Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Wolves in Sheep's Clothing Are Back: America's Unions

Listen to the nice sounding ring of this new bill working its way through Congress: "Employee Free Choice Act."

Isn't that cute. It sounds so democratic, so worker-friendly.

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[Thanks to Professor John Vernon Lord and reginacoeli.org for the image.]

You can always tell there's something amiss when a law, a bill, or a proposition has a name like "We Want To Help The Little Guy."

Why is it that when the underhanded politicians want to pass out money to their partners in crime, they sugarcoat the law proposal with a name that implies the diametric opposite of what it really is? They should have called it the "Screw The Employees Act."

Matt Kibbe has written an article over at Townhall.com pointing out the hypocrisy of this Ted Kennedy-sponsored legislation.

WATCH OUT, little sheep, the Big Bad Labor Union Wolves are staging a comeback. How did they manage to rise back up to this position of power? Look at this:

"According to the Department of Labor, union members paid $7 billion in mandatory dues in the past year. Those dues go to union salaries, strike funds, and political donations. The same Department of Labor report paints a decidedly partisan trend in union support. Of the $8,500,000 spent by the American Federation of State and County Employees, 99 percent went to Democrats, and in a similar fashion, 99 percent of the $7,200,000 given by the UAW went to Democrats as well. According to its campaign reports, the AFL-CIO has spent $8,200,000 to support Democrat leaning 527 groups. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Steelworks also gave 95 percent of all political contributions to Democrats."

Even though union membership has slipped to 7.8 percent, somehow these guys manage to obtain millions of dollars and contribute them to political campaigns to buy influence.

This "Card Check" stuff (see his article) is just another effort to take away the employees' right to vote with a secret ballot. I don't have to explain why the union leaders want to take that away, do I? Okay, I will anyway. Obviously, they need this Card Check clause to twist some arms and eat some leg of lamb.

Kibbe sums it up nicely:

"Power corrupts, and nothing corrupts more than powerful special interests allied with big government."

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that when the underhanded politicians want to pass out money to their partners in crime, they sugarcoat the law proposal with a name that implies the diametric opposite of what it really is?

Like "Right to Work?"

8:59 PM  

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