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Sep 23, 2023·edited Sep 24, 2023

Thank you for getting us the quotes and information on Shawn Fain. I’m so glad that he’s seeing through Donald Trump’s claim to be pro-union after Trump worked so hard to gut the power of unions.

Another person who has tried to hide his true feelings is Clarence Thomas. I can hardly wait until there is a law stating that the Supreme Court justices have to obey the same recusal rules that every other judge follows. Obviously, leaving it up to their policing themselves to practice judicial neutrality hasn’t worked. The damage that Alito and Thomas have done to the reputation of the court will take years, if not decades, to heal.

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How many more reports and investigative blogs does ProPublica have to publish before someone either holds the Supreme justices to the same ethics and morals as simple mortals, or starts to 'impeach' Alito and Thomas? Aren't there enough reasons and justifications already?

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Those two should have been removed long ago. There’s no excuse in this at all. The Chief Justice needs to grow a pair!!!

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The chief justice is part of the problem due to the source of his wife's income.

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This chief justice is in a bind. The court has his name on it, and I think he knows it is already notorious and will go down in history as corrupt which is why every now and then, he votes the right way, but not often enough and now with all the other extremes on it, he has lost control and yes, then there is his wife and his own political views.

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I believe he’s trying to figure out a way out of this mess the Court’s in. These 5 justices appointed by Frumpy have flipped the Supreme Court making it the laughing stock of the world. And with the antics that Clarence Thomas and Alito have brought to light, it has put every one of them under a heavy microscope where every move of all of them are now being scrutinized to the hilt.

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‘Laughing stock’ is an inappropriate expression. Most of us Europeans are shocked and revolted at the turn the Court has taken. We know that this is no laughing matter.

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Justice John Roberts will also be remembered for making The Supreme Court into a “gated community”.

So desiring to be removed from “ordinary” US citizens as to erect a fence.

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And the sad part is that he had the fence around the court erected because he’s afraid that the Court will be stormed by a mad mob wanting to string them all up. How sad of an individual that he is. What he doesn’t seem to realize is that he, and his fellow Justices have done an excellent job of stringing themselves up either all of their law violating they have done, and do about every weekend. Not to mention the rulings that are being handed down in return for their actions.

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‘…votes the right way..’! As in supporting far Right policies? Or as in CYA, covering your a$$!

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He needs to be impeached too. Wouldn’t you love to make millions as the wife of the sitting head of the supremely slimy court?

And let’s hear it for striking workers!!! Even at 77 years of age I am ready to stand behind both impeachment for unlawful behavior and in the UNION lines supporting American citizens.

The power of being heard is great than any drug taken!

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Sadly, New Jersey drags down the cause with an equally sliMey powerful corrupt Senator. Yet again. As A native New Jerseyan, I'm ashamed and saddened to see this happening, but not surprised. Remember the headlines in the NY Daily News from the late 1970s? Abscam. "WILLIAMS IS GUILTY!" Here we go again Thanks a lot, Menendez.

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Oops! You left out sleazy Bob Torricelli whose corruption allowed Roberto to fill that senate seat!

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Oops is right. It's Jersey and we all gotta problem wit dat!

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Greater.... should have been greater

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Heard you loudly there, Jean. And you are absolutely correct. Impeach them all! But, with a House that can’t even elect a Speaker either a spine, or set of gonads big enough to see, we are all in limbo!

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WOW! , That IS ! , a BiG , AMEN ! Dan !

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I’m 71, Jean. Heard you loud and clear! ✊🏻

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I just sent an email to Senator Durbin who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee. I thanked him for asking Justice Thomas to recuse, but added that isn't enough. We must push to impose regulations on the Supreme Court.

We the People need to make more noise!

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Cheryl Cardran, thank you for contacting Durbin and I will do so too. He is my Senator but lately I'm having second (and third and fourth) thoughts about his decisions on important issues.

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It is impossible to love everything an elected offical chooses to do. There hasn't been one in my lifetime (72) to say they were perfect in my book. But then they covered the basics that I cared about and I continued to keep a list of my top 5 priorities to see if they kept up those, and had to ignore the rest, unless it was flagarently against the law.

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Joyce Kell-Sanders I didn't mention, ask for or expect perfection from anyone. I'm concerned about the big issues. IMHO Supreme Court Justice ethics are big. It's also not the only issue I've written to Durbin about. As a constituent it's only fair to communicate where I disagree with his decisions. How else will he understand what the people he represents are thinking?

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Good idea. I’ll follow suit. If we all put pressure on these clowns, maybe they will move on it, despite the antics being played in the House of Representatives!

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SHOUT IT ! From the HOUSE-TOP Cheryl !! ULTIMATE NOISE !

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Oh my God, no kidding.

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Don't blame God. Check power and greed!

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And timidity

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The MAMMONITES ! , of the *Earthly*, Mankind ! . The EARTH ! , is HEATIN' UP ! ,,,,,, AMEN ! Eleanor !

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The rest of us don’t have the overbearing rich to finagle and lie to get their way.

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Its difficult to imagine Trump working hard, but he is part and parcel of the plutocratically occupied Republican Party, and their ruthless obsession to crushing every barrier to rendering the entire planet into maximized profits for their uber-wealthy patrons. Here is just the latest example of that cruelty, which I hope that can be pointedly turned against them in the ongoing wars for election: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/22/republicans-animal-welfare-law-food-safety

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JL, appreciated the article. Persons who raise animals or poultry are a vast variety of humans....some caring .....some not. Decent care and cleanliness is important for the safety of the animals as well as of the humans who will consume the products that eventually appear in our markets.

I have seen very clean situations .... raising animals to sell... and I have seen very awful ones.

Good character is so valuable....in every walk of life and in every workplace.

I realize this is just a revolting topic for those who have chosen not to eat meat of any type.....so please excuse my comments.

My concern is especially for the young immigrants who are being used to clean slaughter houses.

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We do eat meat. However, we buy it locally from small farms which are not factory farms and raise their animals in a pasture, not a feed lot. They also raise heritage animals in some cases. We do the same with eggs. And we support small farms that grow produce, preferably organically although the government has made that expensive among other things. One good thing happened this week in Marion County, a property that wasslated to become Foster Farms monstrosity is now for sale. The locals have fought Foster Farms on this, so hopefully the property will go to other than a factory farm. I thought there was a second property as well, but the article yesterday mentioned only the one. The other good thing is that we are finally getting rain in the form of an atmospheric river.

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That is good to hear. We do the same thing with our meat. I eat far less pork than I used to, since I will not buy pork that is not locally raised, and it is roughly double the cost (my pork use is confined mostly to ribs and shoulders that get the Traeger treatment) although I do by a holiday ham from a local farm every other year.

