Liberal-Fascist: "We're gonna punish our enemies"
LatAm collectivists in Switzerland to tap secret bank accounts
Former left-wing Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said today at an anti-capitalist gathering that he believes the global financial crisis proves capitalism is broken.(from theblaze.com)
The Associated Press summed up Silva’s comments with the headline: “Working class hero Lula says capitalism is dead.”
“For too long, rich countries saw us as peripheral, problematic, even dangerous,” said Silva, who stepped down last year with one of the highest approval ratings in his country’s history, “Today we are an essential, undeniable part of the solution to the biggest crisis of the last decade – a crisis that was not created by us, but that emerged from the great centers of world capitalism.”
His speech marked the second day of the six-day World Social Forum, an annual counterpunch to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
While the latter draws CEOs who sleep in fancy hotels and take turns on the Swiss slopes, the participants in the World Social Forum try to prove their point by regularly camping on the sides of roads or sleeping with locals during the yearly anti-capitalist gathering.
They arrive in tie-die shirts and trousers of organic cotton, like Lula who addressed the cheering crowd in a short-sleeved shirt. Presentations are frequently ad lib, including a fiery impromptu speech by Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday who told the assembled crowd that capitalism was in its death throes.
“We can see it with the global financial crisis. We can see it with climate change and global warming,” said Morales, who in 2005 became the first leader to be elected from Bolivia’s indigenous majority. “The capitalism of today is a capitalism that no longer produces but just consumes.”
Typical extortion in 28 states; mandatory union payoffs ... or you're fired
Right-to-work laws allow workers to opt-out of union membership. Contrary to much union rhetoric, these laws don't ban or bust unions. They simply grant individual workers the right to join or not to join, even once a workplace is organized by a union. Workers who decline to join the union can't be forced to have dues taken out of their paycheck and thus used to finance union political campaigns, says the Wall Street Journal.(from ncpa.org)
Right-to-work states outperform forced-union states in almost every measurable category of worker well-being, says the Journal.
Right-to-work laws make states more economically competitive, but the bigger issue is about individual rights. Workers should have the right to join a union but also the right not to.
- A study in the Cato Journal by economist Richard Vedder finds that from 2000 to 2008 some 4.7 million Americans moved from forced-union to right-to-work states.
- The study also found that from 1977 through 2007 there was "a very strong and highly statistically significant relationship between right-to-work laws and economic growth."
- Right-to-work states experienced a 23 percent faster rise in per capita income over that period.
- The two regions that have lost the most jobs in recent years, the once-industrial Northeast and Midwest, are mostly forced-union states.
Obama described by Admin insider as 'out of it'
Obama is clueless. Totally clueless. I am not talking a little out of step here. I am talking the man has no idea what is going on around him.(via moonbattery.com)
This is not coming from me. I am relaying it from some still around him on a regular basis. These people are getting increasingly concerned over just how "out of it", that is the phrase repeated to me, Obama has become.
His primary focus is now getting elected in '12. Everything else has been given over to Jarrett and her group. Everything. The president has no interest in policy. None. No interest in working legislation. None. No interest in forging a specific agenda. None. He is being told what he needs to say and that is it. That is the extent of his interest. "Just make it look good." Exact words right there.
President Obama is obsessed 24/7 with just "looking good". If something goes well, he gets happy and outgoing. If something makes him look badly, he lashes out and pouts. The man is bouncing off both of those extremes even more now than he used to and it appears to be getting worse and worse.
The word "manic" is being used more and more regarding his moods these days.
Scold-in-Chief gets up in private sector's face of course
"Of course, your responsibility goes beyond recognizing the need for certain standards and safeguards. If we’re fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports to help you compete, the benefits can’t just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They should be shared by American workers, who need to know that expanding trade and opening markets will lift their standard of living as well as your bottom line.
We cannot go back to the kind of economy – and culture – we saw in the years leading up to the recession, where growth and gains in productivity just didn’t translate into rising incomes and opportunity for the middle class."
A whopping 80% of union members prefer worker-choice alternative
When asked, workers choose freedom, even union workers. In Frank Luntz’ recent poll, 80% of union members chose the Right To Work which allows individuals to freely choose whether or not to belong or pay fees to union.(from nrtwc.org)
Here is the question Luntz’ pollsters asked union members across the country and the results are above:Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with the following statement: “Workers should have the right to decide whether to join a union. They should never be forced or coerced to join or pay dues to a union as a condition of employment.”