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NH Rebellion Scores Candidates Of Promise To Reform Campaign Finance

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

On #FITN Primary Eve, reform groups release new ranking of presidential candidates on “root issue” of campaign reform

Leading presidential candidates made fighting big money a centerpiece of their campaign in response to voter demand

NH Rebellion Executive Director Dan Weeks predicts that the outcome of tomorrow’s First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary will be driven largely by citizens’ concerns about campaign finance corruption and the candidates’ responses, as revealed by a new Candidates Scorecard just released by the #FightBigMoney coalition of state and national reform groups. The groups include NH Rebellion’s parent organization, Open Democracy, founded by the legendary “Granny D.”

Gov Jim Gillmore Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Gov Jim Gillmore
Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

The #FightBigMoney Scorecard ranks candidates on their official campaign finance reform positions, after hundreds of town hall encounters and sit-down meetings with NH Rebellion activists, and gives leading grades of A- and B+ to Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sec. Hillary Clinton, respectively. Separate tracking of candidate statements on NH Rebellion’s QuestionR.us platform shows several Republican candidates – notably Donald Trump, Gov. John Kasich, and Gov. Jim Gilmore – are also supporting major reforms, although the absence of official position papers brings their #FightBigMoney score to D- or worse. 

All five campaigns attended or sent surrogates to NH Rebellion’s We the People Convention in Veterans Park this past weekend.

“Big money in politics has been the ‘silent story’ of this presidential election – and it’s becoming less silent by the day,” Weeks said. “The American people are way ahead of the political establishment in their condemnation of how our government is being corrupted by the political spending of billionaires and special interest groups.”  

new poll of Iowa caucus-goers showed that campaign finance was one of the top issues people used to decide which presidential candidate to support.  It was the single most important issue for one-quarter of Democratic caucus voters and among the top three issues for 64% of them.

“In 2014, New Hampshire voters were stunned by the impact of out-of-state special interest money being thrown at our elections.  All kinds of records were broken.  Total spending by campaigns and outside groups added up to more than $106 million – just here in New Hampshire – and it was one of the nastiest election seasons we have ever seen,” Weeks said.

“Going into this primary, we were expecting to see a similar level of spending,” he said. “But it looks like it’s actually going to be even worse.”

According to a recent Bloomberg analysis of political spending on broadcast advertising, by this point in 2012, $2 million had been spent in New Hampshire on broadcast advertising.  This election, it’s over $100 million – a fifty-fold increase over the last presidential primary, with a lot of that money coming from ‘outside spending’ groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. 

“The money coming at New Hampshire feels like a fire hose.  They’ve spent more just on broadcast advertising than they spent on everything, during the 2014 elections,” Weeks said.  “All the phone calls, the mail, the advertisements, it’s just overwhelming – and it’s all because of the money that’s being poured into New Hampshire by special interests trying to influence our elections.  Granite State voters have every reason to be angry.  Our elections have been hijacked by special interest donors.”

“This is one issue that just about everybody agrees on, regardless of party affiliation,” he said.  “Poll after poll shows that voters agree – in overwhelming numbers – that we need to fix our campaign finance system.  The political establishment and some of the media haven’t focused on it yet, but this issue is driving many voters’ decisions.”  

Sen. Cory Booker and actor Sam Waterson Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Sen. Cory Booker and actor Sam Waterston
Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

NH Rebellion just finished its We the People Convention in Manchester, which brought together hundreds of activists, experts and some well-known voices to talk about the subject.  “Best-selling author Marianne Williamson calls this ‘the greatest moral issue of our generation.’  Actor Sam Waterston says campaign finance is ‘central to the way democracy works.’  For three days, speaker after speaker – from both political parties – talked about this issue and this election as a turning point in American history,” Weeks said.  “We need to fix the problem, and get our country back to having a government ‘of the People’ rather than ‘of the political donors.’” 

During the primary season, NH Rebellion members have attended hundreds of events asking each presidential candidate “What specific reforms will you advance to end the corrupting influence of money in politics?”  Candidates’ replies are available at www.QuestionR.us.   

The group also sent each campaign a formal questionnaire, asking for support of six solutions to restore democracy detailed in the group’s We the People Pledge and members have met with several of the presidential candidates and campaigns.   

“This is an issue that’s important to almost everybody, but too many voters don’t know where the candidates actually stand on the different solutions,” Weeks said.  “When they walk into the voting booth tomorrow, we want voters to be able to make the best choice they can, based on real information about the candidates’ support for various types of reforms.”

