Protesters rap Bush, Sen. Talent

Protesters rap Bush, Sen. Talent

By Joe Baker

By Joe Baker

Senior editor

A fund raiser earlier this month in St. Louis for Sen. Jim Talent drew sharp criticism for both the Senator and President Bush who attended.

Trade unionists and community activists were on hand to protest Bush’s support of Talent, the Enron scandal, NAFTA, the ‘War on Terrorism’ and proposed oil drilling in Alaska.

Bush was greeted by chants of “Jail to the Thief” and “Have Another Pretzel.” Demonstrators rapped Sen. Talent for voting against an increase in the minimum wage and voting against financing for the Women’s Educational Equity Act.

Barbara Black, vice-president of the Service Employees International Union, said: “Bush and Talent have voted against everything that supports working families.”

The group also had pointed comment on the Enron scandal. One banner displayed read: ‘Bush, the best puppet Enron could buy.’ Mark Fraley, a union organizer, said: “We want to draw attention to Bush’s ties to Enron. This is a political scandal, not just a business scandal. Thirty two million (dollars) in Missouri state pension funds were lost because of the Enron scandal. We need a leadership based on the needs of the people, not marinated corporate culture.”

Mike Louis, business agent for the Machinists Union, urged President Bush to repeal NAFTA, saying it has cost 800,000 American jobs

The president of the service employees union, Grant Williams, was arrested during the protest.

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