#Obama #47% #AARP -WI 1848 Forward: #NPR : #Oregon 's #Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment' vs #Elites
#Obama #47% #AARP #ACA WI 1848 Forward: #NPR : #Oregon 's #Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment' vs #1%
Professor Erica Chenoweth will discuss her book, co-authored with Maria Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, which argues that between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as violent insurgencies. Nonviolent resistance presents fewer obstacles to moral and physical involvement, information and education, and participator commitment, leading to enhanced resilience, a greater probability of tactical innovation, increased opportunity for civic disruption, and shifts in loyalty among opponents' erstwhile supporters. Moreover, nonviolent resistance movements tend to usher in more durable and internally peaceful democracies.
Presented by the Rockefeller Center and Dickey Center as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Black History Month
The report goes on to state that another Walker Republican, Rep. Chris Kapenga, promised supporters at a listening session just last night that Republicans “have Right to Work legislation ready to go” and just “have to wait until it is politically feasible.”
Assembly Speaker Fitzgerald, and his brother Scott, the majority leader in the Senate, are two of Walker’s closest political allies. When they helped push through Walker’s collective bargaining bill last year, critics charged that Wisconsin had become “Fitzwalkerstan.” He’s also the front-runner in a hotly contested GOP primary for U.S. Senate – perhaps the reason he’s talked up right-to-work even though Walker is trying to tamp down the topic.Assembly -Jeff #Fitzgerald caught on tape saying the #GOP wanted to “go further” on #union -busting : #Walker #wiunion
All told, Mr. Obama, Congressional Democrats and liberal groups have raised at least $547 million in this election cycle while Mr. Romney, Congressional Republicans, and the top conservative outside groups have raised at least $462 million, according to a review of reports filed with the Federal Election Commission through Sunday and interviews with officials.
Those figures do not account for all the money spent through tax-exempt issue-advocacy organizations that are not required to disclose their spending, like Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire Koch brothers, who have reportedly pledged to steer at least $200 million to conservative advocacy groups by Election Day. Nor does it include money spent directly by unions this cycle.
The Trouble With Austerity
Many believe Germany's austerity plan will ultimately fail in Europe. Mark Blyth, a professor of international political economy at Brown University, tells NPR's Raz that austerity hasn't worked at all and that it was quite predictable that it wouldn't work.
"You can't cure debt with more debt," Blyth says. "If everyone tries to pay back the debt all at the [same] time, all you end up doing is shrinking the economy."
When you shrink the economy, you end up reducing the amount of taxation that you can collect — thus the amount of debt you can pay back. Over time, this causes the debt-to-GDP ratio to get worse rather than better, he says.
"All of the countries that have [gone] on austerity programs over the last two years — they now have more debt rather than less," he says.
If Europe sticks with its austerity regime, Blyth says those countries will not recover. He calls the euro zone a "doomsday device" because its massive banks are full of bad assets and incredible vulnerabilities.
"What they've built is the gold standard," he says. "And the last time we tried to run a gold standard in a democracy in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s ... it didn't end very well."
Video was obtained and released by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel less than a month before the June 5th recall election for Wisconsin governor that shows newly elected Governor Scott Walker in a frank conversation with one of his biggest supporters.
The video was originally taken by a documentary filmaker in January 2011, one month before Walker introduced his explosive collective bargaining bill. It shows Walker getting a bear hug and being asked highly charged questions by Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, owner of ABC Supply Company, a type of Wal-Mart superstore for contractors.
Hendricks asked the governor whether he could make Wisconsin a "completely red state" and a "right-to-work" state. Right-to-work laws (dubbed "right to work for less" by opponents) are the laws used primarily by southern states to prevent unionization and keep wages low.If Diane Hendricks, has 13 ABC Supply stores operating in just Wisconsin with just 2 employees each (? probably way low) and she suppresses wages by $1/hr in a year ABC sees a $52,000 ROI. If each store has 10 employees --- do the math.
ABC Supply Company Incorporated is a roofing supply company based in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA. It also sells windows, gutters, and siding for residential and commercial.
The company was founded in 1982 by Ken Hendricks. There are 500+ stores nationwide. By the time of his death on December 21, 2007, Ken Hendricks was the 107th richest person in America according to Forbes October 2006 issue. President David Luck was named CEO to succeed him. The company has won numerous awards, including the Gallup Great Workplace Award, 2007 (one of 12 winners; the only privately held company to win that year).
Uploaded by videonation on Jan 18, 2012Two years ago, in an "unprecedented assault on our democracy," the Supreme Court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts on electoral campaigns. Today, 80 percent of Americans want to overturn the court's Citizens United vs. FEC decision. The Nation's editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel shares ways you can help take back government so it remains one by the people, for the people and of the people, and not for corporations and their money.
As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker heads into the final stretch in his effort to hang onto his job, he is finding it increasingly more difficult to make his case honestly— or without using huge sums of taxpayer money to sway voters. ....
While Barrett correctly points out the utter cynicism apparent in Walker’s move, voters living in other parts of the state might have cause to wonder about the Governor’s motivations as it is their tax dollars being utilized to further the governor’s political struggle at a time when Wisconsin teachers are being laid off in droves, state heath care programs have been decimated and severe job shortages exist in many areas extending beyond Milwaukee. While Wisconsinites are, no doubt, pleased to see some relief headed in Milwaukee’s direction, the folks in Janesville, who have suffered greatly on the jobs front these past few years, might be scratching their heads as they wonder why there is no state economic aid coming their way and how so large a sum of cash suddenly materialized.
There are those who do not believe the Governor’s offer of aid to Wisconsin will ever materialize.
No writer understands the border culture between Mexico and the United States more intimately than Luis Alberto Urrea, whose life is the stuff of great novels. Son of a Mexican father and Anglo mother, Urrea grew up first in Tijuana and then just across the border in San Diego. Over the years he has produced a series of acclaimed novels, including The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Devil’s Highway, and his latest, Queen of America — each a rich and revealing account of the people of the borderlands that join and separate our two nations.
Three of Urrea’s books were among scores of others removed from classrooms earlier this year when the Tucson school district eliminated Mexican-American studies on the accusation it was “divisive.” But there’s no ban on ideas in Bill’s studio, and Urrea talks with Bill Moyers about that episode as he unfolds the modern reality of life on the border.WI 1848 Forward: #Moyers : Between Two Worlds — Life on the Border May 4, 2012 : #Latino #Mexico #Immigration
Krugman says that if he could make economic policy by fiat, he would start by rehiring all the public sector employees who were laid off in the past four years. "Normally state and local employment grows with population," he notes. "Instead it has shrunk by 600,000 over this period. So if we were to simply rehire those fired schoolteachers — go back to the kind of employment that we should've had on a normal track at the state and local level — right there we could add well over a million jobs. And before you know it, we'd be back to something that felt a lot more like prosperity."There are perhaps a dozen entries in this blog that make these same kind of points from many different perspectives. The Republican Party has played a cynical game of stalling and preventing good economic policy toward the selfish end of blaming a Democratic Presidency so that they can gain power and end the social contract between the government and the people. Paul Ryan is an emblem of this cynicism.