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Saturday, March 12, 2011
The Irony Of Labors Smackdown
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, labor had just secured their most potent ally ever. For years state legislators had been giving Utopian style wage and benefit packages to their unionized state employees through the collective bargaining system. Pay back for huge donations to democrat coffers. Obama loaded more goodies to his union buddies in the stimulus, and then in the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies he gave them an even greater piece of the pie at the expense of the secured bond holders. Labor was running high. The head of SEIU was the most frequent guest at the White House through Obama's first two years in office. Federal workers salaries and benefits were exploding exponentially, as Obama added over 200 thousand new hires his first two years. Budget deficits continued to explode in both the federal and state governments. All of this was a revelation to the American people who began to see the unholy alliance between private and public sector unions and the democrat party.
The midterm elections of 2010 was more than just a revolt over deficit spending and arrogance exposed through Obama Care, the stimulus, bailouts, cap and trade, and the financial reform bill. it was a backlash against a democrat party that a vast majority of Americans saw as highly partisan, prone to class warfare, and willing to do anything to protect their most potent sugar daddy....UNIONS. It was a perfect system. The more the democrat party could empower unions, the more unions would empower democrats with ungodly campaign cash and mobilization. They were both getting fat and sassy at the expense of the taxpayer, until voters decided it was time to reign the rascals in.
Much of the attention of the 2010 elections was focused at the federal level where the GOP took over control of the house with historic gains, and increased their numbers in the senate. But, the real transfer took place in the state houses and legislatures. Twenty two state legislative chambers switched control in 2010, all in favor of the GOP. They picked up 680 state legislative seats. In the huge wave election of 1994 they picked up 472, which pales in comparison. Most post election talk was focused on the new advantage in redistricting, but not many talked about the effect it would have on public employee unions. Republicans now hold 29 governorships to the democrats twenty with one independent.
The turmoil in Wisconsin shows that this was a pivotal battle that will be repeated in many other states that have elected GOP governors and state legislators. Wisconsin is a swing state and essential for Obama's reelection. Why else would he and his union boss friends like Richard Trumpka head of the AFL-CIO be so personally involved in what happened there? Trumpka has acknowledged that he visits the White House 2 or 3 times a week and talks to someone in the White House every day. We can all see where this presidents priorities lie. The mobilization of people from all over the country to Wisconsin shows this is a line in the sand state, and Governor Walker has taken his bold foot and rubbed that line out. Now we see where the left comes from, as death threats and intimidation spew forth from the union members and their allies. It's instructive to note that the media's response to these threats and the intimidating demonstrations was muted, while they slandered Tea Party rallies that were unusually civil.
Governor Walkers resolve to stand firm can do nothing but help his state as this new law should attract business back and increase employment, while giving local governments flexibility in deficit reduction which is essential for long term fiscal health. It will ironically save many of those union jobs that were set for elimination if this law hadn't passed. Now we will began to see the dominoes fall as state after state where republicans now have legislative control began to reign in union benefits and collective bargaining. The democrats fatal mistake was exposing themselves for whom they actually are, by openly rewarding allies and giving their back hand to the majority of tax paying voters. The irony of the democrats overreach in this unholy alliance with unions, has resulted in a mindset to dramatically reduce the influence and power of the very ones they hoped to protect. Check out my other blog.....Con-Men 4 Palin Link