The SEIU’s Andy Stern may still get his weekly tete-a-tete with the President’s staff, and the industry he represents may share something in common with the President besides a radical agenda. A new poll by Pew Research shows that the labor movement’s popularity among Americans has plummeted over the last three years. In January 2007, unions had a favorability gap of 27 points with a solid majority (58%) approving of them. Today, that advantage has entirely dissipated.
Another ominous note is the performance among seniors. These voters remember the heyday of unions, when they existed to actually protect workers from abuses. Three years ago, seniors overwhelmingly approved of unions, 60/28. Today, they overwhelmingly disapprove, 29/51. The 31-point drop in approval is the worst among the demographics, and it represents a staggering 54-point reversal in the gap.
None of this should be terribly surprising. As mentioned earlier, the unions have enjoyed remarkable access to Congress and the White House, and has been intimately involved in the Democratic agenda. Not only have they twisted arms in remarkably public fashion to get themselves tax breaks in the ObamaCare bill, they’ve campaigned for the last couple of years to eliminate the secret ballot and allow for similar arm-twisting in workplaces across America to force workers to pay union dues. They have become much more about themselves and the Democratic Party than about the workers, which is why the only people supporting them are Democrats — and even they have begun to have second thoughts.
Something very good already has happened as a result of President Obama's strange entry into the health-care sweepstakes. Think of it as the death of a myth.
The myth was that Obama was an innocent bystander caught between evil forces. As supporters describe it, the president was trapped on one side by tone-deaf Democrats and on the other by obstructionist Republicans.
By leaving his fingerprints, his DNA and proudly claiming ownership of yet another massive health-care plan, Obama has removed any doubts about where he stands. He can no longer hide behind the illusion he was an honest broker looking for the kind of common-sense fixes the country wants.
This, of course, is not a revelation to millions of Americans, especially independent voters who never took to Obama or who abandoned him. Former supporters -- I raise my hand -- have concluded he misrepresented himself as a centrist who would unite the broad middle of the nation.
Yet polls showing Obama remains more popular than his policies reflect a lingering faith among many he will prove to be the man he promised he was during the campaign.
It's not gonna happen. He is who he is.
A bombshell has just exploded in the 2010 elections.
For the second time in five months, the Obama White House is being accused -- by Democrats -- of offering high ranking government jobs in return for political favors. What no one is reporting is that this is a violation of federal law that can lead to prison time, a fine or both, according to Title 18, Chapter 11, Section 211 of the United States Code.
The jobs in question? Secretary of the Navy and a position within the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The favor requested in return? Withdrawal from Senate challenges to two sitting United States Senators, both Democrats supported by President Obama. The Senators are Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Michael Bennet in Colorado.
They were not going to get any help from the judicial system either. ACORN filed its case in April 2008. In another stroke of “good luck” for ACORN, the case conveniently landed in the lap of Judge Laughrey. A concerted attempt was made to drop ACORN from the case for lack of standing, as argued by former Ohio SoS J. Kenneth Blackwell, but Judge Laughrey dismissed those efforts. An attempt to join the SoS was also rebuffed by the court. After months of draining litigation, suspecting that the SoS was working against them, and faced with a court unwilling to throw out bogus claims, DSS and the LEA’s settled in 2009.
As a result of that settlement, ACORN and its allies were granted attorney’s fees of $450,000. In response to claims that ACORN stole $450,000 from the state of Missouri, ACORN and its defenders make the claim that the money only went to lawyers, not directly into the coffers of the organization. This may be accurate (although money paid to Project Vote always seemed to find its way back into the hands of ACORN’s national headquarters), but it doesn’t make it any better.
These same lawyers now have direct resources to pursue other cases without relying on donations from the Democracy Alliance or the Tides Foundation. They also have a track record for other lawyers to consider when joining suits in other states. They attempt to deflect blame from ACORN, but the money will be used for the same purpose – furthering the progressive attack on our electoral process.
As a parent of a student in CUSD, who has attended most of the CUSD Board Meetings and Budget Workshops over the past two years, I felt compelled to write this letter. Not every parent has time to attend meetings and workshops. Those of us who do need to start sharing our knowledge with other parents to truly reflect what we as parents feel “is in the best interest of our children.”(from cusdrecall.com)
I was really angry, and disgusted, to see teachers at my child’s school standing outside the campus Friday morning … wearing black … handing out flyers. The flyers were asking parents to contact Ellen Addonizio, the President of the Capistrano School Board, and tell her to start working with teachers during contract negotiations in a "reasonable and responsible way.".
What happened Friday was a staged event by the CUEA (Capistrano Unified Education Association) -- the teachers union.
The CUEA is the professional association (teachers’ union) for the non-supervisory certificated employees in the Capistrano Unified School District. The flyer that was being passed out by teachers can be viewed at the CUEA web site: http://cuea.org/index2.shtml
In the top right hand corner you will see a box that says "School Board Not the Best" Get a flyer to pass out here.
I do not appreciate the CUEA bringing their politics onto my child’s campus. Putting children in the position of having to worry about whether or not their teacher will have a job next year is not beneficial to children, especially when many parents have already lost their own jobs. It is very insensitive to the many families that are suffering during these economically difficult times.