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Small Handcuffs for small children Tuesday, July 17, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Toddlers On Trial Fleeing unimaginable trauma in their home country, then suffering the pain of being torn away from their parents inside our border, the expectation that these little ones can mount a legal defense has rightly been labeled "unconscionable" and "grossly inappropriate" by experts. But also it's insane and evil.

The New York Times Saturday, July 14, 2018 (5 comments)     

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NYTimes Downplays Grassroots Socialist Sentiment in USA A recent New York Times screed prematurely pronouncing the Our Revolution political organization -- launched only two years ago by veterans of the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign -- a moribund failure. Before the editors and writers do another hit piece on the people and candidates of Our Revolution, maybe they could come out of their journalistic cubicles.

Cuckoo Donald Thursday, July 12, 2018     

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Getting Trapped in The Donald's Cuckoo Nest Donald Trump partisans keep insisting that their man is not certifiably insane, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary. But surely some of them finally must admit that his perverse policy of snatching immigrant children from their parents' arms at the Mexican border and incarcerating the tykes for weeks in warehouse cages far away from any contact with mom and dad -- is the epitome of Kafkaesque insanity.

Hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants are testing the Trump administration's tough stance against illega Saturday, June 30, 2018     

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A Wall Won't Fix Immigration The fact that we are resorting to the construction of an enormous fence between two friendly nations admits to an abject failure by policymakers, who are so bereft of ideas, honesty, courage and morality that all they can do is to try walling off the problem.

Trump's Secretary Of State Pick Is Top All-Time Recipient Of Koch Campaign Money Mike Pompeo Friday, June 22, 2018 (3 comments)     

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Big Oil's Man In Foreign Policy Mike's been a loyal Koch-head, conferring with them and backing bills to advance their corporate and political fortunes. Their investment in Mike became a bonanza last year when he became Trump's yes-man as the head of the CIA. And now, they've hit the political jackpot, with Pompeo becoming head of the State Department.

The advent of Trump has unleashed an enormous amount of progressive activity, but a coherent national v Thursday, June 21, 2018     

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What Do Those People Want? The Dems' congressional elders, key party officials, entrenched consultants and corporate funders continue to push bland, business-as-usual candidates running on a pusillanimous policy agenda of vague "reforms" that don't actually change anything. Then the party establishment wonders why such people stray or stay home in November!

Donald Trump Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Keep Resisting! Trump's recurring abuses of women, Dreamers, Muslims, immigrants, poor people, science, nature, Puerto Ricans, students, union members -- and whomever or whatever irks him next -- have been met with a rising level of open rebellion, ranging from a record number of nationwide mass mobilizations to hundreds of local pop-up protests.

Crazy Is At It Again!! Saturday, June 9, 2018 (6 comments)     

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If You Inject a Stream of Raw Ignorance Into a Vat of Gaseous Arrogance, What Does It Produce? King Donald has the firepower of the federal government at his beck and call, so he is arrogantly using the government power to escalate his personal spat with Bezos. By executive order, he set up a federal task force to conduct a pernicious political inquisition into "our money losing post office," particularly looking at the "pricing of the package delivery market."

Donald Trump - Caricature Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Trump's Drug Price Reforms Amount to a "Sugar-Coated Nothing Pill" It's really no surprise that Trump is letting these corporate profiteers continue "getting away with murder." After all, political posturing aside, he's stacked his administration with drug industry executives like Alex Azar, a former Eli Lily honcho who is now Trump's secretary of health.

The Incorruptible: General Smedley Butler Friday, May 25, 2018 (5 comments)     

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The Retired General Who Stopped a Wall Street Coup Smedley Butler was repulsed by the hubris and treachery of Wall Street aristocrats. By exposing the traitors, this courageous patriot nipped their coup in the bud. But their sense of entitlement reveals that we must be aware of the concentrated wealth of the imperious rich, for it poses an ever-present danger to majority rule.

A new kind of fascism has taken over America: the merger of corporations and government whereby corpor Wednesday, May 23, 2018     

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Goons in Gucci The richest, most powerful, most privileged people in our land -- in cahoots with a horde of the least principled, most venal political opportunists in civic life -- are intentionally savaging the well-being of America's majority and aggressively suppressing the democratic rights that make America America. And for what? Solely for themselves, for the aggrandizement of their own wealth and power.

