When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, he not only aligned himself with the extremist budget proposals put forward over the past two years by Ryan and the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives. Romney also enlisted in the "War on Women" that many Republican politicians - including Ryan - have been waging.
Mitt Romney is urging employers to tell their workers how to vote. Labor journalist Mike Elk has reported on a June 6 conference call, which was posted on the website of the National Federation of Independent Business, in which Romney told his listeners that President Obama has been bad for business, and then added:
Mitt Romney was born into wealth and privilege. His father, George Romney, was a corporate executive in the auto industry who in 1954 became president and CEO of American Motors (manufacturer of the Rambler and other brands), and in 1963 was elected governor of Michigan. Mitt attended the elite private Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI, Stamford University and Brigham Young University, and went on to amass a personal fortune of around $250 million, first as a business consultant and then in the private equity business, mainly as co-founder and CEO of Bain Capital.
Working people have more at stake in this year's election than in any election in decades. One of the two major parties has become more hostile to workers' rights, unions, and the social protections for which labor has fought, than any of us have seen before. The future of unions in the United States, and the survival of many of the things that we have fought for, is on the line on November 6.
UE's Political Action Director Chris Townsend has put together a video message, in the wake of the vice presidential debate. Chris briefly assesses the national political situation and advises, "We've got work to do!" Townsend urges union members to read and make full use of the latest issue of the UE News, now in the mail and "packed with information" about what Big Business has in store for us if they win the election, as well as several new UE leaflets summarizing the issues in this year's election. Watch for more video commentaries in the weeks ahead.
Since the founding of the United States, working people have had to fight to win, and to keep, the right to vote. And through American history, rich and powerful people, often calling themselves "conservatives", have tried to maintain their privileges by depriving other Americans of the right to vote.
Early voting is voting before Election Day, generally in person at election offices and in some states, other public locations. It differs from absentee balloting, which is almost always a mail-in ballot. Early voting is a helpful tool for increasing voter participation, especially for busy working people.