TPP-Fast Track: The Pope Exposed The Lies, POTUS Flipped Off The Pope By Ramming Through Fast Track

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.

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BREAKING FROM the Pope: Reckless Pursuit of Profits Causes Climate Change. That’s Right

Many people have made the point that the very economic system–the corrupt system–that leaves billions struggling to make ends meet while the elite party on and on and on is the same system that has ravaged the environment and threatened the very existence of humanity on the planet. Now, the Pope says it. His expected […]

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Uber Schmuber: An Important Ruling On The Exploitative “Sharing Economy”

I’m always been suspicious of the “new economy” gurus who promise that the wonders of technologies will, praise be, free everyone from the chains of hard labor–this was essentially the dumb idea behind Robert Reich’s elitist nonsense about “symbolic analysts” (that was the now-discredited idea he probably thought up after he’d pushed for NAFTA and was looking for another way to promote himself). The economy, and the ability to make a living, is always about the ability of workers to have power over their work life, and leverage power to demand decent wages.

Which is why Uber was just a bunch of new exploitation wrapped in the new lingo of the “sharing economy”. A judge has seen through all that.

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They Sure Seem In A Hurry To Hurt Workers

You know, those fast track obsessed people seem in a big rush to make happen this bad brew of trade and corporate annihilation of decent wages. They aren’t giving up.

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Fast Track “Walking Dead”: Put A Stake In It & Learn Two Lessons, Including “Organizing Works”

It’s been amusing, sort of, to watch the corporate roaches scurrying about, looking here and there for an opening to try to revive the odious fast track legislation.

But, putting aside what we know already, there are two important lessons to learn:

1. We always need to call out phony arguments, like “burial insurance”, that politicians want to use to cover their asses when the upshot is they are happy to sacrifice workers to keep a bad system in place.

2. Organizing works–and organizing creates movements.

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Fast Track Lament: Narrow Agenda “jeopardizing the futures of millions of men and women in America”

You could pick a multitude of examples showing the forces on each side of the fast track fight. It’s the voices of workers against the voice of corporations (aided by 28 Democrats who need to face primaries).

Indeed, here is a quote that says it all: the fast track vote is “a victory for those with a narrow agenda that puts petty politics ahead of people, while jeopardizing the futures of millions of men and women in America.”

Oh, the source of that quote, the organization looking out for millions of workers?

It’s not the AFL-CIO.

It’s the National Retail Federation, one of the most anti-union trade organizations in the nation. There, that’s one of your allies, Mr. President.

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28 Fast Track Democrats Who Voted AGAINST Workers, For Corporations, Including DNC Chair: PRIMARIES!

You can all go here to look at how this unfolded today in the liveblog. Here now are the names of the votes of the 28 Democrats who voted against workers and in favor of corporate rights. To be clear, without the votes of these 28 Democrats, fast track would have failed. It only passed […]

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UPDATED: Fast Track Vote LIVE BLOGGING (POTUS Arrives At House To Save TAA)

Hey, I have to watch this for general work so what the heck…

Setting the stage first (and apologies ahead of time for the typos).

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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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