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Friends Thinking of Voting for the Working Families Party?

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A vote for the Working Families Party is a vote for Democrat Andy Cuomo and his conservative economic agenda – plain and simple.

The message to the Democratic Party is that no matter how bad their candidates are, they’ll just pick up the votes on the WFP line rather than the Democratic line. No need to change. The WFP is the safety valve for the Democrats.

Cuomo very publicly stated he would only take the WFP line if they agreed with his agenda and rejected their own platform on issues such as taxing the rich and opposing the property tax. The WFP decided their own base of support was too weak to get 50,000 votes and publicly said they were abandoning their principles to endorse Cuomo. They recently weakened their position on hydrofracking to mirror that of Cuomo.

The WFP argue that they have a real impact on issues at the State Capitol. That is untrue.

The NYS Legislature remains the most dysfunctional in the country, even after the Democratic Party won control of the State Senate. And many of the key Democrats that blocked progressive legislation the last two years, such as the Farm workers Bill of Rights, were the candidates that the WFP helped elect, such as Sen. Aubertine and Johnson.

WFP’s biggest victory was raising the state minimum wage. That was long overdue but they lost the most critical issue – indexing the wage to inflation. And they won that issue by doing what the unions in NYS had too long done – keep the Senate Republicans in power in exchange for voting on a few labor issues while the rest of the Republican’s reactionary agenda was supported.

The WFP has created an effective Get out the Vote operation that they sell to the Democratic Party in a way that often evades election law. Since they sell themselves to the Democratic Party, it means they are financed by the same special interests that buy the Democratic Party.  But even though the WFP gets a few Democrats elected and get a hearty pat on the back for their efforts, they still hardly get anything passed. While they cite the passage of the recent Green Jobs Green NY program to create jobs and weatherize up to a million homes, a worthwhile goal the Greens supported, the Paterson administration has effectively blocked implementation of the program.

At the top of the ticket, the WFP always run candidates that oppose the agenda they tell voters they support. They get pro-war Democrats elected. They elect candidates who fail to take action on climate change or same-sex marriage. The WFP opposed single payer health care, and their strategy of proposing a flawed public option ended up getting what we all agreed was the worst solution – increasing the power and funding for insurance companies with a mandate. But as the WFP always does, they declared defeat a major victory. War is peace.

4 Responses

  1. I keep getting emails and phone calls from the LIPC. They seem to be so smug with their support for dems on the WFP. I don’t get it. So what makes them any different from the tea party? It is obvious to me that many dems are not happy with the actions of their party, and the same is true of republican voters as they flock to the tea party. Hello!!!! So third parties are out, but this is the answer? Oh boy!….It’s all just wasting time until the inevitable comes. I hope I’m still alive to see it.

  2. I’M PROUD OF YOU LABOR!. Keep standing up. The lives and health of all the American people and the World are in serious jeopardy.

    Further, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.

    It’s over. Tell congress to get the healthcare Merchants of death and injury out of the American peoples lives for good. 2010 is about THE PUBLIC OPTION!

    And that CORRUPT! UNDEMOCRATIC! filibuster must GO! NOW!

    Alan Grayson Honors The Dead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV9TRoYMtjs&feature=player_embedded

    Alan Grayson on Healthcare http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPpQ2MNaSDo&feature=player_embedded

    Ron Sparks HealthCareReform http://youtu.be/kqlBFRJh4Cw

    John Garamendi – The Public Option http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyBTEke68aQ&feature=player_embedded

    I want to commend all of you for working so hard and being so strong at helping the whitehouse and congress begin to address our U.S. and Global healthcare crisis. You have been AWESOME! my fellow Americans and peoples of the World. America and the World is better and safer for it. My greatest pride is the knowledge that I am one of you. And that you really get it. You really understand the importance of it all.

    There are some potentially very good things in the healthcare legislation. Especially with the reconciliation fix’s. The Democrats, Bernie Sanders and the Whitehouse did a GREAT! job of fighting to produce the best healthcare legislation that they could. They have earned all our strong support. And we should give it to them.

    But it was your relentless pressure and hard work that made the difference. Whatever good comes from this healthcare legislation, America and the peoples of the World will have each of you to thank. You were smart, creative, courageous and relentless. You fought together for the best legislation possible. And when you had to, you fought alone. No matter who stumbled and fell you continued to push and forge ahead. Fighting for the lives and health of the American people and the World. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR-SELVES :-)

    It may come to pass that future generations will look back on us and say that we were ALL Americas Greatest Generations. And that healthcare reform was our finest hour. You should be proud of our leaders President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Reid and the many other Democratic and independent fighters for the people in congress. They proved them-self worthy of the leadership of a GREAT! PEOPLE.