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We get our pork at Heritage Farms. They do have a booth at the Corvallis Market. Dick loves pork, so we eat a lot less beef. We used to get a ham at Gene's Meat Market up the canyon. It burnt completely down in the 2020 fires. We cooked it all night in the paper bag it came in and the house smelled wonderful all night long. The original owner, Gene, was on our school board and was anti-union which at that point was a lost cause. My bro-in-law does great ribs. We have some for lunch today that we bought at a BBQ place at the Saturday Market. I would think there would be some locally raised pork around Eugene. I know meat done right is more expensive, but we also eat a lot of veg meals, so it works out for us.

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The farm where we get our beef does hogs every other year. I like Carlton Farms (out of Yamhill county) or truffles and trotters from up towards Albany. A couple of or produce stands also do local pork.

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Thank you for the good news. As the furor over the price of eggs escalated, I thought about the cost of decent chicken feed as the wheat crops fail because of climate change. The article in The NY Times this morning will answer a lot of questions about our future on the planet. The UN warned US in 1977 that 2.2 children was the limit. Now the number is reduced. Will those who read the article take it seriously and think about adopting if they want to raise a child?

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Well, if the Supreme Court succeeds in totally banning abortion, there are going to be plenty of children available. The clamor for zero tolerance is just nuts both for women and the planet.

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I'm not seeing the article in the NY Times (after spending 10 minutes looking on their site). Could you please provide a link?

In any case, the world population is projected to rise from the current 8 billion to 10.5 billion, adding the equivalent of the total population in 1953 (my birth year). Not good.

And the Census Bureau projects the US population will grow by 75 million over the next 40 years--equivalent to three and three quarter New York States. 68 million of that growth--nearly three and a half New York States--will be from mass immigration; the remainder, equivalent to one Massachusetts--from native increase.

Moving people from third world countries to the US is not like switching deck chairs on the Titanic. The US, the major industrialized nation with the greatest per capita greenhouse emissions (and resource use generally), is the worst place on the planet to put more people. The average immigrant's greenhouse emissions rise threefold after arrival in the US.

Unfortunately, our leaders are oblivious. I've brought these issues up with all three of my national legislators (Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Katherine Clark--all of whom I voted for). They were all dismissive.

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Will see if I am capable of such a stunt. At least I should be able to give author and title.

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We have done our part and have no children. Most of my ex-students have one or two if they have children. My sister's family makes up for this and I think I have about a dozen great greats. A new one is on the way to my great niece who shouldn't have any and this will make five.

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I had one, my daughter had one, and it seems unlikely that he will have any. The cost is prohibitive and housing, until small houses become popular (my father built his first one with the help of neighbors), will make large families impossible to house. Then there’s food

unless you grow your own.

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Thank you Emily Pfaff, you have said the most important thing in all of the issues addressing this letter by HCR “Good character is so valuable....in every walk of life and in every workplace.” It needs to be on bumper stickers, lawn signs an billboards everywhere and stated so often by everyone that it finally sinks in as all the R’s lies have been imbedded into so many American’ brains.

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So long a maximizing profit trumps every other human value, industries while leave a sociopathic wake. Reagan wrapped up the main dictum of the "The Chicago School" of "The only corporate social responsibility a company has is to maximize its profits." in smarmy razzle dazzle; and somehow the public thought it was great. But in retrospect, who gained and who now suffers?

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Go vegetarian problem solved ❤️👍🏾👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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Thank you JL Graham for sharing this link! I will email my state and federal representatives about this and watch how they vote. I value my fellow HCR readers. This is an example of how you and other HCR readers help me be an informed voter! I have already passed on the link to my family. Thank you again.

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Also an example of how The Guardian is a real newspaper.

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Thank you for this important article JL. Shared.

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I find it interesting that the Guardian often has better articles of this type than our own media although I do read the Atlantic and the Nation.

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It seems the Repub party has no more feeling for young children (of course migrant children) than they do for other species. I dont eat beef anymore after seeing pictures of a slaughterhouse using a forklift to take downed cows into the plant. The cruelty & abuse present in these places - whether its cows, horses, pigs or chickens, should make anyone aware of what it takes to "make our meat"! I'm not a vegetarian, but eat very little of any meat these days.

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Well, in devaluation of all life, farm animals seem to be at the bottom of their ranking.

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I read this article earlier - certainly makes clear exactly what tfg's administration AND the Bush Administration did.

The fact remains - as ever - if the environment is healthy, there are enough jobs for people, and THERE IS LESS CRIME - people will have no reason to migrate. How the hell is that so dam hard to understand?

That works in whatever country is losing their people.

Could it be that "developed" nations might possibly have an interest in helping to stop the crime & the economic mess in these countries?

I realize this kind of problem/issue is not something to be corrected with a snap of the fingers - but maybe making a try at it?

Maybe put a billion or so from our defense budget towards it.

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Some have suggested creating a "Department of Peace" that is actually devoted to uncovering and promoting conditions that reinforce peace in the world. Not that there are no precedents or current examples for such efforts, but perhaps there are ways to bring them into better focus. One thing for sure is that war is mass murder. Violence may be a legitimate last resort defense, but violence (which can manifest in subtler ways) is the bane of humanity.

It seems as though most of our most serious problems are either rooted in politics or made worse by political power plays. So many seemingly soluble problems don't progress for political reasons. Follow the money.

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J L , G . NOW ! Your Thought, SHOULD BE, a WAKING Moment, for ALL, of MANKIND ! The MAMMONITES, Will Not UNDERSTAND That They CAN NOT " TAKE IT !", With THEM ! LOVE !, ,,,,,,, HAS Already WON !, in The END !

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I agree that politics seems to be the root of all evil - as much or more so than money!

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JL, thanks for the link

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Isn’t it odd that the very people who trumpet their support for states’ rights are so eager to eliminate those rights when the states threaten to use regulation to improve food safety and animal comfort.

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The "state's rights" they object to are any that empower or protect the general public. Like for "all" of the people, such as the right to vote. Trump was hot to deprive California of the right to set stricter auto emission standards than other states. Inconvenient for auto manufactures don'cha know. Profit uber alles.

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And the healing won't start until they're both off the Court.

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Not just those two. Roberts, Gorsuch, Kavenaugh, Coney-Barrett rammed through and supported by Federalist Society influence must go, too. No one can ever see the Court as an unbiased purveyor of justice as long as they are a part of SCOTUS.

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True, but it's much more feasible to replace 2 Justices, even seriatim, than 6. The Court will need to continue operating while the surgery takes place.

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SCOTUS ! Re NAMED ! ,,,,,,,* SCROTUSS ! * ( LORD ! , have MERCY !! )

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Dave, definitely.

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Interestingly, there is a judge in Florida (where else?) who is refusing to recuse himself from hearing about an abortion bill that his WIFE has sponsored!! It was said that he had been in the legislature before becoming a judge and it would be impossible to recuse himself from every thing since he knows the Senators and Congressman. The article went on to say that at least he could recuse himself from really important crucial issues-especially those sponsored by his wife!

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Such articles have little effect because Floridians don't read newspapers, which generally stick to the facts.

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We must realize that most of the strategies of the Republican Party are virtual seditious attempts to reshape the American experiment.

White Supremacy Christian Nationalism are manifest in the arrogant corruption of Clarence Thomas, the blithe dismissal of precedence by Anthony Alioto and just the seating of religious fanatic Amy Coney Barrett who exemplifies the crude applications of religious ideology over the precepts of Jesus Christ.

The continuation of these threats to the nation’s freedoms must be interrupted and ended and the only path to relief is the election of decent valid representatives that obviously must be Democrats for at least 3 national elections.

We must forever purge our nation of the taint of adoring wealthy might and passive witnessing of these destructive forces.

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Does anybody have the balls and power to confront Thomas now before he fouls the Supreme Court nest any further? Or is the American system so coated so hidebound and impotent that it cannot produce a legal solution to get a total freeloader out of the Court?

The Supreme Court has the potential to be the most majestic branch of government. Most citizens have revered it symbolically without understanding its workings in detail for decades. This is true faith - a commodity that is magical when the group receiving is aware of the enormous challenge that faith confers - to do what will maintain and increase the belief of the country (and other countries) that here is an institution searching impartially for the truth.

ProPublica has effectively told us that there is no Santa Claus. And it’s not like we are too young to hear this. The Court has become tawdry, a mere shadow of what it should be. And it appears that Clarence Thomas has been in the vanguard.

How much worse can it get? Is it going to be a marketplace where the worst ideas prevail because American shysters are willing to pay to get them?

Somebody please blast this court into permanent oblivion and start over again. They are a sickeningly bad joke on the concept of fairness in America. We cannot tolerate this egregious defiance of the common good any longer. The longer this goes on the more the Court appears to be “above reproach” - in the most meaningful sense of the phrase.

Fool me once - shame on me. Fool me as nauseam - ah well nobody’s perfect seems to be the bored response.

This is a disgrace in plain sight.

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And when you know that the Koch family fortune was made in Russia and Germany in the 1930’s and that Koch Enterprises continues to operate, regardless of sanctions, in Russia.... The Fifth Column is still alive and very healthy.

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Time for mass demonstrations in Washington demanding the court clean up.

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This should be completely acceptable to any republican since they approve and condone mass demonstrations in Washington.

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Did not think of that .. :)

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THREE YEAR TERM !!, MANDITORY !,, ( No ! ,,,,," LIFE RUNS !! " )

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Sep 23, 2023·edited Sep 23, 2023

‘Doc Killian, who has worked in a Ford assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan, for 26 years, says he can no longer afford the cars he helps build, crystallizing how the nation’s middle class has been squeezed.’ (AP)

‘Jaron Garza, 49, a third-generation General Motors autoworker, said for him, the strike is about much more than getting a raise, but preserving the middle class job security that uplifted his family after emigrating from Mexico. Garza has been on strike three times before.’ (WAPO)

‘In the 88 years since it was founded, the union has called strikes aimed at a single automaker, and a handful have halted production for several weeks. G.M. plants were idle for 40 days in 2019 before the company and the union agreed on a new contract.’

‘The plants designated for walkouts on Friday represent only a small portion of all the unionized factories of G.M., Ford and Stellantis and of those companies’ 150,000 U.A.W. members.... And Mr. Fain has made it clear that the walkout could grow wider as contract accords remain elusive.’

‘The union’s demands for significantly higher pay and new benefits are a sharp departure from the past 20 years, when the automakers were ailing and the U.A.W. was forced to accept major concessions to help the companies survive.’

‘In speeches to union members, he has frequently highlighted the pay of the automakers’ chief executives. Last year, Ms. Barra took home $29 million. Jim Farley of Ford made $21 million, while Stellantis’s chief, Carlos Tavares, was given a package worth about $25 million.’

‘An extended strike would crimp the availability of new cars and drive up prices. A long stoppage would also ripple through the automakers’ supply chain and could hurt other businesses as workers live off $500 per week in strike pay from the union.’

‘Fain has sought to broaden his argument beyond just autoworkers, telling a recent livestream that his union’s demands are about “raising the standard for workers everywhere.”

“The auto industry accounts for about 3% of the nation’s gross domestic product and though union leaders say they are mulling strikes at a small number of factories run by those automakers, as many as 146,000 workers could eventually walk off their jobs. The effects would be most immediate in Michigan and other auto job-heavy states such as Ohio and Indiana. But a prolonged strike could trigger car shortages and layoffs in auto-supply industries and other sectors.”

“Anything that goes beyond a week, you’re going to start feeling the pain,” said Marick Masters, a business professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. “And anything beyond two weeks, that’s when the effects start to compound.” (AP)

‘What role is the switch to electric cars playing in the negotiations?’

‘The auto industry is in the middle of a sweeping transition to battery-powered vehicles, and G.M., Ford and Stellantis are spending billions of dollars to develop new models and build factories. The companies have said those investments make it harder for them to pay workers substantially higher wages. Automakers say they are already at a big competitive disadvantage compared with nonunion automakers like Tesla, which dominates the sale of electric vehicles.’

‘The U.A.W. is worried that the companies will use the switch to electric cars to cut jobs or hire more nonunion workers. The union wants the automakers to cover workers at the battery factories in their national contracts with the U.A.W. Right now those workers are either not represented by unions or are negotiating separate contracts. But the automakers say they cannot legally agree to that request because those plants are set up as joint ventures.’

‘Will a strike have political ramifications?’

‘The union fears that Mr. Biden’s decision to promote electric vehicles could further erode union membership in the auto industry. Mr. Fain has criticized the administration for awarding large federal incentives and loans for new factories without requiring those plants to employ union workers.’ (NYTimes) Sorry that a gifted link was not possible.

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/14/business/uaw-strike-plan.html

https://apnews.com/article/auto-workers-targeted-strikes-general-motors-stellantis-ford-a0b4b8b66e2001230fda0f2114ef78a0

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/13/business/uaw-strike-shawn-fain.html

‘Workers at the big three carmakers earn less now in real dollars than they did 15 years ago – as their CEOs make more and more. Their fight is everyone’s fight’

__Bernie Sanders

Excerpts from Bernie’s OPINION in The Guardian

'In the United States today, at a time of unprecedented income and wealth inequality, weekly wages for the average American worker are actually lower than they were 50 years ago after adjusting for inflation. In other words, despite a massive increase in worker productivity, despite CEOs now making nearly 400 times more than what their employees earn, despite record-breaking corporate profits, dividends and stock buybacks, average American workers are worse off than they were 50 years ago.'

'The UAW members will be fighting not only for themselves but against a corporate culture of arrogance, cruelty and selfishness causing massive and unnecessary pain for the majority of working families throughout the country. Their fight against corporate greed is our fight. Their victory will resonate all across the economy, impact millions of workers from coast to coast and help create a more just and equitable economy.'

