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
Last week, Northwestern University football players showed they’d learned more than play books in years of gridiron training. They’d also learned teamwork.
America’s 1 percent is short-circuiting democracy with Rolex watches and unlimited campaign cash, ensuring the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer – in other words, engineering income inequality.
Better than distributing bottled water after a chemical spill, West Virginia, would be regulating corporations to prevent them from poisoning water in the first place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For years the GOP fought all attempts to provide health insurance to 47 million uninsured Americans without it. Now GOPers are outraged a website is making it difficult for Americans to buy insurance!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. […]
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.
Wall Street held itself a big fat profit party last week. The nation’s six largest banks reported $23 billion in profits. That’s for one quarter – three months. Pop the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.”