GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Rep. Paul Ryan, who authored the House's anti-Robin Hood spending plan, said the budget “comes down to a matter of trust.” Trust, he believes, should be placed in the rich and D.C. politicians like him, a Prince John man.
Leo Gerard
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Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

The Supreme Court asserted that billionaires have a First Amendment right to spend as much as they want on politics. The court said that supersedes the right of the majority to a democracy in which their lawmakers can’t be purchased.
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Directly Destroying Democracy

The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.
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Extra Effort Unrewarded

President Obama signed an executive order last week to require employers to pay more workers overtime, to stop corporations from devaluing both hard work and the important American tenet that extra effort should be rewarded.
Leo Gerard
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“Shut Up!” – Really, GOP?

President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
Leo Gerard
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Rights Only for the Right People

According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.
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Money Can’t Buy Votes

Vulture capitalist Tom Perkins revealed his plan to crush the uppity 99 percent and make America what he would he would call a decent place for billionaires. He believes billionaires should get a vote for every dollar they pay in taxes.
Money Can’t Buy Votes
Leo Gerard
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No Pill’s Gonna Cure GOP ill

No pill’s gonna cure Republicans’ ill. They got a bad case of hating Barack Obama. So bad that they’re intent on taking health insurance from millions of Americans in an attempt to wound the President.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Denies Workers’ Right to Unionize

Organized labor stands for everything the GOP hates: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and the 40-hour work week. So the GOP denounces workers exercising concerted action, at the workplace and in Washington, D.C
GOP Denies Workers’ Right to Unionize
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Fast Track to Poverty

The NAFTA, KORUS and China trade deals worsened income inequality. There is no evidence the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be any different. American workers need a new trade philosophy that puts people first, not corporations.
Leo Gerard
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A New Deal for Christmas

While millions of Americans continue to suffer from the Great Recession, Republicans have redoubled their efforts to kill the New Deal, crushing the social insurance programs that enable Americans to care for one another.
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ALEC Demands Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance – to ALEC

ALEC asked its lawmakers to forsake their oaths of office and swear fidelity instead to the organization that wines, dines, indulges and indoctrinates them with buckets full of corporate cash.
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For Workers, GOP Knows Best – NOT

Recently, Republicans openly displayed their contempt for CEO decision-making. They ridiculed executives who encouraged their workforce to unionize and sued to stop companies from remaining neutral during union organizing campaigns.
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It’s Not Safe Out There

Underfunded OSHA can’t effectively shield workers or whistleblowers. It’s a soleless safety boot – fine on the surface but not serving its purpose. As a result, it’s not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.
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Republicans Shoot America in the Foot

Republicans wounded their party with their failed gambit to defund the ACA. But what’s worse is worse is they bloodied the economy. At a time when millions are struggling to find work, the Republican hostage taking depressed growth and killed jobs
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Get Your GOP Hands Off My Medicare

The GOP threw the Keep-Your-Hands-Off-My-Medicare Tea Partiers under the bus. And the guy who shoved first was Tea Party darling Paul Ryan who proposed that House Republicans forget about defunding the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicare instead.
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GOP Shakedown

President Obama should counter with demands of his own, demands that Republicans approve legislation Democrats want but didn’t get passed through the normal, democratic, majority-rule process, like single payer health insurance, Medicare for all.
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Congressional Republicans Violate Their Oath of Office

High among the duties of Congress as listed in the U.S. Constitution is paying the government’s bills. House Republicans are shirking their sworn duty by both shuttering government and threatening default.
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Defacing America the Beautiful

A cult of the selfish is relentlessly assailing the value of American community. Denying food to the hungry, chemo to the cancer-stricken? That is not American. That is what ruthless dictators do. That is not how Americans treat each other.
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Capitalism Failed; Cronyism and Corruption Rule

Capitalist theory asserts that CEOs rise to the top based on merit and moxey and deserve million dollar pay packages. Turns out, though, capitalism doesn’t really work that way. In the real world, CEOs rise to the top based on cronyism and corruption
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We Shall Overcome

Creating parks and fighting fires are manifestation of community. Communities are unions of people and a union of people is greater than the sum of its members. That’s why labor unions succeed in securing decent wages and benefits for workers.
Leo Gerard
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Obamacare Choice: Navigation or Conflagration

FreedomWorks is urging low-wage young people to rise up and forego all the advantages of government-subsidized health insurance in order to defend their freedom to be uninsured.
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GOP Plan to Beat Itself Up

Saturday began Congress’ traditional five-week, late-summer sojourn during which members engage in the customary sipping of mint juleps, kissing of fat cat donors and, oh yeah, jawing with select constituents. […]
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Reversing the Tide that Swamped Small Boats

Barack Obama said in a speech last week that America should invest in itself and build out from the middle class. His ideas so frighten Republicans that they’re threatening to wreck the U.S. economy.
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Stop in the Name of Love – of Country

The conduct of the New York State Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) in rehabilitating the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge can only be described as anti-American. The MTA plans to send $235.7 million of […]
Leo Gerard
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Dust Off Those Poll Tax Laws, Dixie

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court gave Dixie throwbacks license to resume intimidating minority voters, diluting black and Latino balloting districts and instituting the 21st century version of poll taxes […]
Leo Gerard
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America Feeds the Rich

The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.
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Court Grants Corporations Impunity to Mug Retirees

When a kid snatches an old lady’s purse, it’s punished as a crime. But when a corporation manipulates bankruptcy law to deny thousands of retired coal miners benefits they labored […]
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Use the Nuke, Harry, Use the Nuke

Marcus Hedger was wrongly fired. That’s what the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined. Despite that, Mr. Hedger lost his Antioch, Ill., home. His case got mired in allegations that […]
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Gap: Receiving Bloody Property

You and I, we’re the same. Live and die, we’re the same. Hear my voice, know my name, you and I, we’re the same. ~ Avett Brothers, Live and Die […]
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