'What are some of the issues that are pushing UAW members to strike? At the top of the list is the extraordinary level of corporate greed shown by industry leaders.'

'In the first half of 2023 the big three automakers made a combined $21bn in profits – up 80% from the same time period last year. Over the past decade, these same companies made some $250bn in profits in North America alone.'

'Yet last year, the big three spent $9bn – not to improve the lives of their workers, not to make their factories safer, but on stock buybacks and dividends to make their wealthy executives and stockholders even richer.'

'Further, while many of their workers are struggling to survive financially, last year the CEO of General Motors raked in about $29m in total compensation, the CEO of Ford approximately $21m and the CEO of Stellantis over $25m.'

'Incredibly, over the last four years, CEO pay at the big three has increased by more than 40%.

While auto industry CEOs and stockholders make out like bandits, the workers who build the vehicles earn totally inadequate wages.'

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/sep/12/bernie-sanders-support-united-auto-workers-strike

‘Tiers’‘Ending tiers, or in-progression pay, where members are paid differently based on seniority, has been a top priority of the union for years.’

‘Fain said each of the automakers has proposed cutting an eight-year grow-in period to top wages that are currently at more than $32 an hour to four years.’

‘COLA’ ‘Fain has demanded a return to cost of living adjustments, or COLA, which increase wages to keep pace with inflation.’

‘Fain said all companies have made “deficient COLA” proposals that either include lump sum payments, limit the amounts, or only kick in at certain levels that the union finds inadequate.’

‘Ford has proposed a return to a COLA formula used in the past, which Fain said would provide estimated wage protection of less than $1 over the term of the contract; proposals from GM and Stellantis would provide no protection, he said.’

“Profit-sharing”‘The UAW wanted to enhance profit-sharing payments to provide workers $2 for every $1 million a company spends on share buybacks, special dividends and increases to normal dividends.’

‘Fain said the Detroit automakers have each offered “concessionary profit-sharing” formulas that lower the current standards, which are based on a company’s North American profits.’

‘The union said Ford’s formula would have resulted in 21% smaller checks over the last two years; GM’s would have resulted in 28% smaller checks over the last year; and Stellantis would like to base payments on “an unknown internal company attendance calculation.”

“Profit-sharing was implemented in recent years as a way for the companies to “reward” members in good times but not have to pay as hefty of bonuses when the companies were not doing well.”

‘Temps’ ‘Ending the use of temporary workers, who can be paid lower wages and have no job security, is another longstanding UAW priority. Fain said that Ford has agreed to convert all current temporary workers with 90 days of continuous service to full-time workers, with full benefits, in the tiered progression.’

‘Fain said that GM has offered “inadequate” benefits and “meager” wage increases for temps and that Stellantis’ proposal provides no path at all to full-time status’

‘Job security’ ‘The UAW has proposed what it calls a “Working Families Protection Program,” under which employees at a shuttered factory would be paid by the automakers to do local community-service work. All three automakers rejected the proposal, Fain said. Stellantis went further, proposing a unilateral right to close and sell 18 facilities, including factories and parts depots, he said.’

‘Work-life balance’ ‘The UAW has demanded more time off for workers, with more paid vacation and holidays and extended parental leave. All three of the automakers agreed to make Juneteenth an official holiday, Fain said, but only Ford went further, proposing 2 weeks of parental leave.’

‘Retirees’ ‘The UAW has demanded a “significant” increase to pay for retired workers. All three automakers rejected any increases, Fain said.’ (CNBC) See link below.

https://www.cnbc.com/2023/09/13/where-uaw-negotations-stand-a

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Thank you, as always. Question: the small towns of the Midwest were once linked by trains. As we try to pollute less, shouldn’t we focus more on public transportation (which brings people together and might get vaccinations and masking to be more popular as Covid continues) than on private cars?

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We've just been traveling by U.S, Highway 80 from New York to Chicago. The number of trucks on the road is staggering, and while we build more electric autos and pick-ups, while crucial, is only part of the problem. We need to move more freight and people by rail, it seems to me.

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Yes. Absolutely. The catenaries left from the PRR still stand on the East coast (or did 10 years ago). Electric trains are still possible. Also electric trolleys.

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Virginia, my grandmother talked about rail lines connecting small towns in Illinois. They were gone by the 1950's (how did that happen?) and agree that is a tremendous negative for the environment but also for those who live in rural areas today and have no option but cars and truck for transportation. Living in a large city I love the freedom of public transit.

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People in the US love the independence of owning their cars.....and big trucks. Other countries have wised up.

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Sep 23, 2023·edited Sep 23, 2023

Transportation by rail, air and the roads need to be planned, regulated and used with life on earth, including health, housing, community, efficiency, equality, and cost... considered to be crucial factors.

'Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Birth of the Interstate Highway System'

'On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation funding the construction of the U.S. Interstate Highway System (IHS)--something Americans had dreamed of since Detroit starting building cars.'

'The Missouri Highway Commission awarded the first contract to begin building the interstate along the famous Route 66 in rural Laclede County, 160 miles southwest of St. Louis. However, construction on the first section of interstate actually began in St. Charles County, Missouri, on Aug. 13. Kansas and Pennsylvania have also made competing claims that their states were first to possess sections of interstate.'

'No matter who was first, the enthusiasm for a uniform system of roads, bridges, and tunnels was very high in 1956, nearly fifty years after the introduction of Henry Ford's Model T automobile. The building of the IHS, formally known as the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, proceeded rapidly throughout the country, and by the early 1990s, nearly 45,000 miles of interstate highway were complete.' (ArmySustainmentMag.) See link below.

https://www.army.mil/article/198095/dwight_d_eisenhower_and_the_birth_of_the_interstate_highway_system

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Yes, and it has proved disastrous for climate. BTW: Amtrak runs on some of those small town connective rail lines. My husband had old maps which we followed taking Amtrak from Charlottesville to Chicago.

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Fern, thank you for all the information and links!

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Mary Hardt, you always nourish us with understanding and heart. Thank you.

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Thank you for the compliment—it means a lot coming from you.

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Sep 23, 2023·edited Sep 23, 2023

Mary Hardt, it is wonderful that we are together with such a rich assembly of

friends!

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Yes, it’s such a joy in these turbulent times.

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Don’t hold your breath, Roberts will have none of that.

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The corruption in the courts will continue just like the corruption in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and the House of Representatives. The basis of the current Republican Party is corruption. They still hold enough power to protect themselves from any consequences, just like they are doing for Trump.

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KARMA ! , Will come, Eventually ! ( THEY !, Just Do NOT ! , ,,,,BELIEVE IT ! ) . ( NOTHING !, is Hidden ! From the EYES ! ,, of OUR LORD/GOD ! . ALMIGHTY ! )

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It seems that the Supreme Court is allowed to be the only branch of government that has nothing to balance its power.