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion

Image courtesy of NH Rebellion


The “We the People Pledge” describes six proposed campaign finance reforms, and is available at http://www.nhrebellion.org/pledge 

High resolution photos and video are available on request.

The NH Rebellion is best-known for its cold-weather “Walks for Democracy.” To date, more than 2,000 activists have walked a total of 30,000 miles to bring attention to the corrupting influence of large campaign contributions.  The movement was inspired by the efforts of the legendary New Hampshire reformer Doris “Granny D” Haddock, who walked across America beginning in 1999 in support of campaign finance reform.

Democratic Leader on GOP Candidates Addressing the NH State House: I’m not Impressed

The top Democrat in the NH House calls out GOP Primary candidates for failing to represent the people that elected them. 

CONCORD, N.H. – Today, Republican presidential candidates John Kasich, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio are scheduled to address the New Hampshire State House. Democratic House Leader Steve Shurtleff released the following statement in response:

“Today, we are joined by three presidential candidates. As we get closer to the First-in-the-Nation primary, how someone campaigns and governs in their current job can tell you a lot and from what I’ve seen from Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, and John Kasich, I’m not impressed.

“As representatives, we are elected by our constituents to show up and vote. But Senator Rubio of Florida has one of the worst voting records in the Senate and has even said that the votes he misses in Washington don’t matter. So Rubio continues to miss foreign policy hearings, votes to fund the government, and even votes on national security. Even as he’s here in New Hampshire, he’s missing a hearing on the Iran Deal in the Senate. When it comes to a President, I’d prefer someone who shows up to his current job.

“One of our biggest responsibilities  as elected officials is making sure we support law enforcement officials, but Chris Christie isn’t telling it like it is when it comes to his commitment to public safety. Christie slashed the benefits of hard-working men and women in the law enforcement community in New Jersey and has refused to meet with them. While campaigning here in New Hampshire, Christie called a police officer a “pig” in response to criticism. And perhaps most telling is that his administration created a public safety disaster on the George Washington Bridge, the busiest in the world, just to get back at a political enemy. Chris Christie has a big mouth, but his actions as governor speak louder – and he’s got New Jersey’s failed economic record and the Bridge-gate scandal to show for it.

“Former Lehman Brothers managing director John Kasich spends his time campaigning in New Hampshire threatening workers. In 2015, John Kasich visited the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and said that the Base Realignment and Closure process keeps shipyard workers “on their toes.” Kasich has also threatened Granite Stater seniors, first by touting his plan while in congress to cut and privatize their Social Security benefits even to those close to retirement, and then by dismissing a senior concerned by the cuts. It’s clear Kasich’s priorities are completely out of line with the things that are important to Granite Staters.

“We’ve seen a lot of presidential candidates over the past few months, but I remain unimpressed with today’s guests. Candidates with failed records, absenteeism, and policies that actively harm the people they represent are bad for New Hampshire and bad for the country.”

Kasich Argues Paid Leave Hurts Equal Pay And Women Should Telecommute

Governor John Kasich Caricature  (Image by DonkeyHotey)

Governor John Kasich Caricature
(Image by DonkeyHotey)

Yesterday in New Hampshire, John Kasich admitted that he doesn’t support ensuring  paid family leave, which doesn’t come as a surprise with this group of Republican presidential candidates. Instead, he thinks women should be given the chance to telecommute because if they take paid family leave, they shouldn’t be paid equal to their male counterparts because their earning potential is diminished. Never mind the fact that every other developed nation offer paid leave.

But at least he’d invite women into the room where decisions are made. Gee thanks, Governor Kasich.

The idea of telecommuting is complete garbage.  Lets start with the fact that the majority of people do not work in an office building or via a computer.

81% of elementary teachers are women, how are they telecommute?  If you add all of education and health services together women make up 76% of the industry.  I would like to see the nurse who can check vitals, take a blood sample, and help bathe a patient from their home work station.

What about the fact that 1-in-12 American workers, works in the restaurant industry and 52% of those workers are women. How is a woman going to serve your food if she is telecommuting?

“What Kasich fails to understand is that paid family leave isn’t just good for women – it’s good for working families and good for the economy, which is why nearly every other developed nation offers paid leave,” said Lizzy Price, Communications Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party. “When women do well, families do well, but Kasich’s backwards comments aren’t surprising. His administration made it harder for women in Ohio to get the health care services they need.”

