Posts Tagged 'Unions'

WI Must Hold Strong Against Union Intimidation

By Caomhin

First off, good for Gov. Scott Walker for standing strong against the unions, and big ups to conservative bloggers for keep the truth in circulation.  The union’s ginormous hissy fit is not due to the fact that unions would loose collective bargaining rights altogether.  The only concessions that the taxpayers and citizens of Wisconsin are looking for from the unions is that union members contribute to their health care and retirement costs in order to prevent a fiscal crisis from unfolding.  To the average America, this is beyond reasonable and some are probably stunned that public employees have not had to make contributions to either in the past.

The people of Wisconsin voted for Scott Walker to lead them and he is doing his job.  The unions, aided of course by President Obama’s vast astroturfing organization, are going bonkers because the will not be responsible to the voters’ wills unless they are carried kicking and screaming.  If this is what it takes, then so be it.  This is what the people of Wisconsin want, for the unions to contribute to their benefits and to not deter future generations from reaching attaining their hopes and dreams due to tremendous tax increases that would be collected solely for the benefit of the union.

Part of the reason that Obama’s group is astroturfing the Midwest is due to the fact that his economy crushing budgets are leading to a fiscal tornado for America.  Many entitlement programs will have to be reformed and he refuses not only to lead on these issues, but to even consider to lead on these issues.  Many states in our nations, especially the deep blue states, are also facing budget crises of their own and will have to be seriously addressed.  Democrats see Wisconsin as critical to stopping reforms and keeping their campaign contributions from the unions keep rolling into their coffers.  Of course, these dues are compulsory so anything that would lower these contributions is instantly a threat to liberals, hence, the demonization for those who are seeking to reign in the madness.

Unions used to stand for something.  Unions used to be good.  Times, however, have changed.  At the current time the unions primary purpose is contribute to Democratic political campaign and engage in astroturfing in order to benefit liberal causes.  We are facing serious fiscal issues that threaten all American and our citizens and future generations can not and must not be held hostage by a political party hell bent on currying favor to a group with which they have a symbiotic relationship.  Contributing to benefits is not an unreasonable request.  Threatening and intimidating the people of Wisconsin as a result  of such a request is unacceptable, and yet, sadly, this may just be the tip of the iceberg.  For the good of our nation and for the future generations to come, this is a fight the people of Wisconsin must win.  I hope that Gov. Walker will deliver.

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Tim Geithner Unionizes the Penny

By Caomhin

It’s a known fact that if the Obama Administration had their way, everyone and everything would be associated with the union.  Another prime example of this is Obama’s moronic decision to put SEIU chief Andy Stern on his “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.” This is another example of cronyism by Obama (an extremely transparent one), Stern has no reason to be on this panel at all.  Then again, Obama is the tool for creating this “panel” anyway.  The whole purpose of this dog and pony show is for Obama to try and get political cover when he raises taxes on every single American.  If Obama wanted fiscal responsibility he wouldn’t need a commission, he’d need common sense, don’t spend more than you have.  He can’t be that stupid so I’ll chalk it up his being dishonest.

Back to the headline of this post.  I suppose this flew under the radar, but like I said, Obama would love nothing more than for everyone and everything to be associated with the union.   By the way did you know that the penny was re-designed:

The penny’s new reverse side features a union shield with 13 vertical stripes and a scroll draped across reading “One Cent.” (Check your nearest couch cushion and you’ll see the old penny portrays the Lincoln Memorial.) The Web site of the U.S. Mint explains that the stripes represent the 13 original states and the banner signifies “a single union in support of the federal government.” The new penny’s front face will continue to illustrate President Lincoln, designed by American sculptor Victor David Brenner back in 1909.

Here’s the new penny:

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Now I know the Union Shield has been around a long time and does not necessarily simply Union Labor, but knowing what we know about this administration and their feelings toward labor unions, consider this:

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In case you can’t read the lower portion of the above picture it’ says “Affiliated with AFL-CIO.”

Shocka: Obama to Exempt Unions from Tax

By Caomhin

Obama, as we all know, is feeling the itch to raise taxes, much like every other liberal in this nation.  One of the taxes he is particularly found of is taxing high cost health care plans so that his dream of Socialized Medicine can come true.  It is important to note here that while he is seeking new tax revenues for this plan, he will also severely underfund this plan and plunge America into yet another entitlement program crisis years down the line, another modus operandi of liberals.

Consider the fact that Obama has wanted his tax on “Cadillac” health-care plans, ones that exceed an annual premium of $8,900 for individuals and $24,000 for families.  Here in America we believe that all people are created equally, unless of course you are a liberal, in which case you don’t believe that at all.  Case in point is the Unions opposition this plan, and apparently, all that money they paid the Obama campaign and other Democrats granted them protection from a tax that Obama thought was necessary for everyone who has these health care plans…except for Union Workers:

The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won’t be as lucky — they’ll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

The 40 percent excise tax on what have come to be called “Cadillac” health-care plans would exempt collective-bargaining contracts covering government employees and other union members until Jan. 1, 2018.

