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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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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Olive Garden Illustrates Corporate America’s Worst Financial Tendencies (Updated)

Alan Pyke

Alan Pyke Deputy Economic Policy Editor, Think Progress

Olive Garden Illustrates Corporate America’s Worst Financial Tendencies (Updated)

The corporate dining titan behind Olive Garden is firing three of its top executives but paying them each millions of dollars to cushion the blow, according to a report from the Institute for Policy Studies.

Darden Restaurants will pay outgoing CEO Clarence Otis a weekly salary of more than $23,000 for the next two years as part of a $2.4 million severance. With multi-million-dollar gains on his stock options and the accrued balance of his company retirement account, Otis’ total “golden parachute” amount comes to about $36 million. Two other top executives are walking away with $21 million and $11 million “golden parachutes” of their own, including a combined $2.4 million in severance payments directly from Darden.

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Congressman: ‘I Am A Scientist’ And There’s No Evidence Of Manmade Climate Change

Jeff Spross

Jeff Spross Reporter and Video Editor, Think Progress

The “I’m not a scientist” chorus has found a dissenter.

In recent months, American politicians from House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) to Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) and U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R-IA) have all responded to questions about humanity’s role in climate change with some version of “I’m not a scientist” — though this does not prevent them from opposing the policies that would be needed to curb humanity’s carbon emissions.

But Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) feels no such reticence.

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Walmart Forces Americans to Subsidize More Workers

Walmart Forces Americans to Subsidize More Workers

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Vote in November!

When what were your friends 
are all taking one or two steps back
don't be so quick to think it's them that lack
an understanding of what this is really about
beyond their whispers when you shout
no core of much but wealth and greed
thinly veiled in kindness for those in need
hoping for morsels the billionaires might drop
streaming their bullshit's become non-stop
The wrong side of history the robber barons are on
and if I'm wrong - We the People are gone...
Vote this November against all that
most likely that means voting for the democrat ...


David Heffelfinger 
Wichita, KS

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