Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Happy Halloween from the GOP

Happy Halloween from the GOP

Republicans have adopted a Halloween-themed campaign strategy that they hope will incite voters to run screaming from Democrats.

The GOP message: Americans should be very, very afraid because the homeland is under attack from ghouls and goblins manifest as Ebola and ISIS. Republicans even threaten boogeymen in the form of ISIS suicide agents strapping themselves with Ebola virus vests and sneaking across the southern U.S. border.

This embrace of Halloween tricks is not surprising from the party pushing voter suppression while masquerading as a democracy-loving founding father.  The GOP is warning Americans that they should be scared witless of impending government disintegration because a guy with a knife got into the White House. This “caution” comes from the political party that favors government disintegration. Republicans have, after all, repeatedly shut down government and announced their intention to drown it in a bathtub. Republicans want America to summon the GOP to save the day, like it’s the political version of Ghostbusters. Most Americans, though, see right through the GOP, like it’s a gooey glob of ectoplasm. 

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Populism: A Light Against Republican Darkness

Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow Writer, Host, "The Breakdown;" Senior Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

Populism: A Light Against Republican Darkness

As autumn descends on the nation’s capital, people are saying there’s a darkness on the edge of town. It’s born of the fear, pessimism and uncertainty that have become the Republican political brand. And if the polls are right, there’s every chance that its shadow will fall upon Capitol Hill and envelop both houses of Congress.

Here Comes the Night

This onrush of conservative gloom was featured prominently this week in the New York Times, in language so shadow-haunted it could’ve come straight from the pen of the 1980s-era Springsteen.

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Republican Right Embraces Its Long, Hypocritical Tradition of Pandering to Fear

Robert Creamer Political organizer, strategist and author

They're back. Like the fourth sequel to a bad horror movie, the Republican Right has once again chosen to embrace its long ignoble, hypocritical tradition of pandering to -- and stoking -- fear.

As the election nears, their ads are filled with images of ISIL terrorists, Ebola viruses, Secret Service breaches, and "porous" borders through which knife-wielding Muslim extremists are surely infiltrating every corner of our society.

It's not just disgusting. It's also hypocritical. The fact is that the Republicans have an abysmal record when it comes to defending the security of ordinary Americans.

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Big Wheel

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Pelosi Is Right: We Shouldn’t Have To Wait For A Minimum Wage Increase

Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole Executive editor, OurFuture.org

Pelosi Is Right: We Shouldn’t Have To Wait For A Minimum Wage Increase

Advocates for workers have declared today “Minimum Wage Day,” as the 10th day of the 10th month calls attention to the demand for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, from the current $7.25.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi marked the day by calling on Congress to drop its campaigning and come back to Washington to vote on a minimum wage increase, as well as an authorization for combat operations against the Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

The Hill reported:

“The American people deserve an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected,” Pelosi said Friday during a press call. “So urgent is this that I think we should come back [to Washington] before the elections.”

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The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do To Americans

Terrance Heath

Terrance Heath Online Producer, Campaign for America’s Future

The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do To Americans

The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do.

Twenty years after Newt Gingrich launched the “Contract With America,” Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus presented a pablum of 11 vague “principles.” There’s a reason Republicans have gone milquetoast. It’s not that Republican’s aren’t for anything. It’s that Republicans can’t tell Americans what they are for — not if they want to have a shot at governing.

Here are the five worst things Republicans have promised to do to Americans.

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The Republican-sainted Reagan vs the Republican-hated Obama

The Republican-sainted Reagan vs the Republican-hated Obama

Union Matters

Ditching ALEC

Recently, tech companies like Facebook and Google dropped their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council or ALEC.

ALEC is a group, supported and funded by big business, that champions right-wing legislation at the state and national levels.  One executive described how ALEC carries out its mission.  "They're just literally lying" about the realities of climate change, he said.

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