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Biden Leads Dems By Double Digits, Trump Leads Weld Among GOP Voters by 60%

Emerson College has put out a new poll on the Presidential race that shows Joe Bide still holding a double-digit lead among Democrats while Trump starts at 85% against just announced potential primary challenger Bill Weld.

PRESIDENT – NATIONAL – DEM PRIMARY (Emerson)
Joe Biden 27%
Bernie Sanders 17%
Kamala Harris 15%
Elizabeth Warren 9%
Cory Booker 9%
Amy Klobuchar 5%
Beto O’Rourke 4%
Sherrod Brown 3%
Michael Bloomberg 2%
Tulsi Gabbard 2%
Kirsten Gillibrand 1%
Julian Castro 1%
John Delaney 0%
Pete Buttigieg 0%

PRESIDENT – NATIONAL – GOP PRIMARY (Emerson)
Donald Trump (inc) 85%
Bill Weld 15%

In the General Election, Trump trails all the Democrats.

PRESIDENT – NATIONAL (Emerson)
Joe Biden (D) 55%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 45%

Bernie Sanders (D) 51%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 49%

Kamala Harris (D) 52%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 48%

Elizabeth Warren (D) 53%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 47%

Beto O’Rourke (D) 53%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 47%

Cory Booker (D) 51%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 49%

Amy Klobuchar (D) 51%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 49%

Sherrod Brown (D) 52%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 48%

The poll did include two trial runs including Howard Schultz that shows Schultz helps out Trump.

PRESIDENT – NATIONAL (Emerson)
Joe Biden (D) 51%
Donald Trump (R-inc) 42%
Howard Schultz (I) 7%

Donald Trump (R-inc) 45%
Kamala Harris (D) 43%
Howard Schultz (I) 12%

This poll was done February 14-16 among registered voters.

Posted by Dave at 1:40 pm
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102 Responses to “Biden Leads Dems By Double Digits, Trump Leads Weld Among GOP Voters by 60%”

  1. Tom says:

    First! Go figure.

  2. sandiegocitizen says:

    The Emerson poll was of registered voters, which likely tilted it a bit in favor of Democrats. Results the same as other polls. Biden has lead over Trump. Against other candidates it is a close race. Problem for Biden is far left Democrats will do everything possible to stop him in the primaries. Winning the election is secondary to pushing their agenda.

  3. Tgca says:

    Dos Bebe! Dos!

  4. Tgca says:

    I was cheated! I deserve the silver and not the bronze.

  5. Tgca says:

    God! I love when arrogant politicians get their comeuppance.

    Check out this article and watch the video in full. She tried to use her influence as a Commissioner to intervene in a lawful police matter and berated the officers, insulted their intelligence, and resorted to profanity and threats.

    She was subsequently censured by the entire NY/NJ Port Authority Commission for ethics violations and had her case submitted to NJ for further ethics violations.

    She is a Dem political operator who actually was appointed to the Board by Christie and worked on HRC and Cuomo campaigns.

    She sort of apologized after being forced to resign but still thinks the police need to do better training so officers can diffuse situations with idiots like herself. Unbelievable folks!

    The article:
    https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/04/port_authority_slams_caren_turner_over_ethics_afte.html

    The full video:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5zx1xzzi7k

  6. sandiegocitizen says:

    At your age, you should be proud of finishing 3rd.

  7. Tgca says:

    I’m not old, I just prefer not to hang with or date gay twinks.

    Remember, 40s are the new 30s, 50s are the new 40s, 60s are the new 50s, …and it doesn’t matter after that.

  8. sandiegocitizen says:

    7. Very true.

  9. Tgca says:

    NYC Mayor Blasio accuses Amazon of abusing corporate power because they walked away from the deal in Queens. …and what power did they actually abuse here? Please do tell.

    Ha. Ha. Ha.

    Where is his criticism of AOC, the dingbat socialist NY CongressCritter that helped kill the deal?

    Why does Blasio not blame himself for not getting consensus in advance from local politicians? Part of the problem is that he and Cuomo side-stepped a bunch of folks and annoyed them to the point this resulted in a controversy. He failed to plan and shut down the radical left socialists like AOC.