Donald Trump and Ben Carson Thursday, May 17, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Ben Carson: Fighting Trump's War on the Poor Ben Carson proposed legislation to triple the monthly rent that the most impoverished of public housing families would pay -- including increased rents for the elderly and disabled. To add cruelty to this nastiness, Carson also called for eliminating child-care and medical deductions that public housing families can subtract from their rent payments.

Bloodsucking Bankers Thursday, May 3, 2018     

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Banks Defend Their Right to Be Dishonest Banks are wallowing in unconscionable levels of profits, but the only "affordable" advice they want to offer to us is bad advice, funneling our retirement stash into deals that benefit them at our expense. Bankers claiming that they have a legal right to profit by cheating their own customers is a level of gluttony so gross that it would even gag Gordon Gekko

Image created from image crediting Friday, April 27, 2018 (3 comments)     

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A Quiet Conspiracy of Billionaires The Koch Coup crept up on us because it abhorred publicity and couched each move as an independent effort by a separate group. Then the conspirators backed the Supreme Court's outrageous 2010 Citizens United decision, decreeing that unlimited corporate spending is allowed because it's "free speech." Only then did Americans begin waking up to the reality that the Kochs were making an assault on democracy itself.

Those Evil Koch Brothers Saturday, April 21, 2018 (1 comments)     

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While Corporate Media Remains Fixated on Trump, the Kochtopus is Extending Its Tentacles With the fervor of religious cultists, the Koch brothers devoted themselves to the cause of "liberty" -- by which they mean the government's only proper role is keeping the avaricious pursuits of the wealthy owner class free from any interference by you, me and the democratic "us."

Audiobook Written By Jim Hightower and Susan DeMarco. Friday, April 13, 2018     

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On the passing of Susan DeMarco: A tribute On the first of April -- after some 45 years of teaming up in progressive/ populist battles against the big shots, bastards, and bullshitters who always try to run roughshod over workaday people and our democratic values -- DeMarco slipped away from me and all who loved her.

Betsy DeVos Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Betsy DeVos Needs an Education on Ethics DeVos is so bad that she's winning the contest for worst member of Trump's cabinet -- a little like winning the title of ugliest toad in the swamp. She's been a shameless shill for one of the ugliest parts of the financial services industry: the Wall Street-backed network of for-profit colleges, rip-off lenders, and ruthless collection agencies.

Corporate greed. Friday, April 6, 2018     

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A Shiny New Tool to Pad Profits: Stealing Bowing to demands by restaurant industry lobbyists, Trump's Labor Department has proposed a new rule allowing employers to seize workers tips and use them for any purpose -- including fattening their own profits. Paying $2.13 an hour already amounts to a massive wage theft, but this elevates it to legalized highway robbery!

Charging Bull - New York City Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (2 comments)     

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How Low Can the Barons of High Finance Go? Bankers claiming that they have a legal right to profit by deceiving and cheating their own customers is a level of gluttony so gross that it would even gag Gordon Gekko. To fight their absurd claim, connect with Consumer Federation of America

Betsy DeVos Friday, March 30, 2018     

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Betsy DeVos Winks At Big Banks Fleecing Students Just in fiscal terms, our nation's student loan debt has ballooned to $1.4 trillion, threatening to blow another big hole in our democracy. We need an education secretary who's smart enough work with state officials, students and responsible lenders, rather than conspiring and cavorting in her departments back rooms with fast-buck educational exploiters.

More Work Longer Get Less? Monday, March 26, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Corporations Use This Cheap Trick to Avoid Paying Employees a Living Wage Workplace exploitation is at least as old as the industrial revolution. But rather than using whips and chains to make the assembly lines move ever-faster, today's corporate exploiters use technology, devious work schedules, and lobbyists to extract more work from employees -- for less pay.

Donald Trump--Caricature. Friday, March 23, 2018 (4 comments)     

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What's the Point of Satire Anymore? Satire involves exaggerating the flaws, mannerisms, etc. of various characters to convey how corrupt and contemptible they are -- but it's impossible to exaggerate the awfulness of an administration that gleefully flaunts its awfulness every day.

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The Dow Jones Average Is Meaningless for Just About Everybody Our corrupt political officials duped taxpayers into giving away billions in the name of workers to further enrich the super-rich, do nothing for workers, increase inequality in America, divert tax dollars from urgent national needs and enable corporate powers to donate more corrupting campaign cash to the politicians. The Trump tax scam worked just as the GOP intended.

