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  •  Once again, nice work. (7+ / 0-)

    I just wish more people were exposed to this work, and would reflect upon it, and, ultimately reject the neoliberal agenda advanced by the so called "realists' in the Democratic party.

    I just hope that all those people who sign not the fronts but the backs of their paychecks show the same determination and fight after the November 6th elections when the "very serious people" of the Beltway enact "entitlement reform."

    "The working class mind is strange and unpredictable" -- Ty Lookwell

    by Illinibeatle on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 01:41:22 PM PDT

    •  Rahm and neo-liberalism (7+ / 0-)

      Rahm is now the Scott Walker of Chicago. Believe me, the teachers are not the only workers who have a beef with their mayor. Cops, fire fighters and transit workers feel like they are on the chopping block next.

      County workers like the public hospital nurses and state workers like social workers are also facing a bleak future if their fightback fails. The County Board president is Toni Preckwinkle, a Democrat and the governor is Pat Quinn, also a Democrat.

      Private sector workers like Hyatt housekeepers are resisting out-sourcing and brutal treatment.

      South of Chicago in the sprawling warehouse district next to tiny rural Elwood IL a brave band of strikers has taken on Walmart.

      Yesterday, a riot squad of robo-cops accompanied by an armored car with a sound cannon emerged from the locked gate of the Walmart warehouse to arrest a dozen clergy and union activists sitting down in the street singing "We Shall Overcome" as several hundred supporters, many of the elderly, sang along.

      I was there and watching that overkill was chilling, let me tell you.

      As a well known American revolutionary once said," If we don't hang together, we will most assuredly hang separately.

      "Don't believe everything you think."

      by BobboSphere on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 02:26:26 PM PDT

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