  10. Tgca says:

    Oh isnt this rich from the esteemed NJ Dem Senator Booker when asked to comment on the recent developments in the Jussie Smollet case after he immediately came out and called it an “attempted modern day lynching.” I’m sure there was no rush to judgment there and he chose his words very carefully. Now he says:

    “I’m going to withhold until all the information actually comes out from on the record sources.”

    How come he doesn’t withhold the same judgment on the Mueller case or other innuendo and leaks involving Trump or the GOP? It seems one should only await the facts and withhold judgment when it pertains to supporters of his own party.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/17/politics/cory-booker-smollett/index.html

  11. lisab says:

    when your party is so screwed up you cannot get bezos to invest in you …

    you are going to have a bad two years

    the dem establishment really needs to come down hard on aoc et al.

    it is not like anyone believed any moderate statements by obama or hillary,

    but it gave the party plausible deniability

    now they are openly stating what they always believed. it makes me wonder what they are not saying … like their stance on israel perhaps?

  12. Tgca says:

    Smollet’s lawyer no longer representing him. Must be they’re too busy with Michael Cohen.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/RaferWeigel/status/1097226655708442625

  13. lisab says:

    so i guess we have moved on from infanticide and blackface in virginia then?

    in a week or so smollett will be ancient history too …

    does anyone remember when trent lott was forced to resign? he should have worn black face and he would have been ok

    (for the record though, i could not stand trent lott and i was glad he was booted, i just disapproved of the reason he was booted)

  14. Tgca says:

    Rafer Weigel at Fox32 took down tweet in 12 above. He now says it came from Smollet rep and not Smollet’s attorney.

  15. lisab says:

    anthony weiner is out and about

    what will he run for?

  16. Tgca says:

    11. Wrong LisaB.

    CongressCritter Iliana Omar has already made it clear what she thinks of Israel.

  17. lisab says:

    she apologized …

    she is very sorry if you got upset at what she wrote

  18. lisab says:

    trump approval 93% among republicans, his highest ever

    52% overall

  19. lisab says:

    James Woods
    @RealJamesWoods
    ·
    13h
    Nigerians and fake nooses, MAGA hats and a #CraftyBeaver. #CowFarts and trains to Hawaii. A lying Senator saying she’s a Cherokee. A #HeelsUp Senator sleeping her way to the bottom. Congresswoman married her own brother? Governor in a KKK robe. Ah, #Democrats!!! Gotta love ‘em!
    ——————

    so i am guessing smollet will get a new job in hollywood before james woods will

  20. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    11. “the dem establishment really needs to come down hard on aoc et al.”

    The problem is when they do, the far left will break away and found a Social Democratic Party, which will divide the Democrats and help the Republicans. Pelosi and crew are trying the best they can to hold things together as the ice cracks beneath them. The Democrats are having their Titanic moment, and trying to stay afloat as best they can.

    These are unusual political times; in 2016 the establishment of the Republican Party was displaced in what amounted to a Trump takeover of the party. Now the Democrats are fragmenting. In the future, historians will debate why this all happened.

  21. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    18. What poll are you looking at lisab?

  22. lisab says:

    well … it happened because on the republican side the establishment kept saying they wanted to cut spending, cut taxes, end wars, cut illegal immigration, and end obamacare etc., and

    they had absolutely no i tention of doing any of that.

    on the dem side, it is because of the young turk syndrome. they are not content with a candidate that plays to the middle, because they say that it creates third party candidates to the left

    they want a candidate that is unapologetically leftist

  23. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Assume the trolls have fled because it is hard to quote Democratic talking points when they are aimed at other Democrats.

    Concerned troll may be a casualty of the coconut war that is currently taking place in Bogo Pogo.

  24. lisab says:

    sdc,

    that was from a trump tweet … i would assume he is talking about rasmussen?

  25. Tgca says:

    I think Jussie deserves an Oscar nomination. He cried like 3x in the GMA interview about being assaulted.

