Labor unions have been the most steadfast supporters of the Democratic Party that there are.
As a reward for their steadfast support, labor unions have watched the dems throw them under the bus, over and over again. Whether the dems have large Congressional majorities or not, the agenda is written and directed by the Rushpubliscum Party. As a result of this, in a time where only decisive domestic spending is going to revive the economy, the dems are allowing us to slide into yet another morass. And nobody on the dem side ever even tries to stand up and tell the American people that the megacorporations are a hell of a lot more leveraged than the Federal Government is. No, the dems stay silent, while the Rushpubliscums continue to dismantle what was once a great nation. In 2008, people thought they were electing a traditional kind of Democrat, and woke up to find out that they’d voted someone in who is to the right of Richard Nixon. This is intolerable. So it should come as no surprise that, at long last, national labor unions have begun to look elsewhere for political support.
It’s something we all need to do. The current crop of Federal dems are too tied into the Plutocracy to ever do anything to battle it. I hope that this is the beginning of so0mething better for the 98% of us who aren’t on the gravy train.
Some of the nation’s largest labor unions are cutting back dramatically on their financial support to the Democratic Party, saying they are highly frustrated with the failure of Democrats to put up stronger resistance to Republican proposals opposed by labor.
The unions have cited what they see as Democrats’ tepid response to Republican efforts to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public sector workers, cut Medicare funding and require voters to show identification at the polls.
“It doesn’t matter if candidates and parties are controlling the wrecking ball or simply standing aside,” said Richard Trumka, president of theAFL-CIO, in a speech Friday. “The outcome is the same either way. If leaders aren’t blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families’ interests, working people will not support them.”
The determination of the unions, who have traditionally been among the largest campaign donors, to use money as a carrot and stick over policy matters could ultimately play a significant role in next year’s elections, seriously harming some Democrats’ chances of election.
“We never take anyone’s support for granted,” said Democratic Party spokesman Hari Sevugan. “And we are confident that when working men and women face a choice between a party . . . that wants to end the right to collectively bargain versus one that secured universal health care, expanded middle-class tax cuts and saved the American auto industry, we’ll be working with organized labor to again elect Democrats up and down the ballot next fall.”
Unions are simultaneously shifting their money and attention to focus more on political races at the state level, where several legislatures have targeted bargaining rights for state employees.
There it is again… the stupid “tax cut” meme. A tax cut has never meant a damned thing to someone who has no job, nor does the pittance mean much to those of us who then see localities have to raise taxes in order to make up for the lost Federal revenue. Taxes aren’t my largest problem by a long shot; shit medical insurance and skyrocketing food prices are my major worries. My Federal income taxes could be cut to zero, and I’ll be in the exact same boat I’m in right now in a year or two.
Trumka is quite right to start concentrating below Washington, which has no hope of changing as long as people like “Junket John” Boehner, “Token” Cantor, “Nanny” Pelosi, and Steny Whoryer continue to occupy leadership positions. Not to mention the Big O, who STILL can’t find those comfortable shoes that he was gonna wear while he stood with the union workers in the picket line.
It’s kinda funny. Back in the Clinton era, when my taxes were supposedly higher than they are now, I lived noticeably better than I do now, after all this “tax cut” generosity. I’m thinking maybe those people in Washington might just be missing the picture here. Ya reckon taxes AREN’T the biggest issue we face?
It’s not like they’d know anything about that, though. They’re all in the top 2%, so THEY are really digging those tax cuts.