Submitted By Todd on October 12th at 10:16pm
“It’s beyond belief to me,’’ said Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. While Obama and Congress inherited “a big mess’’ from Bush, Haynes said, “there aren’t any excuses anymore. If you can’t deliver health care, and you can’t deliver jobs, and if you can’t deliver [card check legislation], and you can’t figure out how to take care of the working people of this great city and country, you don’t deserve to stay in office.’’Further reminder that Barack's biggest headache isn't the GOP, as much as they might try to get you to think so. Democrats have backed off of Card Check, a proposed change in labor organizing rules so outrageous it even makes liberals nervous, they're waffling on the Public Option, the key to a single payer plan, and they're even betraying the teachers unions by suggesting that good teachers get paid more and that good schools (Charters) should be expanded! It's enough to make labor have a movement!
In the health care debate, labor is seeking to avoid a tax on expensive health care benefits. But President Obama, who slammed the idea during the campaign, this summer indicated he might be open to such an idea... And an increase in the minimum wage, which supporters pushed in the last Congress, when Republican George W. Bush was in the White House, hasn’t even been introduced in this Congress.Why should Democrats worry about a movement that represents only about 12% of the country's workforce?
Union-sponsored political action committees are still heavy campaign contributors. In the 2007-2008 election cycle, PACs representing labor unions doled out $66.4 million to federal candidates, with 92 percent of it going to Democrats. Less than a year into the 2010 election cycle, the PACs have given almost $16 million to federal candidates, with 93 percent going to elect Democrats.Like I said - a special interest. Why did you think Obama really bailed out GM and Chrysler?
White House aides say that Obama remains committed to passing the Employee Free Choice Act, the formal name for the card check bill, and note that the president signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act early in his tenure. That law makes it easier for employees to sue for pay discrimination for a longer period of time after the alleged violations occurred.The unions have reason to be concerned. As the great rocket ship Obama turns its trajectory back toward earth, it is likely to slam smack in the middle of the socialist agenda. They know they're running out of time to get outrageous things through Congress.