Power, that's one thing, but love of family and of siblings is more important, is more powerful than any other power - at least earthly power, at least earthly power.
In 1940, President Roosevelt called on American industry to become the 'great arsenal of democracy.' Automotive manufacturers in Michigan responded and converted their assembly lines from cars to tanks and helped America win World War II.
Through good times and bad, American workers and their families have been able to rely on Social Security to provide guaranteed protection against the loss of earnings due to retirement, disability, or death.
I had panels - roundtables in the district - and the stories that were told are really difficult to accept. People who have diabetes who can't get insurance because of a preexisting condition; others who were laid off and the have no place to turn.
Retirement security is often compared to a three-legged stool supported by Social Security, employer-provided pension funds, and private savings.
That's what healthcare reform is about: the middle class's economic security.
I was essentially trained by World War II vets who combined a progressive view of life with a deep distrust of anything authoritarian.
When people think about Michigan, they usually think about cars.
Women, on average, earn less than men in almost every occupation, including traditional female orientated jobs like nursing and teaching.
Opponents of health care reform would take away consumer protections - siding with the insurance industry instead of the middle class. We can't afford that.
We need for America to get back to basics and focus on the middle class's quality of life. Healthcare reform is vital to restoring that standard of living.
You have to separate what needs to be done to avoid the fiscal cliff and what needs to be done longer range. It's a mistake to essentially collapse those two - they're not the same. I don't think you can achieve everything at once.
My brother and late sister and I were raised in Detroit; it was where the middle class across racial lines, the middle class was able to develop, build a home, have for the first time retirement benefits, have a job, and yes, their kids began to go to college.
Dave Camp has been very much influenced by, and often guided by, the radicalization of the Republican Party... and too often failed to speak out.
It is imperative that women have quality affordable day care available to them because without it, families suffer.
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