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Warren or Sanders?
I won’t be complaining about Barack Obama over the next two years. Or spending a lot of time on what he should or shouldn’t do. I’m certainly happy about his executive action on immigration.
laborlou 11/23/2014 41 5 1 -
Obama's Final Two Years
Remember how it felt with two years left in the Bush Administration? Pummeled by six years of Bush / Chaney / Rumsfeld, we knew a month before the 2006 election that the electorate was shifting our ...
laborlou 10/03/2014 4 1 - -
Unions, Climate Change and Keystone
Critics of the EPA’s proposed rules to curb carbon emissions are quick to cite opposition by some key unions. While pushback by Mine Workers, IBEW, Boilermakers and others will be used by coal ...
laborlou 06/01/2014 6 2 - -
Blaming Obama
In a recent critique of Barack Obama, Jeffery St. Claire derides the president for “piously” lecturing African-Americans on the “state of their lives.” According to St. Claire - editor of ...
laborlou 05/25/2014 38 7 - -
You're Fired! - Just Cause for All
“You’re Fired!” The Boss has spoken and, for most American workers, that’s the end of the story. Proving race-based discrimination – or other forms of bias depending on what state you’...
laborlou 04/20/2014 5 7 - -
Begging the Bosses
In promoting his plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, President Obama hits the right notes: * Working full-time shouldn’t mean living in poverty * A higher minimum wage pumps ...
laborlou 03/07/2014 2 2 - -
The 2012 Election Anniversary
Sure we hoped for more from Barack Obama’s re-election, especially after all the talk about republicans learning their lesson. Our main goal, of course, was to keep Romney out of the white house.
laborlou 11/03/2013 1 1 - -
Comparing Obama to Carter
The Obamacare rollout fiasco, NSA spying on our allies’ leaders, and the nearly-bungled Syria showdown have many democrats shaking our heads. We know this president has an unyielding and strident ...
laborlou 10/27/2013 20 1 - -
Trust Reid
Brace for a compromise to the shutdown / debt ceiling “crisis” which could give away more than progressive democrats would like. But trust senate majority leader Harry Reid on this one. Reid ...
laborlou 10/13/2013 6 1 - -
The Court's Catholic Conservatives and DOMA
I was expecting this court to overturn DOMA but I had a secret wish that at least one of the four conservative Catholics would join the majority. Roberts or Alito - both born in the 1950s - would ...
laborlou 06/29/2013 10 1 - -
Legalize Pot? - I'm Not So Sure
I stopped smoking pot years ago because it was raising my blood pressure, making me paranoid and holding me back. This is not meant to criticize my peers who still enjoy getting high; or those who ...
laborlou 06/22/2013 71 3 - -
MSNBC FADING?
News that MSNBC talk shows – Maddow, Matthews, Hayes and the others – took a ratings dive recently underscores my own frustration and “issues fatigue.” We watch MSNBC to share feelings of ...
laborlou 06/01/2013 107 27 - -
If the Kochs Buy the Times
Could the Los Angeles Times become a mouthpiece for Tea Party paranoids to crusade against progressive L.A.? If the Koch Brothers buy our local paper and hand over the editorial board to conspiracy-...
laborlou 05/11/2013 10 5 - -
What Jerry Brown Would Tell Hillary
There’s been talk recently about whether Hillary Clinton, now 65, is too old to be president in 2017. Here in California, we have a chief executive who began his third term (28 years after ...
laborlou 03/22/2013 8 2 - -
The New American "Exceptionalism"
Barack Obama’s re-election has opened a divide on the American Left. For many of us, this president represents an epic shift toward a more diverse, tolerant and liberal America - an affirmation ...
laborlou 02/22/2013 10 2 - -
San Diego Leans Left?
