MFG Voice Voter

Make Voting a Priority

In Membership by Ed Youdell

On Tuesday November 8, it will be time to end debate and make a decision about who to cast your ballot for as the next President of the United States. By its very nature, our democratic republic is messy, confusing, frustrating, and most importantly worth fighting for. Regardless of which candidate you ultimately pull the lever for, participation in this year’s election helps makes us all stronger as citizens of the United States.

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressman and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

For months and months, all the three and four lettered networks have filled the airwaves with opinion, stories, and facts regarding the candidates. Some shows were informative, some outrageous, and many disappointing. Just like when you were back in high school preparing for a test, you had to study. Now is no different. Provided below are website links in order by last name of the four presidential candidates so that you can learn about each candidates’ positions on issues important to you. My hope is this information will help you determine on your own the person you will vote for.

Online exit polling data from 2008 revealed that 50% of Barack Obama supporters and 45% of John McCain supporters made up their minds to vote for those candidates on Election Day! FMA’s hope is that this year you will be well prepared to cast your vote prior to Election Day.Around the country, races are tight for the often overshadowed Senatorial seat elections, but they are no less important to the future growth and direction of our country. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Election Center is a great resource for finding out about your state’s candidates.

“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”

—Louis L’Amour

We all have a say in choosing the people who make decisions for our country. Be sure to encourage your colleagues, employees, and family members to educate themselves about important policy issues and to exercise their civic duty by voting on Election Day. Please join your peers in the metal processing, forming, and fabricating industry in this important initiative in 2016: Help create Manufacturing Voters!


About the Author
Ed Youdell

Ed Youdell

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®

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Ed Youdell joined the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA) in 2007 as group publisher of FMA Communications, Inc. after serving more than 18 years in the publishing and trade show industries. He became president & CEO of FMA, FMA Communications, and FMA's charitable foundation, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® in December 2011.



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