Sunday wrap

Obama: Hearts union bigs, makes waste, Alinskyite, ACORN census fail, pains U.S., bad mover, hearts New Prog LatAm thugs, stands by Van.

Mismanagement: Labor Day corrupted by union thugs, Van set free, TIDES backed Van, workers fear SEIU-AFSCME, TK forever, Post-Constitutional Congress H8s limits.

International: Chávez fail, Hugo hearts Iran, New Progs crack down on free speech.

Celebrating forced-labor unionism? ... Mark Mix, the President of the National Right to Work, reminds people that Labor Day is for all Americans not just for labor bosses: Labor Day is a celebration of the efforts of America’s workers. However, the celebration is hollow for millions of American workers because of compulsory unionism. Throughout the United States, over 12 million workers labor under contracts that require them to be a member of, or financially support, a union as a condition of employment. Additionally, millions of more workers are required by law to accept union bosses’ so-called “representation,” thereby losing the right to negotiate their own employment terms. Big Labor thrives on this system of government-granted special privileges based on coercion. Compulsory unionism makes union bosses more unaccountable to rank-and-file workers, as their financial support is absolutely mandatory. This arrangement breeds union boss corruption, extravagance, and abuse. Despite the “feel-good” rhetoric about standing up for workers’ rights, union bosses commonly target independent-minded workers who stand up to them and exercise their individual rights. Such retaliation often takes the form of harassment, firings, and even violence. (nrtwc.org)

Union thugs are bad for workers ... The labor movement has a real public-relations problem, one of their own making, and Gallup quantified it yesterday in a new poll. Support for unions has dropped below a majority for the first time in the 70 years that Gallup has tracked the question. Most of the decline has taken place in the last year, and independents have been the key. (hotair.com)

Hopeless union thugs resist change ... If you ask an average union member what is the most important issue facing labor these days, you will probably get the same answer as the average homemaker, white-collar worker or retiree: health care. Not that labor groups have given up on making it easier to organize and add union members; far from it. The Employee Free Choice Act, while stalled in Congress over the controversial "card-check'' provision, still has the overall support of the president and Democratic leadership. Nor are unions backing away from battles to keep employers from taking jobs overseas or keeping wages in step with worker productivity. It is simply that union members are like everyone else, trying to provide for their families. If that has to be spelled out, it is only because labor has too often been portrayed as a movement that runs counter to everything that this nation stands for. (tennessean.com)

Hasty Obama makes waste ... In fact the more the bill is scrutinized, the more that major flaws emerge, and the more resistance Obama encounters, even from some of his own constituents. This makes all the insistence to muscle it through Congress as quickly as possible all the more suspicious. Especially when reports continue to surface that real crises are being visited upon other countries that have for some time operated under one form of socialized medicine or another, bearing some rather sobering accounts of their own experiences which are nothing short of horrific. Now Obama and his administration find themselves once again in a race against time, just as they did when they rushed the previous, gargantuan stimulus bills through Congress that, if anything, have yielded some rather disappointing results. And he is calling upon the same crisis solving strategists, whose methods of choice are to spread fear and create a false sense of urgency. Ergo the foreboding -mostly manufactured - specter of a looming crisis over this country's current - and by no means perfect - Health Care System, that simply does not warrant such haste from the President. (americanthinker.com)

Who was Saul Alinsky? ... Saul David Alinsky was born on January 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. He died on June 12, 1972 in Carmel, California. A Communist , Alinsky is considered by many to be the founder of modern community organizing in America. The Alinsky doctrine, as spelled out in Rules for Radicals, was adopted by a significant number of American college students in the late 1960s and formed many of their strategies for organizing on campuses and in communities. Some of the most influential members of the left-wing and the environmental movement are also disciples of Alinsky. (examiner.com)

Bonus links:
Summary of Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals'
• More Saul Alinsky stories: here
'Rules for Radicals' at amazon.com

