O’Scanlon R-Monmouth plans to phase out jobs, via self-serve gas

Pump your own gas in New Jersey? Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has plans to change New Jersey’s long-standing ban. His bill would be phased in over three-years. (This was reported on nj.com)According to O’Scanlon he is “amazed at how many people bring this issue to him.”

Fellow New Jersey taxpayers and voters, the question is “why?”

( we have a great article from Shane Johnson ON THE SUBJECT   http://defenderofthemiddleclass.com/why-new-jersey-has-full-service-gas-stations )

The alarming!!  Assemblyman O’Scanlon, do you realize that New Jersey has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation? How would eliminating jobs benefit the New Jersey economy?

Assemblyman O’Scanlon, with New Jersey’s budget at a shortfall (AGAIN) and desperate measures will be needed to balance (AGAIN), how is eliminating any potential tax revenue wise?

Two important questions that need to be answered!

What we do know from other self-serve experiences: less-workers equals less tax-revenue and more profits for business! That I am guessing is the real reason O’Scanlon is proposing this bill. “The same people bringing him the issue??? I would not be amazed.

Hillary Clinton, union support and Walmart

Hillary Clinton’s second run for president, what will voters remember from her first attempt? Time helps us forget, and for a second time presidential candidate, Clinton like all other second time candidates  would want voters to forget some of the past. I sort of forgot this gem, but a quick internet search of Hillary Clinton and Walmart  was all I needed to fully jog my memory.

Hillary Clinton sat on Walmart’s board from 1986-1992. During her time on the board, Clinton was a “valuable contributor” according to founder Sam Walton. Clinton had the opportunity to serve on the board with John Tate who often used this anti-union quote: “Labor Unions are nothing but blood sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living.” Walmart claimed this was not their postion it was Tates views.” Though it is hard to argue that Tate did not have Walmarts backing considering their overall anti-worker history.

pic: defenderofthemiddleclass.com
pic: defenderofthemiddleclass.com

In 2008, then candidate Barack Obama challenged Clinton’s relationship with Walmart. It had been stated by Clinton ” I now do not hold those views.” But she did pocket $20,000 in campaign donations from Walmart executives.

During Clinton’s 2008 run she managed to get support from dozen’s of unions. For the 2016 campaign will unions still ignore her Walmart connection? We do have unions with boycotts of Walmart in place which were also in place back in 2008. These unions though still supported Clinton? I struggle with this, how can you ignore such a glaring flaw? Yes glaring flaw! She afterall still accepted money from America’s most anti-labor company; after denouncing her Walmart past.

So when it comes time for union endorsements, ask your union if they fully considered Clinton’s Walmart history.

Source: http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4218509&page=1

Taking a STEP Forward With Bernie Sanders

Though there is much I could say, I will certainly attempt to keep this brief. It may be hard, however, since I have been quite the fan of Bernie Sanders for years now. His recent announcement that he will be running for president, as well as reading numerous articles from various viewpoints in response to this announcement, has forced me to think long and hard about this announcement. Ultimately, I am “Ready for Bernie”, but with a full understanding of what Bernie is….and what he isn’t.

The best place for one to start exploring both sides of the “should we support Bernie?”, the U.S. Senator from the great (and quite progressive) state of Vermont and self-identified “democratic socialist”, argument is two articles published on Jacobin magazines website. Bhaskar Sunkara demonstrates his support for Bernie Sanders in a fantastically argued article which touts Bernie’s socialist credentials and argues that, although Bernie is running as a Democrat, his candidacy will create openings for Left-wing ideas currently marginalized by mainstream discourse. In essence, a Sanders candidacy can go a long way toward pushing the Democratic Party to the left, while opening up room for other forms of left-wing organizing and coalition-building. Ashely Smith, however, argues that a Sanders presidential run with do more harm than good for Left-wing organizing. Citing Sanders’ decision to run as a Democrat, the softening of many of his positions over the years (especially on Israel and militarism), and his choice to run as a presidential candidate (where he has little chance of winning and a great chance of compromising much of what he, and his supporters, believe in) and not as a more viable choice, such as Governor of Vermont (where he could have capitalized on his tremendous independent support in Vermont) where he could have had more effect. Ultimately, a Sanders’ Democratic candidacy will push Sanders to the right, not the Democratic Party to the left, and will cause erstwhile organizers to waste their time on a Sanders candidacy which could better be utilized in organizing independent challenges to the status quo, argues Smith. Both points are well taken, and I find much I agree with in both articles. If anything, I find myself leaning more towards the arguments put forward by Smith. That being said, I am still willing to put my support behind Bernie. It is certainly true that Sanders’ call for a “political revolution” falls far short of a “social revolution” hoped for by many leftists (and Sanders’ version of a ‘political revolution’ is perfectly in keeping with the rules of the status quo and, by definition, is not a ‘revolution’ at all), his self-identification as a ‘socialist’ is a bit misleading (he would be best characterized as a “social democrat”, a la Scandinavian social welfare states, rather than a ‘socialist’), and his decision to run as a Democrat has robbed many on the progressive-left of an opportunity to run an independent campaign which challenges, rather than subjects itself to co-optation by, the status quo. With all of this in mind, I am still willing to support Bernie as a step, (nothing more, nothing less), in the right direction.

