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Syndicated columnist Dana Milbank shares his story and why he is committing himself to the union movement…

I am proud to be a card-carrying member of Local 32035 of the Communications Workers of America.Unioncard

It was not always thus. The Post is an open shop, and I dropped my membership several years ago when the union was encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions to protest some management action. I didn’t see much sense in paying dues to accelerate the destruction of the newspaper business.

I don’t expect to gain much personally from rejoining the union faithful, because I’m in the top decile of American wage earners who have prospered in recent years. I signed up because income inequality, after years of worsening, has reached a crisis — and the decline in union membership is partly to blame. Rejoining the labor movement is my small, symbolic protest.

The gap in wealth and income between rich and poor is the worst since the Great Depression, and the gap between the rich and the middle class is at its highest since the government began keeping such statistics 30 years ago. After more than three decades of income growth for the wealthiest 10 percent and stagnation for everybody else, the top 3 percent now has more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.

And Americans are angry about it. The percentage of Americans who believe you can get ahead through hard work has declined about 15 points over the past 15 years, according to polling by Gallup and the Pew Research Center.

This Week’s audio netcast:  At this patriotic time of year, celebrating Memorial Day, journalist David Shipler says President Obama’sOnairradio campaign against whistleblowing reminds him of covering Cold War Russia. Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin, at this time of graduations and weddings, notes that the growing economic disparity is having a negative effect on higher education and marriage rates. And Congressman Dan Kildee takes on the president over trade in an interview on the Bill Press show.

My friend and one of the best State Representatives currently serving is taking the fight to the next level.  Bill Otto has announced he will be running for U.S. Representative from Missouri’s 2nd district.  This seat is currently occupied by Republican fundraiser Ann Image result for iMAGE, Missouri's second congressional districtWagner.  Check out Bill’s announcement and help him out if you can.  We will only move this country forward by investing in progressive candidates.

Bill Otto

You are invited to an informational meeting hosted by members of the community and Washington University environmental attorney, Maxine Lipeles.
Details: TUES, May 26th 6:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim UCC Church at 301 Academy St, Labadie MO 63055. No need to RSVP. If you know of others who should come, please feel free to invite them.
Find out what has transpired, what will be discussed at the June 11th final hearing of the Franklin County Commission (John Griesheimer, Tim Brinker) and get answers to your questions so you feel good about participating in the hearing. We have asked the commission to hold an informational meeting of their own, but we are not certain that will happen. The changes are convoluted and confusing at best. Take advantage of this opp ortunity to talk w/ others and the attorney most versed in what the regulations mean.
Thank you to those who testified and/or provided letters to the commission during the previous set of hearings. We need you attend the last hearing, June 11th starting at 9 am with evening hours. We need as many people as possible to articulate their concerns and recommendations to the commission before they make their decision.
If you cannot attend the hearing on June 11th, you can submit comments by email or mail to the County Commission. An email will be provided and we will let you know those details when they become available. Also check our Facebook page for updates: Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO). It is not unlikely that some changes will occur before the hearing date. Check our Facebook page for any last minute changes before driving out t o Franklin County.
FC Commission Hearing Details: June 11th, Franklin County Government Center, 400 E Locust in downtown Union MO 63084. Sign-up to testify before 8:30 a.m., testimony begins at 9:00 a.m. w/ Ameren, then LEO then public at large. Breaks at lunch and dinner. Evening testimony begins after dinner and continues until 8:00 p.m.
If you need additional information, feel free to call me at the number below.
Regards,
Patricia
Patricia Schuba, President
Labadie Environmental Organization (LEO)
P.O. Box 112 Labadie MO, 63055
c:  636.392.0018 (NEW 3/30/15)
prsmail@gmail.com

Yes, I do subscribe to several different conservative news and commentary sites.  I do have a strong stomach.  This article from ListeningGOPUSA, Republicans lose faith in party leadership, sheds light on how things look from their side of the fence.  It’s definitely not greener if we judge by the numbers.  It also highlights how the trade debate is exposing the corporate lackey’s to their friends on the right.

A new Pew Research Center poll shows that America is unhappy with the GOP led Congress. In fact, Americans are disgusted as Republican congressional leaders only registered a 22% overall approval rating.

What is especially significant is that the poll shows this anger is bi-partisan. Only 41% of Republicans approve of the performance of the GOP congressional leadership. This is much lower than the 60% approval rating GOP leaders received in 2011 and the 78% approval rating they received from Republicans in 1995, months after the party took control of Congress for the first time in 40 years.

Looks like many conservatives share progressive views on American jobs…

This trade promotion authority would force Congress to accept the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 other nations without any amendments. It would require Congress to schedule an up or down vote on the trade pact, creating “fast track” legislation. Many conservatives are leery of any trade deal that gives the President more power and might lead to the further dissolution of American manufacturing jobs. Both Boehner and McConnell are supportive of this agreement, which critics label as another gift to big business at the expense of middle class America.

