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'The Republican Party left people like me'

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DSM Local

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Sep 9, 2012
'The Republican Party left people like me': Workers in the Democratic convention spotlight

Unlike the Republican National Convention, where only business owners and politicians mattered, the Democratic National Convention incorporated the voices of workers, telling their own stories of life in this economy. Not only the union presidents or the people who came up to talk about being an auto worker or a fire fighter, but veterans and more talked about themselves as working people, their struggles as veterans or women being the struggles of workers looking for good-paying, fair-paying jobs, and about the importance of President Barack Obama's efforts to create jobs and promote fairness in the workplace.

In case you missed these important moments in the DNC, here's video and highlights from many of the people who spoke as and for workers.



Cincinnati fire fighter Doug Stern:

I am an Ohio firefighter and an unlikely choice to be addressing you tonight, because for the vast majority of my voting life I have been a Republican. So why am I here?
Well, something happened recently. The Republican Party left people like me. As a member of the middle class, they left me; and they certainly left me as a public employee. Somewhere along the way, being a public employee—someone who works for my community—made me a scapegoat for the GOP. Thank goodness we have leaders like President Obama and Vice President Biden who still believe that public service is an honorable calling. When I go to work, when there is an emergency, I want someone on my crew who has my back, someone who helps me get the job done, someone who is willing to go through hell with me. I expect the same out of my elected leaders.

Where Stern is struggling with today's Republican agenda and the budget cuts and outright attacks that come with it, Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster struggled with Mitt Romney's Bain Capital.

"I don't think Mitt Romney is a bad man," Johnson said.

I don't fault him for the fact that some companies win and some companies lose. That's a fact of life.
What I fault him for is making money without a moral compass. I fault him for putting profits before working people like me. But that's just Romney economics.
To me, making money without a moral compass makes you a bad person no matter how nice you are to your wife and kids. But maybe Randy Johnson is more forgiving than me. Cindy Hewitt took on the inevitable Republican outcry that these workers are just poor losers in our noble and moral economy:

It was a really difficult time for me and my co-workers, but not for Governor Romney and his partners. While we watched our jobs disappear, they ultimately walked away with more than $240 million. Of course I understand that some companies are successful and others are not—that's the way our economy works.

But it's wrong when dedicated, productive employees feel the pain while folks like Mitt Romney make profits.
A Real Democrat

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Sep 9, 2012
Some Cincinnati fireman is an authority on politics? No.

Here is an authority on politics:

Michael Moore predicts Romney will win in November

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, August 30, 2012 22:09 EDT

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday predicted that Mitt Romney would defeat President Barack Obama in the upcoming election.

“I think people should start to practice the words ‘President Romney,’” he said on HuffPost Live.
to Doug Stern

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Sep 9, 2012
DSM Local wrote:
'The Republican Party left people like me': Workers in the Democratic convention spotlight
Unlike the Republican National Convention, where only business owners and politicians mattered, the Democratic National Convention incorporated the voices of workers, telling their own stories of life in this economy. Not only the union presidents or the people who came up to talk about being an auto worker or a fire fighter, but veterans and more talked about themselves as working people, their struggles as veterans or women being the struggles of workers looking for good-paying, fair-paying jobs, and about the importance of President Barack Obama's efforts to create jobs and promote fairness in the workplace.
In case you missed these important moments in the DNC, here's video and highlights from many of the people who spoke as and for workers.
Cincinnati fire fighter Doug Stern:
I am an Ohio firefighter and an unlikely choice to be addressing you tonight, because for the vast majority of my voting life I have been a Republican. So why am I here?
Well, something happened recently. The Republican Party left people like me. As a member of the middle class, they left me; and they certainly left me as a public employee. Somewhere along the way, being a public employee—someone who works for my community—made me a scapegoat for the GOP. Thank goodness we have leaders like President Obama and Vice President Biden who still believe that public service is an honorable calling. When I go to work, when there is an emergency, I want someone on my crew who has my back, someone who helps me get the job done, someone who is willing to go through hell with me. I expect the same out of my elected leaders.
Where Stern is struggling with today's Republican agenda and the budget cuts and outright attacks that come with it, Randy Johnson, Cindy Hewitt, and David Foster struggled with Mitt Romney's Bain Capital.
"I don't think Mitt Romney is a bad man," Johnson said.
I don't fault him for the fact that some companies win and some companies lose. That's a fact of life.
What I fault him for is making money without a moral compass. I fault him for putting profits before working people like me. But that's just Romney economics.
To me, making money without a moral compass makes you a bad person no matter how nice you are to your wife and kids. But maybe Randy Johnson is more forgiving than me. Cindy Hewitt took on the inevitable Republican outcry that these workers are just poor losers in our noble and moral economy:
It was a really difficult time for me and my co-workers, but not for Governor Romney and his partners. While we watched our jobs disappear, they ultimately walked away with more than $240 million. Of course I understand that some companies are successful and others are not—that's the way our economy works.
But it's wrong when dedicated, productive employees feel the pain while folks like Mitt Romney make profits.
It's too bad that the firefighting profession went from a volunteer position to a highly paid public sector union job that has pay and better benefits than a private sector middle class occupation. I can't feel your pain.
to Doug Stern

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Sep 9, 2012
Guide to firefighters' pay and benefits (Sacramento, Ca.)

Firefighter pay

There are several kinds of unionized jobs in the Sacramento Fire Department, according to data on the city’s website. These job titles are firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, engineer, engineer/paramedic, captain, captain/paramedic and battalion chief.

The salary for the firefighter job ranges from $53,534 to $65,071, according to salary data published on the city’s website. A firefighter/paramedic can earn from $58,888 to $71,579 annually, in base pay.(AND HOW MUCH FOR OVERTIME?)...(do they get free room and board at a fire station?).

Retirement and other benefits for firefighters

Like police officers and managers, firefighters do not pay toward their retirement benefits. A recent audit of employee benefits by City Auditor Jorge Oseguera’s office said the city covers all CalPERS retirement system contributions for firefighters, police officers and managers.
http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/52010...
to Doug Stern

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Sep 9, 2012
more...

Unionized fire employees also receive a health and welfare benefit from the city, basic life insurance, 12 days of vacation per year with the ability to accrue two more floating days each year, 24 hours of holiday time and 12 sick days, according to xxxxxx xxxxxxx, city human resources manager for benefits and retirement.
http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/52010...

I can't feel your pain.
Smiling Slew

Kent, WA

#6 Sep 9, 2012
A Real Democrat wrote:
Some Cincinnati fireman is an authority on politics? No.
Here is an authority on politics:
Michael Moore predicts Romney will win in November
By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, August 30, 2012 22:09 EDT
Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore on Thursday predicted that Mitt Romney would defeat President Barack Obama in the upcoming election.
“I think people should start to practice the words ‘President Romney,’” he said on HuffPost Live.
Moore said it, but supports Obama personally...Funny, how you pick & choose what to present so dishonestly !!! It's called motivating voters, to show up, Hup 2 3 4 ....
Smiling Slew

Kent, WA

#7 Sep 9, 2012
to Doug Stern wrote:
more...
Unionized fire employees also receive a health and welfare benefit from the city, basic life insurance, 12 days of vacation per year with the ability to accrue two more floating days each year, 24 hours of holiday time and 12 sick days, according to xxxxxx xxxxxxx, city human resources manager for benefits and retirement.
http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/52010...
I can't feel your pain.
They risk their lives and you want the]m to work for free ??? Why do you hate Americans ???
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Sep 9, 2012
Smiling Slew wrote:
<quoted text>Moore said it, but supports Obama personally...Funny, how you pick & choose what to present so dishonestly !!! It's called motivating voters, to show up, Hup 2 3 4 ....
I support my Messiah. I am gonna get a new govt apartment, a new govt car, and free govt food.

Maybe King Obama can take over Polo clothing next since they discriminate against poor people with their expensive clothes. If the govt owned Polo, they could give me all the clothes I need for free.

Yes! I love my Messiah.
Jake S

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Sep 9, 2012
Smiling Slew wrote:
<quoted text>They risk their lives and you want the]m to work for free ??? Why do you hate Americans ???
Who pays for a firefighters training, education, and equipment? Is it the taxpayer or the firefighter? Many private middle class workers have student loans and other debts to pay off.

Do small town non-union volunteer firefighters risk their lives Dumbo?
Smiling Slew

Kent, WA

#12 Sep 9, 2012
Hey, dummy, you cherry picked firefighter benefits AT THEIR HIGHEST and IN THE HIGHEST PAID STATE and they're reevaluating THAT PAY LAST YEAR !!!! LMAOROTFu~! A=Poor fool, fake numbers, dumb questions, and can't buy a CLUE !!! Not a man, barely a McFired McFool !!!
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Sep 9, 2012
Smiling Slew wrote:
Hey, dummy, you cherry picked firefighter benefits AT THEIR HIGHEST and IN THE HIGHEST PAID STATE and they're reevaluating THAT PAY LAST YEAR !!!! LMAOROTFu~! A=Poor fool, fake numbers, dumb questions, and can't buy a CLUE !!! Not a man, barely a McFired McFool !!!
ESL. Take advantage of it Slew.
Smiling Slew

Kent, WA

#14 Sep 9, 2012
Poor boob, making stupid up and being a boob.... Poor COWARD !!!
Smiling Slew

Kent, WA

#15 Sep 9, 2012
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
ESL. Take advantage of it Slew.
LSD... take less of it LOSER !!!
Smiling Slew

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Sep 9, 2012
Smiling Slew wrote:
<quoted text>LSD... take less of it LOSER !!!
Obama snorted coke in his formative years. Do you think he took LSD too?
Smiling Slew

Kent, WA

#17 Sep 9, 2012
SO did Bushwhacker and bushwhacker screwed up the economy.... As for the LSD, I think you got McFired McFred, FOR DRUGS !!! Poor Funny Fried Fired Foolish McFred.... Lost again ??? You proved nothing with respect to not being fired, liar McFred. Your former boss, came on here and said he fired your fry flipping McAss... LMAOROTFu~! Pot-kettle ..

Where's poor, fired, McFred.... we need to change that wet bed...Maybe some of the "imaginary" minions can help, they're really wet ! LMAOROTFu~! Fired McLosers are SO UNRELIABLE...
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Sep 10, 2012
There was a time that the Republicans represented moderates. Not so anymore - the GOP only represents the rich and the phony righteous people now.
Bob

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Sep 10, 2012
Bob wrote:
There was a time that the Republicans represented moderates. Not so anymore - the GOP only represents the rich and the phony righteous people now.
B.S. And not very original.
DSM Local

Ankeny, IA

#20 Sep 10, 2012
I wasn't going to but I feel I have to comment with that name used by slew to post this.

One, can you believe the sense of entitlment that firefighter has

Two, unions are a godless collective..in short communism, they are anti-free markets and anti-capitalism...they are evil

Three, Romney worked for his fortune, hate him if you want but you will never reach his financil level with the failure to put in hard work and effort on your part

Four, it was said at the DNC, "we all belong to goverment" I belong to me not a godless collective

Five, Slew use your own brain to make your points, not copy and paste
Robert

Minneapolis, MN

#21 Sep 10, 2012
very simple ( socialist - muslim )

http://2016themovie.com/media/

time to tell jim carter aka barry soetoro to go away , vote for PRESIDENT MITT ROMNEY.
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
I support my Messiah. I am gonna get a new govt apartment, a new govt car, and free govt food.
Maybe King Obama can take over Polo clothing next since they discriminate against poor people with their expensive clothes. If the govt owned Polo, they could give me all the clothes I need for free.
Yes! I love my Messiah.
Surburban Mom

Prescott, WI

#22 Sep 10, 2012
It was a hoax, the clown never worked for the fire dept.

Taxpayers are done getting soaked by public sector unions anyway.

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