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.
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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. […]
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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.
Leo Gerard
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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 […]
Leo Gerard
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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 […]
Leo Gerard
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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 […]
Leo Gerard
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IRS Scandal a Carbuncle – on a Cancer-Wracked Body

The IRS, always friendless, now is a pariah. Republicans can’t stop condemning it. Democrats can’t stop agreeing. Targeting Tea Party groups for scrutiny, even if through incompetence, not intention, turned […]
Leo Gerard
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The Downtoning of America

President Obama went to Austin, Texas, last week in pursuit of an industrial and employment revival. He wants to launch manufacturing institutes to foster American innovation and job creation.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Forcibly Making Working Families Flexible

A century ago, workers were a lot more “flexible” than they are now. Veritable Gumbies in the mills and mines and factories they were, distorting their lives to slog 10 […]
Leo Gerard
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West Blast Obliterates Safety Lie

You are not safe. Not at work. Not at home in your bed. The biggest threat is not terrorism. It’s corporate negligence leading to a blast or collapse or release […]
Leo Gerard
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Thatcher Haunts White House Budget

Iciness is the defining feature of Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom’s first and only female prime minister, who died last week. She was the cold-as-steel Iron Lady. President Obama, warm, […]
Leo Gerard
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Bait and Switch, CEO Style

As the U.S. Commerce Department released a report late last month showing corporate profits at a 60-year high, suddenly the big news was about how cheating surely must be rampant in social security disability.
Leo Gerard
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GOP Suffers Big Yellow Taxi Syndrome

Republicans are suffering grievously from the syndrome that singer Joni Mitchell memorialized in the hit “Big Yellow Taxi” in 1970. The chorus says it all: Don’t it always seem to […]
Leo Gerard
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Bank on Being Bilked

It’s hard to believe considering what happened in 2008 on Wall Street and in Washington, but banking is built on trust. A worker hands his hard-earned dollars to a teller […]
Leo Gerard
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Paul Ryan Disses “The Help” Again

Just four months ago, Americans told the Romney-Ryan team: “No.” The electorate rejected them. Many voters objected to Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan treating them the way arrogant 1 percenters treat “The Help.”
Leo Gerard
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Republicans Love Lucy

The GOP must really love the character that Lucille Ball created in the 1950s show “I Love Lucy.” Just as her husband Desi Arnaz, aka Ricky Ricardo, believed, the party thinks women are empty-headed twits.
Leo Gerard
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Beyond the Pale: “Too Big to Jail”

The U.S. Attorney last week confirmed Americans’ fears about Wall Street. The banks, Eric Holder said, were not just too big to fail, they were also too big to jail. […]
Leo Gerard
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GOP Coddles the Rich; Cuts the Rest

Last week, President Obama described the sequestration situation in simple, stark terms: keep it in place and punch the middle class in the gut. Or, he suggested, soften the blow […]
Leo Gerard
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Rig the Vote

Rig the Vote is the evil opposite of Rock the Vote. Rock is the campaign by a nonprofit to increase political engagement and register young people. Rig is the campaign […]
Leo Gerard
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President Obama Must Speak the Word Union Loudly

President Obama demonstrated his gutsiness in recent months by speaking so many words that craven politicians contend cannot be spoken. These are hot-button words like same sex-marriage, immigration reform, gun […]
Leo Gerard
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Immigration Reform Prevents Employer Abuse

Oscar came to the United States at the age of 16 to work. There were no jobs for him in his native Guatemala, and he felt obligated to help support […]
Leo Gerard
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Read My Lips: Yes New Taxes

Last week, 11 European nations forged ahead to create a new tax while American Republicans walked backward into a no-new-tax trap. On Jan. 22, the European Union gave 11 member […]
Leo Gerard
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Wal-Mart, Armstrong Seek Redemption Without Remorse

Oddly, the top international cyclist – Lance Armstrong – and the top international retailer –Wal-Mart – revealed last week that they have much in common. No, not doping. It’s their […]
Leo Gerard
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Trade that Hurts

“Uncertainty” is the pitchfork that corporations now effectively wield to prod politicians into action. It’s a threat, as in, if Congress doesn’t do this or that, such as avoid the […]
Leo Gerard
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GOP Uses Government to Hurt, Not Help

Last week, as Congress opened its new session, two regular Joes – Sen. Manchin of West Virginia and Vice President Biden of Delaware – gave a hand to Sen. Mark […]
Leo Gerard
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Happy Holidays: GOP Delivers Uncertainty to Middle Class

Apparently, uncertainty is a fate worse than death for a CEO. Billionaires bellyache about it constantly on TV, contending they must know, right now, whether next year’s tax rates will […]
Leo Gerard
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Dethrone Filibuster King McConnell

Mitch McConnell has wielded the filibuster as a weapon against a founding principle of the United States of America – self-governance by majority rule.
Leo Gerard
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