The strategy is clear: obstruct everything, make government fail, then run against failure. Cause the problem and present yourself as the solution to the problem.
In America who is the boss of who? Are company CEOs the boss of We the People? In Switzerland the voters made it clear. Here we can't even enforce a law requiring companies to disclose the ratio of CEO to worker pay.
There is a certain credibility that comes from academic-sounding "studies" and "reports" from actual "institutes." But in this case the self-serving "reports" come from what appear to be corporate PR and lobbying firms, not real think tanks.
Wall Street and corporate conservatives have the money to scare people into worrying about the wrong deficit, but it is the trade deficit that is the problem that is holding back the economy.
If this agreement becomes law it will fundamentally alter the relationship between our government, other governments and giant multinational corporations. But the only reason we get to even read it at all is because it was leaked to Wikileaks.
Polls and elections show that an "overwhelming" majority of Americans want the minimum wage increased. But Republicans in the House and Senate will obstruct this.
Giant corporations are asking Congress to give up its constitutional obligation to consider and amend a trade treaty that requires our country to give up its sovereignty. Many Republicans don't appear to be falling for this one.
"We the People." How many of us have really thought through the implications of these three words? Can people today even imagine a government that is on the side of We the People?
Selling a country's seed corn can make you a huge pile of cash, and you'll have a private jet to fly to your own private island so you don't have to worry about what comes next.
Often elections yield ambiguous results. Sometimes this is even intentional. The NJ vote makes it clear that We the People want the minimum wage increased. And it points the way to winning in 2014 and 2016.
The current filibuster rules are being used to thwart the will of We the People. Republicans have abused it to obstruct everything. The solution is not to not kill the filibuster. Just make them talk.
Everyone agrees fixing our infrastructure will help the economy now and in the future, and will create jobs. But Republicans in Congress refuse to. Why? Because doing so will help the economy now and in the future, and will create jobs.
Germany's economy, like China's, is geared toward exports. They engineer their economy in ways that bring in money from other countries, and then complain that those countries aren't cutting back enough. Are they just smarter than us?
Senate Democrats, there have been over 400 filibusters. What are you going to do about it? We the People want to know. We thought we had elections. We thought things were decided and the country could finally move forward.
According to the report state legislators across the country have launched an unprecedented series of initiatives aimed at lowering labor standards, weakening unions, and eroding workplace protections.
“Not one progressive group, including the labor movement, is going to be able to change the direction of the country on their own.” - United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard
Manufacturing jobs are important to any economy. But for some time our country has been neglecting manufacturing in favor of the financial sector. This week Senate Democrats introduced a package of 40 bills in an effort to turn this around.
In a democracy "government spending" is by definition money we spend to make our lives better. Plutocracy and its "market solutions" are about government doing things for people who have money.
Seriously, how much confidence do you have that Republicans are going to ease up, stop obstructing everything in the Congress with their Hastert Rule in the House and their filibusters in the Senate?
Did you think manufacturing was old-fashioned, dirty and low-skilled? Have you noticed how when you see a factory in a TV show it's an old, burnt-down building with broken windows?
There is a link between Republicans "protecting" against unions, and the country's high unemployment crisis that makes people desperate to take any job at any wage.
To many in the voting public, "entitlements" does not translate to "Social Security and Medicare." Rep. Paul Ryan and the Republicans understand this. This is why they talk about "reforming" something that is not understood.
Trade deficit = American jobs go away. Big, ongoing trade deficit = millions of US jobs go away. Enormous, humongous trade deficit = millions fewer jobs, poor economy, wage and income concentration...
In 2004 we gave in to hostage-taking and gave companies a tax holiday, and they broke the promise to create jobs. On top of that they started moving even more jobs and production and profit centers out of the country.
Democrats won the shutdown fight. Republicans lost and the public hates them and their ideas. Here is a guiding message Democrats should use from here on out: Jobs help the economy. Cuts hurt the economy.
If you think Repubicans have learned a lesson from their “defeat” over the shutdown and debt-ceiling hostage-taking, then you’re not paying attention to what they’re saying to each other. Here is a quick look around right-wing online media today.
Republicans believe that a bad economy works for them at election time. The thinking is that the public will turn on Democrats for not making things better. So they do what they can to make the economy bad. But maybe they went too far this time.
Let’s get ahead of their next round of destructive nonsense and push for JOBS. Let’s change the conversation to JOBS now, before they get back on their feet and start tearing things apart again.
The sequester cuts were supposed to have such a disastrous effect on the country and economy — and people— that “they wouldn’t really do that.” But they did that. Now many Republicans are celebrating the sequester cuts as an accomplishment.
Did you know that Republicans filibustered to obstruct raising the debt ceiling Saturday? The bill to raise the debt ceiling received 53 votes in favor and 45 against, with every Republican senator voting to filibuster.
You might be hearing that some Democrats are "willing to make a deal" involving the "small" ($40 billion) medical device tax. It's a good idea to know what is going on -- especially the "offset" some are talking about.
Bad profits are what you get when you use tricks to bring a quick boost to quarterly profits, paid back with trouble later. For the Republican Party, this is that "later."
Wow! In just a day and a half we got more than 140,000 (and still rising fast) signatures on a petition to encourage Representatives to sign a “discharge petition” to force a vote to end the shutdown. Progressives are united.
The right-wing echo chamber has vilified food stamp users with a variety of absurd lies and myths. As a result, people will go hungry. .
Republicans already shut down the government they hate. Now they say they will force the government to default on its debt next week. Last week they said all of this was because of Obamacare.