Unions And Workers Get Big Hug From NLRB–& Why It Matters Who Is POTUS

One of the great tactics used by companies to rip off workers–and there are many–is to pretend like the Big Dog at the top (say, McDonald’s) doesn’t actually directly employ workers who labor down in the distributed workplaces that clearly have a relationship–through franchises, in particular, in the fast food industry–with the Big Dog. It’s […]

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Bernie Gives Back Thousands, Shows Movement-Building Honesty, While Larry Lessig Goes Off Deep End

This is a two-part observation about corruption in politics and two people I have deeply respected for many years–one of whom I think has gone off the deep end. A true testament of whether a person running for office is really about what he or she says or is just blowing smoke to get elected […]

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Dear Joe: We’re Happy With Bernie

There’s been a lot of Joe Biden news–will he run?–and one of the things that has been clear to me is that a significant part of the conversation is being driven by elite, traditional media and the insiders of the Democratic Party who (a) are petrified–in the latter’s case–that the “presumed front-runner”, if she is the nominee, will lose the White House (and potentially open the door to 1-3 more right-wing Supreme Court nominees and (b) are petrified–in both cases–that Bernie’s movement is going to leave them outside the money trough they all suck off.

A question: would Biden drain Bernie’s support? Nah.

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The Stock Market Plunge: Why Bernie’s Plan For Social Security Rocks & Why Mass Unionization Rocks

Trillions of dollars lost, pensions ravaged, retired people who can’t pay to stay in retirement homes, peoples’ futures wrecked…that was so financial crisis days, huh?

But, if there is ever a moment to remember what a very stupid idea privatizing Social Security is, and why Bernie Sanders’ plan to expand and strengthen Social Security is so important, this is it. A teachable moment.

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How Bernie Builds These Big Rallies

It can’t be earned by top-heavy, message-controlled campaigns based in, say, Brooklyn…this is interesting and is a good lesson for anyone wanting to plug in or spread the word on plugging in

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Politico: “Bernie kicking into overdrive”…”looking more like the real deal”

Now, maybe The New York Times can catch up…

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Scott Walker-Hillary Clinton Rich Donors Share Something: Lapping Up Corporate Welfare

You could find many instances like these if you do a little comparison between rich donors: there is virtually no shame, nor any hesitancy, by wealthy donors who fund just about every presidential candidate–with the exception of Bernie Sanders (though, by all means, prove me wrong on Sanders)–to put their hands in the pockets of taxpayers for their own wealth and enrichment.

Follow the bouncing ball…

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Manslaughter Indictment For Killer Of Carlos Moncayo. Now We’re Talking #WorkersLivesMatter

Every day, a worker dies somewhere just doing his or her job. And that death rate hits hard particularly communities of color and immigrants because many work in industries and jobs with low pay and very sketchy safety practices.

This is murder at work, the human “cost of doing business” in the glorious “free market”–except there is very little cost to the company. And usually the managers and CEOs skate, getting a fine or some other slap-on-the-wrist.

Those who wear the burden are the family members of the murdered worker.

In this sea of injustice, a glimmer of justice beckons from New York.

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Anti-Iran Deal Republican House “Chicken Hawks” Who Want More Americans To Die

Republicans are embracing the full Dick Cheney doctrine. I don’t mean simply the “let’s break international law and bomb the fuck out of people in service to Halliburton.” I mean the doctrine that, for all the tough talk, when it came time to serve, the vast majority of these guys who are ready to go to war with Iran, decided, like Cheney, that when it came to serve in the military and put their lives on the line, they all had other priorities.

This is a group of “chicken hawks” who are ready to have more people die–Americans and others–but would never put their own lives on the line.

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Bernie Gets 2/3 Labor Union Delegate Vote, And Some Space To Work For AFL-CIO Nod

I had heard, now leaking out to the media, that the AFL-CIO will not rush to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary. This is good news for Bernie Sanders, and not so good for those on the Chipotle-eating circuit. It gives Bernie more time to show a hard-edged practical reason–as opposed to the obvious “I’d actually take on Wall Street and be good for unions”–for the AFL-CIO to support him, and it also gives more time for the Chipotle-eating crowd to show that, hey, we’re actually like regular, working people (though probably not “dead broke” like real people).

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The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America–THE BOOK!!!

It’s a book…about to see the light of day. It’s an organizing tool. It’s Bernie’s voice. The facts: it’s a book I’ve written that is coming out from Chelsea Green. The structure: 19 very short chapters on a whole set of the key issues–class warfare, taxes, the economy, trade, racism, climate change and more. Each […]

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Good Line, Rich

This is a good one from Rich Trumka.

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Bernie: America’s Approach to Children an “International Embarrassment”

So true. The country where politicians run around talking about “family values” and never miss a chance to be photographed with a child–while too many of them cut health care for kids and vote for illegal, immoral wars that bankrupt the country and send kids to war (though their own kids never serve–they just give speeches for five-figures in which they say nothing).

Bernie pegs it. And wants to at least create 1 million jobs for young people over the next two years.

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The Sides Are Drawn: Bernie/Us Versus Chuck Schumer/Tax-Dodging Big Corps/”Bi-Partisanship”

WTF? Ok, I guess I should actually say: this is not shocking but because Chuck Schumer just made me yell “WTF?” and ruin my schedule for the rest of the day…

The loud yelling and clapping you just heard came cascading down from executive suites of all the tax-dodging big corporations who must be dancing in the halls. “Bi-partisanship” is about to fleece the American people–yet again. And it’s being led by the presumed Democratic majority leader come 2016, Chuck Schumer.

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The Fed Should Provide Cash To Greek Banks, Or Dump ECB (Kudos to Bernie for Indirect Idea)

Banks on the brink. Financial system close to collapse–or so said the experts. To the rescue rode the Federal Reserve Board, which authorized trillions of dollars for all sorts of financial institutions, domestic and foreign…even if said institutions didn’t need the money but were happy to take essentially free money.

That was back during the financial crisis.

Now, it’s Greece and its banks running short on cash, squeezed by the money lenders and, in particular, the European Central Bank. So, why not: the Federal Reserve Board should be directed by Congress to commit to providing liquidity to Greek banks so the people in Greece–millions of human beings–can pay their bills, get their pension payments and continue to have money to buy food–or cut off the ECB from its Fed-backed line of credit.

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Bernie Praises Greece Vote

This is a short post. But, an important one that says a lot.

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