Thursday, January 20, 2005

Hotel Boycott

The number to the LOCAL 11 is 213-738-8180 ext. 293 or there website is www.hotelworkersunited.org

These are hotel workers who are calling for boycotts against the hotels they work at. They want a living wage, health insurance and they say that the federal government is investigating charges that the hotels are investigating them.

Anyway, if people want to get involved then they should call or log on to the website.

We talked about this last night

Absolute must read article from the Washington Post re: a new GOP strategy on the whole Social Security thing here.

The headline: "Options Sought on Social Security Proposal - GOP Lawmaker Wants Alternatives to Diverting Payroll Taxes for Bipartisan Support"

Key excerpts:
Republicans want to ADJUST Social Security benefits to bring them in line with the demands of aging baby boomers. But at the same time, they are demanding the creation of PERSONAL INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS to give Americans more CONTROL of some of their tax dollars.

Democrats say they would ACCEPT personal investment accounts, but they will not accept diverting taxes now destined to Social Security beneficiaries to fund those accounts, as virtually all payroll taxes are.

"If the price of admission is the diversion of any money out of Social Security, we're not going to be a part of it," said Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), a specialist on retirement issues.

The ANSWER, Sperling said, is to GIVE REPUBLICANS THE ACCOUNTS BUT FINANCE THEM THROUGH SOME OTHER SOURCE OF TAXATION.
Yeah. I put certain words in caps.

Some people want that money real bad, yo.

Brando

Monday, January 17, 2005

Must Read, Kiddos

Paul Krugman breaks down the (fake) Social Security "crisis" for Rolling Stone.

You can read the whole article here.

Automatic,
Brando