09 Sep

Don’t Believe Mitt: Romney’s Job Creation Talk is More Disproven Nonsense

Mitt Romney has very serious ideas for fixing the economy. How do we know? By the typeface.

Romney’s released a 59-page plan in one of those very, very serious typefaces – Garamond, or Cambria, or Times New Roman – Well, to be honest, I’m not sure which. But trust me. It’s a serious typeface. And get this:

There are graphs.

The graphs and layout and typography in this “jobs plan” remind us that Romney’s crowning career achievement was running the massive consulting company Bain. He’s clearly taken the chief maxim of the consulting profession to heart: If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with bullsh*t.

That’s exactly what this “plan” is. It’s a slickly packaged re-presentation of the same agenda that’s killed millions of American jobs and will kill millions more if enacted again.

But it is pretty. All typesetters show you their proposed layout using the same dummy Latin language, which begins “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna …”Those typesetters did a great job with this booklet. But the ideas?

Here are five reasons Romney’s “new ideas” are the same job-killing conservative poison we’ve swallowed and regurgitated before: (http://www.nationofchange.org/five-reasons-romneys-plan-same-old-job-killing-madness-1315494528)

30 Mar

They Say Get Back, We Say Fight Back: Stand Up for Working People April 4th & Every Day After

April 4, 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most important progressive days of action in nearly a decade.

It’s the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., who was killed 43 years ago while traveling to Memphis to stand in solidarity with striking sanitation workers demanding their chance to attain the American Dream. Now, in response to the new wave of attacks on unions and working people, the entire labor movement has called for a massive national day of protests, vigils, and work site events on April 4. Virtually the entire progressive movement has joined in.

Will you help make next Monday an overwhelming day of solidarity for working people by attending an event in your area? Click here to find the April 4 event closest to you:

29 Mar

Change You CAN’T BELIEVE: G.E., Like Most Large U.S. Corps Doesn’t Pay Taxes

According to The New York Times, last year General Electric (GE) made over $14.2 billion in profit, but paid NO federal tax. None. In fact, thanks to the millions GE spent lobbying Congress, we American taxpayers actually owed GE $3.2 billion in tax credits.

Now GE is slashing health benefits and retirement benefits for new employees among non-union workers and is expected to push unions to accept similar cutbacks, while its CEO, Jeff Immelt, gets a 100% pay raise.
What’s worse? Immelt now sits as chair of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council), representing corporate America to the President on matters like job creation and corporate taxation. That’s a slap in the face to every hardworking, tax-paying American—especially GE employees.

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That’s why we’re teaming up with Russ Feingold and his new group Progressives United today to call for Immelt to go. Will you join the call?

04 Mar

Nail on the Head: John Stewart Exposes the Hypocrisy of Attacks on Teachers

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25 Feb

Stakes Are High: The Significance of the Battle of Wisconsin

YouTube Preview ImageTwo incidents connected to the ongoing mass protests in Wisconsin underscore the utter ruthlessness of the ruling class in its determination to drive down the living conditions of workers, not only in that state but throughout the United States.

Jeff Cox, the Republican deputy attorney general of Indiana recently told the liberal magazine Mother Jones that he favored “live ammunition” as the response to the protests in Wisconsin. He described workers protesting benefit cuts and attacks on their legal rights as “political enemies” and “thugs” and declared, “You’re damned right I advocate deadly force.” Cox, a state attorney for eight years, was fired Wednesday after the magazine published the exchange.

A blogger from a pro-union web site in Buffalo, New York contacted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Tuesday, posing as billionaire David Koch, one of the leading backers of corporate union-busting and the ultra-right Tea Party movement. The blogger, Ian Murphy, recorded the call and published the transcript Wednesday.

In the course of a 20-minute conversation, Murphy elicited a series of provocative remarks from the Republican governor. Walker suggested that felony charges could be trumped up against Democratic state senators who had blocked passage of his anti-union legislation by fleeing the state, offered to negotiate with his opponents using a baseball bat, and discussed the pros and cons of “planting some troublemakers” in the crowds demonstrating outside the state capitol. (more…)

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