Obama's ACORN-NewProg Census ... Augusta's mayor says to answer all 10 of President Obama's Census questions, even though the Constitution only allows the census to ask one question, i.e., how many people live in this house? Obama's Census will be a major invasion of privacy and 90 percent illegal, according to the Constitution. Will you cede your info to an illegal government scam? A Census official then says the questionnaire is "safe, confidential and you don't have to fear any reprisals." That's a threat -- the implication being that if you don't toe their line, you do have to "fear reprisals." And any reprisal is, of course, unconstitutional. (chronicle.augusta.com)

Please - Stop the Pain! ... There is a serious requirement for a quantitative rating system to accurately determine the precise amount of anguish and suffering being exacted on American citizens by each action and policy of the Obama administration. At this point in time, the preponderance of this pain is being felt by conservative-leaning citizens, since most of those on the left are still numb with the debilitating disease, "Obama Messiah Syndrome". This is thankfully beginning to dissipate, as indicated by recent polls, and pain levels on the left will soon approach the rest of the country. In my selfless attempt to fulfill this urgent need, I have used the model of the "Schmidt Sting Pain Index". (americanthinker.com)

Still waiting for Obama's first good move ... Let me remind Mr. Mundy that we are still fighting two wars, the economy is still in the tank, banks are still failing, and the only reason the “Big Three” automakers are still in existence is because of the unconstitutional socialistic intervention of the federal government. And as to his mocking the tea party, calling it a “circus,” these are Americans who are completely fed up with this elitist government, both Democrats and Republicans. As far as the Democrats doing everything they can to get America back on track, I’ll have to agree ... except that they are doing everything wrong. (lasvegassun.com)

Barack & Hillary heart leftwing LatAm thugs ... GREG GRANDIN: Well, what’s at stake with this is that it would, aside from what you mentioned, that it would automatically trigger certain cutoffs, financial cutoffs, it also would have to be certified by Congress. And that’s a fight that I think Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton don’t want, because the Republicans, led by Connie Mack and other foreign policy conservatives, regime change conservatives, Republicans, have seized on this issue to basically try to link Obama with Hugo Chávez and the Latin American left. And they certainly don’t want to kick it into Congress, where it’ll be debated, because to call it a coup would have to be certified by Congress. (democracynow.org)

Standing by Van Jones ... The Bay Area's Van Jones -- the Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- just finished apologizing for calling Republicans "a-holes" when he got something else to start explaining: How his signature got on a 2004 petition asking for an immediate "inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the September 11th attacks to occur." Van said he didn't carefully review the petition before signing it "certainly does not reflect my views now or ever." Bad sign: When asked if Jones still enjoys the confidence of the President Friday, White House flak Robert Gibbs said "he continues to work in this administration." Ouch. (sfgate.com)

Van Jones: I am not going away ... I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today. On the eve of historic fights for health care and clean energy, opponents of reform have mounted a vicious smear campaign against me. They are using lies and distortions to distract and divide. I have been inundated with calls - from across the political spectrum - urging me to “stay and fight.” But I came here to fight for others, not for myself. I cannot in good conscience ask my colleagues to expend precious time and energy defending or explaining my past. We need all hands on deck, fighting for the future. It has been a great honor to serve my country and my President in this capacity. I thank everyone who has offered support and encouragement. I am proud to have been able to make a contribution to the clean energy future. I will continue to do so, in the months and years ahead. (washingtonexaminer.com)

Corrupt Left Coast charity backed Jones, ACORN ... According to philanthropy databases, Green for All, another Jones creation that is part of a cynical Obama administration effort to use 9/11 for political purposes, has received charitable contributions from the Kendada Fund ($1 million in 2008). A major donor to the Ella Baker Center is TIDES Foundation ($891,168 since 2000). Meanwhile, more America-hating radicals are speaking out in support of Van Jones. Useful idiot Josh Nelson announces that a website called StandWithVan.com has been created. (spectator.org)

