by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny
The AFL-CIO, America's largest labor union has just announced it is "redeploying" union campaign funds away from President Obama's reelection campaign. Officially the reason given for this 'redeployment of funds' is, "to start investing our funds in our own infrastructure and advocacy."
The rationale makes sense from a union viewpoint, especially after the horrendous drubbing (read rejection) the union received in Wisconsin. After spending over 21 million dollars the union failed resoundingly in its effort to recall Wisconsin's Governor Walker.
President Obama, who some believe is firmly in the hip pocket of the "banksters", failed to spend time in Wisconsin "campaigning" for the Governors recall. Not that the outcome would have been any different if he had.
So, what does the AFL-CIO "redeployment" really mean. Reading between the lines... The union is going to 'invest' its members money in candidates that are more decidedly left than even President Obama. AFL-CIO leadership has essentially determined the way to strengthen union influence it to financially support candidates across the board that espouse the most leftist pro union agenda in the nation. It's really is as simple as that.
Admittedly the preceding is only conjuncture, an opinion born out of many years dealing with, and negotiating on behalf of the company's interest with the local unions. That is not to say the folks that belong to unions are not honest, trustworthy, ethical, and hard working people. Not at all. Most just want a decent wage, a reasonable health insurance and benefit package, and a feeling of being part of the company they support through their efforts to make a profit for themselves as well as the company they work for.
Most people really do, after all is said and done, realize that companies need to make a reasonable profit to make it worthwhile to stay in business.
In my experience most do not the support the radical agenda of their union leadership (bosses), often I hear "what the he*l does the union really do for me anyway? Except take my money and then stick it up my a**"
Most union members I have known over the years, and there have been many, realize that unions today are really a business, and like all businesses have an agenda. The agenda? To perpetuate themselves so the leadership, business agents, and all others employees of the union can prosper. Somebody is certainly making money off union pension plans.
Get prepared for more union militancy. Class warfare is likely to hit a fever pitch and attain new highs. Meanwhile the working stiff will continue to tread water and hope that someday, somebody finally gets in office that actually has a clue.