Trumka’s Bold Bid
….OBAMA'S ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO TAKEN UNPRECEDENTED, PERHAPS EVEN ILLEGAL, steps to cater to Trumka's insatiable demands for ever more union privileges, including A $60 BILLION DOLLAR TAX BREAK UNDER THE OBAMACARE WAIVERS from ObamaCare 's provisions; an unprecedented NLRB DRIVE TO PREVENT BOEING FROM MOVING SOME OF ITS OPERATIONS TO ANOTHER STATE which more favorable labor conditions; the buy up with tax dollars of failing auto companies to save the UAW benefits at the expense of share holders.
And now -- here's the deliciously ironic part -- Obama is about to learn what I did from Trumka: with him, things rarely turn out as your might expect.
THURSDAY TRUMKA ANNOUNCED THAT LABOR IS SCALING BACK THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.
Let's assume we spent $100 in the last election," he said, explaining the union's position.
"The day after Election Day, we were no stronger than we were the day before," said Trumka. "If we had spent that [$100] on creating a structure for working people that would be there year round, then we are stronger."
Hot Air outlines what a disaster this could be for Obama and his party:
THAT'S NOT JUST AN EXPRESSION OF DISAPPROVAL WITH THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. IT'S A PUBLIC VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE. Unions spent heavily in the 2010 midterm elections; they accounted for three of the top five high-spending outside groups in that cycle. They also spent tens of millions of dollars in Wisconsin this year in an attempt to wrest control of the state Senate away from Republicans, and failed to achieve their objective. TRUMKA'S COMMENTS MAKE IT CLEAR THAT HE DOESN'T SEE A GREAT PROSPECT OF ELECTORAL SUCCESS IN 2012, EITHER.[snip] This puts the AFL-CIO into a position where the creation of a third party is not just a theoretical possibility, but perhaps a likely outcome. [snip] [T]he unions have a mostly-mandated grip on the pockets of their members, thanks to closed-shop rules in many areas of the country. They can generate hundreds of millions of dollars for elections and candidate recruitment, especially in areas of high union concentration. UNIONS MIGHT NOT BE STRONG ENOUGH TO RUN THEIR OWN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BUT THEY COULD WIN HOUSE SEATS AND PERHAPS A FEW SENATE SEATS AS WELL, or more likely just provide a competitive third choice for voters. In fact, there's really no other way to read Trumka's statement but as a threat to compete with the Democratic Party on their own terms.
And that's where the Democratic Party will suffer most. If unions start running well-funded alternative candidates, THE VOTE WILL SPLIT AND ALLOW REPUBLICANS TO MAKE GAINS IN CONGRESS AND IN STATE LEGISLATURES. EITHER DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE TO START ENDORSING UNION CANDIDATES OR START FALLING HOPELESSLY BEHIND THE GOP IN POWER....
This is a very interesting article that I highly recommend you read. It talks about the corruption in the Unions and the chokehold they have on the Democratic Party. If Trumka thinks 2012 is lost (which it most likely is ) he might sit the election out and hold the union money for his own political use.
Editorial: Green jobs revealed as fiscal black hole
The faddish obsession with "green jobs" is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money.
Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are – unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn't take long for Spain's touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real jobs for every green job created.
DOMESTIC GREEN-JOB PIPE DREAMS SIMILARLY DRAIN U.S. TAXPAYERS' MONEY INTO ECONOMIC SINK HOLES. THE MILLIONS OF SO-CALLED GREEN JOBS PROMISED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND OTHER CHAMPIONS OF TAXPAYER-SUBSIDIZED ENERGY SCHEMES NOT ONLY HAVEN'T MATERIALIZED, MANY THAT DID, ALREADY ARE DISAPPEARING.
It's truly a bad sign for the green-job revolution when failure becomes obvious even to acolytes.
"All this talk about the green jobs never materialized," liberal Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of Los Angeles recently complained.
THE NEW YORK TIMES rubbed salt in the wound when it reported in July that the nonpartisan BROOKINGS INSTITUTION FOUND CLEAN-TECHNOLOGY JOBS ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 2 PERCENT OF JOBS NATIONWIDE. "Federal and state efforts to stimulate creation of green jobs have largely failed, government records show," according to a Times article from a San Francisco news outlet….
Green jobs are pipe dreams of the left much like Keynesian economics. It seems that you can’t get something for nothing.
Just How Smart Is Obama?
On November 16, 1990, Barack Obama, then president of the Harvard Law Review, published a letter in the Harvard Law Record, an independent Harvard Law School newspaper, championing affirmative action.
Although a paragraph from this letter was excerpted in David Remnick's biography of Obama, The Bridge, I had not seen the letter in its entirety before this week. Not surprisingly, it confirms everything I know about Barack Obama, the writer and thinker…..
….The response is classic Obama: patronizing, dishonest, syntactically muddled, and grammatically challenged. In the very first sentence Obama leads with his signature failing, one on full display in his earlier published work: his inability to make subject and predicate agree…
…In a similar vein, Barack Obama was named an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Although his description of the Law Review's selection process defies easy comprehension, apparently, after the best candidates are chosen, there remains "a pool of qualified candidates whose grades or writing competition scores do not significantly differ." These sound like the kids at Lake Woebegone, all above average. Out of this pool, Obama continues, "the Selection Committee may take race or physical handicap into account."
To his credit, Obama concedes that he "may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action policy." This did not strike him as unusual as he "undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career."…
This is an interesting look at BHO’s background and ability which may give us a clue as to why he’s doing such a poor job as President.
The Ticket Obama Fears the Most
…IF SENATOR RUBIO BECOMES THE RUNNING MATE OF GOVERNOR PERRY, WHICH I BELIEVE IS INCREASINGLY LIKELY, PRESIDENT OBAMA COULD FACE HIS WORST ELECTORAL NIGHTMARE. At the outset, BOTH MEN ARE EXCELLENT CAMPAIGNERS -- ARTICULATE, LIKEABLE, ATTRACTIVE, and accustomed to winning elections in the diverse and large populations of Texas and Florida. Unlike Republican nominees since Reagan, Rick Perry knows how to work crowds. Perry, like Rubio, has never lost a political race. Although it is a relatively small section of his resume, his time successfully selling Bible reference books door-to-door may be as important as background in running for president.
Both Perry and Rubio have LIFE STORIES WHICH DEMONSTRATE THAT THE AMERICAN DREAM REALLY WORKS. Perry grew up on a cotton tenant farm in the middle of nowhere and worked hard up every step in his path to success. Rubio's parents worked in menial jobs so that their son could have a better life. Imagine Rubio campaigning in Las Vegas, where his parents worked like so many Hispanics today, cleaning rooms and tending bars. The greatest impact of these life stories is that THE REPUBLICAN TICKET COULD SAY JUST HOW POOR PEOPLE NEED NOT STAY POOR IF GOVERNMENT GETS OUT OF THE WAY.
Perry and Rubio are both social and economic conservatives. The left tries to downplay the appeal of social conservatism, but to take just a single social conservative issue, abortion, the latest Rasmussen Poll shows that 55% of Americans believe that abortion is morally wrong while only 30% believe that abortion is morally acceptable and 41% of Americans believe that it is too easy to get an abortion in America while only 14% believe that it is too hard to get an abortion. The vanilla question about whether Americans are "pro-choice" or "pro-life" is meaningless, if Republican candidates have the gumption to ask Obama in a debate whether he believes abortion is moral or immoral -- leaving the question of federal policy on abortion aside….
The Republican bench for the nomination is portrayed by the MSM as bad (except for Huntsman) when in reality it is terrific.