Unemployment

Tim Burchett is an actual U.S. representative from the state of Tennessee, and he apparently has no idea how unemployment insurance (UI) works. As in, we don’t (very rarely, anyway) pay people who quit their jobs. The people who are quitting are frequently applying early for Social Security and/or living off...

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  • October 15, 2021

We all love how effective Jen Psaki has been as President Joe Biden’s White House Press Secretary. This was not her best moment. Jen Psaki had the perfect opportunity to swing hard See full episodes here. It was clear why the question tripped. This type of question will continue to trip up...

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  • June 5, 2021

The reporter attempted to trip Jen Psaki with the offhanded implication that Biden is responsible for high gas prices and unconcern for the poor. Jen Psaki turns the question See full episodes here. I follow the White House press conference daily. Watching Jen Psaki navigate, answer, and even spin the press (mostly...

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  • May 24, 2021

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy represents one of the poorest districts in California, yet he opposes relief for his constituents. We must rid the House of Kevin McCarthy See full episodes here. There was a striking article titled “Biden’s aid programs help buttress McCarthy’s district despite GOP leader’s complaints about ‘socialist’ spending” in...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • May 21, 2021

Pure propaganda with more Big Lies for the Big Liar. The Trumpian alternative universe is touted in Elise Stefanik’s opening speech as the new GOP Conference Chair. LOL about “the far left, radical socialist policies of President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” In comparison with Liz Cheney, she’s an...

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  • May 14, 2021

Among the countless examples of inane “Washington group-think” is the notion that only Democrats have to “pay for” their legislative priorities (i.e., enact corresponding tax increases and/or spending cuts to match the costs of new programs).   Republicans do not remotely consider themselves so constrained — in part because they also are...

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  • May 13, 2021

The usual handicapping for a new Fed Chair is happening, but likely it’s too early. Lael Brainard and William Spriggs would be front-runners. Jay Powell's term is up next February, when Biden can choose to extend his appointment. We’ll know so much more then, what with a looming recession. x Biden...

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  • May 11, 2021

President Joe Biden has well-crafted speeches. In this one, he made it clear that employers need to step up and pay a living wage. President Joe Biden, a living wage by another means? See full episodes here. As I listened to Joe Biden’s speech, I was taken aback at first. It seemed for a...

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  • May 10, 2021

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: On March 9th the United States House of Representatives passed H.R.842, Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2021, known as the PRO Act. The PRO Act vastly expands labor protections related to employees' rights to organize and collectively bargain in the workplace....

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  • May 9, 2021

MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle did not mince her words. She pointed out that businesses should pay more if they want more workers. Full stop. Stephanie Ruhle makes a lot of sense. See full episodes here. Today’s jobs report is out and it is not what was expected. Many thought that over one million...

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  • May 8, 2021
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Not surprised by this: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is a rising star in the Republican Party. But many of his former staffers told Politico they felt used and abused by the MAGA politician. A group of former DeSantis staffers have formed a “support group” to regularly discuss their adverse experiences...

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  • May 7, 2021

Joe Biden did not allow the GOP to drive a narrative blaming the rescue plan and lazy workers. He came out swinging. Biden gets ahead of the false employment narrative x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. So far, President Joe Biden are making mostly the right moves. Today’s jobs...

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  • May 7, 2021

Senator Tim Scott was willing to allow the Republican Party to make him a sacrificial lamb. Tiffany Cross called out Scott like no other. Tiffany Cross makes minced meat out of Tim Scott’s silly statement. See full episodes here. Tiffany Cross was justifiably not kind to Tim Scott. Nor should...

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  • May 2, 2021

The raison d'être of the Republican Party for much of the past 100 years has been to slam the brakes on anything that would make the poor and middle class feel more secure and prosperous.  Look at the list of popular government programs and initiatives they’ve decried as “socialism”: unemployment insurance, Social Security,...

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  • May 1, 2021

A little over a year ago, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham postured that helping out hungry Americans would make them lazy. “Very few people would choose work over unemployment benefits that provided moderately more money,” said Graham. Not only was this an attack on those in need but their work ethic...

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  • April 30, 2021

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain threw shade at Sen. Tim Scott’s attempt to minimize President Biden’s early successes at presidential address. Epic! Tim Scott’s dis of presidential address ‘shaded’ See full episodes here. The Republican Party sacrificed one of the few Republicans left, recoverable from the Trump sycophancy...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • April 30, 2021

Whether it’s soccer teams or sandwich shops, financialization was there before the pandemic, only making some of its supply-chain hijacking yet another example of an impending capitalist disaster. Re-regulation must remain important as crises loom in the post-pandemic recovery.  A 2017 interview with UMass’s Gerald Epstein points to the need to...

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  • April 25, 2021

“As in the Times Op-Ed from which the book originated, the title refers to the results of studies conducted in Germany from the mid-nineteen-eighties onward, which reported, among other intriguing findings, that eighty per cent of East German women always experienced orgasm during sex, compared to sixty-three per cent of...

