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Breaking: Democratic Party of Virginia Unanimously Passes Resolution Asking General Assembly...

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I'm really glad to see the Democratic Party of Virginia ratify this resolution - unanimously, no less! - in support of repealing Virginia's anti-labor,...

Making Virginia Great For Workers As Well As Great For Business

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by A Siegel In a rare space of bipartisan ecstasy, Virginia's political leaders love to tout that Virginia is a go-to place for business. As...

Does It Really Cost $72,630 to Repeal the Death Penalty, and...

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by Cindy A fiscal impact statement is a short document that accompanies a bill filed in the General Assembly. It’s meant to describe the costs...

Saturday News: “The GOPfather” Is “Flaunting His Impunity”; “This vulgar man...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, February 8. Antarctica registers hottest temperature ever at nearly 65...

Calling Out Mark Obenshain (and the Republicans) on Their ‘Right to...

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by April Moore In honor of Labor Day, I would like to share another of the ads I've been running in my campaign against Mark...

“Who Are They Serving?” A Theme for Democrats to Use Against...

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Republicans Routinely Betray Their Supporters A major theme of the campaign of my wife, April Moore, running against Republican incumbent Mark Obenshain for the Virginia...

New Poll: Clinton Up 49%-43% in VA; Orwellian “Right to Work”...

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Interesting findings in this new Winthrop University poll of Virginia:  First, Clinton leads Trump 49%-43% with just a few days left to go. Note that...

The Right to Your Labor

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Some argue: you have no claim to the product of your labor; it's the property of your employer. After all, the employer owns the job. And without the job, labor has no value. So follows the views of Governor McDonnell and apparently Senator Warner and DPVA Chairman Moran. Slavery redux.

All of them support the oxymoronic "Right to Work" lobby; a movement rearward to the age of fiefdoms. This is a Virginia issue for any of a number of reasons. Some:

  • Our Right to Work Laws foster a hostile environment for labor
  • Unions protect a very small portion of the labor force
  • Wages for skilled labor are lower than in states without the "Right to Work"
  • Skilled labor migrates to higher wages and out of Virginia
  • Democratic leadership kowtows to Republican interests above labor's interests

A Daily Kos post this past Sunday laid out an argument that the mega-have's are mounting a final assault on the middle-have's. It wipes away the misconception that the "business-friendly" right-to-work states receive economic benefit in employment growth and economic gains.

But though the middle class will likely diminish as a result of this consolidation of wealth, the attack is not only against it but also against anything of value they can attach; even that of the little-haves. The Republicans have grown as ignorant about production and business as the anti-capitalists they so deride. Two sides of the same coin. They are fostering a soviet style business climate that sees wealth as a zero sum game; the only way to increase it is by taking someone else's. Redistribution of wealth private sector style; today characterized by glossy grift.