Includes recent updates


On Nestle Moving To Brazil LABOR DAY LETTER ON MORE SNAP ON CLOSINGS On the Commission Form of City Government On President Bush's Visit to Omaha, Nebraska May 12, 2003
Can a person be patriotic and work for Wilson Leather?
Guess Who's Report Card? Free Market
Mass Registration-Location
Pandora's Box A DETRIMENT TO THIS COUNTRY Tracking a Cow 
Tracking an 
Illegal Alien
 NEW  04/16/04
 NEW  04/21/04

Written by Dave N. a friend and school teacher in Illinois

You gotta love these folks at Wal-Mart. You know, the place that sells only "American-made" products in its stores yet does over 12 billion dollars worth of trade with China every year. The same people putting our fellow Americans out of work because of the super cheap labor in China. And so where does that put their customer base? The people in China can't afford what's made for and sold in Wal-Mart stores, and pretty soon that's going to be the case here.

What we should be demanding is a steep tariff on all goods imported into this country. Yep, especially those goods manufactured in foreign countries for companies that were once American and who are going to sell these products in their stores or any other retail store. And any American-named company with headquarters based in another country, to avoid paying taxes here, should have to pay a very steep "Trading Tax" to do business in this country.

This isn't stomping down American business people, it's a plan to make you money. The whole idea is to make products in this country that will be SOLD in this COUNTRY to AMERICANS, which then puts more money into your pocket. What ever products left are exported. The concept is simple: The jobs stay here, the extra products get exported! And that my friends, makes all of us happy. :-)

Read the article, Does Wal-Mart Need More Power, posted in the Austin Cronicle, Hightower Report. The URL is below.
While your there you can read other articles that are important to the labor movement.

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On Nestlé Moving To Brazil
Received from Penny, a friend in Texas

Friday May 2nd, 2003 marked a sad passing. After more than a hundred and two years in Fulton New York, the Nestlé company shut down it's very first Chocolate factory in the United States, putting over 417
men and women out of work.

The majority of these employees were just within reach of their retirement. Now they must start over again. Nestlé has moved the plant's Nestlé Crunch bar production to Brazil, the Nesquick line to another state, and sold off the Peters brand of chocolate that had been produced at this factory for most of it's history.

For years these employees put forth every effort, met every demand, and fought every fight possible to save this factory. Each and every time the Company raised the bar, the employees met the challenge. This was not enough for Nestlé.

Over the past twenty years, New York State, Oswego County, and the City of Fulton brought Nestlé tax break after tax break, incentive after incentive. These were not enough. Seven years ago the City of Fulton undertook a multi-million dollar water and sewer upgrade and overhaul specifically intended for the Nestlé plant. The people of this town, many of them Nestlé employees, retirees, family, or friends, all understood. What was good for Nestlé was good for the town. They emphatically supported these upgrades with their tax dollars. This was not enough for Nestlé.

Nestlé announced that the plant would close and that this was strictly a "business decision" and was not open to discussion. THAT was enough for Nestlé. The Nestlé company is huge. It manufactures more than just candy bars. There are the drinks: Juicy Juice, Nestea, Nesquick, Nescafé, Coffee Mate, and Carnation Instant Breakfast. There are the pet foods: Purina, Mighty Dog, Alpo, Fancy Feast, Friskies, and Tidy Cat.

There are the prepared foods: Lean cuisine, and Stouffers. And the candy: Nestle' Crunch &Chocolate, Baby Ruth, Wonka, Sweet-tarts, Butterfinger, Goobers, Raisinets, and Bit-o-Honey to name a few.

Nestlé wants still more. Who was first in line last year when the trustees of the Hershey Foundation considered selling their
controlling share of the Hershey Companies? Nestlé was! Considering their "Just Business" decisions, where would they move Hershey Pennsylvania's production lines to? Hershey Brazil? Hershey Thailand? Remember, it's
just business.

So the next time you're buying a candy bar, coffee creamer, Cocoa, Chocolate Milk, or dog food, please take the time to think about the little town in upstate New York that has 417 newly unemployed workers, and will never again have the smell of chocolate in the air when it's about to rain. Then make your choice; Nestlé or another brand. Maybe, just maybe, Nestlé will then realize it isn't just business any more.

If you think this lament is worthy, I'd appreciate it if you would take the time to share it. Support American produced products - Keep Jobs in the U.S.A.

