Saturday, August 30, 2008
Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:
She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing women's right to choose and abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
She supported right-wing extremist and racist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools instead of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.4
She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change and global warming.5
She's solidly in line with John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7
This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.
MoveOn asked its Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here's a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK
I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced.
In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country.
In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain's vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.
1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008
4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
"Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
"Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008
7 "McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times: 'MAVERICK ROLLS THE DICE.'
Question: Is this the way McCain plans to handle the national afairs? Lack of judgement anyone?
BIGGEST RISK OF PALIN: Democrats are now the ticket of experience – 40 years in Washington vs. 36 years for the Republicans. Senator McCain is asking voters to assume he was just kidding about a basic premise of his campaign, both in the primaries and the general -- that national-security experience matters when the country is at war.
BIGGEST REASON FOR PALIN: As always, NBC's Chuck Todd sticks his landing -- 'This is about getting a piece of the 'change' argument. They've conceded experience cannot win this election. They have to get on the right side of change.'
THE UNTOLD STORY OF PALIN, per Politico toppers Jim VandeHei and John Harris: 'The truth is McCain is essentially tied or trailing in every swing state the matters -- and too close for comfort in several states like Indiana and Montana the GOP usually wins pretty easily in presidential races. On top of that, voters seem very inclined to elect Democrats in general this election -- and very sick of the Bush years. McCain could easily lose in an electoral landslide. That is the private view of Democrats and Republicans alike. McCain's pick shows he is not pretending. Politicians, even 'mavericks' like McCain, play it safe when they think they are winning – or see an easy path to winning. They roll the dice only when they know that the risks of conventionality are greater than the risks of boldness.'
MOST ASTONISHING FACT – MCCAIN HAD MEET HER ONCE, AND OFFERED HER THE JOB BY PHONE – THE CAMPAIGN'S OFFICIAL NARRATIVE: 'John McCain first met Governor Sarah Palin at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington in February of 2008 and came away extraordinarily impressed. John McCain followed her career and admired her tenacity and her many accomplishments. She was scheduled for a high profile speaking role at our convention and included in the VP selection process because of his admiration for her strong reform credentials. Last Sunday, Governor Palin and John McCain had a conversation over the phone. Governor Palin was at the Alaska State Fair, and John McCain was at his home at Phoenix. Previously, Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, had also been in regular contact with the Governor as part of the on-going selection process. This past week, Governor Palin arrived with Kris Perry in Flagstaff, Arizona, on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, Governor Palin and her longtime aide Kris Perry met with Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter of the McCain campaign at Mr. Bob Delgado's home in Flagstaff. Mr. Delgado is the CEO of the Hensley corporation, which is Mrs. Cindy McCain's family business. On Thursday morning, Governor Palin and staff were joined by Mrs. Cindy McCain and later joined by John McCain at the McCain family home in Sedona, Arizona. At approximately 11:00 a.m. Thursday August 28, 2008, John McCain formally invited Governor Sarah Palin to join the Republican ticket as the vice presidential nominee on the deck of the McCain family home.'
DRUDGE CALLS IT THE 'BLIND DATE.'
Chicago Sun-Times: 'MAVERICK ROLLS THE DICE.'
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Are McCain voting for Obama? No...
Then why McCain has nothing to say about himself and his ideas and policies?
Answer, because they are just the same ideas and policies of George Bush's that have sunk the country in crisis domestically and internationally. So McBush wants to keep the negative smoke screen to avoid scrutiny.
The golden rule of credibility, when you spent more time talking about your opponent than yourself, there is something wrong with you.
The candidate of change went with the status quo. In picking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama sought to shore up his weakness—inexperience in office and on foreign policy...He picked a 35-year veteran of the Senate—the ultimate insider...The Biden selection is the next logistical step in an Obama campaign that has become more negative..."1
This isn't an isolated incident for the AP reporter who wrote this story, Ron Fournier—who was recently appointed as the AP's Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief. Media watchdog group Media Matters wrote a report showing that Fournier's presidential coverage has consistently smeared Democrats and favored John McCain.2
You can email AP reporter Ron Fournier and CC his boss, Managing Editor Mike Oreskes. Tell them that the public's faith in the 160-year-old AP will be gone if Ron Fournier is allowed to continue his slanted articles against Democrats and for McCain.
Here are their emails:
Michael Oreskes, AP Managing Editor, mOreskes@ap.org
Ron Fournier, AP reporter and Washington D.C. Bureau Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org
A congressional investigation recently uncovered an email Fournier sent to Karl Rove in 2004, telling him to "Keep up the fight."3 Plus, it was recently revealed that Fournier talked to top McCain campaign operatives in 2007 about being a senior McCain political adviser!4 Given all this, Fournier has an obligation to the public to show that he's not a partisan McCain supporter.
But during the 2008 primary, Fournier wrote what amounted to a bunch of smear jobs on Barack Obama and the Clintons. Here are some of the "fair and balanced" pieces he wrote:
Headline: "Sen. Hillary Clinton an Artful Dodger" Excerpt: "Slick Hillary? Former President Clinton earned the nickname 'Slick Willy' for his mastery in the political arts of ducking and dodging...His wife may not be as smooth, but Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is doing a passable impression of the ever-parsing former president."5
Headline: "Obama walks arrogance line" Excerpt: "There's a line smart politicians don't cross—somewhere between "I'm qualified to be president" and "I'm born to be president." Wherever it lies, Barack Obama better watch his step. He's bordering on arrogance."6
Headline: "Clinton's Politics of Pity" Excerpt: "Poor Hillary. After trying to save her sinking candidacy with awkward turns of flattery and sarcasm, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton resorted to a new tactic in Tuesday night's debate: self-pity."7
Meanwhile, Media Matters could only find one negative piece Fournier wrote about Republicans during the entire primary—and that was trashing Mitt Romney for beating John McCain in Michigan!8 (Fournier called McCain's loss "a defeat for authenticity in politics" and glowingly called McCain "the man who spoke hard truths." Seriously! That's unbiased journalism?)
1. "Analysis: Biden pick shows lack of confidence," Associated Press, August 23, 2008
2. "The AP has a Ron Fournier problem," Media Matters, July 22, 2008
3. "Fournier to Rove: 'Keep Up the Fight," TPM, July 14, 2008
4. "One of Fournier's job options: McCain," Politico.com, July 30, 2008
5. "Sen. Hillary Clinton an Artful Dodger," Associated Press, June 20, 2007
6. "Obama walks arrogance line," Associated Press, March 17, 2008
7. "AP Opinion: Clinton's politics of pity," Associated Press, February 27, 2008
8. "Analysis: Mitt won, authenticity lost," Associated Press, January 15, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=4004&id=13566-5452283-3.ZI8Vx&t=9
Monday, August 18, 2008
But I say that on the contrary, the Georgia situation is clear example of why McCain is not qualified to be commander in chief.
McCain's first reaction to the Georgia crisis was explosive. We saw aggressiveness, bellicosity and belligerent behavior. He used harsh words, rhetoric and almost insulted Russia for his actions.
Now, regardless if Russia is the bad guy (but remember also that Georgia started the crisis) and regardless if we are suspicious of Russia, do you think is it good judgment to start the process of solving a conflict by insulting one of the parties? Does that show "expertise" in working with international situations and crisis? I don't think so.
As a matter of fact I think it is dangerous to have as commander in chief a person that shows no self control and only shows aggressiveness, bellicosity and belligerent behavior. Do we really want a person with those character traits to be the one with the finger on the button of the most powerful army and nuclear arsenal of the world?
I don't like to take things in isolation, but look it as part of the whole. McCain has an history of aggressive behavior in the Senate, there have been rumors of abusive behavior against his own wife and it has been documented McCain's tendency of always being in conflict against everybody around him: own party, family, colleagues, own campaign, the American people.
McCain fought in Vietnam as a pilot, a war that we could not win. He was shot down, taken prisoner and tortured. He is a war hero and he is respected for that, but those experiences leave psychological damage, scars and traits. McCain has repressed anger and subconsciously wants revenge against those who hurt him. And even though the actual people who hurt him may not be around anymore, they were all communists. So for McCain communists are not only the big enemy of America, communists are also his personal big enemy. The fact those communists Russians attacked a smaller democratic country that also happens to be a U.S. ally, was unbearable for McCain.
