Archive for January, 2010

These Results Don’t Spin

Posted on January 20, 2010 by

Don’t look to me for an upside assessment on the Coakley disaster in Massachusetts. You’ll hear that this is a wake up call to the Dems and Obama. But face it, the electorate is revolting against this president and his party. Obama and Democratic Congressional leaders can’t spin their way out of this. Though it’s [...]

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Anniversary Blues

Posted on January 18, 2010 by

Frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed? Want to withdraw from American political life? Give your emotions a rest? Let whatever happens, happen without you? Read a novel? Watch the NLF playoffs? Take a walk? For many moderate, liberal and progressive Democrats, the past year has been draining, troubling and not a whole lot of fun. Not as outright [...]

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Labor in Negotiations on Health Care

Posted on January 13, 2010 by

The American Labor Movement is engaged in high-stakes negotiations with Congressional Democrats and the White House over a tax provision in the health reform package which would penalize many union members. Union leaders are being careful and calculating in their language, warning without overtly threatening that the Labor Movement could yank its support for the [...]

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Fear and Fun in 2010

Posted on January 9, 2010 by

I take politics very seriously. I was distressed and sometimes terrified by what was happening during the Bush years; particularly 2002 to 2006 as I watched Congressional Republicans collude with the White House to fashion an American brand of authoritarianism. That trajectory was changed by the 2006 and 2008 elections. An essential part of our [...]

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What Does Labor Want in 2010?

Posted on January 3, 2010 by

The question isn’t whether Congressional Democrats and Obama Administration officials take the Labor Movement for granted. Of course they do. A Republican White House, Labor Department and Congressional majorities are a nightmare for unions. That alone motivates labor leaders, reps, operatives and activists to remain loyal.

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