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Truman almost doubled the minimum wage. A year later, the unemployment rate was dramatically lower.

Ben Carson Is As Wrong About Wage Hikes As He Was About the Pyramids
Truman almost doubled the minimum wage. A year later, the unemployment rate was dramatically lower.

By John NicholsTwitter YESTERDAY 4:59 PM

Truman recognized a mandate when he saw one. And he moved quickly to implement a “Fair Deal” program that sought to extend on the progress made by FDR’s “New Deal.” One of the 33rd president’s boldest proposals was a major minimum-wage increase; he sought to raise the base wage from 40 cents an hour to 75 cents an hour.

Corporate interests howled, as did Republicans in Congress—and even some conservative Democrats.


Congress approved the increase. Truman signed the legislation and on January 24, 1950, he announced: “At midnight tonight the lot of a great many American workers will be substantially improved. Today the minimum wage is 40 cents an hour. Tomorrow the new 75-cent minimum rate goes into effect for the 22 million workers who are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act, our Federal wage-hour law. Another amendment to that law will provide greatly increased protection for our young boys and girls against dangerous industrial work.”

“We shall not relax in our efforts to provide a better life for all our people.”
—Harry Truman on wage hikes

When the wage hike was implemented, in January 1950, the unemployment rate was 6.5 percent.

One year later, in January 1951, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent.


A longtime conservative consultant says the Tea Party has morphed into the Troll Party.

How the Tea Party Got Hijacked by Trump’s Troll Party
As the candidates gather at the Reagan Library for the second 2016 presidential debate, a longtime conservative consultant says the Tea Party has morphed into the Troll Party—and it’s a fight for the soul of the GOP.

All my life, the Republican Party has been my political home. Helping it succeed has been my work for decades. It was never perfect, but families never are.


The Troll Party puts nationalist, anti-establishment bluster before the tenets of our constitutional republic.


The Troll Party, following the great traditions of actual and wannabe revolutionaries, shifted its focus from the external to the internal enemy. As with most “liberation” movements, the constant search for traitors in their own ranks is usually a sign they’re entering a phase Robespierre, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, or Miscavige would recognize. The witch hunt for apostates takes precedence over accomplishing their stated political goals.

.......... They don’t want simply to burn down the Establishment. They want to burn down its infrastructure, and salt the earth around it.


Nothing is more important to them than Trump as an avatar for their rage. They’ve become a fun house mirror version of everything we once mocked Obama supporters for being: cultish, immune to facts, swift to attack apostates, glassy-eyed and swaying as if the Great Man was going to lead them to the Kool-Aid troughs in the hot Guyana sun. They’ve become like Scientologists, only more fanatical, more vengeful, more sealed in a hermetic political domain where nothing matters but fury, acting out, and punishing the unbelievers.

.........They’re not a solution to Washington’s dysfunction, and they don’t want to be. They demand the Republican Party be broken and recast as Trump’s Party. As a lifelong Republican and conservative, I see the Troll Party as nothing but a small, grim, deeply negative vision of a republic whose best traditions they’re willing to abandon to appease their boundless anger.


C'mon, Being POTUS Ain't Brain Surgery


He "Doesn't "Give A Shit --- Because He's Donald Trump & EVERYBODY Is Here To Serve Him"

From PEOPLE Magazine---JULY 9, 1990
Pop! Goes the Donald
By James S. Kunen
Synonymous with Success—and Excess—Tycoon Trump Takes a Long, Hard, Billion Dollar Fall


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The video of donald trump that should sink his candidacy whether you're a conservative or liberal

"Don't you dare thank me for my military service"




Wages are too high?

TRUMP: But, taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world. I hate to say it, but we have to leave it the way it is. People have to go out, they have to work really hard and have to get into that upper stratum. But we can not do this if we are going to compete with the rest of the world. We just can’t do it.


Peace On Earth.

