Welcome To Planet Brad

I’m slowly trying to get support among Republicans and I think it’s there, because they want the same thing. -Rep. Brad Schneider

Rep. Brad Schneider continues to ignore the facts about #MedicareForAll. This is his alternative plan: Slowly trying to build support among Republicans.

No surprise, then, that Our Revolution is bringing the National Emergency Ambulance Tour directly to his office Friday June 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

Our Revolution volunteer activists Dr. Lisa Peck, Colleen LaVigne, and Kerri Barber will be sharing those facts our Congressman is ignoring. Help Brad help us by showing up and adding your voice.

Our Revolution: Show up for the #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour

Our Revolution #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour:

8:00 AM Thursday June 6 – Rep. Lipinski at 300 N. LaSalle Chicago, IL

NOON Friday June 7 – Rep. Bill Foster 815 N. Larkin STE 206 Joliet, IL

4:30 PM Friday June 7- Join Our Revolution Buffalo Grove and Our Revolution Lake County with the National Emergency Ambulance Tour.

Brad Schneider’s office 111 Barclay Lincolnshire, IL

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

#MedicareForAll DAY OF ACTION IN CHICAGO -SATURDAY – Blue Cross Blue Shield Building – RALLY – MARCH – Die-In – PROTEST

Join Our Revolution, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians For National Healthcare Program, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, National Nurses United and several other groups for a #MedicareForAll Day of Action in Chicago.

SATURDAY June 8, 2019 NOON RALLY Blue Cross Blue Shield Building 300 E. Randolph (north end of Millennium Park along E. Randolph Street at the NE corner of Randolph and Columbus Dr.)

Speakers at 1:30 followed by a MARCH (there’s an ADA complaint vehicle for those who can’t) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the American Medical Association is hosting its annual meeting.

During the MARCH to the PROTEST there will be a DIE-IN representing those who have died due to lack of healthcare. The AMA opposed Medicare before its inception in 1965 and continues to obstruct single payer healthcare. Last year the AMA in a coalition with insurance and pharmaceutical companies formed Partnership For America’s Healthcare Future. They spend millions to lobby against Medicare For All/Single Payer to defend our inefficient for-profit system that is bankrupting families and businesses and results in lack of healthcare or death for tens of thousands of Americans.

Saturday June 8, 2019 3 PM The National Emergency Ambulance rushes out to visit Rep. Underwood at 3S 101 Rockwell St. Warrenville, IL

Monday June 10, 2019 1 PM #M4A/End DCCC Blacklist National Emergency Ambulance Rally 2401 4th Ave Rock Island, IL

ACTION ITEM ADDED – FROM NATIONAL NURSES UNITED:

The Ways & Means Committee is set to hold hearings next week on H.R. 1384: The Medicare for All Act of 2019. Brad Schneider sits on this committee but has not yet signed onto the bill. Please call Brad before the hearing. Just dial 202-858-1717 and enter your zip code to be connected with his office.

Colleen debriefing on Facebook Live after Rep. Brad Schneider’s Town Hall last Saturday morning after asking, “What will it take just to get the bill out of committee?” We appreciate the Congressman making himself available afterwards, but we are losing patience with Brad’s “How will we pay for it?” objection. We answered that question repeatedly and the answer is in the bill itself.


Things are getting awkward with Rep. Brad Schneider RE: Medicare For All

I have had a respectful, friendly, and collaborative relationship with my Congressman, but I am frustrated by his political double-talk about healthcare. Tens of thousands of Americans are dying or going bankrupt from a healthcare establishment that puts corporate profits ahead of the health and general welfare of the nation. Too many political elites in the democratic party are protecting a greedy and inefficient for-profit private health insurance industry. Our Revolution is challenging all of them with a simple question: “Are you for Medicare for All or are you on the side of Big Pharma and the insurance industry?” Brad is trying to stand for “Healthcare as a human right” while obstructing the plan to make sure that’s not an empty slogan.

Brad Talking On Both Sides of the Room
Colleen from Our Revolution Buffalo Grove asks Rep. Brad Schneider: What will it take just to get #MedicareForAll out of the Ways and Means Committee.
Tom from Our Revolution Lake County talks to Nancy about #MedicareForAll

Members of Our Revolution Lake County previously met Rep. Schneider to discuss Medicare For All. He frequently says, “The perfect should not be the enemy of the good.” When it comes to Medicare For All, he holds a different standard. He uses progressive slogans and says he has no sacred cows, but he does not offer an alternative plan that allows access and quality healthcare without continuing to bankrupt the American people. His opposition is reminiscent of the Republican opposition to Obamacare. He offers previously debunked criticism and fails to explain how he can lead us to a better path.

