Archive for February 25th, 2011

Start Walkin’

We’re waiting…

In the “flashback quote of the day” at Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, he highlights words from candidate Barack Obama, made in a 2007 speech (and referenced in Slate). That quote is as follows (spoken word differs slightly from the prepared text quoted by others, what follows is transcribed from the video):

And understand this: If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself, I will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America. Because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that quotes like this from President Fierce Advocate almost always mean the exact opposite.  Or maybe he’s just waiting until after Wisconsin’s public employees have their collective bargaining rights taken away.

Come to think of it, Obama promising to make some kind of symbolic gesture after the damage has already been done doesn’t really sound so far-fetched after all…

February 25th, 2011 at 11:29am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Labor,Obama,Politics,Wankers

Fungibility Fun

So David Waldman points out Scott Walker’s bizarre fungibility argument against public unions:

Public sector unions, Walker’s theory goes, must be smashed because they “lobby” the government to pay their members more, and then their members use their pay to kick in dues, which are used to “lobby” for even more money. That’s precisely the argument Republicans used against liberal-leaning interest groups in the 1990s. Almost verbatim. But what makes the theory so dangerous is that following its logic, every dollar a public sector employee is paid is and always remains “taxpayer money.” Just as in H.R. 3, where tax deductions granted to offsetting the cost of buying insurance coverage become “fungible” and therefore turn every dollar in your wallet forever into “taxpayer money,” so that Republicans can forbid you from using even money every normal American thought of as your own to pay for insurance plans that cover abortion.

Funny that the Republicans have absolutely no problem at all with the idea that the taxpayer money that the government forgoes in tax cuts to rich people and corporations is then used by those rich people and corporations to lobby the government for even more tax cuts.  A lot more successfully than any lobbying by public unions ever, I might add.

February 25th, 2011 at 06:56am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Labor,Politics,Republicans,Taxes,Wankers

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