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https://truthout.org/articles/free-the-free-press-from-wall-street-plunderers/

Texas populist Jim Hightower’s columns have been distributed by Creators Syndicate for a decade — but the agency said they had to take a pass on this one. “The big, hedge-fund owned newspaper chains that Hightower calls out in his column are big customers of theirs, and as such, they don’t want to risk offending them,” says Hightower assistant Melody Byrd (Corporate Crime Reporter, 11/29/18). “While Creators’ reluctance to anger these powerful interests is somewhat understandable, the implications are frightening. It’s one more example of this dangerous time for America’s decreasingly free press that, ironically, Jim lays out in this very column.”
–FAIR

magsview

The Jim Hightower Column They Don’t Want You to Read

The progressive pundit’s criticism of “hedge-fund scavengers” buying struggling newspapers was blocked by his distributor.

The Observer is pleased to run Hightower’s column. He’s angering all the right people.

https://www.texasobserver.org/the-jim-hightower-column-they-dont-want-you-to-read/

polarbear4

Republican Tax Cut Made Me Richer and Kept Working Americans Stagnant

It is true that the economy (as measured by corporate profits and stock prices) is still growing well. That’s great for people such as me whose income primarily comes from ownership of stock, but it does nothing to help the vast majority of Americans who actually work for a living. Most stocks are owned by rich people — the stock market doing well just doesn’t greatly impact the lives of most Americans. The economic factors that actually affect their daily lives, wages and cost of living, have not been helped by the Republican tax bill. That means wealth inequality will worsen, which is bad for everyone — eventually even investors will not make profits if most people have little disposable income after paying for necessities.

One year after its passage, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act deserves a failing grade. It may have done what Republicans in Congress intended it to do — give billions of dollars in tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy and corporations — but it hasn’t done what this country needs. Working Americans deserve a tax code that works for them, not just those at the top. As we enter the new year and prepare to welcome the 116th Congress to Washington, it’s time for real, progressive tax reform, not more handouts to rich people.

There are some good ones out there.

Morris Pearl currently serves as Chair of the Board of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200 high-net-worth Americans who are committed to building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Lots of new material opening up.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

A proverbial slap on the wrist.

humphrey

wi60

I assume that’s before the lawyers take their pound of flesh? after that the percentage will go down

polarbear4

humphrey

An interesting categorization.

polarbear4

The rest are neoliberals at heart.

polarbear4

Benny

I don’t see that ideology chart in the same way the tweeter does. I don’t think Democratic Socialists believe they should own some industries. I think they believe government in some instances can provide better services, products and research. But they believe workers have a right to bargain with their employers for salaries. Government regulates the minimum salaries, production, trade, and taxes are to pay for things everyone needs (sidewalks, protection, education, child care, health care).

polarbear4

Agree. Democratic Socialist like Bernie is more attuned to what is already here. And writing about him should reflect that.

polarbear4

humphrey

I am glad that someone actually said this.

humphrey

I keep pushing him since he could play an important part in the future.

He seems a lot like AOC.

humphrey

This would not surprise me at all.

Benny

Food for thought…


Basic Income vs Guaranteed Jobs: What If We Paid Stay-At-Home Moms?

UBI is built on the idea that any American of working age would qualify to receive some monetary stipend to supplement survival. This idea rests on the assumption that since we are all citizens of this country we should be guaranteed a minimum amount to live on—our very own piece of the wealth our country creates as an economic superpower.

UBJ hinges on the notion of work — that work brings value in a service being rendered, a bridge being built and for workers, the dignity that comes from earning a living and supporting your family. UBJ harkens back to the promises of grand infrastructure projects of yesteryear, that government-sponsored programs should always be available for anyone to earn a living.

Both of these programs assume that the future of work is changing, that some Americans will be left behind, and that any amount of cash in the pockets of average Joe and Sally in our consumer economy will mean more customers for business and economic growth for everyone.

Our office had the UBI vs UBJ debate internally, and I came up with my own idea about what could be done to address the desire to get Americans the cash they need to fully participate in our economy and exist outside of the scarcity and harms of poverty.

Wouldn’t it be great if we just paid women for the work they already do? We don’t necessarily need to create work (UBJ) or create value (UBI). Instead, we can look for opportunities to compensate Americans for the work they’re already doing — the services they already provide, which benefit other Americans. And, it has the potential to be a lot more practical.

We know that when women earn more money, families do better, because women tend to make economic choices that benefit the family: they invest in education, in healthy food choices, and in other things that lift kids and parents out of cycles of poverty.

What if we paid women (and some men) for the jobs they already do — in the home, raising kids? We have adopted some of these ideas within the in-home childcare space or in-home care providers, but what if we took it a much larger step forward?

