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>Are Public Workers Really the "Villains" Or Are They Being Scapegoated By Politicians

>In this second clip from last night’s Rachel Maddow Show,which also features Gov. Chris Christie prominently, guest host Chris Hayes, DC Editor of The Nation magazine focuses on whether or not the mindless and faceless members of public employee unions are the real culprits behind the $100 billion budget shortfall that States throughout the country are facing.

Speaking of teachers, fireman, policeman and others, guest Dorrin Warren an Assistant Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University states, …” I think that as soon as you dehumanize and disassociate from real human beings it makes it easy to create a villain to attack…I think this is a convenient attack instead of focusing on the real villains of economic crisis, bankers, Wall Street, of actual people that made decisions that put us where we are today, its much easier to create new villains out of public sector workers, who are police officer, teachers, firefighters, who are our neighbors, our friends, our relatives.”

The bottom line in all this simple, if the $8 trillion dollar housing bubble did not burst and the state of economy was not as it is today, than politicians would not be going after public workers they way that they have. As stated in the report public workers salaries on average across the nation is ~4% less than private employee salaries, it’s states like NJ that have shorted public pension systems over the years that have created much of this problem themselves and are attempting to skirt the responsibilities and promises that they have made to their employees.

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>Is Chris Christie’s Star Falling From The Republican Sky?

>Sitting in as host for last night’s edition of the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC was Chris Hayes, DC Editor for the Nation Magazine. Hayes featured two segments on last night show that dealt with NJ Governor Chris Christie (our pal).

This first segment below deals with the latest falling star in the Republican sky that is quickly becoming know around NJ and the Country as Chris Christie.

Hayes comments “… what a good guy that Chris Christie choosing the voters hifs state over the glory of the national ticket how do the new jersey voters feel about him? after hovering at about 50% approval for most of his first year as governor the latest poll has governor christie at 46%. that was before he had to deal with the spectacularly bad optics of his current political headache the post christmas blizzard that happened in his state while he was far away on vacation at disney world. in typical christie fashion he refused to apologize for leaving his state in other hands using his own kids as political cover… what a good guy that chris christie choosing the voters hifs state over the glory of the national ticket how do the new jersey voters feel about him? after hovering at about 50% approval for most of his first year as governor the latest poll has governor christie at 46%. that was before he had to deal with the spectacularly bad optics of his current political headache the post christmas blizzard that happened in his state while he was far away on vacation at disney world. in typical christie fashion he refused to apologize for leaving his state in other hands using his own kids as political cover.”

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>Can the Grand Old (Tea) Party Win in November?

>Nice article written by John Nickles over at the Nation.com about the sudden turn of events that has now made Democratic prospect for the November elections and retaining control of the US Senate much more likely thanks to Republican voters that chose extreme right-wing TEA Party backed candidates in Alaska, Delaware, Nevada and elsewhere over more mainstream GOP candidates:

Did the Tea Party movement just snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in Delaware?

In a word: Yes.

Just as wins by extreme right-wingers in Republican primaries in Nevada, Alaska and other states have renewed the hopes of Democrats in Senate races where they looked to be doomed, Delaware Republicans just ditched a seemingly certain November winner for a likely loser.

On a night when the Tea Party movement scored some big wins over candidates of the Republican establishment—in races for governor of New York and perhaps for New Hampshire’s open US Senate seat—the most dramatic victory for the frenzied right came in Delaware, where Tea Party heroine Christine O’Donnell upset Congressman Mike Castle for the party’s Senate nod.

Former White House political czar Karl Rove, who describes the Republican nominee for the US Senate from that state, Christine O’Donnell, as someone who “says a lot of nutty things,” was arguing that the GOP just lost a Senate race.

“We were looking at eight to nine seats in the Senate. We’re now looking at seven to eight in my opinion,” Rove said Tuesday night. “This is not a race we are going to be able to win.”

But consider those numbers: What Rove is saying is that, with the Delaware result, Republicans may have lost much more than the Senate race in a single state….

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Bailouts for Bankers, Not a Cent for Autoworkers

John Nichols, The Nation

This is the part of our nation’s surreal economic crisis that seems particularly surreal:
The U.S. auto industry, which employs 3 million Americans in auto plants, parts and supplier networks and dealerships nationwide is broadly understood as being essential to maintaining America as an industrial force. It’s financial collapse, which even critics of moves to bailout the industry suggest is imminent, would devastate workers, retirees and communities in every state of the nation. Despite the grumbling from anti-union zealots, the auto giants have radically retooled in a manner that makes the cost of producing a vehicle at a unionized plant of General Motors, Ford or Chrysler roughly equivalent to the cost of running a car off the line at a non-union plant. And to top it all off: Auto plants actually produce something that most Americans consider to be useful.
Yet, proposals to provide what now seems to be a very small bailout — $25 billion — are currently stalled.
At the same time, the whole of the federal government is scrambling to buy as much as $50 billion in “toxic assets” — bad loans and other products of irresponsible financial practices that are of dubious value — from Citigroup, a global banking concern that makes money by charging working families exorbitant interest rates for credit. According to the Wall Street Journal, “[The move to protect the banking concern] would mean taxpayers could be on the hook if Citicorp’s massive portfolios of mortgage, credit cards, commercial real-estate and big corporate loans continue to sour.”
Perhaps, in some wild calculation of American interest, Citicorp is worthy of a bailout.
But what mad calculus would make Citigroup more worthy than the auto industry?
And why the urgency with regard to Citigroup and the casual disengagement with regard to the industrial giants that, for all their flaws and perils, remain what Barack Obama correctly described as “the backbone of American manufacturing”?
Something is fundamentally wrong with a federal government that offers bankers a bailout and autoworkers as cold shoulder.

