Need another example of why it’s important you vote November 2? Read on…
Last week, our editorial implored our community to turn out enmasse to vote if we are to keep conservative Republicans from regaining control of Congress and roll back the hard won economic and health care initiatives of President Barack Obama.
Recently, another reason has come to the fore that demonstrates the urgency of the November 2 general elections for our community, city, state and country.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) emergency funding, which put a quarter of a million people to work across the United States as part of the Recovery Act, another Obama initiative, expired September 30.
Why did the program expire? Because the Republicans would not support the effort to renew the TANF in the House when it recently came up for renewal.
The TANF Emergency Fund was an important weapon in dealing with the high levels of unemployment in the U.S., particularly in low income and minority communities where unemployment is at Depression-era levels.
Programs like TANF are important to this nation since the private sector isn’t creating enough jobs fast enough to met the demand.
As Deepak Bhargava, executive director of the Center for Community Change said in a press statement: “America needs paychecks, not more pink slips.”
Now imagine a Republican controlled Congress with the adequate votes in the House and Senate to override other programs that help keep Americans from falling into the abyss of poverty and hardship.
Are you scared yet?
You should be. As we said last week, the November 2 election is too important to ignore. It is imperative you vote and urge your family and friends to do the same.
Milwaukeeans can now vote early and can fill-out in-person absentee ballots. We strongly suggest that you take advantage of this opportunity. You can vote early at the Frank Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway, Room 102. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday hours on October 30 are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
We can’t stress the importance of this election enough. For President Obama to win in 2012 and to keep the legislative gains that have helped millions of Americans, we must help the Democrats retain control of Congress. To do that you must vote! If you don’t, who will?
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