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The Center for American Progress details Four Progressive policies that make families stronger…

Conservatives have long claimed the mantle of family values. Meanwhile, many of the same individuals who tout the importance of marriage and family oppose policies such as increasing the minimum wage, strengthening collective bargaining, expanding Medicaid, and supporting reproductive rights. This might make sense if such policies were negatively associated with family stability and well-being. But new Center for American Progress analysis shows that if conservatives want to support strong, stable, and healthy families, these are precisely the kinds of policies they should embrace.Image result for Image, Happy Family

In fact, states that hew to a conservative line on these four policies—a low minimum wage, anti-union legislation, restrictive Medicaid eligibility for low-income parents and other adults, and limited reproductive rights—fare substantially worse on four family stability indicators than states that take a progressive approach. On average, the divorce rate is 28 percent higher,1 the infant mortality rate is 32 percent higher, the birth rate among women ages 15 to 19 is 50 percent higher, and the share of children who live with neither parent is 17 percent higher in states with conservative stances on all four policies compared with states with progressive stances on all four policies.2These indicators are not always associated with negative outcomes, but these situations are often accompanied by emotional and financial challenges that affect family well-being.

  1. Increasing the minimum wage
  2. Strengthening collective bargaining
  3. Expanding Medicaid
  4. Supporting reproductive rights

A new study by forensic psychologists confirms what workers already knew.  One in five corporate executives expressed psychopathic traits such as narcissism and a lack of empathy or Image result for Image, corporate psychopathremorse – compared to 1 in 100 in the general population!



Mike Konzcal of the Nation offers a response to “The Donald” and his trade policy with Here’s The Trade Policy That Progressives Should Get Behind….

Globalization has had serious impacts on working-class communities—but we need to know which part of globalization we’re talking about. Though Trump often focuses on NAFTA, the volume of trade with Mexico produced by the deal ultimately wasn’t big enough to disrupt the lives of many American workers. What really made the difference was China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. As the economists David Autor, David Dorn, and Gordon Hanson have found, areas that were exposed to the most trade with China faced significant, long-lasting negative consequences for workers. Manufacturing was hit hard, and so were workers outside manufacturing—especially those without a college degree—as these areas lost their economic vitality. Contrary to the optimistic forecasts offered by many economists, workers didn’t magically get jobs in new places and new industries; instead, they faced worse employment prospects and lower wages—if they found jobs at all.

Editor’s Note:  A bus load of Franklin County residents that worked at Integram St. Louis Seating and were members of UAW Local 1760  joined together and took a bus to Washington D.C. and protested PNTR with China on the steps of the Capitol.  The Republican congressman representing Franklin County voted to support PNTR with China.

So what can be done? First, we need a progressive vision of what trade deals should look like in the future. Here’s one: At this point in globalization’s spread, these deals are less about direct trading between countries and far more about the regulations that govern multinational corporations as they expand across the globe. We should be sure that trade deals don’t interfere with any country’s ability to regulate corporate behavior. So-called “investor-state dispute settlements” do just that, by allowing companies to sue countries over their domestic regulations in opaque international tribunals. We also shouldn’t use trade deals to allow sectors like the pharmaceutical industry to push regulations friendly to them into developing nations. The labor movement must be strong internationally to avoid a global race to the bottom, so any progressive trade deal should boost workers’ power in other countries. And within these deals, we need mechanisms to prevent other countries from manipulating their currency, which China did to its great benefit during the 2000s.

Stephen Colbert features this mock interview with Melania Trump defending the comments of her “Donald.”

Actress Laura Benanti, who first played Melania Trump after it was revealed that she had plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention, returned to the Late Show on Tuesday with another hilarious impression to defend Donald Trump amid mounting claims of sexual assault.Image result for Image, Actress Laura Benanti

“I did not know this, but when American men gather to sport they always brag of grabbing women by the Billy Bush,” Benanti told Stephen Colbert.

 The parody comes a day after the real Melania gave two rare interviews dismissing a bombshell recording that caught her husband bragging about groping women without their consent as “locker room talk.” The potential first lady also blamed Access Hollywood host Billy Bush for “egging” the real estate magnate on with his lewd comments.

By the end of the brilliant spoof, Benanti unwittingly stumbled into making a surprise endorsement. Watch above.

Huffington Post looks at how this election could affect the stock market in Donald Trump Victory Would Send Stocks Plummeting 10 – 15 Percent…

A victory for Republican nominee Donald Trump would send stock markets in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia down by 10 to 15 percent, according to a new economic analysis.

In a paper released Friday by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution, economics professors Justin Wolfers and Eric Zitzewitz tracked overnight trading during the first presidential debate last month between Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. They found that markets around the world surged as it became clear that Clinton had won the face-off.

“Markets believe this election will have huge ramifications for the global economy,” Wolfers wrote in a flurry of tweets breaking down his findings. “It’s not just about us; it’s about the world.”

Of course, this would be a shock to the investment, college, and retirement savings of many Americans.  History shows that the economy does better with Democrats in power…

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YouTube brings this clip of Terry Tate “Office Linebacker” delivering a special message to Donald J. Trump.  If the kids are around and haven’t seen the Access Hollywood clip of DT talking about his approach to meeting women this video may not be appropriate.