“With just a month to go until the New Hampshire primary, the choice is clear – John Kasich and his GOP colleagues refuse to support hard working Granite State families by ensuring paid leave, while Democrats are fighting everyday to make sure those families have a chance to build strong families and succeed in the workplace.”


Recent excerpts from Kasich’s speech on workers.

Paid leave hurts equal pay: Kasich

Columbus Dispatch // Darrell Rowland

Sometimes, it’s the little things presidential candidates say along the campaign trail that come back to haunt them.

As Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders bicker over how to fund their plans for paid maternity leave, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was asked during a town-hall meeting on Friday where he stood.

His answer was that women shouldn’t be given additional paid leave but should get the chance to telecommute so they can stay competitive in their careers.

“The one thing we need to do for working women is to give them the flexibility to be able to work at home online,” Kasich told the man who asked the question. “The reason why that’s important is, when women take maternity leave or time to be with the children, then what happens is they fall behind on the experience level, which means that the pay becomes a differential…

About a third of women are employed at work sites that offer paid maternity leave to all or most female employees (21.6 percent for all employees, 13.5 percent for most employees), according to the 2012 Family and Medical Leave Act Technical Report.

Virtually every other developed nation offers paid leave, often for several months. In the U.S., workers at companies that employ at least 50 are entitled only to unpaid leave — although some corporations voluntarily offer several weeks of paid time off, and California requires it…

 

Clock ticking for GOP candidates in New Hampshire

WMUR

… “I don’t ever want to make decisions without having women in the room,” Kasich said. “Because without it, I don’t think you’re getting the full picture on how to do things. I’m not like, pandering here, this is the way I roll.” …

Chelsea Clinton to Campaign For Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

"Chelsea Clinton" by Kyle Cassidy (identity confirmed) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via

“Chelsea Clinton” by Kyle Cassidy (identity confirmed) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via

Manchester – Chelsea Clinton’s first campaign trip for Hillary Clinton in 2016 will be to New Hampshire, to talk to voters about how her mother will make a difference for families as president.   She will speak at a series of grassroots events on Tuesday, January 12th in Concord, Manchester, and Portsmouth.

Chelsea Clinton knows her mother, as president, will wake up every day fighting to make a difference for families. Hillary Clinton will work to build an economy that benefits all Americans—not just those at the top. She’ll cut taxes for the middle class and is committed to expanding access to high-quality and affordable early childhood education.

Individuals who would like to attend the Early Learning Roundtable event can sign up here: http://hrc.io/1PQzTXs. Those who would like to attend the Manchester organizing event can sign up here: http://hrc.io/1PQAgkW.  Those who would like to attend the Women for Hillary organizing event in Portsmouth can sign up here: http://hrc.io/1PQAwQO.

 

Early Learning Roundtable
Where: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord
Event Start: 9:45 AM

Manchester Organizing Event

Where: Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester,
Event Start: 11:45

Women for Hillary Organizing Event in Portsmouth
Where: Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market St, Portsmouth 

Event Start: 2:45 PM

 

North America’s Building Trades Unions Officially Endorse Hillary Clinton For President

Sean McGarvey, President of the North American Building Trades Union (Image from NABTU)

Sean McGarvey, President of the North American Building Trades Union at their convention in 2013 (Image from NABTU)

North America’s Building Trades formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President this morning specifically citing her newly released infrastructure plan.

“Today, North America’s Building Trades are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President,” said Sean McGarvey, the organization’s president.  “In these times of international strife and uncertainty, our nation needs a leader with the toughness, strength, intelligence and experience to successfully steer the United States through tumultuous waters.  Here at home, we trust that Secretary Clinton will always do what’s best for America’s working families.”

The Building Trades’ endorsement closely follows the release of Secretary Clinton’s infrastructure plan, Building Tomorrow’s Economy Today. The comprehensive five-year, $275 billion plan would allocate $250 billion to direct public investment and place $25 billion in a national infrastructure bank dedicated to maintaining the country’s competitive advantage in the 21st century economy. The infrastructure plan, which supports an additional $225 billion in financing through the infrastructure bank, would result in up to $500 billion in critical infrastructure investments over the next five years. The Building Trades and “Hardhats for Hillary” will advocate for successful implementation of this proposal in all 50 states so that voters are educated on the choice before them. Together, we can put America back to work.