Consider what would happen if we decided to pay women and men who choose to stay home with children from birth until they enter full-time school. The government could train those interested in the program in skills like first aid, CPR, basic childcare, on parenting techniques, early brain development. We can use the program itself to create jobs in training and coaching moms through the structured process. And then, most importantly, we can pay women who make it through the program for the primary role they already occupy — dedicated moms. I’ve long believed that modern feminism has lacked respect for and has not given credit to the inherent dignity women hold in the work they already do.

Nothing has to dramatically change, except now the hard work women are doing today would be compensated. We know if those kids were in daycare or with a nanny, that those services have market value, so does staying home with your kids. There is real value in the science that supports babies being bonded to their mothers with longer breast-feeding and close parental care in early childhood. But let’s be super clear, it also has market value in the childcare being provided. Most studies estimate that at least five million women choose to stay home and raise their children. We should pay them.

If Americans care about the strength of family, if we care about the strength of the economy, the death of rural America, generational poverty, then we should be looking at solutions that focus on getting more cash to women as quickly as possible.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/12/basic-income-vs-guaranteed-jobs-paid-stay-home-moms.html

polarbear4

That would be so awesome. I would have loved that, and been prepared to go into a profession in the health area. Many caretakers would love this option.

polarbear4

OMG. Watch to the end.

Does anyone know how to save this somewhere?

polarbear4

Don’t really agree that they meant nuclear, but the video is just wrong. There’s a home beneath that bomb.

humphrey

It is great that she won’t stay silent.

Benny

wi60

Same to Jane and Bernie and the rest of you TPW’ers

orlbucfan

Hear, hear! 🙂

Benny

Federal workers union sues Trump admin over government shutdown

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union released a statement on Monday announcing its lawsuit as the shutdown stretches past a week.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleges that the federal government is in violation of the law by requiring some federal workers, many of which are represented by the union, to work without pay during the shutdown.

“Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe,” J. David Cox Sr., president of AFGE, said in the release. “Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane. Positions that are considered ‘essential’ during a government shutdown are some of the most dangerous jobs in the federal government.”

Same pattern with Trump. He effs’ up by not paying workers for contractual work due to his stubborn ignominious actions, then one has to take him to court in order to receive her/his compensation.

polarbear4

Where might one obtain the raised fist icon? And the little rose?

humphrey
polarbear4

Thanks. I was hoping for a little fist on the end of an arm but mine is a little fat fist. lol. Will look for rose. :0)
✊🏻👊🏼 I wonder if the rose 🌹 just looks diff on Twitter. Ah well happy year!

polarbear4

France Isn’t Falling, It’s Rising

“When the vassals of the people no longer honor their obligations to act only on behalf of the people, the masses have the right and authority to withdraw their consent to the social contract which created the government. They have the right to engage in self-defense against state violence being committed against them. And they have the right both legally and morally to do whatever is necessary to end their oppression, including killing their oppressors and those who trespass against their right to dissent.

I don’t say these things to be hyperbolic or promote violence in any way, violence is always a last resort. But when the time comes that peaceful revolution is known to be impossible then the only option left to oppressed people is violence. In preparation for that time, and in the context of what is going on in France right now, I want all human beings to begin to wrap their minds around what their rights truly are. I want the populace at large to start to comprehend the hierarchy upon which civil authority rests, and that they are on the top of it, the source of it in fact.”

polarbear4

My bold. I am always scared I’ll mess something up if I go in and edit a long post too many times. lol.

polarbear4

Great artwork, too.

TheLeftistheCenter

Yeah its going to be amazing, he will have pretty much a national infrastructure full of campaign experienced people before he even enters the race.

It really has the makings of just a raw people power overwhelming of the rigged system by us making him look inevitable beyond the establishments ability to counter it.

It also ties into why the establishment is out in full force so early attacking him from all angles, they sense it too and are taking their shot while they can.

polarbear4

Wow

polarbear4

Happy New Year!????

humphrey

This is an impressive start to the New Year in Dubai!

Spring Texan

The video’s beautiful, but I wish I understood more of the words . . . closed captioning was of limited help as some was obviously WRONG or missing . . . but thanks for posting the video . . .

polarbear4

My second for a while. I thought that she’d be the best VP, but the more I think about it, the more I can see Nina totally overcoming any perceived deficiencies with her rousing called to equality.

I’d be happy with either of them as VP, but at this point I really like seeing Bernie and Nina together.

TheLeftistheCenter

Warren looks best in the senate and when it comes to inspiring a movement she isnt even on the same planet as Nina.

polarbear4

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