California’s second largest city has a progressive mayor, former Democratic U.S. House member Bob Filner who beat his Republican rival by three points in November. The 70-year old Filner spent 20 ...
laborlou 01/06/2013 1 3 - -
Wait for the Inauguration
I’ve decided to resist criticizing Barack Obama until after the inauguration and state-of-the-union. Even then, I’m not sure how strident I’ll be complaining about the president’s tendency ...
laborlou 01/04/2013 3 - - -
Ten Headlines I Would Like to See in 2013
1) Obama Stuffs Republicans Once Again, President Outsmarts Opponents 2) Wages Rise as Unemployment Drops Workers Make Gains After Decades of Decline 3) ...
laborlou 12/12/2012 5 8 - -
Fiscal Cliff Riff
Jumping off the fiscal cliff Will cause a panic only if Financial markets big and small React as if they hit a wall Otherwise I think it prudent For anyone who is a student Of politics the way ...
laborlou 11/30/2012 3 1 - -
Hollywood - America's Last Union Town
A neighborhood on the eastern edge of the L.A. basin and shorthand for the movie and television industries, Hollywood had its own city charter for fewer than ten years before being annexed by Los ...
laborlou 08/14/2012 28 23 - 147
Mitt's Picks
Now that Mitt is back on top, what could he do to clear the path to the convention? Why not buy off his pesky primary challengers with promises of future jobs in a Romney Presidency? Here’s what ...
laborlou 02/29/2012 3 1 - 21
Republicans Doubt Mitt's "Electability"
Even conservatives desperate to beat Obama may now be concluding that Romney is no more “electable” than his primary opponents or a brokered convention nominee. Mitt’s thickheaded comment on ...
laborlou 02/04/2012 17 6 - 191
One Big Union for Hollywood Actors
Thousands of actors - from A-List megastars to those who work for “scale” - will soon decide whether to merge the nation’s two largest performer unions. Combining the American Federation of ...
laborlou 01/13/2012 2 1 - 22
Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul
Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul It sounds like a law firm You might even call If you need some advice On what you should do Cause you can’t figure out How best to renew A nation that’s ...
laborlou 01/05/2012 7 2 - 43
Ten Headlines I Would Like to See in 2012
1) Gingrich Sews Up Nomination Former House Speaker Clears the Field as Romney Pulls Out 2) Scott Walker Recalled Wisconsin Voters Remove Unpopular ...
laborlou 12/21/2011 10 6 - 61
Warren vs. Clinton in 2016
Near the end of Barack Obama’s second term - the president had easily defeated Newt Gingrich in 2011 - a civil war breaks out in the democratic party. Sixty-eight-year-old Hillary Clinton had ...
laborlou 12/11/2011 24 1 1 146
Gingrich and the White Working Class
Newt Gingrich talks tough. If nominated, he says he will challenge Barack Obama to seven free-form “Lincoln / Douglas” debates. Republican crowds go wild when he offers “to be fair” and ...
laborlou 12/05/2011 10 3 - 86
Kinder and Gentler Policing at Occupy L.A.
LAPD brass and officers have shown enormous respect and restraint in handling city hall occupiers and downtown protest marches. Sure there have been some minor street battles and arrests. But ...
laborlou 11/20/2011 9 5 - 42
Ten Reasons for Obama's Comeback
1) Growing public doubt that republicans offer a serious alternative The Perry / Cain spectacle is a turnoff 2) The economy has bottomed out Hiring may inch up 3) ...
laborlou 11/12/2011 17 15 - 143
Baseball and Politics
My team lost the world series in an especially agonizing way. I was rooting for the Texas Rangers, indifferent to their home state’s conservative politics or even the presence of former team ...
laborlou 10/29/2011 5 2 - 42
A Winter "Occupation" in L.A.?
Will Occupy Wall Street migrate west as temperatures drop in the northeast and midwest? The serene setting and good vibes of Occupy L.A. could draw protesters who see their chance to “split for ...
laborlou 10/10/2011 2 1 - 27
One Term?
