Obama’s attacks on Labor Unions

This is a particularly good article from the Politico pointing out that Obama’s hypocritical 527 bashing comes from groups who he not only sought support from but who he will gladly accept support from if he wins the nomination. But this article does a great job of noting the effect this is having on labor unions.

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign manager has spent the final days of the Iowa campaign railing against “big interests” that have poured a “flood of Washington money” into the state in “underhanded” efforts to support his rivals.

But more than three-quarters of that money has come from a pillar of the Democratic Party: labor unions.

And top union officials who support Obama’s rivals are in turn accusing the Illinois Democrat, who once sought their endorsements, of trying to damage labor’s political role.

“I’m taken aback that somebody like Obama would think that Oprah Winfrey has a greater right to participate in the political process than the 4 million people I represent,” Edward J. McElroy, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, which has spent $799,619 on New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s behalf, said, referring to the television host’s high-profile support for Obama. “It’s sour grapes. It sounds just like the charges the Republicans make.”

If Obama really cared about labor unions he would not be trying to diminish their political power. I never understood labor issues until this primary cycle started. Labor Unions are not just about unions, they represent the average working American. When labor unions elevate the rights of union members the rights of all workers increase. And given the stagnant wages, increasing health care costs, and the rapidly increase of corporations powers over workers its foolish for a democrat to advance the deterioration of labor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an anti business democrat, I just realize that businesses and workers need each to exist. And like any mixture there needs to be proportional equilibrium. You can’t have too much power on either side in order for the businesses can work.


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