‘Democrats Against Medicare for All Make Me Sick’: Steny Hoyer First Target of National Emergency Ambulance Tour

Published on Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Common Dreams

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost… This is an emergency campaign to go after politicians who are unwilling to stand up for our basic human right to healthcare.”

by Jake Johnson

The tour kicked off Thursday in the Maryland district of House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has yet to co-sponsor Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s Medicare for All legislation. (Photo: Our Revolution/Screengrab)

“Are you for Medicare for All or are you on the side of Big Pharma and the insurance industry?”

That is the fundamental question advocacy group Our Revolution intends to pose to Democratic lawmakers across the country with its nationwide “Medicare for All Emergency Ambulance Tour,” which launched Thursday with the goal of pressuring members of the House majority to support Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s single-payer legislation.

“It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.” 
—Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution

To underscore the life-or-death urgency of passing Medicare for All, Our Revolution members plan to drive an ambulance to the home offices of House Democrats who have yet to sign on to Jayapal’s Medicare for All Act of 2019.

The nationwide tour kicked off Thursday in the Maryland district of House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a long-time opponent of single-payer.

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

Speaking at the launch event on Thursday, Dr. Laura Kaplan—a member of Our Revolution Maryland—urged Hoyer to join his fellow Maryland Reps. Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes, and Elijah Cummings in supporting the Medicare for All Act of 2019.

“It is important to remember that we did not arrive at our current healthcare payment system for moral, ethical, or inevitable economic reasons,” Kaplan said while standing in front of a sign that read “Democrats Against Medicare for All Make Me Sick.”

“As a medical doctor,” Kaplan said, “my prescription for our nation is universal healthcare.”

Watch the Maryland event:

The Medicare for All ambulance is expected to travel to Texas, Wisconsin, and other states before a final event at the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 26 and 27.

“This is no ordinary road trip—this is an emergency campaign to go after politicians who are unwilling to stand up for our basic human right to healthcare,” Geevarghese wrote in an email to supporters on Wednesday. “It is time to hold Democrats—like Steny Hoyer—accountable.”

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Rent Party: Burn It Down! (EP)

Holly, Matt, and Snezana have a digital preview of their upcoming CD release!

Burn It Down by Rent Party

released May 15, 2019 

Lunch Bag Records, 2019, EP 

All songs written by Rent Party, except “Bolje kada odeš,” written by Gene Clark, with lyrics by Rent Party. 

Recorded at I.V. Lab Studios in Chicago, IL by Chuck Kawal and at Five Cats Audio in Highland Park, IL by Matt Sobczyk. 

Mixed by Matt Sobczyk, Snežana Žabić, and Stanislav Žabić (tracks 6 and 7). 

Rent Party are: Holly Rose Shapiro (drums), Matt Sobczyk (bass, percussion, guitar), and Snežana Žabić (vocals and guitar). 

Special thanks to: 
Heather Brown: vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Guitar on track 4.
Kim Simpson: lead guitar on tracks 6 and 7 and mandolin on 7. 
Stanislav Žabić: vocals on 7. 

Cover design by Jason Shapiro.

license

Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.


Yay, Democrats, but F the DCCC and DNC. #MedicareForAll #PartyOfBotterman

Stream of consciousness from the screaming hell of caffeine addiction, My love/hate relationship with my party. Campaigns and Elections. Adam’s wild years. Political economy. Election2020. Honoring Veterans.

Keep your hate, clipped and distant
Keep your luck, a two-headed cow
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn, take a turn
Take a fortune, take a fortune – R.E.M.


Adam’s random thoughts on DCCC, 2019 Patrick Botterman Award Breakfast, and #MedicareForAll. Plus, Lisa on #MedicareForAll
Piss DCCC – image from last night’s deleted tweet. I meant what I said but didn’t want to slam the DCCC the same day the DEM HOUSE did some good work.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky IL-9 and Lisa
Jan and Lisa
Rock star in his own mind Adam Broad with True Rock Star Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Blue No Matter Who

I was triggered by a meme. It’s funny but dangerous. Because #VoteBlueNoMatterWho. I am plenty pissed off about the stupidity and corruption of my party and I’m willing to fight to reform it. It’s the same loyalty I gave my personal stupidity and corruption. So I guess this is me Demsplaining to some of my comrades who are new to being inside the jackass party.

If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.

If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: you’re a democrat. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.