    He also cried in his 1st concert appearance below where he tells the audience between tears and sniffles:

    “I’m ok”
    “I’m not fully healed yet”
    “I’m gonna stand strong with y’all”
    “I had to be here with y’all tonight”
    “I couldn’t let those motha f*** win”
    “I will always stand for love”
    “I hope you will always stand with me”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SlENRs-EHxU

  26. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    If your a Democrat, how do you respond to this; the far left used to all but worship Chavez:

    “CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that would commit a “crime against humanity” if they block entry of the packages that are being channeled through Maduro’s rivals.

    An enthusiastic throng of Venezuelan migrants, some chanting “Rubio! Liberty!” met the Florida Republican as he visited Cucuta and held a news conference in sight of a border bridge that has been flooded in recent months by Venezuelans people fleeing hardship in their own country.”

  27. Tgca says:

    I heard Marco Rubio was at a foam party while in Colombia. Is that true LisaB?

  28. Tgca says:

    I was taken back at title of article on Newsmax website.

    Jussie Smollet Paid Brothers to Stage Fake MAGA Attack.

    Thats a bit racist I think. Using street talk to refer to whom he supposedly paid. Why does Newsmax need to refer to these men as “brothers.”

    Would they refer to them as Brothers if the men were white?

    I think there’s a bit of white privileged in the title of the article and a reason why folks often view race relations through their own lens.

  29. Tgca says:

    28

    It’s just as bad as folks thinking I would refer to SDC or Michael as “sister” or “girlfriend.” It’s inappropriate.

    …even though I chastised Michael for once referring to me as “honey” when he got defensive because I referred to him as chubby.

  30. jason says:

    Pat Caddell dies.

    Will the last Dem who is not a moonbat turn off the lights.

  31. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    28. Weren’t the fake attackers actually biological brothers?

  32. jason says:

    I think Tgca is right, brothers is racist.

    Is siblings racist?

  33. jason says:

    Hey Ma, looks like Tgca reeled in one of those southern California fish.

  34. Bitterlaw says:

    I am glad Jason has returned. You never want to lose track of an A-hole.

  35. Bitterlaw says:

    Remember, 40s are the new 30s, 50s are the new 40s, 60s are the new 50s, …and it doesn’t matter after that.

    Walt used to say that for him being 2 billion years old was the new $1 billion years old.

  36. Tgca says:

    BREAKING NEWS!!!!

    Media gets it wrong again. Wrong video on the Smollet attack.

    New video shows two white guys involved. One is wearing a salmon colored jacket. The other a cardigan sweater and a red hat that says PHS 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show.

    Police are getting in touch with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to see if they can track down the guy in the sweater and hat. They are confident they can track down the guy in the salmon jacket too because very few guys would wear such a jacket.

    Stayed tuned for this ever changing story.

  37. Messy says:

    18. Rasmussen is not to be trusted.

  38. Tgca says:

    Take it for what its worth but TMZ claims Chicago is taking Smollet case to grand jury this week. See link below. I wonder why they’d do that without re-interviewing him unless they have enough evidence from the Nigerian SIBLINGS…using brothers is racist term SDC.

    Article below says they also found a magazine with missing pages so I guess they’ll try to tie that to the letter the Empire show received regarding threats to Jussie recently.

    If any of this is true, I’m wondering if this guy was just trying to get more famous. I never heard of him or the show prior to these attack reports.

    https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/17/jussie-smollett-grand-jury-attack-brothers-trump-empire/

  39. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    38. “using brothers is racist term SDC.”

    So when the term “band of brothers” is used that is racist? Some religions and fraternal orders refer to each other as “brother” and “sister”. In Utah I often hear “brother” so so more than “Mr.”

  40. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    37. “18. Rasmussen is not to be trusted.”

    You share something in common.

  41. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Here is the text of a CBS story about the boys. Do not believe “brothers” is used with a racial connotation:

    “The two Nigerian brothers arrested in connection with the assault on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett are no longer suspects in the attack. They’re now cooperating with police.

    A source close to the investigation confirms to CBS News the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack on January 29 and that they purchased the rope — which was found around Smollett’s neck — at a nearby hardware store. The source said detectives have evidence to corroborate the sale, something the men’s attorney alluded to Friday night.