And fourth amendment privacy…

After passing a trade deal, McConnell will turn to renewing the Patriot Act, despite major NSA abuses and a significant invasion of the privacy of ordinary Americans. It is another issue that pits GOP leadership against the majority of Republicans.

And for someone to govern of, by, and for the people and not the corporations  Even if Mitt Romney thinks corporations are people…

Clearly, congressional Republicans are not advancing a conservative agenda or stopping President Obama. This betrayal of conservatism is reflected in the Pew poll. The stage is now set for the 2016 presidential race where true conservative candidates will be facing establishment backed candidates like former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

If an establishment Republican is nominated, millions of conservatives will be disgusted and will bid farewell to the GOP. This will insure that the Republican Party, which has lost the popular vote in 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections, will lose again.

Are you listening Blaine Luetkemeyer?  His campaign donors look like Blaine is an establishment vote for sure.  What do you think?  These are the top four groups in dollars contributed.

Industry Total
Commercial Banks $153,750
Insurance $127,700
Finance/Credit Companies $89,500
Securities & Investment $66,100

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Addicting Info thinks this may be Elizabeth Warren’s best speech.  I’m not sure about that but she definitely describes the dastardly Exclamation Pointdoings in D.C.  Her comparison of America before Trickle Down economics was introduced by Ronald Reagan and detailed account of how the middle class has been destroyed by it are classic.

“They attacked wages. They attacked pensions. They attacked healthcare. They attacked unions. They attacked education. They attacked science. They attacked financial regulation. They attacked all the pieces that built America’s middle class coming out of the Great Depression. Why? Why go after hard-working people?”

 

I recently contacted Missouri Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill seeking their position on Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track.

Here is the response from Senator Blunt…

Dear Darin,

Thank you for contacting me regarding Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as “fast track” authority .

As you may know, TPA expired July 1, 2007, and President Barack Obama officially requested on July 30, 2013 that Congress reauthorize this time-limited authority.  Specifically, TPA provides Congressional guidance to the President regarding trade policy and negotiations.  Congress can also include requirements for the Administration to notify and consult Congress and other stakeholders throughout negotiations of trade agreements.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden introduced S. 995, the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA 2015).  The bill, if enacted, would reauthorize TPA and establish strong standards for international trade negotiations to boost American exports and create economic opportunities and jobs.  I recognize the critical economic benefits that trade agreements produce when negotiated by the Administration with the appropriate input of Congress.

Congr ess must preserve its role in international trade agreements because such agreements are integral to job creation and economic  growth when properly negotiated and enforced .   These policies are among the few growth-driven avenues to economic recovery.  Responsible trade policies strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry and create private-sector jobs by promoting trade and investment abroad.     Equally important , TPA 2015 sets forth clear negotiating objectives which will protect U.S. sovereignty and ensure congressional oversight over the negotiations through vigorous reporting requirements.

Again, thank you for contacting me.   I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook ( www.facebook.com/SenatorBlunt ) and Twitter ( www.twitter.com/RoyBlunt ) about the important issues facing Missouri and the country.     I also   encourage you to visit my website (blunt.senate.gov ) to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.

Sincere regards,

Roy Blunt
United States Senator

Pretty standard for a Republican.  Ignore the 60,000 factories that have disappeared, millions of jobs eliminated, stagnant wages, lost tax revenue, and compromised sovereignty to carry water for corporate donors.

Unfortunately, it looks like Senator Claire McCaskill has joined him in voting for both cloture and final passage.

Democrats who backed advancing the bill included Michael Bennet of Colorado, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Chris Coons of Delaware, Dianne Feinstein of California, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Claire McCaskillof Missouri, Patty Murray of Washington, Bill Nelson of Florida, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Mark Warner of Virginia and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

The final bill didn’t include any protections against currency manipulation, from corporations ability to sue government entities, takes away the ability of congress to vote on adding additional nations to future trade agreements but does allow other agreements negotiated in secret to be run through Congress on a strict yes or no vote.  Fast Track would be in effect for the next six years.

So if your plant closes, job moves overseas, or you have a hard time getting a raise remember this vote.  This vote is a knife in the back of America’s working class.

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If your paychecks are direct deposited or you take that paycheck to the bank it may be time to ask yourself “Is my bank too big?”  Ring Screwof Fire has this video by Robert Reich that helps answer that question.  If you were affected by the last bank meltdown in 2008 or currently in danger if big finance takes a big dump maybe it’s time to do something about it.

To paraphrase – Screw me once, shame on you.  Screw me twice shame on me!

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