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Obama is a friend to U.S. citizens, employees, and small businesses.  McCain is not.

Obama cosponsored the Patriot Corporation Act, which gives corporations the financial incentive to act for the good of the nation.  Unlike citizens, big corporations lack the personal ethics and patriotism of their human founders.  Publicly-traded corporations only do what makes financial sense, and CEO's are required by Wall Street to be as profitable as possible.  A corporation will gladly offshore jobs or fire "troublemaker" labor organizers if it saves money.  Obama's Patriot Corporation Act gives a tax break to those corporations that act as good "citizens" by keeping jobs in America and complying with U.S. labor law.

Obama also co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act which adds penalties when big businesses violate the rights of employees to join together to negotiate wages, benefits, and working conditions.  Small businesses are exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.  Their giant competitors, like Wal-Mart, take illegal advantage of their size and the anonymity of their employees to keep labor costs artifically low by abusing the law.

McCain insists that corporations need to be able to violate labor law with financial immunity by opposing the Employee Free Choice Act.  McCain feels that corporations need free choice to chose the method of forming a union, not employees, and does away with the optional use of gathering a majority of valid signatures to organize employees with his "Secret Ballot Protection Act."  This law is so far beyond the pale that only a handful of Senators co-sponsored it.

Although McCain was in a majority GOP Congress, with a GOP President, he did nothing to aid small businesses to remain out off the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board.  The jurisdiction limit is $500,000 in annual revenue, which has been stagnant since 1959.  This would equal $3.3 adjusted for inflation.  Although McCain, Bush, and the Republicans are anti-union, they did not attempt to update the $500,000 threshold, which would have protected the one advantage that small business enjoys against big business: the personal relationship with employees.  Now almost every mom and pop shop are under the jurisdiction of the NLRB, which prevents it from focusing on the giant corporations where labor violations are rampant.  However the giant corporations are doing a fine job of putting mom and pop shops out of business which helps reduce the case load of the NLRB.

Though Dick Cheney and George Bush say they are friends of small business, and the GOP receives 95% of the campaign contributions of the National Federation of Independant Businesses, the GOP and Senator McCain have done nothing to keep Small Businesses protected from Big Businesses where labor abuse is rampant and employees are anonymous.

For the good of America it is crucial to elect Barack Obama.  John McCain will put the interests of his corporate base over the interests of American citizens every day.

Originally posted to try democracy on Fri Feb 22, 2008 at 12:02 PM PST.


Labor law protects employees and small business entreprenuers. No penalties for labor violations aids scofflaw giant corporations.

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