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Where is that federal budget surplus?

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

We don't actually have one yet, and claiming that we do is a deceptive and dangerous practice

Here's a little mathematical puzzle for you to ponder while you're digesting all that holiday turkey and pie.

No doubt you've heard that President Clinton has proudly proclaimed a $69 billion surplus for fiscal year 1998, and a $120 billion surplus for 1999. It is all over the newspapers and television.

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Will big bucks buy the White House?

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Candidates are raising more money than ever before. Who is donating that money, and what will they get for their donations?

The George Bush for President Committee made an amazing announcement on June 30 of this year. They reported having raised a record $28.3 million in contributions during the second quarter of 1999, making his total for the year well over $36 million.

And election day is still nearly a year-and-a-half away!

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We need solidarity in the voting booth as much as we do on the job

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Gains we make at the bargaining table can be nullified by actions of Congress or Parliament

In 1995, Canadian Boilermakers working in the railroad industry learned a lesson they will never forget - and neither should you.

These members of our union were proud to be represented by a union which has represented Boilermakers working on railroads for over 100 years. They looked forward to retiring on a Boilermaker pension.

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Don't Give Up On Political Action

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

We must participate in the process if we want to see our government work for us, not against us

Events in Washington over the past six months have discouraged many Americans. Voters sent a clear message to Washington in November, but it was ignored. The Republican majority in the House chose to spend months belaboring their case for the president's removal, despite clear signals that the Senate would not convict. Their colleagues in the Senate could have ended the matter quickly, but they chose instead to drag it out for weeks, only to end up where they began.

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EPA clean air plan will create more work for Boilermakers

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Mandate to reduce NOx emissions spells golden opportunity for construction Boilermakers

Construction Boilermakers considering early retirement should look at the increased benefits two more years of steady work can bring. It could be 30 percent or more.

In September, Carol Browner, director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced a wide-ranging plan for cleaning up the air in 22 states in the eastern U.S. Her plan mandates reducing smog-causing nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by 1.1 million tons by the year 2003, or 28 percent by the year 2007.

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The Republican Tax Plan Threatens Social Security

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

Future Budget Surpluses Are Based on Taking Money from Social Security

Rob Peter to pay Paul. That's the Republican tax strategy. They want to win seats in this election, so they're offering tax cuts. They're saying that the federal budget surplus is so large everyone in America can get a reduction in their taxes.

It sounds great, but it's not exactly true. The money to pay for those tax cuts can only come from one source: Your Social Security fund.

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The Kyoto Pact Is a Lot of Smoke

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

It Will Weaken Our Economy But Not Reduce Pollution

This spring we got an unpleasant reminder of how easily air pollution crosses international boundaries. Forest fires in Mexico and Central America sent clouds of smoke northward, darkening skies all over the midwestern United States and Canada. In some cities, residents were warned not to go outdoors because of health risks from smoke inhalation.

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We must stop the move to silence workers

Charles W. Jones, International President Emeritus

A nationwide campaign to take away our political voice threatens everything we have worked so hard to achieve

It opens doors. That's what Patrick Rooney, chairman of Golden Rule Insurance Company, told Mother Jones magazine when asked why he gave over $500,000 to the Republican National Committee in 1994. I'm sure Mr. Rooney knows exactly what he is talking about. He is also a major contributor (over $100,000) to Newt Gingrich's GOPAC, and other officers of Golden Rule have donated in excess of $600,000 to the Republican Party in the last five years.

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