Donald Trump Friday, March 9, 2018 (1 comments)     

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Trump's tax-cut scam worked perfectly Once again, our corrupt political officials duped taxpayers into giving away public funds in the name of workers, but they actually stiffed workers, enriched CEOs, increased inequality, diverted tax dollars from urgent national needs -- and enabled corporate powers to donate even more corrupting campaign cash to the politicians and party doing this to us.

Dow Jones breaking records in 2018 Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (5 comments)     

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We're Told the Dow Jones Average... The media, politicians and corporations use to tell us whether our economy is zooming or sputtering is Wall Street's index of stock prices. The media literally spews out some number every hour indicating that the Dow Jones Average of stock prices is up, down or sluggish -- as though everyone is waiting breathlessly for that news.

Democrats are winning! Tuesday, March 6, 2018     

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There's a Blue Wave Cresting in Statewide Elections Our Revolution provided tools and a network of savvy volunteers to help elect, against the odds, a new generation of progressive leaders across the country. Win or lose, all who participated in 2017 advanced our emerging national movement, giving us strength for an even greater impact in 2018. We're in this for the long haul.

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A Food Stamp Indignity Worthy of Dickens Instead of providing a small monthly allowance for destitute families to spend on foods of their choice, the Trump provision would take away half of the allowance and substitute a monthly box of peanut butter, canned goods, and other packaged edibles chosen for them by the federal government.

Transgender Danica Roem Thursday, March 1, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The Political Zeitgeist Is Changing as More Candidates Dump PACs and Call for Progressive Change After a year of Donald Trump's appalling excesses in office, combined with last year's electoral successes by dozens of progressive female candidates, and the recent tsunami of "silence breakers" exposing men who are sexual predators, a huge positive shift can be seen at last on America's political horizon: Unprecedented numbers of women are running or considering runs for public office in 2018.

Why Isn't the Media asking About Donald Trump's Mob Connections? Tuesday, February 27, 2018     

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What Will the Trump Mob Kill Next? The leading Democrat opposing the Trump mob's food stamp gut job says in dismay, "My god, these people are awful... really just not nice people." Less nice is their real intention to kill the food stamp program entirely. Trump's budget calls for slashing 30 percent of the funding this year. As watchdogs at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities put it, "That's the real battle."

Tomatoes Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (4 comments)     

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Long Live the Jersey Tomato The resurrected Rutgers tomato isn't hard enough to be machine-harvested and shipped across country -- which is one its major virtues. The fact that this tomato must be grown and marketed regionally is one step towards a decentralized, deindustrialized, and better food economy. This tomato represents an understanding that our food system can -- and should -- cooperate with nature and foster the growth of regional economies.

The Corrupt Koch Brothers Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (2 comments)     

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The Koch Klan is funding a stealthy war against the principle of the Common Good The great majority of Americans are still unaware of the enormity and villainy of what's been done to them by the property supremacists and their political enablers. It's important to note that the Koch coup has been pieced together with the full complicity of practically all GOP officials, and it's also been condoned or actively abetted by corporate Democrats.

Trump Pinocchio Thursday, February 15, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The White House Vs. Working Stiffs Trump's biggest whopper is that he's an honest-to-God "populist," standing up for America's hard-hit middle class against Wall Street, corporate lobbyists, and moneyed elites. This prevarication has duped many working stiffs into thinking he's their champion.

The Populist Movement Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (1 comments)     

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The South is Rising Again The real story is that a fresh, "Reclaim the South" movement of young African-American populists is emerging, kindling long-suppressed hope in the racially scarred Deep South and offering the possibility of real economic and cultural progress.

Trump Mental Unreal Fake False Deception Friday, February 9, 2018     

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Exposing Our "Populist" President As A Naked Plutocrat It's not the volume of Trump's fabrications that is so gross, but their enormity. Most damnable of all has been his masquerading as a golden-haired billionaire "populist" who's standing up for America's hard-hit middle class against Wall Street, corporate lobbyists and moneyed elites -- a carefully crafted PR pose that has duped many working stiffs into thinking he is their champion.

