December 10th, 2009at 10:33pm Posted by Eli

SEIU’s Eliseo Medina does a great job calling out the GOP’s hypocrisy on pretending that their hatred of undocumented immigrants is some kind of admirable, patriotic defense of American workers; bonus points for pointing out how the Entitlement Reform Party also suddenly morphed into the Save Medicare Party:

[Republicans will] even resort to feigning support for policies and programs that they’ve historically opposed — like Medicare — and then reverse course and file amendments to privatize it.

Given this track record, it should come as no surprise then that members of the anti-immigrant (and anti-worker) Immigration Reform Caucus are now trying to co-opt a “pro-worker agenda” in a ruthless effort to push their extremist mass deportation agenda and block the smart, practical immigration reform American workers need.

Thanks to a new report released today from America’s Voice Education Fund, a closer look at the voting records of these Members show them to be some of the most consistent opponents of legislation that would benefit American workers.

Despite the hype, the op-eds, and the continued pandering to a small minority of anti-immigrant voters, these leaders have no interest in supporting working families; no interest in raising standards or wages for working people who struggle everyday to provide for their families. In fact, these so-called champions of the American worker have taken every opportunity to make life harder for working families.

As the report shows, SEIU gives 95 percent of these phony reformers an “F” grade for their anti-worker voting records. Of the 87 Members of the House of Representatives who received an “A” grade from the extremist anti-immigrant group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in the 110th Congress:

· 94 percent voted against the Employee Free Choice Act
· 93 percent against Equal Pay for Women
· 83 percent against Extending Unemployment Compensation
· 68 percent against Increasing the Minimum Wage
· 82 percent against Providing Parental Leave for Federal Employees

(This is actually one of the very few instances where Republicans do not use “workers” and “jobs” as a synonym for “profits”, by the way.)

Some other things the Republicans have recently become fierce defenders of:

o Balanced budgets.
o The filibuster.
o The minority party’s right to participate in the legislative process.
o Transparency and accountability for the Fed.
o Constitutional freedoms (only for Americans, though).

I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but you get the general idea…

Entry Filed under: Healthcare,Immigration,Labor,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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