I am a Certified Toolmaker (U. Department of Labor and State of Ohio, Department of Labor) and have been in the Machine Trades for thirteen years. Among the extremely varied things I do, for the purposes of this article, I design and engineer.
Ohio University economist Richard Vedder believes Mitt Romney was right about the "47 percent" of Americans who are, "dependent upon government." Vedder said Department of Labor statistics show four programs in particular contribute to Americans' increasing dependence on government. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Nearly 30 million more Americans receive them. Social Security Disability: 8.6 million. Pell grants: 9.7 million.
Labor Day weekend 1995 was not going to be a typical one for me. Filled with excitement, I boarded the plane and departed for Cleveland, Ohio. My mission: covering the official opening festivities for the brand new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.