Month: November, 2014
Bernie Sanders Calls Congress’s Plan For Massive Tax Cut For Corporations Crazy
worker | November 26, 2014 | 7:56 pm | Bernie Sanders, Economy, National | Comments closed

Wednesday, November, 26th, 2014, 4:12 pm


Sen. Bernie Sanders called Congress’s $440 billion plan to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations crazy, and urged President Obama to veto the bill.

The White House announced yesterday that President Obama would veto a tax plan being negotiated by House Republicans and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) that would make permanent hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

In a statement Sen. Bernie Sanders called the tax cut plan crazy, “This tax cut agreement does exactly the wrong things. At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, it extends huge tax cuts to the rich and large corporations while threatening programs that help low-income children. At a time when we need to reverse climate change and aggressively move to sustainable energy, this agreement fails to eliminate tax benefits for the fossil fuel industry but phases out tax credits for wind and solar. This is pretty crazy stuff. I strongly support the president’s decision to veto it.”

The tax cut plan that Reid and the Republicans have cooked up is heavily tilted towards the wealthy and corporations. Liberals in the Senate are opposed to the proposal, and there is considerable doubt that the plan could garner the votes that would be necessary to override a presidential veto.

Sen. Sanders told it like it is. The last thing this economy needs is more tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. It isn’t a coincidence that the economy has gone on a nearly unprecedented growth after taxes were raised on the wealthy.

The plan being pushed by Sen. Reid and House Republicans isn’t just crazy. It is also incredibly stupid. Republicans tried to tax cut their way to prosperity during the Bush years and ended up with the Great Recession. President Obama is going to play that game again, and a key member of the Senate liberal hell no caucus is standing right there with him.

Canada, Ukraine and the U.S. vote against combating the glorification of Nazism
worker | November 24, 2014 | 8:42 pm | Analysis, International | Comments closed
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November 24, 2014

Canada, Ukraine and the U.S. vote against combating the glorification of Nazism

On November 21, the Harper government displayed undying love for Hitler fascism in the United Nations, in full collaboration with Ukraine and international imperialism’s bulwark of reaction, the United States.

According to a UN news release (Nov. 21/ 14), “A draft text on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices was… approved by a record vote of 115 in favour, 3 against (Canada, Ukraine, United States), with 55 abstentions.” (1)

The vote continues international imperialism’s policy of appeasing fascism in Ukraine, which bans holidays celebrating the defeat of fascism, allows the lawless destruction of memorials to Soviet soldiers who died fighting the Nazis, and celebrates the founding of Ukrainian fascist groups who murdered Jews, communists and anti-fascists.

European countries comprised 41 of the 55 abstaining countries. (2) Lithuania explained the EU’s decision to abstain, saying fascism has nothing to do with racism, an outright deception. (3) In fact, Lithuania has an active neo-Nazi movement, much like Ukraine. Too afraid of pubic opinion to show their fascist stripes, these countries are allied with the U.S. and Canada in their ideological support for fascism.

The vote is a major step of North American imperialism publicly to embrace fascism as an acceptable ideology in its foreign policy ambitions. The vote tramples on the very reason for drafting the UN Charter itself, the defeat of fascism.

It continues the policy of propping-up of Ukraine as an Eastern outpost of NATO imperialism, for use as a springboard of aggression against Russia and China. War would be the natural continuation of this policy by violent means.

Russia is imperialism’s new target and perhaps the most dangerous front of aggression, motivated by rivalries among capitalist countries. Imperialism’s most reactionary circles also view war as tool of class struggle against resistance to global capitalism.

Such a war against Russia would be the final argument of a capitalist system lurching into deeper crisis. Fascism and imperialism’s policy of appeasement, which caused the last world war, must not be allowed to take root again.

Such a war today would have a profoundly harmful impact on democratic rights and the conditions of the class struggle in Canada, similar to the other inter-imperialist wars of the last century. For example, the First World War ended in the banning of democratic, progressive and socialist groups and parties, all of whom were opposed to Canada’s participation.

Democratic and progressive groups in Manitoba who oppose a new war against Russia need to raise the demand for the return of Canada’s warplanes, soldiers and ships from Eastern Europe and the Black Sea, and for Canada’s departure from the NATO military alliance.

– Darrell Rankin, Leader, Communist Party of Canada – Manitoba
Information: (204) 792-3371

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Billboards – Houston style
worker | November 24, 2014 | 8:31 pm | BDS Israel | Comments closed

BILLBOARD PIC-Israel Kills Children

Crisis of Capitalism – video and lecture by David Harvey
worker | November 24, 2014 | 8:22 pm | Analysis, Economy, humor, International | Comments closed

Bernie Sanders on Rx Price Hikes
worker | November 23, 2014 | 10:23 pm | Analysis, National | Comments closed

The 2014 election debacle: How did Obama and the Democrats snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?
worker | November 22, 2014 | 8:17 pm | Analysis, Local/State, National | Comments closed

By James Thompson


It’s the opportunism, stupid!


No one will argue that the election results of 2008 are the same as the election results of 2014. Many people in the US, including this writer, were thrilled when an African-American was elected to the Oval Office. It was especially thrilling when Pete Seeger sang “This Land Is Your Land” during inauguration events. Many people were excited because of the candidate’s campaign promising “Change” and “Progress.”


The candidate’s campaign promises to address many progressive issues after the horrors of the Bush administration were like an oasis in a very harsh desert. Promises to close the Guantánamo Bay naval base, provide healthcare for all and provide support for labor unions made us all feel good about the election.


However, progressives quickly noted that the thumping hangover after the inauguration festivities was unusually severe.

Rally against Ted Cruz 12/7/2013

Rally against Ted Cruz 12/7/2013



Here we are in 2014 and Guantánamo Bay is still alive and well. Legislative proposals for “Medicare for All” initiated by John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich were thrown under the bus in favor of a Republican health care plan ironically dubbed “Obamacare.” Many people are noticing that “Obamacare” falls far short of “Healthcare for All.” The “Employee Free Choice Act” was the talk of the town leading up to the 2008 elections. This legislative proposal, if it had been passed, would have strengthened labor unions and would have made it easier to form and join a union. Soon after the 2008 collections, this proposal was unceremoniously thrown under the bus as well.


Many progressives choked back their tears but vowed to support the first African-American President in the history of the United States no matter what.


The opening shots against progressives after the 2008 election was followed by capitulation to and collaboration with the most extreme elements of the right wing political sector. President Obama has distinguished himself by deporting more immigrants than George Bush ever dreamed of. He has ramped up more wars around the globe than George Bush ever dreamed of. He has done this in a disgusting repudiation of his Nobel Peace Prize. He has prosecuted more whistleblowers than all previous presidents combined. He has truly been a friend of the corporations and the enemy of working people.


Why is he the enemy of the working people? It’s the opportunism, stupid! Obama’s administration has been focused on attempting to strike deals with the ultra-right wing as he sells working people down the river. The really sad part is that the ultra-right has ridiculed him, and attempted to thwart his efforts to support their causes.


Working people are not stupid. They can recognize opportunism easily since they have had to deal with it for centuries. A wolf in sheep’s clothing is not a new opponent for working people.


So, what did working people do in the 2014 elections? They sat on their hands and did not vote. Voter turnout in Texas was 28%. Only the ugliest Republicans and a few diehard Democrats showed up to vote. This was in stark contrast to the 2008 election.


Why should working people vote for candidates masquerading as progressives who, when in office, outdo the nastiest right wingers in pushing the agenda of the 1%?


The people of the US always want the best of everything. They want the best cars, best houses, best jobs and best sports teams on the planet. In the 2014 elections, they had a choice between two opportunistic parties. They chose the better opportunists of the two, the Republicans. Republicans are, hands down, the best opportunists in the country.


Just think what the people of the US would do if they had a real choice and could vote for a candidate or party of candidates that really fought for their interests.

Grandmother Attempts Citizen Arrest of Ted Cruz for Being an Arrogant Prick
worker | November 22, 2014 | 7:06 pm | humor | Comments closed

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WASHINGTON — Tiny 83-year-old Ida Stanley was taken into police custody early today after she attempted to handcuff and haul away Senator Ted Cruz for “crimes against sanity.”

“Rafael Edward Cruz, I hereby arrest you for being an egotistical asshole,” Mrs. Stanley shouted in front of media cameras as she approached the Junior Senator from Texas outside one of his D.C. homes.

Senator Cruz seemed startled by the white-haired woman walking towards him and immediately ducked and hid behind a nearby old oak tree.

“You have the right to remain silent…and wouldn’t that would be a nice change,” Mrs. Stanley continued as Cruz’ security officers forced the grandmother of four to the ground and “disarmed” her of the toy, plastic Batman handcuffs she had in her hand.

“You have the right to not flap your gums…to cease and desist with cheesy grins,” Mrs. Stanley kept shouting despite being restrained with her arms pinned behind her back.

“To stop talking down to Americans when you’re really not that smart.”


“If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you…but I think the $1.3 million you got from Comcast to neuter the internet should cover those costs easily.”

Immediately after Mrs. Stanley was “neutralized” by at times up to 6 plainclothes security agents, Capitol Police placed her in the back seat of a cruiser where she smiled and made the V peace sign through the wire-meshed window.

Capital Police Public Safety officer Cliff Walls later told the Washington Post that Mrs. Stanley would not face charges of “domestic terrorism and endangering a public figure” and was being released into the care of her granddaughter and two grandchildren.

“I can confirm that Senator Cruz has applied for a 500-yard restraining order and has requested Mrs. Stanley undergo a background check and be banned from possessing weapons,” said Walls.

“Mrs. Stanley reminds me of my Nana,” he added.

Comcast has reportedly cut off Mrs. Stanley’s cable and internet service.

Robin Steele
Reportering for The Lapine