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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.
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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’...
|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 ...
|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.
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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-...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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) ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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) ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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. ...
|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 ...
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 (
|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.
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).
|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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
|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&...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 &...
|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 ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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.
|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,
|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. ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 - ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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:
|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 “...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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). ...
|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 ...
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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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 ...
|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. ...
|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 ...
|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’...
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