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We Can't Abandon the Building Trades Unions to the Right


Both Richard Nixon and Donald Trump have made cynical but shrewdly strategic appeals to building trades unions and their members. The Left needs a plan to win those workers back.

The educated people and the leader class no longer have any character, and you can’t count on them,” Richard Nixon snarled in the summer of 1971. “When we need support on tough problems, the uneducated are the ones that are with us.” I thought of that quote after Trump said to a crowd of building trades union members in 2016, “I love them [the building trades], and they’re great, and their people are fantastic … And it’s time that we give you the level playing field you deserve.”

The list of differences between the political styles of Richard Nixon and Donald Trump is long. But the similarity they share is perhaps the most important feature of their political careers: both figures had a keen understanding of the importance of appealing to blue-collar working-class voters and how to do it effectively. The building trades were the focal point for both presidents and seemed to encapsulate their vision of the type of “working man” they wanted on their side.

Their strategies went beyond simply wanting more votes in order to win. Both recognized — Nixon in a more coherent way — that building this support disorients the traditional working-class base of loyalty usually enjoyed by the Democrats. Nixon was exploiting the cracks in the New Deal coalition, and Trump is looking to deliver the final nail in the coffin.

Examining Nixon’s and Trump’s strategic appeals can help us on the Left recognize how we’ve lost ground and how we can win it back. Failing to do so, in a time when so many working-class people feel forgotten and abandoned by mainstream liberal politics, will doom our chances of building a viable, mass socialist movement.



Building trades unions run more than 1,600 training programs that allow thousands of apprentices to earn as they learn. This relieves apprentices of crushing student loans and allows them to immediately step into secure, well-paid union jobs after they graduate. Trump’s proposed change would put this crucial safety net in jeopardy — and severely weaken building trades unions. The fact that Trump is pushing these changed regulations offers us a key opportunity to make the case to the building trades that Trump is their enemy, not their ally.

In this piece it talks about Davids Bacon,.......................I support this law, what I hate is Taft-Hartley.
I was trained in Joint Apprenticeship training program in a town while I lived in Wyoming and this new, Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), will weaken union's in a lot of ways.....................this program is another National Right to Work for Less Bullshit plan..........................

MSNBC'S Stephanie Ruhle rains hell on Trump for caring more about the Dow than coronavirus victims

Published 14 mins ago on March 7, 2020
By Tom Boggioni

Appearing with her former co-host Ali Velshi on MSNBC on Saturday morning, Stephanie Ruhle passionately criticized Donald Trump for being more concerned with how the stock market is doing in relationship to the growing coronavirus epidemic than he is with Americans growing sick from it.

“We’ve talked for the last three years about how many millions of Americans don’t have $400 in case of an emergency and this is that emergency,” Ruhle began. “The president has been talking about the Dow more than the Dow 30 CEO’s have. Just yesterday, Elon Musk was tweeting panic is dumb. I don’t disagree but where you stave that off is at the top.”

“This is the first time where we’re facing a potential crisis whether, ebola or SARS, there are no trusted voices at the top, “she continued. “This is a president who has told mistruths, lies. Just yesterday, touting his natural ability as a medical expert.”

“He is discounting what health experts have said and dismantled agencies that are in place to protect people. So, at a time like this, ask yourself who is the person inside the administration who business leaders are connected to and are talking about what is a reasonable response?” Ruhle asked. “For everyone saying businesses are overreacting with all the cancellation — if I’m a CEO, I can handle my stock going down a ton. I cannot handle people truly getting sick, and so they are looking at the president and what he is saying and are in dismay.”


This can not be made up....................

Fox’s Bartiromo raises red flag and predicts ‘hundreds of thousands’ of US coronavirus cases

Published 2 hours ago on March 7, 2020By Matthew Rozsa, Salon- Commentary

Please take note of one Jesse Watters..............

