Telling it like it is

Sounds like someone got it right. In the weekly rebuttal to the President’s weekly address to the nation, Representative Michael Michaud says, “But sometimes I wonder if anyone in this administration has actually met any of the people they claim to be working for – people like the hardworking, struggling families I represent in northern Maine”. Good shot back, Mr. Michaud. A message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops, but Karl Rove and the Repugnant Republicans will make sure it’s kept quiet.Posted on Sat, Jan. 17, 2004
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Democrat Rep. Blasts Bush on Jobs, Taxes

Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine – The Bush administration lacks a connection with working Americans as shown by its policies, Rep. Michael Michaud said Saturday in the Democrats’ weekly radio address.

Michaud pointed out a lack of job growth, President Bush’s tax cuts and what he characterized as a flawed Medicare prescription drug plan.

“In the last week we have heard a lot about what Republicans plan to do in the name of the American people,” Michaud said in his recorded remarks. “But sometimes I wonder if anyone in this administration has actually met any of the people they claim to be working for – people like the hardworking, struggling families I represent in northern Maine.”

Michaud made reference to his nearly 30 years of experience at the Great Northern Paper mill in northern Maine before he went to Congress.

Great Northern filed for bankruptcy last year and shut down its two mills, leaving more than 1,100 people without jobs. One of the mills has since reopened, with just 400 employees, under a new owner.

Michaud used that experience to say he can relate with working Americans “who love their families, live up to their responsibilities, follow all the rules and still wake up one day without a job, without a pension, unable to pay for their health care or their children’s college education.”

Michaud criticized the Bush tax cuts, which he said disproportionately help the wealthy, and complained that the Republican administration and the House GOP leadership have forced their agenda on Congress.

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