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It’s All About The (Union) Money

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/06/08

Since Governor Walker won election in the TEAnami of 2010 and proceeded to follow through with his campaign promises, Unions have spent 50 million or more fighting against the democratic election. And for good reason: the money. Unions saw their cash cow — forced Union dues to fund their politicking and to line their pockets — vanishing before their very eyes, and they had to do something to stop it. So they spent millions of dollars they couldn’t afford to lose in order to try to prevent losing even millions more dollars. They failed, of course.

From The Wall Street Journal (via American Thinker‘s May 31 article):

Wisconsin membership in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees-the state’s second-largest public-sector union after the National Education Association, which represents teachers-fell to 28,745 in February from 62,818 in March 2011, according to a person who has viewed Afscme’s figures. A spokesman for Afscme declined to comment.

Much of that decline came from Afscme Council 24, which represents Wisconsin state workers, whose membership plunged by two-thirds to 7,100 from 22,300 last year.

AFSCME Wisconsin lost more than 54 percent of its members in only one year since the Wisconsin Law went into effect. And those numbers are several months old. Guaranteed AFSCME Wisconsin has lost even more members since February. But to the Union Leaders, it’s not about the number of members (34,073 from March 2011 to February 2012) it loses, but the amount of dollars it loses.

I was a forced Union member for far too many years. My Union dues — which I did not want to pay but were required by Law to be taken out of my paycheck before I ever saw it — amounted to 60 dollars a month, 720 dollars a year. And that was actually on the bottom end of the dues rate for that Local (which served more than that one shop, of course). Washington State AFSCME members can be forced to pay as much as 76 dollars a month, 912 dollars a year. So, using what I paid in dues as the marker, AFSCME Wisconsin in just one year of dues-payer losses lost 24,532,560 dollars per year in Union dues. 24 and a half million dollars a year gone from the Union Leaders’ slush funds, and gone from the Democrat Party’s re-election funds. And that’s just from a single Union in a single State. That doesn’t count all the other Unions who lost members in Wisconsin, nor all the other states where Unions have recently lost large numbers of members. It only counts AFSCME and only in Wisconsin.

That is why the Unions spent upwards of 50 million dollars trying to overturn democratic elections.

(The above chart is of the all-time top political contributors nationally, as documented by Open Secrets. The top four circled political contributors are all Public Employee Unions and the bottom circled political contributor contains Public Employee Unions. Before any radical Leftist start screaming about the Koch Brothers not being on the list, they are … at number 77.)

UPDATE 2012610
Hot Air has more very related information today. It would be wise to read it (and watch the two videos).

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Obama’s Political Games Backfiring UPDATE!

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/05/13

Obama tried to play a political game with his Federal Budget proposal, which was not meant to pass but only to paint Republicans in a bad light. It went down to defeat in the Democrat-held US Senate 97-0. Obama’s naked political ploy fizzled badly. So, not learning from shooting himself in the foot, he tried the exact same thing the next year. It went down to defeat in the US House over 400-0. In neither case did a single Congresscritter, Republican or Democrat, vote for it. Ignominious defeat for the cynically hyper-partisan Obama who was looking or easy political talking points. It’s hard to call Republicans obstructionists when even the Democrats vote against your crap sandwiches.

Then came the whole “stay at home mothers don’t do any real work” back-fire fiasco. And his Administration’s direct frontal attack on Catholics, who are a major Democrat voting bloc. Again, Obama’s corrupt Leftist machine had failed to realize the US is not, at all, a radical Leftist political environment but rather a center-right one. Will Obama and his handlers ever learn? Apparently not.

With a clear majority of States in the Union voting for Traditional Marriage, including California, Obama has come out in favor of homosexual “marriage”. And it’s already backfiring. Jeff Poor at The Daily Caller (HT Hot Air Headlines) writes about Socialist thug and Union Boss Richard Trumka’s reaction and warning:

On Friday’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” on Bloomberg TV, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka acknowledged that President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he personally supports same-sex marriages could hurt his popularity this fall among labor leaders and union members.

Professor Jacobson reports on Indiana’s Democrat candidate for US Senate running away from Obama as fast as he can:

If you want a sense of how Obama’s cynical, money-driven gay marriage evolution ploy will play in key states Obama won in 2008, look not only at North Carolina’s vote Tuesday, but also at how fast Joe Donnelly is running away from Obama on the issue[.]

In order for Obama to try to drive a wedge issue in the election cycle, dividing the people instead of uniting them, and in order to get money his campaign desperately needs, Obama is running people off, people Obama needs to vote for him (and for down-ticket races). As Trumka said, Obama will lose some of the blue-collar Union vote because of this. Obama is also in danger of losing a couple points of the black vote, a couple points of the Hispanic vote, and more than a couple points of the Catholic vote. But he made Hollywierd happy enough to open their purses at a 40-grand-a-plate dinner (can anyone say “one percenters”?) immediately after his flip-flop-flip announcement.

Joe Manchin, the Democrat Senator from WV, has already declared that he doesn’t know if he’ll be voting for the Democrat Obama in November or not. Many Democrats are in danger of losing their jobs (and many already have) due to the whole ObamaCare fiasco, so they are busily trying to avoid getting tied to that.

