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Monday, 2 September 2013

2 September 2013. It’s LABOUR Day… NOT “Management” Day!

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The globe indicates that Labour (like Capital) is international. Subservient journalists such as Rod Dreher and Ann Coulter often call Unions “un-American” and “foreign-influenced”, but Capital receives praise from the Corporate Media and its running-dog Prostitute Press for exploiting poor countries and exporting jobs internationally to the lowest bidder. That’s interesting, it makes multinational Corporations scofflaws… they profit from wages that are illegal under the laws of developed countries and from regulatory climates abroad similar to that of the so-called “Gilded Age” (again, in obvious and deliberate flouting of laws in their home countries). That’s to say, most Republicans (and their analogues abroad) are criminal gangsters at heart… they advocate a business environment that does its damnedest to break every labour, safety, and regulatory standard on the statute books. They have NO part in Labour Day… it isn’t “Executives’ Day”, after all.

The Stars on the logo stand for:

  • Education
  • Agitation
  • Emancipation

At one time, in some areas of the USA, these words were considered “subversive” and illegal; the bosses used them as a pretext to jail union organisers. Indeed, today, the Southern USA is known for its hostility to organised labour (and coddling of mendacious business enterprises… Wal-Mart’s not in Bentonville AR for no reason, after all)… the Sectarian Evangelicals there teach that labour must grovel before Capital (for, you see, if you’re rich, you have God’s favour… if you’re not, you aren’t in God’s good graces, dontcha know). The letters IWW (besides the obvious!), have another coded meaning:

I WILL WIN!

Labour Day is for us to remember that the goodness that workers enjoyed in North America and Europe was FOUGHT FOR… the Affluent Effluent bosses didn’t give us anything without a bitter fight. All you have to do is to look at Wal-Mart… their reaction to the revelations of massive scheming on their part (which they call “outsourcing” and “right to work”) was an expensive ad campaign on TV… not an effort to put things right. The Golden Age of Labour was between 1933 and 1981… we’ve lived in a rapacious Dark Age since then. However, it looks as though things are looking up. We’ve tried voodoo economics for thirty-odd years… and they’ve failed. I only hope that its end won’t be overly bloody.

Again, this is LABOUR DAY… not BOSSES DAY. Let’s not dishonour our ancestors by forgetting that (that’s especially salient for us Russian Orthodox people, by the way). Keep it focused.

BMD barbara-drezhlo2 September 2013

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Labour Day

Albany NY

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

28 October 2012. A Dose of Truth to Counter Brazen Republican Lies

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If corporations and the rich paid taxes at the same level as in the 1960s, the debt would disappear in a decade,” according to a study by the Institute for Policy Studies.

  • In the 1940s, corporations paid 43 percent of all federal income taxes collected in the USA. In 2010, that percentage was only 8.9 percent.
  • The USA raises less corporate tax revenue than most developed countries.
  • The top statutory tax rate is 35 percent, but companies pay an average effective tax rate of about 25 percent. Some large companies paid nothing in taxes in 2010.
  • Twelve major corporations made 171 billion USD (5.38 trillion Roubles. 132 billion Euros. 106 billion UK Pounds) in profits from 2008 to 2010, yet had a negative income tax rate of 1.5 percent.
  • In 2010, the tax bill of General Electric, with reported worldwide profits of 14.2 billion USD (447 billion Roubles. 11 billion Euros. 8.8 billion UK Pounds) (5.1 billion USD (160.5 billion Roubles. 4 billion Euros. 3.2 billion UK Pounds) from its operations in the USA) was: ZERO.

During this pre-election period, many corporations seem to be busy brazenly intimidating their employees and telling them how to vote, as opposed to reading credible economic analysts. Not for just the last decade or so, but well before, the American public has learnt that Wall Street and Big Business aren’t where you look for the best economics or the best ethics. Let’s not forget their role in the Great Depression of the 1930s, a human catastrophe brought on by the greed and lack of government regulation in the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties. The current fiscal crisis also belongs primarily on Wall Street’s doorstep. Only careful regulatory policies by the federal government, combined with smart counter-recessionary government spending, can get the American economy back on its feet.

http://consortiumnews.com/2012/10/27/anti-government-economic-orthodoxy/

Editor’s Note:

I need add nothing. These vulture capitalists pay less tax than many of us do. It’s time to change that, kids. However, voting for Romney will only bring the Visigoths and Yahoos into the Forum, and we’ve got to prevent that. That’s all that one needs to say, no?

BMD

 

Sunday, 6 November 2011

6 November 2011. What Did America Lose With the Loss of the USSR?

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NO! To Fascism!

1975: International Year of the Woman

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undated (1975?)

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As we look about us in the USA today, we see a rapacious and ravening rightwing intent on savaging the working class and returning us to the hell of the “Gilded Age” of the 1890s… when the rich paid no income taxes and the government protected or helped no one. These rightwing scummers issue forth distorted history, they suppress the truth in the service of their oligarch paymasters. They wage a vicious and unforgiving class war on the working people of America… and then blame US for resisting them.

It wasn’t always thus in America. Up until 1991, the existence of the USSR moderated these godless and grasping bastards. In fact, these people were scared shitless of the USSR. All the people that you see running about screaming about “American Exceptionalism” and the “Free Market” were all Chicken Littles in the ’80s. The Soviets were going to attack… the Soviets were going to overrun Europe… the Soviets had an plan to take over the world and they were going to (GASP!) ABOLISH CAPITALISM and take away the money from the rich. That was supposed to be the greatest tragedy that could befall society. Yet, because the Soviets existed, the capitalists had to treat their own workers well, or, let’s face it, they’d go over to the Soviets. Today, there’s no “Soviet Union”, and the oligarchs run rampant… they believe that no force, either domestic or foreign can oppose their greedy machinations. Two forces are rising… there’s a new “Eurasian Union” forming that’ll end by being the USSR in all but name… in the West, there’s the “Occupy” movement, which is arising in the heart of the Capitalist Beast. The oligarchs are scared… what do they know that we don’t? A spectre is haunting the West… and it scares them.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Red October. Remember it… for there may be a repeat…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 6 November 2011

Albany NY

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