One hundred and fifty years ago today troops gathered outside Sharpsburg, Maryland and the Battle of Antietam began. The bloodiest single day of the Civil War happened along Antietam Creek. Several hundred thousand history buffs have descended on the Hagerstown region where the battlefield lies nearby. I remember taking my Mom there when she lived in Hagerstown and touring the battlefield. Next year is the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg and hotel rooms are already booked up for that reenactment.
Chicago teachers continue their strike this week as moves to strip workers of their rights continues. Too many teachers are working in poor conditions and those in Chicago are as bad as anywhere. 300,000 educators have lost their jobs and millions are working on pay freezes. How many lawyers, accountants, engineers and other professionals would work under these conditions?
T-Mobile negotiated in bad faith with workers at its Allentown call center then closed the facility. This company is virulently anti-union and anti-worker so please don’t use their communications services. Here’s a video from the Communications Workers of America telling a few of the personal stories of this action:
In other union news a Wisconsin judge struck down Gov. Scott Walker’s law saying teachers cannot organize.
The DCCC has named PA-07 as a Red to Blue targeted seat. George Badey is challenging Pat Meehan in the five county gerrymandered district.
Have you seen Tom Smith’s strange ad attacking Bob Casey for supporting the stimulus? That economic bill saved or created 3 million jobs. We saw just how effective it was when it ended and 14,000 Pennsylvania teachers lost their jobs along with thousands of support staff and state employees. The stimulus bill funded them for two years. Smith says all the bill did was create jobs in China. You know he’s from the coal industry when it turns out he’s completely in the dark. Casey’s new ad reminds voters Tom Smith is a tea bagger and proud of it:
A lot of ARRA money came to Pennsylvania to research batteries, clean energy and to fund cutting edge entrepreneurs. Smith is a coal mining executive so no wonder he didn’t like investments in actual clean energy.
State Senate candidate Rob Teplitz is calling for an independent audit of the state legislature. Taxpayers have a right to know where and how their money is spent. There is no disclosure or transparency in the budget for the House and Senate. There has been widespread fraud and abuse there as evidenced by all the legislators and staff who are now in prison. If we’re all hot and bothered about waste, fraud and abuse in DPW we shouldn’t then be hypocritical about doing so in this budget.
One of the myths repeated by ditto-heads trying to brainwash voters is that tax cuts create jobs. Not only is there no evidence to support the claim all economic data show otherwise. A new study over 65 years of data shows how tax cuts actually hurt the economy.
Mitt Romney is worried President Obama will lie during the debates. This is a pathetic way of trying to cover his own butt for all the lies he has been spouting and which will be disclosed during those debates. He’s simply talking in code to his supporters so they’ll think it’s his opponent getting caught in lies instead of the actual culprit. This is a mental illness called progression.
Why is it conservatives need to speak to each other in coded? Is it because even they’re ashamed of their bigotry, racism, elitism and lack of empathy?
A collection of Romney’s flip flops:
I find that the stupider a person is the more likely they’re a devoted listener of Rush or a viewer of Faux News. Smart people tend to be more liberal. Even Rick Santorum has figured this out. He said “smart people will never be on our side.” Yes Rick, smart people know better.