Veterans, McDonalds, and Low Wages

This puts doubt on Republicans’ assertions that if you force people into poverty, they’ll find decent jobs:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – McDonald’s workers in West Virginia, many of whom are military veterans, are rallying today in Charleston to demand a $15 minimum wage, after the company announced it would boost wages for 3,600 hourly workers by an average of 10% over the next few months. The average McDonald’s worker currently earns around $8 an hour.

Public Service News

#GOPTaxScam: AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead

AT&T also cut capital spending despite promising $1 billion capital boost.

AT&T has cut more than 23,000 jobs since receiving a big tax cut at the end of 2017, despite lobbying heavily for the tax cut by claiming that it would create thousands of jobs.

AT&T in November 2017 pushed for the corporate tax cut by promising to invest an additional $1 billion in 2018, with CEO Randall Stephenson saying that “every billion dollars AT&T invests is 7,000 hard-hat jobs. These are not entry-level jobs. These are 7,000 jobs of people putting fiber in ground, hard-hat jobs that make $70,000 to $80,000 per year.”

Arstechnica

Related: More job cuts.
AT&T calls them “headcount rationalization.”

Related: AT&T CEO compensation: $25.6 million.

Republicans: Determined to Destroy America. A Country Led By Morons.

Trump’s assassination of Iranian general Qassim Suleimeni is only one of many autocratic mis-steps by the moron in the White House. Pentagon officials were reportedly stunned by the moron’s decision. The Iraq parliament approved a non-binding resolution telling the U.S. to get out of Iraq. We may be going to war with Iran. ISIS will expand.

This, after we were lied to about the Iraq war.

Thank (largely) Republican warhawks for all of this. The same Republicans who say they won’t impeach the moron.

Republicans: The Most Dangerous Organization in Human History

Republicans, says Noam Chomsky, are the most dangerous organization in human history.

As Australia is turned into cinders by huge wildfires, as communities experience increased flooding, as Russians continue to work to influence our elections, and as gun deaths and mass-shootings rise, the Republicans refuse to even acknowledge any of it, and, in fact deny any of it. High-tide flooding has doubled in the past thirty years.

The Republican solution? EPA website removes climate science site from public view after two decades.

Financial Bankruptcy and Military Spending

According to this site, the U.S. has 200,000 active troops overseas in 177 countries. Under Republicans, we pay more tax dollars to fund the military. Over One Trillion dollars per year.

An already-huge defense spending budget has increased under Republicans. While this pie chart is several years old, it’s an example of how much of our discretionary spending goes to the military:

Although military spending is HUGE, and ever-increasing under Republican leadership, the Republicans’ solution to an ever-increasing national debt is to cut social-welfare programs like Social Security (which is self-funding), Medicare and Medicaid.

#GOPTaxScam

Republicans promised tax breaks for everyone with their #GOPTaxScam. Instead, multi-billion-dollar corporations paid NO taxes, as the national debt exploded under the moron and Republicans. Ironic, isn’t it, that the political party which promotes itself as
the party of “fiscal responsibility” is actually the party of “borrow and spend”.

Environmental Destruction

The moron and his Republican cohorts have destroyed environmental protections. ” A new report concludes that the damage already done by the Trump administration to the environment, and the US agency that regulates it, will result in 80,000 deaths each decade. “

Republicans are Screwing America.

America, it should be painfully obvious to anyone paying attention that Republicans are screwing America.

#NeverVoteForARepublican

Related: visit Trump Crimes

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: This is MAGA (pics/memes)

Amazon Delivery: Outsourced, Involved in Accidents, Overworked Drivers

A yearlong investigation — based on that data, along with internal documents, government records, thousands of court files, and interviews with dozens of current and former Amazon employees, delivery company operators, managers, and drivers — reveals that Amazon’s pivot to delivery has, all too often, exposed communities across the country to chaos, exploitative working conditions, and, in many cases, peril.

BuzzFeed

Right-Wing Supreme Court: Screwing Workers

Trump, guided by the extreme right-wing group “The Federalist Society” has been loading up courts with pro-corporation, anti-worker, judges. Here’s one of the latest examples of the Right-Wing Supreme Court screwing workers:

Increasingly, arbitration agreements (included by banks, utilities, and employers) are forced on consumers & workers. There’s supposed to be an element of “consent” involved–the affected parties both agree to arbitration. [In today’s world, it’s a matter of “take it or leave it”. Want electricity? Sign the binding arbitration agreement or get your electricity somewhere else. Want a job? Sign the binding arbitration agreement or turn down the job.]

The Arbitration Act’s “first principle”—that “arbitration is strictly a matter of consent, not coercion.” As a matter of fact, this employer had drafted the arbitration agreement (ambiguities and all) and had forced Varela to sign it as a condition of his employment. Some consent. (The Roberts Five have a tendency to invent facts in cases to suit their desired outcome—Citizens United and Shelby County being notable examples.)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in dissent pointed out how “treacherously” the court has strayed from the principle that arbitration is a matter of consent: “Shut from the Court’s sight is the ‘Hobson’s choice’ employees face: ‘accept arbitration on their employer’s terms or give up their jobs.’ ” Once again, the corporate interest won, 5–4.

Slate