Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hillary News & Views 5.29: Smiles, Endorsements, Unions, Infrastructure, Pre-Nomination Nonsense


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with a wonderful piece from Melissa McEwan that expresses gratitude for her willingness to navigate the “toxic stew” of misogyny that confronts her historic campaign. 

McEwan writes for Shakesville:
The double-standards are intolerable to behold. But she carries onward, because she's resigned herself to the sickening reality that this is the cost of being first.
She puts on a smile, and whatever invisible armor she wears to find a way to keep enough of it out of her gut to keep functioning, and she walks out into her day, knowing what's coming.

The questions that would never be asked of a man. The standards to which a man would never be held. The expectations and denigrations that are reserved for women.

That's what greets her. Every day.

But so do the women she meets along the campaign trail, who know what she faces. Who face the same things, and whatever additional oppressions they face, by virtue of complex identities. Who share her fortitude, because we are all so obliged. Who appreciate that she does it on such a visible, unfathomable scale.

She smiles for us. And I hope that sometimes she smiles because of us, too—because she knows we've got her back, just as she has ours.

Some new endorsements have rolled in from a major newspaper and from two major unions.

Santa Fe New Mexican endorses:
This is a call to vote for Hillary Clinton. No one will fight for men, women and children, take a punch, then get back up, harder or longer than Hillary Clinton. She is a person of purpose, with an unbelievable work ethic and incredible intellect. She has been unfairly denigrated over decades of GOP-fueled attacks.
On important issues — the right to ballot access for all, the importance of educating children, rights for all minorities, the preservation of the environment, the necessity of shoring up families, health care — Hillary Clinton has not wavered.
The nation has insurance for children, known as CHIP, because of Clinton’s work as first lady back in the 1990s. This is perhaps the best example of her taking a failure — the demise of health care reform when her husband was president — and turning failure into a success. She worked with Republicans and Democrats to get the job done, showing another of her admirable qualities. She can work across the aisles, compromise and achieve legislation that works for all.
She has been unflagging as a feminist, even when that was used as a slur against activists. It’s no coincidence that Clinton was in the spotlight when right-wingers coined the phrase, “femi-Nazi.” We know her for this quote: “Women’s rights are human rights.” She said that back in 1995, in a ground-breaking speech in China, given even though more cautious advisers warned against it.
As U.S. senator from New York, Hillary Clinton helped secure $21 billion in federal aid so the city could rebuild after 9/11, making sure that the first responders who risked so much received the aid they needed. She pushed the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act — again, she has been an unwavering champion of the rights of women. As secretary of state, she took the concept of women’s rights and moved them from an afterthought to the main agenda. The Global Health Initiative she introduced invested some $63 billion so that nations could offer robust maternal and infant health services. She spoke. Then she acted.
On June 7, Democratic primary voters can reject years of smear tactics and send a message that they want the candidate who believes we are better united than apart and who — yes, it’s a cliché, but it’s a good one — wants us to build bridges, not walls. The United States cannot afford Donald Trump in the White House. A vote for Hillary Clinton is more than a vote against Trump and his nativist, misogynistic and often racist sentiments. It is a vote for a president who will appoint capable Supreme Court justices, who understands the politics of other nations and who can work with Congress. In the Democratic primary, The New Mexican endorses Hillary Clinton.
Here are Clinton’s statements accepting the endorsements of…

United Auto Workers:
"​I am honored to have received the endorsement of the United Auto Workers and their over one million active and retired members​.​Every day, the UAW shows us that we can and we will 'Make it in America.'
The U.S. auto industry has come roaring back from the great recession and just posted its best year ever—because the U.S. auto industry has the wo rld’s best, hardest-working, most innovative and most creative workforce.
We need to keep going—and we need a President who will always stand with working families. Today, about one in five cars built in North America come from Mexico—double the share in 2004. That’s why autoworkers need more than tough talk on trade. They need a President who knows how to compete and win for American workers. I have said for years that I want to see NAFTA renegotiated to give American workers a level playing field. And we need to take on new challenges, like weak auto 'rules of origin' standards that provide a backdoor for Chinese steel and other products into the U.S. We’re going to throw the book at China and stop them from cheating American workers.
As President, I will stand with the United Auto Workers in protecting workers’ fundamental right to organize and bargain collectively, including in their fight to organize the VW plant in Chattanooga. And we need to make sure that the jobs of the future, including in clean energy and clean transportation, are good union jobs that can’t be outsourced. If I am fortunate enough to be elected President, organized labor will always have a champion in the White House and a seat at the table—because when unions are strong, families are strong, and when families are strong, America is strong.​"​
The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:
​"​I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. 
​"​In both the public and private sectors, the diverse members of IFPTE have helped build the mighty American middle class--standing up for workers' fundamental right to organize and bargain collectively, opposing trade deals that have benefited big corporations at the expense of working families, and demanding the fair pay and respect American workers deserve, 
​"​As President, I will fight alongside IFPTE to protect workers' rights to organize free from corporate intimidation, to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership and build a level playing field so American workers can compete and win in the global economy, and to stand up for the dignity of all workers in the public and private sectors. As President, IFPTE and organized labor will always have a champion in the White House and a seat at the table--because when unions are strong, families are strong, and when families are strong, America is strong.​"​
Clinton addressed the UFWC Convention in Las Vegas. Here are some highlights from that speech.

