Steelworkers Tell Gov. Palin to Stop Using Them as a Prop

Gov. Sarah Palin's has tried to puff up her populist, blue-collar credentials by bringing up her husband's membership in the United Steelworkers union, but Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard isn't buying it.

 Ms. Palin needs to stop trotting out her husband as an exhibit until she explains her positions on workers' issues. Just exactly where does she stand on the Employee Free Choice Act?

Her family has benefitted from her husband's ability to be part of a labor union. Workers in labor organizations earn higher wages and are more likely to have pensions and health insurance. Because he works for BP and is a member of the USW, which collectively bargained a good contract for workers at BP, Todd Palin earns a good wage and has good health insurance. The Employee Free Choice Act would make it easier for other Americans to join unions and earn better money and obtain health insurance. Polling shows that 70 percent of Americans support for the Employee Free Choice Act.

Inquiring minds want to know, Ms. Palin. Where do you stand on Employee Free Choice? Where do you stand on privatization of social security? Where do you stand on job-killing free trade?

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Tags: Sarah Palin, United Steelworkers (all tags)




That's going to sting, because she's going to have to tow the party line on unions, which is that they are evil and destroyed our economy.

by Dracomicron 2008-09-09 07:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Ouch

and she is also have to change a few lines
in the same tired speech she gives every damn day

if I here "thanks but no thanks" or "hockey mom"

or "I put it on E-bay"   I will FUCKING SNAP

are here supporters that stupid ?

if they saw the conventions speech and then see her on the stump and can't tell that she is a one trick pony they are morons  

by wellinformed 2008-09-09 07:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Ouch

"are her supporters that stupid?"


by emsprater 2008-09-09 08:03AM | 0 recs
To be fair...

...I heard Obama say, "I get support from Republicans, I know because sometimes they'll come up to me and say, 'I'm a republican but I support you,' and I'll say, 'thank you.  Why are we whispering?'" dozens of times.  It was his stump speech.  Stump speeches are mostly the same from stop to stop; we shouldn't bust on her for that.

The difference here, though, is that she's using her convention speech as a stump speech, and that's kinda lame.  Did Bush's speechwriters only have one in them for a fundamentalist Christian hockey mom moose-slaying governor?

by Dracomicron 2008-09-09 08:11AM | 0 recs
Re: To be fair...

you make a good point

but all I am saying is if she keeps this up I will be able to recite that speech verbatim with no teleprompters

by wellinformed 2008-09-09 09:08AM | 0 recs


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