The Democrats have been playing defense for decades. If they want to retake Congress and build a better America, they need to take the initiative. John Conyers and Frederica Wilson are two Members of Congress who are asserting leadership advocating for Full Employment.
Congressional Black Caucus members John Conyers (D-MI) and Frederica Wilson (D-FL) are forming the Full Employment Caucus. This comes amidst a cry for the President to address growing income inequality and as Democrats in Congress push for an increase to the federal minimum wage. Wilson and Conyers have been pushing the “full employment” idea since November, but this month they are creating a caucus that, according to an op-ed penned by Wilson in the Miami Herald, “advocate for policies to create needed training and work opportunities fields including infrastructure repair, building efficiency, early education, public health, and community revitalization.”
One staffer with knowledge of the caucus told Politic365 the caucus hopes to bring together experts to identify proven strategies of job creation as well as generate support for existing bills such as the AMERICAN JOBS ACT and the FULL EMPLOYMENT ACT, bills introduced by Wilson and Conyers respectively.
Recent labor statistics has the unemployment rate as low as 6.7%. The news isn’t all good for the American workforce however, as many are dropping out of the labor market because of an inability to find jobs. Participation has ticked down to 62.8% the lowest since February 1978. Black unemployment rate remains nearly double the national average at 12%.
The call for full employment is not new. It was a message Dr. King carried toward the end of his life. In 1967 he gave a speech to the SCLC calling for full employment and a guaranteed minimum income. Duke University professor Dr. Sandy Darity has also made the case for full employment. Darity, who is the chair of the Department of African and African American Studies, is also an economist who has pushed for a National Investment Employment Corps as a response to the persistent unemployment felt by many in the wake of the Great Recession.
MIKE GRIMM, is the Republican Representative from the 11th Congressional District of New York, he is also a former Marine and former FBI agent assigned to monitor the Mafiaso John Gotti’s mob. It appears he might have been taking a lot of notes since then he appears to have adopted a Mobster’s demeanor.
During last night’s post-State of the Union talkfest, Grimm was interviewed by a TV reporter. Grimm broke off the on-air interview abruptly when he didn’t like the reporter’s question. The Congress-critter returned shortly after walking off set to threaten the reporter saying, “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this fucking balcony.”
Apparently the Bully-boy has done this before. One night at a nightclub while he was on a date with another man’s wife, he threatened the life of the cuckolded husband and pulled a gun on a bouncer. At that time an NYPD police officer testified that Grimm said that he would take care of his date’s husband warning, “I’ll fucking make him disappear where nobody will find him.”
Hey, Grimm-ster, me an’ da boyz wuz talkin’ bout ya. We’s decided dat if da boy reporter disappears, we’s gonna come an’ visit ya. Ya know wadda we mean, doncha?
So Congress-critters have gotten together and agreed upon a budget without shutting down the Government, what an accomplishment.
Sure, they stiffed the longterm unemployed. And food stamps remain cut, and will be cut again. Government employees will see their pensions tapped.
But look on the bright side: No one tried to tax the Super-Rich and the 115 Corporations of the S&P 500 which paid NO TAXES last year will continue to use their loopholes in future tax years. The TRILLION dollars sitting in offshore accounts untouched by Uncle Sam remain protected. And all the more important, the U.S. will maintain its bases in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and everywhere else. America will continue to outspend the next 15 world powers together for military operations. No change to the profits of the military-industrial complex.
The $ 50 BILLION in direct subsidies to the oil industry remain in place. As does the mechanism for distributing a couple hundred BILLION in corporate welfare (Taxpayers actually pay McDonalds to sell hamburgers overseas). Big Pharma will still enjoy the benefits of having drugs developed at public expense and then given to them for profiteering. And the grateful Health Insurance industry will enjoy over a TRILLION in new revenue courtesy of Obamacare (i.e. Romneycare, or Heritage Foundation ‘Care).
The Media will trumpet this sacrifice of America’s interests as a reasonable compromise accepted by Left and Right, they’ll do that because that’s what they’re paid to do.
Not too long ago when Congress began discussing imposing a drug testing requirement on recipients of public assistance — TANF, SNAP, Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid — the DISSENTING DEMOCRAT opined that Congress-critters should be drug-tested.
In an act of supreme irony, Representative Henry “Trey” Radel (Republican Hypocrite – FL), and Tea Party darling, was arrested for cocaine possession. This is an instance of divine justice because Radel was one of the sponsors of the “Crackdown” on welfare recipients. Radel argued then that the taxpayers should not have to fund drug users; regardless, Radel will not step down from his Congressional office and will continue to collect taxpayer money.
Incidentally, this particular proponent of Family Values, prior to bellying up to the public teat, made his money selling porno websites in English and Spanish. God, don’t you just LOVE the Tea Party>
We’ve said before that we love Barack Obama for the enemies he has made. We did not vote for his re-election and have criticized him on foreign and domestic policy. We believe he is the worst Democratic President of the 20th and 21st centuries and the most conservative Democrat since Grover Cleveland. Nevertheless, he IS the President and the seditious shenanigans of the Wacko Caucus should be resisted.
The Wackos say that they are out to get Obama. This may be their motivation but what they are really doing is destroying our democratic-republican form of government. The Congressional caucus pushing us over the cliff are not fiscal conservatives indeed they are not conservatives of any kind. They are the 21st century Brownshirts burning down the Reichstag and setting the stage for the finale of Democracy.
Michael Froman was confirmed as the U.S. Trade Representative although opposed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (MA), Bernie Sanders (VT), Carl Levin (MI) and Joe Manchin (WVA). When Froman was asked as to why the TPP Trade deal was being conducted in secret, he replied in words which had the effect of saying, that the TPP must be kept secret because if the American people would find out what was being done, the opposition would be overwhelming.
The secret trade deal will be the BIGGEST ever done by the United States, TP P is to NAFTA what Wal-Mart is to a kid’s lemonade stand. Transnational Corporations are set to become the final arbiter of ALL laws which might affect commerce or industry as well as nullifying the police powers of the States. Congress will be retained for show but actual power will be assumed by Transnational Corporations operating via international tribunals consisting of corporate counsel and lobbyists.
Even now when Congress is still theoretically in charge, Congress is NOT ALLOWED to see the various drafts of the Agreement as it is being negotiated. However, 600 Corporate representatives are routinely provided copies of every provision as completed. These select 600 are able to provide input and advice to the treaty draftsmen. When Congress finally gets the Treaty, it will not be allowed to amend it, to debate it, or to conduct committee hearings. Congress will be allowed to either vote for or against and that is the sum total of permitted Congressional action.
If you believe in Democracy, you should oppose this trade agreement. The result will be to short-circuit democratic government in favor of Corporate rule.
If you believe in Free Enterprise, you should oppose this trade agreement. The result will be to rig the system in favor of the politically-connected elite.
The TPP, or TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP is the worst of everything. Tea Partisans and the Occupy-99 Percenters should unite in opposition to the TPP. As diverse as their respective interests may be, the TPP would destroy the foundations of freedom to which both sides adhere.