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Debunking The Republican Lies – The Ronald Reagan Edition – ‘GOP Panics As Audio Emerges Proving Their Hero Reagan Would Oppose Current GOP Policies’

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“The profits of corporations have doubled, while workers’ wages have increased by only one quarter. In other words, profits have gone up four times as much as wages. And the small increase workers did receive was eaten up by rising prices, which also bored into their savings.”

“High prices have not been caused by higher wages, but by bigger and bigger profits. The Republican promises sounded pretty good in 1946. But what has happened since then? Since the 80th Congress took over? Prices have climbed to the highest level in history, although the death of the OPA was supposed to bring prices down through ‘the natural process of free competition.’”

“Labor has been handcuffed by the vicious Taft-Hartley law. Social Security benefits have been snatched away from almost a million workers by the Gerhardt bill.

“Fair employment practices, which had worked so well during wartime, have been abandoned.”

Veterans’ pleas for low-cost homes have been ignored.”

Tax reduction bills have been passed to benefit the higher income brackets alone. The average worker saved only $1.73 a week. […] This was the payoff of the Republicans’ promises. And this is why we must have new faces in the Congress of the United States. Democratic faces.”

Blog Running – Robert Reich – ‘WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN HOUR’

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I’ve and many, many others have said and will continue to say – the minimum wage needs to be raised to at least $15 and even $17 an hour.

Why?

Robert Reich’s reason #1 – $10.10 would only keep you up to inflation so that you’d be making that same as a minimum wage worker in 1968.

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‘Here are seven reasons why’:

1. ‘Had the minimum wage of 1968 simply stayed even with inflation, it would be more than $10 an hour today. But the typical worker is also about twice as productive as then. Some of those productivity gains should go to workers at the bottom’.

2. ‘$10.10 isn’t enough to lift all workers and their families out of poverty. Most low-wage workers aren’t young teenagers; they’re major breadwinners for their families, and many are women. And they and their families need a higher minimum’.

3. ‘For this reason, a $10.10 minimum would also still require the rest of us to pay Medicaid, food-stamps, and other programs necessary to get poor families out of poverty — thereby indirectly subsidizing employers who refuse to pay more. Bloomberg View describes McDonalds and Walmart as “America’s biggest welfare queens” because their employees receive so much public assistance. (Some, like McDonalds, even advise their employees to use public programs because their pay is so low.)’

4. ‘A $15/hour minimum won’t result in major job losses because it would put money in the pockets of millions of low-wage workers who will spend it — thereby giving working families and the overall economy a boost, and creating jobs. (When I was Labor Secretary in 1996 and we raised the minimum wage, business predicted millions of job losses; in fact, we had more job gains over the next four years than in any comparable period in American history.)’

5. ‘A $15/hour minimum is unlikely to result in higher prices because most businesses directly affected by it are in intense competition for consumers, and will take the raise out of profits rather than raise their prices. But because the higher minimum will also attract more workers into the job market, employers will have more choice of whom to hire, and thereby have more reliable employees — resulting in lower turnover costs and higher productivity’.

  • 6. ‘Since Republicans will push Democrats to go even lower than $10.10, it’s doubly important to be clear about what’s right in the first place. Democrats should be going for a higher minimum rather than listening to Republican demands for a smaller one’.

7. ‘At a time in our history when 95 percent of all economic gains are going to the top 1 percent, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour isn’t just smart economics and good politics. It’s also the morally right thing to do’.

‘Call your senators and members of congress today to tell them $15 an hour is the least American workers deserve. You can reach them at 202-224-3121’.

From : http://robertreich.org/

A Republican World – ‘Ted Cruz, Who Said Uninsured Should Just Get Health Care From ERs, Backs Group That Wants ERs To Turn Away Uninsured People’

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  • ‘When he was running for office two years ago, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas insisted that rather than expanding Medicaid, Texas should just let the uninsured get all their health care from emergency rooms’.

‘The argument that emergency rooms are an acceptable backup for the uninsured has also been used by Mitt Romney, Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint and many other prominent Republicans’.

‘Now, the Madison Project, a Tea Party group that has earned the high-profile backing of Sen. Cruz in its effort to defeat three sitting GOP senators in primaries this year, is also advocating for allowing emergency rooms to turn away anybody not deemed to need immediate emergency care’.

‘In a blog post on the group’s website yesterday, Madison Project policy director Daniel Horowitz writes of taking his son to the emergency room’ :

“Thank God our son recovered and there was no internal bleeding, but in a different situation that extra time could have been critical”.

“Also, if you ever wonder why you get hosed with outrageous bills simply for stepping foot in a hospital, look no farther than the “undocumented” costs of illegal aliens”.

“The problems with illegal immigrants and emergency hospital care also provide us with an opportunity to examine true free market healthcare reform”.

“Any GOP healthcare proposal must be predicated not on “replacing” Obamacare, but on fixing even some of the anti-market federal policies that existed before passage of the monstrosity”.

“One of those policies is the mandate on hospitals to treat everyone who comes to an ER – including illegal immigrants – irrespective of whether they are suffering from a real emergency”.

“In 1986, Congress passed The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Recon­ciliation Act (COBRA), which was ostensibly the first act in universal healthcare mandates”.

“If we ever plan to curb skyrocketing hospital costs and improve access to emergency care, we must address this massive unfunded federal mandate of EMTALA”.
From :http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/ted-cruz-who-said-uninsured-should-just-get-health-care-ers-backs-group-wants-ers-turn-away-

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Debunking The Republican Lies – ‘Heritage Chief teabagger Jim De Mint: It’s Really The Constitution That Freed The Slaves’

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‘DeMint dismisses the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to argue that the Constitution just ultimately led the country in the right direction’.

‘The Heritage chief also seems to confuse the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The line “all men are created equal” comes from the latter.

‘Jim DeMint, former senator and current president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, insisted last week that it was the U.S. Constitution that ultimately freed the slaves’.

“Well the reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution, it was like the conscience of the American people,” DeMint said on “Vocal Point” with Jerry Newcombe of Truth In Action Ministries, as recorded by Right Wing Watch. “Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to ‘all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights’ in the minds of God.”
From : http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jim-demint-constitution-freed-slaves

Why America Is Failing – ‘I guess I am the only one defending CNN on this one …’

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And there’s a reason you’re the only one defending CNN.

Your network is kicking itself for NOT thinking of the same thing…….

“And yes, I know, you can always find the dopey thing said by any anchor or guest and keep showing it and laughing, but I support CNN on their extensive coverage”.(1)

When a very well known (and often respected) ‘INTERNATIONAL’ news anchor says something SO stupid that it can only be for one of two reasons, he thinks his audience IS that stupid or he’s run out of things to say……..

Yes Gretta, you will be the only one defending CNN.

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(1) @ :http://gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com/2014/04/08/i-guess-i-am-the-only-one-defending-cnn-on-this-one/

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