Bernie has a unique ability to vocalize the most desperate need for changes in the United States during the second decade of the 21st century. Bernie has a hostile, straight-shooting style that is a breath of fresh air compared to the politics-as-usual dialogues coming from other candidates in the field (think of the anti-militaristic Libertarian Rand Paul giving a speech in front of a battleship). Bernie had the courage to give a more than 8-hour filibuster speech in defense of what little there is of the American welfare state (which was published in book form, and I highly recommend reading it…). He has been a champion of working people, calling for strengthening Social Security, Expanding Medicare and Medicaid, calling for a single-payer healthcare system, demanding campaign finance reform, calling for constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United, fighting global climate change, and declaring war on the big banks. In a time when candidates are bending over backwards to attract corporate funding (Hillary Clinton was once on the board of WalMart…enough said), demonstrate how “pro-business” they are, and show support for U.S. militarism abroad and the police state at home, Bernie has a unique ability to tie the seemingly different strands of exploitation in an almost complete critique of the system as a whole. He can vocalize how the need for universal healthcare relates to the need for a minimum wage and how each relates to the corporate dominance of our culture and how that dominance, in turn, is leading to the destruction of our planet. Democrat or not, Bernie is alone among the candidates to make these connections and, however softly, to criticize capitalism itself. Sanders even puts forward ideas about what a future society might look like. He persistently applauds the achievements of the Nordic countries and at one time even put forward a bill to support a worker-owned economy (the Worker Ownership Readiness and Knowledge, or WORK, Act, -which never made it to the Senate floor), which is more than one can say about any other candidates.

Undoubtedly, the future of America generally, and working people specifically, rests in making a break from the two-party establishment (and, dare I say, the process of building a post-capitalist society?). Many applaud the success of people like Kashama Sawant in Washington State as a model for future organizing. Unfortunately, we are a long way from replicating that type of organizing or success on any large scale. Sanders, an Independent Senator from Vermont (who often caucuses with Democrats), thought long and hard about whether to run as Independent as he has his whole career (Sanders has never been a registered Democrat), or to take a different course. Ultimately, he chose to make use of the infrastructure already available in the Democratic Party rather than starting from scratch with an independent organization (which would cost time and money that Sanders and supporters, quite frankly, do not have). Bernie has pledged not to accept corporate money (as if any would be made available to him anyway…), and will thus face an uphill battle against his corporate Democratic opponents.

In the end, what impresses me most about Bernie’s candidacy is that he is “in it to win it”. He’s not running a “symbolic” campaign because, quite frankly, the vast majority of the struggles of working people in America are not symbolic. They are more real than anything else in America. He is putting forth his ideas as winning ideas. He’s going all the way. In this way his ideas have an opportunity to be taken seriously, which they must be if humanity is even going to survive another century, to be exposed to millions of Americans who, for various reasons, may not have even had access to such ideas. It is highly unlikely that Bernie will win the presidency of the United States (the Democratic Party establishment alone will likely kill that dream), but by fighting for these ideas, and encouraging people to organize around those ideas, can provide an opportunity for different groups to come together in common cause, for workers’ organizations to finally get behind a candidate that stands for them (lets go labor…), and be a stepping stone for future (and hopefully more radical) organizations and advocacy. It is essential to recognize Bernie’s candidacy for what it is and what it isn’t.  If nothing else, working people will get a chance to see what a real workers’ candidate looks like. If only for a moment, the people of the United States can flirt with the transcendent ideas of democratic socialism and it will strengthen the debate and be a step in the right (or left…) direction.