Democrats Harry Truman in 1952 and Lyndon Johnson in 1968 were eligible for another presidential term but chose not to run. It’s a shame and a national tragedy that Barack Obama’s conciliatory ...
laborlou 08/09/2011 35 2 - 162
Al Franken and the Minnesota Shutdown
When Saturday Night Live and Air America celeb Al Franken was finally declared the winner - by a whisker – of the U.S. Senate seat in Minnesota, democrats achieved their “filibuster-proof ...
laborlou 07/09/2011 12 5 - 232
Attacks on Labor Board Help Obama
A plan to streamline procedures for union representation elections has outraged republicans and their business allies. And that’s exactly what the Obama Administration wants to see. The ...
laborlou 06/25/2011 4 2 - 55
Union Owned and Operated?
Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer’s recent column “Union Owned and Operated” outlines what he calls democrats “fealty” to organized labor. For progressive critics of ...
laborlou 06/17/2011 7 8 - 81
Back to the AFL-CIO
It’s time for the Teamsters, SEIU, Farmworkers and UFCW to rejoin the AFL-CIO. I know there’s a lot of institutional politics in the way, but a more united labor movement would strengthen our ...
laborlou 06/15/2011 10 6 1 32
Our Hilda Solis
Los Angeles union leaders and activists were thrilled when President Obama picked Hilda Solis to head the Labor Department. The El Monte democrat had spent eight years in the U.S. house and was a ...
laborlou 06/12/2011 9 5 - 65
Summertime Political Blues
The progressive press is filled with gloomy news: The persistently depressed economy. The apparent success by republicans in defining the problem as “overspending.” The democrats – and the ...
laborlou 06/06/2011 1 - - 14
Obama Transformed
The transformed presidency of Barack Obama will soon be tested over the “debt ceiling.” With republicans demanding “trillions” in budget cuts, here’s the president’s chance to use his ...
laborlou 05/10/2011 8 17 - 229
2012 - A Supreme Choice
If you think Citizens United was bad, just give republicans a chance to pick the next one or more supreme court justices. Handing corporations free reign to manipulate the political system was only ...
laborlou 04/30/2011 14 10 - 91
Say No To The Huff Po
I’ve made some money as a writer: Many years ago as a reporter for a progressive weekly newspaper in Vermont. Then in Los Angeles as a freelance journalist, PR guy and - since the mid 1980s - a ...
laborlou 04/03/2011 7 1 - 74
Collective Bargaining For All
Let’s make the 2012 election about unions and not let day-to-day political debate over budgets, taxes, foreign policy and personality obscure the fact that American workers are falling behind. ...
laborlou 04/02/2011 2 1 - 18
Trust Obama on Libya?
Why do I believe what Barack Obama is saying about Libya? Am I naive? How many times does this president have to mislead and disappoint me before I get the message that he’s not representing ...
laborlou 03/30/2011 8 1 - 54
union pragmatism
Labor’s position on the megamerger of AT&T and T-Mobile is a useful example of how unions often don’t fall in line with progressive expectations. Because the Communications Workers of American (
laborlou 03/26/2011 3 4 - 29
A Fighting Chance
This is the chance of a lifetime for moderates, liberals and radicals to rally around the labor movement. To do what the democratic left has failed at in the past: Which is to cross class divisions.
laborlou 03/11/2011 1 2 - 31
Union Strong
There are 14 million union members in the United States. Forget for a minute the rapid and alarming decline in the overall percentage (11.9) and the incredible shrinkage in the private sector (6.9).
laborlou 03/06/2011 5 7 - 33
Putting Unions Back on the Map
How about this irony: If not for the huge gains by republicans in the November 2010 election, the full-scale attack on public-sector unions would not have occurred. That means that without the ...
laborlou 02/28/2011 4 6 - 51
Wisconsin
The dramatic, fast-changing and unpredictable events in Madison, Wisconsin have inspired and encouraged union advocates across the country. Sparked by a brazen move by republicans to weaken state ...
laborlou 02/18/2011 4 8 - 48
Prison Labor
California prison guards have one of the best career-jobs in the state: decent pay, steady work and medical benefits. A lot of correctional centers are located in remote regions like the central ...
