Sunday, June 12, 2005

Paul Krugman defends workers' right to organize

yeller dawg mentioned Ed Sills the other day. Mr. Sills is communications director of the state AFL-CIO in Austin, and publishes an e-mail news letter that he sends to union members (including yeller dawg). His letter of yesterday was especially informative. He included an op-ed piece from the New York Times by economist Paul Krugman, telling how the restrictions on workers' right to organize into unions has hurt the economy. Here it is its entirety:

"6) Anyone who reads this space regularly has followed the dots laid out inthiscolumn by Paul Krugman of The New York Times. But this is an eloquent statement of how 25 years of anti-union corporate and government behavior are a highly visible symptom of what's ailing the economy: June 10, 2005 'Losing Our Country' by PAUL KRUGMAN

Baby boomers like me grew up in a relatively equal society. In the 1960's America was a place in which very few people were extremely wealthy, many blue-collar workers earned wages that placed them comfortably in the middleclass, and working families could expect steadily rising living standards and a reasonable degree of economic security.But as The Times's series on class in America reminds us, that was another country. The middle-class society I grew up in no longer exists.Working families have seen little if any progress over the past 30 years.Adjusted for inflation, the income of the median family doubled between 1947and 1973. But it rose only 22 percent from 1973 to 2003, and much of thatgain was the result of wives' entering the paid labor force or workinglonger hours, not rising wages.Meanwhile, economic security is a thing of the past: year-to-year fluctuations in the incomes of working families are far larger than theywere a generation ago. All it takes is a bit of bad luck in employment or health to plunge a family that seems solidly middle-class into poverty. But the wealthy have done very well indeed. Since 1973 the average income of the top 1 percent of Americans has doubled, and the income of the top 0.1 percent has tripled. Why is this happening? I'll have more to say on that another day, but for now let me just point out that middle-class America didn't emerge by accident. It was created by what has been called the Great Compression of incomes that took place during World War II. . ." Dr. Krugman continues that when workers can organize the country does well economically, and when they have difficulty organizing, as they do today because of government interference, the economy does not prosper.

yeller dawg

Friday, June 10, 2005

Bush Lies

Yeller dawg was goin to take the weekend off, being tired from the weddin and all, but there is so much stuff happenin with those Republicans, he just cant.

1. How about that Downing Street Memo? You know, the memo written by British intelligence (is that an oxymoron?) (sp?), that proves Dubya planned to invade Iraq a long time before he admitted it, and was tryin to fit the intelligence to support his war plan. Why, he even planned to use the U.N. to foster his nefarious scheme.

Dubya didn't need to worry bout the U.S. press. They were so cowed, they would never even mention it. But he didn't count on the German guy (Steve Holland from Reuters) who had the absolute bad taste to ask about it while Dubya and his lap dog Blair were taking a victory lap (press conference). Of course, lap dog was the first to take a crack at it, and he got up and lied and lied and lied, but no one from the mainstream media had the guts or inclination to call him on his lies. Then Dubya got up there and lied some more. Same non-response.

With mdia coverage like that, Hitler would have come off as Mother Teresa.

Foregoing was loosely taken from a Joe Conanson column in the June 10 edition of www.salon.com.

2. How about poor Howard Dean? He goes aroung the country doing what he is supposed to do, put burrs under Republican saddles, and his own party piles on. Even sad sack Joe Lieberman (the biggest DINO in Congress). Meanwhile, his Republican counterpart, Ken Melhman, gets on "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert, and lies so much his nose should reach Saipan. Of course, dear old Tim lets him get by with it. Turn in your press card, Tim. You are soo over!

This thanks to a column be Ariana Huffington, June 7, www.salon.com.

Five more Marines were killed in Iraq yesterday.

Five more reasons to get rid of Bush!

tomorrow, I will tell you about the House Republicans trying to gut the U.N. and NPR, with DeLay right in the middle of it.

yeller dawg

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tom's Island Paradise

And this from my friend Susan DuQuesnay at Juanita's.
"June 8 - I don't know where this Carmencita woman gets off complaining about the living conditions and forced prostitution and abortions in the Marianas Islands. Whine, whine, whine. They have wonderful golf courses there, just ask Tom DeLay. Get over it, woman; Tom DeLay has needs, too. And don't forget Tom's biggest need - men with money! A wine and cigar fundraising party? Oh yeah, spending an evening with a bunch of old stinky drunk guys who look like a bad Sigmund Freud joke is certainly my idea of a fun evening."

Thanks, Susan. Our friend Tom certainly has it covered, or uncovered (if he wanders into the right Saipan establishment).

And something else I just read: this guy Hastings, the Republican from Washington who is head of the House Ethics panel, has close ties to DeLay's buddy Abramoff, or whatever his name is. He replaced Arlen Spector, who apparently wanted a REAL ethics inquiry into Tom's dealings. Hastings voted against imposing a minimum wage requirement on the Northern Marianas. He received several thousand dollars from Abramoff. Of course, this had nothing to do with his vote, I'm sure!

The two new Republicans who they added to the panel are also contributors to Tom's defense fund. MY, my, my. As they say, "it just gets curioser and curiouser."

The House Ethics panel aint goin to investigate Tom. Appoint an independent counsel!

I read that four more Marines and soldiers were killed last weekend. Four more reasons to get rid of Dubya!