Stewart Acuff

Sep 26

Issues at Stake in this Election that will determine the strength of our middle class and our democracy

There could not be a sharper contrast in the upcoming elections between pro-worker democrats and Radical Rightwing Republicans. These issues could decide the fate of our middle class and our democracy:

1. Expand health care coverage and make progress towards universal, quality healthcare. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has already outlawed the insurance companies’ practice of denying healthcare for pre-existing conditions. The act has already allowed people to stay on their parents’ insurance til they are 26 years old. Soon the act will expand coverage to 30 million more Americans.

2. Save and strengthen social security. Social security is America’s most effective social program ever. Before Social Security was established, the elderly were the highest demographic living in poverty. Now the elderly are the least likely demographic for poverty. Social security has allowed many seniors to continue living a middle class lifestyle into their twilight years.

3. Workers rights, unions, and collective bargaining. Radical Rightwing Republicans Governors and state legislatures have waged an unprecedented assault on workers rights and unions and collective bargaining. This assault was engineered and coordinated by the Republican front group ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council. Much of the cheering and financing has been provided by the billionaire Rightwing Koch Brothers and Karl Rove. The intention was to break the back of unions, thus eliminating our most effective counterweight to the power of the Financial Elite and further weakening our middle class and our democracy.

These are but three existing issues up for grabs in this election that could strengthen or weaken our democracy and our middle class.

Please order my new book Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, to see what you can do now and in the future to expand our middle class and save our democracy.


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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