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Rewriting the Union Label

12:40 pm in Uncategorized by JP Sottile

Why do anti-union crusaders and their corporate backers seem so bent on attacking teachers and public employees?

Well, it’s a simple matter of supply and demand.

They demand the opportunity to finally break the economic and political power of unions. And they demand that we somehow blame unions for the dysfunctional economic system created by corporations and their peculiar brand of globalization.

But the supply of unionized workers is dwindling.

In fact, their globalized wealth reallocation system has worked so well that those demonized teachers and public employees are practically the only union workers still standing. While just over 37% of public sector employees currently belong to unions, only about 7% of private sector employees are unionized. And with so much of America’s productive capacity now relocated to far-off, painfully inexpensive shores, teachers and other public sector employees are just about the only union “enemies” they have left.

Long gone are the days when you could look for the union label…and actually find one!

The entire blog was picked up today by RSN (unpaid). I want to share it with the FDL community, but RSN wants it exclusively for a few days…so please check it out here.


Karl’s Got a Bug Up His Arse

8:28 pm in Uncategorized by JP Sottile

One of Karl Rove’s ever-diminishing talents is for putting bugs in strange places.

Like his own office.

True story.

Told in “Bush’s Brain”… Karl bugged himself and then, once it was found, he blamed his opponent in a soft, passive-aggressive sorta way. It worked. The event created a backlash.

But now, the Boy Genius of the Neo-Con nightmare we all call the start of the 21st Century is experiencing another campaign tactic-inspired backlash. This time, it’s the revulsion of the overwhelming majority of the World and the American Electorate to him and his style of politics.

Awwww. Diddums get smacked upside the head by reality?

Whatever one might say about the last eight years, the simple fact is the Rove…a man widely hailed in the press for many years as a "genius"…is looking pretty darn stupid these days.

The GOP is now a fading relic of a soon-to-be bygone era of aging White folks hunkered down in suburbs and rural enclaves, driving gas-guzzling SUVs, clinging to guns and fearful of Black and Brown people, but ever-more happy to buy anything and everything plastic made in China with their magically free-flowing credit lines.

And Karl played a huge role in that. And now Karl is out there yelling at Frank Sesno and David Plouffe about "bias" and "partisan rancor" and the need to "work together" and discard partisan impulses.
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