Sunday, July 20, 2014

2014: Liz Warren's Admirable Agenda


1. “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
2. “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth. And we will fight for it.”
3. “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality. And we will fight for it.”
4. “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty. That means raising the minimum wage. And we will fight for it. We will fight for it. And let me add to that: We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them." 
5. “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt. And we are willing to fight for it. We are willing.”
6. “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions. And we will fight for them. We will fight.”
7. “We believe— only I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work. And we’re willing to fight for it.
8. “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America. And we’re willing to fight for it.”
9. “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform. And we are willing to fight for it.”
10. “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words From The Past Still Resonate


Excerpt from State of the Union Message of
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Jan 6, 1941


"There is nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy. The basic things expected by our people of their political and economic systems are simple. They are:

 

Equality of opportunity for youth and for others.


Jobs for those who can work.

 

Security for those who need it. 


The ending of special privilege for the few.


The preservation of civil liberties for all.


The enjoyment of the fruits of scientific progress in a wider and constantly rising standard of living.


These are the simple, basic things that must never be lost sight of in the turmoil and unbelievable complexity of our modern world. The inner and abiding strength of our economic and political systems is dependent upon the degree to which they fulfill these expectations.


Many subjects connected with our social economy call for immediate improvement. As examples:


We should bring more citizens under the coverage of old-age pensions and unemployment insurance.


We should widen the opportunities for adequate medical care.


We should plan a better system by which persons deserving or needing gainful employment may obtain it.


I have called for personal sacrifice. I am assured of the willingness of almost all Americans to respond to that call.


A part of the sacrifice means the payment of more money in taxes...and the principle of tax payments in accordance with ability to pay should be constantly before our eyes to guide our legislation.


If the Congress maintains these principles, the voters, putting patriotism ahead of pocketbooks, will give you their applause."

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Net Neutrality: Jon Oliver Nails It!



AFTER I STOPPED LAUGHING, I WENT TO THE FCC WEBSITE TO LET THEM KNOW THAT JON OLIVER SPEAKS FOR ME. A TWO-TIERED INTERNET IS UNACCEPTABLE IN ANY FORM.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The President's Heartfelt Answer To America's Worst Nightmare




“We're the only developed country on earth where this happens. And it happens now once a week. And it's a one-day story. There's no place else like this.”
 “I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don't surprise me. The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down in the most violent fashion possible and this town couldn't do anything about it…was stunning to me.”
 “The United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It's not the only country that has psychosis. And yet we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than anyplace else. Well, what's the difference? The difference is, is that these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses. And that's sort of par for the course.”
“There's no advanced, developed country on earth that would put up with this. So the country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm. And we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me.”
“I am prepared to work with anybody, including responsible sportsmen and gun owners, to craft some solutions. But right now, it's not even possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress. And we should be ashamed of that.”

Related: An anguished plea from a grieving dad.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

74 school shootings since Newtown. NRA is making its mommy proud.

A yet unidentified school shooter attacked Reynolds High School in Portland Oregon today, killing at least one student. It was the 74th school shooting since the assault on Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT — where twenty innocent people, mostly 4th grade elementary school kids, were brutally murdered.














Shootings at K-12 schools in red, at colleges/universities in purple. 
Source: Everytown for Gun Safety/Mark Gongloff