Voters Prioritize Protecting Social Security

President Donald Trump is waging a war on all current and future Social Security beneficiaries. Recently, Trump ordered the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to defer the collection of payroll contributions. This was an unprecedented, unilateral action. When he announced his action, he also pledged to permanently “terminate” payroll contributions if he is reelected. What Trump didn’t mention? Payroll contributions are Social Security’s dedicated funding mechanism. If Social Security’s funding source is eliminated then, within a few years, Social Security will be legally forbidden from paying out benefits. Social Security has a reputation of being the “third rail” of politics — [...]

By |2020-08-30T15:45:15-07:00August 30th, 2020|Arizona, Economics, Elections|

WATCH: Progressive Pam Powers Hannley Hits the Hot Issues

Pamela Powers Hannley, State Rep. for LD9, presented a comprehensive, bright progressive future for Arizona at the Democrats of Greater Tucson meeting on Aug. 24, 2020. Powers Hannley was elected to the Arizona House to serve Legislative District 9 in 2016, and she is running for her third term. Among many topics, Rep. Hannley discussed: Economic and public health challenges facing the Legislature in January 2021; Envisioning a more just post-COVID19 world; and Why Arizona and the US need a Blue Wave in November 2020 to have any chance of building a more just world. As a member [...]

Infrastructure Bank Will Create 25 Million Jobs and Rebuild the Country

A coalition of labor leaders and elected local officials is calling for the creation of a $4 trillion National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) to finance infrastructure projects across the country. Based on a successful model that operated from 1932 to 1957, the new bank will make low-interest loans to state and local governments to build affordable housing, mass transit, roads, broadband, water systems, and more. The idea takes a plan from the Democratic National Platform (see p. 17). The independent federal agency will be capitalized with existing U.S. Treasury bonds and will make loans at [...]

By |2020-08-20T08:14:27-07:00August 19th, 2020|Democratic National Convention, Economics, Environment, Labor|

Report on Today’s Hispanic and Labor Councils at the Democratic Convention

This morning, as a National Delegate, I attended the Hispanic and the Labor Councils on Day One the Democratic National Convention on August 17, 2020. The following are my notes on the best comments by the speakers at the meetings. Hispanic Caucus meeting, 9 am Julian Castro, former HUD Director under Obama The Latino community is in "a state of emergency," because of COVID, said Julian Castro, former HUD director under Obama, speaking at the Labor Caucus meeting. Latinos are essential workers -- in the farm fields, meat packing plans, groceries, fast food places, and the hospitality industry. [...]

Replace Postmaster Louis Dejoy Immediately

Millions of Americans are counting on the USPS Governing Board to use their authority to replace Louis Dejoy as Postmaster General.  In the military, no one rises to the rank of general without deep knowledge and understanding of the job—and the wisdom to anticipate the consequences of actions being considered.  It is this wisdom that minimizes the likelihood of unintended consequences.  We cannot eliminate the possibility of unintended consequences totally, but we should do whatever we can to minimize them, especially in cases where the consequences have the potential to do so much harm. One arena where we continue to [...]

By |2020-08-17T19:07:13-07:00August 16th, 2020|Arizona, Commentary, Economics, Local Activism, Uncategorized|

WATCH Tucson Mayor Regina Romero at DGT Online, July 20

Mayor Romero will discuss Mayor Romero discussed: ● Local COVID-19 Response ● Her First Six Months in Office She is the first woman and first Latina Mayor of Tucson, as well as the only Latina Mayor in the 50 largest U.S. cities. She joined Arizona mayors to demand that Governor Ducey take statewide action to combat COVID-19.

Build Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan for Working Families

Joe Biden believes to his core that there’s no greater economic engine in the world than the hard work and ingenuity of the American people. Nobody has more respect for the working women and men who get up every day to build and sustain this country, or more confidence that they can meet the challenges we face. This plan is from Make no mistake: America has been knocked down. The unemployment rate is higher than it was in the Great Recession. Millions have lost jobs, hours, pay, health care, or the small business they started, through no fault of [...]

Small Business Owners React To Trump’s Comments On The Economy

This features three Pennsylvania small business owners who are asked to watch one of Mr. Trump’s economic roundtables and react to what he said during it. Reactions among the three showed a President who had no sense of reality, was a bigot, and could not relate to the struggles they are facing during COVID 19. One of the business people, a book store owner started to break down and cry because she could not receive funds from the Payroll Protection Program. Another business owner asked, “how much more do we have to endure because of the way we handle [...]

By |2020-07-17T16:15:06-07:00July 17th, 2020|Arizona, Economics, Joe Biden, President|

Video: Biden Will Build Back America

Please share this video via email and social media. The vide “This is How” tells explains the goals of the Democratic Presidential Nominee’s Economic Plan to: Rebuild the economy back better than it was before. Help working families. Support American Jobs. Bring back critical supply chains. Lower health care costs. Invest in schools. The narrator concludes: “This is a plan for working families. This is Joe Biden’s plan for the future and this is how we will rebuild a better America.”

By |2020-07-10T10:39:10-07:00July 10th, 2020|Economics, Joe Biden|

Joe Biden: ‘We’re still in a deep, deep job hole because Donald Trump’

Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Trump’s celebration of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report and urged him to stop diminishing the seriousness of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But Biden noted that 15 million Americans still remain out of work amid the crisis and argued “there’s no victory to be celebrated.” “Today’s report is positive news, and I’m thankful for it,” Biden said, “but make no mistake, we’re still in a deep, deep job hole because Donald Trump has so badly bungled the response to coronavirus.” Biden focused his remarks on lower-income Americans – "everyone [...]

By |2020-07-05T15:57:42-07:00July 5th, 2020|Economics, Joe Biden, Labor|
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