Fear of forced-tribute grips labor-state homecare givers ... As a result of an executive order signed by Gov. Pat Quinn in June that allows collective bargaining by "individual providers of home-based support services," unions are now trying to sign them up in an unusual effort to boost membership. The move has left some care providers angry and confused. Many are mothers, fathers or close relatives who are caring for loved ones, advocates say. "Are you saying I can go on strike and not wipe my son's rear end?" Keith said, questioning if union membership would pit her interests against her son's. Soon, she and others expect to receive ballots by mail that ask them to join the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) or the Service Employees International Union(SEIU). Or they may vote against representation. An election date has not been scheduled, but union officials say they have met the requirement for a minimum level of interest and are awaiting state approval. Caregivers who vote against joining a union or don't vote at all would get to choose whether to become members if SEIU or AFSCME receives the most votes, but even if they decline to join, they will have to pay "fair share" dues, according to union representatives. (chicagotribune.com)

Teddy's costly career remembered ... Indeed, we all despise him for killing Mary Jo Kopechne. (Though some might shrug that after all, she’d worked to put Teddy’s totalitarian brother Robert in power over us. Besides, who accepts a ride from a notorious drunk?) Compounding his manslaughter is the get-out-of-jail-free card his name and political status granted him. Then there’s his communism and the media’s collusion: mainstream reporters almost always pretend that compassion for the poor, rather than a lust for power, motivated his Marxism. Meanwhile, enough of the twaddle that Kennedy “served” Americans for 47 years. Instead, we served him — lavishly. I’ll leave it to the mathematicians to figure out precisely how many of our taxes his stint as senator squandered, but a simple calculation of 47 years at the current congressional take of $174,000 per annum yields $8,178,000 — let alone staff and entourage, travel, luxurious offices, a pension for his widow, and innumerable other goodies. (thenewamerican.com)

Career politicians plague Congress ... In spite of our current economic and worldly problems, it is highly unlikely that many of our elected officials will do much soul-searching or do anything significant to help stamp out corruption. Those who have been in office for several years are pretty well entrenched and don't have much fear of not being re-elected. It would help greatly if the electorate would force Congress to agree to term limits so that we would not have any more career politicians, feathering their nest instead of doing what is best for our country. (battlecreekenquirer.com)

International Collectivism

We don't need no stinkin' Hugo Chávez ... Thousands of people have protested against Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president, in countries across Latin America. Organisers said they were opposed to Chávez's alleged authoritarianism and his interference in nations in the region. About 5,000 people gathered in Bogota, the Colombian capital, while others marched in the capitals of Honduras and Venezuela. There were smaller demonstrations in other Latin American capitals, and in New York and Miami in the US, and Madrid in Spain. Roberto Micheletti, the Honduran president who took power after Chávez's ally Manuel Zelaya was ousted in June, led protests in his country. "Any politician who tries to stay in power by hitching up with a dictator like Hugo Chávez, he won't achieve it," Micheletti said. (english.aljazeera.net)

Chávez hearts Iran ... Leftist leader Hugo Chávez called Iran a "a true strategic ally, a staunch ally" to his country Venezuela and defended Iran’s a nuclear program.Chávez made the remarks while on a visit to the Islamic regime on Friday. During the same visit Chávez also supported Ahmadinejad’s iron fist policy of crushing protests against his government following what many believe were fraudulent elections. Chávez claimed protestors were really front for "Western forces" attempting to “destabilize” the regime. (israelnationalnews.com)

New Prog speech police crackdown ... Venezuela's telecommunications chief has announced a new investigation into a television station opposed to Hugo Chávez's government, saying 29 broadcasters will soon face closure. Diosdado Cabello said the investigation into Globovision - the sixth in eight months - was due to the channel allegedly broadcasting a ticker strip of text messages from viewers calling for a coup against the Venezuelan president. (english.aljazeera.net)

Progressive LatAm thug enraged ... Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa says he will seek to have a television network suspended for airing a taped conversation between him and a legislator. Correa previously threatened to shut Teleamazonas down entirely, but his government backed off earlier this week. The president said Saturday that the law allows only a 90-day suspension for what was determined to be an "administrative error," not a permanent closure. Said Correa: "Fine, we'll ask for the 90 days." (google.com)
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