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Posts Tagged ‘United States’

JFK on Equal Pay

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017


Its Equal Pay Day. JFK, in 1963, signed the “Equal Pay Act”…and we still have a long way to go…at about 1 minute into this video …a woman asks Kennedy about Equal Pay for Women…my view is that all public service should carry with it public knowledge of it …not lack of knowledge through Government obsfucation of the details of it…we should know more about this issue today…than we do. Below, a transcript of Kennedy speaking on the day he signed the “Equal Pay Act:”

June 10, 1963

I AM delighted today to approve the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women in the payment of wages. This act represents many years of effort by labor, management, and several private organizations unassociated with labor or management, to call attention to the unconscionable practice of paying female employees less wages than male employees for the same job. This measure adds to our laws another structure basic to democracy. It will add protection at the working place to the women, the same rights at the working place in a sense that they have enjoyed at the polling place.

While much remains to be done to achieve full equality of economic opportunity–for the average woman worker earns only 60 percent of the average wage for men–this legislation is a significant step forward.

Our economy today depends upon women in the labor force. One out of three workers is a woman. Today, there are almost 25 million women employed, and their number is rising faster than the number of men in the labor force.

It is extremely important that adequate provision be made for reasonable levels of income to them, for the care of the children which they must leave at home or in school, and for protection of the family unit. One of the prime objectives of the Commission on the Status of Women, which I appointed 18 months ago, is to develop a program to accomplish these purposes.

The lower the family income, the higher the probability that the mother must work. Today, 1 out of 5 of these working mothers has children under 3. Two out of 5 have children of school age. Among the remainder, about 50 percent have husbands who earn less than $5,000 a year–many of them much less. I believe they bear the heaviest burden of any group in our Nation. Where the mother is the sole support of the family, she often must face the hard choice of either accepting public assistance or taking a position at a pay rate which averages less than two-thirds of the pay rate for men.

It is for these reasons that I believe we must expand day-care centers and provide other assistance which I have recommended to the Congress. At present, the total facilities of all the licensed day-care centers in the Nation can take care of only 185,000 children. Nearly 500,000 children under 12 must take care of themselves while their mothers work. This, it seems to me, is a formula for disaster.

I am glad that Congress has recently authorized $800,000 to State welfare agencies to expand their day-care services during the remainder of this fiscal year. But we need much more. We need the $8 million in the 1965 budget for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare allocated to this purpose.

We also need the provisions in the tax bill that will permit working mothers to increase the deduction from income tax liability for costs incurred in providing care for their children while the mothers are working. In October the Commission on the Status of Women will report to me. This problem should have a high priority, and I think that whatever we leave undone this year we must move on this in January.

I am grateful to those Members of Congress who worked so diligently to guide the Equal Pay Act through. It is a first step. It affirms our determination that when women enter the labor force they will find equality in their pay envelopes.

We have some of the most influential Members of Congress here today, and I do hope that we can get this appropriation for these day-care centers, which seems to me to be money very wisely spent, and also under consideration of the tax bill, that we can consider the needs of the working mothers, and both of these will be very helpful, and I would like to lobby in their behalf.


“The Activists” A Talk with Medea Benjamin at the RNC on Code Pink and HRC

Monday, February 13th, 2017


As we prepare to launch into our extensive coverage of some behind the scenes meetings involving the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington…a talk with one of the most present feminist activists over the past ten years, Medea Benjamin, a co founder of Code Pink…and not a supporter of Hillary Clinton…not so sure she’s particularly comfortable with the outcome of this election, and we wonder if she would support HRC a bit more….in 2020. We imagine Hillary’s been awed by her general election tally, and the size of the Women Marches around the globe, compared with Trump’s Inauguration crowd, and television audience, which was the 9th ranked Presidential Inauguration in terms of household ratings…coming in behind Richard Nixon…and way behind Obama and Bill Clinton.


“The Activists” Ralph Nader on Organizing

Monday, February 13th, 2017

Activists still
Part of a larger segment on not voting for 3rd and 4th party candidates sometimes but in this segment Nader is quite wonderful.


Mission Possible: The Best Veterans’ Services In The World

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

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Upbeat–and Sometimes Miraculous–Stories From the Holy Land.

By M.H. Levine

A military center combined with amazing education. Programs that help build strength and leaderships skills in young people..and events, community and counseling  for–and actual joyous celebration of–Veterans. This is the mission of the Israel Air Force Center in Herzaliya. 

Spending on Military and Education has always been at odds in the United States. One seems to happen at the expense of the other, in our tug of war politics.

Certainly not so at the IAF Center–run by the IAF Center Foundation–which is breath of fresh air in terms of honoring military personnel. If there is another building somewhere in the word that honors military personnel and veterans so well, I’d love to see it.

“At the IAF Center, we believe in investing in human capital — building this young generation of Israelis into the leaders of tomorrow. Leaders, especially in the IAF, can never lead alone. They rely on the men and women around them. That’s why we teach team building and encourage friendship amongst our participants.” (Picture and caption: IFC Center Foundation).

Could the solution for Veterans Services in the United States involve this kind of private/public funded localized center that is gleaming, first rate, celebratory and kind…?