Jesse Watters insisted that he would beat the virus if he caught it with “the power of positive thinking.” Earlier this week, the host falsely claimed that the coronavirus outbreak started because of Chinese people “eating raw bats and snakes,” an inaccurate assumption rooted in racism.


And if people don't think the Fairness Doctrine should not be brought back to life...................

'This is a lie': Internet busts Trump for trying to spin away his Fox News boast about

about cutting Social Security

Published 1 min ago on March 6, 2020
By Tom Boggioni

With Donald Trump being battered for telling a Fox News town hall crowd on Thursday night that Social Security and Medicare entitlements will be on the table if he is re-elected, the president tried to spin out of the controversy in a Friday morning tweet — saying voters should fear a Joe Biden presidency way more.

Asked by a Fox News host, “But if you don’t cut something in entitlements, you’ll never really deal with the debt,” the president responded, “Oh, we’ll be cutting, but we’ll also have growth like you’ve never had before.”

That said off a firestorm for Trump who needs elderly white voters — many of them dependent upon the government — to be re-elected.


Here asshole from your own fucking mouth and the hypocrite's that asked you some of the most stupid questions of just how they are are just as stupid as you are, you just can't make this shit up......................american trolls sitting in town hall ENABLING A FUCKING TRAITOR.........................


And now a word from the nations doctor.........................

Larry Kudlow torn to shreds for ‘playing doctor on TV’ as he again claims coronavirus has been ‘contained’

Published 1 min ago on March 6, 2020By Sky Palma

During an interview with CNBC this Friday, National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow tried to quell fears about the growing coronavirus crisis, saying that he doesn’t want to “downplay anything.”

“But I’m just saying, let’s not overreact,” he said. “In many ways, America should stay at work.”

“I just don’t want to panic,” he continued. “I don’t want to panic on the economy, which looks sound. I don’t want to panic on the virus, which frankly, most Americans are not at risk.”

But according to the reaction from a sizable contingent on Twitter, Kudlow’s words didn’t do much to reassure people about the Trump’s administration’s ability to deal with the virus.


Hey Ludlow been in a Costco lately..................your a fucking idiot you really are a fucking idiot, and not only that, you and your fucking POS treasonous administration is endangering peoples lives.......................because the only thing you are worried about is fucking greed......................did you by chance see the latest reports and the stock market world wide.......................

Anyone with any common sense knows what the fuck is going on.....................your dangerous and your trying to score political points as propaganda POS for a traitor.............

November 3, and January 20 cannot get here fast enough..........................

Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski drops a bomb on Trump over his political future if he keeps

lying about the coronavirus crisis

Trump has a selfish reason for holding back coronavirus testing kits: ex-prosecutor

Published 1 min ago on March 6, 2020
By Tom Boggioni

Responding to a report from a Kaiser nurse in Northern California who went public with her inability to get tested for the coronavirus before going back to work with patients, former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance accused President Donald Trump of having his administration slow-walk the release of testing kits in an effort to tamp down reports of infected Americans.

“As a nurse, I’m very concerned that not enough is being done to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” the unidentified nurse said the statement released by the California Nurses Association labor union. “I know because I am currently sick and in quarantine after caring for a patient who tested positive. I’m awaiting ‘permission’ from the federal government to allow for my testing, even after my physician and county health professional ordered it.”

According to Vance, the slow release of test kits strikes her as suspicious and suggested that the president and members of his administration don’t want people tested because they fear the tests will reveal that the epidemic is worse than the White House is letting on.

As Vance wrote, “Why not test for Coronavirus? The only explanation we’ve seen so far is because Trump wants to keep the numbers down. He thinks this helps his chances of re-election. In other words, he cares less about your health than his future. Mass testing is logical, sensible & doable.”


It will also show that he is an absolute failure in everything he does and touches...........he is nothing more than a CON..........and it is all about himself..............a fucking psychopath ..............

November 3, and Jan 20, cannot get here fast enough...........................

