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Vice President Lena Wyeth
Updated On: Jul 01, 2020

June 2020

This year, 2020, has been an eventful year to say the least. It marks the 100th year anniversary of the Women’s Right to Vote, GM plants across the nation sat idle for 8:46 seconds to honor a man that was killed by the police, Black Lives Matter organized peaceful protests around the world, a pandemic put a halt to the entire country, small businesses closing their doors, unemployment rates, and undocumented children being held in a cage without their parents. What about Killer bees? (ha) All of this happening in this year of 2020 with no guidance or leadership in sight. While the current President didn’t create many of these issues his poor leadership intensified them and made them much worse! 
Americans need someone in the Oval Office that shows competent leadership. We need someone that brings us together and not apart, someone that promotes love and not hate. That is why this upcoming presidential election is so crucial. Joe Biden is the person for that position. Here is a breakdown on part of his plan: 
  • Strengthen the Right to Vote. Joe will strengthen our democracy by guaranteeing that every American’s vote is protected.  
  • He will also champion women’s health care, and reverse the Trump Administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s right to choose 
  • Confront the systemic racism in our country that is built into our laws, our policies, and our institutions and will take aggressive action to correct them—ripping out the inequities in housing, health care, education, the economy, our criminal justice system, and so many other areas. 
  • Plans for COVID-19 includes, but not limited to: 
  • Restoring trust, credibility, and common purpose. 
  • Mounting an effective national emergency response that saves lives, protects front-line workers, and minimizes the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Eliminating cost barriers for prevention of and care for COVID-19. 
  • Pursuing decisive economic measures to help hard-hit workers, families, and small businesses and to stabilize the American economy. 
  • Rallying the world to confront this crisis while laying the foundation for the future. 
  • Establish a True Small Business Fund and make sure the program’s terms actually help small businesses. His plan will keep well-off business owners from using any program to unjustly enrich themselves. 
  • Strengthening worker organizing, collective bargaining, and unions.  
  • Hold corporations and executives personally accountable for interfering with organizing efforts and violating other labor laws. 
  • Pursue employers who violate labor laws, participate in wage theft, or cheat on their taxes by intentionally misclassifying employees as independent contractors. 
  • Ensure federal dollars do not flow to employers who engage in union-busting activities, participate in wage theft, or violate labor law. 
  • Penalize companies that bargain in bad faith 
In closing, Ronald Reagan once asked the country are you better off today than you were four years ago? The country resoundingly said no and made a change in presidency. We must ask that same question now. I know my answer! My job is less secure with shrinking auto sales because of high unemployment. My health is at risk because of a failed response to COVID-19! My country is divided because President Trump would rather fight a culture war than unite a hurting country!  So, I ask you… Are you better off? If not, make your voice heard by make a change at the polls in November. 

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