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American Bridge PAC has released it’s 2016 Scouting Report on potential Republican Presidential Candidates.  Check it out here.  Just click on the GOPElephantcrappicture of one of these characters to learn about them, including some things they don’t advertise – FUN!

For example;

Scott Walker on the issues…

Issues At A Glance

Opposes abortion in cases of rape or incest: YES 245

Opposes universal background checks on guns: YES 246

Opposes equal pay legislation: YES 247

Opposes raising the minimum wage: YES 248

Opposes Medicaid expansion: YES 249

Opposes the Affordable Care Act: YES 250

Supports voter ID: YES 251

Supports Personhood legislation: YES 252

American Bridge has produced a welcome to the race ad for Jeb Bush.  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…Backstab

This week’s audio netcast: What has happened to the middle class? Author Joel Kotkin says the issue of class itself eats at the fabric of America. Sociologist Chad Broughton offers a case study of how NAFTA helped destroy middle class jobs in manufacturing. And Bill Press talks with progressive strategist Brad Woodhouse about 2016.

Laura Clawson of DailyKos examines the recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board to bring the union representation election process Electionresultsinto this century.

The National Labor Relations Board finally issued its long-in-the-works rule speeding up union representation elections. Currently, employers can drag out the election process by withholding information from organizers and with frivolous lawsuits, time they often use to intimidate and coerce workers away from union support.

The new rule, set to take effect on April 15, will cut waiting times between when an election is set and when it happens, put off litigation—often filed by businesses to drag out the election process—until after the election, allow election petitions to be filed electronically (hi there, 21st century!), require businesses to share additional worker contact information with union organizers, and consolidate the post-election appeals process.

These are modest changes aimed at streamlining and modernizing the process, but because anti-union bosses depend on stall tactics and making it as difficult as possible to even get to an election, the business lobby is up in arms. Of course, they claim it’s a noble concern for workers who might not have enough time to make an informed decision:

“It’s clear the Administration has an aggressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective labor policy,” said Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, in a written statement. “Shortening the time frame before an election robs employees of the ability to gather the facts they need to make an important and informed decision like whether or not to join a union and denies employers adequate time to prepare.”

Mind you, before a union files a petition to hold an election, it has collected signatures from a majority of workers in the business calling for that election. Under the new, indecently fast, rule, there’s a hearing eight days after the petition is filed. Then the election is scheduled. This is what business groups are describing as “ambush” or “quickie” elections. And we know, based on long experience of how businesses react to organizing drives, that what they want more time for is threatening workers with dire consequences if they unionize. That’s what bosses are afraid of losing here.

Does this graph prove the Two Santa Claus Theory?

Everybody understood at the time that economies are driven by demand. People with good jobs have money in their pockets, and want to use it to buy things. The job of the business community is to either determine or drive that demand to their particular goods, and when they’re successful at meeting the demand then factories get built, more people become employed to make more products, and those newly-employed people have a paycheck that further increases demand.

Wanniski decided to turn the classical world of economics – which had operated on this simple demand-driven equation for seven thousand years – on its head. In 1974 he invented a new phrase – “supply side economics” – and suggested that the reason economies grew wasn’t because people had money and wanted to buy things with it but, instead, because things were available for sale, thus tantalizing people to part with their money. The more things there were, the faster the economy would grow.

At the same time, Arthur Laffer was taking that equation a step further. Not only was supply-side a rational concept, Laffer suggested, but as taxes went down, revenue to the government would go up!

Neither concept made any sense – and time has proven both to be colossal idiocies – but together they offered the Republican Party a way out of the wilderness.

Ronald Reagan was the first national Republican politician to suggest that he could cut taxes on rich people and businesses, that those tax cuts would cause them to take their surplus money and build factories or import large quantities of cheap stuff from low-labor countries, and that the more stuff there was supplying the economy the faster it would grow. George Herbert Walker Bush – like most Republicans of the time – was horrified. Ronald Reagan was suggesting “Voodoo Economics,” said Bush in the primary campaign, and Wanniski’s supply-side and Laffer’s tax-cut theories would throw the nation into such deep debt that we’d ultimately crash into another Republican Great Depression.

But Wanniski had been doing his homework on how to sell supply-side economics. In 1976, he rolled out to the hard-right insiders in the Republican Party his “Two Santa Clauses” theory, which would enable the Republicans to take power in America for the next thirty years.

The Progressive has released this animated look at the profit-based Charter school movement.  Get ready to ditch your public school and generate some Profitschoolstest scores for your little one and revenue for some already rich guys like Rex Sinquefield.

Andy Borowitz examines the GOP response to the Torture Report…

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted his Democratic colleagues in the Senate on Thursday, telling reporters, “I’m sick and tired of people blaming George W. Bush for things he did.”

In the aftermath of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on torture, Cruz said, “Democrats have been busy with their favorite game again: bringing up catastrophic things that President Bush did and then blaming him for them.”

“Just because President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, costing thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, does that mean he should bear the blame for it?” he asked.

“America is not a place where you get blamed for things simply because they never would have happened unless you did them.”

Ruben Bolling puts a new spin on the Richard Scarry “Busytown” animation.

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