Bargaining Power to the People

To more permanently tip the scales closer toward equality for workers, President Obama should support workers’ right to form unions and collectively bargain for a fair share of the profits derived from the sweat of their brows.
Leo Gerard
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Bad Trade

Bad trade has battered the American dream. And more damage is threatened by pending trade deals and a so-called fast track process to approve them without in-depth deliberation.
Leo Gerard
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Moocher CEOs

CEOs somehow are not derided as moochers, even though their million-dollar pay packages are propped up by tax breaks. It is CEOs, not the working poor, who deserve public scorn for their dependence on government handouts.
Leo Gerard
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GOP on Wrong Side of History on Immigration

President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.
Leo Gerard
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Demand Representation from the Reds

Republicans could wrongly perceive their big victory as a mandate. But exit polls show something different: Voters don’t like GOPers any better than Democrats. What they mainly think is that the economy stinks. And they want DC to fix it.
Leo Gerard
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Vote for Yourself Today

It’s time for politicians to focus on the needs of the 99 percent. For that to happen, the 99 percent must vote for themselves on Tuesday – for their self-interest, their wages, their health insurance, their Social Security.
Leo Gerard
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Chinese, GOP Agree Non-Rich Shouldn’t Vote

The Communist Chinese-appointed leader of Hong Kong, Leung Chun-ying, fears rule by the majority – just as U.S. Republicans do. It’s the reason the GOP has launched a massive voter suppression campaign across the country.
Leo Gerard
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Retailers, Bankers and Democrats Agree

Both Wall Street and Main Street want action. They want incomes, consumer confidence and purchases all to rise, triggering business profits to do the same. They’ve recognized the enemy to their bottom lines.
Leo Gerard
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Happy Halloween from the GOP

Republicans want frightened America to summon the GOP to save the day, like it’s the political version of Ghostbusters. Most Americans, though, see right through the GOP, like it’s a gooey glob of ectoplasm.
Leo Gerard
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Good People Don’t Get Good Jobs

A mounting army of workers worries incessantly and survives only because of government and family assistance. CEOs and corporations gorge themselves on profits made on the suffering of workers trapped in this life of frightening instability
Leo Gerard
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GOP Defrauds Voters

Voter ID laws prevent voting by people Republicans detest, the derided “47 percent” that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spit on. Republicans are robbing citizens of the fundamental right to vote. It’s criminal.
Leo Gerard
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Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans

After Citizens United, everyone retains free speech rights, but the wealthy and corporations, who can afford gigantic amplifiers, can now use their money to buy the loudest voice, one that overwhelms and silences those of tens of millions.
Leo Gerard
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Let’s Sue the GOP

Americans of all political persuasions object to paying higher taxes to offset the cost of coddling corporate defectors. The GOP’s filibustering of this bill is dereliction of duty. So let’s sue.
Leo Gerard
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Shiftless Corporations Renounce America

Corporations that “invert” park their assets, staff and sales in the U.S. But with their sham overseas addresses, they won’t pay taxes on foreign income to the country that protects them.
Leo Gerard
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Americans Mourn Loss of Economic Independence

The decision of the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court last week in the Harris v. Quinn case is another example of the one percent’s unrelenting erosion of the 99 percent’s economic independence.
Leo Gerard
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Asian Steel Industry Eats America’s Lunch

We’re not seeking special deals, subsidies or handouts. We’re asking Congress to implement the trade laws to level the field of competition. If the same rules apply to everyone, U.S. industry can compete and win.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Overlords Rule with Handcuffs

GOP hardliners believe the North Carolina House Speaker speaks, and everybody else shuts up and listens. They are overlords self-empowered to muzzle and handcuff those who disagree.
Leo Gerard
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An Alliance Forged in Patriotism

Steelworkers and steel company CEOs, red and blue politicians, often at each other’s throats, have allied to confront a surge in dumped foreign steel, an illegal practice that jeopardizes the viability of American mills.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Divorced from Reality on Obamacare

Republicans are right that Americans don’t like Obamacare – the name Obamacare, that is. When they judge it for the content of its insurance, they love it.
Leo Gerard
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Dehumanizing the Poor for Fun and Profit

Republicans see poor people as subhuman, three-fifths people. And that is the primary reason that the GOP last week blocked a measure to raise the minimum wage.
Leo Gerard
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Lucky to Be Alive on Workers Memorial Day

Sometimes, corporations place profit above human safety. As a result, workers lose lives and limbs. Cooper Tire announced it will spend $970,000 to improve safety. That’s good. But it comes too late for the two workers who are now amputees.
Leo Gerard
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The Terrible Fear of Paying the Poor Too Much

Republicans’ fear of paying too much is terrible. Not because of GOP angst. No, because it causes underpaid workers to suffer. Because it means Republicans will continue to blockade efforts to resolve growing, corrosive income inequality.
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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