Speak Up to Stop Unfair Trade

They came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t […]
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Workers Rights Are Civil Rights

This week the minimum wage rose by 70 cents to $7.25 an hour, a beggar’s lot really, but still corporations across America decried it. Good times or bad, somehow Wall […]
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American Protectionism is a Myth

A post by Leo Gerard and Scott N. Paul Our nation faces rising unemployment, staggering debts, shrinking trade, and no sense of when (and if) a real recovery — one […]
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For the Health of the Nation: Ensure a Public Option

Just days ago, America celebrated her birthday with fireworks, spontaneous renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and chants of, “We’re Number One!” In a crucial area, health care, the chant […]
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RNC’s Michael Steele Becomes A Union Man

Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele appears to be suffering from philosophical identity confusion. He’s got an organization named United STEELE Workers Union, white hardhat emblem and all, collecting members for […]
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Build More Autos Overseas: Marginalize More U.S. Families

The economic structure of Jim Henson’s cartoon realm called Fraggle Rock reflects our own. In one HBO episode, the industrious, hard-hatted Doozers prepare to leave the rock, which would have […]
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GM to American Workers: Pay for Your Own Execution

The proposition General Motors has presented to the United Auto Workers and American taxpayers in its latest restructuring plan is simple: You must pay for your own execution. GM, which […]
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Nowhere Man

“He’s a real nowhere Man, Sitting in his Nowhere Land, Making all his nowhere plans For nobody.” These lyrics to “Nowhere Man,” written and recorded in 1965 by John Lennon […]
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Creep of the Week: AIG’s Edward M. Liddy

AIG Chairman Edward M. Liddy gets the Creep of the Week award for his stunning, overwhelming, dumbfounding display of cluelessness. Liddy not only awarded $165 million in bonuses to the […]
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Q&A with Auto Industry Expert William J. Holstein

Leo W. Gerard: The likes of Alabama Sen. Richard C. Shelby and other “Toyota Republicans,” as I call them, contend that GM and its partners in the Big Three American […]
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Creep of the Week: PennyMac’s Stanford L. Kurland

Ever since President Obama announced his plan to forestall foreclosures, many of those lucky enough to have burned their mortgages have angrily suggested that less frugal homeowners get the Creep […]
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Finally, a president who works for workers

It would be easy in these troubled times to shrink from campaign promises, to cower from the greatness that might have been, to claim that the beast of the Bush […]
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“Republicants” Deny The Sky Is Falling

The sky is falling. For the average Working Joe or Jane in America, it is anyway. Unemployment is at 7.6 percent and rising. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that there […]
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TARP is Welfare; Control It

A decade or so ago, some states gave welfare recipients food stamp debit cards. Welfare mothers could use them to buy groceries with plastic, just like virtually everybody else in […]
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Buy America

For a brief moment, when Congress authorized that $700 billion bailout for the Wall Street wise guys whose recklessness caused the financial crisis that we’re all suffering, federal officials actually […]
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Obama: Follow the Philosophical Footsteps of Abraham

Symbols of the 16th president of the United States surround the 44th. And they did so from the beginning. Barack Obama, formerly a Senator from Illinois, announced his plan to […]
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Toyota Republicans Should Cut Their Own Pay

President Bush took to the TV Friday to announce that he wouldn’t walk past the financial crash of America’s Big Three automakers and do nothing to save their lives. Refusing […]
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America’s Choice

From sea to shining sea, America is suffering. She is, however, afflicted with an avoidable condition she brought on herself, like a hangover. Only this one’s interminable and internationally contagious. […]
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Save the Jeep, Save the Nation

In 1941, car manufacturer Willys-Overland demonstrated the strength and sturdiness of its new Army scout vehicle — the Jeep — to Congress by driving it up the U.S. Capitol steps. […]
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This Moment Screams For Boldness

Within hours of Barack Obama’s election, naysayers chastened caution. Don’t go too far, they inveighed. Build trust slowly with restrained, moderate, and gradual actions, they admonished. In other words: Start […]
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The Middle Class’s Share Of The Pie

Protestors disrupted a convention of mortgage financers in San Francisco this week, storming the stage as former Bush advisor Karl Rove spoke, heckling bankers with bullhorns and badgering a panel […]
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Joe Sixpack Demands Answers From McCain & Co.

Sarah “Joe-Sixpack” Palin pulled her labor union roots out of the frozen Alaskan soil and started shaking them at normally union-allergic Republican crowds from the day John McCain announced her […]
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Chickens Home to Roost

While the recently passed bailout bill may or may not help to stabilize the credit markets (and on Monday it looked as if it may have in fact made it […]
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