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The radical right wing of the Republican Party has decided to take its ideological agenda to the homes of Pennsylvania families. 

Its purpose? To destroy Pennsylvania’s middle class and force working families to live in a permanent state of poverty. While the Koch brothers’ agenda claims to be about reforming government, it is really about destroying the role of organized labor in Pennsylvania.

The Koch brothers and their ideological allies in the Tea Party want to eliminate the middle class in states like Pennsylvania. Over the past century, organized labor has led the fight for many of the issues that are important to middle-class families in Pennsylvania. From Social Security to Medicare, organized labor has stood shoulder to shoulder with working families.

Today it seems like those who contribute the most money to political campaigns make the rules for everyone else. But one thing the wealthy campaign donors can’t buy is a citizen’s right to vote. So how did people like the wealthy Koch brothers deal with the people’s vote? They tried to pass strict voter ID laws knowing that many poor people do not have state identification.

If not for labor, just who is fighting for a living wage, health care and a retirement plan? It is very obvious that big business wants to buy elections so it can run the table on the American worker.

DENNIS MARTIRE
Vice President and Regional Manager
Laborers’ International Union of North America in the Mid-Atlantic Region
Reston, Va.


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