The end of the line for Governor Christie

Chris Christie for president?

You might think that his touring across the country would lead to an announcement that he will run for the Republican nomination, And he just might as he has certainly surprised many of us since being overwhelmingly re-elected as New Jersey’s governor.  Bridgegate and the following indictments of some of Christie’s key team(former), the other shoe has nearly hit the ground. To ignore Bridgegate as a voter would be foolish. So let us get foolish and ignore it for a moment.

Christie’s record as governor, let’s take a good hard look at economic’s in New Jersey. This years budget has fallen short of projections again, and again the state pension system will suffer. “The unfunded liability” a key talking point of Republican’s nationally. And one of Christie’s when he was first elected. Today Nj’s unfunded pension is the worst in the nation at $83 billion*.  Just like his predecessor’s, Christie after reforming the pension system, DID NOT  FUND To his requirements under reform. Nor will he be able to unless he increases taxes, something that he hasn’t done. Though he has reduced the tax receipts from the millionaire’s club (millionaires tax). “The job creator’s of the state” as Christie touted. So we are 6 plus years of Christie’s reign, so where does NJ rank in jobs? Nearly last in the nation with only three states doing worse than NJ.**

In one short paragraph we have easily covered Why Governor Christie is not presidential.

Bottom line economics:

 1. One of the worst states in job creation and unemployment (6.5% March 2015)**

 2. A budget that comes in the RED with the State Legislature suing Christie to get pension payments.

 3. Unfunded pension system (after reforming).

So to add the modern-day Watergate to the list makes it rather easy to say that it is the end of the line. The only person that hasn’t figured it out yet is Christie himself.

* National association of State retirement Administrators nasra.org

** unemployment info from ncsl.org

“In it to win it” Bernie Sanders 2016

“Only God saves more then Bernie” If you are from the Philadelphia area you know that this slogan is tied to Flyer great Bernie Parent. The usefulness of it in regard to Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential bid? Well fellow Americans, Bernie Sanders will certainly need some divine intervention if he is to come away with the Democratic nomination. Sanders is a true underdog. He is not the parties choice, so the donors sure won’t be lining up to fill his campaign war chest. So where will the campaign donations come from? Or where should they be coming from?

The importance of a Sanders victory to the 99%. We are dying a slow economic death at the hands of the 1%. This will end quickly and not without mercy. That is unless “we” dig into our pockets, raise or voices and scream “we need Sanders!” Sanders has spoken out against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The trade agreement that will finish off the middle-class, and eliminating hope for those who want to be with us. No candidate so far has taken such a firm position against the TPP. Sanders also took his position against before he was even asked as a candidate. There are many issues to consider when selecting a candidate. But, none more important than economic survival for the 99%.

Educate yourself on the devastation that was the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA). Can we the 99% continue if another trade agreement that is equal to 40% of the worlds economy is signed? The shrinking middle-class, and the increasing ranks of those in poverty, have a life raft available. That raft is Bernie Sanders and I hope we will be saying, “Only God saves more than Bernie Sanders” in 2016.
Know your candidates and Vote Smart.

Suggested: http://www.defenderofthemiddleclass.com/the-new-constitution

http://www.defenderofthemiddleclass.com/?s=trans+pacific+partnership

 

image source:http://egb63.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/
image source:http://egb63.wordpress.com/2008/11/04/

Obama turning his back on American Workers, Trans Pacific Partnership full steam ahead

state of the union
photo: defenderofthemiddleclass

President Obama’s legacy, what will it be? “The first African American President”? Or “The President that killed the American Middle-Class?” The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement currently being negotiated that is closer to reality with each passing day. We have covered this in the past in two posts, for your consideration links below.

http://defenderofthemiddleclass.com/the-new-constitution

http://defenderofthemiddleclass.com/trans-pacific-partnership-american-workers-death-sentence

Briefly recapping the previous posts, the United States will be entering into this agreement with 11 nations from South America and the Pacific Rim. NAFTA on steroids is how it has been described, with the agreement 40% of the world economy will be wrapped up in the TPP. Again with promises of increased opportunity for American Workers in wages and job growth. (?)

