If I was in the process of ramping up to spend more than $500 million of money that I stole fair and square to reelect Barack Obama, I suppose I would be rather demanding. In fact, I’d probably feel just like Richard Trumka who, I’m sure, feels he bought this President, along with most of the Democrats in the House and Senate, so they had better by God support the unions who put them in office.
Trumka who is the union boss of the AFL-CIO, issued an angry and rather direct threat to Democratic politicians across the nation during a speech last week at the National Press Club, demanding that Democrats support the unions or face losing their support.
“We will spend the summer holding elected leaders in Congress as well as the states accountable on one measure: Are they improving or degrading life for working families? We are looking hard at how we work in the nation’s political arena,” Trumka said, according to prepared remarks. “We have listened hard, and what workers want is an independent labor movement that builds the power of working people – in the workplace and in political life.”
Trumka went even further than just saying he’ll hold elected leaders accountable. He said Democrats may be “controlling the wrecking ball” that’s crippling unions, too, and that he plans to stand up to either party.
“It doesn’t matter if candidates and parties are controlling the wrecking ball or simply standing aside – the outcome is the same either way,” Trumka said. “If leaders aren’t blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families’ interests, working people will not support them. This is where our focus will be – now, in 2012 and beyond.”
That Trumka and the unions are in any way disappointed with the support they get from the Obama administration is absurd. Never before in American history has an administration done so much and hurt so many in the name of backing unions.
Trumka and the unions are never happy and really must accept the fact that they have unrealistic expectations from elected officials. Barack Obama has done everything this side of declaring an end to capitalism in favor of a Workers of the World Unite Socialist Utopia for the unions. Check that, as recent actions by the administration have done just that.
Barack Obama has used various executive branch departments and federal agencies to advance union interests. Obama and his socialist comrades have ignored laws, broken others and violated the Constitution, all to benefit unions.
He has the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) attacking Boeing because those dirty robber barons had the nerve to build a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina. Who do they think they are, expanding their business and employing people like that? That’s right, South Carolina is a right to work state, therefore forced membership in a labor union just to get a job isn’t the law of the land, and the unions , the NLRB and Obama just can’t abide a factory staffed by honest, hard working Americans who need jobs if they aren’t union workers.
The NLRB is also on the attack in Arizona, South Dakota (and likely Utah) challenging valid elections which amended the state’s constitutions because said constitutional amendments limit collective bargaining for public employees. It doesn’t matter in the slightest to Obama that these states called and held valid, lawful elections to amend their respective state constitutions if the result of those amendments isn’t beneficial to the unions.
In the interest of benefitting unions, the Obama administration has trampled on the law, trampled on the constitution and are now trampling on the American electoral process. With unwavering union support, Barack Obama has become the biggest criminal in our history. Trumka and the unions should just be happy and put up their half billion dollars to buy Obama another election just like the last one.
Scott Schaefer is a former home builder in Dallas Texas who – after the crash of the housing market – has evolved into a small business web marketing developer and political columnist, writing for both Technorati and Intelligent US Politics. He lives and works in Frisco Texas with his wife Rhonda and two teenage sons.