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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, August 27, 2004

    The question unasked  

    Ohioblog took exception with the approach taken in a Paula Zahn Now town hall meeting in Canton. Pete Schaeffer of Massillon had a similar response. Schaeffer is among the 500 Hoover Co. salaried employees who have lost or will lose their jobs by the end of the year as a result of parent Maytag reorganizing its business.

    ``If I had been invited to the Canton town meeting and had gotten a chance to speak, I would like to have made the following observation and asked a question,'' Schaeffer wrote.

    ``The observation: I'm tired of politicians of all strips telling us how they'll fight for (fill in the blank). I think all this fighting is what's fundamentally wrong with our political system (especially on the national level) today. Whatever happened to the concept of the loyal opposition? That's how we won World War II for crying out loud!!

    ``The question: Mr. Candidate, how will you work collaboratively with Congress and foreign governments to reintroduce the concept of fair trade versus free trade? What can you and Congress do, in concert, to stop the outflow of jobs from the USA? After all, the foundation of the U.S. economy is that U.S. farmers grow and sell food and U.S. workers make things that others want to buy. There aren't enough good jobs in the ‘service economy' -- especially when many of those can be outsourced. As an example, when I had a hiccup with my new computer, the help desk techie I spoke with was in New Delhi. Why not in Palo Alto (Calif.)?''

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 12:06 PM

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