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Saturday News: Trump Promises to Destroy Economy; “Farewell, Grand Old Party”; “Tough Medicine” for Metro


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, May 7. Also check out this week’s address from President Obama, in which he “recognized all mothers in celebration of this upcoming Mother’s Day, including First Lady Michelle Obama.”

  • Video: President Obama Delivers the Commencement Address at Howard University


    • President Obama’s remarks today at Howard U on the need to vote “not just some of the time, but ALL of the time”

      …to bring about structural change, lasting change, awareness is not enough. It requires changes in law, changes in custom. If you care about mass incarceration, let me ask you: How are you pressuring members of Congress to pass the criminal justice reform bill now pending before them? (Applause.) If you care about better policing, do you know who your district attorney is? Do you know who your state’s attorney general is? Do you know the difference? Do you know who appoints the police chief and who writes the police training manual? Find out who they are, what their responsibilities are. Mobilize the community, present them with a plan, work with them to bring about change, hold them accountable if they do not deliver. Passion is vital, but you’ve got to have a strategy.

      And your plan better include voting — not just some of the time, but all the time. (Applause.) It is absolutely true that 50 years after the Voting Rights Act, there are still too many barriers in this country to vote. There are too many people trying to erect new barriers to voting. This is the only advanced democracy on Earth that goes out of its way to make it difficult for people to vote. And there’s a reason for that. There’s a legacy to that.

      But let me say this: Even if we dismantled every barrier to voting, that alone would not change the fact that America has some of the lowest voting rates in the free world. In 2014, only 36 percent of Americans turned out to vote in the midterms — the secondlowest participation rate on record. Youth turnout — that would be you — was less than 20 percent. Less than 20 percent. Four out of five did not vote. In 2012, nearly two in three African Americans turned out. And then, in 2014, only two in five turned out. You don’t think that made a difference in terms of the Congress I’ve got to deal with? And then people are wondering, well, how come Obama hasn’t gotten this done? How come he didn’t get that done? You don’t think that made a difference? What would have happened if you had turned out at 50, 60, 70 percent, all across this country? People try to make this political thing really complicated. Like, what kind of reforms do we need? And how do we need to do that? You know what, just vote. It’s math. If you have more votes than the other guy, you get to do what you want. (Laughter.) It’s not that complicated.

      And you don’t have excuses. You don’t have to guess the number of jellybeans in a jar or bubbles on a bar of soap to register to vote. You don’t have to risk your life to cast a ballot. Other people already did that for you. (Applause.) Your grandparents, your great grandparents might be here today if they were working on it. What’s your excuse? When we don’t vote, we give away our power, disenfranchise ourselves — right when we need to use the power that we have; right when we need your power to stop others from taking away the vote and rights of those more vulnerable than you are — the elderly and the poor, the formerly incarcerated trying to earn their second chance.

      So you got to vote all the time, not just when it’s cool, not just when it’s time to elect a President, not just when you’re inspired. It’s your duty. When it’s time to elect a member of Congress or a city councilman, or a school board member, or a sheriff. That’s how we change our politics — by electing people at every level who are representative of and accountable to us. It is not that complicated. Don’t make it complicated.

  • From the Clinton for President campaign:

    ​​Statement from Gene Sperling on Donald Trump’s Risky Suggestion He Would Consider Defaulting on the National Debt as President

    Gene Sperling, former Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy under Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s risky suggestion he would consider defaulting on the national debt as president:

    “The full faith and credit of the United States of America has been one of the bulwarks of our economic strength for over 200 years. For Donald Trump to casually announce he would consider defaulting on our debt for the first time in our history shows a stunning lack of responsibility and understanding of the global economy. Donald Trump might feel it is fine to renege on his own debts and drive some of his companies in and out of bankruptcy, but that is no way to run the United States economy. If a President Trump made good on his recent proposal to make default a viable economic option for the United States, it would risk a global financial meltdown, drive up interest rates for Americans for decades, and seriously harm middle-class families.”

  • From the Virginia First Congressional District Democratic Committee:

    Democrats Nominate Matt Rowe for Congress in Virginia’s First Congressional District

    First Congressional District Democratic Chairman Marc Broklawski announced today that Bowling Green Town Councilman Matt Rowe will be the Democratic nominee for Congress. The filing deadline was today, May 7th at 5:00 p.m.; Councilman Rowe entered the race on March 31, 2016.

    Chairman Broklawski released the following statement:

    “Matt understands the challenges communities and people face in our diverse district and as a councilman, he has a proven record of leadership and knows how to fight for working families.

    The contrast between Councilman Rowe and Congressman Wittman couldn’t be clearer. Congressman Wittman is running for Governor while receiving a taxpayer-funded salary, and he endorsed Donald Trump, the most dangerously unfit nominee in modern history. He has the chutzpah and poor judgement to force taxpayers to pay him while he runs for Governor and ignores his duties. The Trump-Wittman ticket is dangerously out-of-touch with our district.

    Virginia’s First Congressional District has challenges that deserve attention from a full-time Congressman. Matt Rowe knows our infrastructure needs more investment. We have the worst traffic of anywhere in the Commonwealth. Matt knows the issues district residents care about and is committed to rolling up his sleeves and working for us full-time.”

    For more information about Matt Rowe for Congress, please visit http://www.mattrowe.org.

    Matt Rowe was the only candidate to meet the filing requirements and the Congressional nomination portion of the upcoming convention on May 21, 2016 is hereby cancelled. The convention to nominate delegates and alternates to the Democratic National Convention will continue as planned.

  • True Blue

    I just love Elizabeth Warren’s twitter takedown of the donald’s friday news dump – his “best words” are weak! She is the greatest surrogate for Democratic candidates.

    • She is truly amazing, love her! Having said that, I’d love to see other elected Dems join in and pound the crap out of Trump 24/7; it shouldn’t just be her.

  • Video: “Liberal Redneck”


  • President Obama basically takes apart Bernie Sanders’ entire theory of change-making. These two paragraphs are the Obama/Clinton philosophy (one which I strongly agree with!) to a “t,” and the antithesis in many ways of Sanders’ political philosophy.

    And democracy requires compromise, even when you are 100 percent right. This is hard to explain sometimes. You can be completely right, and you still are going to have to engage folks who disagree with you. If you think that the only way forward is to be as uncompromising as possible, you will feel good about yourself, you will enjoy a certain moral purity, but you’re not going to get what you want. And if you don’t get what you want long enough, you will eventually think the whole system is rigged. And that will lead to more cynicism, and less participation, and a downward spiral of more injustice and more anger and more despair. And that’s never been the source of our progress. That’s how we cheat ourselves of progress.

    We remember Dr. King’s soaring oratory, the power of his letter from a Birmingham jail, the marches he led. But he also sat down with President Johnson in the Oval Office to try and get a Civil Rights Act and a Voting Rights Act passed. And those two seminal bills were not perfect — just like the Emancipation Proclamation was a war document as much as it was some clarion call for freedom. Those mileposts of our progress were not perfect. They did not make up for centuries of slavery or Jim Crow or eliminate racism or provide for 40 acres and a mule. But they made things better. And you know what, I will take better every time. I always tell my staff — better is good, because you consolidate your gains and then you move on to the next fight from a stronger position.