According to psychologists, repressed anger can manifests itself in different ways and McCain aggressive behavior is just a typical example of that. His explosive behavior on the Georgia crisis is an example, of not only his mid 20th century cold war mentality, but also an example of an open psychological wound that has not closed and that probably will never close, as long as the "big bad enemy" who hurt him is not punished.
So my question again is do we want someone like that to be our next commander in chief?...
Let me add another piece of the puzzle.
McCain's agrees with Bush over 90% of the time and Bush put us through an unnecessary war wasting 4000+ American lives, tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands of civilian lives) and trillions of dollars.
Now you may be able to see my concerns.
Do we really want someone like McCain in the White House with a history of aggressiveness and bellicose behavior, mentally disturbed, an itching for war, a desire to punish his communists enemies, and his love for George Bush's policies?
A president McCain can very easily put us through World War 3, if he as president faces another Georgia.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
He has an inner desire for vengance from his capture and torture by the communists and that's why he is always fighting with everybody. Those repressed feelings.
We do not need an aggressive, repressed person with PTSD having war flashbacks as president.
McIgnorant who admitted that he knows jack about economy.
McShame who has the nerve to say that he is for the middle class when his tax cut plan is just to keep Bush's benefits for the rich.
McWar that his plan for Iraq is to stay for 100 years...to bomb bomb bomb Iran and now is getting beligerant again using Russia as excuse. There is no lack of desire for war with John McCain.
McTroubled that returned from Vietnam mentally disturbed and is always fighting with everybody around him: his own party, supporters, other countries.
McDoom that will probably start World War 3 if elected.
August 12, 2008
McCain Plagiarizes Wikipedia — More Foreign Policy Gaffes (Peter Fenn)
@ 9:36 am
CQ reports that Mr. Foreign Policy, John McCain, just plagiarized Wikipedia in his recent comments on Georgia.
Remember, this is the man who confused Sunnis and Shiites and had to be corrected on his third attempt by Joe Lieberman. Also, the one who brags about his foreign travel but seems to think that there is an “Iraqi-Pakistan Border,” referring on "Good Morning America” to the “hard struggle” on the non-existent border.
one of the first countries in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion (Wikipedia)
one of the world's first nations to adopt Christianity as an official religion (McCain)
After the Russian Revolution of 1917, Georgia had a brief period of independence as a Democratic Republic (1918-1921), which was terminated by the Red Army invasion of Georgia. Georgia became part of the Soviet Union in 1922 and regained its independence in 1991. Early post-Soviet years was marked [sic] by a civil unrest and economic crisis. (Wikipedia)
After a brief period of independence following the Russian revolution, the Red Army forced Georgia to join the Soviet Union in 1922. As the Soviet Union crumbled at the end of the Cold War, Georgia regained its independence in 1991, but its early years were marked by instability, corruption, and economic crises. (McCain)
Strange that McCain would crib Wikipedia for his speeches — stranger still that he would need these Cliff’s Notes, if he is such a “foreign policy expert.”
Is it time we question his competence and experience — and, of course, his judgment?
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Now McCain, looking to score some cheap political points, is beating the drums of war, saying things like Russia wants to “revive the old empire” and other scare tactics from cold war era. McCain is still stuck in the 20th century and all he knows is the old Soviet era.
But there is a small little fact that McShame forgot in his deteriorating and senile mind. All this crisis was GEORGIA’S FAULT! Georgia is our ally and we need to defend and stand by our allies, but stupidity has no excuse. President Saakashvili made the big tactical error of invading South Ossetia knowing that Russia wouldn’t like it and would respond. I don’t know what that guy was thinking. Did Saakashvili really believe that the U.S. and the West would bomb Russia and start WWIII because of him?
It is no surprise that the only response from the U.S. is condemning Russia’s actions as disproportionate response. First we do not have arguments to go against Russia on this and second thanks to the damage that McCain’s friend, George Bush, has done to our standing and reputation, we almost have no leverage anymore.
