Larry Kissell, NC-08: The Mill Robin Hayes Closed

This is the mill Robin Hayes closed.





This is the mill Robin Hayes closed.
This is the man who worked all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.



This is the bill the man couldn't pay
when he lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.



This is the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.



This is the woman who married the man
who lived in the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.




This is the child who goes hungry at night
who clings to the woman who married the man
who lived in the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.

This is the family that can't shop at the stores
to feed the child who goes hungry at night
who clings to the woman who married the man
who lived in the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.

These are the shops that closed their doors
When the family stopped shopping at all the stores
to feed the child who goes hungry at night
who clings to the woman who married the man
who lived in the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.

This is the town that almost shut down
When the shops closed their doors
As the family stopped shopping at all the stores
to feed the child who goes hungry at night
who clings to the woman who married the man
who lived in the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.

This is the man in a foreign land
who works for less than the American man
who lives in the town that almost shut down
when the shops closed their doors
As the family stopped shopping at all the stores
to feed the child who goes hungry at night
who clings to the woman who married the man
who lived in the home that the bank took away
after the bill wasn't paid
when the man lost the job he'd had all his life
weaving cloth in the mill Robin Hayes closed.

This is the man who lost his job, his insurance, his retirement, his home, his savings and his self esteem when Robin Hayes' actions helped send the mills and their jobs to other countries.

This is the man who worked in a mill town. A man who has seen a way of life disappearing because of NAFTA, CAFTA and Republican fiscal incompetence.

This is a man who has lost so much because Robin Hayes lied to the people of the 8th District when he promised he would vote against CAFTA, but voted for it, failing miserably to protect jobs in the district.

This is the mill Robin Hayes closed.

One year ago today, Robin Hayes broke his word to the folks living and working in the 8th Congressional District. He had promised to vote against CAFTA - a free trade agreement that would have made an already precarious unemployment situation even worse for the district. Initially, Hayes voted no, but caved to pressure from the Republican Party leadership.

This piece is dedicated to the men and women who lost their jobs and have struggled to train for new positions. This is dedicated to the families that continue to struggle and to the man who wants to help lead this district and these families toward a better future. Please help Larry Kissell bring honest and effective leadership to North Carolina's 8th Congressional District. This link is to the Netroots fundraising page, or you can snail mail a contribution using the address you'll find at Larry's site.

Our challenge for today is to see 365 contributions for $7.28 (or that end in $7.28) to commemorate the 365 days of Robin Hayes' broken promise to the workers in his district - the backbone of this state.

Thank you.

Special thanks to the Stock.xchng for pictures of people and Lance McCord for the shot of the city street. It is actually from Greensboro, but all other location shots are from Kannapolis, NC. Kannapolis was the home of Pillowtex, which put 4000 people out of work when it closed. Robin Hayes family used to own the mill. The two smokestacks showing are what remain of the original mill. They are the Fieldcrest and Cannon smokestacks. Robin Hayes is a Cannon. His family's fortune is intact.

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Wiki-style:

Rep. Hayes has drawn heavy criticism for voting in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Hayes had earlier voiced his strong opposition to the measure, saying he felt it would cause further loss of textile industry jobs in his district.

In the weeks before the vote, Hayes stated that he was "flat-out, completely, horizontally opposed to CAFTA," saying that "it's not in the best interests of the core constituency I represent," and that "there is no way I could vote for CAFTA". [1]

Hayes first voted "no" but was pressured at the last minute to change his vote by prominent House Republicans. The final tally was 217-215 with Hayes casting the deciding "yes" vote (a tie would have defeated the motion). [2]

Hayes played a similar role in the passage of the Trade Act of 2002, which shifted some trade agreement authority from Congress to the President. Though Hayes had said "We're a definite 'no' until we get some help on textiles," he was lobbied hard by the White House and congressional leadership to vote for the measure. Hayes waited until the last minute before voting "yes," and broke down in tears on the floor of the House. [3]

Hayes' tears of shame won't wash away the hurt he's inflicted on the good people of the 8th district. Maybe this will.

Bush Economy

You know,

I've been told on several occasions that I have an uncanny ability to immediately pull the single most pertinent point out of a paragraph.

Thank you for writing the pertinent point on said referenced wiki listing. It was my pleasure to hightlight it.

Bush Economy

What a morning....

Please rec....DailyKos

Sorry this is late. I was having a helluva time with the different styles/html codes.

Then I submitted my kos story...went to edit it and it disappeared. I almost cried.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You did great.

I stuck around hoping you'd be posting ... and I'm glad I did. Now I'm off to da mountains.
A

PS I LOVE the Edwards picture, and don't listen to mean old Robert. The whole Edwards post was right on the money ... because the only alternative would be to blast his organization to simithereens for incompetence and political ham-handedness. They blew it - not you - and we have a responsibility to call out our friends for their lapses in judgment.

Feel free to call me out on mine at anytime.

Aaargh

me be a feelins Pirate.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

bye bye smokestacks

Those Pillowtex smokestacks you see in the pictures will be blown up in less than 2 weeks from now.
I wonder if Robin Hayes will make a campaign event out of it?
Or maybe Larry Kissell should?

Cabarrus Democrats
Robin Hayes

I am intimidated by you guys...

Your posts are so well written and researched! How do you do it? I hope to learn much from you!

Southern Dem, Great Post! Larry Kissell deserves all the accolades given and hopefully this will add more fodder for the "Cannon".

In case any missed this, here is an interesting list of Lay-offs and closings by county in NC. http://extras.journalnow.com/bankruptcy/companies.html