Bad enough that a tyrant is testing American democracy. Now an oligarch is trying to buy the presidency.

Michael Bloomberg’s net worth is over $60 billion. The yearly return on $60 billion is at least $2 billion — which is what Bloomberg says he’ll pour into buying the highest office in the land.

In January alone, Bloomberg spent more than $300 million on campaign advertising. That’s more than Hillary Clinton spent on advertising during her entire presidential run. It’s multiples of what all other Democratic candidates have spent on advertising, including billionaire Tom Steyer.

Bloomberg has already spent more on Facebook ads than Trump, and more than Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg combined. His paid campaign staff is three times as large as Trump’s, five times Biden’s.

The heart of Bloomberg’s campaign message is that he has enough money to blow Trump out of the water. To demonstrate this, Bloomberg bought a $10 million Super Bowl ad that slammed Trump in the middle of the big game, and he bashed Trump again in a national ad appearing just hours before Trump’s State of the Union address.

If Trump’s angry tweets are any barometer, Bloomberg’s tactics are getting under the thin-skinned president’s fragile epidermis.

Meanwhile, the Democratic National Committee is putting Bloomberg on the debate stage by abandoning the individual-donor threshold that it used for the first eight debates, presumably because Bloomberg isn’t taking donations.

To participate in the Feb. 19 debate in Las Vegas, Democratic candidates will need to show at least 10 percent support in polls. Bloomberg’s wall-to-wall advertising gives him a good shot. On Feb. 3 he tied with Warren in third place in a Morning Consult tracking poll. He’s in the top four in many Super Tuesday states.

Bloomberg has some attractive policy ideas. He’s for gun control, wants to reverse climate change and seeks to raise an estimated $5 trillion of new tax revenue from high earners and corporations, including a repeal of Trump’s 2017 tax cuts and a new 5 percent “surcharge” on incomes above $5 million a year.

But Bloomberg is also a champion of Wall Street. He fought against the reforms following the near meltdown of Wall Street in 2008. His personal fortune is every bit as opaque as Trump’s. Through his dozen years as mayor of New York, he refused to release his federal tax returns. Even as a candidate for president, he still hasn’t given a date for their release. And, remember, he’s trying to buy the presidency.

America has had some talented and capable presidents who were enormously wealthy — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, for example.

The problem lies at the nexus of wealth and power, where those with great wealth use it to gain great power. This is how oligarchy destroys democracy.

The word “oligarchy” comes from the Greek word “oligarkhes,” meaning “few to rule or command.” It refers to a government of and by a few exceedingly rich people.

Since 1980, the share of America’s wealth owned by the richest 400 Americans has quadrupled while the share owned by the entire bottom half of America has declined. The richest 130,000 families now own nearly as much as the bottom 90 percent — 117 million families — combined. The three richest Americans own as much as the bottom half of the population. Michael Bloomberg is the eighth-richest person in the U.S.

Much of this money has found its way into politics. In the election cycle of 2016, the richest 1/100th of 1 percent of Americans accounted for a record-breaking 40 percent of all campaign contributions.

Unlike income or wealth, power is a zero-sum game. The more of it at the top, the less of it anywhere else.

A half-century ago, when America had a large and growing middle class, those on the left wanted stronger social safety nets and more public investment in schools, roads and research. Those on the right sought greater reliance on the free market.

But as power and wealth have moved to the top, everyone else — whether on the old right or the old left — has become disempowered. Today the great divide is not between left and right. It’s between democracy and oligarchy.

Bloomberg is indubitably part of that oligarchy. This should not automatically disqualify him, but it should set off alarms. If the only way we can get rid of the sociopathic tyrant named Trump is with an oligarch named Bloomberg, we will have to choose the oligarch.

I hope it doesn’t come to that. Oligarchy is better than tyranny. But neither is as good as democracy.

Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich is a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of “Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future.” He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

Copyright 2020 Tribune Content Agency.