So it’s imperative to tax everyone who falls under his plan unless you gave money to his campaign and actively supported his campaign.  Everyday we see a little more hubris and hypocrisy from Obama.  He wants socialized health care, but he doesn’t want supporters of Democrats to pay for it.  Actually, as we have seen with Geithner and nearly all his appointees and nominees for posts, liberals simply cheat on their taxes anyway.  Besides, if Union members are treated as other Americans, have less disposable income, and get hosed by liberals, who will stuff money into liberal coffers and get dead people to the polls?

Union Push for Health Care All About Check Card

By Caomhin

Don’t forget about Card Check, though it’s been quiet in the media, with the unions essentially writing the legislation being introduced in Congress, they’re doing their best to keep this under the radar.  However, it is very easy to connect the dots here.  It’s not a secret that Obama has used the unions as his ground team both for his candidacy as well as to try and intimidate town hall protestors during the August recess.  I’ve had a few people ask me why Unions are pushing so hard for the health care deal when it’s pretty much common knowledge that Union workers typically have great benefits.  Why?  It’s not about health care to the Unions.  The Democrats and the Unions are using each other.

You know how badly the Unions want check card.  You also know that Unions are becoming increasingly irrelevant over time, that businesses now use benefits and superior working conditions to attract higher quality talent in order to give themselves an edge over the competition.  The problem for the Unions and their leaders, of course, is that dwindling numbers mean less union dues which results in lower funds and lower levels of influence.  Given the option of the secret ballot, results indicate that the majority of workers don’t want anything to do with a Union, but forcing them to vote out in the open, as history and logic have proven, allows for the opportunity to try to directly influence a vote by a number of means.  It taints the ballot, but it’s not fairness that the Unions are looking for here.  It’s getting that money and power back up.

The Union is anxious to get Check Card passed, but announced that the Obama Administration told them, no way, not until Obama gets his healthcare bill passed:

A top labor official said Monday that President Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel have indicated that they will not bring up “card check” legislation until after healthcare reform is done in Congress.

“The President/and Emanuel have both said they dont intend to bring Employee Free Choice Act up until Health Insurance Reform is done,” Trumka wrote on the blog. “Which gives us an additional reason to do Health Insurance Reform now!”

Of course it’s an additional reason for the Union to try and push for the Government run Health Care Option, because they’re not going to get what they want until Obama gets what he wants.  In fact, that’s probably exactly what was said at that meeting.  Obama, though, can’t go to the media right now and talk about Check Card, not with all the other issues unfolding, so he sends surrogates, to let the Unions know that the deal is still on:

We have pounded out an Employees Choice bill which will meet labor’s objectives,” Specter said. “I believe before the year is out, and I will join my colleague Sen. [Bob] Casey [Jr. (D-Pa.)] in predicting, that there will be passage of an Employees Free Choice Act which will be totally satisfactory to labor.”

Notice how Specter, world renown for being a self-serving career politician (whom I will from henceforth always refer to his political affiliation as Specter (Specter-PA) because he’s the only person he cares about) is determined to let the Unions know that the bill will be satisfactory to THEM and says nothing about the American people or their right to choose whether or not they choose to organize in the workplace?  Of course he doesn’t mention people’s decisions to decide for themselves, he only cares about whether the organizing wing of the Democratic Party is happy.  Don’t think it’s a mistake either that Obama did a fundraiser for Specter today either.  It’s not a coincidence at all.  Just another signal.  Up until Specter was chased out of the GOP by our future Senator, Pat Toomey, he opposed Check Card.  He switched the Dems, the PA GOP and may of his donors demanded he return the money donated to him, and suddenly he switches his vote in exchange for money so he can stay in Washington.  Standard operation procedure I suppose.

The Democrats need Ted Kennedy’s seat to be filled to prepare for their Nuclear Option of passing Healthcare through Reconciliation, which I believe they will do.  I truly believe that they are going to ram this down the American people’s throat even though the majority of Americans are opposed to the plan.  They need as many votes as they can get to make it look like it’s only a few who are withholding support (prediction, Obama will say these people were “scared of Change” or “worried about their political lives” when this happens) so they need to fill his seat stat.  Problem is Ted Kennedy himself strong encouraged the Massachusetts legislature to change the law allowing the governor of the state to appoint a Senate successor when Mitt Romney was the Governor just in case John Kerry won the Presidency in 2004, in order to prevent a Republican from gaining the seat.

Before Ted Kennedy died, he was very determined to have this law changed BACK to what is was before he went out of his way to try and commandeer the legislative process of the state government.  That process is still under way.  So guess who’s organizing to aid in the effort to fill that seat?  Why, it’s the SEIU:

Amidst national dialogue on healthcare reform, healthcare workers from 1199SEIU sent a letter today to all Massachusetts legislators to honor the request of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy to allow an interim appointment by the Governor to fill his seat in the U.S. Senate.