Dear Mr. Romney:
Your welcoming letter to
President Obama felt a little sketchy to me. I remember, as I am certain
my fellow Ohioans remember, you supporting actions, or in many cases inaction,
which would have cost Ohioans their jobs, their homes and their rights.
You, Mr. Romney, made it clear
that you don’t understand how average Ohioans live and support their
families. That is why you did not support the auto industry bail out and
in fact said “Let Detroit go bankrupt.” Unlike you, President Obama understands
that the auto industry is the backbone of livable-wage jobs for Ohio’s middle
class and without those jobs they could not feed their families or pay their
mortgages. That is why President Obama bet on the America worker and as a
result, 120,000 Ohioans now work in an auto-industry job, while another 848,000
Ohio jobs thrive because of the auto industry’s influence. Mr. Romney,
what do you say to those nearly 1,000,000 people now working because of the
auto industry, do you tell them you do not support their jobs?
Mr. Romney, you also said
government needs to get out of the way and allow the foreclosure process to
“run its course and hit the bottom.” Clearly you do not understand what
hitting bottom means. Bottom means families, children and elderly people
homeless. Ohioans without anywhere to go, people thrown into turmoil
without a way out. Does that sound responsible and reasonable to you?
President Obama didn’t think that was responsible or reasonable, that is why he
enacted legislation to keep families in their homes. If you were president
would you encourage banks to throw hardworking Americans into the streets?
Mr. Romney, you also supported
Governor John Kasich’s quest to pass Senate Bill 5 – which was unsafe, unfair
and would have hurt us all. Being a man of extreme privilege, there is no
way you can understand what is means to struggle financially or be worried
about harsh working conditions that could threaten your life. Supporting laws
that strip union rights from hardworking healthcare professionals, fire
fighters and police officers shows just how out-of-touch you are with Ohio’s
middle class. President Obama supports workers and worker rights, it’s
unfortunate that you want the person saving your life or protecting you to be
over worked and underpaid.
You are right about one point
Mr. Romney – we do need proper leadership. America needs a strong leader that
will wake up each day concerned about struggling middle-class families and
those that aspire to be in the middle class. President Obama is that leader –
you, Mr. Romney, are not.
already full of politicians and special interest groups that rig the system
against average people. We certainly don’t need one occupying the White House.
SEIU District 1199
Becky Williams is President of the Service Employees
International Union, District 1199 which represents 35,000 healthcare and
social service workers in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
FOR BY SEIU DISTRICT 1199 PCE, BECKY WILLIAMS PRESIDENT, 1395 DUBLIN ROAD,
COLUMBUS, OHIO 43215
NOT AUTHORIZED BY ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATE COMMITTEE