Archive for May, 2011

Obama’s Labor Board Boosts Unions

Posted on May 28, 2011 by

Time is running out for the American labor movement.  And no-one believes that a government agency alone can reverse decades of union decline.   Certainly, the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] – which governs organizing and unfair labor practices – cannot restore labor’s standing.  Or change the public perception that the AFL-CIO and its affiliates are [...]

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Just Wait Until 2015

Posted on May 24, 2011 by

Looking for real change?  Disappointed by Barack Obama and the democrats?  Can’t stand how conservatives dominate the political “narrative?”  Here’s the scenario for the progressive surge we’ve all been waiting for:  First, President Obama is re-elected in 2012.  While republicans make a lot of noise, the electorate has grown more comfortable with the incumbent.  After [...]

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Links to the Past

Posted on May 22, 2011 by

In my first blog post, written two years ago this week, I implored my friends on the left to get off Obama’s back. I argued that “we have an articulate, attractive and popular president who shares our values” and we shouldn’t “squander this advantage by wining and fussing.”  A year later, I had joined the [...]

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No Judge Liu

Posted on May 20, 2011 by

By blocking Goodwin Liu’s confirmation to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Senate Republicans are hoping to define their threshold for “acceptable” Obama appointments to the federal judiciary.  Despite the record number of vacancies on the courts, republicans want to stop or delay as many nominees as possible, thinking about a conservative president or – at [...]

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How to Save the Unions

Posted on May 18, 2011 by

I don’t know.  Nobody does.  But here’s a quick survey (with links) of some recent – and not so recent – ideas.  A good one suggesting unions are too comfortable with corporate monopolies and should develop stronger ties to entrepreneurs.  Or one of several “thought pieces” lately on how labor must change its relationship to [...]

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Hollywood Unions

Posted on May 15, 2011 by

If you work in L.A. in film, tv, radio, music, news, live or “new” media, there’s a very good chance you’re in a union.  That’s true if you’re an actor, camera operator, broadcaster, hair stylist, electrician, costume designer, truck driver, writer, production manager, art director or stunt man or woman.  It’s one of last industries [...]

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Obama Transformed

Posted on May 10, 2011 by

The transformed presidency of Barack Obama will soon be tested over the “debt ceiling.”  With republicans demanding “trillions” in budget cuts, here’s the president’s chance to use his enhanced stature to pummel his opponents in upcoming talks to increase the nation’s borrowing limit and avoid default.  I’ve been flying high the past couple of weeks, [...]

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Editing Yourself

Posted on May 6, 2011 by

You have to be very careful when you publish something without anybody else looking at it.  That’s particularly true these days, when publishing means pressing a key on your computer. You have to step outside yourself, read what you’ve written and decide if it’s ready to go.  You have to know when to stop flipping [...]

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Obama’s “U.S.A.” Moment

Posted on May 4, 2011 by

Killing bin Laden probably helps Obama get re-elected by making it harder for republicans to portray him as un-american. But you knew that.  The success of the mission and the patriotic jubilation of the “U.S.A.” demonstrations outside the white house raised the president’s stature among mainstream Americans.   It’s been quite a while – election night [...]

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