The GOP tax bill is big tax cuts for multinational corporations. Wednesday, February 7, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Americans Hate the Tax Bill Because It Wasn't Written for Them The GOP's trillion-dollar giveaway to multinational corporations and multimillionaires turns out to be Congress' second-most disliked domestic law in the past quarter-century. Second only to the multiple attempts by Trump, McConnell, and Ryan last year to take away the healthcare coverage of 23 million Americans -- a move so mingy that 77 percent of the public opposed it.

Donald Trump Friday, February 2, 2018 (9 comments)     

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Why the Majority of Americans Despise Trump's Washington Words only matter if the speaker actually means them, backing their rhetorical promise with action. As we've seen though, far from draining the swamp, this president proceeded immediately to convert the White House itself into a fetid cesspool of self-serving corporate executives, lobbyists, and banksters.

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No, Big Corporations Shouldn't Get Tax Breaks to Create Jobs Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy. The corporations create jobs, those workers pay taxes, and -- voila! -- the giveaway pays for itself! Does it really work that way? Unfortunately, no.

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Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path The most common characteristic of last year's progressive, populist candidates is that they were genuinely of the people, not career pols who were next in line. And they were not simply running for office, but running for specific economic, social and political changes to make America better for families and neighborhoods like theirs.

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A Rigged Game Only Amazon Will Win Amazon's site-location team had decided from the start which half-dozen or so cities would be most profitable for the giant. The whole search is a "scAmazon," snookering cities into spending millions on a rigged game only Amazon will win.

How To Build Amazon Wednesday, January 24, 2018     

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Who really pays for corporate subsidies? There's an ugly blotch on Amazon's ballyhooed job-creation numbers: Working conditions in those sprawling, windowless warehouses are grim, and 40 percent of the employees are low-wage, temporary hires with no benefits and no job security. While warehouse wages everywhere are low, an ILSR survey documented that Amazon's average 15 percent lower than what other corporations pay.

Wall Street Sign Sunday, January 21, 2018 (2 comments)     

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Guess Who's Making Sure Many Huge Corporations Stay Profitable? There's an ugly blotch on Amazon's ballyhooed job-creation numbers: Working conditions in those sprawling, windowless warehouses are grim, and 40 percent of the employees are low-wage, temporary hires with no benefits and no job security. While warehouse wages everywhere are low, an ILSR survey documented that Amazon's average 15 percent lower than what other corporations pay.

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This CEO Wants a Key to Your House Would you give your house key to a complete stranger, letting that person (whose name you don't even know) walk right into your home when you're not there? One stranger who's brazenly asking you and millions of other people to do just that is the head honcho of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

Middle Class decline. Thursday, January 11, 2018 (7 comments)     

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The Rise and Fall of America's Middle Class The devastation of the Great Depression created a grassroots rebellion of labor, farmers, and others against the careless moneyed class that caused the 1929 crash. These forces produced FDR and his New Deal of union rights, Social Security, and other tools that empowered ordinary Americans to begin rising up from poverty.

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Inequality is Feeding America Every decade or so, America's mass media are surprised to discover that migrant farmworkers are still being miserably paid and despicably treated by the industry that profits from their labor. Stories run, the public is outraged (again), assorted officials pledge action, then ... nothing, no change takes place.

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America's Farmworkers Face Poverty, Neglect, and Now Deportation While they backed Trump for president, many are now expressing shock that he may actually try to fulfill his campaign promise to cut off the flow of undocumented immigrants to their fields. They now admit that these immigrants make up as much as 70 percent of the industry's workforce, so they've rushed to Washington, demanding a special exemption from their president's planned lockout of Mexican laborers

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The Real Spirit of Giving The establishment media pays little attention to grassroots generosity, focusing instead on the occasional showy donation by what it calls "philanthropists" -- big tycoons who give a little piece of their billions to some university or museum in exchange for getting a building named after them.

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Is This the End of Free and Open Internet Access? It doesn't matter if you're a brand-name corporation or an unknown start-up, a billionaire or a poverty-wage laborer -- you're entitled to equal treatment in sending or getting information on the worldwide web. However, corporate executives never let virtue stand in the way of profit.

Duterte sings love song to Trump: "You are the light" Thursday, November 23, 2017 (1 comments)     

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A Mass Murderer's Love Song to Trump Duterte had earlier demonstrated his love for Trump when he named Jose Antonio to be his trade representative to our country. Antonio, a Philippine real estate mogul, happens to be a partner with our president in the luxurious new Trump Tower, now under construction in Manila. Cozy, huh?