In keeping with the idea of a military that spends less in the United States, but way more effectively…and an educational system upon which we begin spending a little more BUT ALSO WAY MORE EFFECTIVELY…it would amazing to see a few centers like these spring up, spread across different branches of the American Military. If such a thing were to happen,  each new Veteran’s Day would be a happier day for more and more American veterans…year after year.




Trump Victory Speech NY Hilton (11/9/2016)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016


Donald Trump says some encouraging things about the United States Of America early in the morning on 11/9/2016 in New York City. As he won the presidency, his face was projected on the Empire State Building. Very New York Election.


The Final Trump Appearance Manchester, NH, 9/7/106

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Donald Trump makes final argument as around 62,000 watch live on You Tube.


Notes on what the Clinton Foundation Actually Does

Saturday, November 5th, 2016
  1.  20 million students in nearly 35,000 U.S. schools are benefitting from improved physical education, health education, and healthier food 
  2. We’re working with partners to prevent 10,000 opioid overdose deaths nationwide.
  3. More than 835,000 books will be distributed by end of this year to kids and families in our underserved communities.
  4.  In 70 countries, more than 11.5 million patients have access to lower cost medication and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS                                                                                      cwwo7aaxeaaguu1
  5. In Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, we’re empowering more than 150,000 smallholder farmers by educating them on the latest techniques and technologies for improving their crop yields, and, in turn, their incomes.                                                                                                                                                                                                    cwcpzo3xuainm7e
  6. We’re also working with partners to reduce the impact of carbon emissions by planting more than 2.6 million trees with local farmers  —  sequestering more than 200,000 tons of CO2. And, in Latin America and the Caribbean, thousands of farmers and entrepreneurs are accessing bigger markets with their products and improving their ability to earn a living.
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The President Show: Stories of Weld Bolting Still Premature

Thursday, October 6th, 2016


This story below in the NY Daily News and other like it are being vehemently denied only at this moment by Bill Weld. There is kind of a waiting–a hopeful waiting–for these two Libertarians to endorse HRC, at least from certain quarters.



Gary Johnson’s hapless running mate, William Weld, is essentially giving up on the presidential race and wants to spend its last few weeks attacking Donald Trump.

The same day Johnson admitted he’s not keeping up with world affairs, Weld told The Boston Globe Trump is his only priority from now until November 8.

“I think Mr. Trump’s proposals in the foreign policy area, including nuclear proliferation, tariffs, and free trade, would be so hurtful, domestically and in the world, that he has my full attention,” Weld said Tuesday.


He added, “I have had in mind all along trying to get the Donald into third place, and with some tugging and hauling, we might get there.”

A look at world affairs for Gary Johnson and/or a third-grader
The Globe said Weld also hinted that he might abandon the Libertarian Party altogether, although he said he’s “certainly not going to drop them this year.”

Still, he said his priority after the election could be working with Republicans like Mitt Romney to rebuild the GOP.

When Weld, a former Republican governor of Massachusetts, joined Johnson on the Libertarian ticket, he said he would be a Libertarian for life and fight to make sure his running mate became the next President of the United States.

But Weld apparenrly wised up after Johnson’s month of stunning gaffes, with the third-party contender consistently failing to know anything about current events or foreign affairs. When Johnson couldn’t name a single world leader he admired during an MSNBC town hall, Weld stepped in as his hype man, reminding him of a couple names.

Esther Schoenfeld: Wake up, millennials, and back Hillary
Johnson spent his Tuesday morning arguing on national TV that his ignorance about the world could be a virtue, because it would prevent him from sending soldiers to dangerous countries.

Weld last week told MSNBC he’s “not sure anybody is more qualified than Hillary Clinton to be president of the United States.”


“The Activists” Lyme Warrior Bruce Alan Fries

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

The Activists – Lyme Warrior, Bruce Alan Fries from The Georgia Pictures Company on Vimeo.

Bruce Alan Fries is a Washingtonian who has focused on bringing the need for better Lyme Treatment to the United States Congress.


The President Show: PAC Pushes Al Franken For Hillary’s Vp

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Franken for Hillary VP; ‘Perfect Tonic to Trump’s Coarse Broadsides’

Franken In the all important VP Wars…this may very well be a very very strong choice.

Sen. Al Franken should be tapped to be Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, says Bill Scher, senior writer for the progressive political advocacy group Campaign for America’s Future.

“For a 2016 presidential race that’s already stranger than fiction, his party truly needs someone like Franken if it’s going to win the presidency,” Scher says of the Minnesota Democrat and former “Saturday Night Live” comic in a column written for Politico.

“[Donald] Trump’s presence demands new rhetorical weaponry. As Trump himself might say, Franken’s ‘classy’ and ‘elegant’ wit is just what the ticket needs to avoid the kind of brawl that drags everyone down to Trump’s level.

As well, writes Scher, it would allow Clinton to remain “above the fray,” with the quick-witted Franken there to “provide the buffer.”

“Franken has worked hard to prove he is a detail-oriented, issues-driven senator, not a political novelty act,” Scher says.

“Furthermore, his style of humor is deadpan and wry, the perfect tonic to Trump’s coarse broadsides. He’ll have no need or inclination to get sucked into the gutter, the way Rubio did, just to get a piece of the daily news cycle.”