On union rights:
I am so proud to have earned your endorsement earlier this year, because from raising the minimum wage to comprehensive immigration reform to at last getting equal pay for women, your fights are my fights. I have to tell you, when I’m at a big rally and I see those gold shirts out there, it really makes me feel good.  I will always be grateful for your help in this campaign. You’ve knocked on doors, you’ve opened up your union halls. I was at Local 324 in Orange County, California just yesterday. You’ve helped to turn out the vote here in Nevada and across the country. When I was at the union hall yesterday in California, I had a great chance to meet with a lot of your members there.  It would be political malpractice if I didn’t say, hey, we’ve got the California primary, the New Mexico primary, we’ve got Montana, North and South Dakota, we’ve got New Jersey, we’ve got Puerto Rico still to go.  So I’m going to be looking for those gold shirts, and looking for your help as we finish off those contests on June 7th.
You know, like a lot of great things in our country, our campaign is union-built, including my terrific labor outreach director, UFCW’s own Nikki Budzinski. Now, Nikki’s gone with me to a lot of different union meetings, and conventions, and – first time she’s had on a union shirt. Because that’s her union. And you had my back, and I’ll always have yours. You know, as I’ve traveled around the country I’ve talked with fast food workers, pharmacists, retail employees, food processors, and I’ve heard over and over again, there has never been more at stake for working families in America than there is right now. This election should be about knocking down all the barriers that hold families back, building ladders of opportunity in their place. Coming together to get incomes rising, creating more good jobs that provide dignity and pride.
I’m the granddaughter of a factory worker who operated a loom at the Scranton lace works in Pennsylvania. My father put everything he had into a really small fabric printing shop in his small business in Chicago. My mother was out on her own working as a housemaid at the age of 14. So I grew up respecting the dignity and hard work of what it takes to provide a solid middle-class life. And I’ve always believed that when unions are strong, America is strong. Unions, all of you and those who came before who fought for the right to organize and bargain for wages and benefits, helped to build the strongest middle-class in the history of the world. You have been on the frontlines. The frontlines of the fight for affordable healthcare, safe working conditions, fair, predictable schedules, and fair wages.
The American labor movement pioneered the basic bargain that made our country great.  If you work hard and do your part, you should be able to get ahead and stay ahead. So I want you to know that I understand, you’re not just fighting for your members. You’re fighting for all working families. And I am proud to be in the trenches fighting alongside you. Because in addition to strong unions helping to build a strong middle-class, strong families are the backbone of our country. You know as well as anybody how hard it is to successfully organize a union, and how critical it is that workers succeed. Before coming out to speak to you, I had a chance to meet with a few of your members who are fighting to organize their workplaces to be able to bargain for better wages and benefits.
On the current and future battles of the labor movement:
So I want you to keep it up, and here’s what I want to do. Let’s make the jobs of the future good union jobs that cannot be outsourced. Let’s all say what we all know, Right to Work is wrong for workers and wrong for America. Because I know, thanks to the determination and sacrifice of working people all across our country, and the leadership of President Obama, we have worked our way back from the worst financial crisis in a generation. And I don’t think President Obama gets the credit he deserves for saving our economy from the mess he inherited from the prior Republican administration.
But I know and you know, our work is far from finished. I’ve talked to so many struggling families. Corporate profits keep going up, but so do everyday living expenses. Paychecks for most working people still aren’t growing the way that they should. Too many families worry about how to the lights on, and the rent paid. Parents run themselves ragged trying to balance responsibilities at home and at work, so we’ve got to do more to raise families’ income.  We can start by raising the federal minimum wage. And let’s continue to support local efforts to go even higher. I am proud to stand with workers and unions across the country in the fight for $15 and their own union for fast food workers and other low-paid workers.
You see, I have this old-fashioned idea that every worker everywhere in America deserves a fair wage and a voice on the job. So let’s also fight for paid family leave and make sure that every woman gets equal pay, not just those with union contracts or government jobs. When a woman is paid unfairly, it doesn’t just shortchange her, it shortchanges her whole family.  It’s just wrong. A lot of you know who Lilly Ledbetter is, right? You know she started off working in a factory in Alabama. She worked her way up. She became a supervisor.  The only woman supervisor. She got good evaluations, and performance reviews. She thought everything was going fine. Years later, she learned she had been paid 40 percent less than the male supervisors doing the same job. The same job.
