DOT Transition

Agency transition teams are in charge of reviewing current projects and ongoing initiatives, meeting with career federal employees and preparing the members of the incoming cabinet for their roles and priorities, according to Federal News Network. The rest of the DOT transition team is: Dave Barnett, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters of the U.S. and Canada Austin Brown, Policy Institute at …

Long history: fundamental problems are a bloated elite class, with too few elite jobs to go around; declining living standards among the general population, and a government that can’t cover its financial positions

“There is a very close correlation between adopting democratic institutions and having to fight a war for survival” Nov 2020, The Atlantic, Interview with Peter Turchin, excerpt From the June 2020 issue: We are living in a failed state The year 2020 has been kind to Turchin, for many of the same reasons it has been hell for the rest …

Bernie and AOC demonstrated that bold social-democratic ideas can win a mass base today — an uncompromising demand for provision of essential social goods for all Americans — from health care and college tuition to childcare and family leave

The harsh truth, proved harshly across these six Aprils, is that a social-democratic majority does not yet exist within the Democratic electorate, never mind the United States as a whole. Sanders has given the Left new relevance in national politics, but to make the leap from relevance to power, we need to build that majority — and this is not the …

Creative rebalancing of funding that goes to the source of our problems

By Thom Hartmann, LA Progressive, Dec 2020 excerpt The only way to deal with a death-dealing cult is to end it; thus, we must embark on a campaign to defund the Republican Party. Back in 1981, the Republican Party decided to defund the Democratic Party, and actually pulled it off. While the Republican Party had principally been funded by rich …

Trickle down is false: 50 year study finds strong evidence that cutting taxes on the rich increases income inequality and has no effect on growth or unemployment in the short and long term

Hope and Limberg analyzed major tax cuts for the rich in 18 countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, including the US, Japan, and Norway, from 1965 to 2015. Lower taxes for the rich caused high earners to seek pay raises. By Grace Dean, Business Insider, December 16, 2020 | Study Suggests ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics Makes Inequality Worse. “Cutting …

More dark money traced to utilities

American Electric PowerFirstEnergyUncategorized More Generation Now dark money traced to AEP in Ohio corruption scandal Also, Virginia Lawmaker Coordinated Support for Mountain Valley Pipeline With Project’s Lobbyist by Itai Vardi More Generation Now dark money traced to AEP by Dave Anderson, December 2, 2020 A Columbus group funded solely by AEP paid just over a half-million dollars last year to Generation Now, …

Why Democrats Keep Losing Rural Counties Like Mine

Nov/Dec 2020 I’m the chair of the local Democratic Party in a Wisconsin county that Donald Trump won. It wasn’t for a lack of progressive organizing. It was because national Democrats have failed communities like mine. The real story is that rural people feel our way of life is being sold off. We see the wealth of our sweat and …

There is a deep well of people in this country who are sure the system is not working for them, and we seem to be only coming around to recognizing how deep it goes.

‘The cultural elite are inexcusably unaware of the challenges and perspectives of many others in this country.’ Many Americans don’t like either party all that much or hold closely corresponding issue preferences. Instead, many Americans see politics as a battle between “the corrupt elite” and “the good people.” Trump took advantage of such views, presenting himself as an outsider taking …

If Democrats Want to Succeed, They Will Have to Implement Policies That Primarily Benefit the Working Class

December 13, 2020 by Kenneth Peres in Common Dreams Progressives cannot just sit by and expect Biden or the Democratic Party to do the right thing Then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), greet supporters outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, on August 20, 2020. (Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images) Democrats—and many …