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Thanks for the links Herring RN. Hazard is too far away for me to travel.

I have some question about this movement. Do these nurses believe that pressure can be put on the Dems or the Repubs to "tax wall street"? Presumably, they want to do this to fund social programs and the like, is that correct?

If they think that they can pressure the government to act on the behalf of the vast majority of us then I'm afraid that I'll just have to sit this one out. The days of the "New Deal" and Keynesian reform are over.

These nurses seem to have their hearts in the right place - but it seems they do not recognize the great state of decay the world economic system is in.

Thank you AppalachianRNstudent! I think we have the same or very similar goals.

I remember being told that equal pay for Negros and women was not going to happen. Or even the right to vote, eat in a restaurant, or stay at a hotel.

But WE demonstrated, sat in, marched, and registered voters. Sure some still break the law and pay less than minimum wage, deny breaks, or pay men more but THEY are the criminals and often justice is done.

I remember being told that safe staffing ratios were a "pipe dream".

But WE worked for 12 years. WE wrote tens of thousands of letters, made even more phone calls, testified before the Institute of Medicine and spoke ton ourb friends and families. WE educated the public while gathering >800,000 signatures for a ballot initiative. WE met with all state elected legislators or their staff to educate them about safe staffing.

After it passed twice only to be vetoed by the governor OUR elected RN representatives interviewed all who planned to run for governor.

We only asked one question, "Will you sign this bill?"

Then and only then WE worked on the campaign of the one who promised to sign the bill. It was siged

So now most shifts in most hospitals are staffed safely and some hospitals are in compliance almost 100% of the time.

I believe that by working together WE can educate people, learn from them, and improve OUR country once again. WE can work for jobs at living wages for everyone, guaranteed healthcare for all, a secure retirement, with the ability to retire in dignity, equal access to quality public education, good housing and protection from hunger, a safe and healthy environment, and a just taxation system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share. We can save Social Security and Medicare, and public schools.

Of course it is a struggle. And it is worth it.

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Thank you AppalachianRNstudent! I think we have the same or very similar goals.

I remember being told that equal pay for Negros and women was not going to happen. Or even the right to vote, eat in a restaurant, or stay at a hotel.

But WE demonstrated, sat in, marched, and registered voters. Sure some still break the law and pay less than minimum wage, deny breaks, or pay men more but THEY are the criminals and often justice is done.

I remember being told that safe staffing ratios were a "pipe dream".

But WE worked for 12 years. WE wrote tens of thousands of letters, made even more phone calls, testified before the Institute of Medicine and spoke ton ourb friends and families. WE educated the public while gathering >800,000 signatures for a ballot initiative. WE met with all state elected legislators or their staff to educate them about safe staffing.

After it passed twice only to be vetoed by the governor OUR elected RN representatives interviewed all who planned to run for governor.

We only asked one question, "Will you sign this bill?"

Then and only then WE worked on the campaign of the one who promised to sign the bill. It was siged

So now most shifts in most hospitals are staffed safely and some hospitals are in compliance almost 100% of the time.

I believe that by working together WE can educate people, learn from them, and improve OUR country once again. WE can work for jobs at living wages for everyone, guaranteed healthcare for all, a secure retirement, with the ability to retire in dignity, equal access to quality public education, good housing and protection from hunger, a safe and healthy environment, and a just taxation system where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share. We can save Social Security and Medicare, and public schools.

Of course it is a struggle. And it is worth it.

I understand Herring RN. But, all the progress that you mentioned in this post were merely concessions that capitalism could make at the time. I am not interested in gaining concessions from capitalism. I am interested in ending it once and for all because it has ceased to play a progressive role in history - in fact, it is in a protracted state of decay.

That, in a nutshell, is one of the biggest reasons that I reject the unions. Unions can not mount a serious offensive for worker's rights because to their mind, capitalism is still a viable economic foundation for society.

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Job Growth at Halt in August; Worst Showing in 11 Months

The economy failed to add new jobs in August, the first time there has been no increase in net jobs in the United States in 11 months.

The flat performance in the job market was down sharply from a revised 85,000 gain of jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, and was far below a consensus forecast by economists of 60,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate stayed constant at 9.1 percent in August.

The non farm payroll numbers were unchanged after a prolonged increase in economic anxiety that began with the brinksmanship in Washington’s debt-ceiling debate and was followed by the country’s loss of its triple-A credit rating, stock market whiplash and renewed concerns about Europe’s sovereign debt.

I think the economy will have slight upturns in the future but overall, these are the trends we are going to see; trends that will lead us to a protracted downturn.

“Business confidence surveys have uniformly pointed to businesses who are not laying off workers, but who are holding off on hiring while they wait for a clearer outlook — an outlook that became much cloudier and more volatile” beginning with the debt-ceiling battle in July, said Ellen Zentner, the senior United States economist for Nomura Securities.

This is misleading. The layoffs continue. Here is one example.

Also, what is meant by a "clearer outlook"? There is no question that there is intense volatility in the markets with the European sovereign debt crisis, the debt ceiling debacle and the lowering of the United States AAA credit rating. But, big businesses have already taken trillions of dollars in the form of bail outs and tax cuts and yet here we are, four years into the greatest economic catastrophe since the Great Depression with an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent and they refuse to hire. What is needed is a massive social works program.

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Unions are a big part of the problem. Even whilethe economy tanks, and budget are cut, they insist on their raises, increased bennies, etc.

A local school district is almost holding the kids and parents hostage of a contract dispute. The state cut funding 1.9% and yet the teachers are holding out for a 3% raise. Where do they think that is coming from? Many of the parents in this district probably are unemployed, and the teachers (who get MANY days off during the year for "planning") are not happy to keep what they already have? This is unreasonable.

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Obama to call for urgent steps on economy - Yahoo! News

Today the President will lay out his $300B plan to create jobs.

Right now we are basking in the glow of the previous $800B stimulus. I would like to see the new plan succeed but I wouldn't bet on it.

He hasn't made the speech yet, but McConnel is already deeming it a failure, saying it's more of a re-election plan. "Stimulus" is a dirty word and the Republicans are already throwing that around in reference to Obama's plan. What's sad is they are going to accuse him of playing politics, but there is no way in an election year when they are trying to overthrow him that they would agree to anything he came up with no matter what it was and they are playing politics right back.

The American people are tired of this.

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Some details have been leaked such as extension and maybe expansion of the payroll tax cut. The payroll tax pays for social security. I still don't understand why people are not in the streets to protest this one.

A middle class and small business tax cut is also rumored to be in the plan. If that applies to people with enough income it would be hard for the Republicans to oppose it without looking foolish. I guess by this evening we'll know the specifics.

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