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Why? Because a sophisticated cadre of the ultra-rich have been on a 30 plus year campaign to buy government. Think tanks, corporate “free” speech, Democratic complicity, and a bought and paid for media has resulted in a gerrymandered map, a stacked Supreme Court and elections in which money trumps the wishes of the people, and routinely puts the will of a tiny rich minority over those of the majority.
By the 14th century the great Tunisian Islamic philosopher of history, Ibn Khaldun, described societies gaining prosperity through “group feeling,” only to lose it within about 120 years as the ruling dynasty succumbed to self-indulgence and greed – paving the way for their land to be conquered from without or taken over from within.
Every article about race is one less article about, say, why the richest pay only 20% tax on billions "earned" by sitting on their asses, while people with real skills pay 40%. (top marginal rates on cap gains vs income from work)
Trump is actually trying to benefit US citizens by making it clear that we actually do have a border and will enforce its existence.Wages for the lowest paid US citizens will go up, not down, if the wall gets built.
If you want to stop illegal immigration, do what Bob says. Enforce the laws on the books and put CEOs in jail.
Wages for the lowest paid US citizens will go up, not down, if the wall gets built.-------------What is your level of certainty here?
What would take power away from money and give it back to voters?
errc saysWages for the lowest paid US citizens will go up, not down, if the wall gets built.-------------What is your level of certainty here?Pretty damn close to 100%.Fewer illegal workers (who never complain about low pay) inevitably means more demand for US citizen workers.
To recover, we would have to completely dump identity politics first of all, but given that the mainstream press is all about identity politics, we're probably doomed as a country. The ultra-rich will continue to divide us by race, gender, etc so that we have no effective unified way of opposing them.Every article about race is one less article about, say, why the richest pay only 20% tax on billions "earned" by sitting on their asses, while people with real skills pay 40%.
... There was John Brown and the somewhat limited legacy of white militant resistance to chattel slavery in the early to mid 1800’s. While John Brown was not the only militant white to aid in the struggle against slavery, he was perhaps the most effective and has become the symbol of white resistance to white supremacy.There was the Rainbow Coalition (not to be confused with the reactionary formation of the same name started by Reverend Jesse Jackson). The Rainbow Coalition was a street level working class formation that brought together groups like the Young Lords, the American Indian Movement, Brown Berets, I Wor Kuen, and Young Patriots (among other organizations) to form a cross race movement against capitalism.It was this conflict between migrant workers and “nativist” workers in the late 19th century and early 20th century that made it difficult at many junctures for the efforts of organized labor to be more effective. This was one of the main reasons why the Battle of Blair Mountain was such a potent threat. Members of the United Mine Workers had started to work directly with and encourage union membership of not only black workers, but also migrant workers, primarily Italians, who had been shipped into the region to destabilize worker cohesion and union organizing. ...
... In 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or "the Wobblies") was founded, representing mainly unskilled workers. "The Wobblies," a force in American labor only for about 15 years, were largely routed by the Palmer Raids after World War I. In 1908, Andrew Furuseth became president of the International Seamen's Union and served in that office until 1938.Andrew Furuseth successfully pushed for legislative reforms that eventually became the Seamen's Act. During World War I there was a shipping boom and ISU's membership included more than 115,000 dues-paying members. However, when the boom ended, the ISU's membership shrunk to 50,000.In 1915, the Seamen's Act of 1915 became law. The act fundamentally changed the life of the American sailor. Among other things, it:abolished the practice of imprisonment for seamen who deserted their shipreduced the penalties for disobedienceregulated a seaman's working hours both at sea and in portestablished a minimum quality for ship's foodregulated the payment of seamen's wagesrequired specific levels of safety, particularly the provision of lifeboatsrequired a minimum percentage of the seamen aboard a vessel to be qualified Able Seamenrequired a minimum of 75 percent of the seamen aboard a vessel to understand the language spoken by the officers.Laws like the Seaman's Act put U.S.-flagged vessels at an economic disadvantage against countries lacking such safeguards. By moving their ships to the Panamanian flag of convenience, owners could avoid providing these protections...
Do you support raising the minimum wage?Wouldn't that be a simpler way to raise the pay of lowest paid American Workers?
Trump is actually trying to benefit US citizens by making it clear that we actually do have a border and will enforce its existence.
Which American kids dream of doing the work that we all pass on and leave for the Mexicans?Can Americans even afford to do those jobs?
fyi--you realize that deportations are down quite a bit since Trump took office, right? He is doing LESS than Obama.
ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan recently said the drop in deportations is because of the backlog in federal immigration courts and the lengthy time to process each case. The number of cases waiting to be completed has surpassed 610,000 through June, according to the TRAC research project at Syracuse University. Immigration courts have long been overburdened, with regular deportation cases taking up to two years to complete because of the volume of cases. The Trump administration has added to that backlog by arresting more people and cutting back on the Obama administration policy of allowing undocumented immigrants to be free on bond as they await their court hearings.Attorney General Jeff Sessions has dispatched 25 more immigration judges to detention centers along the southwest border with Mexico and wants to add more. The Justice Department's goal is to hire 50 immigration judges this year and 75 in the following year.
null saysfyi--you realize that deportations are down quite a bit since Trump took office, right? He is doing LESS than Obama.Does not seem to be for lack of trying: