What Labor and Unions Did for You

Funeral_for_Ludlow_strikers

I found the story of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, and it spoke to me.

Here’s a brief synopsis from the excellent piece above:

“… the Ludlow Massacre of striking coal miners, [which] was one of the most brutal attacks on organised labour in North American history.

It was the pinnacle of efforts by the National Guard and local strike-breakers under the command of the Rockefeller family to suppress a strike of twelve thousand workers.[Read more]

Gay Marriage and Klondike Bars

Klondike Bar

Golly gee, Wilbur.  I can’t stand it no more…

Last week, while wasting away in the middle of the flu epidemic that rivaled the deadly virus in Contagion, I came across a post about the lovely and talented Ellen Degeneres.  If you have been frothing out of your mouth like those infected in the aforementioned film, you might have been too busy to hear the news. … [Read more]

Corporations Are People? I Beg to Differ

Corporations-Romney

“Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people .”

This little nugget came from none other than presumptive GOP nominee and proud 1%er Mitt Romney. It’s a quote consistent with the time-honored conservative Reagan dogma. Of course, I’m referring to Trickle Down Economics – the theory that wealth-oriented growth models ultimately see profits trickle down to the lower and middle classes.… [Read more]

Wrong!

Wrong

The latest Congressional nonsense is really no surprise. Anyone paying attention would have known that the right expects all compromises to come from the left — and unless the left compromises, there is no compromise at all. Apparently, there will be no attempts to find solutions, either. House Republicans ran away from extending, for at least a two month period until there are more concrete solutions and agreements can be made, the payroll tax cut that benefits the middle class.… [Read more]

Friends With No Benefits

unemployment

According to government statistics, approximately seven million people in the U.S. are unemployed. For too many, that means scraping by on unemployment insurance.

Federal unemployment insurance is called an ‘entitlement’ program; some politicians who use the word entitlement convey the image of a class of people who feel entitled to receive funds without having done anything to earn it.  … [Read more]

No ‘Bennies’

unemployment

The long-term unemployed have the fallen off the radar; nobody seems to be tracking them anymore.  Once people have exhausted their 99 weeks maximum unemployment benefits, they fall into the ‘No Zone’.… [Read more]