The Democratic party has been taking advantage of labor since the passage of Taft-Hartley. The fact that after dominating the legislative branch of government for all the years between 1950 and the Gingrich revolution, the Democrats did nothing to do away with Taft-Hartley. It’s well past time for the unions to break free of the Democrats.
Posted by shofar on Mar 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM
I think we *really* should take a look at what the Pirate Party is doing in Germany. It sounds silly and juvenile, but it’s turned into a real movement with a seat in their version of the House a fast-growing, Internet-fueled membership.
Posted by Jean Harris on Mar 3, 2012 at 2:16 PM
If all working-class people comprehended that “1%vs.99%” - the ‘have-alls’ against the rest of us - to be the one, true summation of the American Situation, it might become apparent to that ‘frustrated group of white workers with less than a college degree’ that Mr. Moberg refers to that the Republican efforts - especially in the last decade - have brought record profits to the 1% while bringing those same ‘frustrated’ people to the brink of disaster (foreclosure, bankruptcy, homelessness…things certainly never intended for good white people in context with the American Dream).
After 10 years and trillions of dollars of ‘tax cuts to the rich (”...to create jobs!!!”) - where are those jobs ? And why are these frustrated whites not questioning the validity of this policy?
To deal with this scenario, they must accept that their firmly-entrenched fears that the Democrats are the party that want to favor minorities at the expense of whites (showering them with affirmative-action jobs,free education, welfare and foodstamps etal) may not be of the highest priority here. Perhaps they may learn that the few ultra-rich entities controlling the major media persuading them to believe it is what keeps their Republican pawns in office fighting tooth-and-nail for the 1% - to the detriment of all working-class Americans.
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Posted by Gora on Apr 28, 2012 at 6:12 AM
Republicans Deserve their share of the blame, but with the exception of his (recent) support of gay marriage, Obama is ideologically identical to Romney. He has governed as advocate for big business, of wal st and finace capital especially, the most reactionary sector of all. Hes expanded Bushes imperrialist wars and extended his tax cuts. Hes facillitating, and abetting the continued growth of the massive American Police state. Frankly why the hell would anyone whos paying attention care if obama is relected or not.?
Posted by marcus nestor on Jul 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM
I would offer another exception. He doesn’t appear to be a huge facilitator of the exportation of jobs. I understand why unions are unhappy, but job losses were “baked into the cake” before Obama took office. The housing bubble temporarily replaced those outsourced jobs and created a borrowed economy. The bubble provided the illusion that the loss of permanent jobs didn’t matter. It also provided a domestic demand, through building and home equity loans, for those cheaper imported goods. The stock market did well, the 401k’s did well, and the union people (and others with job benefits), were quite happy as long as the Dow and the Nasdaq looked good on paper. I do hope their children come home to live with them during their retirement.
We live in a country where inflation is an explicitly stated goal. Helicopter Ben Bernanke got his nickname when he testified before Congress, over a decade ago, that he would “drop money from helicopters” before he allowed deflation to occur. That was what the Congress wanted to hear. He got the job when it was vacated by Greenspan. In the words of Maya Angelou “when someone shows you who they are, believe them”.
However, when it comes to adjusting the amount of money that is provided to Social Security and welfare recipients, food and energy costs aren’t included with the inflation rate. Why? Because the US Congress doesn’t care about the poor. Inflation is the cruelest tax, but where are the Republicans to be found that are crying about that tax? No, the only thing that will loosen up their purse strings is fear. Only then will the crumbs will be sprinkled—in the name of compassion.
Posted by cougars on Jul 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM