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Weekly Democratic Address | Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Uploaded 09/05/2017

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio gives the weekly Democratic address.

TRANSCRIPT

HI, I¬†AM SHARAD BROWN. I¬†WANT TO THANK THE FIRST¬†RESPONDERS, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE¬†NATIONAL¬†GUARD, SO MANY WORKING HARD¬†TO PROTECT THOSE IN THE PATH¬†OF HURRICANE HARVEY. OUR HEARTS¬†BREAK FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOST¬†LOVED¬†ONES, INCLUDING LIEUTENANT¬†NICHOLAS MICHAEL WARREN, WHO¬†WAS¬†ON¬†A¬†TRAINING MISSION IN¬†TEXAS, AND ACCORDING TO¬†REPORTS, HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO¬†HELP PEOPLE REACH SAFETY.¬†PLEASE¬†KNOW,¬†YOUR FELLOW AMERICANS¬†STAND BEHIND YOU AND WE WILL¬†BE THERE FOR YOU AS YOU RECOVER¬†AND REBUILD.¬†THIS LABOR DAY, WE HONOR¬†THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO BUILT¬†IN THIS¬†COUNTRY AND WHO CONTINUE¬†TO POWER OUR ECONOMY TODAY, INCLUDING¬†ALL THOSE WHO ARE CRITICAL¬†TO HURRICANE RECOVERY EFFORTS.¬†AMERICAN WORKERS¬†LAID DOWN THE¬†RAILROAD TRACKS¬†THAT MOVED PEOPLE AND PRODUCTS¬†ACROSS THE COUNTRY.¬†THEOIL IN MINES, DIGGING¬†THE COAL THAT POWERED OUR¬†INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. THE FORGED¬†THE SEAL — THE¬†STEEL¬†THAT BUILDS OUR BRIDGES AND SKYSCRAPERS.¬†THEY BUILT THE¬†STRONGEST MIDDLE¬†LAST, AND WITH¬†IT, THE STRONGEST NATION THE WORLD¬†HAS EVER KNOWN.¬†THIS PEN I WEAR¬†IS A CANARY IN A¬†BIRDS¬†CAGE, TO REMIND¬†ME OF THE PROGRESS WE HAVE MADE¬†IN THIS¬†COUNTRY FOR WORKING¬†PEOPLE. AT THE TURN OF¬†THE LAST CENTURY,¬†WORKERS¬†TOOK CANARIES¬†DOWN INTO COAL MINES. IF¬†THE CANARIES¬†STOPPED SINGING,¬†IT MEANT POISON GAS¬†AND THE WORKERS HAD JUST MOMENTS¬†TO GET OUT. WORKERS IN¬†THOSE¬†DAYS¬†DIDN’T HAVE A UNION¬†STRONG ENOUGH, OR FRANKLY, A¬†GOVERNMENT¬†CARED —¬†A GOVERNMENT THAT CARED ENOUGH¬†FOR THEM.¬†BUT¬†WE PASSED¬†LAWS TO PROTECT THE RIGHTS¬†OF WORKERS. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS¬†WORKED HARD TO EARN THEIR¬†WAY TO A BETTER LIFE.¬†AS¬†OUR¬†ECONOMY¬†EXPANDED, THE WAGES¬†OF¬†ORDINARY¬†AMERICANS WERE ALONG WITH IT.¬†TODAY, THE HARD¬†WORK DOES NOT PAY OFF THE WAY¬†IT USED TO.¬†OUR¬†TRADE POLICY, OUR TAX POLICY,¬†HAS¬†ENCOURAGED A CORPORATE¬†BUSINESS MODEL THAT SHUTS DOWN¬†FACTORIES¬†IN TOLEDO, OR DAYTON, OR¬†MANSFIELD, OHIO, AND CASHES¬†IN OUR TAX¬†CREDIT AT THE EXPENSE OF¬†WORKING¬†AMERICANS,AND THEN SHIFTS¬†PRODUCTION OVERSEAS¬†AND MOVES THOSE¬†COMPANIES OVERSEAS, TO¬†MEXICO,¬†OR CHINA, AND THEN SELLS¬†THOSE PRODUCTS BACK INTO THE.¬†FAR TOO MANY¬†OF THE JOBS HERE¬†DON’T PAY¬†ENOUGH IN¬†WAGES AND BENEFITS TO¬†COMPENSATE WORKERS FOR THE HOURS¬†THEY PUT IN.OVER¬†THE LAST¬†40 YEARS, GDP HAS¬†GONE UP, CORPORATE PROFITS¬†HAVE GONE UP, EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION¬†HAS¬†GONE UP, BUT WORKERS¬†HAVE NOT SHARED IN THE ECONOMIC¬†GROWTH THEY CREATED.¬†WALL STREET¬†HAS MADE MILLIONS¬†BUT THE AVERAGE BANK¬†TELLER EARNS $26,000 A YEAR.MIDDLE MANAGERS¬†HAVE¬†SEEN THEIR¬†WAGES CUT.¬†PEOPLE¬†FEEL¬†LESS STABLE,¬†WHILE WORKING HARDER AND PRODUCING¬†MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.¬†IT IS¬†UNIVERSAL PROBLEM¬†IN THIS¬†COUNTRY, WHETHER YOU PUNCH A¬†TIME SHEET, WHETHER YOU¬†ARE A PAYROLL WORKER OR¬†A¬†TEMP WORKER,YOU ARE GETTING SQUEEZED.¬†IT AFFECTS¬†WORKERS¬†BEHIND¬†DESKS AND ON FACTORY¬†FLOORS, BEHIND RESTAURANT COUNTERS,¬†WORKING RETAIL.¬†IT¬†IS A PROBLEM¬†IN THE HEARTLAND, IT IS A¬†PROBLEM ON THE COAST,¬†IT IS A PROBLEM IN THE SOUTH, IT IS A PROBLEM¬†EVERYWHERE.¬†YOU¬†ARE¬†THE BACKBONE OF THE GREATEST ECONOMY¬†IN THE WORLD AND YET YOU HAVE LESS TO SHOW FOR IT.¬†DEMOCRATS ARE FIGHTING HARD TO¬†MAKE YOUR HARD WORK¬†HAS¬†OFF — PAY OFF ONCE AGAIN.¬†WHEN I WAS ELECTED TO THE STATE HOUSE¬†IN MANSFIELD OHIO, I USED¬†TO¬†SPEND¬†HOURS AT THE UNITED STEEL¬†WORKERS LOCAL 169 IN MY HOMETOWN.¬†I TALKED¬†WITH WORKERS WHO STOPPED¬†IN BEFORE OR AFTER THEIR¬†SHIPS —¬†THEIR SHIFTS. I¬†LEARNED HOW THEY¬†MADE STEEL, I¬†LEARNED HOW THEY MADE¬†CARS, I LEARNED ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN¬†AND NEIGHBORHOODS.¬†THEY WORKED HARD.¬†MOST OF THEM GLADLY WORKED SIX DAYS¬†FOR THE OVERTIME PAY.¬†THEY OWNED, IN MOST¬†CASES, MODEST HOMES.¬†THEY COULD MOVE¬†UP THE INCOME LADDER AND BUILD¬†UP A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR¬†KIDS AT¬†MANSFIELD’S JOHNNY APPLESEED JUNIOR HIGH.¬†THREE DECADES¬†LATER,¬†THE¬†HOPES¬†OF OHIOANS REALLY HAVEN’T CHANGED.¬†IT¬†WANTS TO¬†BE VALUED FOR THE WORK THEY¬†DO, THEY WANT TO SAVE FOR THE FUTURE¬†AND TAKE THE FAMILY¬†ON VACATION, AND BUILD¬†BETTER¬†LIVES FOR¬†THEIR¬†CHILDREN. WHAT HAS CHANGED IS¬†THAT PEOPLE NO LONGER¬†SEE IT HAPPEN TO GET THERE THROUGH¬†HARD WORK. AND¬†TOO OFTEN, THEY ARE RIGHT.¬†WE¬†NEED TO CHANGE THE WAY WE¬†THINK ABOUT THE ECONOMY. IT IS¬†NOT MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS THAT¬†DRIVE OUR¬†ECONOMY, IT IS AMERICA’S WORKERS¬†AND SMALL BUSINESSES.¬†WE GROW THE ECONOMY FROM THE MIDDLE¬†CLASS OUT,¬†AND THAT IS WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE¬†FIGHTING FOR.¬†

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