Posted on 27 July 2015.
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).
Posted on 22 July 2015.
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 […]
Posted on 20 July 2015.
This is a good one from Rich Trumka.
Posted on 09 July 2015.
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.
Posted on 08 July 2015.
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.
Posted on 06 July 2015.
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.
Posted on 05 July 2015.
This is a short post. But, an important one that says a lot.
Posted on 02 July 2015.
I’m skeptical of putting too much into polls so early out, largely because you can never predict events that actually happen in campaigns much closer to the election and shape the results. But, in an insurgent, grassroots campaign, this is worth paying attention to.
Posted on 30 June 2015.
I’ve kind of laughed at the analysis percolating around that, oh, surprise, the Supreme Court is a liberal bastion…or not so conservative. Well, it was a great day when marriage equality became the law of the land. But, while everyone can now marry, the Supreme Court has a very clear five vote conservative bloc when it comes to empowering business, enhancing class warfare and making it impossible to make a decent living…married or not.
And it is now gearing up to potentially destroy public sector union.
Posted on 29 June 2015.
The underlying issue in Greece is simple: the oligarchs wants the people of Greece to bleed, pure and simple. There are easy ways to resolve the crisis without exacting more pounds of flesh from already desperate people. But, that’s the way of the Troika.
Posted on 25 June 2015.
Look, the Supreme Court ruling is a good thing, not the least of which is that it makes the heads of three wingers on the Court and across the land explode. But, it’s important to pause for a moment and realize that the Affordable Care Act is woefully inadequate, and is the dream for insurance companies and drug companies who want to leech on people.
Bernie Sanders understands that.
Posted on 24 June 2015.
This won’t shock anyone. CEO pay is still a gold mine.
Posted on 23 June 2015.
Fast Track is now coming up for a cloture vote in the Senate. A recap follows. And I’ll try to give a paraphrased tracking of the position and votes, and ultimately which Democrats continued to abandon workers on behalf of big corporations.
FINAL VOTE UPDATED HERE. 60-37 approved. (McConnell says Corker would have voted YES but was detained)
DEMOCRATS WHO VOTED WITH BIG CORPORATIONS TO ABANDON WORKERS:
Michael Bennet (CO) Maria Cantwell (WA) Tom Carper (DE) Chris Coons (DE) Dianne Feinstein (CA) Heidi Heitkamp (ND) Bill Nelson (FL) Tim Kaine (VA) Claire McCaskill (MO) Patty Murray (WA) Jeanne Shaheen (NH) Mark Warner (VA) Ron Wyden (OR)
This means that tomorrow fast track will pass the Senate. We will see whether the TAA gets added.
Also want to add up top comments by Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders at the end of the debate:
Sherrod Brown: this is a celebration in corporate suites.
Bernie!!! This trade agreement was supported by virtually every big corporation, Wall Street, by the pharmaceutical industry. This agreement was opposed by every union. This will continue the policy of NAFTA,CAFTA. We need a policy that represents working people. It’s a great day for the Big Money interests.
Posted on 22 June 2015.
Tomorrow, the Senate will take a new vote on fast track. It will be a cloture vote on whether to proceed to consider a “clean” fast track bill, given the (positive-result) clusterfuck that took place in the House. Though one can imagine scenarios under which fast track can be defeated even if the cloture vote wins, it’s a lot harder.
So, this is a moment of truth. I’ll break it down into three parts.
Posted on 19 June 2015.
This is a bad state of affairs, if you are a regular worker (meaning, not someone worth millions of dollars who complains that her family is dead broke). Whether fast track becomes law may depend on the votes of 14 Senate Democrats–the very Democrats who abandoned workers just last month when the Senate passed fast track with the Trade Adjustment Assistance program attached.
Now, it’s game on again. Workers lives depend on 14 Senate Democrats who voted, in the last fast track vote,with Republicans to destroy middle class jobs.
That vote is coming again next week on a cloture vote.
And now this an easy question: Will Hillary Clinton call for the defeat of the cloture motion next week? That question needs to be asked every single day next week.
She is the one who can make a difference with a huge number of those 14 Senate Democrats.
If she stays silent, that will be a clear answer of what she believes.
Posted on 18 June 2015.
Today was a teachable moment (beyond the horrific, racist shooting in Charleston). Sometimes you have two moments that appear together and need to be connected. As I sat out West (on the road for work), it became clear that what the Pope had to say about climate change and the desperate attempts by the president to ram through fast track are deeply connected.