The good news is that if you enjoy beating up Democrats, Democratic primary campaigns can be bloodbaths. But not like a war where you physically bury the opponent. Like a Stanley Cup Playoff where there’s a handshake line at the end and someone advances and someone else goes home. It can be ugly, sloppy, brutal, and unfair, but it’s better than war, because the loser goes home and mopes or disappears on a hiking trip, not buried or imprisoned. It’s something we take for granted: the ability to replace or reform government without firing a shot.

If you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today and you’re telling democratic primary voters that you won’t Vote Blue No Matter Who vs. Trump, Democratic primary voters (required to win a Democratic primary) won’t trust you. And if after I explain this to you and you keep doing it, I won’t trust you either. I can’t be sure if you’re stupid, crazy, or just working for the GOP.

Rejecting a call for a united front against Trump is OFF MESSAGE and will be used by the corporate GOP-lite DINO sell-outs to feed the Not A Real Democrat narrative when Bernie wins the nomination. We are running a Democratic primary not an independent campaign. It’s one thing to criticize the corrupting influence of We’re On Your Side Too corporate money among our establishment leaders and another to ridicule party unity and make the nomination a meaningless prize in a fractured party.

There are all kinds of things we can talk about that will build unity, win the nomination, and defeat Trump and his GOP enablers (and put the writing on the wall for his DINO enablers): #MedicareForAll #GreenNewDeal #FairTaxes #SaneForeignPolicy. This election isn’t about the way the democratic party was wrong last week, last month, last year, the years before that, last century, or the century before that. It was very wrong very often. The GOP has an army of paid hypes to talk about that 24/7. Not our job. Our job is to vindicate the Democratic party and The Republic moving forward. All kinds of democratic primary voters can be persuaded on the issues if we take the time to explain them. Independent progressives can be persuaded to join the party if we have a realistic program for progress and reform. We do. Let’s focus on that. Let’s win for #Bernie2020 and let’s be the ones who shout #BlueNoMatterWho the loudest.

In solidarity!

Full disclosure: I am political director of the Vernon Township Democrats, co-organizer of Our Revolution Lake County, and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. I don’t always speak for the causes and candidates I am attached to and they don’t always speak for me.


Adam’s Daily Outrage Olympics: John Avlon, it’s you I want to drown out, not centrist dems #Bernie2020 #CorporateNews

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/12/opinions/twitter-distortion-2020-dems-avlon/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2OyYRPFaf-3ah-nabzp-WwOyQaTHCVwL_rs4uvpDzJs-f6Y3R9kX1KAe0

DISCLAIMER: This is the first in a series of installments reacting to a crappy corporate opinion piece. This is my new chew toy. This is my opinion. This is my knee-jerk reaction. I don’t always speak for my party, my comrades, and my candidates, and they don’t always speak for me.


#Trumpgate is a tragic-comic diversion from the dysfunctional establishment that foisted him up in the first place.

Someone on Facebook asked me what stood out from the Mueller Report. The first thing, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION” vs “This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” Certainly “Putin won” is going to jump out for a lot of people.

So far nothing has really surprised me. I was a professional opposition researcher for 5 years up to the point Trump got elected and having been a close follower of both GOP and mob politics, I was confident enough to bet 100 bucks on him not completing his first term of office before he was sworn in. The guy reeked of Russian mafia and money laundering before he ever set foot in the White House.

To me, the corruption, vice, and impeachable offenses are just comic diversions from the damage the Republican party has done through his administration legally: the castration of the EPA, the insane fiscal policy, the Trillion dollar boost in the defense budget that imbeciles applaud and that my party rolled over on… because the big stupid wall was a deal breaker but more nuclear weapons and the untold burden of storing new nuclear waste for centuries moving forward was not worth a protest. Can’t be seen as weak on armageddon, I guess.

Meanwhile we don’t have enough money to spend less on healthcare for better outcomes with Medicare For All because Jesus Christ died for insurance giants to make hundreds of millions fisting people out of their benefits and giving us automated call systems to whisper sweet nothings at us while we go broke on medical costs.

Furthermore, fighting for the pre-born these days means not caring about measuring the cancer cluster from your local EtO provider. Just like Reagan was the doofus they pulled off the ranch to play the new Warren Harding while the scumbags had a field day, this sad sack #45 gets to wear the blame for stuffing his pockets with foreign money and pay-to-play deals while the puppet masters rake all the more without consequence. This is a real shit sandwich and we all get to take a bite.

I’m still waiting for the comprehensive report on the Crosscheck purge. But then again, there’s not much to say about votes being legally stolen.


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