Romney’s Vice President Would ‘Shred The Social Fabric Of Our Nation,’ Says Union Leader

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The leader of one of the largest building trades unions in North America has expressed his concern that Mitt Romney's pick for Vice President is one of the most radical conservative politicians in Congress who would shred the social fabric of America without a second thought, according to the leader of one of the largest unions in North America. William P. Hite of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians (UA) also warned that Medicare and Medicaid, along with health care and other safety net provisions would be history under a Romney/Paul administration, while millionaires would receive even more tax breaks.

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We think it's time for a more thorough explanation from Congressman Ryan on...why he wants to wage war on the middle class..

In choosing radical Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate, Mitt Romney chose to double-down on his corporate agenda to enrich the top 1% at the expense of working families, according to the president of one of the largest labor unions in North America.

William P. Hite, General President of the 340,000-member United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinkler Fitters and Service Technicians (UA), warned that Ryan “would happily shred the social fabric of our nation without a second thought.”

“Paul Ryan was the architect of the infamous ‘Path to Prosperity,’ a budget plan which sought to abolish Medicare in favor of a voucher system, drastically cut Social Security benefits for seniors, raise the retirement age and gut healthcare for families in need—all while calling for tax cuts for millionaires but raising taxes on the middle class,” he said.

“We think it’s time for a more thorough explanation from Congressman Ryan on these and other issues. He needs to explain to the American people why he wants to wage war on the middle class and the disadvantaged among us,” Hite added.

He also noted that Mitt Romney strongly supports Ryan’s extreme positions despite the negative impact it would have on millions of Americans.

“This extreme agenda is the last thing we need as our fragile economy seeks to recover from the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. We need a President who is on our side – not on the side of corporate executives,” said Hite. “Under President Obama our economy added jobs for 29 straight months—all while protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Now is not the time to go back to the policies that created this economic mess while cutting services for working families and our country’s most vulnerable citizens. The Romney-Ryan plan is not the answer—it’s the problem.”

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Founded in 1889, the UA is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation and servicing of piping systems. There are approximately 340,000 highly skilled UA members belonging to more than 300 local unions across North America.

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