Labor Day Demonstration against child labor - 1909
So if "class warfare" actually breaks out (we’re not talking about beheading rich folks .... yet!) with what "class" do you identify?
Are you "middle class, upper middle-class, lower class?" These are categories we love to use and always see in the corporate media.
These categories are based on how much you make and how much you consume. They assume you work. You have a job. If if are "lower" or "middle" class you cannot stay home and live on accumulated wealth or on income generated by others working for you. Yet rarely are such folks characterized as "workers".
The broad categories of class are better defined by your relationship to the process of the production of wealth.
You are either a worker, selling your labor because you have no other adequate source of income or you are an owner, a capitalist whose income is generated by others - i.e workers in your factory/corporation or your investments, or your accumulated wealth. Read more
This year I will be 71 years old, assuming I make it and I have close family now into their eighties. I was born in the first year of WW II and my older relatives born in the 1930s during the Great Depression.
When I was a kid grandparents lived with their children and their grandchildren. One of the kids took in their mom and pop while the rest of the kids were expected to kick into the pot to provide for their support.
That’s the way it was before Social Security.
Folks were expected to work until they died which usually wasn’t long. The average life expectancy for a male in the 1920s was 49 years. If you lived longer there was no expected retirement age. You worked until you could no longer work or until you could no longer find work.
Then you were expected to live on your savings. Home ownership at the time was below 20% in the lower working class and the average wage adjusted for inflation in today’s purchasing power was around $13,000. So usually old folks didn’t have sufficient resources to live on.
So you went to your children if you had any. It was expected. Grandma usually got one of the children’s bedrooms. Read more
Patience; this is what I have been recommending all along. The economy has been improving for a while now, the stock market has recovered and making money, and now Americans are going back to work.
It was just reported, unemployment fell for September to its lowest number since January 2009. There were 114,000 jobs added in September, and 86,000 more jobs were added in July and August than originally reported.
This is of course, good news for the Obama Campaign and it should turn the election even more in his favor. Mitt Romney’s job to convince Americans that Obama does not know what he’s doing when it comes to the economy, just got a lot more difficult. Read more
President Obama has made a political move by offering continuance of the Bush tax cuts for 98 percent of Americans while the tax cuts for the top two income brackets expires. I think it’s a smart move politically but I also believe that for us to continue those tax cuts is irresponsible as our nation continues to go deeper in dept. Read more
Despite across-the-board high U.S. unemployment and the platitudes of government officials, Congress and the President still hew to policies that allow almost a million new legal immigrant workers to enter the country annually.
The unemployment picture for returning veterans is particularly grim. One in three young vets is unemployed. Recently returning veterans age 18 to 24 are being disproportionately affected. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, young male veterans had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent, nearly double the rate of their nonveteran counterparts. And, unemployment for African American male vets tops 40 percent. Read more
Recently Ron Paul admitted he won’t be able to clinch enough. This isn’t news, of course. Even though the media has ignored and deliberately miscounted delegates, every true champion of liberty knew his campaign wasn’t about winning, but about educating and spreading an ideology. Read more
I don’t think so. People are already making hay out of this, particularly with the comparison to the comment McCain made in ’08 about how “The fundamentals of the economy are strong”… just as the markets proceeded to fall off a cliff.
What happened when McCain made that bizarre comment? Obama & Co. immediately turned it into a campaign ad, to great effect. So this is the exact same situation, right? The economy is huffing and wheezing, millions are still unemployed, this whole election will be about nothing BUT the economy (unless we attack Iran), and Obama comes through strong with “The private sector is doing fine.” His campaign is doomed, just like McCain’s was in ’08, right? Read more
A crescendo of anger seems to build within some of us who have strong feelings about the direction of the country and where it is heading.
Conservatives are concerned that the country is turning into a hotbed of sin, with homosexuals gaining ground on same-sex marriages and abortions numbers growing consistently.
Liberals are concerned that our country will become a theocracy, with laws passed in both federal and state houses across the country forcing religious edicts upon all American citizens. Read more
Anyone who reads my blogs, know I’m liberal and I’m supportive of most liberal causes. But there are a few things I’m not liberal about and one of those is Welfare. Don’t get me wrong; I’m supportive of general relief, meaning a very temporary program to help those who fall between the cracks.
I do mean temporary though; not a few years or even a few months – a month or two at the most. After that money is gone, then I believe we should have a government provided work program that offers a low wage community based jobs program to any able-bodied person who needs help. Read more
Among the many promises from the GOP candidates, Gingrich’s “grandiose” promise to make gas $2.50 didn’t resonate with southern voters as a result of the Mississippi and Alabama–and Hawaii–primaries. Santorum took Alabama with xx percent and Romney took Mississippi with xx percent.
A third of Tea Party (a big deal!) voters went for Santorum and women voters faired the same. The unapologetic social conservative defied the Left who predicted his focus on reproductive health would turn women away. Read more
February employment in the private sector rose by 217,000 according to an Automatic Data Processing report. Service sector employment rose 202,000, while employment in the goods-producing sector rose 15,000. The company revised its January report slightly, up to a gain of 189,000 from 187,000.
The Federal government will report its February non-farm payroll numbers on Friday, and economists are expecting a gain of 200,000 jobs for an official unemployment rate of 9.1%.
Come This November, whoever is the Republican nominee facing off with President Barack Obama; there will be a few points of priorities that will need to be addressed by both the Republican nominee and the president.
1. The Economy: This issue is at the top of the list where it belongs. Americans are concerned about the economy more than anything. Even though we’re on the path to recovery, it’s moving very slowly. The stock market has continued to rise which is usually the sign of a healthy economy but jobs are still a strong contention being that the unemployment rate is still over 8 percent. Americans want someone who’s going to make jobs their top priority. Read more
By Matt Mackowiak
Presidential reelection campaigns are always about the incumbent - serving as a referendum of that President's performance in office and the results of their policies. It's a choice election. It's not about the challenger. What the incumbent tries to do is to make the other "choice" unacceptable, resulting in the incumbent's reelection. Read more
Ryan, a widely admitted Ayn Rand fanboy who seems unaware that she wrote libertarian-fantasy fiction while collecting social security and Medicare, is the new GOP "it" guy.
We must love boisterous blowhards. As Americans, we are fixated on people who make loud, definitive declarations so we can stand behind them waving our oversized number-one foam-fingers chanting: "Go team! Win!" If you take away all the nebbishy number-crunching and bureaucracy - which is most of government - politics is all posturing and platitude landing. Read more
The February US unemployment rate is out and it's a welcomed 8.9 percent with 250,000 new jobs, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The high mark of unemployment was reached in the fourth quarter of 2009 at 9.9 percent as we sunk into the Great Recession. Read more