Racine Index in Racine, Wisconsin
1 Apr 1908

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1 Apr 1908

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Index, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1908, Racine, Wisconsin1 i he ballot is an ail Vui iced method of Public expression the Index let us use ballots not bullets in deciding our vol 11, no. 4. Racine wis., april 1908. 25c a year Nic Lanser social democratic candidate for pity treasurer social democratic candidates City of Racine wis. Treasurer Nic Lanser assessor Andrew Johnson Alderman second Ward Louis c. Mangnus Alderman fourth Ward James e. Decker Alderman tenth Ward Arne t. Peterson supervisor fourth Ward John f. Pulda supervisor seventh Ward Leonard Weidner supervisor ninth Ward Herman Forwark supervisor tenth Ward Arthur c. Bowman supervisor eleventh Ward Herman Obermeyer the City should own its Public utilities. Both the Republican and democratic parties Are opposed to this. Vote the social demo cratic party ticket. A vote for the social democratic party is a protest against the present financial panic. City platform social democratic putt Richie wis. The social democratic party is to inc Rickii cure Union if i i it wifi tonal movement of the modern work ing class for better food b houses sufficient sue a info Leisure Niota education and culture. I Lii or present conditions 111 worker is dependent upon the Man with Means for an Opportunity to work for a livelihood and therefore is not free. Political Liberty alone has become inadequate we must have both politic Al and economic Liberty. To secure this by the collective ownership of the Means of production Ami distr ilm Licin is the aim of the social 1 to cratic party. In municipal affairs the social democratic party stands for every change thai will bring the Means of production and transportation into the hands of the p Ciple. It in for the City in a just and equitable taxation where the corporations Bear their full share am in lie highest development of a reasonable Public serv ice. Municipal government must Mohave the same object As private Busi Ness. Business involves the seeking of profits for the individual regardless of the welfare of others. Municipal us Iii mint should be for tie Good of Ull and not for profit ton ii fiction in politics is always caused in the application of private business to Public affairs. Good City sout Mient can not be expected from the Republican or democratic Par ties because they stand for capital ism and an economic system under which the Many Are despoiled for the Benefit of the few. The Only remedy is the application of the principles of social democracy Anil the social parly of the platform of the social democratic part of Wisconsin adopt eco at i Milwaukee convention Inak a the Fol lowing demands which it pledges itt officials to Carr out As As existing Laws and conditions permit 1. That to insure tie purity of ils water Supply at a reasonable Cost the City continue the movement already started by the social democratic Ald Ermen for securing Public ownership of the City water Supply either by the Purchase of the present Plant or the building of a new Plant provided that if the present Plant be purchased the Price a d not b. Ivol to an the guaranteed estimate of the Cost of a new Plant of equal capacity. That the City in order to Stop the plundering of its people by corporations Giro pc l As Fust As practicable to acquire ownership of other Public utilities such As Gas and electric lighting plants Street railways etc., either by buying or building the Price to be paid for any existing Plant in no Case to exceed the guaranteed Esti mate Cost of a new Plant of equal capacity that until such ownership j is be Cinyd the of the Public in1 trait Guai lieu Ficili Lefeula Lull be Igar King chars service Ivon and con i ii tons of labor. J 3. That in order to prevent further despoiling of the Public fran Chise lie granted for existing franchise 1 be extended for the operation of any Public Utility. Provided that in Case conditions make the granting of such a franchise unavoidable it must con Tain provisions for compensating Tho City for the use of Public property for regulating charges for the recognizing of organized labor for an eight hour Day for workmen and for such other Reni Iii lion.-, to lie found to Eccl to guard the interests of the pub Lic and that such franchise must first be referred to a referendum vote of the people of the City for their approval. 4. to Stop the factions of Kra Spink landlords the City provide dwelling houses for Workin Nien by buying land and building suitable and comfortable houses containing modern conveniences to to rented to work at a Price covering the actual Cost of such houses including depreciation and Cost of repairs. 5. The City Thill provide work for Andrew Johnson social democratic candidate for City assessor us unemployed citizens. Besides the 11. That existing legislation Lor the improvement of the fat reets the City i Protection the life and limb those should push every to Maibie municipal j employed in factories acid workshops Enterprise and afford work to As Lila by be strictly enforced and that additional the unemployed As possible. The Lawn be passed for their Protection Coal a municipal ice Plant i2. That the right of the initiative and shall sell Wood Coal and ice to j and refer Yudum be granted to the Timeus it Cost Price. Pie on All questions concerning the Ihu a Hajj establish and i Public service and the holding of Public maintain a Public works department j Ofhie. Which shall perform the necessary and whoever existing Laws prevent work of the building plumb ing grading paving etc., at eight hour workday and at the cur rent Umoru wage. It shall abolish the contract system As far As possible in All Public work. Whenever contract work is unavoidable ail contracts shall Coutair a clause requiring the contractor to pm play labor at an eight hour work Day and to pay Union wages. 7. That Steps shall be taken to secure an equitable assess sent of prop erty to the end that corporations shall Bear their just share of taxation and that the Money necessary to carry out these proposed reforms be provided. 8. That our present Public school system be extended and improved that free text books and material be sup plied to All Public school pupils and also to pupils of private schools which give. I he same course of study As the Public schools and observe certain Legal conditions and that All children attend school until 16 years of age. Principals shall be required to de vote one half of their time to instruction. The salaries of assistant teach thu fulfilment of these demands the social democratic party of Hacire pledges itself to use every Effort to secure the repeal of such Laws and the enactment of legislation which will make these reforms possible. The social democratic class organization of the proletariat and a part of the International socialist today also the Only party of High moral ideas be cause it is in Accord with the trend of civilization and with tue necessities of the Day. It represents there Core not Only the proletariat but Mankind As a whole. The social democracy combats not alone the conditions which exploit and oppress the wage working classes but every kind of exploitation and oppression whether directed against a class a party a sex or a race. All its measures Benefit not Only the wage working class but the whole people and while the working people Are the Banner bearers in this fight in the last analysis Mer chant the professional Man and the Small profit thereby. Therefore we invite every honest and ers to be raised first before those of Well meaning voter without regard highly paid principals. A retirement to occupation race or Creed to join fund for the teachers shall be sustained by the City for All teachers who shall have been in the service More than Twenty years. The Large Hall in in our undertaking for the i Mau Uipa Tion of the social democratic party of Racine also stands for every change that each school building shall be Avail Wili bring More wealth culture Able to residents of the District for meetings of every nature. All new school buildings to include a ii lilies for social centers. J. That in order to preserve the health of the people the functions of j the Board of health be extended to in elude the furnishing of fret medical and More Security to the masses of the people. But we Call attention to the fact that the measures we org Are not a cure for All existing evils nor Are they All socialistic Nina sures. They Are to be viewed rather As Mere Palli capable of be Iii Cardi to out under the present conditions. Us i and Medicine. J no circumstances should the peo the City to provide at least one my j pit rest Content with thin. But should Nic pal Hospital free from every taint of Charity include neg maternity and move Onward to the Conquest of All Public Powers to an entire change tuberculosis departments. The pie unt Sou in Fui Iii 10. That All election Days shall he will secure to the people collectively made Public holidays and that a pen the ownership of the Means of product 1 Alty be exacted from All employers i ton and distribution and establish the of labor who fall to observe Law. I co operative Commonwealth. I

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