The U.S. Senate is on the brink of passing a massive corporate giveaway that will be yet another transfer of wealth from the American people to the wealthy. It was described by HuffPost's Zach Carter like this:
"It is not an economic rescue package, but a sentence of unprecedented economic inequality and corporate control over our politics that will resonate for a generation.
It represents a transfer of wealth and power to the super rich from the rest of us, with the support of both political parties ― a damning statement about the condition of American democracy."
We all must act now to STOP THIS! Light up the switchboards on Capitol Hill!
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Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country
One of the great studies on the history of pandemics is John M. Barry's 2004 book "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History," a study of the 1918 flu pandemic. In addition to being a journalist and author, Barry is also a Professor at Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Prior to becoming a writer, Barry coached football at the high school and college levels. Using his expertise in both pandemics and football, Barry joins Michael to put the coronavirus pandemic in historical context and to share his game plan of discipline, teamwork, and doing our jumping jacks the right way.
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Read John Barry's recent NYT op-ed:
The Single Most Important Lesson From the 1918 Influenza
Containment — the attempt to limit spread of a virus and even eliminate it — has failed.
Order John's award-winning book on the 1918 flu epidemic, "The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History"
The coronavirus pandemic and all of the economic and social crises that it has exposed has politicians of all stripes calling for massive government intervention. And, funny enough, no pundit or politician is whining about how “WE CAN’T AFFORD THIS!” But just as in 2008, corporations and lobbyists are salivating at the opportunity to milk this crisis for as much government money as they can get their hands on. This is why we MUST use this moment to massively reshape our economic and healthcare systems and immediately get money in the hands of all Americans. Michael discusses what action must be taken with economist and professor Stephanie Kelton, former economist with the Senate Budget Committee and author of the forthcoming book, "The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy."
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Overnight the hospitals in New York began to drown. ICUs are filling up. There aren’t enough ventilators. Only a few masks are left. Many doctors and nurses already have the virus, and too many are being hospitalized themselves. A woman in Michael’s apartment building tested positive and died. The day we have dreaded is here. If we scramble - if we scream bloody murder - if we act smart, today, might there be a way out? Trump has shut all the doors. Forget for now about beating him in November. A number of us won’t live 'til November. We need to beat him now, beat down those doors he’s blocking, so that a million voters don’t die.
Escape from New York (Original Film Soundtrack) - Main Title - John Carpenter
Michael Moore sounds the alarm like never before. We don’t have days — we have HOURS left to act. Trump’s weeks of inaction and leading the public to believe this virus is “a hoax” will now cost millions of people their lives. Perhaps we can save some of them — but only if everyone who hears this podcast takes action today. Michael exposes the facts that have been kept from the public. He reveals what he’s been told by several public health experts, doctors, government officials and one source who is in frequent and direct contact with President Trump. None of it is pretty. There will be no more school this year — and maybe little or none next year as well. Our hospitals are about to get slammed and overwhelmed on a massive scale. The Army Corps of Engineers must be called up to build dozens of field hospitals. We will not have enough nurses and doctors. The government must nationalize industries to build the ventilators and other equipment we need. This must happen this week. Mike issues a call to action to save lives and for all of us to make serious sacrifices like we never have before.
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In a modern, functioning, democratic society, how should a public health crisis be handled? And what would America's response to the coronavirus pandemic look like if we had a universal healthcare system such as Medicare For All? Michael discusses this with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a physician and epidemiologist and the former Health Commissioner in the City of Detroit. El-Sayed ran for Governor of Michigan campaigning on universal healthcare. His forthcoming book is titled, "Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey Into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic."
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Michael Moore reveals conversations he's had with public health and security experts, foreign journalists and government officials (plus one source directly in contact with President Trump) to share the awful truth: we may lose multiple times more Americans to coronavirus than the total number of American troops killed in World War II; this is the most serious pandemic since the 1918 flu; President Trump is actively and purposefully holding up the federal government response and putting millions of lives at risk.
READ: Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
WATCH: Rep. Katie Porter Grills CDC Chief
There is one reason why Joe Biden has emerged as the Democratic frontrunner - the concept of "electability." While all of the exit polls show that Bernie Sanders' policy ideas are the most popular among voters, Joe Biden is winning races on the strength of his perceived ability to defeat Donald Trump. But is he really the "safe" and "electable" choice?
Michael Moore discusses the major flaws behind this thinking, including revealing conversations he's had with Democratic officials and media insiders.
Big Sean (feat. The Flint Chozen Choir & Starrah) - "Bigger Than Me"
On the day of the Michigan primary, Michael Moore speaks directly to his fellow Michigan voters (along with voters in Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington, who will also be voting). He also reveals details of an intense and unexpected phone call he received from one of the most well-known Democratic power-brokers in America.
Music Credit: The Accidentals - "Michigan and Again"
The Democratic nominating contest is down to Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders. The Biden campaign’s plan appears to be to hide Biden from the voters as much as possible and allow nostalgia for the Obama years and positive media coverage carry him to victory.
Author and Hill TV host Krystal Ball joins Michael to discuss the primary contest and the dangers of nominating Biden.
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What if the sun rose on the West? What if, on Tuesday night at 8pm ET, the first Super Tuesday results had been announced from the largest and most diverse state in the country, California?
”Huge win for Bernie Sanders! A huge delegate lead!"
An hour later, in conservative, Mormon, Utah, “the winner is....Bernie Sanders!”
Then Colorado comes next…”another victory for Bernie Sanders! And in a key swing state!”
