Report from Denver: Reflections Upon a Convention

By August 28, 2008Policy Experts

(Note: NAM’s Executive Vice President Jay Timmons is blogging from the National Democratic Convention in Denver this week.)

The gavel has come down on the 2008 Democratic Convention. The parties have ended and the work begins in earnest for Democrats.

Tomorrow, Senator Obama will enter the final stretch of the 2008 campaign. It’s time to focus on the future and to leave the partisan speeches in Denver. It’s time to talk about:

  • energy policies that increase domestic supply and promote alternatives
  • lower taxes for all working Americans and their employers
  • free trade policies that expand international markets for U.S. products
  • protecting the secret ballot in union elections
  • improving crumbling infrastructure to get our country moving again

It’s been an honor for the NAM team to attend the Democratic convention to promote manufacturing and the nearly 14 million men and women who work in manufacturing. Soon it will be the Republican’s turn on stage, and the NAM will be present in Minneapolis promoting the same common sense solutions to improve our economy, create jobs and improve the American quality of life. (NAM Policies.)

This year, let’s hold the nominees for President, Senate and the House to the highest standard possible. We need to ignore the predictable campaign rhetoric, reject the urge to be intrigued by the typical “gotchas” the media is sure to report, and look beyond the 30 second campaign commercials. We have an obligation to ask the candidates to outline their specific plans to improve America. Because when the music ends and the banners are folded, it is the philosophy, principles and policies of our elected officials that truly matter to real people in the real world.

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons

Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector.
Jay Timmons

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