Buy American

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by John Herrig, ST Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW
and published in the Sioux City Journal August 26, 2003

  September 1st we celebrate Labor Day.     In 1882 the Secretary of the New York Central Labor Union, a machinist named Matthew Maguire, had an idea of having a parade and picnic with speakers.    It resulted in a resolution proclaiming the 5th of September 1882 as a “general holiday for the working men of this city (New York),” promulgated by Maguire.     Who knew it would become a national holiday?

  For decades organized labor has fought hard to establish the 8-hour day & 40-hour week, a living wage, safety standards, worker’s rights, etc.     They helped narrow the gap between the elite and disadvantaged that had run amok thanks to the greed of men like J.P. Morgan and George M. Pullman.

  “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Yogi Berra once made that statement and that could never be more accurate than it is today.     A few years ago the stock market was soaring, unemployment was at an all-time low, manufacturing was booming and Americans from all walks of life were living large.     What a difference a few years can make.      Wage gaps are once again abysmal and we are slowly becoming a “two-class country” – a characteristic of third world nations.

  This country is currently losing 87,000 jobs a month, (about the size of Sioux City).     Iowa has lost almost 5,000 jobs since July 2002.     I fear this trend will continue given the current trade policies and corporate greed.     What will we have to celebrate when we no longer have any jobs to labor over?     Will we have to re-name it “Leisure Day?”

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On More Snap On Closings
Sioux Tools, a subsidiary of Snap On, closed their plant in Sioux City last year 

I received word from Kenosha, Wis. that Snap On has now made the decision to close two more plants, their home office in Kenosha & the Mt. Carmel, Ill. facility. Here we have two more examples of their complete disregard for long time employees who have kept them in business for so many years. The work will be moved to Milwaukee & to Johnson City, Tenn. This is to be done by April of next year.


Bob Nash Jr.
Former President of Siouxland Lodge 1426 and employee of Sioux Tools

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On the Commission Form of City Government

On August 5th of this year there will be an election for the purpose of changing the current council-manager form of government in Sioux City to a commission form of government.  This effort is being pushed by Rudy Salem - who, in my opinion, has eroded the working wage and the union hiring halls with his own brand of cut-rate, unskilled workforce (but that's another issue).  Being currently unemployed, I have taken the opportunity to use my free time to research this issue.  What follows is a montage of information gathered from the Northwest Iowa Labor Council, Max Spain, The Sioux City Journal, and from a variety of other resources.  After laying out the facts surrounding this issue, I will conclude with a summary of my personal view (which should be interpreted as just that -- my personal view  -- not the views of our Lodge, Organized Labor, etc.).

  The last time Sioux City had a commission form of government was in 1953 (50 years ago).  Voters chose that year to install a council-manager form of government due to gross corruption.  Three times since 1953 the voters have rejected efforts to change back to the commission form of government, (1959, 1963, & 1970), the last time it was voted down by more than 70%.  In Iowa there are 949 incorporated cities; only 1 uses the commission form of government.

  What is a commission form of government?

  Under the commission form of government, ordinary citizens are elected to serve as one of five commissioners.  Each would be in charge of running one of five departments including public safety, finance, water and wastewater, public affairs, and roads.  Additionally, each commissioner would have department heads under them (that they would hire).  We, of course, would still need the professional heads of the various departments like, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Engineer, Planning & Zoning, etc.

  Currently Sioux City council members earn $8,500 annually, the mayor earns $10,000 annually and the city manager earns $97,000 annually.  Commissioners earn a salary of $70,000 - $90,000 and department heads earn salaries as high as $85,000.

  The commission form of government consolidates the legislative and executive branches of the current council-manager form of government under one branch completely controlled by the five commissioners.  Each commission would be in charge of developing his or her own budget and each would have their own purchasing system -- there would effectively be five checkbooks and no balances.

  In summary, and in my modest (and possibly misguided) opinion, it seems to me that the commission form of government would be quite costly to our city and it's residents.  The salaries would most certainly attract many (unqualified) candidates to run for positions which require expertise (i.e.: fire chief, engineer, running the water department).  We would, with the commission form, being adding another layer of bureaucracy and there would be less accountability.  And finally, I have to wonder "why, out of 949 incorporated cities in Iowa , is it that only one (1) uses the commission form of government?"