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Exactly. An ethics code is necessary for these special folks.

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I am so happy to see that Biden is going to stand with the UAW! I hope Trump gets booed off the stage.

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The only reason Trump will go there is publicity. He doesn’t give a damn about those auto workers. Doesn’t care about the unions. He only cares about himself and making more money.

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Trump has truckloads of his expired bottled water and paper towels to distribute, and many many discount coupons for pizza with which to buy votes.

Oh, wait...

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😂 how right you are, Ed!

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Thanks, and for the record, I am a loyal union man. When non-union workers complain about paying dues or other expectations, I ask them to list all the benefits they enjoy which were given to them out of the company's goodness of their heart.

The conversation usually ends at that point.

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Without a doubt, without unions wages would be much lower and workers would have no method of demanding more. But, where the auto workers are concerned, they're working on a dinosaur, so to speak. Electric vehicles are much less complicated. Down the road all of those auto service centers like Jiffy Lube, etc., will be gone. No need for them. They're the blacksmiths of the current era, soon to be gone.

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Your comment is on the money sir, and provides even more incentive for the UAW to get what they can while it's still there to get. EVs plus automation plus temp workers plus a fickle consumer market adds up to a lot of uncertainty.

Union concessions made in 2007 have evidently not been rewarded, 16 years later. Without a union underpinning, the middle class, by which I define as those who can afford the products they make, will suffer and whither away.

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Labour saving technologies have always been both boon and bane. However things develop, the long term financial gain has to accrue broadly, not simply to improved profits. Part of this could be greater corporate tax rates, which have been gradually clawed back in recent years, esp via the GOP.

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I’m going to say some things here, and I dearly hope I don’t puss anyone off. But, it’s what happened to me, and I wish to share it.

In the early 70s, as a beginning law enforcement officer, and firefighter, for a small town in South Carolina, my starting salary was under $300 a week, gross pay mind you. That’s for each position. Not every officer had that opportunity. I strived to gain the training so I could do both jobs to get employed in both positions, and therefore draw two checks from the city. That’s the only way I could have ends meet, and all I had in me at the time was my rent, utilities, and vehicle payment. I didn’t buy much food because I usually ate at the firehouse or just took lunch to work at the P. D.

Anyway, we talked about unionizing for better wages, better benefits, and the like. We were quickly informed by the upper powers that if that discussion continued, we would be immediately replaced. They had a drawer full of applicants begging to work. Plus, it was against the law to unionize a Civil Service position. So, we couldn’t unionize anyway.

Fast forward to early 1980s. I’m working as a deputy sheriff in DeSoto County, Florida. I’m employed at a salary of $900 a month, gross pay, taking home just over $400 a month on a single check the first of every month. My rent was $350 a month. I had a wife, 4 step-children. Two were in school, early grades, two were at home, still in diapers. My wife got a job at a local store, but after a couple months I had her give that up because it was costing us money for her to work. She wasn’t bringing home $150 a week after taxes, and it was both g more than that for the babysitting, her lunch, wear and tear on the vehicle, plus fuel. So it wasn’t worth it for her to work. I gained two extra jobs, after begging the Sheriff to allow me to work. That’s how we almost made ends meet.

We talked of unionizing at the local police and our department. We were informed quick that it was a violation of state law. We couldn’t unionize.

I was injured at a fire I assisted the local city fire department at one morning. I was actually a volunteer for them, since I had such extensive training, I joined them when I moved there in ‘79. After I was injured, when a roof caved in on me at a house fire, I was tossed like a piece of trash. I eventually was forced to give up my law enforcement career in 1995 because of my back and leg injuries. The illustrious Florida state Retirement System decided that I didn’t qualify for a full medical retirement, although I had over 26 years with the system! They cut my retirement by 76%, and I turned me that I was able to gain employment in a different field.

I tried. I went to school to become an insurance agent. And, for a few years was extremely good at it. I actually had a reputation of telling people the truth about their coverage, and if my policies I offered would help them, or not. Many times I sent I to homes to do reviews and walked out without writing insurance, because they didn’t need any written. A lot of families had much more than they needed. And I told them exactly that.

My long story is this. We tried as law enforcement and firefighter officers to get unionized. We needed better benefits. We needed better wages. We were not able to support our families on our salaries, and the upper echelon knew this. We were their slaves, and they owned us.

Now, in disabled, homebound, and living in a hospital bed under daily nursing care in my apartment, alone, and if you think fit one second that any part of this government gives a damn, you are sadly mistaken.

Yet, the northern departments were able to unionize years and years ago. Those folks had benefits. Those folks had good salaries. I had a buddy that lived in Arcadia. He was an officer for a department in Ohio when he retired. His check monthly was almost $2,000. My check at the time was $236. I served more time as a law enforcement officer than he did! He had full paid health benefits from his department. I had nothing!

Tell me the justice in that!

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Several years ago a co-worker made some disparaging remarks about unions and didn't understand what value they had.

I whipped around and asked her:

Do you like your 40 hour work week, safety in the work place, child labor laws, overtime pay, sick leave, vacation time, medical and retirement benefits? If so thank the people who had their heads bashed in order to obtain those benefits from the 'Gilded Age' company owners. Today's unions that strike are trying to level the field with today's corporations and their CEOs!

Time for some respect for the people that do the work, that generate those profits! "A rising tide raises all boats." An old expression we need to make new again!

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Ed, and the workers in the same geographic area often get higher wages because the companies are worried that they’ll unionize.

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Yes, I remember wondering why cars and trucks manufactured in right-to-work states were not priced much differently than union-made vehicles, when the supposed justification was to save all that benefits package cost.

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Didn't he swoop down on that train derailment with bottled trump water? Fortunately it was not the same brand which was discontinued 10 years ago. BUT how convenient he just happens to have some free time and a hotel with trump labels on the water bottles. It seems he never had time to console in person the other victims of the 3 derailments he had on his watch.

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Yes he did, and one of my references. Puerto Rico and Iowa are the other two

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It makes me mad that people like MTG are yelling Biden and Pete for not going. Duh, the man is in Ukraine attending some serious business. trump's Transportation head didn't go to any of them either. It only is a crime when democrats do it.

The same with the Chinese balloon. We are being spied on-all our secrets are being revealed-national security risks. Yet trump did nothing with the 3 that passed over in his term.

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He cares deeply about getting re-elected. So he can put an end to his prosecutions (or persecutions, as he views it) and continue destruction of the entire government in service to the plutocrats that pull his strings.

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T L, the 🍓💩🤡has made it well known what his intentions are WHEN he regains control of the White House.

A. ALL government departments will answer only to him.

B. The FBI, DOJ, CIA, will all be totally disbanded, then, IF he decides to reopen them, it will be done totally at his discretion and with his picks to work and run the departments.