Virus hits 100,000 cases as it upends lives, livelihoods


BANGKOK (AP) — Crossing more borders, the new coronavirus hit a milestone Friday, infecting more than 100,000 people worldwide as it wove itself deeper into the daily lives of millions, infecting the powerful, the unprotected poor and the vast masses in between.

The virus, which has killed nearly 3,400 people, edged into more and more U.S. states, popped up in at least four new countries and even breached the halls of the Vatican. It forced mosques in Iran and beyond to halt weekly Muslim prayers. It brought Israeli and Palestinian authorities together to block pilgrims from Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem. And it upended Japan’s plans for the Olympic torch parade.

“Who is going to feed their families?” asked Elias al-Arja, head of a hotel owners’ union in Bethlehem in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where tourists have been banned and the storied Church of the Nativity shuttered.

Questions swirled around whether Iran could control its outbreak, as the number of reported infections jumped beyond 4,700 on Friday, with 124 deaths. Iran planned to set up checkpoints to limit travel, urged people to stop using paper money and had firefighters spray disinfectant on an 18-kilometer (11-mile) length of Tehran’s most famous avenue.



What struck me was this:

The new coronavirus is known to affect the elderly more than other groups.

And in the United States, officials in Washington state are so concerned about having space to care for the sick they were expected to close a $4 million deal Friday to take over a roadside motel. The plan to turn the 84-room EconoLodge into a quarantine facility was not sitting well with everyone, including the police chief.

The Oregon GOP's Favorite Anti-Environment Group Is Awash in Racism and Violent Threats

Timber Unity is linked to neofascist and militia organizations—and once again, it’s gotten its way via a legislative walkout.


On Thursday afternoon, the Democratic leadership that controls both houses of Oregon’s legislature conceded that their Republican colleagues who had staged a walkout were not going to return and decided to formally adjourn the current session. It was only the latest such confrontation taking place over the last year that has repeatedly brought the state’s politics to a standstill. Timber Unity, a right-wing group that was established last June and claims to represent a loose coalition of truckers and loggers, has received most of the credit for the walkouts by organizing its members to swarm the state capital, sometimes by the thousands, backing the recalcitrant legislators with logging trucks and tractors in tow.

A nine-day Republican standoff last summer over a climate bill only ended once Democratic Gov. Kate Brown deployed state police to round up lawmakers who had left the capital. Since then, Republican legislators who mostly represent rural areas have staged at least four other such boycotts—three with support from Timber Unity—taking advantage of a state constitutional provision that requires a two-thirds quorum in each house to conduct business. The bulk of the walkouts, including this week’s, were sparked by bills aimed at addressing climate change.

While the group has been hailed by state and national Republicans, and includes at least one Oregon GOP lawmaker in its leadership, its participants have had no qualms associating with violent extremists and far-right groups. At least one senior member has been photographed alongside members of neofascist and militia groups, and when pressed, its leadership has failed to disavow such ties. Its rallies have prominently featured messages backing QAnon, the sprawling internet conspiracy theory that posits a cabal of liberal elites are running a pedophile ring, and that has spurred real-world violence.


Maybe it is time to put up billboards on this shit and call these assholes out, and really ask where are they getting there money from.......................Russians........................

Fact check: Trump tries to blame Obama for coronavirus test problem

By Associated Press -March 6, 2020 9:20 AM

There was no Obama-era rule limiting people from developing coronavirus tests as Trump falsely claimed.

Donald Trump and his officials are falsely asserting that they've accelerated coronavirus testing by easing a restrictive policy introduced by the Obama administration.

Trump also appeared to suggest that people with the infectious disease should go to work as long as they feel OK, advice that defies the warnings of his health officials that such people shouldn't leave their homes unless they need care.


This asshole has blamed everyone else for his shit show his entire life and has never been accountable, never.....................and when I got into trouble when I was young, being a typical kid, I was held accountable for my actions by my mother...................and she was always told me, you know better..............................

This traitor never has...............................
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