Voting for Obama is a smart choice
"Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things . . . Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower said this in November 1954. Who would have thought that 58 years later, President Eisenhower would be describing what voters are facing in the November 2012 election.
With just 26 more days and two more presidential debates until the election, the choice for President is still clear. President Obama will put the middle class before corporate special interests; he’ll support a strong, fully-funded public education system for all students instead of a private, for-profit education for just a select few; he'll promote workers and their collective bargaining rights, not silence their voices when it comes to their wages, benefits and working conditions.
In Michigan, we're all too familiar with the alternatives that Mitt Romney is offering. We've spent more than 20 months coping with education funding cuts, reduced wages, increased insurance costs, tax breaks for corporations, pension taxes, and diminished retirement benefits. This is what Romney has planned for the country if he's elected. Regardless of the latest spin he puts on his campaign message, his past record speaks louder than words.
President Obama has showed his support for education by saving education jobs, increasing financial aid and funding for Pell grants, and cutting student loan rates. He calls vouchers "an ineffective long-term answer to improve student achievement." Romney is on record promoting vouchers, unlimited charter and private school choices, and an end to teacher unions. And he still doesn't believe that smaller class sizes have any impact on student learning.
"Collective bargaining is a fundamental American value. Labor is the reason we have a minimum wage. . . and basic protections in our workplaces. Making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain is an assault on unions," said President Obama. Mitt Romney believes unions have "contributed to disappearing companies, disappearing industries and disappearing jobs," and worse, he said he "would not support an expansion of collective bargaining rights for public employees." Clearly, a vote for Mitt Romney would cancel out all the effort MEA leaders, members and staff have put into winning Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining.
Finally, President Obama’s tax plan provides balance--not the lopsided "shared sacrifice" plan we've seen here in Michigan. Corporations and special interests would not be reaping the benefits of tax cuts at the expense of working families. Romney, on the other hand, would see no problem with the Michigan scheme--give corporations a $1.8 billion tax cut and let public education, school employees, retirees and working families pay for it.
You've been hearing over and over again how important your vote is in this election--and it is. It will determine your future as a school employee and a union member. A vote for President Obama is a smart choice. President Eisenhower predicted it.