C. All state governments will answer to him. Including local governments in all states.

D. All heads of all government offices will be fired immediately and replaced with his picks.

E. All powers of Congress will be stripped, with the President being the one and only

I don’t actually know rest sll this is called, but, to me, this is called a DICTATORSHIP, and I for one want absolutely no part if this type of government.

This is exactly why thus crippled up old man is begging everyone to get all they know registered to vote. Hey all they know to the polls. Not only in the upcoming election, but future as well. We MUST replace every single Republican in office right now, and it’s going to take at least three, or four voting cycles to do this. We MUST stay vigilant on this the next 8 to 10 years. Hopefully, I’ll live long enough to see us regain our Democracy back where it needs to be.

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Daniel , ALL SAID, is Truthful, SO !, to Turn the TIDE , By Getting OFFA' Our Pathetic Slumbering BEHINDS!, & BEAT on Our NEIGHBORHOOD DOORS ! ( LIKE J W s DO ! ) and WAKE uP !. * the DEAD !* . IF NOT !! , Our USA, will BE, The NEW ! ---- NORH KOREA ! . ' NUFF' SAID !! ( AMEN ! )

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And, 🙏 AMEN! We’ve given up the House of Representatives by sitting in our asses. Look what we are getting fine now under Republicans control. Nothing! The government will be shut down in less than 4 days unless the Senate can get something figured out to bypass the House fiasco,

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I don't disagree.

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He is also counteracting the debate he is skipping. And yes, I hope they boo him and maybe a few one finger salutes.

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So will he actually show up? How will his people curate that crowd?

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You better have some very strong moderators if trump debates with the group or even when he debates Biden. He probably won't refuse to debate Biden since he thinks that Biden is a senile fool. I suggest a high powered water pistol to shoot at those who go over their time limit or interrupt. trump will need to bring a towel.

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KAREN, AS Before !, Simply Have an ON/OFF SWITCH ! ,,,, on the MICROPHONES! ( AND !, a 12 inch LEG IRON, .... at his PODIUM, to KEEP him, ,,,,, in PLACE ! ) ( We ALL Know, he is Just " BANGIN' his GUMS ! ",,, to keep his * FLYIN' MONKEYS !," ' JACKED UP !! ' )

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He also doesn't want to do a debate and fall on his face with Chris.

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Dave, Chris Christie would chew him up and spit him out in a debate. I have a news flash for him. He better think more than twice about debating Biden too.

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AMEN ! on THAT ! Daniel !

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cHUMP ,,,! , needs a ' TRIPPLE BAG JOB ! ' , over his head ! WE Have ALL ! , SEEN,, Enough !,,,,, of UGLY !! ( The MEDIA ! , just won't LET it GO ! )

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He'd better, or he'll hear about it from Jill, a card-carrying member of the National Education Association! I am too! We stand with the UAW!

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Trump has a lot of nerve going to Detroit, doesn't he?

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I doubt Trump will come to Detroit. He will probably go to Macomb County , which has many Union households but is a MAGA haven.

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Victoria ! he HAS !, A Lotta' MORE DUMB! ( REMEMBER ! , he Carries a PERFECT VACUUM ! in his Cocoanut HEAD ! ) BRAINCELLS !, don't Survive in " OUTER SPACE ! " ( DANGER ! ,,,,,, DANGER !, Will Robinson !! )

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Sep 23, 2023·edited Sep 23, 2023

I love that Biden will be there the day before tfg! Timing is everything! ; ()

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Are all the electric cars being manufactured by new factories or are some of the older factories being refitted? This could be one way of not hurting the older car manufacturing factories. I think we still have a long way to go on the electric cars, maybe the impact isn't going to be as great as one thinks.

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I not so sure, once it really takes off it will grow fast. Norway is a prime example. In 2022 88% new car sold were EV.or PEV (hybrid). When we were there in 2015 it was about 10 %. Now Norway is a country of only 5 million, and well educated but it is still a road map of the future.

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Lots and lots of news for today! I watched Biden and Harris speak about the new gun commission and I am extremely happy about its creation. We have to have an impetus in place in which to fight the NRA and the MAGAs. Harris is very experienced in this department as she was a prosecutor, our Attorney General and our CA Senator. Thank you, Heather, for highlighting her accomplishments because there are so many people I know who tell me they don’t see her as being “presidential”. Totally angers me because they haven’t taken the time to educate themselves about her. it’s Maxwell Frost who I am impressed with. He is the youngest Congress member but he shines a bright light for us all. I look forward to seeing what he brings to the table.

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I think Kamala Harris is as well prepared to be President as was Abe Lincoln.

She is obviously an excellent Lawyer and her ascent has credentialed her beyond and candidates aside from Joe Biden.

I think he attracting older intelligent Americans and she the younger intelligent Americans are becoming an irresistible team for 2024.

But we cannot be silent in support.

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Sep 23, 2023·edited Sep 23, 2023

Art,

I completely agree. Harris is well spoken, well educated, has had a tough job in the past as prosecutor and her eyes are bright (I have always thought bright eyes were a good sign).

When she looks at a camera or at someone, that person sees bright eyes. When she ran for President she was my number 1 pick. I personally think Biden has made a terrible mistake not elevating her and stepping aside and letting her run against Trump. She would trounce Trump at a debate. No contest. She would run mental circles around him.

Trump's eyes are as dim as a night without moon light.

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She would trounce 45 in a debate, but remember how many Americans have jettisoned rationality in their political choices. Looking at you Texas, Florida and my neighbor that has a trump sign in her yard with a vuvek sign in the garage in case he rises to the top. These people vote folks.

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Yes Rickey and that is all the more reason to find something, ANYTHING, with which we can relate to them on an emotional level because it is clear they don't like or aren't able to reason against what feels good, what feels familiar, what feels like what I feel, what feels like "my tribe."

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I still have my Anybody Else t-shirt as well as my Nope with a blonde hair on top. I'm waiting a bit longer before I wear them.

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Great insight on the eyes as the window to the soul.

I worked on projects that required me to temporarily hire men for temporary but demanding physical work.

I had to be quick and learned to assess their eyes rather than resumes.

Joseph Goebbell, Donald Trump and his henchman Stephen Miller all have the pitiless gaze of the. Living dead.

While I’m at it watch the twitching evasive eyes of John McCarthy as he speaks.

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Empty living dead

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GOEBBELL , tRUMP, & SWASTIKA miller, ALL ! ,,,,,, HAVE TOOMBSTONES! . " IN THEIR EYES !! " the * PUSHERS * ( NUFF' SAID !! )

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I like your thoughts Mike S but fear you miss what makes tRump so problematic; one CAN'T debate someone who makes things up as he goes along. It sinply becomes word salad and adds to the impression that everything is broken. Debates operate on the principle that there are facts which can be debated and it has been abundantly clear that tfg is fact-free.

