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Embracing the American Voice 912 DC

Posted by courage On September - 11 - 2009

912 ProjectThere are moments in life when circumstances dictate action.  We each determine when the underlying catalysis of a situation compels us toward movement.

For us this trip, participating in the 9-12 project is one such moment.  Our deep-seated concern, centers on a gut level feeling that the Republic is being swiftly and purposefully moved toward a socialist/ fascist model. An unsettled sense of freedom being threatened propelled us from being average, perhaps complacent, citizens to finding a voice determined to be heard.

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Unions Want Another Stimulus Package

Posted by courage On August - 30 - 2009

The summer IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO) Journal featured a 9-page cover story entitled “JOBS NOW!”  Looking at this statement, how can anyone disagree?  No one could argue that having a job is a bad thing; it allows an individual the opportunity to make choices in life.  The disturbing aspect of this particular issue of the IAM is the union’s advocacy of a second stimulus package.

When I first read this issue of the IAM journal, I felt at a basic gut level that something was not right.  There has to be some intricate piece of the puzzle, I am missing.  Through the years I could not remember the union (whether the IAM or TCU or its lowest common denominator BRAC) taking such a forefront advocacy position on this gigantic of new legislation.  The union’s promotion of a second stimulus package was re-enforced with tear-out postcards addressed to the “friends” of Labor (sic) Senator Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi.

The more I shake my head at what is occurring in Washington with our elected officials, the more a tiny voice in me says, “follow the money.”

So down the rabbit hole.. guess what I found? Read the rest of this entry »

Obama, Science and False Conclusions

Posted by courage On August - 30 - 2009
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Finally, I’ve found something I can agree on with the President.  Starting at about 1:36 of the above clip and extending to about 2:03 the President states:

The truth is promoting science isn’t just about providing resources; it’s about protecting free and open inquiry.  Insuring the facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.

It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say- even when it’s inconvenient- especially when it’s inconvenient.  The highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. (emphasis mine) Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering 9-11

Posted by courage On August - 25 - 2009

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There are moments for every generation which impact the psyche and remain firmly attached in the mind; sadly these moments are usually times that shake the foundation of the world as we know it.  As a young girl, I remember watching the funeral procession for JFK; as an adult, I remember the uncertainty as the horrendous acts of 9-11 shook everyone’s world.

It began as a typical day, suddenly rumors spread through the shop that planes were crashing into New York buildings.  Someone found a radio and we stayed glued to the newscasts attempting to understand what was occurring.  As the day progressed and more information was available, it became obvious that the United States was under attack.  The sky above the shop, normally busy with air traffic became eerily silent as the FAA grounded all public and private aircraft. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care: The President Speaks

Posted by courage On August - 23 - 2009
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So you tell me what happened? Where did things change? What about the transparency the President spoke of throughout his campaign?

Transparency according to Webster is:
2 a : free from pretense or deceit : frank b : easily detected or seen through : obvious c : readily understood d : characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices

An individual can walk and talk all they want about lofty ideology, at some point if they do not follow through, if they so overtly deviate from their stated words well.. you be the judge.

Update:

The President speaks about open and free dialogue, specifically mentioning how this would disallow Congressional members to hide behind closed doors  “carrying water for the drug companies.”   Yet this NY Times article shows that the White House did exactly that. 

White House Affirms Deal on Drug Cost – NYTimes.com

Cash for Clunkers: OR Just Trash Policy?

Posted by courage On August - 23 - 2009

The Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) or affectionately known as “cash for clunkers” program was infused with $1 billion dollars from Congress, originally this money was to last until November.  Everyone knows this program was presented by Congress and the current Administration as a keen economic move to assist the car companies and by proxy the union auto workers.

The monetary scheming of Congress was a bit off; the money was exhausted within a week.  Congress thought the program such a wonderful success they infused the program with an additional $2 billion dollars, scheduling this new infusion of cash to fund the program through Labor Day.  Again, the shortsighted Congress miscalculated, the program is now to end August 24, 2009, as the funding is currently exhausted. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Anything but Free… Removing Privacy in Organizing!

Posted by courage On August - 23 - 2009

no-vote_no-futureThe “Employee Free Choice Act” H.R. 1409 has already passed the House, currently the Senate version S.560 is in committee.

Perhaps I possess a unique perspective on this legislation, since I have been a union member for over the twenty-eight (28) years.  During these years I have been extremely active in the governance of my union (BRAC, now under the umbrella organization of the IAM) holding numerous official positions including: Recording Secretary, Vice President, President, and Local Chairperson at my facility. Read the rest of this entry »