For those who think an Obama administration does not make any difference:
Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board have ruled in favor of LABOR!!
This is a big deal -- and apparently the right wing press is going nuts!
Where is the praise from the progressive blogs??
Here's what happened (quoted at ThePeoplesView.net: Labor Rights):
The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says it will seek an order to require Boeing to place the second 787 production line in Washington state, in response to charges filed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) 17 months after Boeing selected North Charleston, South Carolina to host the site. FlightGlobal.com
Do you think that Obama - and the Obama administration - deserve praise for this decision?
Canceling my newspaper subscription. Turning off ABC Radio and NPR. Forget TV.
We are going to hell in a handbasket.
Democrats are caving in. Obama does things I don't like.
Americans now have the biggest economic divide of any first-world country and the gap between rich and poor is overwhelming world-wide
*74 people made as much as the 19 million lowest-paid people in America
* More than 50% of the world's assets are owned by the richest 2% of adults
Looking for political news that reflects some of Obama's and Democrats' accomplishments? Consider a weekly (or daily) digest of postings from http://blackwaterdog.wordpress.com
This blog was created out of necessity. When the best American president in decades is treated with complete disrespect and viciousness by a corrupted media and crazy racists from the right, and when many of his "supporters" simply joined them - Those who follow the facts, know the truth and understand the unprecedented hate machine that works against him - must step up and do something.
It's reassuring to find regular positive postings of Obama achievements, when there is such outcry any time Obama does something progressive (the right rails out against the respectable start to health care reforms), or anything that misses the progressive mark (ouch: Obama's FCC castrates "net neutrality').
I recommend the email digest because the blackwaterdog.wordpress.com site is pretty turgid. But the info is terrific. Don't miss the chance for some optimism.
Hear an inspiring Sen. Bernie Saunders speech on the Bush Tax Cuts, the estate tax, the fight to preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the raging wealth of the top 1%.
The wealthiest in this country are 'waging war' on the rest of us, says Saunders. The U.S. has now the most un-equal distribution of wealth of any country on earth. The top 1% in our country now have 23% of the national income, more than the entire bottom 50%.
The Spirit Level : Why MORE EQUAL Societies Almost Always Do Better, a hard-hitting study by demographers Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, tells us that un-equal societies do worse for everyone (rich and poor alike) in a long list of outcomes, from health and safety to teen pregnancy rates.
Calls for cuts in the estate tax and the continuation of the Bush Tax Cuts will benefit billionaires - the top 3/10 of 1% in the U.S., yet there is popular support for these!!
Where -- aside from calls to Bernie Saunders -- can we make any in political power today recognize these concerns?
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So you thought there was no difference between the parties? That Obama and the Dems had not done enough, so we should SHOW THEM by sitting on our hands?
What do you think of this?
John Shimkus, GOP Rep. Who Denies Climate Change On Religious Grounds, Could Lead House Environmental Policy
The new House will have a conservative leadership, with people calling the shots who want to dial-back climate change legislation, eliminate health care legislation, de-fund Social Security.
The small gains we've seen in the last 2 years will now go away.
If you did not support Democrats in the last election, what do you think about this outcome? Is it what you expected?
Nobody is listening to any but the fringe right wing!! Are we S.O.L.??
Tea Party is loud and entertaining -- AND it also gets the respectful attention of the news media, starting with Fox News. No global warming? No abortion funding? 'Death panels' for healthcare? All the 'other side' that opposes anything that any sane person might want for the benefit of us all.
NOBODY listens when Obama has successes -- stimulus saves the banks, funding for prevention, healthcare bill is passed.
Glen Beck rally? YAAY- look at all the people! Rally for Sanity in DC -- rates a paragraph on page 5, with twice the people in attendance.
The lefties (including many Kossaks) are SO inflamed that Obama has not immediately salvaged all progressive programs -- that WE are NOT LISTENING EITHER.
What to do, folks?
VOTE - GIVE MONEY - ASK OTHERS TO VOTE: The polls are TIGHT, with some TERRIBLE prospects having a very high chance of success.. if our troops do not HOLD THEIR NOSES AND FIGHT FOR SOME 'OLD LIBERALS.'
See the highly-respected fivethirtyeight.com for details on some very tight races:
* In Wisconsin, Ross Feingold is listed as losing 46-51% - with 87% liklihood of a loss
* In California, Barbara Boxer is only 5 points ahead of Carly Fiorina
* In Nevada, that crazy tea party candidate is slated to beat Harry Reid - with a 77% liklihood
* Marianne Williamson warns of a Kucinich loss in Ohio
VOTE - GIVE MONEY - ASK OTHERS TO VOTE
Hold your nose if you must - your support really matters this time, kossniks!
Are you really going to let the Tea Party win, this November?
Yeah, I know… Obama has not fulfilled many of our hopes and dreams. (*See below for a list of actual Obama accomplishments!)
But IF YOU SIT ON YOUR HANDS, the message you send is that the Tea Party has WON!
When you complain, and don't get out the vote, you invite these Tea Party total lunatics into the governance of our country, including:
#Les Phillip (AL), a black man running against Obama,, w forged pix of Obama 'smoking'
#Tim D'Annunzio (NC) would dismantle much of the fed government, held a machine-gun social
#Rand Paul (KY) wants to abolish the Americans with Disabilities Act
#Sharron Angle (NV) says insurers should not have to cover autism or pregnancy
#Joe Miller (AK) wants overturn health reform
#Christine O'Donnell (DE) opposes abortion and GOP 'cannibalism' and may have broken campaign finance laws
links below the fold
Why is it important to vigorously support Democrats this fall -- even if your heart is broken because Obama and the Democrats did not do everything we hoped for?
You never know when your call or knock on the door will make a crucial difference … and imagine what could happen to our small gains if the Republicans take office.
Paul Loeb reminds us of the high stakes (The Election Needs You, Broken Heart and All):
For all our frustrations with the Democrats, at least we've been fighting about how to move the country forward, out of the hole of the disastrous Bush years. Productive change will be far more difficult if our inaction helps hand the Senate over to those who deny climate change, scapegoat immigrants, blame the unemployed for their fate, and strive to privatize Social Security, make permanent Bush's regressive tax cuts, and block every conceivable environmental and consumer protection regulation. Equally troubling, they seem to have no shame in campaigning on gross distortions and lies...
Here are some reasons we need to take action - please add your own:
From an email circulating, attributed to writer, Tim Wise...
If you have not seen this, it is so pertinent to what is going on right now. The leeway that these privileged white folks get is way out of line.
Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn’t viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic.
Tim Wise a prominent anti-racist writer and activist in the U.S. Wise has spoken in 48 states, on over 400 college campuses. His latest book is called Between Barack and a Hard Place.
Reports today of a bomb found in Times Square - that happily did not detonate.
It's no longer "over there" -- where busy marketplaces are bombing targets, and people must look over their shoulders as they go about their daily business.
We are now the target, as well. How can we create a safer society for our children?
There is (sadly) political hay to be made. The calls for Homeland Security to watch everyone even more closely. To avoid another action like the fall of the World Trade Center towers. To become even more a police state.
Is there another choice? Were we going to be the focus of the terrorists seeking headlines - even had we not invaded Afghanistan and Iraq?