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I see the dem strategy as keeping the Biden-Harris ticket to keep the coalition together. In my mind if Biden wins, we most likely get the first female president without the adnauseum gender debates. The chances of Biden dying in the next four years are the greatest of any president since Roosevelt. She becomes President, and only then do we get the hoopla of fitting her with a V-P. And the bench is extensive. She get s the remaining years of the B-H presidency to stay the course and prove her mettle. Then goes into 2028 in a stronger position than an gop candidate, because she will have Biden AND her records to run on.

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An 88 year old voter who leads a very active life wonders why so many are sure of Biden’s frail hold on life.

When I was his age vertigo and arthritis began to restrict my activity and I envy Joe’s freedom of mobility.

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I agree, Art. He has an unusually busy worklife for someone in his 80's but his physical vitality is better than most. I believe his mind is still good and it is mostly his dealing with the aftereffects of stuttering that causes his hesitancy in speech. Every US president looks worn out after their term - why should Joe be different?

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His heart appears to in the top tier for his profession!!

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Julia , Remember ; age = WISDOM !! ( the DEMS ! , Better FOCUS !, ,,,,, on THAT ! ) PS !, and , TRUE CHARACTER !!

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💯💯💯 Exactly Art!!

“The average life expectancy in the United States is 9.1 years for 80-year-old white women and 7.0 years for 80-year-old white men. Conclusions: For people 80 years old or older, life expectancy is greater in the United States than it is in Sweden, France, England, and Japan.”

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7565998/#:~:text=The%20average%20life%20expectancy%20in,France%2C%20England%2C%20and%20Japan.

The fact that he is healthy and fit matters! Also he has the best healthcare of almost any human anywhere!!

The focus on his age in the media really pisses me off and is definitely a GOP talking point. Period!

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THAT ! , is the MEDIA ! , that NEEDS, to Be , SHUT DOWN !! Right ON ! ,,,, Christy !

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tfg is smart enough to decline the debate stage.

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I would say his handlers are smart enough to prevail on him.

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Biden has been undergoing GOP manufactured propaganda attacks all his life and continued to weather them. Better that he is their target thru the 2024 election. It is historically these GOP attacks that have kept us from caring for our Mother Earth and her inhabitants for too many decades

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and no stars either.

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You are so right, Art. We must all fully support them, and get everyone we know to the polls. We must get rid of every Republican running for reelection, and not allow any into any political arena in the local, state, or federal offices.

When her time comes to take the reins of the top spot, I’m extremely confident she can handle the he job. President Biden has groomed her just right and her background has always been one “for the people”, not “for the greedy” as the majority seems to be these days

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Amen to "cannot be silent"

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It's encouraging to see a VP allowed to meaningfully and publicly participate in an administration. The VP, after all, is always a heartbeat away from taking the wheel, and needs to be every inch presidential material and up to speed with presidential circumstances.

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I agree with J.L. - "It's encouraging to see a VP allowed to meaningfully and publicly participate in an administration." Not sure if Kamala was not allowed to, or was not prepared to more actively engage in the government in the last few years. How many foreign leaders would know her (or vice versa), and would she be on top of all the major issues currently on the table and radar, if she had to take the wheel on the spur of the moment? Let's hope her more frequent presence on stage and in the MSM might instill trust in the voters that she could take on the country's highest office on any day in the next 5.5 years.

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There had to be an "apprenticeship", learning on the job. She's learnt. As for debates and Trump -waste of time, he's incapable of debating. There was Hillary (bright-eyed), holding the floor, talking factually with total confidence, and all he could do was prowl around her, sneering. And Biden was reduced to an incredulous laugh and a "C'mon, man!" I wish Hillary had let him get a bit closer and then walked heavily (in high heels) on his foot.

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Even at that moment when I saw an intelligent Lady actually trying for the semblance of discussion and the ignorant Hulk hovering over her my mind said “turn around and knee him in the crotch.”

I always thought that ended that dream.

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But she's intelligent, and a lady, and the occasion was meant to be of serious significance to the voting public. (Sigh). Re-running the whole fiasco of those weeks in my mind and knowing what happened makes me feel sick.

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I have a gut feeling that Biden has been grooming her to do just that, and now with her being more visible to us, he’s showing us that she’s fully prepared to take the helm in that moments notice, if necessary.

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Remember all the cleanup Biden had to do when they first got into office; work that Biden’s experience gave him the best tools for. Now that they have much of the cleaning done we are seeing their work towards the future and that will feature Harris.

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From your mouth to God's ear!

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VP job has also been not a very career building job. What did Pence do? Who can even name VP's unless the president died and they had to take over. Having Kamala out there is a great thing.

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As writer and futurist, Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change something by fighting the existing reality, to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” This is Bidenomics. New, innovative initiatives such as The New Deal and the newly created Gun Commission, projects designed to make the world a better place, to not only put food on the tables of ordinary people, but to provide them with purposeful, meaningful lives and hope for a better future. Let the MAGAts huff and puff and threaten to blow the house down. Biden and Harris have got this. I believe people know the truth when they hear it. And let's not forget, the good guys always win.

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Thank you for the Bucky quote,been a Buckminster fan for decades, he was 100 years ahead of his time.

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And was still patenting his inventions well into his 80’s!!

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Love the Bucky quote. As to the gop, I first read your comment as “MAGA hate and puff” - which I at first laughed at, but then decided was even more accurate.

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Maybe it takes longer so that not many remember, if they are alive to remember.

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Well said.

Maxwell ‘s shine appeared awhile ago , he has made a future promise focused in the top echelon .

What amazes me STILL is Heathers magical mind , memory, and connecting the dots so well.

The ‘Weird, huh’? Is poignant humor.

That the elephant(s) in the room command the spotlight , I appreciate the vigil from all who do...I’m beyond needing ‘further evidence’ but it all put on their list of criminal intent needs done for future indictments.

Me and my mute muscles- ears & finger - are ever-ready. So tired of it😵‍💫 Relatively nothing surprises me.

Thank you... for the steady monitoring favorite writers , and the interesting ,often eloquent commentary of Marlene and our merry band of subscribers. So grateful. 😌

Have a wonderful weekend , fall is here , the colorful changing is usual splendor . Enjoy.

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“Me and my mute muscles- ears & finger - are ever-ready. So tired of it😵‍💫” That gave me a big chuckle! I always have my mute button nearby. It came in handy when Jim Jordan and his gang of squawking collaborators held their patently obvious political performance, otherwise called a “hearing,” attacking Merrick Garland this week. What a pathetic display of noise signifying nothing!

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🤣🤣…..‘Noise nonsense nullifies negligent nuts’ ….I do love laughing with y’all . Thanks Maureen🫶

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Marlene, the only reason that Kamala Harris is not seen as "presidential" are her race and her gender. Period.

