When will Americans say enough is enough?
by Sarah Lane, Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 04:40:18 PM EDT
For nine straight months, we've lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, continuing to add more and more Americans to the ranks of the unemployed. This month alone we lost 159,000 jobs and since the beginning of the year, we've lost over 760,000 jobs. Unlike Republicans on the Hill, Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley believes a strong economy depends on Americans having access to living wage jobs.
Full disclosure, I am the netroots director for OR-Sen candidate Jeff Merkley
Right now, we are seeing the negative effects of Republican economic policies in action. They do what they always do, cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and the big corporations, while cutting funding for jobs programs, jobs training programs and programs designed to help homeless people get back on their feet.
If Republican policies weren't insulting enough to hardworking Americans, Congress just passed Bush and Paulson's 700 billion dollar bailout of Wall Street. Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley opposed the bailout because there were no real market reforms, no protections for homeowners and taxpayers and it required taxpayers to foot the bill for foreign banks. Merkley released a statement today acknowledging the economic blunders of Bush and Republicans like Gordon Smith. Here's what he had to say:
"The failed economic policies of the last eight years are hurting families," said Jeff Merkley. "Workers are losing their jobs, families are losing their income, and the cost of everything from food to fuel is rising. Even before this latest financial crisis, it was clear that the policies of the last eight years have failed the American people. Gordon Smith's response is to hand a blank check to Wall Street and continue the disastrous policies of George Bush. The next President and new Congress must end the failed economic policies of Gordon Smith and George Bush."
Republicans like George Bush and Gordon Smith believe that if you pad the pockets of the CEO's of the most powerful corporations, the money will magically end up in the pockets of the hardworking employees working for those companies. It's just not the case. With Bush's policies in action, we've witnessed stagnant wages, a shortening of the American workweek, high unemployment numbers, and more and more people joining the millions of Americans who lack health care coverage.
Our country is heading deeper and deeper into a recession, and people like Gordon Smith will never support policies that help working families. Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley has always put the interest of working families before the most powerful special interests. As House Speaker, Merkley led the most labor friendly session we've seen in thirty years. There is no better time than now to retire Gordon Smith and send progressive Democrat Jeff Merkley to the Senate.
If you'd like to help oust Gordon Smith and replace him with Merkley, donate to Jeff via the Road to 60 Act Blue Page.