Gephardt: The fight for working families is in his bones
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up in a mid-sized industrial town, where almost 60% of our
city's workforce worked in either 1 of 2 industrial plants,
I remember well the debate over NAFTA. During that period,
I remember the constant voice of Dick Gephardt warning the
American people what would happen if this agreement passed.
I remember him warning us about the flood of jobs that would
be outsourced and moved to Mexico. The people in my town and
especially the local UAW feared for their jobs. Now 10 years
later, we see that Dick Gephardt was correct. Not only have
the jobs in my town by decimated, but the latest study done
by the EPI shows that nearly 870,000 American jobs have been
lost due to NAFTA. It's a sad commentary. You see the thing
about Dick Gephardt is that when he makes a decision in that
oval office, he will in this mind those people who have lost
their jobs or are scared of the potential of losing their
jobs. the fight for working families is in his bones. It's
where he is from and who he is. He will not desert the American
worker. FTAA nor CAFTA will be a reality under a Gephardt
I know the guy has been around awhile and is not the flashiest
candidate out there. But at first folks also thought New Coke
or Crystal Clear Pepsi were good ideas also. The current President
has almost lost more international allies than he has manufacturing
jobs. He's a miserable failure and most be replaced. However,
the country is in the midst of a war on terrorism and a jobless
recovery. We need someone with experience. I think people
are looking for that. Gephardt is steady. Plus, he has now
combined his 27 years of legislative experience with some
pretty bold ideas that I like: A universal health care plan
that will cover you for your entire life, so you never have
to worry about not having health coverage. He would implement
an international minimum wage, so our workers don't have to
compete with the 6 cents a hour workers in Sri Lanka make.
That is also a moral international issue. Corporations have
been exploiting these people for too long and Gephardt will
stand up to them. He also has an energy independence plan
that will get us off Mid-Eastern oil in 10 years and create
2 million new jobs in the US.
Some say that the guy is a proven loser. But I remind everyone
that after the Republican Revolution the Democrats faced huge
deficits in the US House. After that, while Gephardt was leader
the party gained seats in every single election in the House
except 2002. He also was a constant voice during the impeachment
and stood up to Newt Gingrich and the whackos running that
chamber during the late 90's. The guy is a fighter. Hey workers!
It was Gephardt who was able to get a minimum wage increase
passed while Newt was Speaker. I'm sure you remember that.
Gephardt is a great candidate. I firmly believe his midwestern
roots and working family background would pay huge dividends
in November. He is that type of candidate that would reasonate
well in the industrial heartland, which is the key battleground
in this election. He can beat George Bush in those places!
And that is where we need to beat him. Also, I don't forsee
Reagan Democrats having much trouble pulling the lever for
Dick Gephardt! He fights for the working man, has the experience
we need in these traumatic times and has put that all together
to offer some bold policy intiatives.
For more information about Dick Gephardt, please visit www.dickgephardt2004.com.