“Secretary Clinton’s work on behalf of Building Trades workers and their families is unquestioned,” said McGarvey.  “Her infrastructure plan is further proof that she understands that the state of our nation’s infrastructure is a bellwether for the health of the American economy and for the economic prospects of American workers.  We commend Secretary Clinton for putting forth a robust, yet entirely practical plan. She acknowledges, in stark contrast to the other candidates in this presidential race, that this is a national problem which requires a bold, national, and realistic solution, not a pie-in-the-sky dream or a piecemeal approach.”

Secretary Hillary Clinton released the following statement upon receiving the endorsement of the North America’s Building Trades Unions.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of North America’s Building Trades (NABTU). 

“The members of the Building Trades have helped build the American middle class—by training apprentices, protecting workers’ rights, and supporting good-paying jobs and pathways to careers in the construction industry. Along the way, they have helped build our mighty American economy—keeping the lights on and traffic moving, helping businesses get goods to customers and workers get to their jobs, supporting safe power generation, sending skyscrapers soaring above our cities, and maintaining the pipes beneath our streets.

“As President, I will stand with America’s Building Trades against efforts to roll back prevailing wage statutes and undermine project labor agreements. I will fight to protect workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively, stay safe on the job, maintain their health benefits and retire with dignity. And I will support high-quality apprenticeship programs modeled after successful efforts promoted by the Building Trades and their contractor partners that give young people, women, African-Americans, Latinos and veterans ladders of opportunity to a career in the trades and a pathway to the middle class for their families. 

“I know the members of the Building Trades and “Hardhats for Hillary” will join me in our advocacy to rebuild and expand America’s infrastructure to maintain our position as the world’s economic superpower. I have an ambitious, five-year plan to invest in our infrastructure, from rebuilding roads and bridges to modernizing our energy system, and put Americans to work building the future we deserve. My plan will make our economy more productive and competitive across the board. It will cut costs for families and businesses, and spur more private investment. It will boost wages up and down the supply chain and throughout the economy. Because to build a strong economy for the future, we need to start by building strong infrastructure today.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of North America’s Building Trades and together, we’re going to rebuild the country we love and put Americans back to work.”

NEXTGEN Climate New Hampshire: Republican Presidential Candidates Refuse To Accept Climate Science

(Image curtesy of NextGen Climate)

(Image curtesy of NextGen Climate)

There no question that climate change has become the subject of highly charged, intensely partisan fighting in recent years. That hasn’t always been the case—it used to be an issue of settled science and healthy, bipartisan conversations

It’s not really clear what changed or why. The influence of deep-pocketed oil interests on the Republican Party?  The Oscar-winning warnings raised by former Democratic Vice President Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth? Simple stubbornness along party lines? 

It’s anyone’s guess.

But regardless of how we landed in this political situation, the evidence of man-made climate change continues to mount, and our planet continues to suffer the consequences. 

Meanwhile, most of the current Republican candidates for President have doubled down on their refusal to act to combat climate change’s harmful effects—many even deny that it’s a problem in the first place. And though some Republicans have managed to admit that the climate is changing and that humans may play a role, those willing to do so definitively and wholeheartedly are a rare breed.

It’s time to end the politicization of our environment.  Science isn’t a partisan question, and the ideological blame game draws energy and focus away from the real fights: protecting our planet, promoting energy independence, and creating American jobs. Let’s give Republicans an opportunity to back down from these dangerous stances—and let’s all get to work.

If, by 2030, we can get to the point where 50 percent of our energy comes from clean sources, we can win those fights. Meeting that benchmark will not only help to cut our greenhouse emissions—it would also help create over 1 million good-paying American jobs in the process. Just retrofitting our existing infrastructure alone will grow the national GDP by $145 billion dollars, and families will have up to $400 more in disposable income.

These are not Republican or Democratic programs; they’re simply American aspirations. This “50 by 30” goal is ambitious, but it’s absolutely achievable…provided our political leaders are willing to cooperate and act boldly, together. United, we can harness the same scientific know-how and technological prowess that helped to make us the country we are today. That effort could make the difference in saving the world.

NH Residents Use Filing Period To Challenge Candidates On Corporate Influence

gui_logoCONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE–The American Friends Service Committee’s “Governing Under the Influence” (GUI) project will be ready to greet the first presidential candidates to file for a spot on the New Hampshire Primary ballot when the Secretary of State’s filing period opens on November 4.