(108) comments

jsklinelga

You can call Trump what you want or hold whatever opinion you wish but the fact that he worked tirelessly during the campaign and during his first three years in office cannot be denied. He put himself on the line, in public from the beginning . Bloomberg is simply trying to buy the election. And what will happen if an oligarch buys power?? Let us pray that does not happen and we respond to this wake-up call.

awteam2000

Jim,

That’s just nonsense, I can deny -

DAYS IN OFFICE - 1118

DAYS AT TRUMP PROPERTIES - 329

DAYS AT GOLF PROPERTIES- 246

In 2019, Donald Trump was tagged on Twitter at a rate of 1,000 times per minute.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/how-much-time-trump-spending-trump-properties-n753366

https://trumpgolfcount.com/

Bloomberg self made multi-billionaire / Trump make believe billionaire

Trump has no respect for our Laws, our Constitution, our Military, the truth. This vile disgusting stench most go!

shiftless88

Jim; you and I apparently define "tirelessly" differently. I mean, for someone (and some party) who complained all the time about Obama golfing and going on vacation, this President seems to spend a LOT of time golfing and on vacation. Yet nary a peep out of Republicans.

jsklinelga

awteam2000

If President Trump spent 3 hours each day on the golf course and on twitter then his remaining 16 hours working would be more than most Presidents. A make believe billionaire ? As I posted down below in response to DickD. Bloomberg like Biden is dead out of the gates..

awteam2000

“Poppycock”

DickD

You live in a dream world, Jim.

DickD

The wake up call, Jim, is the fact that the Republicans are enabling a crook in the White House. Get rid of Trump and all of his enablers, including Barr and Mitch McConell.

rikkitikkitavvi

"Get rid of Trump and all of his enablers," Guess what Dick, I voted for him. That makes me one of his enablers. I will be voting for him in November also. You would have to "get rid of" an awful lot of us to do any good. Why do you and your pals want to rain on Americas parade Shaggy? Seems counter intuitive to me.

DickD

Your small amount or mine really matters little, Mitch McConnell or Attorney General Barr are a different matter.

phydeaux994

rikkitikkitavvi, did your portfolio increase exponentially in 2019 like the other RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) here! gab said his went up 35%, which is better than Warren Buffet by 25%.

gabrielshorn2013

Phy, in 2019 the S&P went up 28%, NASDAQ went up 35%, and the DJ industrials went up 22%. Putting your money in a very conservative market index fund should have gotten an investor around 31%. Are you telling us that Buffet didn't even meet the market averages? BTW, again, not a Republican. Libertarian here, but you already know that.

phydeaux994

DJ Trump hasn’t done SQUAT since he started campaigning for losing Republicans in the Summer of 2018. NOTHING but Twitter “oh poor me” rants and false attacks on the Bidens and anyone who dared to “rat” him out. If he has jsk MAKE A LIST so we can see what we must have missed!!!

olefool

Worked hard??? maybe on a golf course, So far since election he has played golf every 4.5 days on average....

Obadiah Plainsmen

No matter who the Democrats nominate to go against Trump they have an uphill battle. Everything humanly possible has been thrown at Trump and yet he survives. For the Democrats, Bloomberg has a stop and frisk problem. Sanders has his 1988 Soviet Union honeymoon and video problem. Buttigieg has being a Mayor of South Bend problem. Warren has her Pocahontas problem. In an vanity fair article staffers of Klobuchar say she is a female Donald Trump. And finally Joe Biden has a Joe Biden problem. So don’t write off Yang and Gabbard.

DickD

Bloomsburg adds are very good, Bloomburg repeatedly asks if Trump and him are in the same room, who is the other billionaire. Yes, Bloomburg was a Republican, turned Independent - all true but he is more liberal than many Democrats. And what is not said, he scares the H out of Trump. Will he win the nomination? Maybe, we will know better after some time on stage with the other candidates. Still, whether he is the nominee or not, he plans on helping to bury Trump and his enablers.

jsklinelga

DickD

I do not think he has a chance. Too much of a checkered past.. Consider his history with women. People call Trump an ogre but the women within his business organizations had high praise for him.

Consider Bloomberg. A known misogynist. His company was compared to a fraternity. He had numerous complaints and suits filed by female employees for sexual harassment. He stated that if his information terminals offered oral sex they would drive women out of the workplace. That inference right there will be enough to stop his Presidency or the Me to movement is of no importance. But the real indicator of his character is the requirement that an unimpeachable third party witness is needed for a rape conviction. Much like Biden he is dead out of the gates.

DickD

Is this what you meant, Jim?https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/11/michael-bloomberg-democratic-campaign-sexism.html "..........  the Republican who said into a hot mic that he liked to grab women “by the xxxx” versus the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat who reportedly admitted he’d said, of multiple female employees, “I’d do her.”

