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Steve Fraser, historian and author, appearing on the Bill Moyers Journal TV program last Friday, claimed that the wages a young worker receives at an entry level job at General Motors today has the same buying power as the wages his/her grandfather received starting out at GM in 1948!

Cross posted at the Practical Progressive.

According to Families USA, a national study by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrated the direct link between a lack of health coverage and deaths from health-related causes. Their report states, "Uninsured people die prematurely at a rate that equals several additional deaths per day in highly populated states, such as Texas, Florida and California." Overall, uninsured people between the ages of 25 and 64 were 25% more likely to die than their same-aged insured counterparts."

Yet apparently John Sullivan, Oklahoma’s First District congressman just doesn’t care about working Oklahomans.

John Sullivan voted AGAINST the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008.

John Sullivan voted AGAINST the Emergency Extended Unemployment Insurance Compensation Act of 2008.

John Sullivan voted AGAINST the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007.

The non-partisan Drum Major Institute for Public Policy’s project, themiddleclass.org, gives Sullivan an "F".

We ought to give him one in November, too.

"Compassion is the chief law of human existence." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

Originally posted to Okie CD 01 on Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 09:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Ick (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Pragmaticus, cn4st4datrees

    My Congressman. What a tool.

    "We're left with the most liberal senator in Washington ... and Barack Obama." --- Dunlap, Red State Update

    by droogie6655321 on Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 09:07:05 AM PDT

    •  Well, droogie, if it's any consolation I'm hoping (1+ / 0-)
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      Tybalt

      to actually get a decent Representative come this November, Charlie Brown (CA-04).

      Last weekend (June 7) the annual Plumas County Picnic was held, and Charlie dropped by.  I got to spend about ten minutes talking with him while he was catching a bite to eat, and I had him all to myself.  It was great, he is so personable and was able to answer every one of my questions on local issues.  Charlie knows the problems we're facing up here in my small town, and he truly cares, and my confidence in him is even now the greater that I've met and spoken with him.  (Actually, this was the second time I've talked with him right here in town.  The first time was back in '06 when he was campaigning the first time against Doolittle.  Oh, yeah, and speaking about "ick"...").

      So anyhow, take heart.  Charlie's got a fantastic chance to go to Washington this time around, and when he does I'll finally feel that I've got someone in Congress who I can talk to.

      Here's the link to Charlie Brown's campaign website:

      Charlie Brown for Congress

      If we're not willing to boldly refute the lies, the lies will stand as truth. (-6.75, -6.72)

      by cn4st4datrees on Tue Jun 17, 2008 at 09:20:02 AM PDT

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  •  Surprise surprise (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, Tybalt

    I have TheMiddleClass.org's embeddable widget on my site with all the three Reps and two Senators from New Mexico's scores -- and guess what?

    Steve Pearce (R) and Pete Domenici (R) get Fs.  Heather Wilson (R) gets a C.  Democrats Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall get an A and A+ respectively.

  •  OK-1 (0+ / 0-)

    Although Sullivan is known to have no principles and will say and do anything in order to get elected, I fear that he will return to Congress misrepresenting Oklahoma's first district.  We haven't had a decent representative since James R Jones.

    Below is an excerpt from a Tulsa World article about the election:

    The most intriguing [candidate], though, may be Georgianna Oliver, one of two Democrats taking a run at Republican 1st District Congressman John Sullivan.

    Oliver, 41, is a Sapulpa High School and Oklahoma State University graduate who returned to Tulsa about a year ago after building a successful business in Washington, D.C. Although largely unknown in local political circles, she is not without assets, financial and otherwise.

    Oliver worked for then-U.S. Rep. Bill Brewster of Oklahoma in the 1990s, specializing in housing and tax issues, and for a national affordable housing association. Her company, Evergreen Solutions, has a national client base and she serves on several trade association boards.

    "I'm running because I know I can make a difference," Oliver said in a telephone interview this week. "I'm not a do-nothing person."

    Still, she concedes that beating an incumbent 1st District Republican is a tall order. To even get that far, she'll have to win the July 29 Democratic primary.

    Her opponent, Mark Manley, an ardent advocate of impeachment for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, is an aggressive, grassroots campaigner.

    Oliver readily admits she's new to the game, but thinks her energy and business experience qualifies her for Congress.

    "So many of the people I went to high school with live out of state and never came back," she said. "But the truth is, they want to come back. What I have to say is, we want them back. All roads lead back to Oklahoma. It is truly unique."

    Sullivan actually has a primary opponent of his own, Tulsa insurance broker Fran Mo-ghaddam, who ran against Sullivan in 2006, too.

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