Trumka: All we need is to raise taxes to create jobs

posted at 2:00 pm on February 27, 2011 by Bruce McQuain

If ever there was an example of the complete cluelessness much of the left commonly displays when it comes to economic matters, the AFL-CIO’s (and Obama advisor) Richard Trumka provides it:

What’s the best way to get Americans back to work?

Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. “We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip.

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.” Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn’t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.

So, to sum up, raise one of the most regressive taxes there is (it hits the poor the hardest at the gas pump because they end up having to pay a larger portion of their disposable income for gasoline) and declare this will help “create jobs”.

What it will actually do, if that were to occur, is create more union jobs. And if the poor have to cut back on food or shelter, well, you know, a few eggs have to be cracked to make an omelet.   The key to economic recovery, per Trumka, is government created jobs with money taken from taxpayers who just might have a much different priority for it.  It calls for another “new revenue stream”.  And he has no qualms at all laying claim to your dollars to fund his nonsense.

Trumka didn’t say specifically how much he would raise the gas tax, but mentioned he’s shown the President a $256 billion plan to improve infrastructure.  If every billion spent on infrastructure creates 35,000 jobs, as he claims, this package would create close to 9 million jobs over the next five years.

The idea would also improve America’s fiscal and competitive future, says Trumka. “There’s also a downstream effect, you put people back to work, they pay taxes, they don’t use services, they’re contributing, other jobs are created along the way as well,” he explains.

Fantasy.  A) it is, as usual, the left’s answer to everything – tax and spend.  Someone tell Mr. Trumka that it is precisely that mindset that the majority of Americans have rejected.   B) it assumes something not in evidence.  We just spent over $800 billion on “infrastructure” – look around you, did you see the unemployment rate dip significantly or go up?  C) after the stimulus was spent there has apparently been no down-stream effect for jobs, service use is up and tax revenue is down.

If Trumka’s solution had any credibility, unemployment would be down below 8% (that was the promise, remember – spend the money on infrastructure and see jobs created) and we’d be riding the recovery train.  We have a million little signs up everywhere in America right now touting infrastructure projects – and the unemployment rate?

In fact, what Trumka is doing is asking for more to be spent on a plan that has already failed miserably and expecting different results.  Isn’t that the definition of “insanity”?

That’s precisely what this plan is – insane.  Government has wasted trillions on nonsense like this.  The solution to this isn’t government creating jobs.  It is private industry doing so.  That requires low taxes and a stable business atmosphere where government hasn’t declared war on business and corporations.  That requires less government, not more – something the Richard Trumkas and Barack Obamas of the world can’t quite seem to get through their heads.  In their world, government is always the answer.   Unfortunately, we’re living in their world right now.

Happy with it?

Are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?

Bruce McQuain blogs at Questions and Observations (QandO), Blackfive, the Washington Examiner and the Green Room.

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Brilliant!

Raise taxes to hire more public union employees!

More dues to fill pockets of union bosses and democrats!

darwin on February 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

My question is how quick would Obama be to raise AFL-CIO Thug-In-Chief Richard Trumka’s taxes if he decided to follow Trumka’s loopy philosophy here, since they happen to be such good buddies?

pilamaye on February 27, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Ya’ll see now why I quite voting for them?

Chuck in Detroit on February 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

When I think “sound economic acumen” the first guy who comes to mind is Jimmy HoffaCapone Richard Trumka.

Bishop on February 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM

We can all rest easy knowing this jackweasel has Comrade Zero’s ear.

Cicero43 on February 27, 2011 at 2:08 PM

The pic: they look so cute together. So happy.

aquaviva on February 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

These would be temporary jobs at best and not jobs sustained over a period of years. We need careers created not jobs. Taxes destroy the opportunity to create career building industry. Use of the term jobs is a distortion of what is needed to get this country going again.

UncleZeb on February 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Out of touch with reality. That’s the Democratic Party of 2011.

Chuck in Detroit on February 27, 2011 at 2:11 PM

All we need to do is confiscate the wealth of the Trumka’s of the world, that ought to shut them up real quick. Isn’t that what always happens to the commie supporters after the revolution?

tarpon on February 27, 2011 at 2:12 PM

These power mongering thugs are bound and determined to drive us into the dirt. Don’t give them an inch.

rplat on February 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Trumka is doing is asking for more to be spent on a plan that has already failed miserably and expecting different results. Isn’t that the definition of “insanity”?

Stupidity? Naw, I think it is much more evil than just one of those two.

VegasRick on February 27, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Trumka is not stupid at all. He knows very well that if (considering our wonderful gutless Congress) or when unions are finally stripped of their unwarranted power over both citizens and the political system, do-nothing leech jobs like his will be the first to go.

He’s just trying to protect his own worthless butt. Can’t really blame him for that, as long as there are liberal fools who’ll listen.

MrScribbler on February 27, 2011 at 2:14 PM

I don’t know if repeating the same mistakes over and over again expecting different results is the definition of insanity but it sure as hell is the epitome of stupid!

greasywrench on February 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

How have I come to live in a country where anyone — let alone the President of the United States — listens to what this thug crook has to say? I might as well head downtown and ask a local carjacker for his opinion on the economy. I imagine that, like Trumka, he’ll say raise taxes, and like Trumka, he’ll beat my ass a rob me after that.

