Ten Headlines I Would Like to See in 2014

Posted on December 18, 2013 by

At the risk of seeming ridiculously naïve (but just for fun), I again offer my new-year wish-list…

1) Francis Tackles Big Business

            Pope Blames Corporations for World-Wide Wealth Gap

 

2) Gay Rights Goes South

            Red States Ready for Marriage Equality

 

3) Middle East Peace

            Common Ground for Israelis and Palestinians

 

4) Supreme Court Scramble

            Unexpected Retirement Signals New Direction

 

5) ACA Sign-Ups

            Millions Find Right Coverage

 

6) Big Trouble for House Republicans

            Democrats Gain Ground in Swing Districts

 

7) Fast Food Workers Movement Spreads

            Strikers Demand Union Recognition

 

8) Obama’s Bold Agenda

            President Snubs Second-Term Jinx

 

9) EPA Attacks Global Warming

            Sweeping Policies Curb Carbon Emissions

 

10) Warren Rising

            Massachusetts Senator – America’s Savior?

 

Comments (3)

 

  1. John Connolly says:

    While we’re daydreaming, here’s a couple more based on a modest set of facts-on-the ground:

    1) SEATTLE SOCIALIST COUNCILWOMAN LAUNCHES EMINENT DOMAIN CAMPAIGN
    IN FACE OF BOEING SOUTH CAROLINA “RUNAWAY BLACKMAIL” THREAT

    >>PILING ON:
    120,000 PETITIONS DEMAND RETURN OF TAX BREAKS & SUBSIDY CASH GOING BACK TO 1990
    >>Saturday Support Demonstration Building Toward Massive Numbers: Gov. Inslee to Speak

    2) BOTH SIDES IN SEATTLE BOEING DISPUTE CLAIM VICTORY:
    MOST MAJOR 777x/787 PRODUCTION TO RETURN TO SOUND.
    SOCIALIST SAWANT HAILED AS WORKERS’ JOAN OF ARC
    “Well, I Know There Are Those Who Wouldn’t Mind Burning Me at the Stake!” Jokes Councilor,
    “But the Real Heros Are the 300,000 Workers & People of Washington Who Stood Up & Won.”

    >> RELATED STORY: CAROLINA TEA PARTY FUMES AS LOCAL AIRCRAFT WORKERS ORGANIZE.

    >>RELATED STORY: REBOUND:
    Expanding Orders for “GreenDreamLiners” Spark Re-opening of Shuttered Long Beach Facility 16,000 Called Back to Work at Home of DC-10 and C-17
    LA/Long Beach Mayors Hail Development; Retraining Programs Gear-Up
    Massive Labor Parade Slated for First Day of Renewed Production

    3) IN STUNNING REVERSAL THREE MORE DEMS OUT IN SEATTLE COUNCIL UPSET
    SOCIALIST/INDEPENDENT LABOR UPSTARTS SWEEP SPECIAL ELECTION
    Boeing Campaign Leadership Seen as Spark
    Rebels Raised Astonishing $1 MIL Campaign Chest from Unions Small Donors
    King County Dems in Disarray; “Mini-Me GOP” Laughs Up Sleeve

    4) QUIET DISCUSSIONS AMONG LABOR, LEFT LEADERS ON MIDTERMS IN THREE STATES
    OHIO, CAL, WA Dems Nervous at Rumored “Independent Labor’ Breakaway Run
    NY-Based Working Families Party: On Ballot in Five States and Watching Closely

    5) OBAMA, CLINTON PLEAD WITH LABOR ALLIES TO QUASH ROGUE MIDTERM RUMORS
    Presidents decry “Tea Party of the Left”
    Trumka Quips “Guess They Ought to Have Talked to Us Sooner … or Taken My Phone Calls”
    Remains Mum on Details: “Tell You the Truth, I Don’t Control This, and I Just Don’t Know”
    EVP Gebre Dispatched on Four-State “Fact-Finding Tour”

    6) >>Heartland Journal:
    LORAIN COUNTY CONGRESSIONAL RACE LABOR’S TO LOSE
    Startling Rebel Growth County by County; “Safe” District Dems Fear for Seats; GOP “Toast”
    Local Labor Council Rolled Up Commissioner, Council & Assembly Posts from”Lazy” Dems
    Now Aims to Fry Bigger Fish

    7) “WE’VE HAD ENOUGH” Say Independent Labor Candidates
    Rebel Sentiment Runs High at Campaign Launch Rallies in Two States
    “Play by The Rules, and The Rulers Laugh at You” Steamfitter, Seattle, WA
    “Then They Take Your Money, Your Jobs and Your Pension” Teacher, Oberlin, OH

    8) TEN INDEPENDENT LABOR/SOCIALIST CANDIDATES NOW LEADING IN MIDTERM RACES
    MOSTLY DEM SEATS SEEN AS VULNERABLE; DOZENS OF STATE LEG POSTS IN PLAY
    AS NY, CA JOIN THE FRAY. NEW MEXICO, OREGON, PA NEXT?
    US Senator Sanders (I/VT) Places Considerable Fund-Raisng Apparatus at Rebels Disposal
    Rumors Mass’ Warren to Follow As 1,000s Volunteer Out-of-Woodwork with Renewed Vigor
    Alleged PayPal Attempt to Quash “Red” Giving Exposed

