Michigan’s working men and women need a president in the White House who will build on the progress under President Obama, and fight every single day to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy.
That’s why the AFL-CIO is supporting Hillary Clinton for president.
Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary has laid out real, concrete plans to grow our economy from the bottom up and the middle out – not the top down.
Here are the top five things Hillary Clinton will do as president to help Michigan’s working families get ahead:
1. Make the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II: That means cutting through the dysfunction in Washington to create thousands of good-paying jobs by making bold investments in infrastructure, technology, clean energy, and education.
2. Make college debt-free for all Americans: Hillary understands that education is the best investment we can make in our economy. To fight the skyrocketing cost of tuition, Hillary will make sure every student can attend a public college without borrowing money. And Hillary will change the rules to allow graduates to refinance their current loans at a lower rate.
3. Make the wealthy and Wall Street banks pay their fair share in taxes: Wall Street billionaires and wealthy special interests have manipulated the rules in their favor at the expense of working people. As president, Hillary will adopt the “Buffett Rule” to ensure millionaires and billionaires don’t pay a lower tax rate than their secretaries. Making the rich pay their fair share in taxes will allow us to pay for bold investments in jobs without running up the debt.
4. Change the rules to stop rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas: Hillary will impose a tough new “exit tax” on big corporations that turn their backs on America and send jobs overseas. She’ll rewrite the rules so more companies share their profits with employees. And Hillary will crack down on unfair trade abuses, and oppose bad trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will make it easier for CEOs to ship more American jobs overseas.
5. Cut taxes for working families: Hillary understands that working people should be able to earn enough to sustain their families. To ease the burden on working men and women, she’ll cut taxes to make health care, child care, and prescription drugs more affordable.
We think Donald Trump is totally unfit to sit in the Oval Office and have access to the nuclear launch codes. But we aren’t the only ones.
Here are the top seven phrases prominent Republicans have used to describe Donald Trump:
7. That time Maine Senator Susan Collins called him reckless:
“It is reckless for a presidential candidate to publicly raise doubts about honoring treaty commitments with our allies.”
6. That time Mitt Romney called him a fraud and a phony:
“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
5. That time Joe Scarborough called him a train wreck:
“At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.”
4. That time former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called Trump a madman:
“Conservatives need to say what we are thinking: Donald Trump is a madman who must be stopped.”
3. That time South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham called Trump a bigot:
“He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic religious bigot. He doesn’t represent my party. He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for… He’s the ISIL man of the year.”
2. That time 50 Republican officials said Trump is dangerous and not qualified:
“‘None of us will vote for Donald Trump,’ the letter states … all agree Trump is not qualified and would be dangerous.”
1. That time Jeb Bush called Trump a jerk:
“Just one other thing — I gotta get this off my chest — Donald Trump is a jerk … You cannot insult your way to the presidency. You can’t disparage women, Hispanics, disabled people. Who is he kidding?”
It’s been a rough week for the people of Michigan.
Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed bills that eliminate Michigan’s century-old straight-party voting law, and ban local librarians and school officials from informing voters about upcoming ballot measures and school millages. Meanwhile, the Flint water crisis continued to spiral out of control.
The political fallout may finally be starting to catch up to Governor Snyder, as he gets savaged by news outlets across the country. Here’s a roundup:
Snyder Takes Heat Over Flint Water Crisis
The Week: How Michigan literally poisoned an entire city to save a few bucks: Snyder and his handpicked head environmental official Dan Wyant studiously ignored the problem — despite internal warnings of lead poisoning as early as July of last year — until an outside scientific study demonstrated extreme levels of lead in Flint children. In late December — over a year after the water switch — Snyder finally apologized and Wyant quietly resigned.
NBC News: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Mum on What He Knew About Flint Water: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refused Thursday to say when he knew the Flint water crisis — children being poisoned by lead from their drinking taps — was being mishandled. At a press conference after a meeting with the city’s mayor, Snyder said reporters and the public would have to wait for the final report on the public health debacle. … But an internal email obtained by Virginia Tech researchers shows that the governor’s office knew months ago that Flint’s families had reason to be worried about the problem and the response.
Huffington Post: Rick Snyder Ducks Question On What He Knew About Flint’s Water: In a July email, a top Snyder aide worried Flint residents were “basically getting blown off by us” over their concerns about high lead levels in the city’s water. It wasn’t until October that the state water agency admitted it had made a mistake that led to the poisoning of an untold number of children.
Snyder Ripped Over Election Laws
Lansing State Journal Editorial: Snyder, stop disenfranchising the voters: Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday that eliminates single-party straight ticket voting in Michigan. The move reeks of partisan politics.
The Times Herald Editorial: Lawmakers extend the definition of scandalous: After Gov. Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 571, we’re learning surprising new things. Most disturbing, so are the lawmakers who voted for the controversial bill that began as a campaign finance measure and then morphed into partisan contempt for Michigan voters. Among the contentious aspect of the bill, which was thrown in during the final hours of the legislative session, is a single paragraph that prohibits school districts and local governments from sharing information about tax requests and other ballot issues in the two months before an election.
Traverse City Record Eagle: Editorial: New laws are nothing but bad news for voters: Lawmakers, with Snyder’s help, have issued a gag order on local school districts and other municipalities with bond proposals on upcoming ballots. Experts from across the state have voiced concern that the new law’s inexact language may outlaw things like printing and distributing flyers explaining how millage money will be spent. Others worry that it may be a form of prior restraint that would inhibit news organizations and the public from gathering accurate information about ballot measures. What’s worse is the governor signed the bill knowing it is flawed.
Midland Daily News Editorial: New state law misses the point: We are deeply disappointed in state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder when it comes to the topic of voting rights. This week, Snyder signed a bill eliminating straight ticket voting for Michiganders. He said the bill “puts people over politics,” but the new law actually accomplishes the opposite. In fact, the law smells of politics as many analyses show that Democrats tend to vote straight ticket more than GOP supporters.
Susan Demas: Gov. Snyder disappoints many Republicans by signing election bill: This is the kind of sleazy politicking you’d expect Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to orchestrate — in fact, he just signed a kindred-spirit bill, which also scrapped the state’s well-regarded nonpartisan elections and ethics panel. As a tough nerd, Snyder was supposed to be above such crassness.