At least Bloomburg is not advocating assault, as your hero Trump is.

gabrielshorn2013

It's funny watching your argument, Dick. Break it down into its elements, and it is "Our guy doesn't suck as much as yours!" What is the common element? They both suck. Mr. Bloomberg has a checkered past when it comes to women, not unlike that of Mr. Trump. Was it the 1980's frat-boy mindset that affected them both?

shiftless88

Gabe; the right has already decided they are comfortable with a misogynist in the WH so they should not complain about Bloomberg.

gabrielshorn2013

Shiftless, not complaining at all, and Libertarian here. Both candidates have a misogynistic history. I guess that's the new standard.

Obadiah Plainsmen

If Bloomberg is the nominee then the two New Yorkers/Titans of the Industry can travel across the Hudson to Weehawken and duel it out there. One would have to aim high, the other aim low.

fnpzwack

Bernie and his followers are on the right track, as far as their desire to limit the consolidation of power in terms or private wealth. The problem is they want to replace that with consolidation of power at the federal government level. Are there any candidates out there that can see both the evils of big business AND big government?

awteam2000

Quinnipiac poll Feb 5-9:

Bloomberg beats Trump 51-42

Sanders beats Trump 51-43

Biden beats Trump 50-43

Klobuchar beats Trump 49-43

Warren beats Trump 48-44

Buttigieg beats Trump 47-43

This new Quinnipiac poll make it more evidence that the overwhelming majority of the American people reject Trump’s corruption and just want to remove Trump from office regardless of his opponent.

rikkitikkitavvi

I just love polls.aw. They are really accurate indicators of who will win, even up to election night itself. Yep! Always loved polls.[innocent]

des21

Do you have stock in the Quinnipiac poll aw? I could site 4 polls where Trump defeats them all but you keep whistling past that graveyard. You can't lose! Sound familiar?[beam][wink] And by the way Robert Reich has more envies than the DNC has excuses for it's incompetence.

DickD

You do know that Reich is very liberal, don't you Dave?

des21

No kidding Dick.

awteam2000

I guess there’s nothing to worry yourself about then.🤷‍♂️

Actually the presidential polls in the 2016 general election were highly accurate by historical standards, correctly indicating that Clinton had a national popular vote lead close to her 2.1 percentage-point margin in the certified vote tallies.

She beat Trump by 3 million votes.

Trump gain the office by winning the electoral college by winning the majority in 3 states by a combined total of 77,000 votes. Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - narrow victories of less than 1%: Michigan by 10,704 votes (0.2%), Pennsylvania by 49,543 (0.8%), and Wisconsin by 27,257 votes (0.7%). A shift of a 1/2 % from Trump to Clinton would have meant Trump wouldn’t be the “Clown in Chief” now. The polls were well within the margin of error.

The final national polls in 2016 had an average absolute error of 2.2 percentage points, which is more accurate than 2012 national polls (2.9 points average absolute error) and roughly similar to polling in 2008 (1.8 points) and 2004 (2.1 points).

des21

aw, no offense, but you've written that you think Trump is "evil." There is no profitable way to discuss presidential politics with you as you've moved into the realm of faith and that's a very different ballgame. If I believed what you and Matt believe I'd feel the same. I don't- not even close- so discussion is fruitless. God bless.

awteam2000

No offense Des, I don’t care what you think: I was just responding to your misinformed comment.

des21

I'm misinformed that many polls show Trump beating all the Democrats? Well, that's not true. Move beyond Quinnipiac.

And it's not what I believe, it's what you and Matt have written- and i believe you believe it to be true. It's not rational, but I believe you believe it. (Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Trump...… yea, that makes sense!)[ohmy]

awteam2000

Please don’t take my comments as personal attacks (offenses against you). I would like to think your views or mine, aren’t meant to be offensive attacks against neighbors but ‘opposing views’. I only comment to express my disappointment with this presidents lack of moral compass, his history of ongoing wrong doings, lack of truth and ’abuse of of office’, I find his behavior as president as criminal. I’m sure you disagree. That’s kool.

