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Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


The story is buried by reporting on the looming Constitutional crisis but is it as GM goes so goes the Nation, or as the GOP administration goes so goes GM, both not acting in good faith ?

"As the GM strike enters its fourth week, company officials and union negotiators are still fighting about wages, retirement benefits, and the fate of an idled Chevy factory in Lordstown, Ohio. Nearly 50,000 workers are still on strike, picketing outside GM factories across the US.

While both sides have made some progress during the contract talks — union leaders say employee health insurance premiums won’t go up, and they’ve created a path for temporary factory workers to get permanent jobs — bargaining over pay and job security got so heated over the weekend that it spilled into the public.

“You didn’t even have a professional courtesy to explain why you could not accept or why you rejected our package proposal for each item we addressed,” Terry Dittes, director of the United Auto Workers union at GM, wrote in an email Sunday to company management, which he then posted online. “We expect the Company to respond and discuss the package proposal we presented yesterday. The law and basic decency require no less.”

https://www.vox.com/identities/2019/10/8/20904488/gm-workers-strike-negotiations-update

So, if the economy is so great why are the autoworkers being sandbagged ? Great for whom ?
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Re: Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


Just recently the poorest people in the US actually pay tax at a greater rate than the ultra-rich.

This isn't helping.
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Re: Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


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Just recently the poorest people in the US actually pay tax at a greater rate than the ultra-rich.

This isn't helping.



Of course not and it makes no sense for either the rich or the poor. Less money in the pockets of the poor means less money they will spend buying things corporations provide. Much of the government taxing of the poor seems more punitive in nature than fair and it has an adverse economic impact.

The more money the poor and middle class have to spend the more they will spend while the more money the wealthy have to spend the more they will try to put away some place where the government won't be able to tax it. After awhile the extremely wealthy run out of ways to spend their money and it doesn't really do much of anything for the economy. They could create new businesses with it and employ a lot of people but why do that when you can just fly around in private aircraft and play golf? Or attend football games sitting beside George W. Bush?
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Re: Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


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Just recently the poorest people in the US actually pay tax at a greater rate than the ultra-rich.

This isn't helping.



The poorest people do not pay a greater tax than the ultra rich, it is the middle class that is bearing the burden. The working poor get there money back in a tax refund at the end of the year. The ultra rich seem not to pay any at all and either Trump doesn't want the country to know he is one of those or he cheated.
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Re: Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


GM settled its strike, but still in the heartland teachers in Chicago are going on strike .

Does Trump represent THIS heartland ?
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Re: Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


As a conservative what do you think? He tried to appease the farmers today but on one of the stations today, they are still pissed with rotting crops. My brother is right wing we have been arguing about manufacturing coming back, my dad was a small businessman who distributed wholesale manufactured hardware/tools to very large companies. That disappeared in the 80s and my dads business income halved. What we argue about is he is insistent Trump is getting manufacturing back to the US, although I am 110% for that, I see it in this century as impossible. I think there was a post WW2 boon that saw millions make money after the war, they never would have before and it's not coming back, at least not for several generations.
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Conservatives are in denial of anything that is politically inconvenient to them or their messiah, the King of the Jews, Trump, like reality.

They are in denial of climate change, who the tax cut was really for, that Trump is not winning his truly socialist central big government economic planning trade war and tariffs which are actually the biggest Federal tax increase on the poor and middle class since during WWII , that factories are closing, not opening and that:

Farm foreclosures rise as trade war drags on | American Banker
https://www.americanbanker.com › news › farm-foreclosures-rise-as-trade-...
Sep 11, 2019 - Banks are taking back more farmland through foreclosure than at any point ... the Trump administration's trade spat with China have left many farmers ... up nearly 3.5% from three months earlier and more than 15% from same ...
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Re: Meanwhile back in the heartland 50,000 Americans are still on strike.


fixing our crumbling infrastructure would help .
that is one of many promises Trump made, that he's forgotten.

regarding mfg, this trade war with China shows just how little
Trump knows about mfg.

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My brother gets in my face, mfg. and Trump bringing it back. I am lousy at economics but I do know one thing, tariffs are passed on to the consumer and raising tariffs will not get them back. In Vietnam the average pay for some factory workers in American companies is 20-28 cents an hour, you could tariff 50-70% and they still make plenty of money, mfg. is not coming back! Matter of fact there was only about 30 year boon or so and it was over. Isn't it tariffs that conservatives hate, free market trade and all is good for capitalism, least that is what they used to say. To make money, take Ireland, our 4th largest debt holder,(who would have thought a dot on the map) in trouble during the great recession, lowered corporate taxes to 12.5% and 6.25% if you are patented. Last read, 700 US companies in Ireland, some middle and small business as well, the kind of businesses that big companies don't eat up or put out of business, that is why I don't get my brother at all, he was a small business owner.
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