During the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), both major teachers’ unions — the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) — and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) decided to caucus separately from the rest of labor. They formed what became known as the neo-liberal caucus, endorsed Hillary Clinton early and funded her campaign lavishly. Has their endorsement of neo-lib, republicon-lite candidates resulting in the slow strangulation of the complete labor movement been since Reagan or has it accelerated just in the past two years?
Please see JACOBIN:
“Unfortunately, while the cancer may be most developed in the four breakaway unions, it isn’t confined there. It infects all too much of the institutional labor movement. But militant struggle against neoliberalism within the movement can stem the tide, such as Labor For Bernie’s success in keeping the AFL-CIO at least neutral in the primary. In the past year over one hundred local unions, several internationals, and countless rank-and-file activists endorsed Sanders and coalesced as Labor For Bernie in an upstart rejection of status-quo conservative unionism. To alter the old adage, the friend of our enemy is our enemy — labor activists must broaden the struggle to fight against not only corporations, but also corporate-minded politicians and unionists. Union members and leaders must do everything in their power to halt the march of neoliberal unionism, before they march the labor movement straight into its grave.
Please give Rep Barbara Lee her due for 16 years of persistance against the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Action by passing her amendment to repeal it. THE NATION quotes Peace Action Executive Director Jon Rainwater:
“The 2001 AUMF is the reason the U.S. has been involved in military campaigns in at least seven countries. It’s the reason we’ve allowed the war in Afghanistan to become America’s longest war. It’s the reason a whole generation has grown up not knowing a time without war. Representative Lee has championed opposition to endless war brought on by the 2001 AUMF since day one with her sole vote to oppose it. The adoption of her amendment to repeal it gives Congress a chance to reclaim its constitutional role as an arbiter of war and peace.”
The disaster that is the tRump administration was pointed out in a recent article in The American Conservative by Mark Perry titled “Tillerson and Mattis Cleaning Up Kushner’s Middle East Mess-Are the adults in the room being thwarted?” Probably the most revealing paragraph focuses on Jared Kushner and how totally unprepared he is for the position to the point of sabotaging Rex Tillerson and the DOD with his statements and actions. The most damning paragraph refers to Kushner as a “vacuous kid” and “31 year-old amateur.”
From the article:
A close associate of the secretary of state says that Tillerson was not only “blind-sided by the Trump statement,” but “absolutely enraged that the White House and State Department weren’t on the same page.” Tillerson’s aides, I was told, were convinced that the true author of Trump’s statement was U.A.E. ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, a close friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Rex put two-and-two together,” his close associate says, “and concluded that this absolutely vacuous kid was running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters. Otaiba weighed in with Jared and Jared weighed in with Trump. What a mess.” The Trump statement was nearly the last straw for Tillerson, this close associate explains: “Rex is just exhausted. He can’t get any of his appointments approved and is running around the world cleaning up after a president whose primary foreign policy adviser is a 36-year-old amateur.”
During this time of the Drumpf, GOP office holders are acting enabled to flex their power into the lives of opposing activists by complaining to their bosses who pressures the political protester to resign. The latest example is Saily Avelenda of West Caldwell, New Jersey, who was a senior vice president and assistant general counsel at Lakeland Bank in NJ. She opposed Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen through a opposition group called: NJ 11th for Change, a group that formed after the election of Donald Trump and has been pressuring Frelinghuysen to meet with constituents in his district and oppose the Trump agenda. He sent a fund raising letter to a member of the bank’s board and wrote a note on it that an activist against him worked at the board member’s bank. She felt the pressure and resigned.
This is where petitioning the government for grievances gets far too personal.
CNN is reporting that one senior administration official said Sebastian Gorka is expected to find an opportunity outside the White House soon. Another said it’s possible he would take another job in the administration, but added it’s more likely he will leave altogether. That official said Gorka was simply generating too much controversy for the White House and it ‘s hard to distinguish between his utterly absurd pronouncements and those of the Majority Report staff mocking him.
Do you remember when President Barack Obama was credited for Harry Reid applying the “nuclear option” on judicial nominees under the level of SCOTUS? Me either, but this morning, on MSNBC, that’s the one “big win” DAILY BEAST reporter Betsy Woodruff gave tRumpleThinSkin for Mitch McConnell eliminating the filibuster to confirm the executioner, Neal Gorsuch. Judging by the new commercial trumpeting the first 100 days of our “glorious leader,” our heads have spun completely off by all of the “winning” oozing out of the White House.
Happy April 5th to the Majority Report and listeners, First Contact Day to the Star Trek universe and my youngest daughter’s 43rd birthday in my much smaller universe; but to the topic of universal health care, opponents to a single payer plan point to higher taxes, but businesses won’t be required to pay for employees health plans so shouldn’t those employees get a pay increase commensurate with that savings minus any increase in business tax if any? I can’t recall that factor being extolled in health care coverage discussions.
Hello to all at the Majority Report, very glad to see no one was swept away by the awesome power of Stella, but moving on to the many memes online with Kelley Ann Conway taking selfies with a microwave oven camera which are funny and appropriate, but are what I see as a great study in how humans make assumptions based on experience. I worked on radars while serving in the navy, the shipyard, and when I wrote tech manuals as a private contractor so that experience affects my perspective. Almost everyone old enough to use a microwave oven to pop corn calls the heating appliance a “microwave,” therefore when Conway heard the reference vis a vis the Wikileaks CIA spying methods documents release, she and most others probably assumed microwaves are the picture taking oven appliance, thus the many memes on social media. But, microwave frequencies run from 300 Mhz to 300 Ghz which encompasses the frequencies of millimeter wave (mmw) scanners used by TSA at airports. These devices are a privacy concern, because the highly detailed pictures are very graphic and have been shared by TSA employees. The scanners are “microwave” devices which operate at 24Ghz-30Ghz (about 10 millimeters), so in my opinion are most likely what was referred to in the the CIA dump.
Today is the deadline the House Intelligence Committee gave tRump to provide them evidence of his tweet that Obama tapped the campaign at the NY tRump Dump. Amanda Terkle reports it’s not clear whether the tRumplings will respond or if their is any evidence at all.
So far, there is no evidence that tRump’s allegation was anything but a conspiracy theory, perhaps picked up from a right-wing website. If there is proof, Trump seems to be the only person to have it. Today, Conway admitted she personally didn’t have any evidence that Obama had ordered wiretapping of tRump, although she put forward the theory that it could have happened through “microwaves that turn into cameras.”
The current occupant of the White House has been quiet about his explosive allegation since his original tweetstorm and this morning he ignored a reporter’s question about whether the Justice Department would comply with the committee’s request.