    9) OHIO NORTHERN TIER TURNING LEFT IN MIDTERM SHOCKER
    TWO DEM, 1 GOP HOUSE SEATS IN BALANCE;
    MAYORS, COUNTY, LEG SEATS FALL TO INSURGENTS IN DROVES;
    Infrastructure, Housing, Jobs, Food & Retirement Security Leading Issues
    Surprisingly Strong Support Seen for Pro-Choice, Black & Immigrant Candidates

    >>RELATED STORY: SURPRISE! NATIONWIDE TREND?
    Zip Code Analysis Reveals How ‘The Impossible” Happened
    “Sudden” Left Shift in Political Sentiment Boils to the Surface After Years of Neglect, “Disrespect”
    “We Took Our Base for Granted,” Miller, (D/CA), “This is Our Own Fault.”
    “Wall St. Dems’ Chickens Came Home to Roost,” Grayson (D/FL), “and Calling Somebody a Socialist Has Now Become Either a Laugh Line … or a Compliment.”

    10) BALANCE OF POWER:
    8 LABOR, 4 SOCIALISTS SEIZE GOVERNING MARGIN
    BEWEEN DEM-GOP HOUSE MINORITIES
    WILL FUNCTION AS UNPRECEDENTED UNITED CAUCUS
    SAWANT TO CHAIR; SANDERS JOINS; WARREN, OTHERS?
    5 States Send Left to DC; AFL-CIO Welcomes EVP as New US Rep. from Orange County CA
    A Dozen Cities & Counties Turn Left; 100 Leg Victories Nationwide; ‘More to Come,” Says Gebre

    “SEE? WE WERE RIGHT…” TO ATTEMPT VOTER RESTRICTIONS SAY FRANTIC TEA PARTY TOPS

    >> RELATED STORIES: WASSERMAN-SHULTZ FOR SPEAKER?
    With Smaller Dem Minority Her Only Path: Alliance with Labor
    In Face of “Red Tide” Will Dems Form ‘National Unity’ Gov with GOP

    REPUBLICANS MUM IN FACE OF TOPSY-TURVY POLITICAL LANDSCAPE
    TRAPPED BY TEA PARTY RADICALS, HOIST ON OWN RIGHTIST PETARD
    Rumors Persist that GOP May Be Heading for 3-Way Split
    Exhausted Boehner Hints He’ll Not Stand for Speaker
    Kantor, Ryan Toe-ot-Toe in Squabbles, Arm-Twisting, Fence-Mending

    >> BREAKING NEWS: MASSIVE LABOR, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, IMMIGRANT,
    LBGT, WOMENS’-RIGHTS, PARADE BUILDING FAST
    TO GREET NEW-LOOK CONGRESS JANUARY 3, 2015

    = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

    … ALL IT TAKES, IS A DOLLAR AND A DREAM.

    “So, I T’ink I’ll Slip into the Next Room, and Talk a Little Treason with Me Comrades.”
    –Barry Fitzgerald, “The Quiet Man”

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Righteous New Year to Labor Lou,
    And to All A Good Night!

    John Connolly

  2. Rod Bradley says:

    Well, Lou, delightfully naive. But you got to dream it before you can do it.

    And speaking of doing it. While I would love to see Elizabeth Warren become president (with all the BS of the first woman, etc, over Hillary) — it ain’t gonna happen unless a lot of people get off their duffs and despite being kept busy trying to survive by the oligarch and the corrupt parties (including alas the democratic party with its DLC that really “hates” the likes of EW as she makes them look so bad because she’s the real deal). We gotta get out there and save ourselves.

    She at least, unlike Obama, I will really could be not business as usual. But it won’t happen without a lot of people in the streets making it happen.

    And if this comes to pass, maybe some of your other dreams, can become reality.

    And let’s not forget Bernie Sanders. The steady, unheralded progressive voice. Whom, I believe, is trying to push EW to run.

  3. John Connolly says:

    Did you happen to see today’s (Jan. 3, 2014) “LA Times” story about the possible Boeing 777X production bid at their winding-down C-17 facility in Long Beach, CA?

    … I know that it’s just Boeing sniffin’ around for more Divide-&-Conquer concession contracts and city/state subsidies to threaten their Puget Sound workforce with, as they try to scare those stand-up IAM workers into voting for Boeing’s lousy “We-Make-Higher-Profits-By-Stealing-Your-Pensions” Plan, and we’ll let you work for us for a couple more years til we threaten you again … but all that Socialist Seattle Councilwoman needs to do now is start that “Take-Back-Boeing’s-Tax-Breaks” petition, and my above 2014 Red Wave scenario takes off!

    Hey! It’s just the first week of 2014!
    We’ve got MONTHS to shake up the Dems and Republicans with a dose of smart Labor fight-back militancy and a couple of dozen Independent Labor oand Socialist candidates for US Congress in the Dreaded MidTerms!

    Happy New Year Comrades! Now, Go Get ‘Em!

    John Connolly

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