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Local 652 Vice President Ben Frantz
Updated On: Oct 08, 2020

September 2020

It’s election time! In this article, I would like to open up about some of the criteria I use to arrive at my voting decisions, not just for President but up and down our political ladder. These are just a few issues that are important to my electoral thinking. This list is not intended to change your mind, I just wanted to elaborate on how I approach which candidates get my vote. I hope that you follow a similar process to arrive at your decisions. For starters, I believe in a national Minimum Wage of at least $15.00 per hour. Many parts of our Country currently support these wages and have had strong economic results. Some candidates have stated this would drive job loss and small businesses couldn’t support such a wage, this is just not true for the majority. Many of the areas that have enacted such wages are seeing new businesses opening and profits from existing businesses on the rise, the reasons for these results are not complex. Paying people a living wage allows them to spend more money in their communities. The Citizens are paid their worth and the system gains, this is how America should work, in my opinion. I believe in legal Immigration and don’t support open borders, yet I understand our Country struggles without undocumented immigrants doing a variety of jobs including harvesting crops. So instead of building a wall, I support comprehensive reforms that acknowledge the need and stop the division. I understand Social Security; this program is self-sustaining and has brought in more money than it has needed for decades. I know which candidates have decided it is time to protect this program and which candidates want to cut these benefits. As a proud Unionist, I live the benefits of the Collective Bargaining process and know who supports Organized Labor and who has spoken on enacting a national right-to-work bill. I also believe we should have universal healthcare. I know which candidates support nationalized healthcare and those who have chosen to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. No Country’s system is perfect but that fact that all other highly developed Nations have created a system for their Citizens and we haven’t is a shame to me. As an American, not a Democrat or a Republican, these are a few of my beliefs and the reason that I am a believer that we are better with Biden. My values fall mainly in-line with blue candidates but I never give them a free pass, I make them earn my vote through their actions. If my opinions don’t align with yours, so be it, we are all entitled to our own opinions, and we can both respect each other's positions. The goal in sharing this is to inspire at least one of you reading this to revive or maybe develop an interest in the Electoral Process. Maybe provide some thought starters on what is important to you and why it is so important to participate in our Democracy. In any event, November 3rd will be here before you know it. Whether by absentee ballot or in person, please exercise your right to vote.

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