Late Night: Kids Should Work for Food

By: Monday April 29, 2013 8:00 pm

I swear whenever these Republican knobs start yobbing off about how poor people just need to learn to work hard, I think YOU FIRST ASSHOLE. I doubt any of them have ever hauled anything heavier than a double scotch, but boy are they eager to stand watch with a whip while the little children pick in the fields and scrub in the hallways.


FDL Movie Night: The Revolutionary Optimists

By: Monday March 11, 2013 5:00 pm

The Revolutionary Optimists takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Kolkata (Calcutta), India where lawyer-turned-activist Amlan Ganguly has created a multi-faceted program, Prayasam, which empowers children to improve their communities. With some families working in the brickfields carrying 1500 bricks a day to earn $1.45–and many of children facing the same (lack of) employment options–Amlan creates schools and afterschool clubs that empowers the children and give them the opportunity to dream and to make those dreams into a reality.

Citing ‘Tradition,’ Big Ag Fights Reforms for Child Farmworkers

By: Sunday April 1, 2012 8:15 am

Under the banner of National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 25-31, consumer and labor groups are working to educate communities about egregious conditions on farms. Now that organizations like the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers have begun to rattle the food industry with colorful worker- and consumer-driven campaigns, Washington should be ripe for long-overdue reforms to curb the worst forms of child labor.

But common decency has again been overshadowed by a well-oiled campaign by the agricultural industry lobby, which has pushed to block the rule changes by claiming that child labor reflects good old American values.

This Is How Twisted Gingrich Is

By: Saturday March 31, 2012 4:00 pm

Remember this whole thing about Gingrich saying that union janitors in schools should be fired and replaced with kids? When I read that, I could not stop thinking, “Where the heck is THAT coming from?”

Well, now we know.

Republicans Try to Convert America into Pottersville

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 8:00 am

A building and loan association, like the Bailey Brothers’ in It’s a Wonderful Life, uses the savings of its members to provide mortgages to the depositors. Members essentially pool their money to give each other the opportunity to buy cars and homes. But Mr. Potter scoffs at such “charity.” The GOP does the same with Social Security, Medicare and other programs that pool the nation’s wealth to help the middle class.

I don’t know if it is better, but luckier than good seems to work

By: Monday December 5, 2011 1:30 am

Newt Gingrich may be demonstrably smarter than Rick Perry, but who isn’t? Nonetheless he complements what he has with a nasty combination of saying stupid things and stubbornness that is a wonder to behold.

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