“Won’t Back Down” Film Pushes ALEC Parent Trigger Proposal | PR Watch

Follow the money…

Well-funded advocates of privatizing the nation’s education system are employing a new strategy this fall to enlist support for the cause. The emotionally engaging Hollywood film “Won’t Back Down” — set for release September 28 — portrays so-called “Parent Trigger” laws as an effective mechanism for transforming underperforming public schools. But the film’s distortion of the facts prompts a closer examination of its funders and backers and a closer look at those promoting Parent Trigger as a cure for what ails the American education system.

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15 Quotes In Support Of Labor | Addicting Info

In honor of Labor Day, a tribute to labor by Stephen D. Foster Jr. at Addicting Info;

Labor unions are important. The American worker has a lot of things to thank the efforts of organized labor for. The 40 hour work week, pensions, health care, and the minimum wage are just a few things that unions have fought for on behalf of the American worker. Corporations are now on the verge of destroying unions and seek to strip away the right to organize and strike. To this effort, corporate bosses and their Republican puppets are falsely blaming organized labor for the problems in our economy. But labor unions are not the problem. Corporations are. The following quotes demonstrate support for labor unions. Many of them stated by former Presidents.

1.”Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

~Abraham Lincoln

2. “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” ~Ronald Reagan

3. “The laboring classes constitute the main part of our population. They should be protected in their efforts peaceably to assert their rights when endangered by aggregated capital, and all statutes on this subject should recognize the care of the State for honest toil, and be framed with a view of improving the condition of the workingman.”

~Grover Cleveland

4. “It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

5. “If I went to work in a factory the first thing I’d do is join a union.”

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

6. “All wealth is the product of labor.”

~John Locke

7. “Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.”

~John L. Lewis

8. “It is one of the characteristics of a free and democratic nation that it have free and independent labor unions.”

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

9. “Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right to join the union of their choice.”

~Dwight D. Eisenhower

10. “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”

~Martin Luther King Jr

11. “Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions.  One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.”

~Molly Ivins

12. “Every advance in this half-century:  Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education…  one after another- came with the support and leadership of American Labor.”

~Jimmy Carter

13. “The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.”

~John F. Kennedy

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Romney’s Independence Day Advice: Buy Foreign

A message from Leo W. Gerard, the international president of the United Steelworkers:

America commemorates its Independence Day this week with food, festivity and fireworks. To supply these events, Mitt Romney recommends: Buy foreign.

Americans naturally think the patriotic choice would be to buy American. But for Romney, capitalism trumps patriotism. Romney goes where the money is. He made big bucks as CEO of Bain Capital by investing in a series of companies that specialized in shipping American jobs offshore. For him, it’s fine to kill an American job as long as he can make a buck on it.

Americans must decide. Do they pledge allegiance to money-grubbing? Or do they pledge allegiance to the United States of America? If it’s the United States, then on this Independence Day, demonstrate patriotic pride by deliberately buying American. Search for that “Made in USA” label. Pick the product that will create American jobs, the one that is an investment in an American company and the American economy.

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Well, It May Be Time To Face The Fact That We Need Labor Unions… – Business Insider

Even though the author of this article claims to have “always hated labor unions”…

…we’ve now developed a bigger problem in this country.

Namely, we’ve developed inequality so extreme that it is worse than any time since the late 1920s (just before the Great Depression).

Leaving aside fairness, what this inequality does is hurt the main purchasing-power engine of the US economy–the strong middle class.

(Although the 1% likes to think of itself as investing the capital and “creating the jobs” that employ the rest of the country, this is a consensual hallucination. Jobs in this economy only exist because there are customers who can afford to buy the products. And customers can’t buy products if they don’t have any money. See: Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction The Rich People Create Jobs)

So, for the sake of the economy, we have to fix this inequality problem.

more at Well, It May Be Time To Face The Fact That We Need Labor Unions… – Business Insider.