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'He?s Scamming His Supporters': Paul Krugman Calls the Media 'Complicit' in Trump's Biggest Lie



 
 
 



"You can describe what Trump is doing without using words that give him credit where it isn?t due."


Economist Paul Krugman denounced the tendency among some in the media to call President Donald Trump a "populist" ? when his policies reveal he is anything but a defender of the people's will.

He acknowledged in a New York Times op-ed that Trump does dress himself in the trappings of populism and use rhetoric that suggests he's acting on behalf of the American people. But the overwhelming bulk of the actions he's taken as president and that his party supports involve unpopular benefits for corporations and the rich. Meanwhile, workers and poor people are getting ripped off.

"Start with tax policy, where Trump?s major legislative achievement is a tax cut that mainly benefits corporations ? whose tax payments have fallen off a cliff ? and has done nothing at all to raise wages," he writes. "The tax plan does so little for ordinary Americans that Republicans have stopped campaigning on it. Yet the administration is floating the (probably illegal) idea of using executive action to cut taxes on the rich by an extra $100 billion."

Krugman also notes that under Trump, the GOP has sabotaged Obamacare and caused premiums to rise for millions of middle-income people, while the Department of Labor has weakened worker protections on multiple fronts. In the judiciary ? up to and including Trump's new Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh ? the party and the president have chosen people who consistently rule in favor of business interests at the expense of everyone else.

Krugman writes:

Watching Trump in action, it?s hard to escape the impression that he knows very well that he?s inflicting punishment on his own base. But he?s a man who likes to humiliate others, in ways great and small. And my guess is that he actually takes pleasure in watching his supporters follow him even as be betrays them.

In fact, sometimes his contempt for his working-class base comes right out into the open. Remember ?I love the poorly educated?? Remember his boast that he could shoot somebody on Fifth Avenue and not lose any voters?

So those who call him a "populist" should seriously reconsider. Rhetoric aside, Trump is essentially just another Republican propping up the interests of the wealthy. Reporters who call him a populist are "in effect complicit in his lie."

In short, Krugman gives this warning to the media: "He?s scamming his supporters; you don?t have to help him do it."






 

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Source: 'He?s Scamming His Supporters': Paul Krugman Calls the Media 'Complicit' in Trump's Biggest Lie
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Let's Not Forget Puerto Rico. The Russians Didn't Cause This Crisis


From Mercedes Martinez
President: The Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR)
 
Tonight was a very emotional night. Mothers, teachers and students  from different schools around our country ordered to shut down, spoke  about the emotional, psychological and physical effects they've faced  after these announcements.
 
It was heartbreaking to hear mothers  from poor communities, whose kids are still not enrolled in any school  because the ones that remained open are overcrowded and have no room for  them.
 Knowing that a teacher was suicidal because she was declared as a surplus teacher and ordered to travel by ferry to another city in order to keep her job.

Listening to how children with autism that need a structure and had  persevered and accomplished so much are now left without their teacher  and a school. A girl who did not speak and did not show affection, and  after 3 years passed she spoke words and shows her love, just gets me  into tears.
 Our legislators, governor, judges, Secretary of  education, Control Board  and mayors are responsible for this pain. They  have stabbed our children's rights to a proper, free and accessible  education. Shame on you!!!!!
 
Thanks Jia Lee and Monique for the solidarity and been here when it counts.

Source: Let's Not Forget Puerto Rico. The Russians Didn't Cause This Crisis
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Infoshop News / Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on August 05, 2018, 06:00:28 AM »
Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email

For companies like JPay, the business model is simple: Whatever it costs to send a message, prisoners and their families will find a way to pay it.
Source: Captive Audience: How Companies Make Millions Charging Prisoners to Send An Email
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Infoshop News / What Is Prison Abolition?
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on August 05, 2018, 06:00:28 AM »
What Is Prison Abolition?

The movement that is trying to think beyond prisons as a tool to solve society?s problems.
Source: What Is Prison Abolition?
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Infoshop News / The Resurgence of Political Authoritarianism: An Interview With Noam Chomsky
« Last post by Alternative Media Project on August 05, 2018, 06:00:28 AM »
The Resurgence of Political Authoritarianism: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Following the end of World War II, liberal democracy began to flourish in most countries in the Western world, and its institutions and values were aspired to by movements and individuals under authoritarian and oppressive regimes. However, with the rise of neoliberalism, both the institutions and the values of modern democracy came rapidly and continuously under attack in an effort to extend the profit-maximizing logic and practices of capitalism throughout all aspects of economic and social life.
Source: The Resurgence of Political Authoritarianism: An Interview With Noam Chomsky
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Senate Democrats Are Breaking the Boycott Against Meeting with Trump's SCOTUS Nominee to Question Him on Documents


Since Republicans have absolutely no shame in this, Democrats have decided to go directly to the source.


