Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Minnesota Health Act... it's "single-collector" not "single-payer"--- John Marty is a scam just like his legislation

From: Alan L. Maki []
Sent: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 11:50 AM
To: David Swanson; James Mayer;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;'bob bergland';

Subject: Re: Minnesota Health Act... it's "single-collector" not "single-payer"--- John Marty is a scam just like his legislation

Mr. David Swanson,

You continue to spread the lie that the proposed Minnesota Health Act legislation created by John Marty who is about as progressive as Barack Obama is “single-payer universal healthcare.”

Maybe you don’t understand the difference between “single-payer universal healthcare” and “single-collector.”

You are one of the few people still calling the Minnesota Health Act, “single-payer.” It is in fact “single-collector;” the state collects the premiums for the insurance companies who will underwrite this plan.

For you and others to continue portraying the Minnesota Health Act as “single-payer” does a grave disservice to the single-payer movement.

Please note that on the Minnesota Universal Health Care Coalition’s (MUHCC) web site--- they, along with Senator John Marty, being the major backer of this legislation--- two things are lacking:

1. We are not told what the premiums will cost us.
2. There is no claim the insurance companies have been eliminated from healthcare with this legislation.

I would note that previously, MUHCC called for the elimination of the insurance industry from healthcare; if this legislation accomplishes this, why is no such claim being made?

I seriously doubt you have taken the time to read the entire legislation and YOU have a responsibility to do this before you go around the country promoting this legislation.

At the present time, the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party has the best single-payer universal healthcare resolution as part of its “Action Agenda;” I should know how good it is--- I wrote it, and it was approved and passed by 72% of the delegates to the MNDFL State Convention in 2006. You can read this resolution on the Minnesota Democratic Farmer-Labor Party’s website under “Action Agenda.”

Your promotion of the Minnesota Health Act is contributing to a campaign in support of a resolution that will undermine the present single-payer resolution because you are contributing to a very powerful misinformation campaign for this new resolution being brought before the state convention--- I have suggested to people that we no longer bother to refute the lies about this legislation; that, instead we point our fingers at the perpetrators of these lies AFTERWARDS.

It is because of having to work with completely dishonest people to achieve a very simple and mild reform to a thoroughly corrupt and rotten healthcare system like we have at present and made worse by the recent passage of Obama’s and the Democrats’ legislation, that I will suggest to everyone I know that we not settle for anything short of the socialized healthcare systems which have been proven to work the best when properly funded--- like VA, the Indian Health Service and the National Public Health Service… the finest healthcare delivery services in the world all free of charge--- socialized healthcare for everyone.

For your information: The majority of Minnesota legislators who are supposedly “sponsors” of this legislation have told me in person they would never vote for this legislation… for, as Minnesota State Senator Rod Skoe, a sponsor told me when I asked him why he was a sponsor if he has made up his mind he will not vote for it if it ever gets to the Senate floor, exclaimed to me, “To get people like you off my back.”

I have placed a box with three great articles on my blog in the upper right-hand corner about the federal legislation that just passed; your opinion has not been included because you are not credible on healthcare issues because of your continued deceptive promotion of the Minnesota Health Act, which is not single-payer; but, rather, single-collector bolstering the profits of the insurance industry. You do, however, join with the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association and Wayne Newton and his quacking white duck hawking AFLACK in supporting this legislation--- quack, quack!

Yours in struggle and solidarity,

Alan L. Maki
Director of Organizing,
Midwest Casino Workers Organizing Council

58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432
Cell Phone: 651-587-5541


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Let’s talk about the politics and economics of livelihood for real change.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


This pre-convention article demonstrates everything that is wrong with the leadership of the CPUSA.

Two words: Thought Control

This anti-Marxist-Leninist preconvention article is the embodiment of everything anti Marxist-Leninist imaginable. It relegates the CPUSA to a cult not a revolutionary working class Party capable of leading the working class movements for reforms and revolution.

This moron states:

Our Party's outstanding web page should make it clear that our elected leadership, and only our elected leadership, is the voice of the Party. There is no way to stop the pretenders, but it should be made completely clear that we are the genuine Communists. We need clear guidelines on communications. Every genuine Party information source should be hosted and overseen by our entire Party.

Each and every member, each and every club, each and every district and each and every leader of the Party is the voice of the Communist Party U.S.A.

What this pathetic "contribution" to pre-convention discussion demonstrates is the intent of the present national Party leadership to want to control what people think so they can be easily manipulated.

Jim Lane is a racist to begin with who shouldn't even be in the CPUSA.

Anyone can see from the delegate allotment in the State of New York that these "leaders" cannot be trusted when it comes to anything. They are lying about membership numbers and concealing the real numbers so as to control and manipulate this upcoming convention.

The sincerity of Jim Lane, Webb and this entire bunch of traitors becomes apparent in their double-talk about "Party building." We need only look at the on-line District contact information to see that these leaders are not sincere because they don't even bother noticing what contact information they are posting.

For the Minnesota/Dakotas District which was the Southern Minnesota District of the CPUSA, the phony District with all of five members headed up by Erwin Marquit who is joined by his wife Doris, Peter Molenaar, the control freak Janet Quaife and her live-in lover Harry McAllister who is the District Organizer for this 5 member District that can't even convene a club meeting. They list their address as the former chair of the defunct St. Paul club as Dean Gunderson's:

300 East 4th St, #611, St. Paul, MN 55101 is Dean Gunderson's address.

The thing is, Dean Gunderson has joined a Trotskyite grouplet so people contacting this address are contacting the Trotskyites.

Jim Lane talks about "pretenders." He and the Webb leadership have been the "pretenders" for over ten years as they do the dirty work for big business, Obama and the Democrats.