  I certainly agree with Mr.. Salem that our current government is not working.  But, I don't think that it is the form of government that's at fault -- its the members of the city council.  I plan to vote NO for the commission form of government and then do my best to vote out our council members who have failed to bring in jobs with decent wages.  We need to progress past that of a "retail-city" that pays substandard retail wages.

In Solidarity,

John P. Herrig
Siouxland Lodge No. 1426, IAM&AW

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On President Bush's visit to Omaha, Nebraska 
May 12, 2003

I was watching the news tonight about G.W. visiting a nonunion plant in Omaha. I found it very interesting that while he was inside talking of democracy and ending a dictatorship in Iraq, people who lawfully assembled outside were told they could not protest in front of the President and were kept back over 4 blocks away while people who were staged to support the President were allowed to be close enough to touch his car. Sounds like freedom of speech to me.....(in communist China).
from Bob Cousins, Lodge 1569 IAMAW, Seward, Nebraska.

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Can a person be patriotic and work for Wilson Leather?

I received the below from Gregory Cormany, a member of our lodge and thought you might be interested in reading it and letting Wilson Leather hear your views:

"My daughter recently went to AIT for training as part of her reserve commitment. She was working at Wilson Leather at the mall [in Sioux City, Iowa] before she left. Upon returning from training she went back to the store to resume her job. She was told by the manager that she no longer had a job. This of course is not above board. After calls to corporate headquarters etc. she was told she had her job back. It appears that they stood by their word. They gave her 3 hours a week knowing it would not be enough to take care of expenses. They of course had their reasons for the short hours which in a broad sense was legal. She was a good salesperson when she did work there and usually always met her goal. I guess you don't buck management because while they are probably in their legal rights they will get you somehow, even if you are doing something for your country."
Gregory E. Cormany, Siouxland Lodge 1426 IAMAW, Sioux City, Iowa

If you would like to write Wilson Leather, make sure you are clear on the above issue, their corporate address is;

Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc.
7401 Boone Avenue N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428 
Joel N. Waller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
David L. Rogers, President and Chief Operating Officer
Peter G. Michielutti, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Then email Greg Cormany by clicking on his name and letting him know.

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Guess Who's Report Card?

Ike Was Right
Stephen Pizzo is a financial journalist who lives in Sebastapol, California

Talk about sticker shock. The condition of the country was far worse than anyone dared imagine. Engineers released their findings this September and, using a grammar school grading system, they assigned grades to describe the state of disrepair they found.

The country's roads got a D+. Aviation infrastructure got a D. Schools a D minus. Wastewater treatment facilities, a D. Dams, a D. Hazardous waste storage a D+. And, even though the nation is a major oil producer, the energy sector got a D+.
In all, the experts said it would take more than $1.6 trillion over the next five years to bring the country's infrastructure up to modern standards. Oh, wait. I bet you thought I was talking about Iraq.

No. The report I am citing was released this September by the American Society of Civil Engineers and it described the condition of America's infrastructure. In it, the ASCE warned that America's critical infrastructure was "crumbling" and ongoing neglect would add $300 billion a year to the repair bill. The ASCE recommended the creation of an emergency White House commission to start dealing with the problem.

Yet the same week ASCE released its report, President Bush asked Congress to quickly approve an additional $87 billion in emergency funding—for Iraq—of which around $22 billion would be used to repair and upgrade Iraq's infrastructure. (That figure has since been trimmed to around $20 billion in Congress.) The president made no mention of the ASCE's report and no additional money was requested for United States' infrastructure.

There are all too many obvious ironies in this. When George W. Bush campaigned for office his disdain for "nation building" knew no bounds. It wasn't America's business, he said, to run around the world fixing broken nation-states at American taxpayer's expense.

Once in office, key Bush supporters decided the President was wrong about that. The business of nation building could be very good business indeed.

So now hundreds of billions of US tax dollars are flowing to a handful of large, well-connected US companies, not to repair and improve America's communication, transportation, education or energy infrastructure, but those of Iraq and Afghanistan. This is nothing less than the very military-industrial complex President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned against before leaving office.

The US companies getting the bulk of Iraq/Afghanistan infrastructure contracts can be counted on one mutilated hand; Bechtel, Halliburton, SAIC, Fluor. Virtually all the prime contracts were issued on a no-bid basis. (Try that with any large domestic infrastructure project and the unions and taxpayer right's groups would be all over the administration like flies on camel dung.)