The Quaker group, which for the past year has been spotlighting the harmful political influence of corporations that profit from war and prisons, will be waiting with giant banners at the front door to the State House on November 4 and 5, and again on November 12 and 13. 

AFSC has taken these seven foot tall banners to candidate events and political gatherings all over the state. “We are asking all the candidates to tell us how they will forge policies based on the public interest, not the interest of corporations that profit from government contracts,”  said Eric Zulaski, the group’s Grassroots Education Coordinator.

The educational project is strictly non-partisan, he emphasized. 

In the past year, they have conducted nearly 50 “bird dog” trainings — workshops that prepare people to ask effective questions on issues that matter to them when they get a chance to talk to candidates.   So far more than 700 people have gone through the training.

“Being an active citizen is about more than voting,” said Olivia Zink, AFSC’s Grassroots Engagement Coordinator and the state’s most experienced NH Primary “bird dog” trainer. “If you’re going to talk to candidates about issues like the trillion dollar plan for a new generation of nuclear weapons or the federal budget mandate that results in tens of thousands of immigrants locked up in for-profit prisons, it’s good to be prepared.”

AFSC is also running a similar program in Iowa, where the first presidential nominating caucuses will precede the NH Primary.

AFSC’s banners will be on display in front of the State House from 8 am to 4 pm on November 4, 5, 12, and 13. They are already aware of several candidates planning to file on those days. “We’re looking forward to greeting them and discussing how to end the practice of ‘governing under the influence,’” Zulaski said.   

More information, including a calendar of candidate events and reports from GUI “bird dogs,” can be found at http://gui.afsc.org

NH Rebellion Congratulates Governor Martin O’Malley on “Restore our Democracy” Reform Agenda

11080869_782217911886011_4375816739839554718_o-1MANCHESTER, NH – One day after the presidential candidates completed their latest fundraising frenzy ahead of Wednesday’s third-quarter reporting deadline, Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley released a plan to “get big money out of politics” and turn current fundraising practices on their head. The plan was welcomed by the nonpartisan NH Rebellion and reform groups nationwide.

Under Governor O’Malley’s “Restoring Our American Democracy” plan, ordinary citizens would be empowered to fund congressional campaigns in lieu of wealthy interests through a $25 refundable tax credit on small donations. Donations would then be matched on a multiple basis for qualifying candidates and candidates would be forced to abide by strict contribution limits. The plan also calls for disclosure of secret election spending by special interest groups; a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision; an overhaul of the Federal Election to ensure enforcement of election law and non-coordination between candidates and Super PACs; and a new constitutional right to vote free from discriminatory voting laws. The plan embraces many of the reform proposals put forward by NH Rebellion and other groups, although it omits citizen-funding of presidential elections.

“Voters of all stripes are disgusted by the way big money is dominating our democracy,” said Dan Weeks, Executive Director of Open Democracy and leader of the NH Rebellion. “This plan is a direct assault on those big money interests that have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars attempting to buy the presidential election. We applaud Gov. O’Malley for tackling the problem of big money corruption head-on with a plan that can help restore the basic American promise of an equal voice for all.”

According to Weeks, the O’Malley plan represents another major victory for the citizen movement against big money politics. “Six months ago, most of the presidential candidates were silent on solutions to big money politics, even as their solicitations of Super PACs spoke volumes about the power of wealthy elites in American politics,” Weeks said. “Now, they’re getting the memo: the American people are hungry for solutions what what is undoubtedly America’s most pressing problem.”

According to the Rebellion’s online platform tracking candidate statements, Questionr.us, every Republican and Democrat vying for president is now on record about the need to fight big money. Most of the statements and videos featured have come in response to citizen “rebels” asking the question in town halls and meet-and-greets across New Hampshire.

O’Malley is not the first presidential candidate to issue a comprehensive plan to overhaul the nation’s campaign finance system. In September, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented a similar set of solutions and according to the Rebellion’s online tracker, Questionr.us, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, former Democratic Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig have all issued broad calls for citizen-funded elections and/or overturning Citizens United. The remaining candidates have so far called for some combination of stricter disclosure requirements and lobbying restrictions.