Senate Democrats have been unofficially boycotting meeting with Russian asset Real Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, pending an agreement from Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley to obtain all of the documents relating to his service with President George W. Bush. Republicans have agreed to provide his documents from his service to the legal counsel office for Bush, but not for his service from 2003-06 as Bush's staff secretary, a time when he was involved with other senior administrative staff in things like figuring out how to spin torture.

Republicans are fighting the document request through a highly political process?not through the National Archives?but through Bush's legal team. By his "legal team," we mean Bill Burck. Bill Burck "also has close ties to President Trump through his current representation of Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus and Donald McGahn," as Sen. Chuck Schumer has pointed out. Yeah, the guy who is choosing which material to present for Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination is representing these guys in the Russia probe. No problem there, right?

Since Republicans have absolutely no shame in this, Democrats have decided to go directly to the source. Schumer and ranking Judiciary member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have announced that they will meet with Kavanaugh and ask him specifically to provide the records.

"In addition to questioning Judge Kavanaugh on health care, women's freedom, presidential power and other issues, Senate Democrats intend to demand that he call for and support the release of all of his files from his time in the Bush White House," a senior Democratic aide told the Washington Post. "Democrats will urge Judge Kavanaugh to ask the National Archives and President Bush to adhere to the same standard that was met for Justice [Elena] Kagan?s confirmation."

They've also made the request directly to Bush, telling him their "concern is that the Archivist of the United States, who is responsible for guiding the review and release of responsive documents, would be cut out of this new process being contemplated by Senate Republicans."

If, as is glaringly apparent, there is stuff to hide in Kavaugh's record, then they might have stronger footing in blowing up the issue having agreed to meet with him. It will also give them the ability to say they met with him, and they didn't like what they heard.

But none of this should prevent them from doing what needs to be done: refusing to attend any confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh. They need to deploy the McConnell doctrine here: no confirmations until after the election.

   

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'Ivanka, Where Are You?': MSNBC Anchor Chokes Up Pleading for Compassion for the Deported Mother and Wife of a Veteran



 
 
 



She had hoped that the Trump administration would be lenient with her because of her husband's service.


 

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle choked up Friday afternoon while discussing the case of Alejandra Juarez, a mother and wife of an Iraq War veteran who was deported earlier in the day.

Juarez entered the United States illegally about 20 years ago, but she says she thought the administration would show leniency in her case because she has no criminal record and her husband was a member of the military. Her husband, an American citizen who voted for President Donald Trump, wrote to the White House seeking a reprieve for his wife, but the deportation proceeded anyway.

MSNBC showed a clip of Juarez with her two daughters discussing the devastating impact the deportation will have on their lives.

"Three women are on that TV," Ruhel said, emotion coming through in her voice. "A mother and her two daughters. Women and girls. The person in the administration who has articulated over and over that they are passionate about supporting the advancement of women and girls is first daughter Ivanka Trump. Ivanka, where are you?" 

She continued, her voice breaking as she clearly fought back tears: "Alejandra's words to the president as she went through airport security this morning were: 'May God forgive you.' That's what she said."

Watch the clip below:







 

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Richard Mellor / Britain Labor Party: Drive out Zionism.
« Last post by Richard Mellor on August 04, 2018, 01:22:01 AM »
Britain Labor Party: Drive out Zionism.

Harry Hutchinson, Labour Northern Ireland

This latest antisemitic attack on Labour, the 3rd in the last week, perpetuates the false claims that Labour is a party of anti Jewish sentiment. 

Corbyn apologized for sharing a platform in 2010 with a holocaust survivor who compared the Israel government to Nazism. This apology comes days after Peter Willsman was asked to resign from the NEC for calling those behind these antisemitic claims as 'Trump fanatics'; all in a week that Labour was criticized for not adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-semitism.

Zionism has infiltrated the Labour Party with the aim of quelling all criticism within the party of the apartheid Israel state. Through the Israeli Embassy in London, the Israel Government has, like in the US, infiltrated British political parties, particularly Labour.

The Israel Government fears a future Labour Government will support the Palestinian cause and oppose the Zionist agenda of suppressing Palestinians from being part of the Israeli state. Netanyahu is acutely aware of the international pressure that brought down the aparthied regime in South Africa.

Corbyn and the Labour leadership have done nothing to deal with these Zionist antisemitic claims; in fact, they have exacerbated such claims, by not making the clear distinction between being anti Zionism and antisemitism.