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  • April 8, 2021

A confident Joe Biden responded to a reporter’s comment that Mitch McConnell said he would fight the bill at every turn was epic. Joe Biden challenges Republicans. See full episodes here. President Joe Biden got some excellent news today. Hiring accelerated last month as U.S. employers added 916,000 workers to their...

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  • April 2, 2021

Remember Infrastructure Week? It’s coming back—this time without an infrastructure weakling deflating the promise of a newly rebuilt America. Joe Biden is set to unveil his sweeping $3 trillion infrastructure plan, and according to Axios, top economists are simply “giddy” about its prospects. Of course, Republicans understand Keynesian economics as...

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  • March 29, 2021

Assuming Jason Miller is a real person and not a failed Soviet-era experiment to cross the human genome with the formula for Axe Body Spray, he appears to be in some trouble. According to The Guardian, the former former-guy spox, who impregnated another Trump campaign adviser while engaging in an...

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  • March 25, 2021

On this panel, Paul Krugman gets it right as Larry Summers continues his attack on the American Rescue Plan. He complains about workers getting a break. Paul Krugman & Larry summers on the American Rescue Plan See full episodes here. Yesterday I wrote a piece critical of ThisWeek’s host George...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • March 15, 2021

After Sean Spicer, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Grisham, and Kayleigh McEnany, anyone or anything would have been an upgrade as press secretary. A wheel of Gorgonzola with a Furby chip jammed into it would have been better. But, luckily, we did much better. Biden’s first press secretary, Jen Psaki, is knowledgeable,...

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  • Avatar of Aldous Pennyfarthing
  • March 13, 2021

Both Jake Tapper & Martha Raddatz grilled Joe Manchin on why a Senator from a poor state would limit their income and on the filibuster. He gave willfully naive answers. Joe Manchin: Willfully naive answers See full episodes here. Jake Tapper immediately pointed out the inconvenient truth about Joe Manchin’s constituency....

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • March 7, 2021

One of the few silver linings of this deadly pandemic will hopefully be the final death of the myth that the stock market is, in any way, a barometer of national prosperity. The S&P 500 has been booming, even with over half a million COVID-19 deaths, alongside record unemployment and...

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  • March 6, 2021

It’s been a long and very busy week for me, hence why I haven’t been posting a lot of diaries. But I just wanted to pass this along: 'No idea what he's doing': Manchin perplexes with Covid aid power play In the end, it took a direct call from President...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • March 6, 2021

Republican Politicians, completely against their voters’ attempt to mislead on the COVID Relief Bill. Hallie Jackson checked Sen. Braun. Hallie Jackson checked another misleading Republican Senator. See full episodes here. Hallie Jackson is a real journalist. She is not a stranger to lying and misleading politicians. She generally does not allow them...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • March 5, 2021

Some big news today: x 🚨I'm leading Senate Democrats in pressing the Biden administration to include an automatic extension of unemployment benefits tied to economic conditions in the next round of COVID relief. We need to get workers off the financial roller coaster, and this is the way to do...

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  • March 2, 2021

W.H. Press Secretary Jen Psaki squashes the talking point Republicans have infused in the mainstream media about COVID Relief Bill bipartisanship. Jen Psaki relentlessly on proper narrative See full episodes here. For too long, White House Press Secretaries, Democratic politicians, and Progressives have allowed the Republicans to define their policies’ narrative via...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • February 28, 2021

The anticipated Trump 2024 grift begins as he also gets closer to real prosecution in New York. Remember that “the biggest story today should be the fact that every House Republican just voted against $1,400 stimulus checks, funding to reopen schools, and unemployment benefits, legislation that 76% of Americans support.”...

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  • February 27, 2021

Sadly too many Americans allow the con from Republicans on spending. Ali Velshi exposes what is hidden in plain sight that should give us pause. Ali Velshi exposes Republicans, Mitch McConnell See full episodes here. The House of Representatives passed the COVID-19 relief bill. The House passed its $1.9 trillion...

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  • February 27, 2021

This is awesome: As Gov. Ron DeSantis sets his sights on a gubernatorial reelection bid in 2022, an attorney who’s been critical of the governor has launched a “Remove Ron” political committee to raise funds and unseat DeSantis. Daniel Uhlfelder, known as the ‘grim reaper’ lawyer because of his attempts...

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • February 18, 2021

Let real wages (of $15+/hour) grow faster than labor productivity for some years, undoing the wage repression of the last decades. We have been misled by neoliberal economics for now many decades, it’s time to turn many things around in what is becoming a second-rated US economy, recently crippled by the...

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  • February 9, 2021

Oh, this is beyond delicious. Like a giant tub of Red Vines cascading down my Twizzlers-hole like a … this simile has gotten away from me. Never mind. Anyway. Delicious. The National Review’s Kevin D. Williamson. Witless Ape Rides Helicopter Well, that sucked. Memo to MAGA and all its myriad fellow-travelers: Maybe Death...

