Monday, May 16, 2016
The republicans could shed 29 congressional districts this November. I call that a good start. THIS hit-piece. And I don't mean THIS ONE: Southern Poverty Law Center: GOP is a Megaphone for Right-Wing Hate Radical groups grew 14 percent last year and their messages are being heard thanks to candidates like Trump and Cruz. Republican presidential candidates are spreading the messages of booming right-wing hate groups, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday. SPLC has released its annual report on domestic extremism, noting that the number of right-wing hate groups grew 14 percent to almost 900 and anti-government “Patriot” groups grew to almost 1,000 in 2015. Not only is organized hate growing, it is getting a wide audience thanks to the GOP race. contribute to Hillary Clinton, too.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
The angriest and most pessimistic people in America aren’t the hipster protesters who flitted in and out of Occupy Wall Street. They aren’t the hashtavists of #BlackLivesMatter. They aren’t the remnants of the American labor movement or the savvy young dreamers who confront politicians with their American accents and un-American legal status. The angriest and most pessimistic people in America are the people we used to call Middle Americans. Middle-class and middle-aged; not rich and not poor; people who are irked when asked to press 1 for English, and who wonder how white male became an accusation rather than a description. Reaganomics destroyed the middle class (unions, assembly-line jobs, school teachers, policemen, and fire-fighters - as a starting point). There is no doubt among economists that Reaganomics destroyed the middle class. There is no doubt among most college graduates that Reaganomics destroyed the middle class. There is no doubt among labor leaders that Reaganomics destroyed the middle class. There is no doubt among those living in the rust belt that Reaganomics destroyed the middle class. The "Second Wave" followed: (the GOP tsunami) Half Of America is Now Impoverished Because the Koch-Republicans Destroyed the Middle Class. I do not blame unwashed republicans for their stupidity. It is the result of poor parental stock, poor nutrition, and poor education. a few bright spots. But take the glossy cover off the contrived reporting and bland reality returns. Ever hear of "concentrated poverty?" The rapid growth of the nation’s poor population during the 2000s also coincided with significant shifts in the geography of American poverty. Poverty spread beyond its historic urban and rural locales, rising rapidly in smaller metropolitan areas and making the nation’s suburbs home to the largest and fastest-growing poor population in the country. Yet, even as poverty spread to touch more people and places, it became more concentrated in distressed and disadvantaged areas. California's official poverty rate is above-average, but not much. However, by an alternative methodology devised by the Census Bureau, California has the nation's highest rate of poverty... The Home Depot became the nation's largest home improvement chain but now faces the knotty problem figuring out where to put one important part of the home-improvement business: the dozens of (unemployed) day laborers who gather outside its stores... Utah... "Other cities have limited street side solicitation by Day Laborers by making it un-appealing to home owners to use contractors who use and exploit day laborers." Employers treat many of these laborers as independent contractors. Across the country, roughly 10 million construction workers spend each day in a dangerous and fickle industry. They hang drywall, lay carpet, shingle roofs. Yet in the eyes of their bosses, they aren't employees due the benefits the government requires. Employers treat many of these laborers as independent contractors. It's a tactic that costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Yet when it comes to public projects, government regulators have done nearly nothing about it, even when the proof is easy to get. The workers don't have protections. The companies don't withhold taxes. The regulators don't seem to care. McClatchy reporters in eight newsrooms spanning seven states spent a year unraveling the scheme, using little-noticed payroll records that show how widespread the practice has become and what it costs us all. Read more here: http://media.mcclatchydc.com/static/features/Contract-to-cheat/
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
with some people lambasting it as a misread of the room while others lauded it as a speak-truth-to-power moment that the Washington elite badly needed. Larry Wilmore Reflects on Obama’s Legacy at WHCD 2016: ‘You Did It, My N*gga’ [FULL SPEECH] FULL Event: 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner (President Obama roasts Donald Trump) Longer version...