Eventually the tired game will exhaust itself. Beneath the billions of dollars, U.S. elections are lifeless events. The predictable flopping from Democrat to Republican and back again, with voters given no real choice but to punish the party in power — by electing the party that was punished previously. This endless, irrational dynamic is the […]
This article is co-published with Occupy.com. In the 2012 national elections, despite an increase of over 8 million eligible voters from 2008, voter turnout declined from 131 million to 126 million, with 93 million not voting. These figures alone demonstrate a growing disbelief that people have any voice in the two-party political game. In addition, […]
It’s true that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have many political differences. But they also agree on many essential policies; enough to make the next four years easily predictable, no matter who wins. Here are five predictions based on the most important shared beliefs of the two candidates:
For some time now, Labor has been punched into a corner when it comes to state legislation. Over the last two years legislation has been passed in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan that has attempted to gut largely public workers of their union rights.
The issue of unemployment and underemployment loomed above the hype of both the Republican and Democratic Party conventions with the cold stare of a harsh judge. Many promises and dubious claims were made from the respective party podiums, but no real solutions were put forward.
It took less than 24 hours for Obama’s “inspiring” convention speech to be smothered by the reality of the job crisis. The August national jobs report showed that the U.S. economy failed to create enough new jobs to keep up with population growth. More importantly, in August 368,000 Americans completely dropped out of the labor […]
As the U.S. sinks further and further into economic decline, with 23 million people unemployed or underemployed and one report after another detailing the everyday sense of dread the average working class family faces with a declining standard of living, cuts to education and vital services for those most in need, the tightly controlled spectacle […]
Bruce A. Dixon Abject and unwavering support of President Barack Obama on the part of blacks and what used to be called “the left” has made them pretty much irrelevant since Obama emerged as a viable presidential candidate back in mid-2007. After five years of the Age of Obama, four of them as president, one […]
Paul Ryan is suddenly a household name after becoming Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate. Before that, Ryan had only become right-wing leadership material in the last year, based on his proposed national budget that hacks away at the core of many national social programs, including Medicare.
Just found out today (August 4, 2012) that Roseanne Barr and I were given the confidence and nomination of the Peace and Freedom Party of California at the nominating convention. Even though Roseanne and I have been a member of the party for almost four years, now, the nomination wasn’t in the bag—there were some […]
Vote NO on Proposition 28 — Term limits Limit of 8 years (senate)/6 years (assembly) replaced with 12-year limit on combined service. Socialists approach the elections differently than liberals or conservatives, Democrats or Republicans. Under the electoral system we have today, big business rules the roost. The political system is stacked in favor of big business, […]
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer Current political developments in California highlight the gaping chasm that divides the established political process — which is routinely mislabeled as “democratic” — with the positions embraced by the vast majority of Californians. Unfortunately, California is to the United States as Greece is to Europe: both are fiscal basket cases. California has […]
The big public sector unions of California and Oregon had their courage examined recently — both were found lacking. The unions backed down from a challenge from their respective Democratic governors, before any fight could be waged. The issue at stake was whether to tax the rich of both states to offset the state deficits caused by […]
As labor leaders across the U.S. shift resources away from defending workers and into Obama’s re-election campaign, millions of organized and non-organized workers remain unemployed and hopeless. Contrary to the “optimistic” government jobs numbers, the jobs crisis grinds onward. Some labor leaders will argue that getting Obama elected is the first step towards addressing the jobs […]
Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer This winter the California Federation of Teachers (CFT) sent tremors of hope through its ranks by announcing it was going to spearhead an attempt to place an initiative on the California ballot — appropriately called the “Millionaires Tax” — that would raise taxes only on millionaires (3 percent on those […]
California Federation of Teacher’s response to falsehoods about the Millionaires Tax. We regret that the California Teachers Association (CTA) leadership has issued a flier filled with misinformation about the Millionaires Tax to its members and the public. This effort to confuse and mislead is a grave disservice to everyone seeking new revenues for schools and services. The flier is factually inaccurate, both about the Millionaires Tax and the governor’s proposal. Here’s the truth about just two falsehoods.
“CFT is proud to be standing side by side with you here today, and proud to be working with a statewide alliance of community and union partners to promote the Millionaires Tax for the November 2012 ballot.
The Millionaires Tax will raise taxes only on the wealthiest Californians, people who make more than a million dollars a year. The Millionaires Tax will permanently generate around $6 billion per year to begin to restore funding to schools and services.”
“Our response to this economic war on the people is to ensure that public education be supported by a stable, rational and democratic system of taxation and we believe a good way to accomplish that is to pass the Oil Extraction Tax To Fund Education (Prop 1522), which would impose a 15% tax on the extraction of oil and gas: finite resources that belong to the people. That tax would generate $3 to $3.5 billion a year for the 9-10 million students in K-12, Community Colleges, CSU and UC. California is the only major oil-producing state that has no oil extraction tax. Even Texas and Alaska have an oil extraction tax.”
San Francisco voters are being urged to vote for so-called pension reform proposals. The labor union officials, Mayor Lee and the Chamber of Commerce have been promoting Proposition C, which will increase the amount of money workers contribute to their pensions. Meanwhile, Jeff Adachi, a prominent city official, has placed a competing measure on the ballot that […]
Introduction by Workers Action Below are two items. (1) A Special Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign (WERC) Report by Bill Leumer and Alan Benjamin, Co-conveners of the WERC entitled: “With Labor’s Support We Can Get the California Democracy Act on the Ballot;” and (2) a Resolution of the San Francisco Labor Council on Building a Coalition […]
Cynthia McKinney The path leads in the same direction it always has: agitation, organization, and confrontation with Power. Cynthia McKinney chose a Harlem church to announce the formation of DIGNITY, to bring the Black body politic back from its current comatose state. “Dignity is attempting to show real change is possible” – if people fight […]
Cindy Sheehan An article with the above title appeared in the S.F. Chronicle two days after election day. The premise for this article was because I “only” received 17% of the vote and because Prop V. (which restored the predatory and possibly illegal JROTC) passed, now Fox News could not run any stories about “wacky” […]
We have moved right through November 4th because this is a movement for peace and against corporate control of our political system. Movements can’t stop, we must keep moving.
The way we do elections in this country must be reformed because clearly the campaigns with the most money won all over the country. If we never level the playing field to allow the people’s voice and message to be heard, the tyranny of incumbency and the obscene amount of money spent on these circuses will continue and true progressive change will never happen.
CINDY SHEEHAN & COLONEL (RET.) ANN WRIGHT speak out for: YES on Prop U – End the War in Iraq NO on Prop V – No Military Recruitment in Our Schools Published on http://www.nomilitaryrecruitmentinourschools.org/press.html November 2, 2008 CINDY SHEEHAN & COLONEL (RET.) ANN WRIGHT speak out for: YES on Prop U – End the War […]
Statement from Power to the People Campaign Supporters Vote for Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente on November 4! Where We Stand on the “Four Points of Unity” Agreement between Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader We, the undersigned activists for independent political action, call on Blacks, Latinos, youth, and working […]
Prop. 8 is an attack orchestrated by phony “Protect Marriage” organizations. This attack on this new social advance serves as a distraction from the devastating effects that the recession and the long occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are having in the U.S. These backward political groups instead try to focus people’s attention on the “destruction” gays and lesbians are supposedly foisting on society. Most working people are under tremendous pressure.