The Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders contest continues to divide the Democratic Party — in gubernatorial primaries, in the race for Democratic National Committee chairman, and in state party leadership contests from Hawaii to Maine. It’s hobbling Democrats’ ability to unite.
Can we get a grip? Democrats have to recognize 5 things:
1. The Democratic Party is on life support. It has lost Congress, the presidency, and most state governments.
2. The Party’s Washington establishment – big funders, major lobbyists, retired members of congress who have become bundlers and lobbyists – are one big reason for the Party’s demise.
3. The life of the Party – its enthusiasm, passion, youth, principles, and ideals – came to the fore in Bernie Sanders’s campaign. Stop trying to deny that.
4. The Democratic Party must change from being a giant fundraising machine to a movement uniting the poor, working class, and middle class — who haven’t had a raise in 30 years, and who feel angry and powerless — to take back our economy and democracy from the oligarchs who now run both.
5. Squabbling over any of this is nuts. Democrats have to be tough, have backbone, and fight like hell against Trump and the regressive forces that are about to destroy everything Democrats have built since the New Deal.
With Andrew Puzder’s confirmation hearing on his nomination for Labor Secretary delayed indefinitely, the New York Times outlined some of the criticisms aimed at Puzder by labor groups as well as his own workers. Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, has been an outspoken critic of workplace regulations, including minimum wage laws. Employees of CKE Restaurants, which has more than 70,000 workers, have reported that restaurants were understaffed, that employees were required to arrive early or work through breaks without pay, and that CKE placed caps on weekly pay regardless of hours work. [ 265 more words ]
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On January 11, 1912, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)-organized “Bread & Roses” textile strike of 32,000 women and children began in Lawrence, Mass. It lasted 10 weeks and ended in victory. The first millworkers to walk out were Polish women, who, upon collecting their pay, exclaimed that they had been cheated and promptly abandoned their looms.
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Are you in the middle class? What you think and what the numbers say might not add up. Today, fewer Americans are middle class than 45 years ago.
FRONTLINE, Marketplace Business News and PBS NewsHour investigate what a shrinking middle class means for the economy in the latest installment of "How the Deck Is Stacked." Tell us what living a middle class life means to you. to.pbs.org/21aCcXV
Dave BaxleyI’ve tried advocating for a consumer boycott of non essential goods and services, but we’ve become too indoctrinated to ever cut back on our wasteful spending. The consumers of our nation could bring the corporations to their knees simply by cutting back on excessive spending.11 hours ago