Next to my husband, Bob Lancaster is the world's funniest person. I loved the May 7 Pop Quiz.
Who's Lincoln for?
Wow! First Sen. Lincoln was for the Employee Free Choice Act and now she's against giving workers the right to choose a union without intimidation or interference. After hearing of this, I decided to see why she was on business instead of the workers' side of the Employee Free Choice Act.
I find it really intriguing that of Sen. Lincoln's top 20 business contributors, six of these businesses have contracts with unions representing the workers. This includes her top contributor (AT&T) whose workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America. In their contract there is a provision for majority sign-up. This means if within AT&T the CWA organizes one of its divisions, shops or stores and 50 percent plus one of the workers sign a representation card they have a union. Much like the Employee Free Choice Act it would allow other workers that same right.
If Sen. Lincoln's top contributors' workers are represented by a union and they agree with this method of organizing, why wouldn't she support the Employee Free Choice Act? If it's good enough for her contributors, why isn't it good enough for her constituents?
North Little Rock
An Arkansas native, I worked there for more 10 ten years helping working people gain a better life for themselves and their families. We provided accurate information to those families on voting records of office holders on issues critical to them. As always, we encouraged ALL eligible citizens to register and vote for the candidates of THEIR choice. Contrary to the lies put out by elite and wealthy, no one working for a working families organization ever “tells” a member whom to vote for or against. We know our members are intelligent people who will make their own choices based on candidates' voting records and positions on issues.
I am sure many working families in Arkansas worked for, contributed to and voted for Blanche Lincoln to represent them in the U.S. Senate.
Now, Sen. Lincoln has the audacity to oppose the “Employee Free Choice Act”! I could write a book about the abuses of the current labor law I have personally seen in Arkansas, and she thinks working people should support her in her re-election bid?
Someone should tell her to call on the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber of Commerce to help her get re-elected; perhaps they will fly 100 business folks in to work in her campaign, right after pigs start flying!
Let me tell Sen. Lincoln a little secret: If folks are shopping for a car, and one that only looks like a Cadillac costs the same as a real Cadillac, guess which car they will buy? Likewise, when folks are voting, if a candidate votes like a Republican, talks like a Republican, but runs as a Democrat against a real Republican, voters who want a Republican will vote for the real Republican!
Sen. Lincoln has betrayed the working people of Arkansas as far as I am concerned. She sold out and didn't even get the promise of 30 pieces of silver.
Electoral college v. democracy
There is much concern lately over the Electoral College. It is a failure. The reason we do not elect our governors, senators and representatives via electoral college is because the Electoral College is an expensive, cumbersome and oligarchic system designed to undermine the normal constituent.
The Electoral College has failed several times and we know for certain it will fail again at the worst time. Why use it? Employ democracy instead.
The critics of democracy complain it is unfair the majority live in large states with large populations and that these large populations get their way. This is democracy. Critics of democracy discriminate against the majority based on ethnicity and geographic location. The critics of democracy suffer from a mentality of exclusion. They have tasted power and do not want to share it, especially with the masses.