So, as you bump your way to work today on pothole-studded streets understand that the cost of your new suspension is a small price to pay for the smooth 1,200-kilometer highway being built in Afghanistan on a $300 million contract to US engineering firm Louis Berger Group.

Then there's the $240 million earmarked to improve Iraq's roads and bridges. And, even as the Bush administration fights subsidies for Amtrak, another $303 million in US funds is going to upgrade Iraq's railroads. Bechtel will oversee much of this work.

Ironically, on the same day the ASCEs released their infrastructure report, the Edison Electric Institute released its report on the state of the nation's electrical grid - which had recently gotten everyone's attention with a major northeast/Midwest blackout. The EEI told the Bush administration that in order to meet demand, "capital investments in upgrades and new transmission lines must increase from the current level of $3 billion annually to $5.5 billion annually over the next ten years."

In other words, an additional $25 billion is needed to keep America's lights on.

Instead the president requested $5.5 billion—the first installment—to begin modernizing Iraq's power grid, a job that Iraq's US Administrator L. Paul Bremer says may cost up to $13 billion. Then there's fixing Iraq's water systems—another $16 billon. Bechtel is the prime contractor on those jobs, too.

The contrasts continue. According to federal housing officials, the government will only be able to fund 5,000 new public housing units this year. Meanwhile the administration has earmarked $470 million to create 20,000 public housing units in Iraq. Another $40 million will go to building 275 new schools in Iraq and provide teachers and supplies to 12,500 schools. Prime contractors for these Iraqi programs are US companies, Bechtel and Creative Associates.

Ten years ago, President Bill Clinton pushed legislation to put more cops on the street. The Bush administration has since eliminated all direct funding for street cops. Now, with money short and so many military reservists—many of whom are cops in civilian life—on active duty, cities and counties find themselves dangerously short of police, fire and other first responders.

Nevertheless, while American law enforcement goes begging, the administration has been generous in letting contracts to rebuild Iraq's civil and military policing. There is the $2 billion to build a new Iraqi army and another $470 million to fund civilian police, judges, courts and related law enforcement services. US-based DynCorp and its parent company, Computer Sciences Corp., are the prime contractors here. Heavy contributors to President Bush and the Republican Party, the company has provided police training and other security services to the Pentagon in other hot spots as well, including Bosnia where DynCorp employees were accused of running a sex ring involving under-age girls.

And then of course, there is Halliburton. The "no-bid contract" trend started when Dick Cheney served as Secretary of Defense under President George H.W. Bush. Cheney hired Halliburton subsidiary, Brown & Root Services (now Kellogg, Brown & Root), paying the company nearly $4 million to study how the defense department might cut costs by privatizing much of its non-combat activities.

Apparently the advice he got for our $4 million was to hire Brown & Root. Under the new scheme all those troublesome and time-consuming open bids would be eliminated and replaced with an open-ended contract with KBR. The program, approved by Cheney, is called the Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP). The Pentagon describes LOGCAP's no-bid contracts as "cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity service."

Shortly after LOGCAP went into effect the election of Bill Clinton freed Dick Cheney to pursue other interests and he became CEO of Halliburton. Most of Halliburton's defense work now comes through KBR's LOGCAP contract, which has made KBR the de facto quartermaster for the US Army.

Among other things, U.S. taxpayers are paying KBR to:

* Provide housing for 100,000 soldiers in Iraq;

* Repair oil facilities in Iraq;

* Build enemy prisoner of war camps in Iraq and Afghanistan;

* Provide logistical support for David Kay's Iraqi Survey Group searching for Iraq's illusive weapons of mass destruction;

* KBR was hired to build 400 new prison cells at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to house captured Taliban fighters.

Let me conclude by making an observation. Conservatives are correct when they praise the opportunity-creating power of the free-enterprise system. But the Defense Department's privatization of huge chunks of its operations out to a handful of very large, very well-connected companies is crony capitalism. This is walking right into the tar pit that Eisenhower had warned against half a century ago.

Did Bechtel, Halliburton and the others engineer America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq? No, of course not. That would be too cynical and simplistic. But, these firms are opportunists and they have the connections to profit in wartime.