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  • January 22, 2021

Donald Trump is gone, but the gaslighting on his behalf continues. Rep. Steve Scalise is trying to plant this little brain parasite in our heads so we all think the Trump administration wasn’t the unending series of surprise late-night taint waxings we all perceived it to be: x Biden wants...

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  • January 21, 2021

This post in the Anticapitalist Chat supports a group reading of Karl Marx’s Capital Vol 1. #GoodMorningMarx #WeeklyMarx Reproduction and accumulation Capital is “self-valorising value”. But for capital to continue to generate new value and create surplus-value, this surplus-value must itself by reinvested back into production – that is, surplus-value must be...

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  • January 4, 2021

One of the cardinal sins of commentary writing is not to name-call or insult your readers with invectives. In this case, I am going to purposefully violate the rules, I am not sure how else to label the 126 Republican members of the United States House of Representatives and at...

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  • December 28, 2020

Trump’s staff may have tricked him into thinking he has a line-item veto. Attention-seeking becomes purer for the desperate POTUS*. Trump dithered because he thinks that improves an “unpredictability” brand that shines the turd of incompetence. Trying to make indecisiveness a fashion statement only works when horseshoes are hand grenades. One...

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  • December 28, 2020

With a very effective message, Scott Galloway, the author of Post Corona effectively takes down a system that puts corporations ahead of people. “Post Corona” author hits the nail on the head x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. MSNBC Host Stephanie Ruhle asked NYU Professor and author of “Post Corona:...

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  • Avatar of Egberto Willies
  • December 27, 2020

I read this article with trepidation because Democrats can easily win 60% just being who we say we are. Republicans lie about what Democrats will do to them. Democrats tell Americans what Republicans won’t allow them to do for them. Democrats see Republicans gaining among key voting groups, despite Biden's...

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  • December 21, 2020

Tom Vilsack returns to the position he held during the Obama administration at USDA. Why hasn’t the pandemic compelled a rethinking of factory farming. Changing trends toward sustainability must show that the structure of industry needs to change. We’ll see. At least Biden is motivated by actual contacts rather than seeing...

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  • December 9, 2020

Thankfully the new administration will steer the economy to a place quite unlike the disaster that Trump had pointed the nation. x Long-term unemployment is up 2.32 million since Sept – the largest 3 month increase since data was first kept in 1948. Long-term UE causes the most lasting human...

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  • December 5, 2020

It’s hard to argue that any citizens have been more targeted under the Trump administration than those living in Democratic-led states, which was by Donald Trump’s own vindictive design. Whether it was singling them out for punishment with tax legislation, stealing their medical supplies, holding out disaster relief, or even attacking their...

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  • December 4, 2020

Joe Scarborough stumbles onto some truths. West Wing star tells the truth about Canada’s Medicare-for-All. Americans are suffering. Does Joe Scarborough have an inconvenient truth? x x YouTube Video Politics Done Right Live weekdays @ 3:00 PM Central Video Zoom: LINK — Live Calls: (346)248-7799 ID:254 0 9091 Topics: Joe Scarborough...

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  • November 27, 2020
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I’m all in for this: President-elect Joe Biden will join the lineup of influential Democrats involved in Georgia's ongoing senatorial campaigns, according to his recently-named forthcoming chief of staff. Ron Klain—who will formally step into the role when become Biden assumes office in January—discussed the outcomes of Georgia's two runoff...

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  • November 16, 2020

This has been a busy post-election week for me at work and I have a lot more diaries I want to write about this past election and the upcoming Governor elections inn 2021 and of course, the 2022 midterms. Right now, I am laser focused on helping Jon Ossoff (D....

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  • Avatar of Sam Sero
  • November 13, 2020

The Other 98% shared this commentary about Sue Republican. Sue hates the libtards. Sue hates the government. Sue is a Republican, and she loves Donald Trump. Sue gets up at 6 a.m. and fills her coffeepot with water to prepare her morning coffee. The water is clean and good because...

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  • October 28, 2020

Little Lord Fauntleroy has an urgent message for Black Americans: You must appreciate everything Donald Trump has done for you! Why are you complaining? The Great Ocher Oz has spoken! Bloomberg: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said Black people must “want to be successful” in order...

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  • October 26, 2020

The war on Xmas continues as Santas aren’t essential workers, but VP Pence is, ignoring the guidelines to quarantine after being exposed to not an insignificant number of staffers infected by COVID19. Elves and Mrs. Claus could still be included in the unemployment figures for vaccine promotion. Despair still must...

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  • October 26, 2020
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Larry Kudlow continues the underlying theme of Trumpian nihilism and its trickle-down contagion of pixie dust and pseudoscience. Trump continues to see his numbers decline as his campaign put him on a superspreader rally schedule, attempting to repeat his 2016 victory of 155,000 votes in swing states while trailing 3 million...

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  • October 25, 2020