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Trump regime: Americans on Social Security will have to file a simple tax return to receive a $1,200 check

“Many lawmakers and advocates for the poor say filing a tax return shouldn’t be necessary for people on Social Security since the government already knows how to send this population monthly checks. The $2.2 trillion aid package said that if someone has not filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, the U.S. Treasury should get their information from Social Security, if applicable,” The Washington Post reports.


The need for a Green New Deal can rendezvous with the imperative of anti-depression public investment. Much of this sweeping proposal is on the drawing boards and has not been done for lack of funding. Some of it will take some advance planning. The time to start is now.

— Robert Kuttner: We need a WWII-size mobilization to stop COVID-19 from destroying the economy (The New York Times)

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Capital budget impasse leads to state employee layoffs

Jobs are now being lost as a consequence of Senate Republicans’ refusal to bring the capital budget up for a vote back in July. KING5’s Heather Graf has more.

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This again: Boeing plan will shift hundreds of jobs to Arizona

Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates: “Boeing plans to transfer yet another substantial work group out of the Puget Sound region, the company confirmed Wednesday. The work shifting to Mesa, Arizona, could involve hundreds of jobs.”


Employers like to use free-form, unstructured interviews in an attempt to “get to know” a job candidate. Such interviews are also increasingly popular with admissions officers at universities looking to move away from test scores and other standardized measures of student quality. But as in my friend’s case, interviewers typically form strong but unwarranted impressions about interviewees, often revealing more about themselves than the candidates.

— Jason Dana: The utter uselessness of job interviews


Trump has endangered the jobs of workers who were previously safe in the United States. Why? Because he has signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives.

Bernie Sanders: Carrier just showed corporations how to beat Donald Trump

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This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.

The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz explains how Republican Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque has figured out a way to bring jobs to the homeless, instead of ignoring their plight or cracking down on them for asking passersby for money.


Mr. Bush, in particular, may pose as a reasonable, thoughtful type — credulous reporters even describe him as a policy wonk — but his actual economic platform, which relies on the magic of tax cuts to deliver a doubling of America’s growth rate, is pure supply-side voodoo.

— The New York Times’ Paul Krugman: Trump is right on economics

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Activist registers, posts thirty-thousand frowny faces to represent workers she laid off

Now this is brilliant: An unnamed activist managed to get his or her hands on – a pretty valuable domain name that the former Hewlett-Packard executive somehow failed to register – and decided to post 30,000 frowny faces. Each signifies a worker that Fiorina laid off while at HP. At the bottom, the website notes that Fiorina’s only regret is that she didn’t lay off the workers faster.


Our Republican Leader in the Senate, as he was coming in, after having tried to block every single thing that we have done to strengthen the economy, starts looking at the job numbers and says, you know, it’s getting better because we just got elected — and people are feeling more optimistic. Which — okay. I didn’t know that’s how the economy worked. But maybe? We’ll call some economists.

— President Barack Obama, making fun of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky at the Democratic National Committee meeting in the District of Columbia. McConnell hilariously tried to claim credit for the improving jobs picture back in January, just hours after becoming the Senate Majority Leader.


Boeing’s marketing versus Boeing’s actions

Boeing’s marketing department is at it again.

We couldn’t help but notice that this week’s edition of the Redmond Reporter contains a full-page color ad, taken out by the aerospace giant, proclaiming its loyalty to Washington and declaring itself “proud to be here”:

Boeing's love letter (or postcard) to Washington

The ad’s text reads: Greetings from Washington, “The Evergreen State”… Proud to be here building something better. Washington State is home to nearly half of all Boeing employees worldwide. Boeing has added nearly 30,000 employees in the past decade, including more than 3,700 new hires in 2014. Boeing is proud to be the state’s largest private employer, and has invested billions of dollars in Washington since 2003. At Boeing, we’re proud of our State of Washington heritage and Washington workforce, now over 81,000 strong. Add that to more than 2,000 partners and suppliers across the state. Facts that underscore our continued growth, investment and commitment to this very special place.

When we saw this ad, we couldn’t help but think of all these headlines from last year, which summarize recent actions taken by Boeing that affect our state:

Those headlines are just from last year. Remember when Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago after the turn of the century? Or when Boeing threatened to build the 787 somewhere other than Washington? Or when it went ahead and opened a second assembly line for the 787 in South Carolina, after having received enormous tax breaks to build the 787 here?

There’s a disparity in this relationship. Washington has unquestionably been very generous to Boeing, but Boeing has hardly been generous to Washington.

Boeing is not showing us much loyalty in return for the billions in tax breaks we’ve doled out to them – but they’d certainly like us all to think that we are.


Insecurity is now baked into every aspect of the employment relationship. Workers can be fired for any reason, or no reason. And benefits are disappearing. The portion of workers with any pension connected to their job has fallen from over half in 1979 to under 35 percent in today.

— Robert Reich: Why wages won’t rise


Two of the biggest accomplishments of Obama’s first term were health reform and the stimulus (which was too small but certainly better than nothing). Neither was perfect, but the Democrats have consistently failed to make the case for how these achievements are yielding results. And they are, in fact, yielding results.

— Kerry Eleveld: Stellar job growth numbers send Democrats running for cover


The utter humiliation of laying everyone off and telling them they are welcome to reapply for their existing jobs in a new location has struck everyone as a nasty corporate practice.

— Ray Goforth, executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, condemning Boeing’s idiotic decision to transfer aerospace engineering jobs out of Washington. (The Seattle Times: Boeing managers say transfer of engineer jobs damaging talent, morale)

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Pubic television’s Bill Moyers talks with Jacob Kornbluth, director of Inequality for All, about the widening disparity between the super wealthy and everyone else.