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>Bailouts for Bankers, Not a Cent for Autoworkers

>John Nichols, The Nation

This is the part of our nation’s surreal economic crisis that seems particularly surreal:
The U.S. auto industry, which employs 3 million Americans in auto plants, parts and supplier networks and dealerships nationwide is broadly understood as being essential to maintaining America as an industrial force. It’s financial collapse, which even critics of moves to bailout the industry suggest is imminent, would devastate workers, retirees and communities in every state of the nation. Despite the grumbling from anti-union zealots, the auto giants have radically retooled in a manner that makes the cost of producing a vehicle at a unionized plant of General Motors, Ford or Chrysler roughly equivalent to the cost of running a car off the line at a non-union plant. And to top it all off: Auto plants actually produce something that most Americans consider to be useful.
Yet, proposals to provide what now seems to be a very small bailout — $25 billion — are currently stalled.
At the same time, the whole of the federal government is scrambling to buy as much as $50 billion in “toxic assets” — bad loans and other products of irresponsible financial practices that are of dubious value — from Citigroup, a global banking concern that makes money by charging working families exorbitant interest rates for credit. According to the Wall Street Journal, “[The move to protect the banking concern] would mean taxpayers could be on the hook if Citicorp’s massive portfolios of mortgage, credit cards, commercial real-estate and big corporate loans continue to sour.”
Perhaps, in some wild calculation of American interest, Citicorp is worthy of a bailout.
But what mad calculus would make Citigroup more worthy than the auto industry?
And why the urgency with regard to Citigroup and the casual disengagement with regard to the industrial giants that, for all their flaws and perils, remain what Barack Obama correctly described as “the backbone of American manufacturing”?
Something is fundamentally wrong with a federal government that offers bankers a bailout and autoworkers as cold shoulder.

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Democrats "looove" Joe Biden

Obama’s New Southern Strategy: Send Biden
by BOB MOSER – The Nation

No matter how much I hooted and mooed when Bill Clinton slithered on stage last night to nourish his ego afresh, I couldn’t help cracking a smile of recognition when Bubba brought out his slowest drawl to declare, “I looove Joe Biden.”

I have been hearing that exact same phrase, drawn out just the same way, from Southern delegates all week when I asked them about Obama’s number two. “Oh, we looove Joe Biden,” they say, almost always adding that they love him because he just comes on out and says it, consequences be damned. It’s been a while since anybody in Dixie was saying such things about a Democrat on the ticket. And it counts as just about the highest compliment a politician can get down there.

Biden’s big speech was hardly a classic from start to finish. But what a start: His son Beau (the new heartthrob of the Democratic set–at least my set) got the waterworks going, and Biden kept it flowing for a good while–until that awful “More of the Same” refrain came a-clunking, with the Democrats holding signs bearing the wretched phrase, waving them on cue as if they were auditioning for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. I almost like Biden better for fumbling those pedestrian lines.

But when Biden means it, you know it–and the things he meant last night, he said with a kind of conviction and sincerity that the ’90s version of a Democratic populist, ol’ Bill, can only match in his rarest performances. Biden looks a lot like Barack Obama’s Bill Clinton–a guy who speaks the kind of American that Democrats in the South and the Midwest can hear. While the general consensus about “using Bill” has been “send him to Appalachia,” Biden just might be able to relieve Bubba of that duty and make a fresher case for Obama and the Democrats.

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>Democrats "looove" Joe Biden

>Obama’s New Southern Strategy: Send Biden
by BOB MOSER – The Nation

No matter how much I hooted and mooed when Bill Clinton slithered on stage last night to nourish his ego afresh, I couldn’t help cracking a smile of recognition when Bubba brought out his slowest drawl to declare, “I looove Joe Biden.”

I have been hearing that exact same phrase, drawn out just the same way, from Southern delegates all week when I asked them about Obama’s number two. “Oh, we looove Joe Biden,” they say, almost always adding that they love him because he just comes on out and says it, consequences be damned. It’s been a while since anybody in Dixie was saying such things about a Democrat on the ticket. And it counts as just about the highest compliment a politician can get down there.

Biden’s big speech was hardly a classic from start to finish. But what a start: His son Beau (the new heartthrob of the Democratic set–at least my set) got the waterworks going, and Biden kept it flowing for a good while–until that awful “More of the Same” refrain came a-clunking, with the Democrats holding signs bearing the wretched phrase, waving them on cue as if they were auditioning for the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. I almost like Biden better for fumbling those pedestrian lines.

But when Biden means it, you know it–and the things he meant last night, he said with a kind of conviction and sincerity that the ’90s version of a Democratic populist, ol’ Bill, can only match in his rarest performances. Biden looks a lot like Barack Obama’s Bill Clinton–a guy who speaks the kind of American that Democrats in the South and the Midwest can hear. While the general consensus about “using Bill” has been “send him to Appalachia,” Biden just might be able to relieve Bubba of that duty and make a fresher case for Obama and the Democrats.

To read more of this article click onto the headline.

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