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Last Thursday night Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump attended the annual Al Smith dinner hosted by the archdiocese of New York. The Huffington Post has this video of Hillary’s remarks which include some zingers that might just work when visiting your conservative uncle!  Please feel free to share. Image result for Image, laughing

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gently skewered GOP opponent Donald Trump on Thursday ? and joked about herself ? in a tense joint appearance at a charity dinner that has been a lighthearted presidential campaign tradition.

Both candidates spoke at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual event in New York held by the Archdiocese of New York and attended by major Catholic leaders and donors, as well as influential New Yorkers. Presidential candidates traditionally make funny speeches in election years.

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Is there a similarity between Donald Trump and Jeff Dunham’s Walter?


Time magazine writer Rana Foroohar tackles an issue that has been missing from this year’s presidential debates – the role of unions in our economy.  The October 11th edition of Time contains How Stronger Unions Could Fix Our Economy – And Our Politics…

“It’s become pretty clear that in order to raise wages and reduce inequality, the number one thing that we could do would be to increase worker power within our economy,” says David Madland, a senior fellow at CAP and the author of the study.stronger-unions

Strengthening unions might also have the knock-on effect of decreasing populism. At least some of the ugliness we’ve seen this election cycle has been rooted in rising inequality. Meanwhile, about one-third of the recent increase in wage inequality for American males can be attributed to weakening unions, according to research by Harvard and Washington University academics. A separate IMF study found that countries without unions see a 10% increase in the share of income that goes to the highest earners.

By contrast, the social benefits of unions stretch across generations. American children of fathers without a college education earn 28% more if their dad was in a labor union, compared to those whose fathers were non-union. In other words, the demise of American unions — only about 7% of private sector workers currently belong to one — has been a key factor in the rising wealth gap, but also in the sort of horrific, Hobbesian presidential politics we’ve seen over the past year. (Many economists see the wealth gap as a big reason why we aren’t enjoying a more sustainable recovery.)

The big challenge to revitalizing unions is moving beyond today’s system of labor law, which hasn’t been updated since 1935. Unions get a bad rap in the U.S. in part because most collective bargaining can be done only at a firm-by-firm level. That creates a race to the bottom away from higher-wage unionized firms. Yet there is a wealth of research that shows that when bargaining can be done at an industry level — the way it is in most other countries, including Germany, Sweden, Australia, and Canada, among others — you get higher national wages without sacrificing economic competitiveness. That’s because factors like labor representation on corporate boards and the ability to bargain collectively is associated with greater productivity levels, as management and labor are better able to work together to solve problems. (See here for an example of how this helped German companies gain market share against U.S. firms in the wake of the financial crisis.)

Such a drastic change won’t be easy. Reforming the National Labor Relations Board will require policy action. “Legal changes [to collective bargaining structures] have to come first – unions simply aren’t powerful enough right now to drive this change on their own,” says Madland. Yet there are already examples at the state and local level that show the potential of a new kind of labor movement. Think about the Fight for $15 movement in various cities, which has helped bolster low-end service pay across industries. It’s something that Hillary (fingers crossed) should make a top priority if she’s elected. It would help stabilize our economy — and our democracy, too.

Many months ago when “The Donald” started his quest for the Presidency of the United States he was already known as the Birther-in-Chief .  The first issue that catapulted him into serious contention was the focus on the damage done by bad trade deals.  His position that Ford should face a 35% tariff on vehicles that they imported back onto the United States caught fire with many and seemed a logical way to stop outsourcing and bring jobs back to the U.S.  In addition to the popularity of this approach, this concept has proven itself over the last two hundred years to be economically sound.  To this day, almost all automakers produce their trucks in the United States to avoid the 25% tariff known as the “chicken tax.”  Despite protests by the automakers themselves, there is no doubt that a similar tariff on other vehicles would have the same result.  The result would be assembly, supplier, and logistics jobs returning to America.Image result for 2 sides of Donald Trump

On this issue, I agree with Donald Trump.  Unfortunately, I have long had reservations about his commitment and integrity on this issue.  Unlike Bernie Sanders, his history both in personal practices and past statements lead to ample doubts about his true beliefs.

Supporting this skepticism is Donald Trump’s own words.  As recently as January of 2013 he expressed the direct opposite position of his current campaign rhetoric.  Trump: Europe is a terrific place for investment written by Donald Trump for CNN stands as evidence for those skeptical of DT’s position on trade.

(CNN) – What has been made clear by current events and financial upheavals since 2008 is that the global economy has become truly that — global.

The near meltdown we experienced a few years ago made it clear that our economic health depended on dependence on each other to do the right thing.

We are now closer to having an economic community in the best sense of the term — we work with each other for the benefit of all.

I think we’ve all become aware of the fact that our cultures and economics are intertwined. It’s a complex mosaic that cannot be approached with a simple formula for the correct pattern to emerge. In many ways, we are in unchartered waters.

The good news, in one respect, is that what is done affects us all. There won’t be any winners or losers as this is not a competition. It’s a time for working together for the best of all involved. Never before has the phrase “we’re all in this together” had more resonance or relevance.

Does that sound like a “one-world” position?  How about this?

Our challenge is to acknowledge those pieces and to see how they can form a whole that works together well without losing any cultural flavor in the process. It’s a combination of preservation along with forward thinking.

Europe is a terrific place for investment. I am proud to have built a great golf course in Scotland after searching throughout Europe for five years for the right location. I’ve seen many beautiful places.

The future of Europe, as well as the United States, depends on a cohesive global economy. All of us must work toward together toward that very significant common goal.

Does that sound like “America First?”


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