just like Joe, Kevin McCarthy is gaslighting Americans." The Republican Accountability Project introduced the new video by noting that "When Trump needed a stooge, Kevin played the part perfectly. When Trump lied about the election, Kevin followed his lead. When white nationalists, anti-vaxxers, and conspiracy theorists in his caucus need protecting, Kevin’s right there to give them cover. Joe McCarthy and Kevin aren’t so different." That's perfectly fine with plenty of Republicans-- the ones who revere the memory of Joe McCarthy, generally considered one of America's worst internal enemies since the Civil War.
That's McCarthy in the middle of the table-- a table Bruno would like to sit down and clear and then join-- left to right: Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Marie Newman (D-IL), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Rashida Tlaib (R-MI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA). Cori Bush (D-MO), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Bernie (I-VT) and AOC (D-NY)-- for a nice common sense talk about what do do about jobs and climate sustainability.
The DCCC doesn't take on McCarthy. This cycle, Kern County Democrats have a real candidate-- one, Bruno Amato-- who has begun the process of disposing of Kevin McCarthy for Kern County, for California, for the United States. He's endorsed by Blue America. As usual, the DCCC isn't interested in taking McCarthy on. Those muthafucking assholes! The DCCC-- always part of the problem. If you'd like to contribute to Bruno's campaign, please click the 2022 congressional thermometer on the left. And if you want to know why-- beyond just because he's running against an odious villain like Kevin McCarthy... take a look at the video at the bottom and consider these three points:
• Bruno: "Nearly 15 million Americans lost their employer based health insurance during the pandemic, joining the over 25 million Americans who already lacked healthcare. There are even more individuals that are underinsured. With so many unable to see a doctor, the spread of the pandemic was exacerbated. We must join the rest of the industrialized world and move forward with a Medicare For All single payer system which would provide physical, mental, dental, and long term care for everyone in the country with no copays, premiums, deductibles or pharmaceutical costs. Medicare For All would be free at the point of service for anyone seeking care in the United States.
"For those who currently need to decide between putting food on the table, having a roof over their head, or an expensive medical cost, a single payer healthcare system could mean the difference between living and dying. In the wealthiest nation in the world, there is no reason that we cannot provide healthcare to all of our people as a human right.
"Additionally, we must fight against all forms of discrimination in healthcare to end the health disparities facing our LGBTQIA+ community. Medicare for All is the best approach to making this goal a reality, from covering gender affirming surgeries, to increasing access to mental health care and suicide prevention efforts.
"A single payer system such as Medicare for All dramatically cuts down administrative costs by eliminating the need for the middle man, AKA insurance companies. Additionally, it allows for better price negotiations which would solve the issue of hospitals and medical offices charging arbitrary prices, leading to skyrocketing premiums and out of pocket costs for Americans.
"Eliminating premiums, copays, deductibles and pharmaceutical costs will mean that our basic rights to health and life are guaranteed in the US."
• Bruno: "This country is currently seeing the largest gap in income and wealth inequality that it has ever experienced. This nation’s top 1% continues to gain wealth at the expense of the working class. CEO’s of S&P 500 companies are paid at a rate that is 264-1 what their average worker is paid. In the 23rd Congressional District, the median income is less than $57K a year while our current representative’s salary is over 3 times that amount. There are millions of people in the US that are forced to work two or more jobs just to survive while CEO’s of giant corporations and this country’s top 1% hoard the majority of this country’s wealth. We must establish a wealth tax on this country’s millionaires and billionaires. This revenue should be used to fund important social and economic programs for this country’s working class.
"We must raise the minimum wage. In California, recent studies have shown that to accommodate the rising cost of living, the wages of an average worker supporting a family of 4 would need to reach $40.83 an hour. This is far more than the median income of average working families in the state. We must make strides to reduce this massive injustice in economic status and make sure that people in CA23 and across California are not living paycheck to paycheck while this country’s wealthiest handful of people exploit our workers."
• Bruno: "The cost of higher education in this country has skyrocketed over the past 20 years, all while the wages of workers have stayed relatively the same. We have pushed an entire generation of young people into crippling debt, promising them higher wages once they graduate, but this has not been the case."
"The cost of going to college has caused massive racial and class disparities and is a leading factor in the equity gaps in higher education attainment.
"In the wealthiest country on earth, we should be making the education of our young people a top priority. Guaranteeing tuition and debt-free public colleges, universities, and trade-schools, in addition to eliminating all student loan debt are critical steps to counteract the consequences of this failure to support our young people."
You think you'd rather have someone like that in Congress than a self-serving handmaiden to the power-structure like Kevin McCarthy? Please consider contributing what you can.