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Green Party Hawkins: NY Guv Cuomo's Jaw-Dropping War on Poor, Working & Middle Class Families vs. Green New Deal

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[email from office of Howie Hawkins, NY Green Party]

Green Party Calls for State Lawmakers to Reject Cuomo's Austerity Budget -- A Green New Deal would invest in jobs, education, fair taxes

Green Party of NY State leaders today called Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget an attack on working and middle class New Yorkers that should be rejected by state lawmakers.

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An injury to one is an injury to all!

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That's a quote from the blurb announcing that Family Farm Defenders is organizing a tractorcade into Madison this weekend. They're going to support their friends, family and neighbors. They're going because many of them work within co-ops and so understand the value of collective action. And they're going because their new Governor wants to gut the only kind of health care many of them can get/afford.

May Madison bask in solidarity and echo with the marble-in-a-coffee-can sound of compression ignition. Read below the fold...

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The Conservative Tradition of Attacking Teachers and Education

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Cross posted from Real Economics.

So, Republicans and Tea-baggers today, after giving tens of billions in tax cuts to millionaires and corporations, are demanding steep cuts in state budgets, including for education. They are especially targeting teachers’ pay.

Some people just can’t wrap their minds around how utterly destructive the conservatives’ agenda is. A few days ago, daveinchi tried to get a grip on this with his DailyKos diary, DESTROY EVERYTHING: Nihilism on the "Right". Read below the fold...

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Impressions of the DC Protest Supporting Wisconsin

Last Saturday a protest expressing solidarity with the one in Madison, Wisconsin called “The Rally To Save the American Dream” occurred at DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. The protest was short, beginning at 12:00 Noon and ending at roughly 1:30 PM. It was organized by a coalition of progressive organizations including Move-on and Democracy for America. Union representation was also strong and included the DC Teachers Union, and the local Chapter of National Nurses United, a well as other local Unions. Read below the fold...

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FOR SHAME OHIO 17!

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SHAME!

For those of you living under a rock, Senate Bill 5 in Ohio passed today in a 17-16 vote.

The Republican-controlled Ohio Senate has passed a measure that would restrict the collective bargaining rights of roughly 350,000 teachers, university professors, firefighters, police officers and other public employees.

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Report from the Field: Life-and-Death Kabuki

I realize that the title of my post is a contradiction in terms, but I can't think of any other way to describe what's going on with federal Republicans and Democrats these days. Burnt Orange Boehner pulls out all the stops by demanding something outrageously batshit fucking crazy - like, the total defunding of Planned Parenthood - and then he stamps his little feet and says he'll shut down the government if he doesn't get it. The Democrats bang their fists on the table in outrage and say there's no way the Republicans will get what they want. But somehow, the deals are made, the governmental shutdown is avoided, and some horrible "compromise" is reached which, mysteriously, amazingly, benefits the top 2% of society. Read below the fold...

A good analysis of the "culture of protest in WI"

OK, its a HuffPo article, but I really liked this description of the protestors in WI, and the analysis tracks well with the principles discussed here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ben-brandz... Read below the fold...

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Whose house? Yeah that's right.

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Wisconsin judge orders Capitol to be reopened

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Moeser ordered state officials on Tuesday to open access. Moeser's order was granted without a hearing and specified it would stand until the trial court is able to schedule a hearing on the matter.

A hearing on the restraining order sought by the Wisconsin State Employees Union is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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Trouble Is When We Take the Truth Off the Table

Arianna Huffington is calling attention to “the great budget battle of 2011,” between the President and the Republicans. She correctly points out that whichever of the two sides win, we, the people, lose. She's right, of course, and says further:

Just look at this so-called "debate" we're having. The problem ostensibly on the table is the deficit. But, without any context, the raw deficit number is meaningless. If the country's debt were, say, $50 million, that wouldn't be a big deal. If some average American suddenly found himself $50 million in debt, well, that would be a big deal. And that's because the country's GDP is a lot bigger than the average person's income. So what we're talking about is really the debt-to-GDP ratio.

Yet the debate is concentrated almost entirely on the debt side of the equation and barely at all on ways to increase the GDP side. . . .

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Federal Spending Doesn't Cost Anything!

Over the past year, I've written numerous posts about fiscal sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and the various fairy tales and myths underlying what almost all of our policy makers have to say Government finance. I continue to search for a meme that will catch fire and lead people to seriously question the false idea that the US can't: afford to put everybody back to work, see to it that all Americans have good health care; provide an excellent education for our children, reconstruct the energy foundations of our economy, re-invent our infrastructure, and take the measures necessary to solve our other major problems before they get any worse.

It's the idea that we can't afford to pay for many things that we would like to do, that makes it so hard to legislate solutions. With “the national debt” at the level that it is, many legislators who might normally do whatever they could to address our various problems just throw up their hands. The rhetoric of fiscal sustainability and fiscal responsibility is too powerful for them to oppose. They want to be “responsible.” They want to be “grown-up.” They want to be known as people who can make “tough decisions.” So, as long as they believe that Government spending costs something, and adds to a crushing debt burden that we have to do something about, they will not vote for effective measures that will solve our national problems because either the cost/debt implications of solutions involving additional deficits are too great, or the tax implications of matching the costs with additional revenue are a burden they are unwilling to face. Read below the fold...

Southern Solidarity

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The last time I marched(with the exception of ERA) was Vietnam. Some things have changed. Some have remained the same.

The crowd began small, mostly teachers and a few hardhat union workers but quickly grew to more than 200 when the speakers began. At its peak, there were almost as many hardhats as teachers along with your generic mix of middle-aged social justice lefties such as you might see at the local Unitarian church. That was before we were joined by the pro-choice women from FSU. I say joined but they may just have passed by with a demonstration march of their own. Read below the fold...

Closing the Wisconsin capitol building?

Apparently, there will be an attempt to clear the capitol in WI Sat, at 6 pm, due to a new rule implemented by the R's:
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/g...
And, also, the Assembly of WI, (their "house"), has passed the law that started this whole thing, now it all depends on the Senate.. Read below the fold...

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How To Organize a DEMAND MILLIONAIRES' TAX & MILITARY CUTS Pledge from Citizens Drive?

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So NY's Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn was on a local tv interview show last night and she said flatly something about how the citizens of New York state can totally forget a "millionaires' tax" since our new Dem Governor Cuomo won't go near that. So they go on to the next question.

It ENRAGED me the way she dismissed it and the interviewer backed off. No, that won't be a way to go. We must find human service programs to cut and layoffs of workers to be made, because the NY Governor refuses to go near that. We must be resourceful in cutting the budget, she chirped, after dismissing a most logical and just resource. Read below the fold...

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