laborlou 02/08/2011 4 2 - 116
Why I Can't Support Gun Control
Call me a political coward, but I don’t want to get within ten feet of gun control. The Tucson shootings have, for good reason, revived talk of handgun restrictions. But most democrats don&...
laborlou 01/14/2011 150 19 - 74
The Mandate
What if congressional democrats and the administration used the republican initiative to repeal health reform by discarding the individual mandate? Forcing Americans to buy health insurance ...
laborlou 01/07/2011 22 - - 57
The Old Equalizers
The wealth, income and wage gap in America will continue to widen under President Obama. In 2008, union activists were fantasizing about an Obama administration committed to a remix of the ...
laborlou 12/31/2010 3 3 - 36
Supreme Bios and Future Judges
Recent biographies of two of the most important supreme court justices of the 20th century - Louis Brandeis and Earl Warren - underscore the current critical battle over President Obama’s ...
laborlou 12/25/2010 2 - - 46
"Reading Obama"
As horrified democrats stepped up their criticism of Obama, an alternative voice entered the conversation: Arguing that this president’s inclination to hear, respect and accommodate all ...
laborlou 11/13/2010 13 10 - 49
the Anti-EFCA
Who is John Kline and what is The Secret Ballot Protection Act [SBPA]? I’m afraid we’re about to find out. Representing Minnesota’s 2nd District, Kline will probably chair ...
laborlou 11/10/2010 6 3 - 31
The President's Self-Respect
The number one talking point for republicans since they took the house is to repeal “Obamacare.” They use that term to deliberately mock the president. They proudly and openly ...
laborlou 11/04/2010 30 5 - 38
Labor Day Small Talk
I’m in no mood to analyze the Labor Movement’s predicament or point out that Labor Day is the unofficial start of election season. They’ll be enough of that in the papers, on tv ...
laborlou 09/04/2010 2 1 - 28
Contradictions and Disappointments
I heard that new housing starts are down. That’s supposed to be bad news. But then I think of those crappy tract homes next to the freeways east of Pomona which put working-class ...
laborlou 08/27/2010 3 1 - 14
Pension Cuts Deep
I’m not sure we can call government worker pensions a “hot button” issue. It lacks the immediacy, clarity and simple polarity of, say, abortion or gay marriage. But I guarantee ...
laborlou 08/06/2010 41 13 - 45
Supreme Game Changers
The republican campaign against Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court appointment was not intended to block her confirmation but to set the stage for future nomination battles, particularly those which ...
laborlou 07/04/2010 4 3 - 24
The Realignment That Isn't
Politics is as much about action and reaction as ideas. Obama has ideas. But on the big stage, I’m afraid, he just doesn’t know how to act. So what we thought was transformational ...
laborlou 06/18/2010 5 - - 22
Hillary?
On the day of that awful rampage last November when Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Hasan gunned down 13 soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas, President Obama came out to the Rose Garden. It was the ...
laborlou 06/04/2010 161 1 - 31
On the Take...
The deadly accident at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia and the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill expose pervasive federal government corruption: Government regulators on the take ...
laborlou 05/31/2010 6 1 - 28
Blanche Must Go!
Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln has turned me into a “single issue” voter. I’m usually the last guy to support primary challenges to incumbent democrats. And that includes ...
laborlou 05/22/2010 2 3 - 24
American Workers and Liberal Failure
I recently heard a conservative characterize the difference between the parties this way: Democrats, he said, believe in and fight for “justice,” republicans believe in and fight for &...
laborlou 05/15/2010 30 14 - 85
The Democrats Biggest Mistake
As the economy begins to “recover,” there is one great casualty of the first phase of the Obama era: the American wage-earner. Even if the current unemployment rate drops several ...
laborlou 05/08/2010 16 14 - 25
Will Becker Appointment Motivate Labor?
