8 Democrats Who Voted AGAINST Seniors & FOR Corp Trade; Defazio Calls POTUS Position “Bullshit”

The vote was close on the rule that allows fast track to proceed to a vote. It would have gone down to defeat.

Except for EIGHT Democrats who sold out seniors (because Republicans are seeking cuts in Medicare as part of this piece of dung), workers and the environment.

Some Democrats are calling the President’s position on workers’ aid attached to fast track (which I call “burial insurance”) like it is: bullshit.

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Fast Track/TPP: The Deals-With-The-Devil Made For Votes Are Lies, Empty & Unfulfilled

Going back to NAFTA more than two decades ago (wow, time flies when Administration after Administration screws workers year after year, eh?), deals have been made by presidents to buy votes. With Bill Clinton and Robert Reich promising a whole host of goodies, NAFTA passed narrowly–my favorite deal struck in memory was Clinton’s promise to establish a North American Development Bank with $3 billion…which bought the votes of a few Democrats like Rep. Esteban Torres (D-CA) and Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ). The bank? Ooooopppppssss…didn’t happen beyond a trickle.

You see, the sale of one’s soul–and the livelihoods of millions of people–for a piddling appropriation turns out to be a bad deal just on the narrow merits of what’s promised:

Most deals are broken.

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Fast Track To-Do-List: The Dozen DEMOCRATS YOU SHOULD CALL TODAY

It’s always been the case that the vote for fast track would be close, close of course being in the eye of the beholder. But, with a vote possible on Friday, there are A DOZEN DEMOCRATS worth calling today. I suggest this list of a dozen based on two things: a little bit of intel […]

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Pondering Pelosi’s Position

Where or where is Nancy Pelosi in fast track? Inquiring minds want to know.

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TPP BREAKING: Wikileaks Leaks New Documents

Back in March, Wikileaks got a hold of an advanced draft of the TPP and leaked it. Today, the organization has done it again.

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B- For The World Economy

I’d say this grading on the curve and it’s still only a B- for the performance of the global economy.

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NBC’s Seth Meyers To Bernie Sanders: A Lot of Things You Believe “Majority of Americans Believe”

In which Bernie Sanders also answers the question about egads “socialism.” This is five minutes worth watching–as millions did.

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Anti-TPP Top Dem Rosa DeLauro: POTUS “is in bed with the multinational corporations”

The gloves are off, the sides have been clearly drawn. It’s the president, the Republican Party and business versus the people, workers, labor and most of the Democratic Party. And a top House Democrat, who is at the forefront whipping the votes against fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership, is making it clear: the president stands with multi-national corporations against workers.

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MURDER CHARGES Against Rana Plaza Owners Who Killed 1,137 Human Beings

I have written often that the only way we stop the killing of workers and the widespread thievery of billions of dollars is to put executives in jail. Fines are complete nonsense and a cost of doing business. Take away their liberty and you start to get their attention. Uh, hello. Attention. Just on The […]

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Fast Track NYT Megaphone Gets Louder–And Dumber

I guess it’s a no-brainer to point out that The New York Times is basically in the tank for so-called “free trade” (I need to underscore I’ve always written “so-called” going back to NAFTA because these deals have nothing to with “free trade” theory, at least if you bother to read David Ricardo). The paper […]

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TPP/Fast Track Figleaf of “Enforcement”, Warren Wasn’t Tough Enough & AFL-CIO Goes Tough

I meant to write this up a couple of weeks ago when Elizabeth Warren released a report called, “Broken Promises: Decades of Failure to Enforce Labor Standards in Free Trade Agreements” but, well, stuff got in the way. But, here’s a hint: there will always be a spineless Democrat who gives you a chance to come back to an important topic. And that topic is: trade enforcement never works, it’s a scam and should not be allowed to be used as a reason to vote for fast track or any of these so-called “free trade” deals.

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Financial Transactions Tax Springtime Version

I’ve written about this a lot: the financial transactions tax. And now a little update, via Bernie Sanders’ campaign. He’s for it. Duh. To pay for college for everyone.

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TPP/Fast Track: Hell, Yes, Labor Will Primary YOU…Dems Whine About, Finally, Labor Pressure

Oh, seriously. Democrats are whining about, heaven forbid, a bit of pressure from unions to actually vote correctly on fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership. Grow up–and if you can’t cast a vote for workers, go be a lobbyist.

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$20. An. Hour: Want A Good Reason To Vote For Bernie? Democrats Aren’t Serious About Minimum Wage

A confluence of two ideas: the Democrats are not being serious about hiking the minimum wage AND Bernie Sanders makes a more formal presidential campaign announcement today. These are connected ideas.

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Inequality Globally At Record Highs: OECD (Alert: POTUS/Chipolte Eaters…This Is Why TPP Is Wrong)

Sometimes, you just got to connect the dots–even when the stuff is so obvious and screams out with the truth. In this case, some evidence on why these so-called “free trade” agreements are so destructive, though, I have to say I chuckled when I read that the very forum consisting of the planet’s wealthy countries has discovered, shockingly, that global inequality is at record levels.

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The Fast Track 13 Traitors: Picture Eye Candy Of Senate Democrats Who Voted To Screw Workers

This is a picture I’d turn into a “Wanted” poster, maybe circulate in every election district in the 13 states represented by these folks. It says it all–thanks to the AFL-CIO.

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