And so we are left to ponder. America's infrastructure is mess and getting worse. Instead of spending the additional $25 billion needed to repair it, the administration is handing nearly the same amount in contracts out to a small number of US companies to repair Iraq's infrastructure instead. Had that money been allocated for US infrastructure the contracts would have been, by law, subject to open bidding and would therefore have been divvied up among hundreds of companies, small and large, across the country. In the old days, they called that a domestic economic stimulus plan.

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received from Dave Molstad one of our members from Prince Manufacturing

A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free market.
A toy company can out-source to a Chinese sub-contractor and claim it's a free market.
A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim it's a free market.
We can buy HP Printers made in Mexico.
We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh.
We can purchase almost anything we want from many different countries.

BUT, heaven help the elderly who dare to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian or Mexican pharmacy.
That's called un-American!

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Mass Registration-Location
Written by Dave N. a friend and school teacher in Illinois

So the "Moron In Chief" has decided it's better to document all the illegal aliens--can we say mass registration-location?--so they can have a better life living and working here. Seems more like an underhanded attempt to put a few more voters on the Bush side, or in a last ditch effort, to locate all the illegal aliens the I&NS has been unable to do because the underfunded Border Patrol can't keep them out of this country--can we say [Failed] Homeland Security?

And in the meantime about 6500 American businesses are going to call it quits, leave the USA for countries with workers making lower wages, who have no benefits, and who have little chance of EVER making a decent wage so they can climb out of their hell holes, and so those big guys can pay less taxes. Just what we need, few more McDonald's on every corner.

Isn't that the reason unions gained such power around the turn of the century, to: give workers better working conditions and higher wages? Just because they wanted a better life! Things got so good everyone around the world wanted--and they still do--to come here. But now the businesses that American labor built are leaving in droves because they claim they can't compete against cheap foreign labor and make a decent profit. Is it really a decent profit, or is it GREED?

My question would be why don't those low-wage earners do the same thing in their countries that some of their ancestors did here and fight for a higher, better standard of living? The cheap labor is there because those people choose to remain low-paid. Talk about where we need union activists now.

The 'Big Three' auto makers are now claiming "2004 as the year of the car." Really? They say that's what the American auto buyer wants now--a car. Apparently they're not hearing the same thing I'm hearing, which is, "We want a good quality vehicle made of quality parts that when put together, make a good, reliable, vehicle."

Take a GOOD look around GM, Ford, and Chrysler. Those vehicles you see parked in parking lots around this country AREN'T all cars. They're mostly vans and SUVs.

But the 'Big Three' will insist they'll have their way. They won't listen, but I'll try anyway.

Folks, it's not the number of units produced, it's the number of QUALITY UNITS produced! And in my humble opinion, you don't make a quality product.

That's why you'll continue to fail to sell as many units as Toyota and Honda, and why I and many millions of other Americans will continue to buy them. At least those cars are made in America, and, by American workers! I have yet to see a Toyota or Honda on any dealer's lot with a sticker glued to a door frame or jamb that says, "Product of Canada" or "Made in Mexico".

By the way, I'm curious as to how many Mexicans, since NAFTA was passed, are buying American name brand cars or products.

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Pandora's Box

As it now stands in this area,( Texas ) so shall it be in your State, in ten to fifteen years.

You take industries, and manufacturing, who have booming profits for the past decade and you have a 
down turn in business.
The CEO's and the board of directors suddenly find a short fall in profits.  Their year end bonuses are not what they expect, and the pressure is on them to reach their projected goals, so they start cutting corners: reducing benefit's/freeze wages/
cut back hours/reducing employees/down sizing./ laying off / this works for a short while, but a year or two later it happens again. They start looking at other options: using temporary services (unskilled labor), which then turns into the massive wholesale hiring of illegal immigrant's. The progression seems to be the same in every case, you keep just enough skilled workers (lead-men), (foremen), (journeyman), and you lay everyone else off, hire cheap labor and train them. The responsibility for keeping the quality control of your products falls on the backs of the managers, department heads, and the few skilled workers you have kept. You have a revolving door situation on the unskilled workers (you take
what we give you, or we replace you).