    But we are not done yet. This was just the beginning of healthcare reform, not the end. WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, ARE NOT! divided on healthcare legislation. The vast majority of you have been consistently crystal clear that this legislation does not go far enough. You want a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. And you want it NOW!


    WE THE PEOPLE have been crystal clear that we want an end to dependence on for-profit healthcare and the for-profit proxies called private for non-profit healthcare. The American people want the CHOICE! of a strong Government-run Public Option to replace their need or dependence on healthcare providers whose primary motivation is profit. Rather than providing the highest quality, easiest accessible and most affordable medically necessary healthcare possible. This is what the rest of the developed World has. And the American people want it too. They want healthcare ASSURANCE! Not, for-profit health insurance. And they want it NOW!

    Now is the time to continue the push for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone that wants it on day one. Rationally it’s clear what we have to do to get this done. SUPPORT THE DEMOCRATS that supported you with a Public Option choice, and REMOVE as many republicans as you can. Not one republican in congress was willing to step across the isle to support a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE!! available to everyone on day one. NOT ONE! Let no candidate prevail this November that does not support a Strong Government-run Public Option.

    47,000 AMERICANS die each year from lack of healthcare. 120,000 die from treatable illness that don’t die in other developed countries. Hundreds of thousands of you are dieing from medical accidents in a rush to profit. And Millions of you are injured. Millions more are driven into bankruptcy. All for the privilege of paying two to three times as much as any other people in the developed world for healthcare. HOGWASH!

    Additionally, tens of thousands of you and your children were killed and millions sickened and injured from a terror attack with H1N1 (swine flu). Released on the American people and the World by the for-profit healthcare industry. All in an attempt to panic and frighten you into accepting the oxymoronic criminal enterprise of private for-profit healthcare (The most costly, deadly, dangerous, and disgraceful product sold in America). H1N1 is still sickening people and killing them. Especially children, the young and the middle aged. And there will be a third wave. These are the terrorist you need to worry about the most. Even the so-called international terrorist would not do something so INSANE! But greed driven medical profiteers would and did.

    Apparently as far as republicans in GOVERNMENT are concerned, YOU! my fellow Americans – CAN JUST DROP DEAD! Including their own family members. Fools!… Hundreds of thousands of you, and possibly millions of you will die from the long-term effects of your infection and poisoning with H1N1.

    So my fellow Human Beings. Rest-up, Take good care of the basics (Balanced nutrition, hydration, exercise, rest and POSITIVE emotional supports). Then wade back into the FIGHT! for a strong Government-run Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. Drug re-importation, Abolishment or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. You must take back control of your healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. You MUST do it NOW! This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    God Bless You My Fellow Human Beings. I’m glad to know of you. And proud to be one of you.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass :-)

  3. One of the very few bright spots (and for progressive New Yorkers, surely the only bright spot) of Tuesday’s election was the Greens getting to 50,000 votes – giving us a progressive alternative 3rd party that actually runs its own candidates and doesn’t (to put it charitably) “barter” endorsements for ballot access or form shell corporations to cut sleazy deals for campaign staff who don’t even know who their employer is.

    For too long, a lot of progressives have bit their lips about the unseemliness of WFP’s behavior if only because there wasn’t a genuine 3rd party and perhaps because there was guilt of associating oneself with the rantings of people like Breitbart and Beck. But even progressives (including ex-WFP staff, as one posted on that well-known right wing blog Daily Kos) have grown weary of the fact that WFP isn’t truly a party; it was (at best) a progressive club within the Democratic Party and now can’t even be said to be that, what with endorsing Cuomo and two pro-war Senators who absolutely didn’t need WFP to win.

    I don’t need Breitbart or Beck to tell me that the WFP is more of the same. I don’t need them to tell me that fusion voting is inside baseball. And I don’t need them or anyone else to tell me that even if your goal is to reform the Democratic party (not mine), you’re certainly not more likely to do so by being co-opted by it as opposed to running an independent challenge to it.

    Go Green!

    • Thanks.

      I agree with all or most of what you said.

      It is funny in politics and activism…it is easy to spot the bad guys who are your polar opposite – like right-wing Republican leaders, or the (former) Right To Life Party.

      But, we have to at least steer around and sometimes call out the progressive parties who aren’t doing things well.

      Sometimes its a precarious balance. But, I think the Working Families Party has let progressives down in many ways.

      Glad that “Green Party” will be a clear choice on voter registration forms in New York.


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