Roger Bybee

Roger Bybee is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and progressive publicity consultant whose work has appeared in numerous national publications and websites, including Z magazine, Common Dreams, Dollars & Sense, Yes!, The Progressive, Multinational Monitor, The American Prospect and Foreign Policy in Focus.

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The refusal to enforce the Buy American Act had also continued under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump. (Photo by David Endelhardt via Creative Commons) Views
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Why Should U.S. Citizens' Tax Dollars Be Diverted to Enriching the Manufacturing Base of Other Nations When Americans Need Jobs?
Over the past five decades, Americans have seen their wages shrivel and their community life be shredded by major corporations offshoring jobs from the United States to nations with lower wages like China, Mexico, and Vietnam. It is a hugely unpopular trend, regarded favorably by just 11 percent of...
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Resist Trumpism sign. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Views
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Trump Will Be Evicted, but Trumpism Lives On
Donald Trump’s eviction from the White House, thanks to a Joe Biden victory, is cause for jubilation, however much Trump may fuss, drag his feet, and leave wreckage in his trail. But, as progressive historian and author Thomas Frank, argues in his 2020 book, The People, No , Trumpism will continue...
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A minimum of 20 meatpacking workers have died from the coronavirus and 6,500 have tested positive or been quarantined, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers union. (Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Return of 'The Jungle': Risking Death to Maximize Profits
In the past several days, the Trump Administration has made it crystal clear that it views workers and their families vulnerable to COVID-19 as faceless, replaceable, and an obstacle to maximum profitability. Trump officially declared meat—not safety gear—as worthy of an official order. Faced with...
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Wages have risen only 12.4 percent since 1977, despite a sharp 77 percent escalation in productivity. (Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Donald Trump’s Not-So-Great Economy
Donald Trump and his fans are fond of loudly trumpeting that 70 percent of Americans give the economy a positive rating. Even Trump’s “enemies of the people,” the mainstream media, routinely celebrate the economy, describing it, for example , as “on fire,” and a “tremendous achievement, namely an...
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The village of Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin, is using eminent domain to make way for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. (Photo: Alinghi3/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Masters of Our Domain: Foxconn and State Minions Seize Land
A government’s right of eminent domain is typically used to condemn and buy up property that stands in the way of projects purportedly serving direct public needs, such as roads or large-scale public transit. But in Wisconsin, the rationale has been harnessed at the expense of the public good. The...
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018
An Undemocratic GOP Enshrines Zombie Laws via Midwest Coups
The anti-democratic nature of the present-day Republican Party has been fully exposed in the Midwestern states of Wisconsin and Michigan. In both of these states, where the GOP has ruled all branches of government since 2011, lame-duck Republican governors and lawmakers are fighting to overturn the...
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"Chief Justice Roberts’s complaint rings eerily of the same “alternative facts” and “fake news” ploys used by the Trump Administration to denounce inconvenient truths, create a fog over clear-cut issues, and thus disorient the public." (Photo: George Hodan) Views
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Democracy is at Stake in Supreme Court Cases on Partisan Redistricting
The U.S. Supreme Court has just announced that it will hear a partisan gerrymandering case from Maryland, and its forthcoming decision on the case, combined with the Gill vs. Whitford Wisconsin case heard last fall, could set a new standard for all states. Last week, the court also temporarily...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
In Kenosha Kickoff, Ironworker Randy Bryce Hammers On Paul Ryan’s Weakness
Andy Bryce, an ironworker and avid Bernie Sanders surrogate during the 2016 primary, made a direct appeal to working people in Representative Paul Ryan’s district as he officially launched his campaign, challenging the Speaker of the House. “Ryan’s someone who negotiates taking away our health care...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Republican’s Healthcare Plan Puts “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in a Whole New Light
After seven long years, the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act has finally come lurching across America’s political stage, devised by House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and backed by an uncomprehending President Trump, who promises something “far less expensive and far...
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Friday, September 30, 2016
Don’t Believe What You Read: People Really Do Care about Free Trade
President Barack Obama is apparently dead set on a last-minute passage of the twelve-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership t h a t would e n h a n c e t h e p o w e r o f gigantic g l o b a l c o r p o r a t i o n s. His strategy appears to be to push it through during the lame duck session after the...
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