It’s just not who I am.

des21

I do not take your comments as a personal attack, it's just that your credibility is severely diminished by the whole "evil" thing. Matt's too. He can be a vindictive bully (many politicians and successful businessmen are) and I wouldn't want him to marry my sister but evil? Not even close.

des21

Heck, even Ben Cardin came out today and said he feels Donald Trump is the favorite to win re-election. He's about as partisan as they come. First time I've ever agreed with Ben Cardin. In other news, a cold front is bringing snow to Hades.

threecents

OK Boomer, but shouldn't we wait for the election before declaring a winner? Not sure why you and others keep trash talking about who will win.

des21

who are you talking to? Aw? I'm a proud generation x-er. The few, the proud, the survivors of the detritus of the 60s and 70s!

threecents

Oh, you are a kid. Can you help set up my cable?

Dwasserba

"If the only way we can get rid of the sociopathic tyrant named Trump is with an oligarch named Bloomberg, we will have to choose the oligarch." Looking at a number of iffy alternatives, all with weak points, FOCUS. Who can WIN

rikkitikkitavvi

Silly bunny that writes says: T. R. U. M. P. is WINning! Jolly Time by the way. Popcorn that is.

DickD

[thumbup][thumbup] Amen, sister!

seanjames

this article neglects to mention that the debate rules were changed to accommodate bloomberg *after* he maxed out donations totaling ~$500,000 to the DNC. not suspicious at all!

shiftless88

The DNC is essentially a private organization and can set the rules. Bloomberg and Sanders could have run as independents.

rikkitikkitavvi

They change the rules an awful lot. Don't they fund spying also? It's been so long I forget.

hayduke2

Kind of like the RNC not allowing anyone to primary Trump...

gabrielshorn2013

Hay, was that the RNC, or a few state organizations? There are currently two Republican challengers, Weld, and some other guy who's name I cant remember. Those states didn't want to waste their limited funds on an inevitable outcome. Would you?

Rikki's claim still stands. The DNC did pay for "opposition intelligence" into DJT, and the Steele Dossier was the result? They ultimately decided not to use it, but they did pay for it.

shiftless88

Gage; opposition research is not "spying".

awteam2000

Gabe, you might be thinking of Joe Walsh who ended his Republican primary challenge against Trump 4 days ago, saying the party is now a cult. Followed by saying Trump "literally is the greatest threat to this country right now. Any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House,"

Dwasserba

Psst. He's rich.

Greg F

Better he maxed out legally than Trump's donations from the Ruskies and mafia.

rikkitikkitavvi

Your way behind on the latest talking points Collins. I think this weeks is "He's not acquitted". I just can't remember anymore. They can change with the wind.

Greg F

He was acquitted by money grubbing Russian paid republican senators who didn’t call any witnesses. What a hoax of a “trial” that was. Doesn’t mean he’s any less crooked than Al Capone was.

threecents

Bloomberg was not at the last debate, and I didn't see him on the list for the next debate, so...?

TINAE

No one can buy the Presidency. People Vote for who they want to win. I'm all for him!

threecents

I'm glad the Democrat debate rules were not changed to allow him in, and I think that sealed his fate as a candidate. The only thing he can accomplish now is to be a spoiler who hurts the more moderate candidates, thus helping Bernie.

tonyc51

Just curious if you think the same about those that voted for Trump. Did they vote for him because that wanted to, or because Russia made them?

threecents

They wanted to because they were manipulated by Russian and other fake news. If someone as smart as you did not know that by now, then something is wrong with your news sources... which is the whole point...

tonyc51

3, so is Bloomberg manipulating the election (voters) with his money? That is the point of this piece. Also is the media currently not running a "scorched earth" campaign against Trump? We all know that the answer to both questions is yes. This is true regardless of whatever Trump does to fuel dislike for himself.

threecents

The reason it looks like the media is attacking Trump is because most of the interesting things he does are nasty, stupid, and/or messed up. The media will report anything interesting. That is what butters their bread.

threecents

As for Bloomberg - I would not vote for him. One of Bernie's big issues is drastic campaign reform - where there are no more political contributions. He wants federal campaign funding to be paid for by the govt. Not sure if he has worked out the details of that, but I agree that our current campaign funding system is messed up.

cleanrunoff

Russia told them they would have to turn gay if a Dem won. False. They would only have to know what gay is.

rikkitikkitavvi

He will lose against Trump.

seanjames

you must have missed where the DNC argued in court that they are a private entity and can nominate whomever they want, regardless of who the people voted for.

rikkitikkitavvi

You are implying, sean, that they, the DNC, care not about the will of We The People? Why am I not surprised?

seanjames

please don't confuse my issues with the democratic party with support for the GOP. the modern republican party needs to be summarily destroyed

rikkitikkitavvi

We are on opposite ends of the political spectrum sean. Have a MAGA day!

rikkitikkitavvi

Bloomberg is just another political spirochete for the Dem party.

threecents

Trump is a syphilitic Spirochete.