    “New evidence that was brought to their attention, obviously I had it, my clients had it,” said Gloria Schmidt, the brothers’ attorney.

    The Chicago Police Department released a statement Saturday night saying information from the brothers had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”

  42. Tgca says:

    SDC

    Your white privilege just can’t comprehend that stating “Jussie Paid Brothers” is not racist. Perhaps if they stated “Jussie Paid Brothas” you would see the racism more directly. It’s totally racist! It’s like when a southerner says to a young black guy “Hey boy!”

    Jadon is correct. They should have used siblings. White America is so out of touch dude!

  43. lisab says:

    “If any of this is true, I’m wondering if this guy was just trying to get more famous. I never heard of him or the show prior to these attack reports.”

    rumor is he was on the verge of being fired from the show, and this was supposed to protect him from being fired

  44. Bitterlaw says:

    Here is the text of a CBS story about the boys.

    Boys? Damn. It just got worse.

  45. Tgca says:

    Is SDC tone deaf? 1st he sees nothing wrong with referring to the Nigerian siblings as brothers…and now, as Bitter points out, he refers to them as boys. I guess he did not see 42.

    This is what happens when you live in Utah. I guess SDC would not understand if Mitt put the Nigerian siblings in a crate on the top of his auto and drove them about either and said they enjoyed the sight-seeing opportunity.

    Argh! I guess this is how the other 53% think.

  46. lisab says:

    why is everyone mad a jussie?

    at least he raised awareness on how violent, homophobic and racist trump supporters are

  47. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    Global warming is causing a major snow storm in Southern California. The I-5 freeway at the Grapevine just north of Los Angeles is closed because of almost blizzard conditions. Cajon Pass along I-15 is barely open, traffic is not moving and people are being advised not to use it. Its snowing in Las Vegas, in Victorville and at many points along I-15 throughout the desert. The mountain areas of Southern California are getting snow, as now are some of the urban foothill areas. The route from San Juan Capistrano on the coast to Lake Elsinore over the Santa Ana mountains has snow now. Transportation is grinding to a halt.

  48. Tina says:

    This sums up the drats well.

    James Woods
    ?
    @RealJamesWoods
    Nigerians and fake nooses, MAGA hats and a #CraftyBeaver. #CowFarts and trains to Hawaii. A lying Senator saying she’s a Cherokee. A #HeelsUp Senator sleeping her way to the bottom. Congresswoman married her own brother? Governor in a KKK robe. Ah, #Democrats!!! Gotta love ‘em!

    84.7K
    11:43 PM – Feb 16, 2019

  49. Tina says:

    Whoops, saw that Lisab already posted it.

  50. Tina says:

    Fake News.

    Fake Noose.

  51. Tina says:

    Something is going down.

    Donald J. Trump
    ?
    @realDonaldTrump
    Wow, so many lies by now disgraced acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. He was fired for lying, and now his story gets even more deranged. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught…..

    7,768
    4:15 AM – Feb 18, 2019

  52. phoenixrisen says:

    51 – Yup. They better start lawyering up

  53. JeffP says:

    The DOJ and FBI coup attempt better be addressed by the new AG. Players need to be charged and it be properly adjudicated…or this country losses all its moral authority with 50 percent is its citizens. This is the most disturbing thing I have ever seen…but then again who knows what is coming.

  54. lisab says:

    they do not need lawyers

    they are protected by the democrats

  55. dblaikie says:

    Well old Uncle Joe, has done what he can to please all the young Socialists loons in his base. On foreign soil, in Europe no less, he called America “an embarrassment.”

    An embarrassment for Europe? First let’s consider history. My Father, and 100’s of thousands of others faught, or were wounded, or were killed in order to free Europe. That should buy at least a century of gratitude. Then after the Marshall Plan we rebuilt Europe from the ashes of a terrible war. That should buy another 50 years of gratitude. Then during the Cold War we stood watch over the Fulda Gap and western Europe against the threat from Soviet Union. That should buy at least another decade of gratitude. How dare he call America an embarrassment!

