All Views Articles for 2018-01-31

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
"Mexican wages have dropped from pre-NAFTA levels, with Mexico’s real minimum wage declining 19.4 percent. Manufacturing wages of under $2 per hour are now lower than in coastal China." (Photo: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee/flickr/cc) Lori Wallach, Rosa DeLauro
Trump Still Has Nothing But Platitudes For American Workers
Unless we rewrite NAFTA, the trade pact will keep giving the green light to corporations to outsource American jobs, pushing down wages for everyone.
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Peter Certo
What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing
The president's "open hand" to Democrats is full of poison pills.
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"Worse still, the military can’t even say what it’s actually spending — it’s still the only federal agency that can’t pass an audit." (Photo: David B. Gleason/Flickr/cc) Miriam Pemberton
Huge Military Budgets Make Us Broke, Not Safe
Backing down from nuclear war would make us a lot safer than piling more money into the Pentagon.
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The University of California-Berkeley (Photo: Mike Procario / Flickr) Chuck Collins
A California Trend Worth Catching: College for All
America's left coast is showing how to break up concentrated wealth and fund higher education for all.
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Michael Winship
Something’s Rotten in the State of the Union
You think it can't get any crazier and then it just does.
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"There's never been a president in history for whom words matter less." (Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call) Heather Digby Parton
Trump’s Speech Wasn’t The Scary Part: All The Republican Groveling Was
Trump’s SOTU was a forgettable, familiar litany. What’s new is the GOP’s brain-dead eagerness to do his bidding.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, left, and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, shown here in 2014 at a session at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, are both refusing to schedule prompt special elections — Walker to fill state legislative seats and Snyder to fill a seat in the U.S. House. PHOTO BY ASSOCIATED PRESS John Nichols
Scott Walker's Rejection of Representative Democracy is Shameful
Unfortunately, Walker's anti-democratic assault on popular sovereignty is part of an emerging pattern.
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 "According to an analysis of census data, Social Security payments keep an estimated 22 million Americans from slipping into poverty." (Photo: Screenshot) Robert Reich
The Next Big Fight: Saving Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from Massive Cuts
Expand and improve these programs: don’t cut them.
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"Imagine the industry gained from their integration, from ending police-state tactics that have turned the immigration service into a gang of goonish brown shirts well deserving of their icy acronym."(Photo: David McNew/Getty Images) Pierre Tristam
To Keep America Great, Legalize All Undocumented Immigrants
The defense of legal immigrants becomes a mask for a denigration of undocumented immigrants that’s no less repulsive than the president’s racism.
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Chelsea White speaking at the National Press Club on January 30, 2018. (Photo: Screenshot) Chelsea White
The State of OUR Union Is Ready To Lift Up Truth
We are fighting for a collective vision, not only of the world that might be, but of the world as it is, a world of everyday, courageous women who do not resist history, but who create it.
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Elizabeth Bruenig
Trump's Solution to America's Crisis: Nationalism
Trump has tapped into the nationalist response to our current malaise largely because there was no widespread sense of civic trust strong enough to hold him back
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Will Bunch
Trump and His Teleprompter Assure America That the State of the Union Is Strong. No, Really
In reality, the opposite is true and the real news was not what was in the speech but what was swirling all around it.
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