As the third and final debate hits the airwaves, the final topic is supposed to cover foreign policy but will likely shift to include domestic issues. This will be interesting as the Obama administration is interested in talks with Iran. Meanwhile, Governor Mitt RMoney has a keen interest in going to war with Iran to end their nuclear program, along side with Israel.
This should be an interesting debate, as Obama has a lead over RMoney in foreign relations. Even the trade embargo against Iran seemed to have done its job, without dropping a single bomb: conventional or nuclear. Yet RMoney seemed intent to go to war with Iran just because they have a nuke plant. Funny, Pakistan has nuclear weapons and a nuke plant too.
The only foreign policy experience RMoney faced was shipping and dealing with foreign countries during his tenure at Bain. The latest deal is with Sensata. Who would have believed that Sensata workers would train their Chinese counterparts to do their job at lower pay?
This take a lot of skills to negotiate with China, receive a tax bailout from the U.S, and make a killer of a profit. And this is the extent of Ol’ Willard’s knowledge and skill. His experience has nothing to do with supporting the commons.
On the domestic front, I laugh at the fact that the RNC was once a socialist organization. They actually supported labor and wanted a strong middle class. According to their 1956 Political Platform:
Under the Republican Administration, as our country has prospered, so have its people. This is as it should be, for as President Eisenhower said: “Labor is the United States. The men and women, who with their minds, their hearts and hands, create the wealth that is shared in this country—they are America.”
The Eisenhower Administration has brought to our people the highest employment, the highest wages and the highest standard of living ever enjoyed by any nation. Today there are nearly 67 million men and women at work in the United States, 4 million more than in 1952. Wages have increased substantially over the past 3 1/2 years; but, more important, the American wage earner today can buy more than ever before for himself and his family because his pay check has not been eaten away by rising taxes and soaring prices.
The record of performance of the Republican Administration on behalf of our working men and women goes still further. The Federal minimum wage has been raised for more than 2 million workers. Social Security has been extended to an additional 10 million workers and the benefits raised for 6 1/2 million. The protection of unemployment insurance has been brought to 4 million additional workers. There have been increased workmen’s compensation benefits for longshoremen and harbor workers, increased retirement benefits for railroad employees, and wage increases and improved welfare and pension plans for federal employees.
In addition, the Eisenhower Administration has enforced more vigorously and effectively than ever before, the laws which protect the working standards of our people.
Workers have benefited by the progress which has been made in carrying out the programs and principles set forth in the 1952 Republican platform. All workers have gained and unions have grown in strength and responsibility, and have increased their membership by 2 millions.
Furthermore, the process of free collective bargaining has been strengthened by the insistence of this Administration that labor and management settle their differences at the bargaining table without the intervention of the Government. This policy has brought to our country an unprecedented period of labor-management peace and understanding.
We applaud the effective, unhindered, collective bargaining which brought an early end to the 1956 steel strike, in contrast to the six months’ upheaval, Presidential seizure of the steel industry and ultimate Supreme Court intervention under the last Democrat Administration.
The Eisenhower Administration will continue to fight for dynamic and progressive programs which, among other things, will:
Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;
Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;
Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;
Protect by law, the assets of employee welfare and benefit plans so that workers who are the beneficiaries can be assured of their rightful benefits;
Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;
Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;
Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;
Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;
Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with persistent and substantial unemployment;
Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectively the rights of labor unions, management, the individual worker, and the public. The protection of the right of workers to organize into unions and to bargain collectively is the firm and permanent policy of the Eisenhower Administration. In 1954, 1955 and again in 1956, President Eisenhower recommended constructive amendments to this Act. The Democrats in Congress have consistently blocked these needed changes by parliamentary maneuvers. The Republican Party pledges itself to overhaul and improve the Taft-Hartley Act along the lines of these recommendations.
The Republican mantra saw the importance of a strong domestic policy. RMoney on the other hand countered Eisenhower’s plan and shipped jobs like Sensata to China, in order to make a profit. RMoney is a cancer in the U.S. and the Republicans in the past agree. Still, not all Republicans, Tea Party and Redneck members think like that. There are some who are supporting Obama…Republicans for Obama, Tea Party for Obama and Rednecks for Obama.
The Party is collapsing and we are gladly picking up the hurt and healing them…with Obama care.