New Orleans Rich Trumka of the AFL-CIO lambasted the Republican “principles” on immigration reform as a non-starter virtually creating a permanent apartheid of immigrants inside the country. There was a time when the vigorousness of labor’s opposition would have signaled the death of such a bill. This time though President Obama was encouraging to the Republicans, [...]
Little Rock The President in his fifth State of the Union address said that he would issue an executive order raising the minimum hourly wage for workers employed under federal subcontracts to $10.10 per hour, the same number that he and many others have been advocating on the stair step proposal for the federal minimum [...]
New Orleans A lengthy interview with President Obama by David Remnick in The New Yorker has attracted a lot of attention for this detail and that, largely about the atmospherics and attitudes of the often inscrutably aloof Obama and how it impacts his practice as president. More interesting to me were insights that Obama revealed [...]
New Orleans A frequent theme in the years leading up to the complicated and star crossed rollout of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare among the pundits, editorial writers, and commentators tried to nick the President for his weak kneed efforts to “sell” the program to the American public. Reading Cornell Professor Suzanne Mettler’s Submerged State: [...]
New Orleans Ok, we’re off of vacation now, and making our way back to work to grudgingly greet or growl at a new year. Our teams won or lost and we’re waiting for the playoffs. Winter’s not coming. It’s here! Time to crack back at it again.
President Barack Obama listens to Eliseo Medina, right, Secretary-Treasurer of Service Employees International Union (SEIU), as he meets with individuals who are taking part in Fast for Families on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/ Associated Press)
New Orleans The right always wails that Obama is the Community Organizer-in-Chief, but [...]