January 2012, Week 2


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REWIND - A Week of Quotes & Cartoons


Quote of the Day
January 8, 2011

'Unionized workers earn more and get more generous
benefits. In 2010, wages of workers in unionized
manufacturing companies in Indiana were 16 percent
higher than in nonunion plants. One study concluded
that the decline in unionization since the 1970s is
responsible for one-fifth to one-third of the growth in
inequality in this country. Voters, unionized or not,
should recognize the new "right to work" push for what
it is: bad economics and cynical politics.'

New York Times
January 8, 2011

Toon of the Day
One Man, One Vote
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
January 9, 2012

'But nowhere is the disdain for organized labor more
evident than on the Republican presidential campaign
trail. Never in the modern history of the Republican
Party, which once made a serious effort to compete with
Democrats for labor endorsements and the votes of union
members, has a field of GOP presidential candidates
been so united and so aggressive in opposing
collective-bargaining rights for public-sector and
private-sector workers. As recently as 2008, former
Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee appeared at the annual
convention of the International Association of
Machinists and received the industrial union's
endorsement in the Republican primaries. Today, just
four years later, the Republican contenders are not
just refusing union invitations. They are using every
opportunity to explain their opposition to labor's
agenda, along with their support for legislative
initiatives that are designed to undermine collective-
bargaining rights.'

Political Analyst John Nichols
The Nation
January 9, 2012

Toon of the Day
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
January 10, 2012

'I think the light of democracy just went out in the
Indiana House.'

Indiana House member Rep. Clyde
Kersey (D) aftr the Republican-controlled
Indiana state House Employment, Labor and
Pensions Committee approved an anti-labor
"right to work" (RTW) bill by an 8-5 vote
following a procedure in which no
amendments or discussion of the
bill were allowed

AFL-CIO blog
January 10, 2012

Toon of the Day
Nick Anderson


Quote of the Day
January 11, 2012

'Mitt Romney's dead heat with Rick Santorum in the Iowa
caucuses bolstered the media narrative that Mitt Romney
may not be conservative enough for Republican primary
voters. This characterization serves Romney well. His
rivals carve up each other, hoping to emerge as the
conservative "alternative" to Romney. And vast swaths
of the media discount his reactionary views,
anticipating his "pivot" to more moderate positions
once the nomination is secured. In reality, Romney is a
remarkably reactionary candidate, camouflaged in
corporate pinstripes.'

Columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel
Washington Post
January 10,2012

Toon of the Day
Check Writing
Tom Toles - Washington Post


Quote of the Day
January 12, 2012

'In an era of gross inequality there's both irony and
relevance in Woody Guthrie's song.  That "ribbon of
highway" he made famous?  It's faded and fraying in
disrepair, the nation's infrastructure of roads and
bridges, once one of our glories, now a shambles
because fixing them would require spending money,
raising taxes, and pulling together.

'This land is mostly owned not by you and me but by the
winner-take-all super rich who have bought up open
spaces, built mega-mansions, turned vast acres into
private vistas, and distanced themselves as far as they
can from the common lot of working people - the people
Woody wrote and sang about.

'True, Barack Obama asked Bruce Springsteen and Woody
Guthrie's longtime friend Pete Seeger to sing This Land
is Your Land at that big, pre-inaugural concert the
Sunday before he was sworn in. And sing they did, in
the spirit of hope and change that President Obama had
spun as the heart of his campaign rhetoric.

'Today, whatever was real about that spirit has been
bludgeoned by severe economic hardship for everyday
Americans and by the cynical expedience of politicians
who wear the red-white-and-blue in their lapels and
sing "America the Beautiful" while serving the
interests of  crony capitalists stuffing SuperPACs with
millions of dollars harvested from the gross inequality
destroying us from within.'

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship
January 12, 2012

Toon of the Day
Jim Morin - Miami Herald


Quote of the Day
January 13, 2012

'Romney, not Obama, betrays our history. And Mitt's
explanation for his job-destroying profiteering at Bain
Capital reprises the rationalizations of the
malefactors - when they bothered to have them. Romney
insists that objections to what he did at Bain
represent "envy" - that he was merely practicing the
capitalism of "creative destruction." Ironically, the
phrase derives from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels,
although it was finalized and popularized by the
Austrian-American economist Joseph Schumpeter. As
former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan - no
liberal, to say the least - has observed: "The problem
with creative destruction is that it is destruction" -
and we "must address the problems [of] those who are on
the destruction side." For Romney, the problem is that
his version of the process created hundreds of millions
of dollars for him - and the destruction of the
livelihoods of ordinary hard-working Americans who are
already telling their stories on television. '

Columnist Robert Shrum
The Week
January 13, 2012


Toon of the Day
Mitt Talk


Quote of the Day
January 14, 2012

'Germany should realize by now that without growth its
beleaguered neighbors will never be able to pay back
their debts. Europe's problems have spiraled so far out
of control that no one knows what policy mix will work.
What is certain is that a single-minded obsession with
austerity will only deepen the crisis.'

New York Times
January 14, 2012

Toon of the Day
At the Club
Ben Sargent


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