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The ReRushlican Whiners


That was the sound coming from the right wing ReRushlicans in the U.S. House of Representatives as they cried and whined as the Democrats passed the Economic Recovery bill.

That's after each and every ReRushlican voted no. Their ReRushlican party leader, Rush Limbaugh, wouldn't let even one of them do the right thing. Afterall, a ReRushlican, as you well know, would never vote for anything unless it would cause human pain, misery, suffering or death.

Then, today, President Barack Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Bill which will make it easier for employees to sue for wage discrimination, a measure he said is an important step toward "fundamental fairness" for U.S. workers. That made befuddled ReRushlicans cry even more knowing that now, women will get equal pay for equal work.

The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) also passed without help from the ReRushlicans. How could they ever be expected to vote for a bill that…

How the Economic Recovery Act would help seniors


1. COBRA - The House Ways and Means Committee approved COBRA health care continuation provisions included in its economic stimulus bill last week. In addition to a provision requiring the government to essentially pay 65% of the premium for up to 12 months for individuals laid off from September 1, 2008 – December 31, 2009, this bill would directly affect older Americans by allowing employees age 55 and older to retain COBRA coverage, without the subsidy, until they are eligible for Medicare.

2. Jobs for Older Americans - $120 million for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in order to create 24,000 jobs. The unemployment rate of seniors has increased 60% since last year and is at a 31-year high. The program’s unique community service component provides an additional benefit by helping to address pressing needs in communities across the nation.

3. Senior Nutrition - $200 million for the Senior Nutrition programs (congregate and home-delivered meals). A rec…

Pass the American Economic Recovery & Economic Reinvestment Plan

January 27, 2009


The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid:

The current economic crisis has shaken the economy to the core, destabilizing every sector and creating incredible hardship for millions of Americans, including over 100,000 United Steelworkers members who have been laid-off or lost their jobs. On behalf of the United Steelworkers (USW), I urge the Congress to pass this bold and far-reaching stimulus package that saves and creates good jobs for American workers and rebuilds our nation’s infrastructure as it rebuilds our economy while helping those most in need. USW is grateful for your leadership so far in this effort to craft effective legislation, is heartened by the emphasis on infrastructure improvements in the legislation currently under co…

Fair Pay for Women

The right wing in congress, still determined to undermine the American people, continue to be obstructionist. They haven't learned their lesson yet.

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 providing equal pay for women.

Left wingers said, "Yes we can"

Thanks Senator Bayh for voting the right way.
Thanks Congressman Donnelly for voting the right way.

Right wingers said, "No we won't"

Shame on you, Senator Lugar.


Indiana Home Care Task Force
One North Capitol Avenue, Suite 1025
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For Immediate Release: January 26, 2009

Contact: John Cardwell, (317) 441-3812


(State House, Indianapolis, IN) Today, leaders of organizations representing seniors, persons with disabilities, family caregivers and other citizens called on Governor Daniels and the Indiana General Assembly to step forward to protect the CHOICE home care program. CHOICE, which stands for the Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled, has been serving people in Indiana who need home health care and related services in their communities since 1988.

John Cardwell, chairperson of the Indiana Home Care Task Force, which hosted the State House press conference, stated: "In 1987, the Indiana General Assembly passed the CHOICE home care law with on…

A Resource Guide for Newly Laid-Off Steelworkers

What Happens Next?
A Resource Guide for Newly Laid-Off Steelworkers

The upheaval in the economy is causing major distress throughout our union and in the lives of thousands of our members. The following resources can be used as a starting point for locals and individuals facing a layoff. While not specifically mentioned below, it is important to note that the emotional toll can be just as great as the financial toll. Turning to family, friends, professionals and others for support is both recommended and often critical to a person’s well-being in the event of a job loss.

1. Get Information & Ask Questions

Talk to your union officers and representatives. They should be able to help you find answers to questions like what happens to benefits, is there any salary continuance and other questions. They can also give you other information that might guide you through the layoff process.

For Local Union Leaders – Union Checklist: What To Do Once A Layoff Notice Arrives

Generics Are Powerful Medicine

United Senior Action is pleased to announce the organization is one of only eleven organizations nationally named as recipients of a special consumer education grant by Community Catalyst and the Alosa Foundation. The Generics Are Powerful Medicine (GPM) program was created when two federal courts approved the use of funds from settlements of two lawsuits alleging that brand-name companies illegally attempted to keep more affordable generic drugs off the market.

You can read more about his program here

And then watch the this video.

The Legacy of George W. Bush

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The Final Verdict on a Failed Philosophy

The Final Verdict on a Failed Philosophy

Social Security is NOT a Ponzi Scheme

By NCPSSM | December 18, 2008

FDR once said, “Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth”. Even so, in their coverage of Bernard Madoff’s con of his investors, some business bloggers and journalists who should know better continue to equate Social Security with a Ponzi scheme. So we’ll say it again… Social Security isn’t a Ponzi scheme. It’s a pay-as-you-go social insurance system with very clear distinctions from the Madoff scheme or any other investment ruse.

We’ve written about this many times. Our own Social Security advisor and columnist, Mary Jane Yarrington, usually gets questions from her readers after yet another Ponzi scheme viral email campaign makes the rounds. Here’s a portion of her most recent response to a reader’s question:

“Anyone who tells you Social Security is a Ponzi scheme either doesn’t understand what a Ponzi scheme is or their mother’s didn’t teach them not to fib. This myth is a favorite of conservatives who just hate the idea of social insurance in …

Israel has gone too far

Israel has gone too far.

