Berry Craig: History is plain about what has most benefitted the working class: unions and New Deal-style government action on our behalf. A big part of the New Deal guaranteed our right to organize unions and bargain collectively for better wages, hours, working conditions and benefits.
Berry Craig: So-called right to work laws amount to freeloading because they permit employees at a unionized workplace to enjoy union-won wages and benefits without belonging to the union and paying union dues.
Berry Craig: The GOP is using same sort of fakery white supremacist Democrats used when they disfranchised blacks with poll taxes, property requirements for voting and grandfather laws, all the while claiming such devices weren’t racially motivated.
Berry Craig: All that matters to Rick Perry’s people is that politicians have “common sense” on issues like what one of my union buddies calls “the Four Gs – God (love), guns (love), gays (not love) and government (not love, except for the military).”
Berry Craig: Mum was the word from Republicans like Sensenbrenner when their guy in the White House collected the same sort of phone call data. The Bush administration said it was crucial to the “war on terror.”
Berry Craig: From the start, right-wing groups used “Obamacare” as a slur for the president’s health care program. Ultimately, Obama and the Democrats embraced it. “You want to call it Obamacare — that’s okay, because I do care,” the president said.
Berry Craig: Called the “Ride for Respect,” the demonstration at Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be modeled on civil rights volunteers who rode buses into the South in the 1960s to protest Jim Crow racial injustice.
Berry Craig: We are getting closer to that “more perfect union” the constitution was supposed to make us. Far more people enjoy “the blessings of liberty” cited in our national charter than they did in Washington’s day.
Berry Craig: Reporters would do well to skip the chicken salad and start asking, Where’s the beef? The main course should be about McConnell’s politics of slime and smear, not how the tape recording whodunit.
Berry Craig: Peabody, Arch and Patriot Coal appear willing to stand by and do nothing as these brave miners and their spouses suffer and die from their work-caused illnesses and injuries without the health care these companies promised them.
Berry Craig: Some of the DINOs will lambast “liberal unelected judges” if the courts toss out the “religious freedom” law. Bless their hearts, these DINOs still won’t get to first base with the Lee-leaning “You can’t be a Christian and a Democrat” crowd.
Berry Craig: More than a few of Paul’s tea party boosters don’t shy from Obama-Hitler comparisons. They love Paul’s Hitler rants and his raves about how government run by “socialist” Democrats — and even “statist” Republicans — imperils “freedom.”
Berry Craig: Polls show the Republicans are about as popular as a wet dog at a wedding in most parts of the country. Even so, count me not among lefties who think the sequester snafu is the last nail in the GOP coffin.
Berry Craig: Mitch McConnell is anti-worker and anti-union and we need political leaders in Kentucky who are here for us. Unions work well for Kentucky but Mitch McConnell doesn’t work well for unions.
Berry Craig: One of the strangest—and for me, most annoying—perversions of politics in the Obama era is the meme pursued by so many on the right suggesting that this president is a raging socialist who seeks to install a permanent welfare state in America—despite all evidence to the contrary
Berry Craig: The well-heeled Rand Paul was not named for Ayn Rand, as has been claimed. But he shares her deep disdain for government programs designed to help the poor, the elderly and the working class.