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  •  Look, the basic problem is that the corps and the (7+ / 0-)

    capitalists were given free reign to roam the world in search of cheap labor.  Meanwhile, we're stuck at home in a world with draconian immigration and work authorization rules.  Not that most of us would want to work in China or India or lots of other places, but we certainly don't have the right.  Very little to nothing was done for workers that were going to be displaced.  And then there's automation - try to find a grocery store check-out line operated by a human being anymore.  Nothing is being done to address worker displacement and now the Repubs and Dems are getting together to set up a system that would allow businesses to hire authorized guest workers!  Do we believe that this is going to help American workers?

    No one is even talking about this problem.  Again, the fix is in and Mr. Trumka puts his seal of approval on the whole deal!  What percentage of the American labor force does he represent now?  2, 3 %?

    The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

    by helfenburg on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 10:26:19 AM PDT

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    •  i think (6+ / 0-)

      we're saying close to the same thing: we need to do something to knock down the monolithic corporate/political structure strangling us.

      workers rights, SS et al... these are things we can't do much about in our current scenario. unless we decide to change the system and we can only do that, imo, locally/regionally.

      •  Well, the fact that it requires oceans of money to (2+ / 0-)
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        play the game on a national level does suggest that starting local would be the way to go.

        My problem is, who is going to organize our opposition?  

        The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

        by helfenburg on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 11:41:30 AM PDT

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        •  that's what a place like this could do... (2+ / 0-)
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          if it stopped harping on brands... help with strategies, connecting us... anyway:

          there are plenty of people in place already at local levels. but it's finding and connecting with them and working on doable things at first: school board seats and town seats (although they aren't easy, but they are doable).

          start with your neighbors. find out if there's a group of independent minded people, an occupy group, friends of the library... even local Dems are worth a try as they are closer to what we where after BushCo.

      •  Yes. All of the shorter term issues (4+ / 0-)
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        are symptomatic of the core disease. Just as with immune deficiencies, many seemingly unrelated symptoms stem from an underlying condition.

        But persuading people that they inhabit something like the matrix is no easy task. Americans in particular are highly resistant to any form of objective economic analysis.

        The law, in its majestic equality, gives the rich as well as the poor the right to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to eat dumpster donuts. - With apologies to Anatole France

        by chuckvw on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 12:17:03 PM PDT

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    •  On supermarket checkouts (1+ / 0-)
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      I refuse to use the self-checkout lines.  It promotes the elimination of jobs.  I would encourage everyone to do the same.  It's a small action, but that doesn't mean it's not valuable.

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