January 2016

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‘Labor for Bernie’ is Booming in Iowa

Optimism and hope rule in the Quad Cities today. The local newspaper has endorsed Bernie. Friday night 1500 people jammed a ballroom that holds half that number to hear Bernie say once more that “Enough is Enough.” Bernie started his Iowa campaign in Davenport last June. Friday night he was introduced by a college student who works delivering sandwiches for Jimmy Johns and whose student debt is rising much faster than his $7 an hour wage. Yet at the campaign office I could only admire his energy and commitment, serving as a top volunteer while also working and going to school. The audience stood in silence as he told his story, recognizing themselves or their children in him and remembering a time when tuition at public colleges was either free or affordable.

It’s clear that working class Iowa is standing up and fighting back!

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Too poor to retire and too young to die

(Excerpt) She endures what is for many aging Americans an unforgiving economy. Nearly one-third of U.S. heads of households ages 55 and older have no pension or retirement savings and a median annual income of about $19,000. A growing proportion of the nation’s elderly are like Westfall: too poor to retire and too young to die. Many rely on Social Security and minimal pensions, in part because half of all workers have no employer-backed retirement plans. Eight in 10 Americans say they will work well into their 60s or skip retirement entirely. Westfall hadn’t planned to keep working. But in …

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