Some are shocked - just shocked! - that the Messiah Most Miserable is slamming Wisconsin governor Scott Walker as the latter stands up to union thugs. While I certainly believe Obama's actions to be despicable, I am not surprised in the least. I thank Breitbart TV for jogging my memory, but Obama, during his presidential campaign (which he never really quit) is simply keeping a promise to his union backers - to "paint the nation purple with SEIU". Listen to it yourselves. Click here if you can't see embedded video.
USA Today quoted Obama as saying, “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally; seems like more of an assault more on unions. And I think it’s very important for us to understand that public employees, they are our neighbors, they are our friends.” What the Messiah Most Miserable declines to mention is that these "public employees" draw their salaries and benefits directly from the taxpaying citizens, who themselves are overburdened in these difficult times. These taxpayers simply have nothing more to give without impoverishing themselves and their own families. However, the union hacks don't seem to care. Are not those taxpayers our friends and neighbors, too?
My colleague at Les Femmes commented on this debacle. In so doing, she links to an article written by a mother who had to deal with striking teachers. Please read it here, and as you do so, please pay special note to the last paragraph. These "angry taxpayers" are angry because these union workers are cavalierly asking the citizens to bear yet another crushing load on their already-overburdened backs. They simply cannot meet unreasonable demands.
I now focus on another, more insidious aspect to all this, and it hearkens back to the video of Obama pandering to union hacks and "community organizers". Currently, Wisconsin educators are compelled to belong to the Wisconsin Education Association Council. There are negotiations underway. According to this Washington Times article, union leaders are focused not so much on pensions and health care for its members, but ensuring that bargaining and forced union dues are kept as they are. They are completely dismissive of the rights of those teachers who choose not to belong to the WEAC and pay its dues - a portion of which are earmarked for Democrat candidates for office. That is what Obama means by "painting the nation purple"! He wants simply to ensure that money continues to flow into Democrat coffers and to please his money sources.
To end this post on a pathetic note, read the pathetic statement put out by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on February 16th. The timing of this thing makes plain that this is a reaction to the debacle of teachers striking and Democrat legislators fleeing like cochroaches. It yammers on and on about the rights of workers to unionize, but absolutely nothing about the rights of workers who choose not to sell their souls and pay exhorbitant funds to causes abhorrent to them. In times past, I would have said that a document such as this betrays gross naivte about economic realities. However, I've come to learn that they aren't necessarily lovable doofs. I see here a not-too-subtle attempt to chide the Wisconsin governor. Just how much governmental money does that archdiocese receive????