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Assault on the Middle Class

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Raskin and Pelosi rally supporters in Bethesda against tax plan

Pelosi Raskin Rally against GOP tax planHouse minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Jamie Raskin speak before 350 people in Bethesda Saturday morning against the president’s tax plan. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  The devil of the GOP tax plan being promoted by President Trump and Congressional Republicans is in the details, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-8th District) said on Saturday while speaking with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) during a boisterous rally against the GOP plan, which he called “an assault on the middle class.”

Speaking before more than 300 people in Bethesda Saturday morning, Raskin was adamant about the challenges he said the Democrats face in stopping the tax plan.

“We’ve gotta get into the weeds because that’s where the snakes are,” Raskin said. He also told his constituents that the 426-page bill is “of, by, and for the billionaires,” compared with Abraham Lincoln – who Raskin called “the last great Republican President” – and his idea of government “of, by, and for the people.”

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Rebuilding Dem-Labor alliance in Trump world

Damon silversDamon Silvers of the AFL-CIO.     COURTESY PHOTO  An hour does not likely go by that someone, especially a Democrat, doesn't wonder: “How could this have happened? How could this country have placed someone as ill-prepared, unfit and self-serving as Donald J. Trump in the White House?” I attended a presentation by Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO on this very topic. Mr. Silvers attempted to explain not just what went wrong but what needs to be done to prevent a similar disaster from recurring in the future.

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Looking at the future of homeownership

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Homeownership wasn’t always part of the American Dream. The American Dream originated as a concept about increasing one’s quality of life, which was well established before our country’s independence from Britain. John Kenneth White and Sandra L. Hanson discussed the history of the American Dream in the introduction to their edited collection “The American Dream in the 21st Century” (2011; Temple University Press). They describe the American Dream as being fundamental to the Declaration of Independence. But the idiom “American Dream” was not in our lexicon until the 20th century. Although James Truslow Adams has been credited for the phrase “American Dream;” White and Hanson attribute its first use to Walter Lippmann, who used it in his 1914 book “Drift and Mastery.” Adams’ 1931 work “The Epic of America” was the first widely accepted promotion of the phrase “American Dream.”

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