The Media Auto Know Better: Fueling Anti-Union Fires

My local newspaper editor, as he does regularly, once again attacked unions as the problem in America. This is the same editor who once said “all the laziest goof-offs and goldbricks in the newsroom” where he began his career were union officials—and that the unionized New York Times editorial writers are nothing more than “limousine liberals.” For this most recent attack, two days after Thanksgiving, he combined the economy with what he believes are greedy unions. “[L]abor unions and their leaders are . . . distorting the truth about the American workplace,” wrote the editor. First he set up Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, who said that “Tens of millions of Americans are working harder than … Continue reading

Detroit’s Big Three: Actual CEO Opening Statements To Congress

I’ve been pounding an unpopular table in several places trying to show people that a $25 Billion investment/loan is critical for the US and makes common sense. I’ve taken a couple of days off from working on the subject. Today, I’ve finally found the opening statements of all three automakers to Congress. I’m providing them below as they offer more understanding of the automakers request of the Congress. They better frame the extent of the influence they collectively have in the American economy, the steps already in progress to reshape their product lines and their operating costs. Each of these automaker CEO’s brings, at one point or another a different fact or figure that flesh out a better understanding of … Continue reading

How To Cap Off The Election — A Modest Suggestion

My regular readers will recall the Phrygian cap*, which the “Sons of Liberty” adopted about 1766 as the emblem of our Revolution. Many of the militia who served in the Revolutionary War wore the “Liberty cap” with “Liberty” or “Liberty or Death” or “Congress” embroidered on the headband. [* “Who Stole Our American Hat?” 9 Sept 08] You don’t see that much in the movies, of course. Nor, does the “Liberty cap” mean much anymore — although at one time, it was not only the emblem of the American Revolution, but was incorporated into the coats of arms of several states (New York and New Jersey, for instance) and chunks of the federal government. The Liberty cap is at the … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving To All

For me, and I’m certain for every reader, this is a day to say thanks for the good things in our lives. I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving day with friends and family. Everyday, if nothing else, we have the gift of sunrise.

Thanking Sarah Palin

Part 2, in which battling spokespersons collude like you wouldn’t believe. (Part i was yesterday’s “Moving America Bass-ackwards“) They are the political equivalent of unscrupulous telemarketers or internet phishers: This week, they’re a prince from Nigeria; the next, they’re telling you that you’ve won the Liechtensteiner lottery, or they’re from your bank checking your account, they’re checking on the “warranty” for your car (that went off warranty years ago), they’re telling you that you’ve won a free vacation, they’re “saving” children from starving in Africa, raising money for another good cause … anything to get your vote, or — perhaps more importantly — your money. Let’s follow a couple of these shape-shifters. We begin with MSNBC on Monday, as a … Continue reading

Mumbai Attacked In 8 Locations

All we know, from all sources is that there have been 8 attacks in the city. MSNBC and CNN are reporting a minimum of 900 people injured and a minimum of 80-90 deaths. Some of the attackers have been killed and captured by security agencies. Other’s are holed up at the TAJ Hotel on the 6th floor which is also on fire. The reporting is happening too fast for DemDaily to keep you current. Please watch your favorite news channel. We call it terrorism and yet it’s literally injury and murder by a bunch of young thugs and murders.There are hostages. Pray for the hostages and injured.

White House pressures mayors on greenhouse gas emissions

He may be the lamest of lame ducks, but George W. Bush is still doing immense damage. Consider: As the Bush administration prepares to issue its ruling on whether to limit greenhouse gases, it’s sending out a message to some of its allies: Tell us how much you don’t want us to regulate emissions linked to global warming. Last week, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs sent an e-mail to mayors reminding them that time was running out if they wanted to comment on the proposal the administration issued in July, which laid out how the government might curb greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. A 2007 Supreme Court decision required the Environmental Protection Agency to issue such … Continue reading

Detroit Part 4 : Necessary Leadership and Reality

[First, let me say these are my own suggestions to help the situation. These are the changes I wish to see in the automakers.  I will be doing more fact based writing, fully resourced, in the next few days. I agree with Rachel Maddow (video) that the attack on the UAW and the automakers could begin a time where white collar workers are far more valued than blue-collar workers. The fallacies being used as fact about the UAW, as just one example, taint the debate in all communities whether progressive left, center or  moderate right. We can only deal with the overall situation in the US, and our trade relationships around the world, from a fact-based, reality based perspective. This means digging … Continue reading