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Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan just released a new report targeting everything from pre-school education to nursing homes.
He claims his new report is just a prelude to the House GOP’s budget.
Make no mistake: Ryan’s so-called “War on Poverty” report is just the tip of the iceberg compared to what we’ll see in his actual “War on the 47%” budget.
It makes no sense to slash services that families rely on, while the top 1% see huge tax breaks.
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Early last year, Kentucky coal miner Reuben Shemwell was sued by his own employer for filing a safety discrimination complaint with federal regulators. After settling two lawsuits and getting reinstated at work, Shemwell says the company is now making his job miserable because he continues to raise health and safety concerns at the mine.
In lawsuits filed last week, Shemwell claims fellow welders for Armstrong Coal Co. were instructed by management to “keep notes on what Shemwell did and said” once he returned after the earlier litigation, including writing down if he was “one minute late for work.” The company went so far as to hire a “consultant” to monitor Shemwell all day on the job, according to the lawsuits. And a supervisor told Shemwell that he “may want to think about another career” after Shemwell pointed out potential dangers.
"Shemwell took [the supervisor] to be saying that if he continued to insist on a safe and healthy workplace, his job would be in jeopardy," one of Shemwell’s three complaints states.
Shemwell’s lawyer, Tony Oppegard, said management was trying to find a way to get rid of the welder before he even returned to the mine under his earlier settlement. The treatment, he said, amounts to discrimination.
Welcome to the 1920’s.
You know, this type of thing right here should be pretty good evidence we need labor laws.
The same labor laws people fought and died for, the same labor laws that have been continually chipped away at by corporate interests and the political right.
“Why would you want to be with your loved ones with a paid vacation and a paid maternity leave when you could just work more and more and more, and never get anything for it except a slap in the f*cking face when your retirement comes – and probably fired before that pension kicks in?” Proops said.
That Cadillac ad plus the Sell-out Bob Dylan ad were two of the worst car commercials in recent memory.
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If Rand Paul were elected president, he would have the power to nominate potential Supreme Court justices who want to return to a world where basic workplace protections are considered unconstitutional — and who object to the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters to boot.
With 31 percent of the vote, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the closely watched Conservative Political Action Conference presidential straw poll this weekend, dwarfing second place finisher Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) 11 percent of the vote.
The son of libertarian icon and former Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), Rand Paul has emerged as the nation’s leading spokesperson for an anti-government philosophy that would undo nearly all the accomplishments of the New Deal and the Civil Rights Era. As a Senate candidate in 2010, Paul came out against the Civil Rights Act of 1964′s bans on private discrimination — including the bans on employment discrimination and whites-only lunch counters — claiming that the right of “private ownership” should trump African Americans’ and other minorities’ right to be free from invidious discrimination. Permitting private discrimination, according to Paul, is “the hard part about believing in freedom.”
Nor are Paul’s libertarian views limited to his skepticism towards civil rights protections. In 2013, Paul endorsed a long-ago overruled Supreme Court decision called Lochner v. New York. The Court’s Lochner opinion relied on a fabricated “right to contract” that it and subsequent cases used to strike down various laws protecting workers from exploitative employers — on the idea that if a worker signs a contract that forces them to work 16 hours a day for barely subsistence wages then it would somehow violate the worker’s rights to pay them more money for fewer hours work.
Lochner was overruled in 1937, after the Great Depression discredited the largely libertarian economic policy that had been imposed upon the country by the Supreme Court. And it was, until very recently, viewed as a disastrous opinion even among leading conservatives. Robert Bork, whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by a Senate that deemed him too conservative, labeled Lochner as “the quintessence of judicial usurpation of power.”
Yet, if Rand Paul were elected president, he would have the power to nominate potential Supreme Court justices who would restore Lochner and who would potentially strike down the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters to boot. And this is the man that one of the nation’s top conservative gatherings selected as their first choice to be the next President of the United States.
Source: Ian Millhiser for ThinkProgress
L.A. and Orange counties contain more than half of the country’s most heavily crowded neighborhoods, a Times statistical analysis has found.
Rising rents aren’t helping. “A federal study three years ago found that between 1990 and 2009, rents in the Los Angeles metropolitan area rose more than 20% while the incomes of renters sagged 6%, after adjusting for inflation,” reporters Emily Alpert Reyes and Ryan Menezes note.
Get a better look at the most crowded areas in our interactive map, which lets you see what percentage of housing units are considered crowded in a particular zip code and compare the L.A. area to other cities in the U.S.
No, Ryan, you didn’t. You didn’t build a fucking thing, you two-faced, lying, piece of shit.
If anybody built anything, it was the blue-collar craftsmen of America; the machinists, the carpenters, the iron workers, the pipe fitters, the electricians, and millions of other hard-working men who dedicated their lives to quality, to creating a world where hopefully their children would have things a little better. These men and the taxes they paid help create the safety nets that you’re trying so hard to destroy.
Men who, when they put their name or clock number on something, actually MADE it ~ unlike you, you fraud.
No, Ryan, you and your ilk didn’t build a damn thing, other than a reputation for being sleazy and underhanded. You wouldn’t last a day amongst a group of real craftsmen.