When Lilly found out, she was dumbfounded. Nobody said anything to her but under the law, as it exists still today, you try to find out what somebody else makes, you can get fired or otherwise retaliated against. Never crossed her mind to say to one of her male counterparts, ‘Hey, Joe, how much are you making?’ Never crossed her mind. She trusted she was being paid for the job she did. I was with her a few weeks ago in Pennsylvania and she said, ‘You know, my husband and I worked hard for everything we got in life.’ She’s now a widow. She said, ‘The unequal treatment that I experienced is still playing itself out.’ Her social security is 40 percent less than it would have been. Her pension is 40 percent less than it should have been.
So this is not a small matter. If you have a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter − and we all have at least one of those − this is an issue for all of us. And I’m just not going to quit until we open the doors wide and we have transparency about what people are making so that nobody is discriminated against − not just men versus women − no American. Not on the basis of race, or ethnicity, or religion, or immigration, or anything else to be discriminated against.
And then another thing we’ve got to do − and unions are my strongest partners in this − we’ve got to encourage more employers to embrace family-friendly policies. I was just talking as I said to some of the workers who are organizing. A lot of them don’t know their schedules from day to day. How do they handle childcare? How do they keep that doctor appointment for themselves or their child? How do they go to the school meeting? You know, they mark it down, they put it in their phone or on a piece of paper so that they can be there, and then all of a sudden they get called and say, ‘Oh, no, you’ve got to come to work. You’ve got to do work tomorrow.’
On the dangers of Donald Trump:
Now, when I talk about all the ways we are going to work together − UFCW and me − to support working families, Donald Trump likes to say I’m playing the women card. Well, here we are in Las Vegas, right?  If fighting for equal pay, paid family leave, and affordable childcare is playing the women card, then deal me in. I happen to believe that’s a winning hand, my friends. Now, it’s no surprise that Donald Trump has a very different take on all of this. At a time when families are struggling to pay for childcare and so much else, Donald Trump actually stood on a debate stage and argued that Americans are being paid too much. He’s talked about getting rid of the national minimum wage altogether. And now we know something else. We know he actually was rooting for the housing crash that cost 5 million families their homes and decimated the economy here in Nevada, in parts of California, and elsewhere.
So I called him out about it. We found video. He couldn’t exactly deny that. We posted it. So what did he say in response? He bragged about it.  He said, and I quote, ‘This is the kind of thinking our country needs.’ He said profiting off working families getting kicked out of their homes and losing their jobs would be, and I quote, ‘a good result.’ So now we know what a ‘good result’ is to Donald Trump;  he gets his and you get hurt.  He says this kind of behavior is okay because ‘he’s just a business man.’ Our country is full of honorable men and women who run businesses and don’t take pleasure in other people’s misery.  They’re showing how you can do well and do good at the same time. But not Donald Trump.
And that’s not all. I hear every day from families who are afraid of what a Donald Trump presidency would mean for millions of immigrants living in America. A few months ago, here in Las Vegas, I met a 10-year-old girl named Carla Ortiz. I was meeting with a small group of immigrants, some undocumented, some in mixed status families, namely some were legal and residents who were citizens and others were undocumented. Carla started to cry as she told me her parents had a letter of deportation and she was scared they would be taken away from her.  Her parents were with her. They’re both hardworking people working right here in Las Vegas.
In a lot of ways, Carla is a typical, right, fifth grader. She loves science, and experiments, and math, and “Charlotte’s Web.” But she leaves her school every day terrified that her mom and/or dad won’t be there when she gets home. Her parents actually had to take her to a heart specialist who explained that living in constant fear was making her heart beat dangerously fast.
So when Donald Trump talks about deporting 11 million immigrants, he’s talking about ripping apart families like Carla’s. He’s talking about sending what he calls a ‘deportation force’ to schools, and workplaces, and homes to round up moms, and dads, grandparents, and even children. I want you to think about that deportation force for a minute. Where we would have police, paramilitary, whatever his deportation force consists of, raiding homes and workplaces across America?
We all know somebody who would be at risk of that, don’t we? But we all would be at risk of what that would do to our values and who we are as a people. Donald Trump calls immigrants rapists and murderers. He’s talking about families like Carla’s and people who work in the places you represent. We must reject his wrong and dangerous vision for America. We have to stand up for hardworking American families and that include hardworking immigrant families. You know, as a very lucky grandmother, I know that moms and dads and grandparents should be preparing their kids for the future, not for the possibility that their families could be broken up at any minute.
In my first 100 days as president, I will introduce comprehensive immigration reform. And if Congress refuses to pass it, I won’t give up. I’ll build on President Obama’s executive actions and keep going. That’s why I keep saying, this is one of the most consequential elections in our lifetimes. The only thing standing between Donald Trump and the oval office is all of us. And I mean all of us. We’re coming to the end of the Democratic primaries. I applaud Senator Sanders and his supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of politics and take on the crisis of income inequality. And I look forward to coming together to unify our party, to stop Donald Trump and to move our country forward. Because there is much more that unites us than divides us.