29th Convention » Convention Discussion: Experiences with the newer technology
.Convention Discussion: Experiences with the newer technology
by: Jim Lane
February 16 2010
29th National Convention, Internet

This article is part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA's 29th National Convention May 21-23, 2010. takes no responsibility for the opinions expressed in this article or other articles in the pre-convention discussion. All contributions must meet the guidelines for discussion. To read other contributions to this discussion, visit the site of the Pre-Convention Discussion period.

All contributions to the discussion should be sent to for selection not to the individual venues.For more information on the convention or the pre-convention discussion period, you can email

"New Opportunities to Grow the Communist Party" is an excellent and energizing document. As we throw ourselves into carrying out its ambitious suggestions, we are likely to encounter challenges that we have not previously experienced.

The question raised in the middle of the document has a typo that might actually impart more truth that correct spelling would have. It says, "If what we say is true and we are in the mist of a new wave of political activism not seen in 40 years, of a new interest in socialist ideas..."

Probably, the author meant to say "midst" instead of "mist." My experience, though, indicates that we really are "in a mist" technologically. People and groups are getting active to a higher degree and manifesting their activism in new ways that we have not experienced, no matter how seasoned and prepared we may think we are.

The first casualty of communications technology is geography
Our party is organized in geographic sections that, for many of today's purposes, are almost meaningless. A dozen volunteers in one state may wait for months for a response, while a District Organizer in another state is eagerly responding to every opportunity.

Another casualty of communications technology is democratic centralism
How can our Party speak with one voice when every member can broadcast to the world with a few keystrokes? The most innocent e-mail between comrades can be repeated thousands of times! The most carefully worded comments can set off angry flame wars! Individual members can exchange political views, for better or worse, with communists and anti-communists around the world. Discussions within our highest leadership body have been published on the world wide web along with anti-leadership diatribes!

Another casualty of communications technology, in some cases, is responsible membership
It has always been possible for defective people, anti-communists, and police agents to join the Communist Party. The internet can make it easier. New members have generally been responsible people who agree with the party, but internet applications can come from anybody. Whether or not they are accepted into membership might depend on whom they ask!

Internet problems are not insurmountable
Weighed against the tremendous advantages that new technology offers, the attendant problems are almost insignificant. It is entirely possible that our Party membership may increase geometrically in one or two days. It is entirely possible that our carefully described stages of revolutionary activity could be jumped over like lightning! It is entirely possible that millions of dollars and thousands of volunteers could come to us in a twinkling. But to position ourselves for those possibilities will take some thinking and some experimentation.

Technology overcomes vast spaces and diverse people
Here in Texas, the 2nd largest state, we have been experimenting with technology for some years. We were among the first to put up a District Web Page, among the first to download information from national, among the first to file news articles through modems, the first to try programmed learning on the internet, and the first to carry out webinars for educationals and district meetings. I recently took on the assignment of maintaining contact with "internet applicants."

We began putting tiny educational modules on the internet some years ago. They can be viewed at Generally, they consist of a short essay on a single point and a handful of easy questions in multiple-choice form. The answer one clicks on results in a commentary and, sometimes, a link to other information. If the choice was correct, of course, they are waved forward to the next question.

We also use links to the school as "footnotes" in our posted news articles. If, for example, a news article refers to "imperialism," the reader may click on the word to find a definition or a short explanation of Lenin's great book by that name. The Marxist glossary may be thought of as the center of the school. I also began holding regular webinars on educational topics.

After I took on the new assignment with internet contacts, I started holding weekly webinars for them. Currently, we are discussing the CPUSA convention documents. In November, I received about 45 names of people who had applied to the Party since the previous March. About 10-12 new names have come in each month. There are 23 people who filled out the enrollment form for the school, and I have e-mail for another 40 or so people who live within CPUSA districts, mostly Texans. Out of a total of 125 people on my list, only about 30 have joined me in a webinar, but some of them have done several.

Here are a few suggestions
As someone who has already made hundreds of errors in internet contact work, I feel justified in offering my suggestions. The first and most important is that the work should be centralized. Our party center should be dealing with all internet contacts, whether in districts or not in districts, and stay in contact with them until they are members of physical clubs. Geography is a distraction, nothing more.

We should accept the idea that a "path to full membership" is not necessarily the only priority for this work, and not necessarily first among goals. Internet members make terrific worker correspondents, and they can write a check as well as anybody. Internet members can study Marxism, follow political developments, and influence people in their own areas as well as physical club members can. Internet members can and probably will travel to faraway Party activities from time to time. Internet members can recruit other members, both physically and, even more, on the internet.

Internet members should have regular meetings, perhaps by webinar, with other people as physically close to them as possible. Eventually, the psychological and political advantages of a physical club will probably be possible everywhere. In the meantime, webinar attendance can be an excellent guide for planning physical tours of Party leaders.

More on-line educational opportunities should be developed. I cannot say if the interactive model on the Texas web page is worth following, but it should be considered, and, perhaps, developed much further.

The Party should continue the fine work we are doing in developing our interactive web efforts. More telephone conferences, more webinars, more streamed presentations should be developed. Party leaders and experts should make themselves available to lead educational and other web presentations. All of us need to try to learn whatever is necessary.

Our Party's outstanding web page should make it clear that our elected leadership, and only our elected leadership, is the voice of the Party. There is no way to stop the pretenders, but it should be made completely clear that we are the genuine Communists. We need clear guidelines on communications. Every genuine Party information source should be hosted and overseen by our entire Party.

The World Wide Web will someday be an integral part of a socialist world. Even now, it is a vital road toward it.