Assassination Stress Tests: White House Moves NAFTA-style Colombia Trade Deal

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 10:59 am

The Obama Adminstration announced today it intends to move to Congress a NAFTA-style trade deal with Colombia (better known as Colombian “Free Trade”). The hold up for the last five years has been the little issue of union members being assassinated in Colombia. Specifically, 2,850 trade unionists have been assassinated in Colombia in the last 25 years, including 52 murdered in 2009.

Good news! The Obama Administration and Colombia have agreed to an “Action Plan” to reduce those assassinations in the next 3 months before Congress ratifies the NAFTA-style trade deal. As Marcy Wheeler noted, those checkpoints are essentially “assassination stress tests” – a meaningless series of goals without real enforcement, and without a requirement that the number of murders is actually, you know, reduced.

Soros, Lewis and Other Big Donors Abandon Democrats For Progressives and Weed

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 9:29 am

Privately, the closed wallets of Democratic billionaires like George Soros and Peter Lewis is all that the poobahs of the DC fundraising world have been talking about for weeks.  But now it’s hit the New York Times: Many wealthy Democratic patrons, who in the past have played major roles financing outside groups to help elect [...]

CBS Poll: Fox News Succeeds In Hijacking Tea Parties From Ron Paul

By: Thursday April 15, 2010 8:36 am

CBS polls the tea parties and finds they’re old, white, pissed off, likely to vote and don’t think they pay too many taxes. They like Fox News, and they don’t like Ron Paul: Weirdly, Ron Paul does better at more traditional GOP outings.  He won the CPAC straw poll handily this year, and lost to [...]

Progressives Who Don’t Honor Their Pledge: Corporatists In Sheep’s Clothing

By: Monday March 15, 2010 9:09 am

I still don’t know if they can pass this monstrosity of a bill. But if progressives stand down and do nothing while corporate America runs roughshod our institutions and our representatives, no member of Congress will ever have the political courage to stand up against corporate power again.

Big Banks: Unions Stopped Fighting, and the Entire Left Got Punched

By: Monday February 1, 2010 7:31 am

Just as the tea parties were getting going in April of 2009, the White House met with bankers in the wake of the AIG scandal who told them to put the kibosh on the harsh anti-bank rhetoric. And so calls went out from the White House to the unions to put a pin in it.

They did.

Which left the field wide open for the tea parties (who were being heavily juiced by Fox News) to reap all of the economic discontent. “Our side” abandoned the field.

Unless We Do Health Care Right, Every Private Sector Union Will Be Dead In Nine Years

By: Friday December 4, 2009 8:20 am

Politicians, business executives, labor leaders, none of them seem to get it (or at least want to acknowledge it): Our broken health care system is the 800 pound gorilla sitting on our economy, and every year, the gorilla gains another hundred pounds. Health insurance is a massive piece of overhead cost, killing our competitiveness in [...]

Mass-Transit Oriented Smart Growth: The True Melding Of Environmentalist And Labor Union Interests

By: Tuesday November 17, 2009 7:59 am

Recently there has been a lot of focus on a possible “blue/green alliance” among the political left in this country. The idea is that union workers would build the new equipment for the green economy. Things like solar panels and wind turbines. Clearly the idea appeals to those who long for the glory days of [...]

Hilarious Spin: Why Employee Free Choice Didn’t Matter in Virginia

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 2:40 pm

A bit groggy this morning, I scrolled through my email and reader for a good analysis of what happened in yesterday’s election. If I drank coffee, I would’ve spit it all over my screen when I came across some hilarious spin about the Virginia gubernatorial race.

Keeping a straight face, the corporate-funded “Workforce Fairness Institute” blasted a breathless email claiming that the Employee Free Choice Act was the central issue for voters.

Unions Declare War On Baucus Bill In Defiance Of Rahm

By: Wednesday October 14, 2009 11:22 am

Most of the major unions in American are not happy with the Baucus bill, which recently passed out of the Senate Finance Committee. Today, they chose to make their objections known very publicly, in defiance of Rahm Emanuel, by taking out several of full-page newspaper ads. “He told us that we really don’t want to [...]