What does Beto O'Rourke actually stand for?

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Dec 8, 2018 29 Comments

Current Affairs has written a good article about Beto's record in the House and his background. Some excerpts:

In his six years in Congress, O’Rourke passed three bills. Two were related to veterans issues, the third renamed a federal building and courthouse. Of course, O’Rourke was in a GOP-dominated House, which would limit his effectiveness. But part of being effective as a Member of Congress is learning to deal with the environment you are in. Between 1995 and 2007, when the Republicans solidly held the House of Representatives, the lawmaker who passed the most amendments was not a far-right Republican but instead Vermont’s independent democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, dubbed an “amendment king.”

But it may have been the last time O’Rourke waged a sustained campaign against the Democratic establishment. While the Democratic base is coalescing around single-payer health care and free college, O’Rourke sponsored neither House bill. During his time in Congress, he never joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He has been, however, a member of the New Democratic Caucus, the group organized to carry on the ideas of Clintonite policies. During the 2016 presidential primary, he stayed on the sidelines.

While O’Rourke steadily avoided left-wing legislation, he went above and beyond to ally himself to the corporate wing of the Democratic Party. In 2015, Congress narrowly gave President Obama so-called “Fast Track” authority as it related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This essentially greased the skids for Obama to accept and implement this agreement, which many labor, consumer, human rights, and environmental advocates worried would vastly expand the power of investors and corporations and undermine U.S. sovereignty. The 219 to 211 vote in the House sent shockwaves through this community, and a foreboding sense that the TPP would become a reality (at that point, no one expected Donald J. Trump to be the President soon and deep six the TPP, but politics got really weird over the next few years).

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/12/what-does-beto-orourke-actually-stand-for

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  • Microsoft Big Pun
    Him and corey booker should just quit now...
    and kamala Harris.. theyre all shit
    Dec 8, 2018 11
    • Airbnb a4mt1v
      Hey 0hedge thanks for your mildly racist comment. Go to Oracle or MSFT you’ll feel right at home.

      Tip: white women are the largest group of beneficiaries of affirmative action.
      Dec 10, 2018
    • New 0hedge
      Racisr is when 90% one race votes for someone who looks like them jusr because of physical attributes.....blacks will vote blacks....blindly....although many black men are getting off the plantation with self education. What malcolm X said is still true today.

      To clarify, kamala harris benefits doubly from her genes....black + women votes....obviously we know global elites will use her to screw blacks and women the most.
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Microsoft waifish
      First paragraph - stupid take

      Second paragraph - somewhat of a good take besides the last two words
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Airbnb a4mt1v
      Your first paragraph is garbage and racist, @0hedge. No ethnicity is monolithic and people like you, who continue to portray blacks and other eths as having the inability to critically think individually and act is hilarious.
      Dec 12, 2018
    • Microsoft waifish
      Conservatives are racist. News at 11.
      Dec 12, 2018
  • Amazon Northman
    I fail to see the problem. He is not a progressive. Progressives hate the successful people here on Blind and want to tax us into oblivion and give our money away in massive wealth redistribution programs. I am a moderate liberal who doesn't want to vote for a moron like Trump, hate the slime that is most of the Republican party, and don't want my earnings and ability to earn my way into the upper crust of society taxed away by Bernie.
    Dec 9, 2018 7
    • Microsoft waifish
      It's not the federal governments fault that VCs force all startups to situate in silicon valley nor is it the federal governments fault that California isn't building more housing.

      Want to bring down costs in California, Seattle, or NYC? Advocate for new housing. Join an advocacy group. All of these are millions time more effective at helping your community than being a sniveling whiny tool on blind.
      Dec 9, 2018
    • Amazon Northman
      Awww somebody is butthurt.
      Dec 9, 2018
    • Credit Karma EllisDee25
      One of the heads of your company probably makes 100 of you. You probably make as much as 8-10 Walmart workers.

      And CEOs are merely rich... they’re not always super-rich. Tech people are well paid, but when you start talking about the truly rich, there’s just no comparison (Jeff Bezos is worth eight hundred twenty-five thousand well paid tech workers.) We are all a lot closer to working in an Amazon warehouse than running Amazon even if our daily lives are vastly more comfortable than a low-wage earner.

      The levels of inequality in the US are so out of this world that they throws off our sense of what wealth really is.
      Dec 9, 2018
    • Microsoft waifish
      For example, let's say my net worth is $500k.
      -- reasonable number for someone in tech who doesn't own a home but is still many times higher than the average American. If you were to convert that into single dollar bills and stack them it would be about 200 feet high.

      Now let's look at billionaires. The height of someone with one billion would be 358,510 feet or 67.9 miles if you were to stack it in single dollar bills. A lot higher than my measly 200 feet. Remember there are nearly 600 billionaires in the US.

      If you were Gates or Bezos with around 100 billion the stack of there money would be 6,786.6 miles.
      Dec 10, 2018
    • Amazon Northman
      Yes, all of this argues for taxing massive wealth accumulations rather than fiddling with more taxes for upper middle class people like us who can barely afford entry level houses in our local area even with salaries that make other people think we are "rich" outside of Silicon Valley.
      Dec 10, 2018
  • VMware / HR iNwX20
    I think the details of his DUI will be a huge hurdle to overcome if he decides to run nationality
    Dec 8, 2018 2
    • Microsoft waifish
      Wasn't a problem for dubya
      Dec 8, 2018
    • New 0hedge
      Democrats are put through stricter vetting because they are the ones claiming they sre better than everyone else.

      But then kennedys had dui murder case and married brothers banging the same mistress was well swepted under the rug.
      Dec 9, 2018
  • Bose JustMeHa
    Bernie and someone else for 2020... not warren but someone who can turn a flip state
    Dec 8, 2018 1
    • New 0hedge
      Both showed no backbone.

      Warren has affirmative action thing.

      Bernie is from state where there are no blacks.
      Dec 9, 2018
  • New tLFu71
    He is an absolute massive piece of shit, much like many of his supporters. I hope he runs to be destroyed for life.
    Dec 8, 2018 1
    • Microsoft Big Pun
      Yea similar to Trump supporters.
      Dec 8, 2018
  • Facebook hollyhoe
    Brunchers Enjoy Tacos Or Onion Rings Outside Unless Raining. Kitchen's Excellent.
    Dec 11, 2018 0
  • New 0hedge
    Factory workers in the deep south have better lifestyle than techies sharing rooms with no yard in east palo alto....suckers
    Dec 10, 2018 0