Trump-Putin Meeting Wednesday, November 22, 2017 (20 comments)     

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Why won't Trump stand up to Putin? Trump has zero knowledge, experience, or skills in foreign policy, and he's in way over his head when dealing with someone like Putin. Why wouldn't our president at least challenge this dangerous foreign threat to our people's democracy? "Well, look," Trump meekly replied when asked this question, "I can't stand there and argue with him."

Crazy Donald Saturday, November 18, 2017 (8 comments)     

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Donald Trump's Strange Bromances with Duterte and Putin Why wouldn't our president at least challenge this dangerous foreign threat to our people's democracy? "Well, look," Trump meekly replied when asked this question, "I can't stand there and argue with him." Really? Well, since you're not up to the job, please get out of the way so we can find a president who will stand there and argue with the Putins and Dutertes of the world.

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One Monstrosity Trump Won't Want His Name On He might not want his name on this one. It's Trump's towering re-do of America's tax law. And it's truly golden -- for the super-rich, that is. The plan reveals in hard numbers whom this presidency really serves: Not just the 1-percent, but the one-tenth of 1-percenters who are multimillionaires. People like Trump himself.

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No Corporate Welfare for Amazon Amazon.com, the $136-billion-a-year internet colossus, has initiated a sleazy, self-serving public bidding war over where it will locate its new corporate headquarters. The city and state that offer the most bribe money to this private enterprise will be "the winner."

John Yoo, co-author of the Bush torture memos. Sunday, November 5, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Would you trust John Yoo? When it comes to war, can we learn to make moral choices? Remember that President George W. Bush chose to torture al Qaeda suspects (including innocent civilians) by waterboarding them. Where was the morality in that? It was, of course, immoral.

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Who's Really in Charge of the Afghanistan War? Just as he evaded military service during the Vietnam War, "Commander Trump" is shirking these basic presidential duties today. He's letting non-elected generals decide to hurl another 4,000 of our men and women into the Afghanistan War, with no explanation of how adding these troops to a losing war effort will make any difference.

Medicare for All Rally Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 comments)     

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Leading Democrats Are Way Behind the Public on Health Care When it comes to the fiery leadership that America's grassroots people want and need, the Democratic Party establishment is weaker than Canadian hot sauce. When you've got 60 percent of rank-and-file congressional members ready to go, and 60 percent of the public is also ready to go -- it's time to go!

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Robots Aren't Taking Our Jobs. Corporations Are. It's not robots that are taking our jobs, but corporate profiteers. They're creating a robot economy in order to displace you and me with inexpensive machines that don't demand higher wages or health care, don't take sick days or vacations, and don't organize unions, file lawsuits, or vote for pro-worker politicians.

Robots could take half of all jobs in 30 years Saturday, October 14, 2017 (8 comments)     

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The Next Wave of the Tech Revolution Will Wipe Out Millions of Jobs -- Maybe Even Yours The mass-scale deployment of robots has already ushered in a whole new world of work. It's a CEO's capitalist paradise, where the workforce doesn't call in sick or take vacations, can't file lawsuits, doesn't organize unions, and is cheap. As a result, robots are rapidly climbing the pay ladder into white-collar and professional positions that millions of college-educated, middle-class employees have wrongly considered safe.

US Border welcome Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Trump Wants $1.6 Billion for the Border Wall. That Covers Just 74 Miles. Besides being wildly expensive, this Trumpian folly isn't needed and won't work. It stifles the border economy, tramples on property rights, destroys sensitive environments, and autocratically separates millions of families and communities. It's an insult not only to the people of Mexico, but also to our own people's democratic values.

Image created from image crediting Thursday, September 21, 2017 (4 comments)     

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If You Don't Have Good Health Care, Neither Should Your Rep Every year that the U.S. Congress fails to provide health coverage for every American family, the members should get their pay docked by a third. Pay them only when they deliver for the people. When Congress finally assures good health care for all of us, then its members would get the same coverage. But until they deliver for the whole public, the public owes them nothing.

Medicare For All! Friday, September 15, 2017 (8 comments)     

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How to get a health care system for people, not just for corporate profit Believe it or not, we can get Congress to enact a new program providing good quality, lower-cost health care for your family and (what the hell, let's think big here) for every man, woman and (especially) every child in our society.

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