Transport Workers Union president John Samuelson appeared Friday on Current TV’s Countdown and explained to guest host David Shuster that his union is making common cause with the Occupy Wall Street protesters because they are “singing the same song and fighting the same battle that our union has fought for the last eighteen months.”
“Working families in New York State are definitely getting shafted while the wealthiest folks in New York State are getting a tax break,” Samuelson continued. “If you make a million dollars a years, you’re bringing home an extra $408 a week under the eliminated millionaires’ tax. We have a lot of folks in New York City that aren’t even making $408 a week to take care of their families.”
Samuelson indicated that there were only a few hundred of his members participating in the protest on Friday but that “they do feel a sense of solidarity.” He expects the number to grow now that the executive board has endorsed it and sees the unions as being able to make a particular contribution through their ability to articulate a message about the growing disparity of wealth in the United States.
“There’s a sense of desparation,” he commented, “that the folks in government just don’t get.”
This video is from Current TV’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann September 30, 2011.
Michigan governor blames GOP and ‘separation of church and state’ on failure to ban megachurch gatherings
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said on Sunday that Republicans were to blame for an exemption that allows churches to gather in groups of 50 or more during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Whitmer told Fox News Sunday guest host John Roberts that GOP lawmakers contacted her after she issued an executive order on Monday banning gatherings of 50 or more.
"One thing that kind of puzzles me is that you have limited groups of people to 50 or fewer," Roberts explained. "Yet, there is an exemption for places of worship. Why would a place of worship be any less likely to transmit diseases in a larger gathering than another place?"
White House press secretary screams at reporters to get out as Trump refuses to answer virus questions
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham on Tuesday raised her voice at reporters who were trying to ask questions of the President of the United States.
Reporters invited in to the president's meeting with insurance company CEOs hoped to ask him about the COVID-19 outbreak. Instead, members of the press were treated to a photo-op.
"Let's go!" Grisham repeatedly shouted as members of the press tried to ask questions of the president. "Press, let's go!"
In the end, no reporters were able to get a reply from the president before being forced to leave the White House Cabinet Room.
Woman told to ‘shut up, sit down’ after she asks Kellyanne Conway why Trump wants to cut Medicare: report
At an event with White House adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday, a woman was told to "shut up" after she accused President Donald Trump of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare.
The confrontation occurred during Attorney's General William Barr's rollout of an elder fraud program in Tampa, Florida while Conway was speaking.
Tampa Bay Times correspondent Anastasia Dawson reported that the woman was told to "shut up" and "sit down." According to reports, Conway did not directly answer the woman's question.