    Oh but I know he was referring to Trump. Well sorry Uncle Joe, but Trump is right about Europe needing to shell out more money for their protection. The Nord Stream Pipeline will make Western Europe more dependant on Russia, nothing embarrassing about telling the truth. The flood of immigration from particularly the Middle East is crippling Europe and engendering a huge loss of cultural heritage and identity. And Obama and John Kerry signed a terrible treaty even though it helped business in Europe.

    The only Embarrassment here is Uncle Joe. Since America has become an embarrassment he needs to go to India and open a dunkin donuts.

  56. Messy says:

    51. No lies at all. You believe the fantasist, not the Patriots.

  57. jason says:

    18. Rasmussen is not to be trusted.”

    Translation for moron talk.

    “I don’t like the results of the poll”.

  58. jason says:

    No lies at all. ”

    McCabe WAS fired for lying….

    The fantasy is believing otherwise.

  59. jason says:

    Imagine Messy’s reaction if the FBI was conspiring to overthrow Obama when he won the election….

    I am sure she would call them “patriots”…

  60. jason says:

    I am glad Jason has returned.”

    This is what happens when you start getting old, I didn’t even know I went anywhere.

    But I did read this independent study sponsored by the National Hog Farmer’s Association that categorically shows bacon improves memory as long as you eat at least 8 slices a day.

  61. dblaikie says:

    Jason I believe the independent study says you need to eat 8 slices of extra thick cut bacon to improve your memory.

  62. jason says:

    Is there another kind?

  63. jason says:

    The MSM NEEDs this story not to be a hoax… WAPO..

    Or the damage will NEVER be overcome.

    “And that reason, more than any other, is why I need this story to be true, despite its ugliness and despite what it would say about the danger of the world I live in. The damage done would be too deep and long-lasting. This could be one tragedy that the Lyon family — and more importantly, the ordinary people who loved the show and invested in Smollett and his character — could never overcome.”

  64. jason says:

    What was his first clue?

    “Former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan: Democrats’ battle against the border wall is driven by identity politics. President Trump declaration of a national emergency to build a border barrier is necessary according to Obama’s Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan.”

  65. jason says:

    Very well put by Victor Davis Hanson.

    “In sum, the Left and the administrative state, in concert with the media, after failing to stop the Trump campaign, regrouped. They ginned up a media-induced public hysteria, with the residue of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s illegal opposition research, and manipulated it to put in place a special counsel, stocked with partisans.

    Then, not thugs in sunglasses and epaulettes, not oligarchs in private jets, not shaggy would-be Marxists, but sanctimonious arrogant bureaucrats in suits and ties used their government agencies to seek to overturn the 2016 election, abort a presidency, and subvert the U.S. Constitution. And they did all that and more on the premise that they were our moral superiors and had uniquely divine rights to destroy a presidency that they loathed.

    Shame on all these failed conspirators and their abettors, and may these immoral people finally earn a long deserved legal and moral reckoning.”

    Yep, and shame on those hypocrites here for whom the ends always justify the means.

  66. lisab says:

    ” You believe the fantasist, not the Patriots.”

    actually the brady and belichick are trump supporters

    and have SIX superbowl rings as qb and coach … (belichick has eight superbowl rings total)

  67. lisab says:

    “And that reason, more than any other, is why I need this story to be true, despite its ugliness and despite what it would say about the danger of the world I live in. The damage done would be too deep and long-lasting. This could be one tragedy that the Lyon family — and more importantly, the ordinary people who loved the show and invested in Smollett and his character — could never overcome.”
    ——————————————-

    nah … as i stated before

    at least smollett exposed the hate and violence of trump supporters

  68. lisab says:

    Warren: If officials believe Trump cannot fulfill duties, they must invoke 25th Amendment

  69. Wes says:

    Trump is healthy and has been convicted of no crime.

    The 25th Amendment doesn’t apply.

  70. Phil says:

    Southern border walls = the Berlin Wall.

    Who knew?

    Thanks for educating us Congresswoman Cortez.

    Next thing you know she’ll be telling us that prison walls are designed to keep folks from breaking into the prison.

