Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.
Rep. Grijalva on MSNBC urging a bolder jobs plan. He says nothing will happen with Boehner, but the debate over a bold plan will be a boon to Dems in 2012. He will and has been ignored tragically:
Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin announced this week she is running for U.S. Senate to replace retiring Senator Kohl. Baldwin is a real fighter for union, civil rights and is ranked the most liberal member of congress. If elected she would be the first openly gay woman to serve. Here is her announcement video for her progressive grassroots campaign to win:
Obama’s team turned to some liberal ideas for his jobs proposals this week. Two especially deserve praise and attention. One is FAST (which is billions to green our schools) and the other is called “work sharing” from Dean Baker, which would vastly improve the plight of the jobless on UI:
The White House proposes $25 billion for K-12 schools ($10 billion to the 100 largest high-need districts; $15 billion to states to direct as they choose) and another $5 billion for community colleges. The funds could be used for “a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, greening and energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and to upgrade technology in our schools.”
The plan is based on the FAST! (Fix America’s Schools Today) proposal outlined by Mary Filardo of the 21st Century School Fund, Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Ross Eisenbrey of the Economic Policy Institute….
The other good idea is buried in the section of the American Jobs Act on helping the unemployed. Obama will “expand ‘work-sharing’ to encourage arrangements using [unemployment insurance] that keep employees on the job at reduced hours, rather than laying them off.” This is another excellent and perpetually overlooked idea, inspired by the German practice of Kurzarbeit, or “short-work.”
Dean Baker over at the Center for Economic and Policy Research has been beating this drum for a while…
Work sharing would be a progressive welcome addition in America. Greening our schools would have vast positive impacts on the nation. Also, another great progressive part of the bill is one the Tri-Caucus has been pushing for very hard for. A program for young folks in desperate need of job skills and employment:
Investing in Low-Income Youth and Adults: The President is proposing a new Pathways Back to Work Fund to provide hundreds of thousands of low-income youth and adults with opportunities to work and to achieve needed training in growth industries. The Initiative will do three things: i) support summer and year-round jobs for youth, building off of successful programs that supported over 370,000 such jobs in 2009 and 2010; ii) support subsidized employment opportunities for low-income individuals who are unemployed, building off the successful TANF Emergency Contingency Fund wage subsidy program that supported 260,000 jobs in 2009 and 2010; and iii) support promising and innovative local work-based job and training initiatives to place low-income adults and youths in jobs quickly.
See the full fact-sheet on the jobs bill here.
John Avarosis at Americablog has it down pat on what liberals have to do, and that means us, about the shift to the Right going on in the Democratic Party. It is time, high time, we get some inner Teabagger in us. Raise hell. And yes many liberals have been doing this all over but it is time to take it to another level. Avarosis opines on what Obama has wrought on us all and the best response:
The biggest concern right now is that our economy is going to remain just as it is – flaccid – for years to come. Yes, all your fears about losing your job, finding a job, being able to afford your mortgage and your car payments, being able to pay for your kids’ doctor visits – it’s never going to get better, at least not for a very long time, and not with the current crop of Democrats and Republicans in the Congress and the White House.
So what that means is that when the super cuts kick in, in January of 2013, the economy is going to be further thrown into chaos. Government spending will plummet, GDP growth will likely drop, unemployment will likely increase, and whatever hardship you’re facing right now will almost certainly be worse. And it will be courtesy of Barack Obama…
We must emulate Get Equal and raise hell and not stand down:
The only way to force change is to stand up to politicians, just like the Teabaggers did during health care reform, and just like the gay community did to President Obama on a myriad of our issues.
It’s amazing how well interrupting a few presidential and congressional fundraisers cleanses the political palate.
Yes I know. Taylor has long advocated we tap our inner Tea Party, but Avarosis gives a chilling spin on this notion. Obama’s debt deal will hurt us badly and personally. We have got to find fight in us or we are doomed.
Alex Lawson, from the great Social Security Works, went to the first Super Committee meeting this week and tried filming it as the committee has banned footage. But a funny thing happened. Protests broke outside the hearing room and it shook up committee members. This is how it is done and must be done.
The account in part from FDL:
About midway through the introductory statements from super committee members I heard chanting coming through the partially opened doors, “Jobs Not Cuts! Jobs Not Cuts!” and “What do we want? Jobs! When do we want them? Now!”
I left the committee room to capture some footage of what was going on, there were over 20 protesters from a local employment advocacy group Our DC, they stood in the hallway chanting about the need for jobs. Seeing as though District unemployment surpasses a 20 year high and Ward 8 in Southeast Washington has the nation’s highest pocket of unemployed residents, it makes sense that people were motivated enough to risk arrest to get their message out.
The Capitol police handled the situation pretty well. It was a chaotic scene with a ton of media, onlookers and protesters mixed about. The Capitol police separated the protesters and moved them down the hall and then slowly allowed people back into the committee room. I later asked some Capitol police officers outside if any arrests were made and they responded “no.”
..I say kudos to Our DC for bring the people’s message to the super committee, risking arrest to make sure that committee members know that the American public want jobs not committees, jobs not meetings, jobs not photo ops, jobs not cuts!
The story of next week might not be jobs but be about how the Democrats lost Ny-09, a seat they held since 1923 in Queens. Furious voters in a strong Dem district that is heavily Jewish are determined to show their rage at Obama for the economy and his weakness. Pre-debt deal Obama had a 52 pct approval here, now it is 42pct and thus the Dem, a Orthodox Jew, has lost the lead. This despite Weprin running a campaign on boosting SS payments for seniors and opposing any cuts like Obama is pushing. As sickening a loss as that of Coakley in MA in 2009.
Right wing laughs! Governor Rick Perry’s Texas is having major wildfires, destroying 1,000s of homes and lives. But do not worry. Perry left the state for a debate and a fundraising swoop. Too bad for all that much less what his team is saying about his trip:
As the late arrival in the race, Perry has already proved his bona fides as a world-class fundraiser. Members of his finance team says “it is going like wildfire” and their California schedule backs up the claim.
Rather than returning immediately to his burning state, Perry headlined fundraisers in San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, San Jose and Fresno, as well as several public rallies.
Oh boy these people are nauseating! Senator Graham (R-SC) wants to have a federal law mandating anyone who votes must have a voter i.d. He says he wants to do this because elections are sacred. Uh yeah right. The GOP wants this law to keep minorities, the poor and elderly from voting.