Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Cheaters like Trump See Cheaters Everywhere

Two Republican judges ceded their principles last week to Ohio Republicans intent on suppressing the African-American vote. The Ohio GOP, like their counterparts nationally, have decided that if they can’t win minority voters, they will cheat.

So over the past decade, Republicans across the country have perpetrated fraud in the form of voter ID laws, limits on early voting, restrictions on voter registration and other onerous requirements to make it difficult for minorities, young people and senior citizens to vote ­– requirements described as voter suppression in numerous lawsuits filed to overturn them.

Last week, two George W. Bush-appointed judges said Ohio Republicans could eliminate “Golden Week” when registration and voting may occur on the same day. The third judge on the panel, one appointed by President Barack Obama, dissented, writing that abolishing the week “imposes a disproportionate burden on African-Americans.”

Now along comes Donald Trump claiming he’ll lose the election only if Democrats cheat at the polls. He pointed his finger at Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in particular. The City of Brotherly Love is a filthy den of schemers and scam artists, according to Trump. Pennsylvanians living west of the city line are little better in Trump’s estimation.  

Trump besmirched Pennsylvania’s reputation despite the fact that Keystone GOP officials admitted in a lawsuit won by voting rights groups in 2014 that there was absolutely no in person voter fraud in the state. None. But that doesn’t matter because when Republicans like Trump cheat, they think everyone else cheats too.

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Good News In The Reported Collapse of U.S.-Europe Trade Talks

Isaiah J. Poole

Isaiah J. Poole Executive editor, OurFuture.org

News out of Germany that U.S. trade negotiations with Europe similar to the one that produced the Trans-Pacific Partnership have collapsed is another sign that an organized grassroots is successfully putting the multinational corporate trade agenda on its heels.

Britain’s Independent, in an article published Monday, quotes Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel as saying free trade negotiations between the European Union and the United States have failed, but that “nobody is really admitting it.”

The trade deal is called the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP. It is being negotiated between the U.S. and the members of the European Union. Discussions have been going on at the same time the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation deal that includes several Asian countries as well as Western Hemisphere nations, was being forged.

The BBC published an article on its website Monday with a headline framing the TTIP collapse as a question rather than a declarative fact, but noted in its story, “There are many critics who hope Mr Gabriel’s assessment is right.”

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CEO Of Giant Corporation Tells US Government He’s The Boss Of Them

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

Are We the People the boss of giant multinational corporations, or are they the boss of us?

Imagine, if you will, going to the IRS and saying, “I don’t think the tax rate is fair so I’m not going to pay it.” Regular Americans can’t do that. But Apple just did.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was interviewed by The Washington Post early this month. He was asked about the vast sums of profits that Apple has shifted into overseas tax havens thanks to a loophole in US tax law that lets them “defer” paying taxes on those profits as long as the money technically stays outside the country. Cook said (emphasis added, for emphasis):

And when we bring it back, we will pay 35 percent federal tax and then a weighted average across the states that we’re in, which is about 5 percent, so think of it as 40 percent. We’ve said at 40 percent, we’re not going to bring it back until there’s a fair rate. There’s no debate about it.

What would happen to any regular American if they did what Cook did, and said they they aren’t going to pay taxes because they don’t think the tax rate is “fair”? (Hint: Jail. And maybe 2 or 3 years added to the sentence for the contempt of saying, “There’s no debate about it.”)

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When is Daylight Robbery Not a Crime?

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower Author, Commentator, America’s Number One Populist

I thought Donnie Trump and his fellow Republicans were big law ‘n order politicians. So, why are they trying to kill the sheriff and unleash thousands of robbers to run wild across America?

The sheriff they want to kill is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The thieves they’re out to help are corporate debt collectors who pay pennies on the dollar to buy huge data bases of overdue bills – then hound the borrowers to pay up. They profit from weak regulations that let them bully, harass, rob, and run roughshod over tens of thousands of consumers every year – including people who’ve already paid off their debt or never even incurred it.

Every year, the debt collection firms routinely abuse the law and overload our courts by rotely filing hundreds of thousands of lawsuits against debtors. Masses of these suits are backed only by flimsy, out-of-date, erroneous, forged, or non-existent evidence. Collectors don’t care about the evidence, however, for their intent is not to win in court, but to frighten or bamboozle borrowers into paying.

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Rock Against TPP Drawing Large Crowds

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson Fellow, Campaign for America's Future

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is revving up for a vote in the “lame duck” session of Congress that follows the election, and the Rock Against the TPP Concert Tour is drawing large crowds. Awareness of TPP drives opposition, and Rock Against the TPP is doing its part to drive awareness.

Awareness Drives TPP Opposition

A July survey by Democracy Corps shows that Americans are generally unaware of TPP, but when they learn about it, a majority is opposed to it. While people initially think of “trade” in a generally positive way, the more people learn about TPP and other “trade agreements” the more they shift to opposing them.

After hearing a balanced debate – including overall statements and specific arguments in support and in opposition to TPP – voters become dramatically less positive about the value of past trade agreements and much more pessimistic about TPP. Voters move from believing past trade deals are positive by 15 points to parity with those believing they are a bad thing, and voters shift from parity in the argument over TPP to two-thirds opposing it. Most importantly, 61 percent of voters are now eager to hold a Member of Congress accountable should he or she vote to pass the TPP when it is taken up.

Summary: Before hearing arguments both in favor and against TPP a majority favors it. But after hearing both sides, 2/3 oppose TPP so much that they say they will hold members of Congress accountable.

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Hillary Supports Workers

Hillary Supports Workers

Union Matters

Ain't That Calling the Kettle a Bigot?

Sometimes, just when you think nothing more absurd could spill out of Donald Trump’s mouth, a minute passes, and you’re proven wrong.

Earlier this week, Donald decided that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, is just too much of a prejudiced woman for the American people.

"Hillary Clinton is a bigot who sees people of color only as votes, not as human beings worthy of a better future," Trump said. “She's going to do nothing for Hispanics and African-Americans."

Yeah, sure, Hillary is the one demeaning minorities – unlike Trump, who honors them by taking photos praising Hispanics for their taco bowls, calling immigrants rapists and murderers, and courting white supremacists who show up to his rallies and beat and spit on black protestors.

Trump also claimed that Hillary and other Democrats are the reason behind poverty in black neighborhoods and that she hasn’t helped African-Americans at all.

“She doesn't care what her policies have done to your communities. She doesn't care," he nonsensically asserted.

Let’s just take a peek at what Hillary’s policies have done to those communities, shall we?

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