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Trickle down my ass!

Trickle down economics. Supply side economics.
Gasoline is now over $4 bucks per gallon. Bread, milk and everything else as well.
McCain and his conservative cohorts will assure the distruction of America if he gets elected. More Katrina's, more wars, more bridges falling down, more good jobs leaving the country, more tax cuts for the wealthy.
Let's boot the whole lot of these republican war mongers out on their noses.
For good!

Better days are ahead-if we vote for ourselves for a change

I couldn't help sharing this photo with you all. This is a Red Bellied Woodpecker and a Baltimore Oriole. They're feeding at a Baltimore Oriole feeder. The syrup is the same as I use for Hummngbirds (one cup of water mixed with 1/4 cup of sugar.

This particular feeder, because of the weight of the Woodpecker wouldn't work as designed (hanging), so I had to put it on a flat surface.

The photo was taken out my computer room window. More photos can be seen here.

New, Interesting Website

A few days ago, I attended the Annual Convention of the Indiana Alliance for Retired Americans. One speaker was Paul Severance, the developer of Reclaiming Our Elders Voice, a Certified Sage-ing Leader, an Indiana elder, a member of The Sage-ing Guild, and Founder of United Senior Action of Indiana.
What I found most interesting was the tradition of the American Indians of considering the seventh generation in all of their deliberations, particularly those of the Iroquois Confederation.
What a wonderful society we would build if we could all give the same consideration in the decisions we make as a nation.
Go to Paul's website when you have a chance.

Letter from Senator Barack Obama

Dear President Gerard and Brothers and Sisters of the United Steelworkers of America,

Thank you for your endorsement of my candidacy to be President of the United States. It is a great honor to have your support, and I am grateful to the USWA for devoting time, effort and hard work to our movement for change.

I am proud to stand with the USWA in our joint effort to build an America that values the labor of every American and rewards them with important basic guarantees – wages that can raise their families, health care, dignified retirements, and working conditions that are safe. On behalf of your members and their families and of all workers, I am fighting to make sure that all Americans have access to quality healthcare, enjoy fair treatment at work and receive a fair share of the wealth they create, and that all children benefit from excellent educational opportunities.

The men and women of the USWA and all workers deserve a President who is committed to improving the lives of work…

McCain & Bush: One and the Same

Sen. John McCain has long promoted the idea that he is a “straight-talking maverick” who challenges his party and stands up to his president. However, despite the media misrepresentation, McCain has not strayed too far from President George Bush’s line, especially on issues important to working families. McCain is not running for a term of his own; he is running on an extension of the agenda laid out by Bush in his first two terms: tax cuts for the rich, privatizing Social Security and outsourcing jobs.

United Steelworkers Endorse Senator Barack Obama for President

United Steelworkers Endorse Senator Barack Obama for President
Join John Edwards in Growing Wave of Support

Pittsburgh – The United Steelworkers today issued the following statement of endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President:

For Immediate Release May 15, 2008

“When the presidential primary contests began last year, our Union felt strongly that because of Senator John Edwards’s deep commitment to working people and because of our shared beliefs, he deserved our strong endorsement. His belief that unfair trade policies must be changed, his commitment to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to restore workers’ rights to freely choose workplace representation, and his proposal for universal health care were widely shared by our members.

“Today, by virtue of a unanimous vote of our International Executive Board, we find ourselves once again in agreement with Senator Edwards, this time with his decision last evening to endorse Senator B…

China, Trade and YOU

The McCain War

Special Message from Pittsburgh on the 2008 Presidential Election Campaigns

May 12, 2008

In a recent meeting of the International Executive Board, concerns were raised about the media’s ongoing attempts to sensationalize and mischaracterize the contest between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic Party presidential nominee. Most disturbing have been attempts to define working people’s voting decisions in this contest as somehow racially based, while completely ignoring the fact that for years Senator McCain and many of his Republican colleagues have treated all working people with complete disdain, whether those workers are white, Black, Hispanic or otherwise. Shouldn’t that be the issue for 2008, and not this absurd and unfair focus on race and sometimes on religion?

There is a lot of talk that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now fated to lose the Democratic nomination and should pull out of the race. We believe it is her right to stay in the fight and challenge Senator Barack Obama as long as she has the desire and the means t…


New report uncovers unprecedented subsidies affecting global steel market.
WashingtonDC, January 8, 2008 – According to a new report commissioned by the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), the Chinese government has exponentially boosted its steel output over the last three years through massive, trade-distorting energy subsidies.Total energy subsidies to Chinese steel from 2000 to mid-year 2007 reached $27.11 billion. Despite China’s entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2002, energy subsidies grew, totaling $25.07 billion through mid-year 2007. These energy subsidies include supports for thermal and coking coal, electricity, and natural gas.“Chinese subsidies exist, they are enormous and they are shaping the global steel market,” said the report’s author, Usha C. V. Haley, Ph.D. China has identified steel as a strategic industry, and both the central and provincial governments have decided to ramp up steel production with massive subsidies that have now been confirmed…

China Cheats Indiana

Manufacturing is a vital part of the economies of most states. As a share of gross state product (GSP), manufacturing is the largest sector in 10 states and in the Midwest region as a whole. It is the second largest in nine states and third largest in 21 others.

Manufacturing jobs lost from 2000-2007:109,800

Manufacturing accounts for $67.2 billion of Indiana's GSP, the number 1 contributor to the state’s economy.

45,200 jobs lost, 2001-2006 (all sectors), as a result of the trade deficit with China, equaling 1.5% of the total state employment in 2001.

Source: AAM

China Cheats. Indiana Loses.

Demand that the candidates put
a stop to the cheating by enforcing our laws against unfair trade.
Indiana has lost 109,800 manufacturing jobs since 2000. Why? Because too many in Washington are unwilling to enforce our laws against unfair trade, allowing countries like China to cheat, and putting U.S. workers and manufacturers at a disadvantage. Want proof? Our soaring $256 billion annual trade deficit with China has cost Indiana alone more than 45,200 jobs and more than 1.8 million jobs nationwide.
We need a President and a Congress who will stand up to China. Until then, China will continue to illegally subsidize their industries, keep the value of their currency low, dump their products in the U.S. and steal our jobs. Don’t let them get away with it.
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Message from the Alliance for Retired Americans

Tomorrow is primary day in Indiana. The Alliance wants to make you aware of available resources should you have any questions or problems in voting. The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

An organization named Election Protection is America's largest non-partisan voter protection coalition formed to help people vote. Trained volunteers will staff the hotline and answer any questions from 5:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. to provide all voters with free assistance.

The Election Protection toll-free number is 1-866-OUR VOTE (or 1-866-687-8683) and it is available to ANYONE who has a question about or a problem when they vote in the Indiana Primary tomorrow. The Election Protection website is .

For president-who should I vote?

Gosh, for me, that’s really a tough question. The conservative nuts have the country in such a mess and a vote for McCain would result in more of the same-so he’s out of the question, so

the decision has to be between Clinton and Obama.

I’ve been watching and listening and reading about these two candidates just like you have and I think it’s a toss up.

Both have 100% voting records with the AFL-CIO and both have 100% voting records with the Alliance for Retired Americans.

I have seen and heard them both speak, and briefly met Hillary back in October 2001. They’re both good for working families and retirees and both have the family values necessary to really lift America out the fix that we’re in.

Please be sure to vote tomorrow in Indiana and which ever one of these super candidates you vote for will be fine with me.