And we are going up against a candidate who will say anything, do anything to take us backwards on every issue and value we care about. It’s been said for many years, the White House provides a bully pulpit to fight for working families, but the last thing we need is a bully in the White House. And nobody knows better than a union that the only way to stand up to a bully is to do it together; that’s what unions are all about. No matter what happens, you have each other’s backs. You lift each other up; you leave no one behind. You’re building a better future not just for yourselves, but for hardworking people from all walks of life, and that is America at our best. The lesson of the American labor movement, the lesson of America’s history through good times and hard times, is that we are stronger together.
Clinton has committed to a massive infrastructure investment in her first 100 days in office:
So instead of dividing Americans, we need to unite Americans. And one of the ways I’m going to do that is by promoting more infrastructure jobs, because the state of our infrastructure is a national emergency.  We have bridges that are right now too dangerous to drive on, although people take a deep breath and drive across them.  We have roads that are so riddled and pitted and potholed that people driving them are having to pay hundreds of dollars to repair the damage.  We have airports that are stuck in the mid-20th century instead of the 21st century.  We have water systems that are unsafe for children to drink the water from.
So we have to rebuild the infrastructure we have, and we have to build a stronger future together because every community in our country, every single one of them, deserves clean water, clean air, clean energy, and think of the millions of people we can put to work, including some of those laborers right down there in the front.
Every kid in our country deserves a good school with a good teacher – (cheers and applause) – no matter what ZIP code that child lives in.  So we’re going to make investments that will put people to work, will fix the infrastructure, including a lot of our schools that are literally falling down around our students and teachers.  I have visited schools, my friends, that are filled with mold, ceiling tiles falling down, water damage everywhere.​
And I want you to compare this.  See, I want to fix our schools, our bridges, our roads, our ports, our airports, our water systems.  Donald Trump wants to build a wall.  A great big wall, as he says.  A huge wall.  And he says he’s going to make Mexico pay for it.
Now, the best estimates I have seen is that this wall would cost, oh, at least $25 billion.  That is enough to build 16 Golden Gate Bridges or 1,500 new elementary schools.  It is enough to send more than 300,000 veterans to colleg​e – or install enough renewable energy to power 5 million homes. We sure could help a lot of hardworking Americans if we took that money and invested it here and made a real difference in the lives and the jobs and the schools and the opportunities that Americans have.
So we have a real choice in this election.  And, of course, you know one of the biggest choices is about immigration. I support comprehensive immigration reform as a path to citizenship.  I have said in my first 100 days I will send a plan to Congress. We will still working immediately because I want us to get this issue behind us.
And, you see, I have this I guess old-fashioned idea that if we do comprehensive immigration reform, and we invest in infrastructure, the biggest infrastructure investment since Dwight Eisenhower built the interstate highway system – we are going to have more than enough jobs for everybody. That is what we want in America because I want everybody to have jobs with purpose and dignity.  And I want incomes to start going up again, the way they did in the 1990s. I want people to get the raise for their hard work.  I want more companies – and I’ve got a plan to incentivize this – I want more companies to share their profits with their workers, not just their CEOs.
I also believe that we can make investments in advanced manufacturing, and one of the best areas for that is fighting climate change.  Climate change is real.  It is not a Chinese hoax, like Donald Trump says. It is affecting parts of our country right now.  You can look at villages in Alaska that are being battered and some people being forced to move.  You can go to Miami and on sunny afternoons you can see daylight flooding because the tide is so high.  You can see the results right now.
Now, this can either be something that we wring our hands over and ignore, or something we say, you know, not only is it important we do this, but we can create a lot of jobs.  Some country is going to be the 21st century clean energy superpower.  I think it is going to be China, Germany, or us.  I intend for it to be us.  I intend for it to be us.
I have a plan to install a half a billion more solar panels by the end of my first term – and enough clean renewable energy to power every home by the end of my second term.  And these are jobs that can’t be exported; they’ve got to be done right here in California and across America.
And in closing, I want to share my take on what I consider to be pre-nomination nonsense. There are some silly stories filling up the news cycle between now and what will inevitably happen on June 7, when Clinton clinches the nomination and the full Democratic party apparatus shifts to her side, including all of the heavyweights who have remained impartial up until now.
Sanders has lost the nomination. He knows it. His campaign knows it. His supporters (mostly) know it.