Obama’s driving wedges into the population, alright. And he’s hurting people’s election bids with his purposefully hyper-partisan antics. But what he and all his radical Leftist handlers don’t understand is he’s hurting Democrat election chances and improving Republican election chances.

Keep talking, Baraka, keep talking. The more you talk, the more potential votes you lose.

UPDATE: Remember I said Obama’s most recent homosexual “marriage” gambit will cost him a couple points among the black community? Well, it’s already happening! As RS McCain reports:

Our ‘First Gay President’ Now Losing Support From Black Christian Pastors

Ouch, that’s going to leave a mark“:

A Texas pastor who once led the Southern Baptist Convention in introducing a resolution that recognized Obama’s historic achievement has voiced his displeasure with the president’s support and approval of gays, reports the Associated Baptist Press.

Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, wrote in a blog on May 9 that Obama’s statement is worthy of incurring wrath of biblical proportions. . . . “President Obama has betrayed the Bible and the Black Church with his endorsement of same-sex marriage. The Bible is crystal clear on this subject. . . . The moral impact of this day and decision is equal to the military impact of al-Queda when they attacked the Twin Towers on 911.

(Hat-tips: News One and Fox Nation.) This is something I think most secularists don’t understand about us “bitter Bible-clingers.” We are People Of The Word, servants redeemed by unmerited grace who therefore owe as a sacred obligation the duty to defend the Word.

RS McCain has it right. Christians (true Christians, not the Leftist false version of Christians) absolutely defend the Word of the Almighty Creator. And black Church-goers most definitely pay attention to their pastors, oftentimes moreso than do white Church-goers. And this is something Barack Obama does not understand, among a great many things Barack Obama does not understand. He doesn’t understand American culture and tradition and religious value, but what he does vaguely understand, that he detests virulently.

Obama has, for many years, acted in a very hyper-partisan manner in the hopes of benefiting himself politically, driving wedges into American society in the hopes of dividing American society so that he can conquer American society. And he is failing miserably because he is constantly misjudging — out of arrogant ignorance — the value structure of We the People. As I have shown above, Obama’s multiple hyper-partisan “divide the public” wedge issues for political gain have been badly mis-aimed. Each wedge issue he throws out cuts out some of the support he previously had, and harms Democrats further down the ticket. “The greatest, wisest President since sliced bread” continues to prove his arrogant ignorance and his narcissistic delusions of grandeur, to not only his own detriment but to the detriment of Democrats as a whole.

UPDATE: Ed Morrissey weighs in with news out of Maryland that black Pastors are blasting Obama for Obama’s violation of Providence’s Holy Word, and declaring they will no longer support Obama. Obama’s decision-making skills and divide-and-conquer tactics are proving to be disastrous to himself and to Democrats up and down the ticket.

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TEA Party Leader Calls For Crowd To Take The Unions Out UPDATE: “Resign”

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/09/05

And President Bush said he was proud of the TEA Party leader.

Oops, I got the story wrong.

James Hoffa, the Teamster leader told a Labor rally in Michigan “We need to take these tea party sons of bitches out” and President Obama just chilled, then praised James Hoffa. That’s Democrat civility for you, right there. Telling a crowd to “take out” political opponents, Teamster style.

There’s a reason why Teamsters is synonymous to Organized Crime. And it’s not the average Teamster union worker. It’s the Teamsters leadership. It’s the Hoffa clan. There are who knows how many Teamsters who don’t even want to be teamsters. I know. I was forced to be a Teamster twice, just to keep my job. If it weren’t for feeding my family, I would never have signed the piece of paper allowing the Teamsters to steal money from my paycheck.

But when the Teamster leader, who makes 300k off of union dues the lowly workers pay, stands in front of a crowd and uses extraordinarily violent and hate-filled rhetoric and the President — who demanded civility out of his opponents — is thankful to him? And the Left wonders why we Conservatives don’t climb into bed with them and help destroy this country. Sorry, Liberals. There is a large grass-roots mass of people who refuse to show signs of battered wife syndrome, to your utter shock and dismay.

But it didn’t just stop with crime boss and Teamster leader James Hoffa and his Obama stooge. No, Joe Biden chimed in as well, at an AFL-CIO rally. “You are the only folks keeping the barbarians from the gates.”

UPDATE:
A Rockford, Illinois TEA Party leader calls for James Hoffa to resign. From the Daily Caller via Hot Air Headlines:

After Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa, Jr. called for a “war” against Republicans and tea partiers on Monday, one tea party group is calling for the union leader to resign.

“Calls to violence can never be acceptable in this civil society,” the Rockford, Illinois tea party group said in a statement. “Hoffa’s remarks were made in an introduction to Obama speaking to Auto Workers and Unions in Detroit and this sort of angry, hateful, call to violence should be repudiated by the President with a call from the President to ask Hoffa to resign his very public position of influence.”

The Rockford tea party called Hoffa’s comments “incendiary and dangerous.”

“If even one member of the Tea Party is harmed by anyone after Hoffa’s call to violence, then Hoffa should be held accountable by the Justice System and Charged appropriately,” the group said.

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