When Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) walks into the Connecticut AFL-CIO convention this week, his 84 percent pro-labor lifetime voting record will be his calling card. Yet, Connecticut’s labor unions have taken a strong stand in opposition to the Bush administration’s war on Iraq, which Lieberman unabashedly supports, and questions are sure to arise.
“The question isn’t whether we can afford to have universal, single-payer health care; the question is, can we afford not to?” reads the first resolution passed by the United Auto Workers convention this week.
As politicians wrangle over an overhaul of the tax system in Puerto Rico in order to avoid a budget crisis similar to the one that closed down the country’s schools and many government services for two weeks in May, the people are expressing their lack of confidence in the colonialist parties. Their attitudes are evident in public opinion polls and in the decision by increasing numbers to emigrate.
Labor’s potential strength is mighty, greater than any other social force on earth, because of what workers produce worldwide and because labor represents the interests of the overwhelming majority of humanity. The current attacks on labor are driven by capitalism’s deepening contradictions, its growing weakness, not strength.
WASHINGTON — The ultra-right is hopping mad that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) joined with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a sharp protest to President George W. Bush for the FBI’s raid on the Capitol Hill offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.).
Interview with Salam Ali, Member of the Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party, published by Nameh Mardom, central organ of the Tudeh Party of Iran, 26 May 2006, Issue No. 739
National attention is focusing on the June 6 special election in California’s 50th Congressional District, north of San Diego, to replace Republican Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham. Cunningham is now in prison after pleading guilty to taking bribes.
If you make $1-million-plus a year, you’ll be happy with the Republican tax bill signed by President Bush May 17. You’re set to save another $43,000.
George W. Bush’s speech to the nation on May 15, 2006 highlighting deployment of the National Guard to the Mexican border represents an aggressive policy of racist, anti-immigrant demonization and hysteria.
Hating Barry Bonds has become a national passion—or so the very sportswriters who have whipped up this hate tell us. What they don’t tell us is that this passion is prevalent almost exclusively among a few white men.