This is another example why McCain is unfit to be commander on chief. Can you imagine a president McCain, that all he does in an international crisis is beat the drums of war and start threatening everybody with violence. But remember that McSame is Bush third term so, that should not be a surprised.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
And all too often, the so-called "referees" in the news media are spending a lot of time repeating his false attacks and very little time holding him accountable.
Here's the latest from McCain and the media:
Just last week, McCain and his party attacked Barack Obama and ridiculed the idea that keeping your car tires inflated is an effective way to improve fuel efficiency and keep down the cost of gasoline. The thing is, everyone from AAA to NASCAR agreed with Barack. McCain finally had to face reality this week and reverse his position. But the media had a good laugh about McCain's petty, misguided stunt and ignored his effort to distort the truth to win a few cheap political points.
Earlier this week, the McCain campaign put out an ad saying that Washington is broken. It's gotten a lot of press so far, but it didn't mention that John McCain spent the last 26 years in Washington -- failing to fix this broken system. He portrays himself as a so-called "maverick" but doesn't want people to know that he has voted 95% of the time in support of George Bush's policies.
Another ad uses scare tactics to claim Barack's tax policy will hurt middle class Americans. Press coverage of the ad repeated McCain's smears, but omitted the fact that Barack's economic plan will cut taxes for 95% of American families. Not to mention that McCain's upper class tax cut plan leaves out more than 100 million middle class families.
The media may not be informing the public very well, but you don't have to sit back and wait for them to start telling the truth about John McCain.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
That's very convinient Johnny McShame...
After the fact it is very, very easy...
Now that Saddam is not in power and the GOP/Bush/McCain oil friends are strangulating all of us to make a quick buck... it is very very easy...
Of course! Why we did not think of that before...if Saddam Hussein would have still be in power not only he would have blackmailed the US with Iraq's oil...
but also he would have probably staged a 9/11 part deux...maybe on 9/12/2002...
or he would have nuked NYC and D.C. with all the nuclear weapons he was producing...
or gas Wall Street, Chicago and Los Angeles with all the biochemical weapons he had...
or Iraq would have become Al-Queda and Taliban heaven part 2 after Afghanistan...
etc, etc, etc...
The end of the world would have came to us if it wasn't for McCain, Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Halliburton, the GOP, 4000+ American lives and 3 trillion dollars of the taxpayer's money that saved the world from big bad Saddam Hussein and his evil plot.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
McCain: "Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse
off than we were four years ago,"
Not Mentioned: McCain has been part of that broken system for 30+ years. And what Mr. McMaverick-by-Convinience has done? Aligning himself with George Bush 95% of the time parroting the same old and failed policies.
McCain=4 more years of Bush...
McBush...dangerous for the economy, the constitution and our image
McSame... not good for America!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Americans Demand Action on the Economy
“We’re in a recession, and Washington is doing nothing about it.” According to recent survey research, that’s one of the most powerful arguments progressives can make right now. The White House says “we have avoided a recession.” But Americans overwhelmingly disagree. They describe the economy as in recession and support an economic growth package—for good reason.
* America is rapidly losing jobs. On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department reported that employers cut 51,000 jobs in July, the seventh straight month in which more jobs were lost than created. Our country has lost 463,000 payroll jobs so far this year. The unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent, the worst jobless rate in four years. Nearly 9 million Americans are now unemployed; 1.6 million lost their jobs in the last 12 months.
* For those who remain employed, real wages are declining. Companies are cutting workers’ hours. In July, average weekly hours worked slipped to the lowest level since November 2004 and weekly earnings grew at the lowest rate since September 2005. At the same time, costs are rising much faster than wages—the Commerce Department reported today that inflation hit a 27-year high in June.
* While Americans struggle to make ends meet, big oil companies are raking in windfall profits. The six biggest oil companies reported over $50 billion in combined profits for the 2nd quarter of 2008. Called “gargantuan, record-breaking earnings” by the Associated Press, this is their largest combined profit in history. Exxon Mobil’s $11.6 billion quarterly profit was the largest in the history of any American company.
* The McCain-conservative economic plan will help big corporations, not families. The McCain-conservative proposal to “create jobs” is simple—cut taxes for big corporations. McCain would cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent and give corporations larger tax deductions. Big oil companies would receive an additional $3.8 billion every year under his plan—$1.2 billion a year for Exxon Mobil alone.