The Labour Leadership has not come to the support of members, like Greenstein, Walker, Wadsworth, who have been expelled/ suspended for criticizing the Israeli Government, in fact Labour's foreign secretary supported the expulsion of Livingstone, as did Lansman, head of Momentum. 

Corbyn is not the victim of these antisemitic attacks, he is the benefactor. As the Labour leadership moves to the right as an election looms closer, the leadership is allowing the massive purge of members to continue, though its National Constitutional Committee. A purge of members that according to the Financial Times almost a year ago has run to over 10,000 members. This purge is not just those critical of Israel, but socialists opposed to Trident and other left activists opposed to private health companies.

The fightback against the purges is happening, like Labour against witch hunts. This fightback must also be geared against the Zionist infiltration in Labour. Zionism has no place in the mass party of the working class. 

Source: Britain Labor Party: Drive out Zionism.
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Former Federal Prosecutor Says Trump Will Likely Be an ?Unindicted Co-Conspirator' in Mueller Probe


The president is in a lot of trouble.


 

On MSNBC?s The Last Word, host Lawrence O?Donnell chronicled the overwhelming amount of evidence showing links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

?How can Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller and his staff keep up with all of the suspicious developments in the Trump relationship to Russia and Vladimir Putin?? O?Donnell asked.

O?Donnell then spoke with Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor. Her takeaway from what we?ve seen so far is that the Mueller team is likely to issue a subpoena for the President?s testimony. There?s also a high likelihood of Mueller naming President Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Russia investigation.
 

Watch:

 

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Richard Mellor / Norwegian Elevator Workers Strike Victory
« Last post by Richard Mellor on August 03, 2018, 06:01:21 AM »
Norwegian Elevator Workers Strike Victory

Facts For Working People had previously joined the international support and campaign in response to the call for solidarity from the Norwegian Elevator Constructors Union. We share the fruits of the support with our readers. Thanks to Jimmy Kelly for sharing.

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This is a battle that was assisted to victory by international solidarity of official Trades Unions. 

From: Markus Hansen <leder@heis.no>

Subject: We won the fight for the collective agreement at Orona Norway!

Dear Brothers and Sisters

After 8 weeks of strike action we have now prevailed in all of our demands. The 19 elevator mechanics have now returned to their jobs with their head held high and proud as ever. Orona is Europe´s 5th biggest elevator company, and have the biggest production capacity of all elevator companies in Europe. Orona came to Norway in 2013 and have since bought 7 companies to further expand in Norway.

Background: We decided to go on strike the 14th of May, when the Orona management refused to sign the National Agreement for Elevator Mechanics in Norway. It is the same agreement that Schindler, Thyssen, Kone and Otis already had agreed upon. (Orona was the last and only  international company in Norway that hadn´t agreed on this agreement. Also two years ago there was no one in the union as well). We also had several additional demands in addition to the collective agreement to be accepted before we would go back to work. 

The other demands was among other things; a plan to educate all personell as skilled elevator mechanics at Orona, and an own agreement regulating the use of temporary hired personell and subcontractors. For many years we had feared that Orona exploited the use of cheap, foreign labour - and this was one of the trigger points to get organised, unionised and to start the strike. To make sure that all personell gets paid the same salary no matter what country you come from was a key factor. I believe that the foreign, temporary personell was paid such less salary than a permanent hired mechanic - that this spesific demand was perhaps the most difficult one for Orona to accept. Orona have now accepted to not use subcontractors in the future, but instead use temporary labor, paid equally as permanently hired labor.

I am very happy that Orona´s management agreed upon the demands. And I hope this could trigger more workers from Orona to take the fight for collective rights in their respective countries. I have learned that this collective agreement at Orona is maybe one of the first agreements in the world at this company, lets hope there will be several more in the years to come. I would also like to wish Orona the very best in getting back into full production again as they have suffered a lot during the last two months. Hopefully this would attract more elevator mechanics to start working for Orona in the future as well.

Those 19 elevator mechanics have received a lot of support in their struggle at Orona, especially from all around the world, from you. I would like to personally thank you all for sending words of support, videos, pictures and much more. It has inspired us all and reminded us to never give up in our fight. Maybe the Orona management realised that in the end - the workers would never give up, and they had the support and strength from the elevator mechanics from the whole world.

This shows that there is strength in union, and the struggle will now continue to organise all workers and claim collective agreements everywhere in the world. The fight continues.

Attached you find the picture of the young shop stewards of the union at Orona (Kristoffer and Lars-Goran), holding the agreement they had just done with the Orona management after 13 hours of negotiations.

Sincerely, gratefully and in solidarity

Markus Hansen
President,
Norwegian Elevator Constructors Union.

Source: Norwegian Elevator Workers Strike Victory
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