Leo W. Gerard

President’s Perspective

Leo W. Gerard USW International President

Petulance Isn’t Presidential

“Make me.” That’s how Donald Trump responded during the last debate when Hillary Clinton pointed out that he failed to use American steel to construct the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas.

Trump used Chinese steel. So he created jobs for Chinese workers. Not American steelworkers. He could have done the right thing. He could have inserted a clause in the contract requiring American-made steel. But he didn’t. Similarly, he could require that his dozens of signature Trump products from shirts to eyeglasses be made in America. But he does not.  The vast majority are manufactured overseas. Creating jobs in other countries.

Trump said during the debate that it was Clinton’s fault he didn’t use American steel. Like some sort of guardian, she should have passed a law forcing him to do the right thing, he said. With that, Trump described himself as a petulant brat, not a leader. A leader envisions what would be wise economically or morally for the nation, and takes that action to set an example, then urges others to follow. The president of the United States is the leader of the free world. For that person, leadership is an essential skill.

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Getting Beyond the ‘Buffett Rule’

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

Warren Buffett, the third-richest man in America, has always been a bit of a traitor to his class. The super rich, Buffett holds, ought to pay income taxes at a higher rate than average Americans because they have the capacity — and good fortune — to contribute significantly more to our national well-being.

Current tax law, Buffett goes on to explain, lets the really rich routinely avoid that responsibility. In fact, as Buffett has famously declared, his secretary pays taxes at a higher rate than he does.

Billionaire Warren Buffett still remembers when he first paid income taxes in 1944. All of us today have a reason to remember 1944 as well. Krista Kennell/Shutterstock.com

Buffett believes in tax fairness. Donald Trump, on the other hand, most certainly does not.

The Donald has personally lobbied Congress for tax breaks that ease the tax bite on wealthy real estate developers like himself. And his latest White House campaign tax proposal, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities points out, would if adopted “raise after-tax income for those with annual incomes of over $1 million by 14.3 percent.”

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Donald Trump Doubles Down on Claim That the Election is Rigged against Him

Carimah Townes

Carimah Townes Criminal Justice Reporter, Think Progress

As Election Day draws near, and Donald Trump’s support erodes, the Republican presidential candidate has ramped up rhetoric about the election cycle being rigged against him by the media — a claim he doubled down on, during the third and final debate against Hillary Clinton. Clinton, in turn, said such claims are damaging to American democracy.

After host Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would accept the final results on Election Day, the candidate responded, “The media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile on is so amazing.” He also said the election has been rigged in Clinton’s favor more generally, and singled out the New York Times.

“I’ll tell you one other thing: she shouldn’t be allowed to run,” Trump said. “She’s guilty of a very, very serious crime. She should not be allowed to run. And just in that respect, I say it’s rigged, because she should never have been allowed to run for the presidency based on what she did with e-mails and so many other things.”

Clinton rebuked the claims that the media and political establishment is colluding against her opponent.

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Union Matters

Election 2016: Members Speak Out

John Franke
Local 2635

John Franke, 45, of Johnstown, Pa., works for Johnstown Wire Technology where he is a member of USW Local 2635. He has been a USW member for a decade. He is vice president of the local and president of his unit.

“I want to retire. If they pass bad trade, my place is done, we are out. That is the main reason I support Hillary Clinton. I could go on for hours. Plus I don’t like Trump. His signs are everywhere in my area, but I know the facts on him. I just don’t like him. The difference is I am educated on him.

“Hillary Clinton supports labor and she supports unions. She votes on our side all the time. She has supported unions her whole life. I don’t think she will change all of a sudden now.

“Trump has not paid his contractors and did not support unions at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Our district conference was in Atlantic City, and I picketed with those guys down there. And they are going to shut it down now. And then Trump has the nerve to say he is for unions, yet he won’t let his workers in Las Vegas unionize.”


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