“Big money politics is a bipartisan problem and it demands bipartisan solutions,” added Brian Tilton, Republican outreach coordinator for the NH Rebellion. “Just as the Rebellion reached out to Sec. Clinton, Gov. O’Malley and other Democrats to give input on their plans, we have also been in talks with several Republican contenders about conservative-friendly approaches to breaking the big money-big government nexus that has voters up in arms. Republicans recognize that crony capitalism and wasteful spending won’t be stopped until voters – not special interests – own our elections. We call on the remaining campaigns to answer our invitation and develop real reforms with us.”

“For the first time in memory, we’re seeing presidential candidates compete for the banner of ‘true reformer’,” Weeks added. “New Hampshire’s voters welcome the competition. Whether or not candidates believe that fighting big money is good policy, they can’t deny that it is good politics if they want to get elected. Let them ignore the corruption issue at their peril.”

Ahead Of Labor Day, NH AFL-CIO And NH Democrats Blast GOP Candidates Anti-Worker Agenda

RAND PAUL (Stump Source FLIKR CC)

RAND PAUL (Stump Source FLIKR CC)

Ahead of the holiday weekend dedicated to honoring the sacrifices made by workers, the NH AFL-CIO and the NH Democratic Party, blast Republicans over their failed and out of touch policies that harm working families.

Labor Day is the annual holiday to “celebrate the progress of American workers,” said NH AFL-CIO President Glenn Brackett. “American workers are what make our country great.”

Labor Day honors the decades of progress gained through the blood, sweat and tears of American workers who fought for policies like weekends, paid time off, sick days, maternity leave, social security, on the job safety programs like OSHA, and dozens of other policies that would never have been without American workers standing up for them.

Earlier this summer, Jeb Bush told the Union Leader that people just need to “work longer hours” showing just how out of touch he really is.

Americans are still suffering the effects of the Great Recession that stemmed from the failed policies of the George W Bush presidency and the deregulation of Wall Street.

Not to be outdone, Senator Rand Paul recently said, “Income inequality is from people not working hard enough,” and also said, “if you work all day long, you don’t have time to do heroin.”

American workers have pushed their productivity to the highest levels in history, yet all of those gains have gone to the wealthy instead of working families.

Many Americans have been forced to work two or even three jobs just to pay the bills as wages have declined over the last thirty years (adjusted for inflation). I highly doubt Jeb Bush has ever had to take on a second or third job to pay his bills.

NH Democratic Party Chair, Raymond Buckley, said that it is “Democrats who are fighting for working families.” Democrats are pushing for a higher minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and protecting Social Security to ensure that workers can retire with dignity.

“Jeb Bush wants to “phase out” Medicare and John Kasich wants to change Social Security for those close to retirement age, jeopardizing their future. Not to mention failed Republican policies of the past that favor the wealthiest few and leave the middle class behind,” said Buckley.

In New Hampshire it is Republicans who blocked a minimum wage increase and now are holding the state hostage with their draconian budget that would repeal healthcare for 50,000 hard working Granite Staters, to preserve tax breaks from wealthy corporations.

Brackett highlighted that under President Obama’s leadership “America has had 64 straight months of private sector growth.’

“The GOP economic plan seems to be demanding that middle class workers work even longer, while refusing to do anything to help middle class workers and their families get ahead. If they keep this up, it won’t be difficult for hard-working Granite State families to see that putting the White House back in GOP hands would be a disaster for our middle class,” concluded Brackett.

Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Devices For Guests Of The USA

I don’t know what to say to this proposal by Chris Christie.  Essentially he wants to put some type of tracking device on every immigrant who enters the country legally and then when their time is up, track them down and boot them out of the country.

From Slate:

“So here’s what I’m going to do as president: I’m going to ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come work for the government for three months, just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people.” Smith is the father of Christie spokeswoman Samantha Smith, notes CNN.

Christie apparently wants to create a massive surveillance system in order to do this so that the government knows exactly where every immigrant is all the time. “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up … however long your visa is, then we go get you and tap you on the shoulder and say, ‘Excuse me, thanks for coming, it’s time to go.'”

Slate notes that nearly 10 million visas were issues last year alone.

 

I understand that these people are guests in our country and that one of the many problems we have with immigration is that people overstay their legal visa’s but do we really want to create a government program that tracks every immigrant?

If you agree with this policy idea, how long will it be before they start tracking the movements of all Americans?  Would that be acceptable too?

These are people, not cattle and this entire idea seems a little nuts.

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