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DeFazio and Sanders Propose to Save the Postal Service
Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have introduced legislation that would remove the Congressionally-created financial crisis in the United States Postal Service (USPS). They need public support to get this important reform passed into law.
Republican Attack on Overtime Pay is Fraud not Flexibility
Earlier this month, Republicans introduced a bill designed to weaken the 40 hour work week. Deceptively titled The Working Families Flexibility Act, H.R. 1406 would effectively allow employers to stop paying workers time-and-a-half for overtime work. Instead of overtime pay, workers would get a vague promise (with no guarantee) of comp time to be taken at some future date, ultimately controlled by the employer.
“Entitlement” is not a Dirty Word
It is a shame that the word “entitlement” has become nearly synonymous with freeloading. Perhaps the derogatory use of the term reached its zenith in Mitt Romney’s famous 47% pitch during the last campaign. However, in today’s public policy debates, too often the derogatory meaning is applied to programs such as Social Security.
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