In many cases it ends the same way ( you lose your competitive edge, because
the quality control on your products decreases, you lose business to your competitors, your business starts a down hill slide, the CEOs bail taking millions with them the companies are sold off. The new owners try to salvage a sinking ship, by throwing money at the problems the business struggles on for a few years, then shuts down completely. (please believe me when I say that I've seen this happen several times over the past few years.)
So what about all the people who worked at these jobs? Some found jobs in the same industries, but are facing the same situation they had before. Some changed occupations, others are still unemployed, very few are making as much money as they were before, and most are making a lot less. (The ability to earn a living wage in this area for a blue collar worker has been greatly damaged, by this massive influx of cheep labor from Mexico ) If we speak out about illegal immigration, we are called racist, and bigots. Our politicians are more interested in the Hispanic votes than they are about the life's
of it's middle class population. Once the line is crossed, and the doors to immigration are flung wide open, this
country and our way of life is doomed. Texas is a border state, and things are like what I have described, and getting worse.
Iowa has a population of around 25,000 to 30,000 Hispanics. What would you do if one or two hundred thousand showed up in your state within the next 10 years? How would you cope with it? How would your social institutions
(schools, hospitals, housing, and job market) be able to handle such an influx of mostly poor uneducated, unskilled mass of humanity? You would find your communities infrastructure, and public services, over taxed, not to mention the geo-political structure of your communities’ voter base. By law they have free access to all of your social services (Health, Education, and Welfare) as per the State and Federal Government You do not have any legal means by way of a working immigration law to keep them out. It almost seems that they have more rights than American citizens especially when it comes to Federal loans and State welfare. (and mostly by thumbing their noses at our Federal Immigration LAWS.)

Also keep in mind that, in a large part, these people have no intensions of integrating into the American culture.

When you get enough of them in one place they steadfastly hold onto their culture, and heritage, and many of them refuse to even learn how to speak English. I have first hand knowledge that the thinking of the masses of undocumented workers in this area are not going to assimilate themselves into our culture, but instead, are going to assimilate us into theirs I've had more than just a few say that my face and then laugh about it. down here it's common knowledge what their intensions are. Now that they no longer fear deportation they have become bold and very expressive.

  ( Please forgive me if I seem a little over zealous about speaking out about illegal-immigration I’m really not
a racist and bigoted against the Hispanic race, it's just that it has turned into the biggest threat we as
American middle class workers are  facing  today, it is effecting many people all over this nation, and
if left unchecked will create much hardship for American workers in the future and for our children).

  What we in this part of the country are experiencing now will soon be affecting all of America in not the too distant future. And in fact it may already be too late to reverse it.

  President George Bush's new immigration policy (THE GUEST WORKERS PROGRAM) is a joke it's just an idea thrown out there to appease some of his concerned supporters, just long enough to get re-elected, its not even a workable plan. Everyone knows that a child born in this country is an automatic citizen, and can't be deported, so what happens to a child born to parents of guest workers, at the end of three years when their guest worker status runs out you deport the parents and keep the child----I DON'T THINK SO----Mr. President. "Get real!" 

  As far as the manufacturing jobs, and construction jobs being lost to cheap labor, you have the so called lower end jobs that traditionally pays minimum wages, these jobs have usually been the bread and butter for our youths High school kids, and college students, after school jobs, summer jobs, weekend jobs some kids depend on these jobs to help pay for their schooling, it pays them a little money, teaches them responsibility, and helps keep  them off the streets during the summer, and yes helps keep some of them out of trouble.

So what are your grown teenaged kids going to do this summer? "Well Gee I don't know but it's probably not work"

"I guess it's hanging with the guy's trying to stay out of trouble." "Hey POP I guess your going to have to pay my full tuition I can't find a job to help you out." "SORRY"  "Hey DAD I’m taking my girl out on a date Friday night you got a few bucks I can get from you?" Sure Son how much? "Well there’s $20 for the pizza, $20 for the movie, $10 for the gas"  "OH! I guess about $60 or $70 should do it." "Hey MOM I found some really cool tennis shoes I have just got to have". "that’s wonderful Dear how much  $135.

  I don't know about you but when I was in my  teens If I didn't have a summer job, or a weekend job life would have been Hell. 

  BIO:  Shawn H. Delaye, the author, is 49 years old is married and has three kids.
He was born and raised in Houston Texas .
He has been in manufacturing for the past 30 years as a machinist and
factory worker for the oil industry.
He’s your average typical blue collar type guy, he feels more comfortable
making parts, putting them together and making them work, than he does
behind a desk pushing a pen.
At this time he has retired, and is trying to start a business in security
doing background checks for companies.

