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Aasif Mandvi interviews Fox Business commentator, Todd Wilemon.
We’ve alternated between oligarchy and democracy here for centuries. The supreme court is now playing a massive role in helping the GOP ensure oligarchy is the order of the day, and it’s working.
The prison-industrial complex is just a myth…right?
Jesus he didn’t even have us do the damn math. He just said it.
SHAUN KING’S SECOND BY SECOND ACCOUNT OF THE MURDER OF MIKE BROWN
(10/15)ARREST DARREN WILSON NOW.
What the fuck was wrong with men in the 60’s?
advertising is important as it’s the historian’s best resource for identifying the values of an era. but yeah, these were fucked. the 60s was generally as fucked as the 50s. people forget that.
It literally says ‘men are better than women’ in bold type, what the fuck. I knew this was a thing, but that is a lack of subtlety I couldn’t have written into a spoof…
This is the generation that spawned most of our parents… People our parents’ age run Washington. Starting to make sense?
When you look to the past, the struggles of the present become a great deal more clear.
"There’s class warfare all right but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war and we’re winning.” .. (Warren Buffett)
Although Joni Ernst hasn’t exactly hidden her weird Tea Party ideology before, in a new audio tape that Radio Iowa just released, we do get a glimpse at her unfettered beliefs and let me tell you, they are very scary.
Greg Sargent: Joni Ernst’s hog-castrating ideology, revealed!
Democrats have unearthed new audio of Joni Ernst in 2013, in which she details rather stark views about the relationship of Americans with their government. It doesn’t rise to the level of a Mitt Romney “47 percent” moment, in which he declared nearly half the country “believe that they are victims” and that “government has a responsibility to care for them.”
In it, Ernst claims that we have created “a generation of people that rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them,” and that wrenching them away from their dependence “is going to be very painful.”
"…we have lost a reliance on not only our own families, but so much of what our churches and private organizations used to do."
The thing about anti-government conservatives is that they all have a favorite entity that they’d prefer to have control. Someone who had it in the glorious past.
For some it’s the church. Give them back the life and death control they once had over the poor, the power of forced labor, behavioral control, lack of bodily autonomy, and abuse.
For some it’s the family. Let them rigidly define all activities and socialization even of adult children. Force that girl to have her abuser’s child, send that youth to conversion therapy, beat those who are disobedient.
For some it’s the master. Keep the poor at the mercy of their “betters,” or they may flee, perhaps even to a job that allows them to thrive.
This is about power and control. Everything in politics is.
Religious politics is about power. Family role is about power. Education is about power. Energy/oil is about power. Healthcare is about power. Economics is about nothing other than power, who has it today and who will hold it tomorrow.
For any political issue, ask yourself how power can shift around it and who stands to gain, and you will always, ALWAYS find that a politician’s stand coincides with where they want social and economic control to be. That is the reason people run for office.
Workers across the country are using the symbolism of Oct. 10 to amplify the call for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10.
AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre commemorated the day by meeting with low-wage workers from the D.C. region who would be impacted by a minimum wage increase. Over lunch, the workers talked about what it’s like to raise their families on low pay and the challenges they face every day to make ends meet.
Here are two of their stories:
Fatmata, an immigrant from Saudi Arabia and mother of two, works at Walmart for $8 an hour. She used to dream of coming to America and providing a good life for her family, but her life doesn’t feel like the American dream. She cannot afford to feed her children without government assistance, and she frequently is forced to borrow money to pay for transportation to work and for rent. She doesn’t want to depend on outside assistance—she wants to be financially independent—but she has no choice. For Fatmata, a $2 an hour increase would be significant in many ways.
She’s asked her manager to make her full-time, but her hours vary from one week to the next, which is common practice throughout the retail industry. The United Food and Commercial Workers has strived for years to bring more attention to this problem, particularly at Walmart. This has led many Walmart employees to speak out and advocate for scheduling improvements and other workplace rights through the Our Walmart campaign.
Akofa is a taxi cab driver in Montgomery County, Md. Every day is a challenge. She’s raising three children on a single source of income. Her husband is sick and can no longer work, so she works long hours to make ends meet for her family. After deducting for gas, insurance, credit card fees and the daily expenses the cab company charges, Akofa barely takes any money home. She has no ability to save, and she struggles to even pay her rent. She described her daily life as “slavery, not work” and told Gebre, “Something is wrong if a job can’t feed you,” especially when you work more than 12 hours a day.
Akofa is grateful for the labor federation’s support and is joining her fellow drivers in organizing a union, which has already made a big difference in the way she has been treated by the cab company. A higher minimum wage would make life less burdensome, and give her and her co-workers more leverage in contract negotiations.
After hearing the workers’ stories, Gebre thanked them for having the courage to speak out. He reminded the workers that these struggles are not new, telling them, “There has been economic injustice throughout the history of our country…but it’s important to remember that things like slavery, sharecropping and child labor did not end because corporations came together and suddenly decided to. Workers came together to make the change, and the bravery of everyone here today gives me hope that it will change again.”
“The minimum wage will not be raised if politicians are not held accountable,” Gebre continued. But, as he reminded the room, a higher minimum wage is not enough. “Wages have been stagnant for a generation, and tens of millions of families live in economic insecurity. It will take political intervention to change the course of our nation, and it will take a wave of workers who are willing to stand up for their rights.”
Having heard the conviction in each of the workers’ voices and seen the look of determination in their eyes, Gebre told the room he was confident justice is coming. And, he said, it will arrive soon.
Can we clarify something? Police don’t use rubber bullets. They use rubber-coated steel bullets.
Stop making crowd control weapons sound like Nerf. They can and do kill.
Contrary to what Republicans say, a new study from the Guttmacher institute shows that taxpayers save money when the government invests in family planning services.
Yes, but it’s not about saving money. The debate, as always, is over who should control women. Their parents, the church, their employer, or themselves?