    I love this woman.

  71. lisab says:

    Trump Violates Constitution and Undermines America’s Safety with Emergency Declaration
    FEBRUARY 15, 2019

    This morning, President Trump unlawfully declared a national emergency over a crisis at the border that does not exist. The President himself even admitted that he “didn’t need to” declare an emergency but did so because he wanted to construct the border wall “much faster.” This is a power grab by a clearly desperate and disappointed President who failed to get what he wanted in Congress, and now is violating the Constitution and making America less safe, all to make good on a campaign applause line….
    ——————————————-

    from Nancy Pelosi’s office

    https://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/21519-3/

    and i thought scotus determined what is and is not constitutional

  72. lisab says:

    Lawmakers launch new probe into ‘complex web’ of alleged ties between NRA, Russians … abc news

  73. lisab says:

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth says Senate has enough votes to put forth resolution to rescind Trump’s national emergency

  74. lisab says:

    ‘Something bizarre and sinister’ about Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia, CNN legal analyst warns

  75. Phil says:

    Obviously i don’t know my history. I had no idea the Berlin Wall was built to keep westerners from flooding into East Berlin.

    ….and to think I was a history teacher for thirty years. I’m ashamed about my lack of knowledge on this subject. I should never have been certified to teach.

  76. lisab says:

    Trump’s repeal of light bulb standards will increase pollution, cost billions

  77. lisab says:

    Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

  78. Phil says:

    Yeah, collusion between Russia and the NRA is what Congress should be investigating. America is clamoring to know. LOL

  79. lisab says:

    McCabe: ‘I was fired because I opened a case against the president’

  80. lisab says:

    Why allegations of a ‘coup’ against Trump are unfounded

    First of all, removing a president from office using systems included in the Constitution is, by definition, not a coup. Removing Trump from office by following the guidelines of the 25th Amendment would no more be a coup than removing him from office through impeachment or, really, than voting for another candidate in 2020. It’s part of the system.

    But, second, it’s not as though Rosenstein could simply have stepped up to a microphone and announced that the president was no longer president, any more than Michael Scott’s declaration of bankruptcy in “The Office” was sufficient for that task.

    We’ve outlined this before. For a president to be removed from office under the mechanism included in the amendment, one of two things has to happen.

    A majority of the Cabinet and Vice President Pence must agree that Trump is unfit for office, or
    Pence and a commission established by Congress (which doesn’t currently exist) would have to reach a similar agreement.
    If such an agreement is met, a letter is sent to Congress and Trump is out.

  81. Phil says:

    79

    Well, there you go, Lisa. Clear evidence that people were flocking to communist countries. No wonder they had to build a wall in Berlin.

    We owe a huge debt to Congresswoman Cortez for enlightening us.

  82. jason says:

    lisab, nobody said removing a President under the 25th is a coup.

    What is a coup is trying to remove a President under the 25th amendment who is in no way incapacitated or in no way fulfills the conditions required.

    That is a coup.

  83. jason says:

    Crime may have been committed’ by Trump”

    Trump may be an alien: National Enquirer.

  84. jason says:

    AOC has discovered the real reason for the wall.

    Keep American tourists from escaping to Mexico.

  85. lisab says:

    Why allegations of a ‘coup’ against Trump are unfounded
    ———————–

    i think the washington post is correct on this one …

    there was no coup against trump. he is still in office.

    zero pinocchios

  86. lisab says:

    2-Year Universal Basic Income Trial Shows One of The Most Common Worries Is Unfounded

    A two-year study in Finland found that a randomly selected group of (unemployed) people who received a sum of money from the government every month worked no less than a control group (of unemployed people) – bolstering the case for a basic income as the world economy transitions to greater automation.

  87. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    87. The Finnish basic income program was considered a massive flop, and was not renewed.