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A response received from John Herrig, ST Lodge 1426,
 to "Presidential Promises" below.

All I can say is "who controlled the House and Senate and undermined the attempts by Clinton to get these things [along with his other Presidential duties] done via endless attacks, independent counsel inquisitions, blocked
funding, impeachment proceedings, (and the list goes on)?" With the exception of our current dictator, and that is the correct term, every president has been subject to the checks and balances of the other two
branches of government.

It's time for the Republican Party to get off the "let's deflect everyone's attention from GW Bush's ineptness and blame everything on Clinton" merry-go-round and start addressing the issues important to the majority of
Americans. GW Bush is a miserable failure and a detriment to this country.

GW Bush is a war-monger who sees nothing more than "oil-wells for mass consumption!" There are, however, weapons of mass destruction and I know where they are at! They are in our under-funded schools [thanks to GWB's
"No child left behind"], they are in our gang-ridden inner cities [thanks to GWB's cuts to civil services, state funding, etc.], they are lurking over the shoulders of our elderly [thanks to GWB's attack on Medicare/prescription drugs], they are at the doorstep of every working American [thanks to GWB's attack on jobs via his trade/overtime/comp. time
policies], they are aimed at unions [thanks to GWB's recent DOL directives], they are loaded and poised at our children and grandchildren [thanks to GWB's base and reckless handling of this country's economy and deficit
creation]. (To quote the Republican mantra during Gov. Vilsaack's
re-election campaign, "where did all that money go?").

And there are more WMD in GWB's arsenal that he has hidden [but ready to use] if given four more years. The threat is imminent - this man poses a clear and present danger. George W. Bush will be the end of democracy as we
know it -- "...of the people, by the people, for the people..." I'm not saying that this man is the "anti-Christ", but just to be safe, let's do some DNA testing on him.

You know, it is easy to forget the 'promises' that Bill and Hillary made while in office. It strikes home when it is listed like this:
After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and  injured 1000; President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.


After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.


 After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.


After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000; Clinton promised that those responsible! would be hunted down and punished.


After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.


Maybe if Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 3,000 people in New York and Washington, D.C. that are now dead would be alive today.


 And, now that Bush is taking action to bring these people to justice, we have Democrats charging him with being a war monger.

 AN INTERESTING QUESTION: This question was raised on a Philly radio call-in show. Without casting stones, it is a legitimate question. There are two men, both extremely wealthy. One develops relatively cheap software and gives billions of dollars to charity. The other sponsors terrorism. That being the case, why was it that the Clinton administration
 spent more money chasing down Bill Gates over the past eight years than Osama bin Laden?


 It is a strange turn of events. Hillary gets $8 Million for her forthcoming memoir. Bill gets about $12 Million for his memoir yet to be written. This from two people who have spent the past 8 years being unable to recall anything about past events while under oath!

Sincerely, Cmdr Hamilton McWhorter USN(ret)

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Tracking a Cow
Tracking an Illegal Alien
From a Prince Manufacturing Member

Is it just me or does anyone else find it amazing that our government can track a cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? Also, they track her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country?

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President Bush is scheduled to tout his tax cuts today at a Tax Day event in
Iowa. He is expected to repeat his oft-heard mantra that tax cuts have
helped all Americans. But according to a new poll by Money Magazine, "60% of
Americans said the Bush tax cut did not personally help them" (1).
Meanwhile, almost half of all Americans say that their taxes have risen
under Bush (2). And a look at the record shows exactly why that majority
opinion is factually correct.

According to a non-partisan analysis, in the year 2006 88% of Americans will
receive less than $100 from the president's 2003 tax cut (3). Additionally,
the president has refused to extend the full child tax credit to 16 million
children (4), including 250,000 children of military families (5). At the
same time, the president's 2004 budget proposed an increase of almost $6
billion in new federal taxes and fees (6) while creating record-deficits
that have forced states to raise taxes by $14.5 billion since 2001 (7). And
to top it off, he has reduced IRS audits of large profitable corporations
whose tax rates have plummeted (8), while increasing IRS audits of ordinary
Americans (9).