The White House now desires “fast-track authority” from Congress to negotiate the deal which if it does approve will leave Congress with just an up or down vote on the agreement. We should expect a fierce battle from the GOP led Congress as they do support “free-trade” just not President Obama. If Obama get’s it done or not depends much on Congress. But with under two years remaining on his second-term we better get asking the question of candidates. As their answers might make 2016 THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIFETIME. Where does Hillary Clinton and the GOP candidates stand on this issue?  We MUST make this an election issue.

Hillary Clinton, announces 2016 bid, all others may bail at anytime?

The long-awaited announcement  has come, Hillary Clinton is running for president. This will be her second run at America’s top job. Clinton’s political experience, Secretary of State during President Obama’s first term (09-13). Senator representing the state of New York (01-09). And as we all know First Lady (93-01).

The question that I, who am loyal to the Democratic Party has, “What viable opponent will run against Clinton during the primary?” Vice president Biden has interest in a run but, he is not a viable candidate. Elizabeth Warren, a media darling who many would like to see run has not indicated she will. So who is left???

Clinton’s fall from the democratic machine’s good grace’s (and money) during her first run is a concern. My concern would be if she’s simply “anointed the Democratic candidate” with no competition. If so, it may be a shaky election day in 2016 running against the Republican nominee. And who will that be???? Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie? None look like contenders today but we are a long way and a ton of money away from November 2016.

Call for unions to educate the people

Indiana’s religious freedom law has seen strong opposition. With lawmakers backpedalling and modifying the law. What is it that “We the People” can take away from this? Possibly that organized voices in concert can and do impact politics in a positive way? And yes the politicians will listen? What other political issues should the people take up? That might be the difficult task, as the religious right legislation had both people and many businesses on the same page.

On the same side , not the normal is it? Is it possible that some of the wage and employment issues that we the people have are being argued at the wrong forum? Should we the people be lobbying business for higher wages? Taking our complaints directly to the employers? I would say yes in the same vain as Walmart protests or another way?

Organizing! Good old fashioned organizing, but how? This question lies directly at the feet of unions. Just as employers have career days unions need events. Opening the doors to educating the public on the who, what and how unions improve standards of living. Far took many people do not understand unions . And the blame for this is the unions themselves. We can change our downward spiril as quick as the religious freedom law was changed. It starts with education and ends with collective action.

Illegal immigrants, and the growing list of jobs we don’t want

illegal workers“The jobs that nobody wants to do” This the statement from President Bush and in some variation from President Obama to the illegal immigration problem. These are the people who cut your lawns, wash the dishes and work the car washes, to just name a few. The lowest paying of the lowest paying jobs. So nobody would want them, is that safe to say?

Considering that currently we have roughly 11.5 million illegal immigrants (Dept. of Homeland Security as of 2011). and that number has certainly grown. How many more lawn care, dishwashers, and car wash attendants will America need to create so these workers will have jobs? Or will the list of jobs that we do not want to do grow?

The Open Border policy of the United States has, and will continue to breakdown the economics of middle and poor America. The job pool for willing workers to work for minimum wage or less is growing with each illegal entry. Supply side economics, the more available workers, the cheaper they are willing to work for. This would be why President Bush and Obama have done nothing. Well Obama has offered a  “pathway to citizenship”, which why would these illegals “come out of the shadows?” To pay taxes? With the idea of a pathway to citizenship enacted and say even successful, what of the border? Will it be protected and defended? Without any changes, the migration to America will continue, the numbers of illegals will grow and then the final nail. Business will get more cheap labor and more jobs will become the jobs that “we do not want to do.” Who will write the sequel to Grapes of Wrath.

 

White House Diaries, a must read for the historian

image source: e.wikipedia.org
image source: en.wikipedia.org

White House Diaries by Jimmy Carter, have you read it? I just recently completed the book with the self-explanatory title. But just for clarity, the book a diary that  Carter kept while in the White House. He does write some explanations or expounds on some entries that are italicized. For those who are interested in history, I would recommend it highly. For those who believe “history repeats itself” then it is a MUST READ. I am old enough to remember the gas-lines, rationing of gas (odd/even days) and the hostage crisis. That along with the high unemployment and inflation is what most people believe was all  Jimmy Carter’s time in office was. Or a failure.

