Ryan’s Fact-Challenged Speech

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08/30/2012; Mike Hall

Ryan’s Fact-Challenged Speech

Last night, Paul Ryan lived up to the Mitt Romney campaign pledge that it would not be “dictated by fact-checkers” when he blamed President Obama for the closure of a General Motors (GM) plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wis. As any fact-checker or Janesville worker who lost a job knows, the plant closed during the Bush administration.

Even Ryan’s congressional office knows the truth that Ryan ignored last night. Take a look at this June 3, 2008, letter from Ryan and Wisconsin Sens. Russ Feingold (D) and Herb Kohl (D) criticizing GM’s plan to shutter the plant. Obama was an Illinois senator and George W. Bush was in the White House, just as they both were when the Janesville plant closed its doors later in that year. Continue reading “Ryan’s Fact-Challenged Speech”

REPORT: Five Things Unions Have Done For All Americans

REPORT: Five Things Unions Have Done For All Americans

By Zaid Jilani on Mar 5, 2011 at 8:00 am

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Over the past few weeks, right-wing legislators have unleashed a torrent of radical legislation upon the American electorate designed to gut collective bargaining rights and attack the middle class. As these conservatives have launched their assault, a Main Street Movement consisting of ordinary Americans fed up with living in such an unequal country has fought back.

Conservatives have sought to malign this movement by claiming that it is simply defending the parochial interests of labor unions, who they claim are imposing huge costs on taxpayers with little benefit. Yet the truth is that America’s public and private unions have been one of the major forces in building a robust and vibrant middle class and have fought over the past century to improve the lives of all Americans in a variety of ways. ThinkProgress has assembled just five of the many things that Americans can thank the nation’s unions for giving us all: Continue reading “REPORT: Five Things Unions Have Done For All Americans”

Charlie Bass, ‘Stop Trashing the Middle Class’

Charlie Bass, ‘Stop Trashing the Middle Class’.

New Hampshire Labor News sends us this. 

Charlie Bass's Trash

What’s in New Hampshire Rep. Charlie Bass’s (R) “trash?”

Social Security, Medicare, and affordable education as it turns out. The contents of the New Hampshire congressman’s “garbage can” came to light yesterday in Concord as young workers and seniors from the Granite State questioned his commitment to his constituents after he voted for Paul Ryan’s extreme budget. Said Terri Lochhead, an organizer for the Alliance for Retired Americans:

I’m not sure who Charlie Bass works for anymore. He is so out of touch with what the average American needs that he’ll trash anything just to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires like him. Continue reading “Charlie Bass, ‘Stop Trashing the Middle Class’”