How we were presented the results on Tuesday night, which has turned this into a two-person race between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders with only a handful of delegates separating them, has greatly affected the public perception of the race. While Bernie Sanders is now the underdog, it is a close race, and the American people must hear vigorous debates between Biden and Sanders about who they are, what they believe, what their plans are for the country and how they will defeat Trump.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rumble-with-michael-moore/message
The corporatist, centrist wing of the Democratic Party has gotten in formation. Joe Biden is their man. The mainstream media is endlessly promoting him and not hiding their bias. Sadly, many of them would rather have Donald Trump in the White House than Bernie Sanders. Michael Moore gives an impassioned plea to everyone who wants to defeat Trump and to defeat the system which gave us Trump to not give in to the failed establishment that handed us Trump in the first place. The future of the county and of humanity depends on it.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rumble-with-michael-moore/message
In Part 3 or the RUMBLE Super Tuesday preview series, Michael wonders about the timing of Pete Buttigieg dropping out of the race and what role the coronavirus may play during campaign season.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rumble-with-michael-moore/message
The Democratic political, corporate and media establishment were giddy on Saturday night as the South Carolina election returns showed a big victory for Joe Biden. They appear to have found their candidate to take on Bernie Sanders. With Super Tuesday looming, Michael looks ahead to what might become a Biden vs. Bernie contest for the future of the Democratic Party and America.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rumble-with-michael-moore/message
Four days until Super Tuesday, Michael lays out the stakes of how important Tuesday's elections are what role coronavirus will play in shaping our views of this election. We are only as safe as the human being who has no health insurance or access to medical care. A nation that has millions of people who are not insured or are under-insured means that millions of American's are encouraged to NOT seek tests or treatment - which makes the coronavirus that much more dangerous.
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Ilana Glazer is a comedian who's work has brilliantly landed at the intersection of comedy and politics. She and Abbi Jacobson created the smash hit TV show "Broad City," which came to an end in 2019 and she most recently performed her first stand-up special, "The Planet Is Burning."
Ilana and her team have come up with a new way of encouraging civic engagement - hot, sweaty, dance parties. She joins Michael to discuss her "Horny 4 Tha Polls" tour, comedy, the 2020 race, and to reminisce about Broad City.
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Recorded backstage at the Sioux City Convention Center in Sioux City, Iowa last month after a Bernie Sanders for President rally, Michael is joined by John Gourley, Eric Howk and Zachary Carothers of the rock band Portugal. The Man. After speeches by Michael Moore, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, and a performance by PTM, Michael and the band discussed their frequent run-ins with Sarah Palin in their native Wasilla, Alaska, how Michael was almost in the movie "Fargo", and why they're on the campaign trail.
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Senator Bernie Sanders issued a forceful statement on Friday against Russian attempts to meddle in the 2020 election, as he has done in the past. This came in response to a Washington Post story that Sanders was recently briefed by U.S. intelligence officials that Russia was meddling in the election and attempting to "help" his campaign in an unspecified way. This comes on the heels of the Sanders' opponents and the media dredging up the "Bernie Bro" canard from 2016 and attempting to portray online Sanders supporters as uniquely vile. In this EMERGENCY PODCAST SYSTEM edition of RUMBLE, Michael Moore makes the connection between these two stories and explains the urgency of setting this story straight. Sanders opponents who falsely accused Sanders supporters of "death threats" and ugly online behavior appear to have been duped by a Russian disinformation campaign.
Washington Post story on the briefing Senator Sanders received:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/bernie-sanders-briefed-by-us-officials-that-russia-is-trying-to-help-his-presidential-campaign/2020/02/21/5ad396a6-54bd-11ea-929a-64efa7482a77_story.html--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/rumble-with-michael-moore/message
Michael Bloomberg’s commandeering of the 2020 Democratic party nomination campaign is a dangerous moment for the party and the country. If Democrats give in, it will have horrific consequences. Michael Moore lays out the truth of Bloomberg's record and how support for Bloomberg is an endorsement of the Trumpian values we claim to have been resisting.
The Trumpian Liberalism of Michael Bloomberg
By Jamelle Bouie
Michael Bloomberg Puts Democrats in Moral Peril
By Osita Nwanevu
Michael Bloomberg’s Polite Authoritarianism
He never hid his callous indifference to civil liberties; too many people just didn't care.
By Alex Pareene
A Republican Plutocrat Tries To Buy The Democratic Nomination
No Democrat should consider Michael Bloomberg as a candidate.
By Nathan Robinson
As Bloomberg rises, Democrats are stumbling toward disaster
By Greg Sargent
Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass?
By Laura Bassett
Mike Bloomberg for years has battled women’s allegations of profane, sexist comments
Photo: Rudy, Trump, Bloomberg, Clinton
Video: Blankfein, Bloomberg & Snyder
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Why do so many Democrats keep making the mistake of running to the so-called "middle" or apologizing for being Democrats every election cycle? And why do Republicans - an unpopular political party that enacts awful and discredited policies, continue to win and hold onto power? Michael is joined by a political scientist who has studied the fallacy of focusing on "swing voters" and how, instead, the number one goal of Democrats should be turning out non-voters, occasional voters and their base.
Rachel Bitecofer is a political scientist and professor at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia and a Senior Fellow at the Niskanen Center. Her election model accurately predicted the outcome of the Democratic blue wave in the 2018 House elections and she shares her thoughts on 2020, what the Democrats keep getting wrong, and how accidentally getting hit in the head by a pack of Ramen Noodles by Michael Moore in 2004 turned her life around.
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