What political observer is not interested in changes in Ohio's
political landscape? The state has a tendency to be decisive in
Presidential elections and is gripped by high-profile races for
Governor and Senator this year. So it is very interesting that
conservatives appear to be edging away from a radical Constitutional
spending cap modeled on Colorado's failed TABOR law.
The reality for working Americans is that wages have been largely stagnant for
over three decades. For many workers -- especially those without a
college degree -- pay has actually gotten worse, meaning that this
generation is the first one in American history which is not doing
signficantly better than the previous one. Part of the reason for
these stagnant wages is that inflation was allowed to erode the federal
minimum wage-- its inflation-adjusted value dropping from $9.12 per hour in 1968 down to just $5.15 per hour in 2005.
In states across the country, a simple idea is building momentum.
Rather than amending the Constitution to guarantee that the winner of
the national popular vote wins the Presidency, why not simply amend state law?
The Colorado Senate has approved on second reading a bill that would award Colorado's Presidential electors to the winner of the national popular vote, providing enough states to determine the winner do the same.
The bill is one of several being advanced nationally by National Popular Vote advocates.
The bill had bipartisan support and was sponsored by Senators Entz (R), Evans (R), Gordon (D), and Groff (D).
In states across the country, the far-right is pushing "TABOR" measures based on Colorado's now infamous spending cap. The Colorado model that capped spending increases at a rate equal to population growth plus inflation and that ratcheted down spending in recession years, is now being largely eschewed by the right following voter rescindment of the awful legislation in Colorado.
Two states, two different stories. Colorado's House just weakened a bill that would allow workers to take a small amount of time off each week for family reasons, such as parent-teacher meetings. Meanwhile, Arizona's legislature is unanimously moving a bill forward to protect the right of mothers to breast feed their children in public businesses.
Fully aware that their anti-worker policies are anathema to most
Americans, corporate conservatives often posture and position
themselves on worker issues to avoid bearing the full brunt of the
backlash from their noxious positions and to try to fix blame on their
opponents, who really are working for the common interest.
The Stateside Dispatch this morning took a hard look at immigration, ranging from progressive solutions for immigration related issues to cold, hard facts about why the right-wing tactics of demonize and divide do little to solve any problems and exacerbate America's problems in a host of ways.
The fact of the matter is that there are positive steps America's legislators can take to minimize the impact of corporate America's underground economy.