Luckovich draws a "Trump Thanksgiving"

"Operation Wetback' Summer of '55 -Thousands Dumped in 125° temp - 1 Bus=88 people died from heat

Donald Trump’s ‘humane’ 1950s model for deportation, ‘Operation Wetback’, was anything but

By Yanan Wang November 11 at 2:02 AM

Updated: This story, originally published Sept. 30, has been updated and republished in light of Donald Trump’s comments Tuesday night on immigration during the Milwaukee debate.

In Mexicali, Mexico, temperatures can reach 125 degrees as heat envelops an arid desert. Without a body of water nearby to moderate the climate, the heavy sun is relentless — and deadly.

During the summer of 1955, this is where hundreds of thousands of Mexicans were “dumped” after being discovered as migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Unloaded from buses and trucks carrying several times their capacity, the deportees stumbled into the Mexicali streets with few possessions and no way of getting home.

This was strategic: the more obscure the destination within the Mexican interior, the less opportunities they would have to return to America. But the tactic also proved to be dangerous, as the migrants were left without resources to survive.

After one such round-up and transfer in July, 88 people died from heat stroke.

At another drop-off point in Nuevo Laredo, the migrants were “brought like cows” into the desert.

Among the over 25 percent who were transported by boat from Port Isabel, Texas, to the Mexican Gulf Coast, many shared cramped quarters in vessels resembling an “eighteenth century slave ship” and “penal hell ship.”

These deportation procedures, detailed by historian Mae M. Ngai, were not anomalies. They were the essential framework of Operation Wetback — a concerted immigration law enforcement effort implemented by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 — and the deportation model that Donald Trump says he intends to follow.


much more (can we say inhumane?):

One thing that neither Operation Wetback nor all the other U.S. immigration
strategies could achieve was a final answer to the problem of illegal immigration.
Mexican nationals continued to flow illegally into the United States as they always had,
albeit in fewer numbers after 1954. The real losers in the game of legalization and
deportation were these people, and it is a sad commentary on U.S. perceptions of illegal
immigration that the workers themselves hardly appeared in the debate. In their concern
over the impact of illegal immigration on their lives, Americans easily overlooked the
extreme hardships that drove a Mexican national to cross the border illegally, and the
difficulties he or she encountered trying to earn a living while remaining isolated from
the surrounding community and outside of the law. When illegal immigrants did appear
in the discussion, “they were described in terms that were stereotypic and negative,” as
Operation Wetback historian Juan Ramon García eloquently argues. “Rather than
acknowledge them as human beings with dreams, hopes, aspirations, and needs, most
people in this country chose to malign them and to shroud them with names and labels
that reeked of derision, racism, and denigration.”44 One of the few groups that did see
the humanity of the immigrants was the American G.I. Forum. To give credit where
credit is due, with all their concern about the negative impact of illegal immigration on
American citizens in What Price Wetbacks?, they also displayed great sympathy for the
immigrants, describing them throughout the pamphlet as hard-working, self-motivated,
and independent individuals. Ironically, these are the same characteristics that most
Americans admired and considered the core of America’s exceptional national identity
(and still do today).45 Why Americans were unable to see these virtues in the illegal
workers during the bracero era remains a paradox.


Abolish the Military On Veterans Day-honor those killed & injured in past by stopping future ones.

Abolish the Military
On Veterans Day, we should honor those killed and injured in past US wars by stopping future ones.

Lisa Simpson had the right idea. In a 2002 episode of The Simpsons, the elementary school student tries to impress two college kids by putting a sticker on her bike that says “US Out of Everywhere.”

It is a slogan that should be ubiquitous on the Left. With the string of disastrous military interventions across the world in recent years, it’s even more apparent that US crimes aren’t isolated — there’s an underlying structure that produces them.


Immobilizing the US war machine would be immensely beneficial to virtually every cause with which leftists are concerned. A reinvigorated anti-imperialist, antiwar movement is thus an ideal site for leftists with disparate priorities to converge in ways that can strengthen us all. We overlook this opportunity at our own peril.

Tackling that underlying structure, though daunting, also fosters opportunities for unity. Because of the sheer destructiveness of US militarism, and its vital role in maintaining global capitalism, a reinvigorated antiwar movement could bring together leftists with a broad range of concerns.


as for you skeptics:
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