It seems every day brings more bad news for the American worker. Record layoffs, rising unemployment, rising costs, company closures, loss of home equity and shrinking savings are just a few of the many issues that American workers face. Most Americans just want a fair shake, a shot at making a living wage, decent healthcare and opportunities to live in a safe family environment. We hope that our government will work with us and promote initiatives that create good jobs. Unfortunately, there is a certain faction of our government and society that is working against the American worker to the detriment of our country.
In the latest round in the war against the American worker, Bank of America cut off credit to a 40 year old window manufacturer in
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) showed his support of the window factory workers by ordering the state to suspend all business with Bank of America, in order to get Bank of America to act responsibly and continue to provide loans to viable businesses. Bank of America claims it has no responsibility to the employees and blames the company management for the closure. To make matters worse, in a feat of extraordinary timing, the justice department brought charges against the Governor to destroy his reputation. Clearly, the Bush administration would rather stand with Bank of America and against American workers.
The GOP’s fight against the window factory workers is not unique in its attempt to destroy the American worker and American family. The GOP has fought to block child health benefits, healthcare reform, workers protections and raising the minimum wage. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Al) threatened a filibuster to block a highly restrictive $15 billion government loan to American auto manufacturers without care that the emergency financing would prevent the loss of millions of American jobs.
Senator Shelby admitted to aiding foreign car manufacturers with $3.5 billion of taxpayer money and fast track authority on Industrial Loan Corporation status that gives a clear economic advantage to the foreign manufacturers over their American rivals. Interestingly the Senator backed a plan to give Wall Street hundreds of billions of dollars of American taxpayer money without any oversight.
It is time we stood up to the special interests and wayward politicians and say enough is enough. We must put a stop to the bailouts for the well connected, that fills the pockets of Wall Street with our hard earned money, and demand that our representatives implement spending programs that put all Americans back to work with fair pay and benefits.