Unless, of course they are attempting to somehow discredit Democrats; I mean about real things like worker safety, fair wages, environmental protection, and on and on. Dick Nixon ran in 1968 against a straplegged Democratic Party. The Viet Nam War was unpopular and the sitting Democratic President didn't have a clue as to how to get us out of it with honor and announced that he wouldn't run for re-election and further wouldn't accept a nomination despite his wishes. That's honesty, my friends. But Tricky Dick went further. He promised to get us out of the Viet Nam War which he did (I applaud him for that) and he also promised to balance the federal budget (he didn't do that) and bring responsibility to the industries that harm our environment, our economy and our American way of life. He, in my opinion, failed miserably on all those. A Republican colleague of mine in 1970 announced that the EPA and OSHA acts would pass, marginally, but pass they did but they would be so onerous and ill conceived they would also be rejected by the American business communities and even the public within a year of their passage. My colleague was right and wrong. The EPA and OSHA acts were passed despite the overly cumbersome clauses that were placed in them by the Republicans and their ulteriour motives to get them totally rejected. As a testament to the soundness of the EPA and OSHA acts they are still with us thirty someodd years later. The improvements are "no thank you" to the Republicans and reflect the true integrity of the American People, again, in my own opinion. Given the prevailing Republican mindset, as I saw it in the early '70's and even today, we would all still be earning (earning, ain't that a kick in the ass?) about a dollar an hour for shoveling 80 pound loads of shit with a 50 pound shovel and doing it in a spray of 111 inhibited Tricloroethylene because it makes us high and forget how dangerous our job is and about how we don't have much choice insofar as getting new gigs and besides our livers and kidneys are old folk's concerns. I don't expect most of you to really understand all that but I know that I understand it. I'll do my my best to answer your questions but I will not entertain frivolous pandering or critisism. I could go on, but I think this is about enough to begin a conversation. Catch you on the upbeat!!!!!!!!