On Labor Day President Obama and Vice President Biden were out talking about the importance of organized Labor, but Ed reminds us that they were noticeably absent from a big labor fight in Wisconsin. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, showed he could walk the walk by picketing with workers in Iowa Friday. United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard joins Ed to discuss how labor is hurting, and things are only going to get worse as the Trans-Pacific Partnership moves forward. Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist David Cay Johnston joins the show to discuss how the middle class is being decimated by our legislators.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced