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A Vote for Democrats as a Public-Sector Union Member may be a Misguided Vote

On the ballot in Minnesota are two items that public-sector union members should consider very closely when/if voting straight Democrat in the 2018 Midterms: 1) Single-Payer Healthcare and 2) $15 Minimum Wage. These items are directly contradictory of the hard work that has been done to fight for your benefits and your living wage as a public-sector union member, let me explain my thoughts on these two items and how they could be undoing recent accomplishments of public-sector unions.

  • $15 minimum wage for all does not increase your living wage as a public-sector union member, in fact, it may make your wage less livable, more futile. It may also reduce the number of employees in the local workforce, triggering more unemployment, in order to make up for increased wages paid without increased profits earned. This does not benefit you as a public-sector union member and it does not benefit your community. Many Democrat candidates champion $15 minimum wage as a good thing with little evidence to prove their point, it is already being implemented in St Paul, MN (one example of concern about Minimum Wage locally); recently, perhaps, jobs have gone, businesses have and will close and move elsewhere in lieu of this policy change. These items impact us all. Here is a resource on Minimum Wage.
  • A Single-Payer Healthcare System implementation is an item of considerable speculation, ambiguity, and concern. If you have good healthcare/insurance now, one your union fought hard for to attain, perhaps you can kiss that benefit goodbye under Democrats who want a Single-Payer Health Care System. What’s more, not only could a Single-Payer Healthcare System give you theoretical universal healthcare and take away your unique healthcare plan, one based on your individual needs, one that fits you, but it could increase the taxes for you and your community–keep in mind Minnesota has the fifth highest tax burden in the nation, currently. Could you afford to go on a plan that isn’t built for you precisely and that may cost you more? I don’t think I could, and we are all different with special and unique healthcare needs. And what is the quality of Single-Payer Healthcare and is making it mandatory for all even constitutional? I have just a few questions on this topic, you should as well. I am open-minded. Here is a resource on Medicare for All.

These items, and the policies related to them, concern me as a public-sector union member, as a taxpayer, as a dad, as a husband and as a voter, especially when the rhetoric is at a fever pitch and the focus is on what President Trump does personally on Twitter or how bad he is or was as a person or ubiquitous smear campaigns against both political parties and not on actual government policy that change things for you and I and ours.

These policies are paramount to all. But do we all understand them entirely? Do we understand he Bill of Rights or the Constitution? I am not sure I do. Further, do we vote because we hate something or someone, or because we love something or someone, or their ideas are good? Do we vote for what was benign in the past, what might have worked out OK for that moment, or do we move forward and vote for ideas that work for the future, our future?

The items mentioned above, even though mere rhetoric, could have grave impacts on wages and benefits and communities actually. Think about that when you vote, it does matter.

Moreover, when you vote in the upcoming midterm election, don’t think about the party or something far away or some big ideas or some boilerplate talking point, think about your pocketbook, think about the Constitution, think about the law, the Bill of Rights, small changes for positive, and think about your local situation, good or bad, and how you can improve on it. You have the opportunity to say you want better, your voice is your vote. That thought and decision and voice on who you vote for will impact you most. That and recall, maybe the party that claims to represent your public-sector union vociferously is not the party that represents you personally.

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Obama’s reemergence into Politics is a Sign of Concern for Democrats in the 2018 Midterms

Recently, in the news, when I Google search Trump or politics, I see a familiar name come up: Barack Obama.  (Maybe Google is being bias towards me!  I better ask Trump.) Obama is the president I voted for twice.  He is the shining beacon of hope.  He is a person of passion, a leader with decency, and someone who always looked great for the cameras, every day, and his staff.  (Am I drawn into the idea that life is a fairy tale… no, I am not, not really.  Nothing is ever that squeaky-clean.  Now, after the fact, after his presidency, this seems impossible, or a charade.)  That being said, Obama’s appearance in the media this time strikes me as a HUGE concern for Democrats across the nation in relation to the midterms.  This concern could spell a “red tide” in November.

Let me try and explain my opinion:  Obama, to me, is the fixer that Hillary could never be for the Democrat Party.  In many, if not all cases, Obama is entirely more likable and he knows how to persuade people better than any other Democrat candidate.  (Politics aside, I would love to have a beer with President Obama.)  He is the person that people can generally get behind, he is compassionate, where as Donald Trump may not appear to be to many.  He is the antithesis of Trump in a plethora of ways: party, planning, and personality.  Where Trump is straightforward and may not be politically correct, Obama is kind, amiable, and he smooths politics over with more politics (which is some cases, after the fact, may seem deceptive and manipulative.)  Obama becoming necessary pre-2018 midterms should be a concern for anyone promoting progressive or blue, he–a man not running for office again (presumably) is in effect running against the man in office and for a party.  Obama will be competing with Democrats for the Democrat party.  His sun will outshine his lunar-like contenders in most situations.  Obama’s void in the midterms as a candidate, after his presence now, could set Democrats back lightyears, he is a massive powerhouse to fill, a resource that essentially only the news media has, he belongs to no party, to the benefit of Republicans.

His reemergence seems more forced than planned, more emergency than by chance.  For one: the former president and first lady said they were “going to take a little break” from politics after his presidency.   It is subjective to try and understand what constitutes as a “little break”, however I feel the break would have been a bit longer had the blue wave become more of a sure thing at this juncture.  I believe there is some internal ideas, within polling–which are really an unreliable guess, that the midterms will not be such a hand out to the losing part of the 2016 election.  Mind you, that election was a sure thing for Hillary and it didn’t work out so well, alas polling said otherwise.  President Obama coming back from his “break” so closely to the midterms makes me wonder, is it out of choice or necessity for the party.  Or maybe he just likes the press relatively speaking–in relation to Trump, accordingly, they, the press, love and love him, Obama.

Those ideas stated, I believe there is more but it’s all speculative, it’s just of an opinion of mind.  I believe that Obama is and was great for the Democrat party.  He promoted ideas that may not have seen fruition but he may have given many Americans hope.  In a time where the news media promotes a lack of hope he seems more than necessary.  But is that hopelessness for the Democrat party in relation to the midterm election, or to the idea that America is exclusively progressive, or that the America people deserve better, or that our times are horrible and changing for the worse, or just the opposite?  I guess it depends on how you look at the equation.  Perhaps things are getting better now–the economy, the authority of the law and how those entities enforce it, politics are being recharged whether anyone likes it or not–and maybe becoming tough and becoming accountable and not just smoothing things over with words and politics and an appearance of perfection is the human way to move forward–or the constitutional, American way to move forward.  Those are just general guesses and in no way of my precise ideation.

I’ll finish up with: I am not entirely sure about the outcome of the midterm elections, but it is telling, to me, that the Democrats pull their (forgive the pun) trump cards at this point in time.  (But I don’t know the exact history of such a thing.)  Maybe it is too soon for Obama.  Maybe he should have come back a bit later, perhaps before the 2020 presidential election and rallied the troops, championed the party, behind the new face of the party.  He could have brought back fond memories.  However, not so.  Now, Obama will be front and center in a media that truly either absolutely loves you, or absolutely-hates-your-fucking-guts.  Which is very unfortunate because it’s easy to see the potential media bias and where those entities want the country to go.  Accordingly, I believe the Democrat party should be more hopeful than certain, more concerned than confident; likewise, the Republican party shouldn’t bet on this concern as well, they should run it as if they were to lose, because everyone, even if they don’t admit it, loves an American underdog story.  And by way of what the news media promotes, that story may come true in the 2018 midterms.

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