Obama’s Pleas for Civility Don’t Apply to Union Leaders

Michael Barone, one of America’s premier political analysts, unleashed a corker this week looking over how sold out to unions our president as been. It is something that union watchers such as myself have been saying since day one.

It’s bad enough that Obama has been so bought and paid for by union bosses, but his hypocritical calls for “civility’ while he encourages unions, some of the most uncivil voices in politics, to continue their bellowing their rage and hatred is hypocrisy unmatched in any White House.

Barome says that Obama acts less like a president of the United States and more like a “shop steward in chief” as he panders to unions at every opportunity. He doesn’t just pander, either.

“Fully one-third of the $820 billion stimulus package passed almost entirely with Democratic votes in 2009 was aid to state and local governments,” Barone reports.

Barone also notes that one of the reasons that there weren’t too many “shovel ready jobs” for Obama’s first giant, union soaked stimulus was because he put in a rule that all construction jobs had to pay “prevailing wages.”

It also means that Labor Department bureaucrats must calculate “prevailing wage” rates for as many as 3,141 counties. That takes time, and it’s one reason there were not nearly so many shovel-ready projects as presidential rhetoric led some, including the president, to think.

So, why all this attention to unions by this president?

It’s simple, really.

But unions do have one positive characteristic from Obama’s point of view: They funnel taxpayers’ or consumers’ money to the Democratic Party — $400 million in 2008. So they get one payoff after another in return.

Exactly right.

Unions have for a very long time had a disgustingly parasitic relationship. Unions give money to Democrats so that Democrats will make better laws, regulations, and rules to favor unions. Politicians take the money and follow their orders and give more taxpayer money back to unions… then unions give even more money to Democrats to start that cycle all over again.

Worse, much of this cycle of mutual payoffs are between government employees and politicians and guess who is wholly cut out from any influence on the double dealing? Yep, the taxpayers. They are treated like patsies by both. Government unions are antithetical to good government.

Go on over and read Obama Acts as Shop Steward in Chief, by Michael Barone.

Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com, BigJournalsim.com and all Breitbart News' other sites, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, and many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs across the country to discuss his opinion editorials and current events as well as appearing on TV networks such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business Network, and various Chicago-based news programs. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions : EMAIL Warner Todd Huston and follow him on Twitter, on Google Plus , and Facebook.

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