Return Of The Middle Class?

With election coming there has been lots of talk and promises about the Middle Class……lots of promises on just how to fix the problem and renew the Middle Class…….

Each party has its plan……none of which will go very far to restoring the lots clout of the Middle Class…..

So the obvious question would be…….can the Middle Class ever return?

Some say NO…….and this article explains why such a statement is made……

 

The American middle class isn’t coming back — it’s going to die with the Baby Boomers – Salon.com.

Trade This For That

I wish this post was some sort of sports analogy but it is not…..instead it is my opinion on the newest trade agreement that is making the rounds in the media……the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA)……or is it the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Confused?  Don’t worry about it….all you need to know is that it is mostly lies covered by slogans and one liners……

This smells a lot like the con job fed Americans by the Clinton group (the DLC) back in the 90’s…..you may remember it as NAFTA…….where North American countries inked a deal to trade without heavy tariffs and such……and it was sold as a boom for the middle class…..that it would strengthen and make the middle class more secure…..

And how did that work out for the middle class?

It sucked!

“Free trade” agreements may not be intended to cause class warfare, but they have had the effect of further enriching the wealthiest in our country while driving many previously middle class citizens into subsistence-level service jobs. These agreements weren’t put into place by an outcry from a  public begging for more trade, and they certainly haven’t been maintained because of it.

Now with the new one…..the Third Way, which is a group that defines itself as independent of the two parties is pushing the new agreement as a way to strengthen the middle class and added security…….basically a ‘centrist’ group…….

From their press release…….

Third Way partnered with former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairs today to urge fellow members of the Democratic Party to support granting President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for a new trade deal to strengthen the middle class and ensure America’s safety and security.

“Third Way is proud to work with these Democratic Party chiefs to promote the benefits of a pro-export agenda that will move America forward,” said Jim Kessler, Senior Vice President for Policy at Third Way. “These Democratic leaders know that modern trade deals create blue collar middle-class jobs because the data is clear. In our recent study, we analyzed all 17 trade deals since NAFTA to see if they improved the U.S. balance of trade in the blue collar goods sector. They did. The U.S. balance of trade in goods improved by more than $30 billion on average every year because post-NAFTA trade deals were negotiated with higher standards. With TPA, there is substantial opportunity to further contribute to America’s economic growth at a time of global economic stagnation.”

“Increasing America’s exports is the best way to create well-paying middle class jobs,” said Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), one of the former DNC chairs who signed the letter. “During my time as Governor we tripled our exports in 8 years, helping Pennsylvania become the 9th fastest job creating state in the Union in 2010.”

All their bright scenarios sound reminiscent of the crap they fed Americans in the begging with NAFTA…..none of which came true……as usual they are empty promises from the wealthy to sell BS to the public.

Speaking of empty promises…..back in 2008 candidates Clinton and Obama both stated that if elected they would re-negotiate NAFTA……I’m still waiting for that promise to be fulfilled.

These agreement do work wonders but not for the middle class…….the middle class since NAFTA has been stagnant and in some cases declining because of these agreements……and yet there are more and more of them and the middle class continues to be eroded away…….the only Americans profiting from these agreements are the wealthy importers/exporters.

No where will this or any other pending trade agreement to strengthen the middle class or make it more secure.  So far the term “middle class” is a lie to promote a situation that generate more wealth from those at the top.

Pro middle class slogans does nothing to help……….maybe Americans should stop reacting positively to dog whistle slogans and start demanding that the middle class becomes truly important again.  Or lose it forever!

Whatcha think?

Sen. Bernie Sanders: Man Of The People

There are not many in Washington that I would give the time of day……my two faves are Eliz.. Warren and Bernie Sanders……I have been a fan of Sanders since his days in state politics in Vermont……he has consistently been a person of the people…..there have been others that I respected their time in DC but not many…..

Sanders has always been a proponent of the poor and the middle class……he has been vocal and demanding….few in DC would listen and even fewer would have his back when it came to the nut cutting……

He and Warren are making a dynamite one two punch…….the Left is very fortunate to have these two people as their spokesperson…….Sen. Warren let the Congress have it over the latest government funding bill…..she withheld NO punches.

Remember 2008….I know it is a sore subject that few want to revisit……but to solve the problem from ever happening again there was a call to break up the big banks and eliminate the “too big too fail” syndrome where the taxpayer had to cover them for their bad business practices…….Sanders is trying again to do the right thing for the country with his 12 point plan………

Sanders detailed a 12-point economic program to,

– Invest in our crumbling infrastructure with a major program to create jobs by rebuilding roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools.

– Transform energy systems away from fossil fuels to create jobs while beginning to reverse global warming and make the planet habitable for future generations.

– Develop new economic models to support workers in the United States instead of giving tax breaks to corporations which ship jobs to low-wage countries overseas.

– Make it easier for workers to join unions and bargain for higher wages and benefits.

– Raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour so no one who works 40 hours a week will live in poverty.

– Provide equal pay for women workers who now make 78 percent of what male counterparts make.