Greg F

Trump is a Russian and Mafia stooge.

Dwasserba

"spi·ro·chete

/ˈspīrəˌkēt/

noun

a flexible spirally twisted bacterium, especially one that causes syphilis."

lol I enjoyed this comment despite myself.

rikkitikkitavvi

[wink]

threecents

Also Lyme Disease.

Piedmontgardener

It's his money, if he wants to burn it up, that's his business. Given the alternatives in the field, I'm happy he's doing this, because someone with skills, street smarts and decency needs to win this nomination. It's that important.

rikkitikkitavvi

You mean get a little dirty? Like "When they go low we kick them" like that piedmont?

cleanrunoff

Given the recently determined rules on campaign spending, the American people clearly endorse various political positions going to those who have the level of commitment to go all in financially. This is what we want, this is how we vote, and this is how our elected leaders want it to be. When you re-write the rules to give the advantage to the highest bidder, the folks with the most $$$ will win. It is what we want. Our heros are those who have the most $$$, and we need heros to lead this nation. If we did not endorse this, we would not elect folks who promote unlimited campaign spending, and nominate judges who feel the same. We worship the wealthy. What's the old saying? "The rich are different than you and I. They're better."

rikkitikkitavvi

I believe the saying is "Some people are more equal than others".

fnpzwack

Bloomberg is a former Republican, turned Independent, and now wants to lead the Democratic party. Sanders as well is an Independent trying to co-opt the party. Whatever happened to the Democratic party of old - the party of tolerance; the party of the working man; the party of freedom and individuality? They have become the party of fear, anger, and authoritarianism. As a Libertarian, I am highly disappointed that there is no valid competition for the Republicans.

olefool

I'll tell what did it for me; 537 Super Delegates. Delegates assigned their votes by the power structure of the party with no consideration of the voters wishes. That spells "rigged" in case you missed it.

rikkitikkitavvi

The Russians did it!

rikkitikkitavvi

Remember the Electoral College foolish one. 50 STATE elections. NOT one National. You keep forgetting that little fact. If you and your progressive pals don't like it do your research on amending the big C and have at it. Otherwise, GTYSP.

seanjames

compare Bernie's platform to democrats pre-1980 and you'll find he's actually the only "real" democrat. it's the party that has moved so far to the right in the last 40 years. he's also caucused with the dems his entire time in office, while bloomberg was making speeches at the 2004 republican convention in support of george bush and the iraq war

also this whole "he's not a real democrat" stuff just reeks of like sports fandom or something. do you agree with his agenda or not? who cares what letter is next to his name

shiftless88

I have nothing against Bernie in general. However, one way to get the apparatus behind you is to help the apparatus. Raising money for the DNC. Raising money for Dem candidates. Supporting Dem candidates openly. Sanders has not really used his fame and power to help Dems, even though he does caucus with them.

gabrielshorn2013

One of Bernie's problems that he keeps bring up, time after time, is his campaign financing strategy of not accepting money from "millionaires and billionaires, "proletariat financing" as it were. He now beats Mayor Pete over the head with that cudgel because Mayor Pete accepted campaign money from wealthy donors willing to support his campaign. Are there no wealthy Democrats? Sure there are! So any lack of financing issues the Sanders campaign may face are self-inflicted. Don't alienate those whose support you may need to win just because they are wealthy.

shiftless88

While I do not believe that overall the Democratic Party fosters "class warfare", certainly some within it do. Bernie (who is not really in it) is one.

rikkitikkitavvi

Isn't greed and power two of the seven Deadly sins?

threecents

Yah, Bernie's principles might get in the way of his success.

shiftless88

greed is, rikki. In fact I think Trump manages to exemplify all seven. Wow! He's perfect!

