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Browsing Posts published in September, 2010

The U.S. House passed Currency Reform Act 348-79.  legislation will remedy the Chinese practice of undervaluing its currency. The effect of this undervaluation is to make Chinese goods less expensive in the U.S. and make U.S. goods more expensive in China. Many economists believe that the Chinese have kept their currency undervalued by 30-40% and this has led to our massive, job-destroying trade deficit with China.

In 2009, our annual trade deficit with China was 226 billion dollars.

A summary and complete roll call vote on HR 2378 can be found here.

Now if we can find a few Republicans that believe in American jobs, trade partners that don’t cheat, and know a little economics to act on those beliefs in the Senate. Imagine how many jobs, tax revenue, and lives would be changed if America produced another $226 billion in goods and services!

There is a bit of drama playing out in California between Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Texas oil interests that parallels what we’ve been witnessing locally with AmerenUE’s influence on local government.

At issue is Proposition 23, a ballot measure that calls for suspending the climate change law that Californians passed four years ago that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gases. The measure is funded in its entirety by several oil companies from Texas. They make many of the same bogus arguments in support of this measure that we’ve heard from supporters of the coal ash landfill here in Franklin County …

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The Health Care Affordability Act of 2009 was historic legislation but also very complicated. This complex legislation has bred numerous rumors and concerns. From the “death panels” rumor that won Lie of the Year from Politifact ( to charges of socialism it is very hard to assess the true benefits of this legislation.

In response, the Kaiser Family Foundation – a non-partisan organization focused on health care in America has released this entertaining cartoon video that makes learning about this subject easy. Please take a few minutes to watch and then send to friends and family that may need a little help learning what benefits they now have. Better yet, copy and paste this web address and send to your e-mail list.

Marty Levitt, the author of Confessions of a Union – Buster is back. In this video he discusses the current campaign by the AFA-CWA (Association of Flight Attendants – Communication Workers of America) on behalf of workers at Delta Airlines.

Marty Levitt was a practicing union-buster/labor relations specialist for nineteen years and after an attack of conscience switched sides and began revealing his tactics to bust union organizing drives and fuel decertification drives to unions and their organizers. For anyone that has ever been through an organizing campaign at their workplace much of this will look very familiar.

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Democratic Headquarters will be open on a regular schedule starting Monday, Sept. 27.  We are located at 208 Church St. in Union. (same place as 2008)

Our hours will be 10:00 to 2:00 and 5:30 to 8:00, Monday through Friday and 10:00 to 3:00 on Saturdays.

We have yard signs and literature for all the State and local candidates. We also have a few large 4’ x 8’ ”Robin Carnahan For Senate” signs if you have a highly visible location.

Visitors are always welcome.  The HQ phone # is 636-744-1700.  Please stop by.


We are currently conducting a food drive for local food banks.  As you are probably aware Franklin County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and there are lots of families in need.

Please drop off any non-perishable canned goods that you care to donate here at headquarters.  Our “DEMOCRATS HELPING OTHERS” food drive will continue until election night. (Nov. 2)


Win a fully processed side of beef.  Take a chance!! Buy some raffle tickets !! Tickets are only $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00. Drawing will be held here at Headquarters at 8:00 pm election night.

You need not be present to win.  Beef will be ready for pick up in February.

Tickets are available through your Central Committee person or contact Becky at 636-388-6388 (email r_voelker@yahoo .com) or Larry at 636-583-2165 (email or stop by headquarters.

By now most everyone knows the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Board gave Ameren a big wet kiss at its monthly meeting Tuesday, September 21st, making it permissible to store toxic coal ash virtually anywhere in the county (even in a floodplain) as long as it’s zoned “industrial.” The board even left the door open for Ameren to import coal ash from other locations outside the county. All it would have to do is apply for a conditional use permit. And the way in which the P&Z commissioners folded like lawn chairs this go round, Ameren will have no problem down the road turning Franklin County into the Yucca Mountain of the coal industry.

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If there were any doubts left that the Republican Party is bereft of new ideas, today’s announcement by the GOP of its “Pledge to America” should put them to rest. Here is a compilation from The Gavel of reactions from across the political spectrum:
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Today is the first day of benefits created by the health care reform (Affordable Care Act) passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.

This partial list of benefits is from the website,

September 23, 2010 represents a new day for American consumers in our health care system. This is the day that a series of new rights, benefits, and protections under the Affordable Care Act begin to bring to an end some of the worst abuses of the insurance industry. Combined, these new will put consumers, not insurance companies, in charge of their health care. Below is a brief summary of the new restrictions for insurance companies and new rights for consumers beginning to take effect:

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With the never-ending stream of commercials describing the many faults of Roy Blunt and Robin Carnahan it is becoming very difficult to figure out what or who they really represent. Fortunately, one of these candidates has been in Congress since 1996 and his voting record will tell us who he will represent if elected U.S. Senator from Missouri.

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The Franklin County Democrats had a strong showing at the Labadie Environmental Organization’s 5K Walk/Run on Sept. 18 in Labadie.

Randy Downs (left) wins first place, yours truly takes third for the old-timers

Congratulations to Democratic Committeeman, Randy Downs, for winning first place in the 20-29 age bracket and first place for the overall men’s division. My daughter, Maggie Phillips, won 2nd place in the women’s 20-29 age group. And I even managed a third place win for the old crows 50+ division. Heh.

Lots of other Democrats showed up to support LEO. Gloria Sennert and Teresa Connelly also participated in the run and walk, and Susan Cunningham was a volunteer. George “Boots” Weber, our candidate for Missouri’s 26th Senate District, even stopped by to show his support (I couldn’t talk him into running though).

LEO has done a great job bringing awareness to the hazards of coal ash and to the proposed coal ash landfill in the Labadie Bottoms floodplain.

Remember, Tuesday, September 21st at 7:00 pm at The County Government Center in Union will be the last planning and zoning hearing on the coal ash zoning amendment. We will find out what they will recommend to the county commissioners. Be sure to attend this pivotal meeting.

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