One of the first things that jumped off the pages was Carter’s statement about Congress, “a dysfunctional group that doesn’t get anything done.” Does this sound familiar? The current approval rating of Congress in 2015 stands at 15%. He mentions this quite often in different ways throughout the book. Carter’s entries on the Camp David Accords is quite detailed and a highlight of his presidency. We also learn in these entries “who really was holding up Middle-East peace. And who continues to hold up the peace.

Where the White House Diaries become’s a must read is the positions taken by President Carter on the economy. Especially in regard to a responsible budget that should be balanced. The fight within his own party to spend, spend spend, (Ted Kennedy D-Mass.). The bi-partisan approach toward getting bills passed. Bi-partisan, which today is relegated to lip service. (The balanced-budget approach, three key words coming from Republican’s in all ranks today.)

The diary entries at the end of Carter’s first and only term are extremely interesting for the Ronald Reagan lovers. This I will not divulge as I found them remarkably candid and also disappointing.

Many “those in the press” and some polls believe President Carter was the worst president of the modern era. Do you believe so? After reading his diary entries you might think differently.

 

Governor Christie, Dallas Cowboy’s and ethic’s

Over the past several weeks Governor Christie has been in the news for his love of the Dallas Cowboy’s. Free ticket’s, locker room visit’s, plane’s to Dallas and Green Bay. Jerry Jones his new pal providing these “gifts”. The Campaign Legal Center, Democracy 21 and Public Citizen urging the NJ state ethic’s commission to investigate. Why? Well Jerry Jones is a significant stakeholder in a company that received contracts with the nearby port authority, which Christie supplied his blessing. Christie has shrugged it off as nonsense, claiming an attack from Hillary Clinton’s PAC.

Trustworthy? Is that not one of the top qualification’s that voter’s look toward when casting a ballot? Let’s just say that Christie isn’t on the “kickback”, and this is what he say’s it is. “He’s a lifelong Cowboy fan.” What come’s clearly into vision as a voter is his judgement. If he didn’t know Jerry Jones was a stakeholder in a company that benefited from his decisions, he should have. He did not according to statements made, but he most certainly know’s now. Christie also new prior to his trip to Green Bay. So why go? A great question and it all boils down to judgement. POOR JUDGEMENT.

If you want to be president Governor Christie, hanging out in luxury boxes in a bright red sweater with Jerry Jones is not exactly the brightest move. Especially if you were to consider your own states sports preference’s.

2015, are you making a resolution

we the people
image source: http://www.shelbyvilletnpolice.org/fireworks.htm

In just a few short days, 2014 will be in the history books. Ringing in 2015, promises and pledges will be made, most will be broken within days. I myself am not much for the New Year’s resolution. I view it as forced change. I don’t doubt the good intentions behind the resolution, just the will to succeed. Leading up to the end of 2014 I have been doing plenty of thinking, reflecting on the who and what I was in 2014. My successes, failures and shortcomings. Not because it is the end of the year but for what will be changing early January and my role.

The Republican’s will be controlling both the Senate and House. We will be seeing in the coming year possibly the worst of what politics has to offer. And we think we already have seen the worst. Which is why “we the people” voted in the GOP, right? Well you might say I didn’t vote. That my friend would be a vote cast for the Republican’s. All those who stayed away (the majority), will need to look in the mirror and take the blame. That is if 2015 does not go the way you would like. Yes America is at a crossroads and we have a short time (under two years) to right or ship. If we do not, you, me, the middle-class, the poor are in deep trouble. We could then have a Republican president as well.

My failure of 2014 was not missing a trip to the voting booth. I was there as the polls opened to cast my vote for the losing party (overall). Where I failed was everything leading up to election day. I didn’t engage my friend’s, co-workers, family about the election. The reason, PURE DISGUST. With the “lies, lie’s lie’s” from campaigners, the media, television and print. Far too much negativity, hate! I was sick of listening and sadly I knew what was coming. Far too many American’s have become sheep or worse. Their brains led astray by the likes of Hannity, the Fox 5, etc. So, what does this all mean?  I learned a lesson I already knew, that silence is deadly. Speaking up and out for what you believe in, always! It may have not changed the results on election day, but I would feel different. Silence and Apathy will be what kills America. And I have a feeling the Republicans won’t mind that at all.

So to a rebirth of mind, spirit and ambition. Happy New Year.