The labor movement got a boost last week with a couple of pro-union presidential appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Senate republicans had been blocking Obama’s picks to ...
laborlou 04/01/2010 3 2 - 19
Anniversary Blues
Frustrated, exhausted, overwhelmed? Want to withdraw from American political life? Give your emotions a rest? Let whatever happens, happen without you? Read a novel? Watch the NLF playoffs? Take ...
laborlou 01/18/2010 1 1 - 11
Fear and Fun in 2010
I take politics very seriously. I was distressed and sometimes terrified by what was happening during the Bush years; particularly 2002 to 2006 as I watched Congressional Republicans collude with ...
laborlou 01/09/2010 26 6 - 12
End of the Decade Diary
The last year of the first decade of the 21st century ends and the first year of the second decade of the 21st century begins. I was born during the second year of the second half of the 20th ...
laborlou 12/27/2009 6 4 - 75
Union Threats and Militant Action on Health Reform
Criticizing the watered-down Senate version of the health reform bill, two high-profile national union leaders - AFL-CIO’s Rich Trumpka and SEIU’s Andy Stern - brought the Labor Movement ...
laborlou 12/20/2009 8 3 - 57
The Paradox of Economic Recovery
Of course we’re hoping that conditions in this nation dramatically improve in 2010. We want Americans to find work, feel more financially secure, buy what they need and enjoy their lives.
laborlou 12/13/2009 4 1 - 22
The Impossibilities of the Obama Presidency
Am I the only one who doesn’t know where Obama went wrong and what he should have done differently? Obviously, many thoughtful writers, pundits and advocates try not to be presumptuous. But,
laborlou 11/26/2009 68 9 2 31
Are Republicans Outsmarting Obama?
Sure seems like it. They certainly know what it means to be the political party in opposition. They’re tough and ruthless and they use their authoritarian temperament as an advantage. ...
laborlou 11/19/2009 136 1 - 30
Why Aren't We Doing Better? - A List for Democrats
So why can’t a Democratic White House and a Democratic Congress bring about the kind of change we want? Here’s what we’ve been hearing: Obama’s not very ...
laborlou 11/07/2009 1 1 - 119
Obama as the Democratic Reagan - An Update
There was talk during last year's campaign about certain similarities between then Senator Obama and Ronald Reagan. The comparison gained even more traction when Obama himself characterized the ...
laborlou 10/31/2009 70 5 - 218
Don't Hate the Haters
When tea party types are asked to explain their placards comparing President Obama to Adolph Hitler, their answers are often - well - unsophisticated. That makes it pretty easy for us to then see ...
laborlou 10/27/2009 9 - - 43
What Should We Do, John Kerry?
When we sent John Kerry up against George Bush in 2004 we thought we picked the right guy. Thoughtful, experienced and self-possessed, the “other” Senator from Massachusetts seemed more ...
laborlou 10/20/2009 21 2 - 93
Election Anniversary Stirs Democrat's Anxiety
Instead of celebrating next month’s anniversary of Obama’s victory, many Democrats will be nervously facing the prospect of the 2010 Congressional midterm election. You can already ...
laborlou 10/10/2009 9 4 - 29
Will Progressives Bolt if Obama Says Yes to Afghan "Surge"?
Here’s a tough one: Could it be that the war in Afghanistan is worth the costs for America? Progressive Democrats are inclined to oppose foreign military actions. Many of us cut our ...
laborlou 10/03/2009 128 7 - 95
Attack of the Misguided Missiles
Was John McCain being unusually clever this week when he attacked Barack Obama’s plan to scrap the Bush-era, European land-based missile interceptor system? The Arizona Republican called ...
laborlou 09/19/2009 1 3 1 205
Conservative Protests are Tricky for Democrats
Maybe the only good thing about republican control of the White House and Congress from 2002 to 2006 was that their right wing base was somewhat pacified. Now conservative extremists are ...
laborlou 09/13/2009 10 5 - 3
Swing Voters Dropping Obama?
