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  •  also, too (23+ / 0-)

    the labor board has come out with new standards for home care workers, a much-abused field.

    Now, for the first time since 1975, most of these workers will have the wage and overtime protection of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) under a new rule issued today by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor.
    and this diary is but one glaring example that puts the lie to the nonsense about both parties being just the same.  

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 07:18:28 AM PDT

    •  I could take that bait (3+ / 0-)

      We will spend $120 billion on the Afghanistan war this year and also an unknown amount on a huge drone war in an undeclared war zone involving at least 4 countries.

      In our screaming employment catastrophe the President spends the money on blood, he doesn't care and neither does the leadership in Congress. It's profoundly sick and unsettling.

      I suppose a lot of Democrats get used to it.  I never, ever will. Yes the parties are so very fucking different, but when our children starve for lunch money and lives are crushed for no work the Republicans and Democrats whistle on to war, baby, blow up that wedding, that'll work.

      I have been here from the very very beginning, I have seen these pie fights and flame wars for a long, long time. Seen so many come and go.  At this hour I will say this: something is profoundly wrong with the direction of the country and its cruelty. I am not used to the cruelty, it was not here when I was a boy, and it's getting worse.

      Until we become UN-like Republicans when it comes to war and blood expect the pie fights and flame wars. It will never work for the Party, country or this site, never.  We cannot be like the Republicans and bomb and kill and maim and kill some more.  We cannot.

      Yes, I could take that bait and run with it by essay. Right now I need to comment, no more, and it's nothing personal in the least, Cedwyn, a time and place kind of thing.

      [sigh] Peace be with us all.

      •  Yes, because with the killing off of the U.S. (3+ / 0-)

        unions, it appears there is another way to achieve traditional union goals.  

        I dream that Obama could use his Presidential authority to reclaim some basics:

        1.  Raise minimum wage and chain it to the inflation

        2.  Enforce 40 hour work week (which is what this overtime measure is effectively going to do)

        3.  Mandatory 2 week time off for vacation and/or family leave.  After all most civilized countries provide 4 weeks!

        4.  Maternity leave paid for by the government, because infant child care is the best investment in the future we can provide

        And what else?

        Separation of Church and State AND Corporation

        by Einsteinia on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 08:41:32 AM PDT

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      •  You know (2+ / 0-)
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        in theory I agree with you.

        But in reality I don't think what you want will work very well.

        I am not a lover of war, or one of those that thinks the U.S. should go around be the world's top cop.  But the world is full of leaders and groups, and lone people who are extreme in their quest for power, conformity and chaos.  We can ignore this fact at our peril.

        I wish we could go back in time and undo the whole war in Iraq and all the fallout it created.  But we can't.  We have to deal with it.  Whether or not drones or boots on the ground or both is the best way to deal with...hell if I know. But I do think that just shrugging and walking away from that region would be a mistake.  

        Less killing is always better, but I think the option of no killing left the building a long time ago.

        •  Less Killing (0+ / 0-)

          Less killing is usually better, but letting them kill each other while we send MREs and water to the refugees is also an option.

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          by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 11:25:53 AM PDT

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          •  I would love to agree with you (0+ / 0-)

            to just let them alone to their own squabbles.  But the thing is the world is different now.  The world is too interconnected and their "issues" will become our "issues" whether we like it or not.

            Regional squabbles don't stay contained anymore.  The bleed into other places.  Other people meddle for their own reasons.  The squabblers seek allies.  And then we have what we have now, a mess that seems uncleanable.

      •  I'm glad (4+ / 0-)

        I'm glad that you are doing so well that you can turn your nose up at expanded overtime pay and act like it's nothing.  Just like those privileged people who have secure health insurance who can afford to sneer at the ACA because it's not single payer.

        I guarantee you that most of the people who are actually struggling and could use the overtime money feel much differently.  

        He who would refuse half a loaf has never been hungry.

        I am a Democrat BECAUSE I am a progressive.

        by darboy on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 10:57:16 AM PDT

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      •  It's hard to walk in anothers shoes when yours fit (0+ / 0-)

        so nicely.

        The greatest humanitarian President to serve, FDR after much reflection offered monetary and machine support to Great Britian against Hitlers advance and Genocide during the Holocaust.

         Memories of Frustration mounted as we sat by after stories of Sudam gassed the Kurds or burnt the oil fields in kuwait or the Serbs Blasting the Croatians w/ethnic cleansing.

        Millions of innocent's die defenseless in South Sudan and Africans have been hacked and mutilated including women and children and the list goes on and on even south of our border w/drug cartels and guns legally purchased here.

        Unfortunately, sometimes Peace we enjoy costs something, and that something is often carried in an unmanned aircraft or a Drone for the best ROI and least Loss of human life.

        When madmen drive jumbo jets laden w/jet fuel and families into skyscrapers loaded w/the living of many countries someone needs to be held accountable.

        Drone Osama bin attackin.

        Desperate times require desperate measures and please don't respond w/justification for any of these examples because of something someone did bringing it on themselves. Two wrongs do not make right but looking the other way simply does not make evil go away and desist.

        Only when the lion lays down w/the lamb will evil men and their intentions of greed and power submit to peace for all.

        Peace thru strength, diplomacy, sanctions, arms reduction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               lest we all resemble Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

        Fox viewers seek a mascot for solidarity? Maybe an Ostrich? Seek Truth young birds....

        by Jon Sullivan on Fri Mar 14, 2014 at 03:00:01 AM PDT

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