House Republican Budget Plan Hits Working Families, Spares CEOs

From AFL-CIO Blog:

by Mike Hall,

Feb 15, 2011

The nation’s No. 1 priority is  getting the nation’s job-creation engine running again. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his gang instead have unveiled a budget plan that slams working families and is a “naked payback” to Wall Street CEOs, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

The Republican plan for the rest of fiscal year 2011 slashes investments in education from pre-school to college, cuts and cancels real world infrastructure projects at the cost of 300,000 jobs, chops billions from the job training programs that help 8 million people a year and goes after workplace rights, job safety and the environment.

But they haven’t put everything on their hit list. While working families will bear the brunt of the proposed cuts, corporate CEOs are not being asked for any sacrifices at all.  Nor are the lawmakers pushing these cuts proposing to cut their own pay and benefits.

Trumka says the “budget gutting” bill the House will vote on this week:

Will padlock the doors to essential programs millions rely on every day and put hundreds of thousands out of work.

The lawmakers who campaigned on creating jobs are instead pushing an agenda that will cost jobs and is a naked payback to the CEOs who poured millions into the 2010 elections.  Don’t like safety regulations on the job? Cut the funding. Don’t want environmental safeguards, energy improvements or curbs on health insurance companies?  Defund them.

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Wisc. Governor Makes a Threat to Sic the National Guard on Union Workers

From Alternet:

If the National Guard is called out in Wisconsin, workers across the country should take a page from Egypt and go out on a general strike.

By Mike Elk

February 16, 2011

Last week, Wisconsin’s Republican governor Scott Walker threatened to use the National Guard if his state’s public employees go on strike in response to his proposal to strip them of the right to bargain collectively.

By merely mentioning the possibility of deploying the Guard to prevent a strike, Governor Walker has threatened to militarize the attack on unions. The 150-year history of the American labor movement shows that such moves often lead to the deaths of union members.

Some observers claim that Governor Walker was merely “alerting the National Guard” in order to take over Wisconsin’s correctional facilities if the prison unions went out on strike. However, such preparation could have been made in private without risking the criticism Walker has received since raising the issue. By announcing it publicly, Walker was attempting to intimidate unions with the threat of force; his militarization is creating a toxic climate of fear and violence in which an inspired right-wing nutjob might feel justified attacking union members.

It is important to grasp the role of violent intimidation by both the state and privately run militias in order to understand why Governor’s Walker’s attack is such a troubling move in a democracy.

The first time state militias were called out to stop striking workers was during the Great Railroad Strike of 1876, the first nation-wide labor action that shut down railroads from coast to coast. At the time, Thomas Alexander Scott of the Pennsylvania Railroad told reporters the strikers should be given “a rifle diet for a few days and see how they like that kind of bread.” State militia members joined side by side with private citizens and killed over 100 striking workers in a dozen cities across the United States. In Pittsburgh, over 50 strikers were killed in one of the bloodiest confrontations of the strike.

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Virginia House panel says no to gay employment protections

I actually think the effort being put behind the anti discrimination laws is pretty much a bigger waste of time than playing with my vibrator.

Better to foment revolution than waste one’s time with meaningless gestures aimed at reforming a totally corrupt corporate fascist state.  Liberals are always big on working within the system and reforming which is why they are a total joke.

Organize and start a new political party to break the Democan/Republicrat  Corporate Party stranglehold.

There is no reason for Obama to be President, he has a mediocre 2 years experience as a senator and he stood for absolutely nothing.  He was branded and sold to us by the corporations like a male model selling a suit.  When he was a candidate I kept pointing out how meaningless his slogans were.

From Pink News UK

A bill to ban discrimination against gay people in state employment has been killed by a Virgina House panel.

Currently, Virgina gives no legal protection lesbians and gays employed by the state, although it does offer employees protection from discrimination on the basis of race, gender and a number of other characteristics.

Sexual orientation was removed from the law last year and a bill tabled by Senator Donald McEachin sought to have it reinstated.

Yesterday, the Republican-controlled House General Laws subcommittee voted to kill it, plus another which sought to give health benefits to same-sex partners.

Delegate Todd Gilbert, the chair of the panel, had earlier said that if the issue was really a problem, people would be queuing out of the door to complain about it.

People did indeed queue out of the door yesterday to testify in support of the bill, Associated Press reports.

Some described how they had been pushed out of jobs after coming out, or were too fearful to reveal their sexual orientation.

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Racist GOP Gov. Barbour refuses to denounce license plate pitch honoring KKK leader

From Raw Story:

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, declined to denounce a group’s proposal that the state issue a license plate honoring an early Ku Klux Klan leader.

The idea, put forth by the white heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans, would create a state-issued license plate by 2014 in honor of Confederate General and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. It would include a car tag and a series of other Civil War license plates.

Mississippi lawmakers are considering the proposal, and Barbour said it’s unlikely to be approved but refused to stake out a position against it.

“I don’t go around denouncing people,” Barbour told reporters Tuesday in his home state when asked about the idea, according to The Associated Press.

The NAACP’s Mississippi chapter president Derrick Johnson called on the governor to denounce it.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the Sons of Confederate Veterans as a “hate group” known for its racist and white supremacist activities.

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