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We All Do Better When We All Do Better

Barbra Streisand, actor, singer, composer, director, is also an activist. Here’s what she wrote yesterday in the Huffington Blog….

Have You Heard the Good News?

The frustration now is the lack of wage increases — an obstacle that must be overcome both by raising the minimum wage and our corporations rewarding the increase in productivity among our workers. Of course there’s not been an encouraging word from the GOP, which opposes any increase in the federal minimum wage. In fact, their 2016 frontrunner, Jeb Bush, does not think there should be a federal minimum wage.

The GOP does not care to understand the late Senator Paul Wellstone’s maxim, ‘We all do better when we all do better.’ Increasing wages means more economic demand for more goods and services, and boosts the economy. Somehow, Republicans remain intent on cutting taxes for the already rich and devastating domestic spending.


Are Republicans who control both houses of Congress interested in governing or will they remain stuck in their ideological corner? Their current approval rating of 11% does not seem to faze them, so the signs are not encouraging. In an unprecedented move, 47 Senate Republicans just signed a letter deliberately undermining both our President and important allies’ in the negotiation to halt nuclear arms proliferation by Iran.

So it looks like the facts be damned, the GOP has decided that the ideological corner is where they will remain. The voters will have a chance next year to change this.

— Barbra Streisand 

About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • It’s difficult to figure out what the GOP will do next. For decades I’ve thought that they couldn’t get any more insane, but I’m constantly slapped in the face by the laser-like focus of their madness. It has allowed the democrats to go so corporate they’ve become conservatives.

    Forty or so years ago people like Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders would have been leaders among the democrats. Today, one got bitch-slapped by a DEMOCRAT president (for being vocal about single payer healthcare) and allowed to be redistricted out of politics and the other is patted on the back like a kindly grandfather.

    Celebrities with a conscience should be more active in politics, but people need to hit the streets in serious numbers. We need to demand real elections, a media free of corporate influence and actual regulation. The older of us need to make sure the younger generations don’t grow up without knowing what a progressive is.

    • You are so right. We must guide and encourage the young people. We need to help them see, and believe, that We The People can take back our country.

  • Keep your eyes and ears open for May the 7th when the UK residents vote for change.. in the next General Election.. I think some parties are in for a shock.. As many now see the main parties as not solving issues and they go around and around in circles undoing each others policies..
    Its time for a change.. so watch this space.. for it will be a trend I think when people are waking up to see the truth of the lies being told..
    I wish your country well in your next years elections..

  • This post makes one wonder where all the famous artists are hiding out. So many of them have millions in the bank, nothing to worry about as far as retribution, yet are strangely silent at this time of seemingly growing global madness.

    • Good point. You’d think our global madness would really inspire the creatives.

      I wonder why there are no movies about corruption in politics, the banking industry, or the 97% of climate scientists? And I don’t necessarily mean documentaries. Fictionalized treatments of these topics would be fascinating, whether they were dramas, thrillers or dark comedies.

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