Written by Dave N.
a friend and school teacher in Illinois
GOTTA LOVE WAL-MART AKA WAL-MART SUCKS
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. :-)
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
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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
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.
LABOR DAY LETTER
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,
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.
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?”
On More Snap On
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
Commission Form of City Government
5th of this year there will be an election for the purpose of changing the
current council-manager form of government in
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
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
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.
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
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
, is it that only one (1) uses
the commission form of government?"
I certainly agree with
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.
John P. Herrig
Siouxland Lodge No.
On President Bush's visit to Omaha,
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.
Can a person be patriotic and work for
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
Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc.
7401 Boone Avenue N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
N. Waller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
L. Rogers, President and Chief Operating Officer
G. Michielutti, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Then email Greg
Cormany by clicking on his name and letting him know.
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.
FREE MARKET vs.
received from Dave Molstad one of our members from
A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free
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!
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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As it now stands in this area,(
) 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
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,
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
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
) 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.
is a border state, and things are like what I have described, and getting
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)
to handle such
an influx of mostly poor uneducated, unskilled mass of humanity?
would find your communities infrastructure, and public services, over
taxed, not to mention
the geo-political structure of your communities’ voter base.
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.
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
racist and bigoted against the Hispanic race, it's just that it has turned
into the biggest threat we as
middle class workers are facing today, it is effecting
many people all over this nation, and
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
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
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."
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."
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
Shawn H. Delaye, the author, is 49 years old is married and has
born and raised in
been in manufacturing for
past 30 years as a machinist and
worker for the oil industry.
your average typical blue collar
guy, he feels more comfortable
parts, putting them together
making them work, than he does
a desk pushing a pen.
time he has retired, and is
to start a business in security
background checks for companies.
DETRIMENT TO THIS COUNTRY
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.
BUSH COVERED IT!
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.
BUSH COVERED IT!
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.
BUSH COVERED IT!
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.
BUSH COVERED IT!
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.
BUSH COVERED IT!
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.
BUSH TOLD THOSE FIREMAN -- THEY WOULD HEAR US TOO!
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?
THINK ABOUT IT!
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)
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?
POLLS: AMERICANS NOT BUYING BUSH TAX CUT RHETORIC
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
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, http://daily.misleader.org/ctt.asp?u=1216948&l=29025.
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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TO THE SIOUX CITY JOURNAL
Hand delivered to the Journal, 04/20/04
Posted on Mon, Apr. 19, 2004
Administration Revising OT Plan
DAVID ESPO and LEIGH STROPE
In response to the above AP
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
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
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?