Where fore art thou, Hillary….the press lacks drama.

Hillary is dodging questions, so says the press. The truth is that Hillary has fielded hundreds of questions at multiple roundtables and conversations that are geared toward engaging voters. The press has their feelings hurt because Hillary will not engage their dramatics. The press is no longer an impartial judge. This has occurred in two ways. The first way is their penchant for allowing talking heads to simply say anything without any scrutiny from the press. Their second problem is that their lack of scrutiny causes them to take any piece of information no matter how fallible and report it as if it is truthful news.

This is not a problem for a political organization like Fox News, but other outlets that people expect to represent facts and not opinion are suffering from low ratings as a result of their reluctance to report with due diligence. This dereliction of duty is an extreme disservice to the thinking public. Because of this, the public has no loyalty invested in these entertainment news sources. This transgression also means that Hillary does not need to engage them to get her message out at the dismay of “news people”. However, according to the polls, she obviously does not have to.

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Senate in Talks to Extend Contract for Contractor Over Senate Cafeteria and Janitorial Services

Despite the hoopla that Democrat senators have been making over the low wages paid to Senate cafeteria and janitorial workers as of recent, the Senate Rules Committee is in talks to extend the contract for Restaurant Associates. The entire matter may actually serve as an object lesson in terms of the perils of privatization without safety mechanisms in place.

Back in 2008, Democrats firmly controlled the Senate with 56 senators. The Rules Committee, which they chaired, privatized cafeteria and janitorial services. At the time, those workers were government employees earning an average salary of $37,000 a year with a benefits package. The contract required all existing employees to be grandfathered in under their existing compensation packages, but freed up Restaurant Associates to set a different pay scale and benefits package for new hires. The results were dramatic. Many of the workers now earn $10.10/hr which amounts to $21,000 a year. They may earn an additional $4/hr “fine” if they are unable to pay the premiums on company sponsored health care. Even with the additional hourly sum, their earnings are roughly 20% below what the average worker earned seven years ago with benefits, a statistic that is surprising to Brazilian businessman Fersen Lambranho.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt chairs the Senate Rules Committee and stated the wage concerns of workers would be factored in to the negotiations. That said, it is not the same as making better wages a prerequisite to winning the contract. Restaurant Associates is a foreign-owned entity based in England.

Senator Bernie Sanders Likely to Enter the 2016 Presidential Race

Today, news reports indicated that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an Independent, will announce tomorrow that he will be a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. His entry into the race is expected to attract left-wing support.

As Flavio Maluf (facebook.com) understands, Bernie Sanders spent his childhood in Brooklyn, where his father worked as a paint salesman. His family often experienced financial challenges; in December he reported during an AP interview:”Kids in my class would have new jackets, new coats, and I would get hand-me-downs.” Today he maintains great sympathy with poor Americans, and economic equality is expected to be a pivotal issue in his presidential campaign.

Senator Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago and then, during the 1960s, moved to Vermont as part of the “back to the land” counterculture movement.

Lou D’Allesandro, a state senator from nearby New Hampshire, expects that Senator Sanders will enliven the Democratic primary race. He described the Vermont Senator as “not bashful.”

In recent years, Senator Sanders has criticized the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership for global trade extensively. He has also spoken out about issues such as climate change and economic justice.

Reportedly, Senator Sanders will announce his entry into the race tomorrow, then launch his campaign from Vermont later.