Mary Kate Cavazos
Brian JohnstonMartin Kraegel IIIKate MartinChristina MillerStohn NishinoScott RozellG. Stolyarov II
Matthew ColeCalvin FrieburgerNathan Lichtman Jeremy Marshall John McNamara James NesbittHeather ShellDave Wasmer
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burden and restrictions on personal life such asystem will inevitably cause. Since personalhealth issues become public expenses in asocialist system, regulations regarding our personal lives will eventually be forced uponus. John Edwards has already cautiouslyadvanced the idea of requiring citizens to visitthe doctor on a regular basis for checkups.The rationale for these requirements is that proper preventative health care will incur fewer costs. However, under this plan thefollowing scenario is far too tangible: healthcare lobbyists will pushing for regulationsrequiring examinations of body parts youdidn’t even know existed, corrupt politicianswill receive their rewards from lobbyists by passing the regulations, and doctors willgain from crammed waiting rooms full of a public attempting to abide by the law. TheAmerican public, however, loses.With all these deﬁciencies, why wouldanyone seriously consider Mrs. Clinton’s proposal? The quality Mrs. Clinton’s planseems to have that attracts voters is its effecton each individual voter’s pocketbook.Voters are attracted by the fact that her healthcare plan will reduce their direct out-of- pocket expenses. However, this belief lacks prudence. The truth is that the money to payfor health care has to come from somewhere.Whether you pay directly to your insurancecompany or whether you pay through a salestax here and a gas tax there, you are still paying for the services you have used.There is no doubt that our health care systemis in dire need of improvement. However, itis generally agreed that improvements aremade by removing the defective parts of a system. Our current health care systemis choked by government policies andextending those policies to the entire systemwill only make things worse. Mrs. Clinton’s plan contains the argument of compassionthat often captures the emotional side of thevoter, but let’s not allow her to love us todeath.
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SHORT STRIKE CAUSES MICHIGAN STRESSES
Nathan D. Lichtman
On September 6, 2007 a man fromTennessee posted a video on theinternet that could ultimately lead to there-vitalization of a major political party,and keep the direction of this countryfrom skewing too far from what is right.The man, though seemingly not a manof high political notability, is trying to beelected President of the United States.The man is Fred Thompson.Revitalizing a political party representsa two-part undertaking. First, one mustbe able to be a person of such highcharisma that he can convince peoplethat their political alliances belong withhis party. Secondly, he must redeﬁnewhat the party believes in.The model for the charisma andemotional capacity required to convertand re-align believers with a politicalparty is Ronald Reagan. Reagan, thefortieth US President, was known for his ability to turn anyone into a friend,to shove aside any negative claim, andto promote hard-core stances withoutsounding irrational. It can be said thatFred Thompson is akin to Reagan. Theyhave a similar background; Reagan anactor in several movies, Thompson anactor, most recently recognized for hisperformance on the popular televisionshow
Law and Order
. They both have
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For the ﬁrst time in 37 years the UnitedAuto Workers called a national strikeagainst General Motors. UAW PresidentRon Gettelﬁnger announced that, effectiveSeptember 26 at 4:00 AM, the strike wasrecessed.The UAW and GM bargaining teams hadreached a tentative agreement as of 3:05AM that same morning. Workers resumedwork the same day, starting second shift. If needed, skilled tradesmen could be called towork earlier. The strike lasted 41 hours.The last nationwide strike took place in1970, and lasted 69 days. A limited strikewas called in 1998 at two plants in Flint,Michigan. The 1998 strike lasted 54 days.The tentative agreement, pending member ratiﬁcation, would shift a signiﬁcant portion of $51 billion in unfunded retireehealth beneﬁts to the Voluntary EmployeesBeneﬁciary Association, which is a trust isrun by the UAW.GM will pay new hires a “second-tier”wage. GM and the UAW are withholdingagreement details. This wage will be lessthan current employee wages. GM hopesto close the wage gap between foreign automakers and themselves. The Detroit-basedauto maker currently pays $25 more per hour than foreign competitors. Agreementdetails are being withheld until reviewed by a national council meeting and sent tomembership.“There’s no question this was one of the mostcomplex and difﬁcult bargaining sessions inthe history of the GM/UAW relationship,”commented GM chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner. “This agreement helps us closethe fundamental competitive gaps that existin our business. The projected competitiveimprovements in this agreement will allow usto maintain a strong manufacturing presencein the United States along with signiﬁcantfuture investments.”UAW Members are voting over a coupleweeks on the new contract.Gettelﬁnger hopes the GM contract willserve as a pattern for Ford and Chrysler negotiations. The two-tier wage systemattracts the two auto makers for new hires because the second-tier is lower pay for newhires.GM is considering closing plants in Ohio,Indiana, and Michigan. The company is alsothinking of building a new engine facility inFlint, MI to replace the outdated Flint Northfactory.