They have turned into hateful, ruthless, killers. They are being expansionist and have misery of others on their minds. The United States should stop supporting this bunch until they get the Bush doctrine out of their minds.

There are better and smarter ways to protect the Israel homeland than indiscrimanately lobbing shells and bombs on the homes of innocent people and killing hundreds of innocent people while trying to kill a few terrorists.

Israel has become imperialist and should change their ways.

Conservative VS. Liberal

The House of Representatives is debating whether to expand the SCHIP program which would provide medical insurance to an additional four million children. The bill would make legal immigrant children also eligible instead of making them wait five years to be eligible as is now the case.

This legislation passed both the US House and Senate twice before but it was vetoed by Bush. President Elect, Barack Obama would sign the legislation.

Now if the bill does not pass, it will cause human pain, misery, suffering and possibly death for many children. As an excercise in understanding the difference between conservatives and liberals, I invite you to take a guess as to how conservatives will vote on this legislation.

Together we can rebuild our economy

Endorse the $900 Billion Main St. Recovery Program

Don't let the old politics of fear, timidity and gridlock in Congress undercut Obama’s bold vision and the change we need. Before Congress gets another chance to smother bold change, we can set a new tone. Let Congress know you're ready for solutions as great as the challenges we face. Endorse the $900 billion Main Street Recovery Program, and help pave the way for bold reform under President Obama. GO TO

As we all know, the failed policies of the Bush Administration have put our country into its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. As we look forward to January 20, 2009, it is critical that labor and other progressive organizations speak out about the need for a bold and comprehensive plan to get our economy moving again.

The Steelworkers, working with the Campaign for America’s Future and a group of progressive economists, have produced the document, A Main Street…

At Long Last, sir, have you left no sense of decency?

Even as President George W. Bush was packing up his knick-knacks and calling for the moving van, the White House spin machine was whirring along at Warp 6, doing its best to put a happy face on the sorry history of his eight years in the Oval Office.

The campaign is intended to write a first draft of history and thus forestall an inevitable judgment that the Bush presidency has made the presidencies of Ulysses S. Grant, Warren G. Harding and Herbert Hoover look good by comparison.

His acolytes cling to a fading hope that historians somehow will treat him much more kindly 20 or 30 years down the road, as they have Harry S. Truman. If historians only worked from White House press releases, that dream might have a chance.

The baggage Mr. Bush will carry home to Dallas and Crawford weighs a lot more than his boxes of presidential tchotchkes. The baggage he leaves behind for an incoming President Barack Obama and the nation is backbreaking.

The White House spinners have moved past mere distort…

Thanks God - for Liberals

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two pieces of legislation designed to correct injustices for working women.

Remember Lilly Ledbetter? She was the lady who worked for Goodyear who was cheated by the company by being paid less than all the men who did the same job as she.

When she found out that the company had cheated her, she tried to get what was coming to her. The lousy company refused. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Being comprised of mostly right-wing conservatives who only vote for those things that cause human pain, misery, suffering or death, the Supreme Court ruled against her saying she didn’t file her complaint within six months of her finding out she had been cheated by her bosses. This of course, has allowed other right wing conservative CEO’s to continue doing the same thing to other working women.

Well here’s the good news:

The first bill passed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Act. This would overturn the Supreme Court’s hate filled decisio…

One Way To Digitize Those Old Slides

There was a time when lots of photographers took slides. It was a great way to entertain family and friends.

Now, with a closet full of those slide trays, we find ourselves with families scattered and living in the digital age.

For a couple years now, I’ve wanted to get those slides into my computer but didn’t know exactly how to do it. After some research, it was decided that sorting and editing thousands of slides and then scanning them in and then editing the results would be just too time consuming.

The other possibility was to let someone else do it, but the cost for that just didn’t seem worth it, so I did it by simply photographing the slides.

I got out the slide projector and set it on the dining table. I set up the projector screen on the other side of the table and then set up a tri-pod behind the projector. We put up a piece of posterboard against the screen to make a white background. Our screen is grey in color and wrinkled from being rolled up. We then projected a slide,…

Enough of this eight years of baffoonery

Get out of Iraq.
Get out of Afghanistan.
Stop supporting the invasion of Palestine by Israel.
Pass the outline for investment and recovery package introduced by president-elect Barack Obama.
Include in this investment and recovery package the Employee Free Choice Act.
Seat the new Senators from Illinois and Minnesota.

Roland Burris Should Be The Next Senator from Illinois

When a U.S. Senate seat is vacated, it is the duty of the Governor of that state to appoint a replacement.

A Senate seat that was vacated by the election of President-elect Barack Obama is to be filled by an appointment made by Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Gov. Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris to fill this vacancy. Many in Congress are threatening to delay or refuse that appointment.

They shouldn’t do that.

Roland Burris should be seated like any other appointed U.S. Senator.

Why Bush now ranks as our worst president

January 1, 2009

By Michael Goodson

Post-Tribune columnist

For the past several months, we have listened to right-wing pundits trying to rewrite the legacy of President Bush. They moan and groan and say he wasn't so bad, bending the truth like a Texas pretzel. Since November, the president has gone through his talking points, placing his actions into a more favorable light and trying to build a proud legacy of his accomplishments. He has brought in Karen Hughes and Karl Rove to help him.

But we citizens have good reason to reflect differently on his eight years, and it would be wise of us to do just that. Right now the economic meltdown, with bailouts for big corporations at the expense of taxpayers, calls for us to look back. We've forgotten that Congress was planning to use the surplus to melt the deficit after President Clinton. We watched the surplus turn into a sea of red ink, and not because of the war in Iraq. That debt has been pushed off to future generations.

President Bus…