Day: May 8, 2021

Studies Find No Link Between Enhanced Unemployment Benefits and any “Worker Shortage”

ADMIN: “Employers enjoy no statutory or constitutional right to cheap labor, period. It is a FACT wages have remained stagnant since the seventies while corporate profits have risen by orders of magnitude. Why are employers complaining about not having cheap labor ON DEMAND? Welcome to Capitalism! Capitalism works BOTH WAYS, not just for the employer.”

A great majority of Americans SUPPORT enhanced unemployment benefits.
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/majority-of-americans-think-congress-should-extend-enhanced-unemployment-benefits-past-july-poll-132314298.html

“We find no evidence to support concerns about adverse aggregate labor supply effects of expanded UI generosity in the context of the current pandemic.”
Yale University Study: Employment Effects of Unemployment Insurance Generosity During the
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Republican governors scoffed at COVID-19, but treat cutting unemployment insurance as an emergency

Saturday May 08, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 03: South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speaks to a crowd during an election night party for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on November 3, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. Graham defeated Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jaime Harrison. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster at a rally for Sen. Lindsey Graham

On Friday, the monthly jobs report showed an unexpectedly weak rate of job growth for the month of April. For economists, it was a something of a puzzle, but for Republicans on the hunt for a narrative, it was
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Justice Hidden In Plain Sight

For a very long time I have complained how prosecutors/Congress IGNORE the most relevant important federal law on the books: U.S.C. TITLE 18, SEC. 242 DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS UNDER COLOR OF LAW and its sister statute, SEC. 241 CONSPIRACY AGAINST RIGHTS. These federal laws apply to any person acting under color of law who violates a person’s U.S. civil, constitutional rights.
The penalty for violating a person’s rights is a minimum of one year in federal prison and up to life in prison depending upon the severity of the offense.

The enforcement of this statute (SEC. 242) is THE MISSING

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Reporters keep falling for GOP and business lobbyist lies and it’s officially screwing over workers

Saturday May 08, 2021

There is a growing narrative that there is a mass labor shortage in the country and that the slightly expanded unemployment benefits provided by the American Rescue Plan are to blame.

New stories that repeat this trope are being published every day, each of them featuring frustrated business owners and spokespeople for local chambers of commerce moaning about how hard it’s been to lure people back to the low-pay jobs that tossed them overboard last year. What none of these stories offer, however, is a single quote from an actual worker. Every single journalist is simply

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Federal Court: Cops Accused Of Stealing Over $225,000 Have Legal Immunity

In a baffling decision by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, earlier this month, a panel of judges unanimously ruled that Fresno police officers accused of stealing over $225,000 were entitled to “qualified immunity” and can’t be sued. Thanks to this doctrine, police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and other public functionaries are shielded from civil rights lawsuits.

While exercising a search warrant in 2013, Fresno police raided and seized $50,000 from Micah Jessop and Brittan Ashjian, two businessmen suspected of illegal gambling (neither was ever criminally charged). Worse, the two claimed that police actually grabbed $151,000 in cash and $125,000

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Voting Rights Roundup: Manchin rejects D.C. statehood and casts doubt on anti-gerrymandering bill

Friday April 30, 2021

In an interview on Friday, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin became the first Senate Democrat to announce his opposition to legislation that would make Washington, D.C. a state, likely dooming the hopes of statehood supporters for the foreseeable future. Manchin also said he would not vote for the major package of voting rights reforms known as H.R. 1, which includes a ban on gerrymandering, “as it exists today,” though he left open the possibility of backing a revised version.

A bill granting statehood to D.C. passed the House on a party-line vote for the second time ever

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US Capitol Police says threats against members of Congress up 107% compared to 2020

Fri May 7, 2021

(CNN) US Capitol Police said Friday that there has been a 107% increase in threats against members of Congress this year compared to 2020 and the department is “confident” the number of cases will continue to increase.

“As the Department has previously reported, the number of threats made against Congress has increased significantly. This year alone, there has been a 107% increase in threats against Members compared to 2020,” USCP said in a press release on security recommendations detailed in a third preliminary report by its inspector general.
“Provided the unique threat environment we currently live

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