Big Labor is now doing exactly what I predicted it would do in an earlier post. It is seeking revenge on specific Democrats for their failure to support and pass the Employee Free Choice Act a/k/a EFCA.
Here is a quote published today in a labor publication regarding the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Florida:
“The labor movement is pissed off, in so many words, at the Obama administration…”
“The council members also didn’t spare the Senate. The federation’s formal backing of its Arkansas affiliate’s endorsement of Democratic Lieut. Gov. Bill Halter in his planned May 18 primary showdown against Sen. Blanche Lincoln sends that message. So does a pledge of substantial money from AFSCME, CWA, SEIU, the Steelworkers and the Teamsters to Halter’s campaign.”
First it was Senator Bennett in Colorado and now it is Senator Lincoln in Arkansas. The Unions have a hit list and they intend to carry out their political executions in public of all Democrats in Congress who failed to follow the mantra of EFCA. The unions feel that these people betrayed them and they are not going to rest until they send every elected Democrat a message not to ever get on the wrong side of them again.
From a union standpoint, who can blame them? The Democrats blew the biggest opportunity they have had in probably 30 years to reverse the decline of organized labor and the labor unions are not going to let the Democrats forget it anytime soon. Trumka was played like a fiddle as he bowed to the White House demands that legislatively healthcare must go first through Congress.
Unbelievably, Obama still won’t let healthcare go. While the County wallows in 17% in real unemployment, instead of concentrating on fixing the economy, Obama still can’t let healthcare and a new trillion dollar deficit program go.
Meanwhile, Labor now sees a 40% tax on their own healthcare benefits in the healthcare program Obama wants to pass. Further, the backroom deals to exempt labor until 2015 probably won’t survive the public’s light on these “backroom” deals Obama cut to try and get it passed.
So the next question is if Obama will be on this same list to be defeated when it is his turn to run? Certainly, he is the primary person to be blamed for the failure of EFCA to pass as he placed it at the very bottom of his legislative agenda and given it nothing but lip service. I seriously doubt if Hillary Clinton would have made the same mistake as Obama did. She learned many years ago that major reform of healthcare is a bottomless pit politically. Whereas, Clinton would have known that passage of EFCA would have brought tons more money to the Democrats in power.
Therefore, one has to ask Big Labor, what exactly did you guys buy for $400 MILLION in campaign contributions? I really think they need to ask for a refund! Clearly there must be a buyer’s remorse.