Of course, there is a handful of people who are reaping a personal windfall
from Bush's tax policy: President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and their top
campaign donors. The president himself pocketed more than $30,000 in new tax
breaks this year while the Vice President took in an extra $11,000 (10). And
a new Public Campaign report shows that top Bush-Cheney contributors are
raking in even more (11). For instance, Charles Cawley, CEO of credit card
giant MBNA, raised more than $200,000 for the Bush-Cheney campaign and was
rewarded with at least $276,000 in tax breaks. Similarly, William MaGuire,
CEO of UnitedHealth Group, raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney
campaign and will get at least $329,000 in new tax breaks from President

1. "Money poll: Tax cuts unpopular", CNN Money, 04/15/2004,
2. "ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL: Most prefer balanced budget to tax cuts", Grand Forks Herald, 04/15/2004,
3. "Most Taxpayers Get Little Help From Latest Bush Tax Plan", Citizens for
Tax Justice, 05/30/2003,
4. "Bush Tax Plan's Child Credit Boost Leaves Behind One in Four of America's Children", Citizens for Tax Justice, 05/29/2003,
5. "Study: Military kids slighted on tax credit", USA Today, 06/04/2003,
6. "Bush's 2004 Budget Proposes More Fees", Washington Post, 04/19/2003,
7. State Budget & Tax Actions 2003, National Conference of State
8. "Corporate tax burden shows sharp decline", Associated Press, 04/13/2004,
9. "IRS More Likely to Audit Individuals", Los Angeles Times, 04/12/2004,
10. "Bushes, Cheneys Reaped Tax Benefits", Associated Press, 04/14/2004,
11. Campaign Money Watch, 04/15/2004,

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Hand delivered to the Journal, 04/20/04

Posted on Mon, Apr. 19, 2004

AP: Bush Administration Revising OT Plan
Associated Press

In response to the above AP article:

The media have it wrong -- Bush is cutting overtime pay

The Bush Administration has said that only workers earning less then $23,660 a year would be guaranteed the right to overtime pay. Everybody earning more than that amount could be caught up in several other changes to eligibility rules that take away overtime pay. For nine months, the Administration has been fighting tooth and nail to kill legislation approved by both houses of Congress that would do nothing more than prohibit overtime cuts. The Senate and House already voted once this year to prohibit overtime cuts, but the White House strong-armed Congress to prevent that overtime protection from becoming law.

Low-income workers

The Bush Administration has been loudly exaggerating the benefits of a helpful but woefully inadequate change that would expand overtime coverage for some workers. This group is extremely small because most workers who might be helped don't need the help. They are already guaranteed overtime pay through other criteria, based on their job responsibilities.

Overtime cuts kill jobs

The Bush overtime cuts will hurt the economy. By taking away workers' overtime rights, President Bush is discouraging job creation. He is encouraging businesses to overwork their existing staff (for no extra pay) rather than hire new workers. The overtime statute was originally intended to encourage job creation.

Overtime cuts are pay cuts

The new Bush overtime regulation is a pay cut for American workers. When workers are stripped of their overtime rights, their employers can now force them to work overtime for no extra pay. Overtime pay makes up one-fourth of the weekly earnings of workers who earn overtime, and average of $161 per week.

Bush has a credibility gap on overtime

Over the past year, Administration officials have repeatedly misrepresented their proposal and its effects on workers. The Department of Labor (DOL) routinely claimed that only 644,000 people would lose overtime protection, when its own economic analysis concluded that an additional 1.5 to 2.7 million people would be affected. We also know that DOL inflated the number of low-income workers who would benefit, and in fact DOL admits it has no way of knowing how many would benefit, if any.

A personal note:

Our government is letting good paying jobs be shipped off shore and now our President wants to cut overtime pay for millions of workers. With the lose of jobs alone it's getting harder and harder to raise, and educate your family. Now millions that depend on overtime could loose needed income.

Not only that, but our government is attacking senior citizens through Social Security and Medicare reform.

And I understand that his budget has cut benefits to the service men and women. These are the patriots that are fighting the war in Iraq. What will these patriots have waiting for them when they return to civilian life except more cuts?

We weren't all born with a silver spoon.

Don't get me wrong, we live in the Greatest Nation on this planet. But, where and how do we make a living, and what happens to the quality of life not only for the working men and women of our nation and community, but for our children and grandchildren if this trend continues?


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