– Reform trade policies that have shuttered more than 60,000 factories and cost more than 4.9 million decent-paying manufacturing jobs.

– Make college affordable and provide affordable child care to restore America’s competitive edge compared to other nations.

– Break up big banks. The six largest banks now have assets equivalent to 61 percent of our gross domestic product, over $9.8 trillion. They underwrite more than half the mortgages in the country and issue more than two-thirds of all credit cards.

– Join the rest of the industrialized world with a Medicare-for-all health care system that provides better care at less cost.

– Expand Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition programs.

– Reform the tax code based on wage earners’ ability to pay and eliminate loopholes that let profitable corporations stash profits overseas and pay no U.S. federal income taxes.

I have NO problem with his plan…..which is unusual for I seldom find a plan coming out of the Senate that I agree with…….Americans need to get informed and back Sanders plan…….another 2008 is only a tick away from happening again…….

Because of the collective ignorance of the American people will ensure that we will face another economic crash…..and this one may not be as easy to repair as the last…….

Keep your head in the sand and you will make it possible for more suffering of the American people……I know most could care less about their fellow Americans and that is why we are doomed to keep making the same mistake time and time again……..

Israel NEVER Takes Responsibility

We all have seen the pics of what the Israeli war machine has done to Gaza….some of us have seen more than others and that is a shame that there are people that will not care enough to see if their preconceived notions are accurate………Americans especially those on the Right have always harped about people need to take responsibility for their actions and their lives…..unfortunately that does not apply to Israel….there are too many that look the other way and pretend that Israel is justified…..and that is really sad.

I bring that up because since the last ceasefire that did not last Israel has been playing all cards to avoid any responsibility for the deaths and destruction of Gaza.  You see that social media has made Israeli actions very public and the world sees instantly what Israel is doing….they are losing the PR war and that put their “denial machine” into full throttle…..

Fearful of the growing international demand that Israeli officers be tried for war crimes committed during this last offensive against the Gaza Strip, the military has ordered a comprehensive internal probe of the army’s actions during Operation Protective Edge.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has also appealed to American legislators to help Israel stave off future accusations against military and political leaders of war crimes committed during the last israeli offensive against Gaza.
“The prime minister asked us to work together to ensure that this strategy of going to the ICC does not succeed,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D – NY), to the Post.

Netanyahu “wants the US to use all the tools that we have at our disposal to, number one, make sure the world knows that war crimes were not committed by Israel, they were committed by Hamas. And that Israel should not be held to a double standard,” he added.

In other words Israel wants the US to lie and cover their guilty worthless asses yet again.

And then they are trying to make it so that they do not have to pay and damages for the destruction that they have caused in Gaza….and how will they do that?

The cabinet is expected to declare the Gaza Strip as enemy territory. A senior Israeli official said the decision would mean that Israel would not be liable for damage incurred to residents of the Strip as a result of Israeli actions during Operation Protective Edge.

The resolution on the decision was posted to the website of the Prime Minister’s Office Thursday afternoon, but a few hours later it was decided that it would not be brought for a vote at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

In 2007, three months after Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip, the cabinet declared the area hostile territory, instituting restrictions on movement by its inhabitants and of merchandise and fuel into the area.

The proposal states that the decision is intended “to give additional legal expression to the status of the Gaza Strip in keeping with the law on civil damages.”

The Defense Ministry’s legal advisor, Ahaz Ben-Ari, wrote in an opinion appended to the proposal that “a difficulty exists on the international level in that the declaration will be perceived mistakenly as an attempt by the State of Israel to evade its responsibility to examine claims of breaching of the rules of armed conflict.” Ben-Ari said the preamble of the draft law would resolve this difficulty.

The preamble states that the declaration “will not affect the obligation of the State of Israel to investigate claims of ostensible breaches of the rules of armed conflict. The decision detracts not at all from this obligation.”

According to the Defense Ministry, such a decision would greatly reduce the resources needed to deal with suits that might be brought by Palestinians because of damage done by the Israel Defense Forces as well as by future IDF action. Ben-Ari wrote that “most of these suits are in any case rejected as they are the outcome of actions of war.”

Ben-Ari also wrote that the damage by the IDF “stemmed from the actions of Hamas which places its command posts, weapons stores and rocket-launching sites in built up areas in the Gaza Strip, hiding behind innocent civilians and preventing them from leaving their homes.”

These are the beginnings of the attempt to make themselves guiltless in the destruction and deaths that they caused……my question is just how far will the US politicians go to protect Israel?

Trickle-Down Economics and Broken Promises | Center for American Progress

For over 30 years we have heard all the spin how if we just cut taxes the economy will grow and everyone will prosper.  Trickle Down economics was the open salvo.

Now after all that time and all the cuts here and there trying to establish a great economy….trickle down economics has proven to be a con job on the highest order….Bush I when running against Reagan called the concept as Voodoo Economics……we should have listened.

This trash science has done nothing but kill the Middle Class and make inequality the call of the day.

Trickle-Down Economics and Broken Promises | Center for American Progress.

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