    “But the Finnish government’s enthusiasm for a pilot scheme, a European first which garnered worldwide attention, is petering out. Calls for extra funding for it were rejected and the two year trial will not be extended after next year.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/23/finland-ends-universal-basic-income-experiment/

  88. lisab says:

    sdc,

    you missed the important point …

    the unemployed people, who received the basic income

    did not work less than

    the unemployed people, who did not

  89. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    89. If people are working, what is the point of paying them? Finland abandoned the program because it was a waste of money, and it was felt detrimental to maintaining a solid work ethnic. By the way, Finland requires its unemployed to active search for work, and requires them to document their efforts to obtain unemployment pay.

  90. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    The reason Finland created the program was to boost employment, not as a permanent secondary source of income:

    “Finland’s two-year experiment to give people an unconditional monthly income did not boost employment, researchers have said.
    From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns received a monthly payment of €560, with no strings attached. The experiment cost the government €20m.
    It was designed to see if a guaranteed safety net would help people find jobs and support them to take up employment without fear of losing out on benefits.
    The recipients, who were selected randomly, would not lose the monthly cash if they found a job. Unemployment in Finland is currently 8.1%, according to Statistics Finland.”

    Results from the experiment, released last week, found that it did not boost employment levels, but participants said they felt happier and less stressed.”

    Here is the type of response that sourced Finland on guaranteed income:

    “Marjukka Turunen, head of Kela’s legal benefits unit, told Kera News. “There was this one woman who said: ‘I was afraid every time the phone would ring, that unemployment services are calling to offer me a job,’”… Scott Santens, a basic income advocate and writer…says basic income redistributes power into the middle-class — namely, to turn down unappealing jobs.”

    Unlike the U.S., Finland requires unemployed people to actively seek to find jobs. They will call unemployed people and offer them jobs; if they refuse their unemployment benefits will end. It has a fierce work ethic.

  91. Wes says:

    NC requires people on unemployment to actively seek employment. Regardless of employment status, those receiving benefits are no longer eligible for aid after 14 weeks.

  92. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    92. California requires the unemployed to seek employment too. But it is relatively easy to meet the requirement. From a blog:

    “You are being too literal in your view of an acceptable job search. You are NOT required to apply to jobs in your field. You can apply for anything. Go online, submit three applications per week anywhere, document them, and send in the form to CA. It is very unlikely you will get a response. I’ve applied online probably 100 times and have heard back 4. Don’t worry about. Just apply for anything so that you can say you made the effort if it is so hard to find suitable openings in your field.”

    In Finland the unemployed are regularly contacted by unemployment agencies with job offers.

  93. lisab says:

    in massachusetts you have to actively search for employment too …

  94. SanDiegoCitizen says:

    In Finland, the work requirements from the unemployed have become more stringent:

    “Next week more than 100,000 unemployed jobseekers in Finland will receive mail from the social benefits agency Kela informing them whether or not they get to keep their benefits intact for the foreseeable future.
    The end of March marks the first three-month evaluation period since the introduction of the Sipilä government’s new unemployed activation model designed to wean jobseekers off unemployment benefits and get them into paid work or entrepreneurship.
    If over a three-month period unemployed persons cannot prove that they have performed 18 hours of work, earned at least 240 euros from their own businesses or attended five days of employment-promotion activities, their benefits will be cut.
    The benefits cut will amount to 32 euros monthly. The current labour market subsidy stands at 696 euros per month.”

  95. lisab says:

    NYT: Stop ‘Demonizing’ the Democrats with Accurate Descriptions!

  96. lisab says:

    A performing arts center in Ohio is in hot water for advertising a kids birthday party where participants are encouraged to shoot “The President.”
    The Olmsted Performing Arts building in Berea advertised the Nerf gun game on its website with the description, “There is one president with body guards. Everyone else tries to eliminate the president.”

  97. Messy says:

    wait for it…

  98. Messy says:

    Waaaaaaait for it…

  99. Messy says:

    One hundred! HA!

  100. Bitterlaw says:

    I can’t imagine not looking for work when unemployed. When I was laid off, I felt so low and sad about my life that I was honestly thankful that I did not own a gun.

    C

  101. jason says:

    i think the washington post is correct on this one …

    there was no coup against trump. he is still in office.

    zero pinocchios”

    You don’t have to actually kill someone to be charged with attempted murder.