It’s painful to watch Obama’s popularity decline. His presidency is being overwhelmed by brutal attacks from the right and ongoing criticism from his base. Meanwhile, swing voters - ...
laborlou 09/07/2009 74 2 - 5
Up the Learning Curve for Dems and Obama
Here’s an optimistic scenario: Months from now we’ll look back on August 09 and recognize it as a turning point. Yes, the republicans whooped us. They stirred their base around ...
laborlou 09/02/2009 1 2 - 5
Obama Apologist Speaks Up - Sort Of
It’s getting rough out there for Obama apologists. Even we have a critique of what the prez is doing wrong. So to demonstrate the value of restraint, I’ll just offer ...
laborlou 08/21/2009 43 4 - 10
Top-Ticket Democrats Judging Obama
What was most interesting about Obama’s town hall in Belgrade Montana on Friday was the body language of the state’s three democratic honchos who sat together just behind the president:
laborlou 08/15/2009 10 1 - 29
The New Backlash?
Wouldn’t it be ironic if current right-wing extremist behavior triggers a response by mainstream Americans similar to the reaction 40 years ago to the antics of the New Left? The “...
laborlou 08/10/2009 14 3 - 3
The Right Wing is Having Fun and We're Not
Congressional Republicans are enjoying themselves these days. During TV interviews they seem to betray a smug, almost naughty smirk when they talk about “birthers” and health reform ...
laborlou 08/04/2009 37 4 - 17
How Obama Stumbled
Anyone who presumes to understand what happened to our prez this week must tread carefully. His long-winded answers on health care reform at his press conference followed by his off-message remarks ...
laborlou 07/25/2009 89 5 - 16
Senate Majority - A New Problem for Progressives
Much more important than the so-called filibuster-proof majority for Senate Democrats is the fact that 24 states now have two Democratic Senators (or independents who caucus with Democrats). ...
laborlou 07/21/2009 9 4 - 3
Timing Not Timidity Drives Obama on Gay Rights
To understand how Barack Obama will overturn the ban on gays in the military, look at the administration’s strategy on achieving health care reform. Obama’s style is to carefully ...
laborlou 07/12/2009 125 13 - 28
Obama's War
Seven American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Monday, marking a spike in U.S. and NATO fatalities. There was little uproar over this tragic news, which was accompanied by military official ...
laborlou 07/08/2009 116 6 - 75
Evangelicals and Climate Change
An ad campaign on country music radio stations in the South is urging Evangelical Christians to support Congressional Global Warming legislation. Using Biblical references - "God's creation cries ...
laborlou 07/03/2009 7 2 - 47
Progressive and Patriotic
Among progressive democrats there’s a lot of angst these days that Obama will give away too much as he moves his agenda through Congress. We’ll be talking a great deal about those ...
laborlou 07/01/2009 3 - - 2
We've Got Your Back, Mr. President
By now, many democrats have found some or several reasons to feel disappointed with the President and his administration; that he’s too compromising or too timid on health care, financial ...
laborlou 06/20/2009 52 27 - 17
Quiet Down. Stay Patient. Support the President
The near unanimous vote by house republicans against short-term funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan show how much the GOP is willing to risk in their effort to disparage, discredit and ...
laborlou 06/17/2009 186 25 - 15
Republicans Play It Both Ways
Forget for a minute all the complexities of the bank and auto bailouts, the stimulus plan and even health reform. The broad political debate around these issues is taking a very familiar turn. ...
laborlou 06/14/2009 6 3 - 11
Pres.  Clinton vs. Pres. Obama - So Far, No Contest
Obama’s strikingly bold agenda contrasts sharply with Bill Clinton’s early months as President. Though circumstances were certainly very different in 1993 - the economic problems ...
laborlou 06/07/2009 26 10 - 1
Prez Tilts Toward UAW
As a long-time union activist, I’m thrilled by this early phase of the Obama years and want to urge my friends on the left to resist their impulse to be disappointed and frustrated. Let’...
laborlou 06/05/2009 35 23 1 36
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