He has a small window of time to do everything he can to influence the process as much as possible, before the following three things happen:

1. Clinton claims a majority of overall delegates and pledged delegates on June 7. 

2. Clinton wins the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, New Jersey, and New Mexico, widening her lead in the pledged delegate count and popular vote.
3. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren, House Minority Leader Pelosi, and the rest of the Democratic Party leadership align with Clinton, the presumptive nominee.

All of his leverage disappears then, but there’s a lot of time to fill between now and then.

So we have all of these ridiculous one day news stories that “feed the beast” of the media:

Sanders Endorses Primary Opponent of DWS!

Sanders Demands Resignation of DWS!

Sanders Challenges Clinton to a Debate! 

Sanders Challenges Trump to a Debate!

Sanders Wants Influence over Clinton Cabinet!

Sanders Promises Messy Convention!

Sanders Demands Removal of Clinton Allies from DNC Committees!

Sanders Wants Influence over Clinton VP Pick!

Sanders Says Superdelegates Should Consider E-Mail Scandal!

We’ve got another nine days of this, but between now and then, Clinton will shrink her magic number — already down to 73 — with wins in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and perhaps with more public declarations from superdelegates. As soon as the polls close in New Jersey, she will be declared the presumptive nominee. She’s yet to lose her polling average lead over Donald Trump, but her margin of victory and overall favorables will increase as she unifies the party base.
As she runs against a candidate who is putting red states in play and is running out of money, her alliance with a suddenly popular incumbent president will be front and center, as President Obama comes off the sidelines to stand with his colleague and friend who has stood with him for the past eight years.

Clinton’s choice to stand with the Obama coalition will provide her the same decisive victories said coalition delivered to its namesake.

And we will win. We will win the presidency. We will win the Senate. We will (maybe even) win the House. We will win the Supreme Court for progressives, and re-level the playing field for all Americans along the way.

And if he so chooses, Sanders will be an ally and important part of securing these victories and our new progressive majority, transforming his self-proclaimed political revolution into meaningful political clout and progressive change.

If he chooses otherwise, he’ll be a footnote in history, a fascinating insurgent campaign that proved both the power and limits of massive fundraising and political spending.

That will be his choice, but his days as the lesser of the only two major players on the Democratic national stage are coming to an end.

Don’t let the daily news cycles fool you. The Democratic Party will be unified, and the only open question is whether Sanders will join Secretary Clinton, President Obama, Vice President Biden, Minority Leaders Pelosi and Reid, Senator Warren, and the rest of our prominent national leaders in that unified front.

I think he will. But if he doesn’t, it will only hurt him, not us. — Lysis



  1. every woman who has 'taken a job that belongs to a man,' or has tried to, has faced it, we know, we are grateful to her for fighting this for us and to those who expose, one of whom is Republican, Niccole Wallace. Remember how she stood up for Wendy Davis and her attempt to hold onto reproductive rights in Texas?

    ..... “Isn’t she standing up for femaleness in general?” Roberts asked of Davis. “It’s interesting to see Kathleen Parker and people like Peggy Noonan who will pile on a female leader who’s emerging.”

    “Women are usually the first to pile on to other women,” said MSNBC contributor Nicolle Wallace.

    Roberts said that the GOP’s “seasoned” female voices are free to oppose abortion because they no longer need to seek reproductive medical services.

    “Men should not care about the sanctity of sperm over the women’s right to choose so much, and there are too many Republican men that need a refresher course and a manual as to how reproductive rights work and a woman’s vagina,” Roberts continued.

    “I think you’re talking about very damaging comments that Republicans made about inappropriate rape?” Wallace asked. “A topic that never ceases to entertain in the media.” ....