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Yup!! And after living thru 2008 and 2016 elections it’s definitely the latter that presents the bigger barrier!

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“It may turn out that no one is better suited to mobilize young voters.”

https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/kamala-harris-joe-biden-2024-ticket-rcna105315

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I still remember when she was your attorney general and did not charge Steve Muuchin for his illegal foreclosure and he went to become Trumps Secretary of Treasury.

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2007 is the critical point in the UAW strike. Not only did the UAW give up a lot to help save the backward thinking industry that refused to see the relavance of the foreign competition, the Federal funding that bailed out the industry was the TAX DOLLARS THAT THE WORKERS PAID.

Thank you Heather for laying it all out so clearly, as always.

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What I would like to see is some profit sharing by UAW based on quarterly profits and management salary restricted to a base amount until workers are paid the contract amount.

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Why just “until workers are paid the contract amount”? Why not have that become industry/business standard. When you have to profit share, you are acknowledging that more than just the C-suite makes the business/corporation run. That’s reality and basic respect. And rather democratic, versus monarchical.

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Agreed, seems fair to me.

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Thank you for that reminder that it our tax dollars and purchasing power that support those wealthy people. We work for our living

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True, but also remember the bulk of the net non-payback was paid by the top 50% of American taxpayers, who pay almost all Federal Income tax. Corporate tax rates were also larger then.

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Of course. I was not writing a dissertation. OUR tax $$, of which UAW workers were a big part of.

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Your message suggested UAW/ Labour were a lion's share of taxes paid to cover the net payback loss to taxpayers. That simply isn't remotely true, check out the % paid by top 1, 10% for starters. Im Not arguing that union tax payers didnt contribute to the bail out. This has nothing to do with a "dissertion" All i had to do was goggle who pays taxes in the USA and weed out some overly self-interested sites.

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OK OK. I. did not have time to write a footnoted essay. The issue is that the big three screwed up big time and were bailed out by OUR tax $$$ of which the UAW workers paid into also, as well as making significant give backs so they would survive, the scale of which can be researched too. The Big Three are not acknowledging the contributions made by the workers that kept them afloat.

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ill likely agree on that last point. Kindly stop redirecting my main point with your not having written now... a "footnoted essay", enjoy a good evening!

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🗣️🙌

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Executive pay that is orders of magnitude greater than the average worker pay is immoral, unfair, and ultimately bad for business. Strikers wanting to hold on to production of more labor intensive combustion engine vehicles need to let that go… it’s not sustainable. The best way to sort this out IS a strike it seems. I support the unions, and union workers please realize that anti-union Republicans are on the fat cat executives side in practice and principle.

Coming through the pandemic, with 25% of the healthcare workforce having left already, and CEOs of health insurance companies making 100’s of millions of 💰, and hospital system executives rewarding themselves for their contributions from safe and tidy offices far removed from patient care - you’re next I hope.

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We should bring back the Eisenhower tax years with the 90% marginal rate, and slap it on pay over $1 million a year - and stock options should be taxed as what they are: income.

Eat the rich - it'll take a lot of barbecue sauce to cover up the bad flavor.

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But the best first step is one Biden already made and the gop are trying to use the newest Gov’t shut down to eliminate: a correctly funded and mandated IRS to retrieve the illegally squirreled away corporate/wealthy-cheat taxes.

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They didnt think marginal top tax rates of 90% were such a bad deal back then, it was deliberate redistribution policy, upheld by a popular Republican president. I dont think it's necessary to go back to that, but i'm sure the current rates are too low. The latest cutback also came out of the last president's administration, directly translating into the current deficit.

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One other thing, TC. Have Social Security taxes go up to the 1M threshold.

I'll make the sauce. Hot and Smoky, or Sweet and Tangy, for those who prefer.

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Lol Ally !

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Yes, but why stop at $1M?

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It is a starting point, especially since the current threshold is 160,200. 5 million would be an excellent alternative. I suspect that any higher, and laws would be passed to redefine "income" even more restrictively. I mean, my Oregon tax refund is considered income by the feds...

I mean, not all of the congressional pay received by congress critters today is not subject to federal tax!

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Yes, it’s more complicated than a slogan like “scrap the cap” can express. Whether the cap is in the low six figures or $1M or $10M, the FICA tax is regressive, and regressive taxes are unfair at best. I would classify them as immoral. As Piketty has carefully documented, what we need, both for fairness and for stable capitalism, is a steeply progressive income tax together with a progressive wealth tax that kicks in around $5M or $10M in net worth. Social Security should be a pension program paid for out of tax revenues. No special taxes like FICA, and no tax-break categories like capital gains.

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Jeez, TC, you've got me drooling!

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Stock options should be taxed as non-labor income and at a higher rate than any income that comes from an individual’s labor. We need to give more respect to the worker bees if we want to thrive in a changing world

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Lol TC ! I don't think there exists enough sauce to cover the flavor ! Even if Ally House makes barrels full !

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We need to name and shame these fat cats. Australia's recently 'forced to resign' Qantas CEO Alan Joyce took home $21.4 million last financial year, blaming 1700 worker layoffs, airfare price hikes and the shonky outsourcing of ground staff (causing untold delays and jeopardizing passenger safety), on an increase in fuel costs rather than profit margins. Other profiteering scandals abound. Yet the company recorded a profit of $1.7billion in the last financial year. The payrates and working conditions of blue collar workers in the US seems almost 3rd world - as we all know, due to Republican-responsible funding cuts to services allowing greater tax cuts for their fat cat puppet masters. Putting workers' safety and the safety of the general public at risk for profit is medieval - exampled by the recent US railroad workers strike, who only wanted paid sick leave and relief from grueling 14 day on-call scheduling systems leaving them mentally and physically compromised. Strike. Strike. Strike. I'd rather see America shut down by fed up workers than by extremist right-wing Republicans holding the government ransom for greed induced personal gain.

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Right you are sister !

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Insurance is one of the odd industries where the more incompetent they are, the more profit they make, and the health insurance sector is the worst of them all -- since they get their money up front, the fewer claims they pay for any or no reason, the more money they can give to executives and shareholders.

Worse still, they encourage fraudulent billing on the part of medical providers by forcing low reimbursement rates and maintaining a byzantine procedure coding system that leads to "coding wars," where providers denominate procedures at the highest rate possible, regardless of whether the code actually fits the service provided.

After a past year of absolutely bizarre experiences with both medical incompetence and opaque claims, I wish there were a law that required medical providers to "cc" patients with the claims submitted on their behalf to the insurance company. I've caught two instances where my insurance was billed for services or drugs that weren't even provided to me and if I caught two, given how difficult it is to match provider bills with insurance "EOB's", then there must be dozens more.

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OMG! I do get a readout of what my insurance company pays to medical providers. My head usually explodes reading these payouts!

A 2 minute telephone consult can reward a medical practice with 360! These phone calls used to be no charge!

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