gabrielshorn2013

Ah, the "no true Democrat" argument. You have to adapt your platform to what the population wants in order to win sj. Keeping true to far left-wing policies assures that your candidate will be an also-ran. Some may want that (the far-left wing of the Democrats), but the remainder of the party do not support that.

seanjames

uhhh, the democratic party moving to the right over the last 40 years is an objective fact. bernie aligning more closely with the party prior to that shift than most current dems do is objectively true. this is not a no true scotsman situation at all.

also, bernie's policy proposals *are* supported. not just by democrats, but by a majority of americans. overwhelmingly, in some cases.

awteam2000

Seanjames, regardless of party affiliation - independent, democrat, republican, libertarian, green party - who would you like to see replace Trump? I’m open.

seanjames

of the current options, Bernie 1000%

rikkitikkitavvi

The Dim party was never the party of tolerance. They are still the party of hate and bigotry.

MrFrederick

So very true.

threecents

Rikki, That is exactly the sort of thing a Bot would post...

Greg F

Rikitikitavi was a story of a mongoose...which is kinda like a weasel....so the name fits.

tonyc51

Collins, you are right. The story of a mongoose, but a lot of times it takes a mongoose to slay a snake (Hillary and the other misguided people in the democrat party). just saying.

Greg F

Rickitickintooslow....the republican party tolerates nobody that isn't lily white or rich. They may from time to time pretend they do, but that's just until they get what they need from them...a vote. Then they go on continuing to shred their safety nets and revoke any promises they made (coal jobs and AC factory jobs are just two).

rikkitikkitavvi

Fact check:" the republican party tolerates nobody that isn't lily white or rich. False.

Fact Check:

"that's just until they get what they need from them...a vote."

FALSE: That's the Dem tactic of Projection. Total fail Collins. GTYSS.

threecents

I agree with Rikki; less educated people are mostly Republican, and they tend to be less wealthy. This brings to mind a problem with a lot of economic theories - that people often don't do (or vote for) what is in their best interests.

gabrielshorn2013

Collunsm, would you really like to see the comeback of coal? We have cheaper and plentiful energy options, such as oil and natural gas. The plants that burn coal are either converting to other energy options,

or shutting down. Why do we need coal? The only country that has increasing coal consumption is China, but they are planning to stop that. The President cannot force companies to use a dirtier and more expensive fuel source, no can they. Rational people understand that, and don't blame the president for not making it happen, despite his efforts. As for the commodity manufacturing jobs, I explained this to you previously. Why should a company manufacture something in the US, when they can make the same thing in countries with lower labor and production costs, and less environmental laws, and then ship that product back into the US without additional costs, thus increasing their profit margins. Will you work for a lower wage, cut corporate taxes, or drop environmental laws in order to compete? Didn't think so.

threecents

To my point, In 2016 Trump promised clean coal, even though educated people knew it was way too expensive to be used on a large scale. Trump was not going trying to appeal to educated voters.

Obadiah Plainsmen

Thank you Three for realizing that the Republican Party is the party for the poor , disenfranchised and uneducated. And the Democrat party is the party of elitist.

seanjames

"lying to poor people that you can help them in ways that you know you cannot just to get votes and then gutting social safety nets to give massive tax breaks to the rich is the same thing as actually helping poor people. i am very smart"

des21

3- you are right about less educated poor folks voting Republican. There seem to be things more important to them than money! What freaks eh? Someone should tell Bernie and the socialists and their supporters (you perhaps 3?) about that. They might start to understand.

threecents

Des, No, they think Trump is helping them financially and spiritually. He is selling them a placebo, and it is working for a while in some cases - as placebos often do. Snake oil might have good fatty acids. But eventually, they are going to notice the cancer spreading.

des21

3- it's been "working" since 1964. I would argue its not a placebo. It is a nourishing spiritual and social message.

des21

And BTW 3, with Blue Collar wages up for the first time since Nixon over the past 3 years (sadly for you guys, Obama had NOTHING to do with it) it's not a placebo. It's real money in real paychecks.

Moody's which has predicted every winner since 1980 (with the exception of 2016!) predicts Trump will win by an even larger electoral landslide! Yeah buddy!!![beam]

threecents

OK Xer.

TINAE

If that is true about the Dems than what are the Hateful, racist, Republican party?

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