Provide families with a $1,000 stimulus check ($500 for individuals) this fall. Provide $25 billion to state governments to fight the effects of recession, and another $25 billion to repair crumbling bridges, roads, and schools. The $50 billion investment will save more than one million jobs. Fund most of the economic growth package with a windfall profits tax on big oil companies.
"Want to save hundreds at the gasoline pump? It's easy. Instead of hunting for the best price in town, try checking the air pressure in your tires. Proper air pressure results in better gas mileage, which at $3 per gallon could save you as much as $432 per year, according to an informal study conducted by Carnegie Mellon students last spring. "
"You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer."
Compare this to the $30 McCain's summer gas break gimmick he proposed that would have given oil companies millions in additional tax breaks...remember?
Or McCain's oil drilling gimmick that MAY give us some oil in...let's see...10 years?
Saturday, August 2, 2008
This is lyrics from www.lyrics007.com
I can't remember anything
can't tell if this is true or dream
deep down inside I feel to scream
this terrible silence stops me
now that the war is through with me
I'm waking up, I cannot see
that there's not much left of me
nothing is real but pain now
hold my breath as I wish for death
oh please God, wake me
back in the womb it's much too real
in pumps life that I must feel
but can't look forward to reveal
look to the time when I'll live
fed through the tube that sticks in me
just like a wartime novelty
tied to machines that make me be
cut this life off from me
hold my breath as I wish for death
oh please God, wake me
now the world is gone I'm just one
oh God, help me hold my breath as I wish for death
darkness imprisoning me
all that I see
I cannot live
I cannot die
trapped in myself
body my holding cell
landmine has taken my sight
taken my speech
taken my hearing
taken my arms
taken my legs
taken my soul
left me with life in hell
I also appreciate your great idea of a $30 summer tax break that would have helped me a lot and for the offshore drilling thing that has great potential producing some oil in... maybe...10 years. In the meantime there is no short term solutions, no investment in renewable sources of energy and the planet keeps dying.
Thanks again McCain, your hard work and your 19th, 20th century ideas and solutions. It is really inspiring.
"In no way do I think that John McCain's campaign was being racist," Obama said. "I think they're cynical. And I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues."
"In no way do I think that John McCain's campaign was being racist," Obama said. "I think they're cynical. And I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues."
"What I'm interested in, ultimately, is going to be governing," he said. "What that means is we're going to have to try to get things done."
"None of you thought I was making a racially incendiary remark, or playing the race card," he said. "It wasn't until John McCain's team started pushing it that it ended up being on the front page of The New York Times two days in a row."
"I don't come out of Central Casting when it comes to presidential races for a whole range of reasons," he said. "I'm young, I'm new to the national scene, my name is Barack Obama, I'm African-American, I was born in Hawaii, I spent time in Indonesia, I don't have the typical biography of a presidential candidate."
"You've got statistics that say we've lost another 50,000 jobs, that Florida is in a recession for the first time in a decade and a half and what was being talked about was Paris and Britney,"
"They're clever on creating distractions from the issues that really matter in people's lives," he said. "We've got to make sure we keep focused on people's day-to-day concerns. We don't take the skill of the Republicans in engaging in negative campaigning lightly."
"At some point people are going to have to make decisions. Are we going to keep arguing or are we going to get things done?"
"What I don't want to do is for the best to be the enemy of the good," he said. "And if we can come up with a genuine bipartisan compromise, in which I have to accept some things that I don't like or the Democrats have to accept some things that they don't like in exchange for actually moving us in the direction of actual energy independence, then that's something I'm open to."
Friday, August 1, 2008
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they’ll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies — including Wal-Mart.
In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized.
According to about a dozen Wal-Mart employees who attended such meetings in seven states, Wal-Mart executives claim that employees at unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation. Also, unionization could mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise.[..]
The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don’t specifically tell attendees how to vote in November’s election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states.
“The meeting leader said, ‘I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won’t have a vote on whether you want a union,’” said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. “I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote,” she said.