President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address + Transcript (1.28.14) + Ralph Nader’s State of The Union

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WSJDigitalNetwork Jan. 28, 2014

Full coverage of President Obama’s State of the Union address, hosted by Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief Jerry Seib. Continue reading

State of the Unequal Union

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Editorial
socialistworker.org
January 28, 2014

Obama’s prime-time speech may sound good, but actions speak louder than words.

IF YOU’RE a regular reader of SocialistWorker.org, you’ve seen the statistics before about the growing divide between the super-rich and the rest of us. But on Tuesday, you’ll hear them from an unusual source: President Barack Obama, during his State of the Union speech.

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Ralph Nader: Are Reforms Still Possible?

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with Ralph Nader

TheRealNews on Dec 19, 2013

On RAI with Paul Jay, Ralph Nader says the reforms of the 1960’s and 70’s are no longer possible as Congress is bought and sold by a small number of very rich people and commercial interests.  Continue reading

It’s Your Sole Decision, President Obama by Ralph Nader + Bernie Sanders: The Minimum Wage

July 24:

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 26, 2013

Dear President Obama,

June 25th marked the 75th anniversary of the federal minimum wage law in the United States, known as the Fair Labor Standards Act. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed this legislation, his vision was to ensure a “fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” and to “end starvation wages.”

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Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 12, 2013

OLB and WJN Raise the Wage

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The imaginative uses of the mighty presidency in American history and its bully pulpit have rarely been much above amateurish when it comes to helping people empower themselves. This has been the case even when the same party controls the White House and both Houses of Congress.

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American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government

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with Ralph Nader

democracynow Jun 4, 2013

Describing the United States as an “advanced Third World country,” longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader calls for a new mass movement to challenge the power corporations have in Washington. “It is not too extreme to call our system of government now ‘American Fascism.’ It’s the control of government by big business, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt defined in 1938 as fascism,” Nader says.

Nader continues: “We have the lowest minimum wage in the Western world. We have the greatest amount of consumer debt. We have the highest child poverty, the highest adult poverty, huge underemployment, a crumbling public works — but huge multi-billionaires and hugely profitable corporations. I say to the American people: what’s your breaking point? When are you going to stop making excuses for yourself? When are you going to stop exaggerating these powers when you know you have the power in this country if you organize it?” Nader has just published a new book, “Told You So: The Big Book of Weekly Columns.”

Transcript: democracynow

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Patriotic Yardsticks for Unpatriotic Giant Corporations by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
May 16, 2013

Corporate welfare corrupts democracy

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Why are big, global U.S. corporations so unpatriotic? After all, they were created in the U.S.A., rose to immense profit because of the toil of American workers, are bailed out by American taxpayers whenever they’re in trouble, and are safeguarded abroad by the U.S. military.

Yet these corporate goliaths work their tax lawyers overtime to escape U.S. taxes. Many pay less than you do in federal income taxes. Imagine corporations, like General Electric, have not paid federal income taxes on U.S. profits for years.

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Ralph Nader: Income Inequality and The Minimum Wage (HR 1346)

PUT POLITICIANS ON MINIMUM WAGE & WATCH HOW FAST THINGS CHANGE

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with Ralph Nader

C-SPAN
March 25, 2013

Ralph Nader talked about his Huffington Post piece on income inequality and the growing gap between chief executive officers’ pay and that of the typical wage earner. He responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

Nancy Calo read news headlines from C-SPAN Radio at the end of the program.

watch via http://www.c-span.org/video/?311703-4/ralph-nader-income-inequality-minimum-wage

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Michael Parenti: The Empire Feeds Off The Republic

with Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
March 16, 2013

Capitalism is Crisis

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Radio Akasha
www.blogtalkradio.com
February 25, 2013

Brian Stetten and Ruthan Amarteifio, still hopeful——
Somehow, somewhere, we’ll make a democracy!!

Michael Parenti, http://www.michaelparenti.org, is our guest!
Notable political commentator, international award winning author and lecturer, he will be speaking of his latest book “The Face of Imperialism”.  He’ll discuss the Bosnian Genocide which many are not aware of.   Continue reading

It’s time for a raise to $10.50 now! + Getting Congress to End Wage Slavery by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
March 5, 2013

July 24:

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The Harkin/Miller bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016 (in three years) still does not catch up with the federal minimum wage in 1968, adjusted for inflation, which should be at least $10.50 per hour in 2013.

Since 1968, worker productivity has doubled and all workers have received for this effort is a shrinking minimum wage. In other words, one Walmart worker today does the work that two Walmart workers did in 1968 and receives less pay, inflation adjusted, than either of those workers 45 years ago.

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Moyers and Company: Richard Wolff: Taming Capitalism Run Wild

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http://billmoyers.com
Feb. 22, 2013

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Unlivable Wages by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
February 15, 2013

#workers #unite in #solidarity with striking people around #europe// #14n #strike #fightback #fuck #troika #hueglageneral #spain #greece #portugal #italy #amm

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How could Barack Obama say, in his State of the Union speech, “let’s declare that in the wealthiest nation on earth no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty, and raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour”?

Back in 2008, Obama campaigned to have a $9.50 per hour minimum wage by 2011. Now he’s settling for $9.00 by 2015! Going backward into the future is the price that poverty groups and labor unions are paying by giving Mr. Obama a free ride last year on this moral imperative. How can leaders of poverty groups and unions accept this back-of-the-hand response to the plight of thirty million workers who make less today than what workers made 45 years ago in 1968, inflation adjusted?

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Chris Hedges: NDAA: All These Laws Are Being Put Through By Design

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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February 6, 2013

Trickle Down Economics

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Atiq Zabinski· Feb 4, 2013

Chris Hedges speaks at the People’s Recovery Summit organized by Occupy Sandy. The Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, Brooklyn, NY, February 2, 2013.

Text of speech at Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage by Chris Hedges (transcript).

Recorded from the audience by three videographers. Audio and image quality improve after the first few minutes, please bear with it at the beginning.

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Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage by Chris Hedges

See: Video + Q&A

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
February 4, 2013

Day 9 Occupy Wall Street September 25 2011 Shankbone 25

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Chris Hedges gave this talk Saturday night in Brooklyn at the People’s Recovery Summit.

The corporate state has made it clear there will be no more Occupy encampments. The corporate state is seeking through the persistent harassment of activists and the passage of draconian laws such as Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act—and we will be in court next Wednesday to fight the Obama administration’s appeal of the Southern District Court of New York’s ruling declaring Section 1021 unconstitutional—to shut down all legitimate dissent. The corporate state is counting, most importantly, on its system of debt peonage to keep citizens—especially the 30 million people who make up the working poor—from joining our revolt.

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via Truthdig

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Open Letter to Mike Duke, CEO of Walmart by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Jan. 17, 2013

Big box sucks

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Mike Duke, CEO
Walmart Corporation
Bentonville, Arkansas

Dear Mr. Duke,

Walmart, your gigantic company, is increasingly being challenged by your workers, government prosecutors, civil lawsuits, communities (that do not want a Walmart), taxpayers learning about your drain on government services and corporate welfare, and small businesses and groups working with unions such as SEIU and UFCW. Thus far, Walmart is successfully playing rope-a-dope, conceding little while expecting to wear down its opposition.

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