The Republican train is coming

image: insurancejournal.com
image: insurancejournal.com

“I hear that train a coming, it’s rolling around the bend” The train? The soon to be Republican  controlled  Congress. What is at stake, the environment, health care, social security, Medicare, the list is potentially endless. When the blood-letting begins and the cries of foul come from the mouth’s of those effected STOP! Think for a minute, what could you have done better? Far too many people remained on the sidelines for this mid-term election. The MANDATE of the people, 33% of voters showed up to cast votes and the majority were REPUBLICANS. By their own hand Democrats will cut the programs and policies that they are endeared too.

Blame> Plenty to go around , from the lazy union worker who did not go to the polls. ( might they fall victim to a National Right to Work?) To the Walmart worker, who is the working poor in many cases. (repeal of the Affordable Care Act). And the senior citizen, who was sick of politics and couldn’t find the energy to vote. I myself, VOTED I was among the 33% who took out the few minutes to cast my ballot. I am also a voter is sick to death over the apathy and disinterest of our country. When will it change? Will it take a depression or collapse of the way of life as we know it? Sounds dramatic but it should be, think about what could and possibly will change in the near future.

To start, the XL-Pipeline is on the agenda to begin 2015. Recently voted down by the lame-duck Senate, it is coming to a vote again in January and WILL PASS. Crappy oil running through a pipeline to the Gulf. Pumped onto a ship and EXPORTED to third world countries who are not concerned about the air they breath. No the people of the United States won’t become energy independent. Big Oil will reap the rewards. (More on XL_Pipeline http://defenderofthemiddleclass.com/xl-pipeline-will-create-nearly-7-billion-jobs )

National Right to Work? The Right to Work Act landed in the backyard of labor, Michigan. The workers and voters there responded with Rick Snyder being re-elected? How is this possible in Democrat Michigan? Hell, New Jersey my home state voters stayed home and re-elected the blow-hard Christie to a second term last year. In Wisconsin, it will be more of the anti-labor, anti-middle-class Walker.

Lack of voter participation is not our only issue.  The candidates are a bigger and more difficult problem. Who is really for the worker, the poor , the middle-class? Those who voted believe it’s the Republicans. Aren’t they responsible for the past 30 years and the income divide?

Gas continues to decline, economic gain for consumers

pic: defenderofthemiddleclass.com
pic: defenderofthemiddleclass.com

The continued free-fall of gas prices has consumers happy and economists worried? Listening to a report on local news radio, concerns over declining demand being a signal of a slowing economy. When the hopeful GOP’s Mitt Romney was running for president, gas prices were a big issue. $4.00 a gallon gas was crushing the economy. Just 2 years later, has prices are averaging around 2.78 a gallon in NJ and the result? Big GOP wins in Senate and House elections. Nobody was touting policy of the Democrats Obama for the decline. In fact Democrats were running away from him during the elections. So, what can we make of all this!

Voters are like dogs, give them a new bone to chew and they will forget about the one they were previously given. What was a campaign albatross has not turned into a success to champion. Or maybe the lesson here is that the President has no impact on gas pricing. All I know is this, yesterday I filled up and spent $64.00. Just three short months ago the same fill-up would have cost $75. Saving $11 a week and $44 a month. In a consumer based economy isn’t more buying power a good thing?

We need to work together, why now?

right-wing crap
image source:http://picdash.com/178/

The mid-term elections are over and for the first time in 8 years Republicans will control both houses. Right or WRONG, the voters (or some of us) have spoken. In the immediate aftermath of results, acceptance speech’s seemed to be scripted  in partnership. Most had this beautiful lie tied in at some point, we need to work together for the people.” My question would be why now?

The past six years of President Obama you the winning party have obstructed at every turn. The people, have been of little or no concern to you as elected leaders during this time. The people (voters) apparently did not understand this so in turn they voted for those who obstruct. Understanding why they did can simply be found in the sound  bytes and  countless millions poured in by your friends the Koch brothers. The list is long and the lies are plenty. But I certainly will stand aside a let the Republican agenda play out. When our lands our polluted. Our seniors cannot afford food. Health care will again be unattainable. And Social Security will be slashed again. I will be able to say at least one thing truthful about the Republican Winners.

You started as you wanted to continue, with a LIE to the people. “We need to work together” ? What a joke.

Moving America Back to the Middle: Opinion on the Politics that Effect Labor, Its Unions and the Middle Class