Rational Thought on February 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM

My question is how quick would Obama be to raise AFL-CIO Thug-In-Chief Richard Trumka’s taxes if he decided to follow Trumka’s loopy philosophy here, since they happen to be such good buddies?

Er, can you say wavier? After all, it’s the Chicago Way! Thanks Thug in Chief

skanter on February 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I doubt the guy is stupid or ignorant about economics… He is ‘merely’ corrupt, evil, and hopes that the peasants are stupid enough to believe his self serving BS.

LegendHasIt on February 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Trumka: All we need is to raise taxes to create jobs

If Trumka’s plan works, I’m going to rush out and buy three or four new houses….so that I’ll be a millionaire!!!

When are Democrats going to learn that there is no such thing as a ‘perpetual motion machine,’ and that they can’t force the creation of one by holding their breaths, stamping their feet, running and hiding, or passing silly and illogical laws?

landlines on February 27, 2011 at 2:19 PM

This is ridiculus.

ladyingray on February 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Trumka Logic: All we need is to lower fines to reduce speeding violations.

WashJeff on February 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Trumka, you’re done. You know it, we know it and your presidunce knows it.

You know what they say, Dick? A lady always knows when it is time to go.

Your time is now. Go with dignity. Now.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM

Shovel ready, Andy… shovel ready!

golfmann on February 27, 2011 at 2:24 PM

We owe a big thanks to Christie and especially Walker for smoking these economic terrorists out into the open.
Also I love how their stooges in the media are trying to defend them.
Good luck with that- the majority of struggling Americans see how these greedy dirtbags are more than happy to wreck the economy as long as they get theirs.

jjshaka on February 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM

When are Democrats going to learn that there is no such thing as a ‘perpetual motion machine,’ and that they can’t force the creation of one by holding their breaths, stamping their feet, running and hiding, or passing silly and illogical laws?

landlines on February 27, 2011 at 2:19 PM

When their union funds were running out in 2002 and in 2003, they devised a plan with Bawknee Fwanks.

Wets Wet Evewyone Haw a House-eth-eth. Wets wet Bwank ow Amewicauh fwund ith. Ewen if you are an iwwegal awien, we cawn stiww fund you frew Bwank of Amwewica and Wachowia and Chase and Citi. Woans fow awl.

/That was the author of destruction. It began with Clinton, but Bawknee Fwanks totawy made it wowk. And he sunk the economy. Where is Dodds? Does he just get to escape? Bawknee Fwanks has been quiet awwesoe.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Trumka is a clown. I hope he keeps talking – he’s doing a great job for our side.

LASue on February 27, 2011 at 2:28 PM

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.”

You mean you need to create more union members … and use tax dollars to do it.

Fat scum.

darwin on February 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

I love it. no mention of what happens when you increase gas taxes to the point wher eit becomes economical to buy a hybrid. gas usage goes done, tax rev goes down and the moeny you thought you were going to get goes byebye….

unseen on February 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

oh yeah this is the guy that has a meeting everyday with the someone from the WH and is in the WH 3-4 times a week. Any questions why Obama’s economic policies are failing?

unseen on February 27, 2011 at 2:31 PM

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.”

If you can stomach it, listen to his sh*t in 2008 regarding stimulations.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trumka

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I love it. no mention of what happens when you increase gas taxes to the point wher eit becomes economical to buy a hybrid. gas usage goes done, tax rev goes down and the moeny you thought you were going to get goes byebye….

unseen on February 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

In typical progressive communist thinking they just raise the gas tax to make up for the declining revenue … which just makes it decline faster.

darwin on February 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

How much longer is the average Democrat gonna buy this garbage? Dear lord, they are stubborn and clueless. Will 4 years of this be enough for them to figure it out?

BetseyRoss on February 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

You sucka’s just gave me a trillion dollahs! He promised that he would give that trillion stimulus to the Unions.

Watch. He said what he was going to do, and he did it.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 2:36 PM

In fact, what Trumka is doing is asking for more to be spent on a plan that has already failed miserably and expecting different results. Isn’t that the definition of “insanity”?

No, it is the current definition of rape.

DANEgerus on February 27, 2011 at 2:36 PM

They don’t care about us. The union bosses and community organizers already have theirs.

SouthernGent on February 27, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

TRANSLATION: Keep my fat ass employed!

GarandFan on February 27, 2011 at 2:42 PM

*************CONFLICT OF INTEREST**************************

Is it good for America,

or,

good for the DNC/Unions!!

What is the President of the United States’s Allegiance!!!

Special Interests,and H*lls/B*lls,

OBAMA HAS A LOBBYIST(TrumpaDick) WHO HAS MORE ACCESS TO
THE WHITE HOUSE,

THEN THE 3:00AM DEFCON CALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:43 PM

What ever happened to those “Chevelle Ready”
infrastruture jobs!!

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Worth repeating…

Adapted From Monty Python:

WI Union Leaders: ‘THERE NOW FOLLOWS AN APPEAL ON BEHALF OF EXTREMELY RICH PEOPLE WHO HAVE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING WRONG WITH THEM’

Hello. I’d like to talk to you tonight about a minority group of people who have no mental or physical handicaps and, who, through no fault of their own, have never been deprived, and consequently are forced to live in conditions of extreme luxury. This often ignored minority, is very rarely brought to the attention of the general public. The average man in the street scarcely gives a second thought to these extremely well-off people… I know it’s only human to say, ‘Oh this will never happen to me’, and of course, it won’t. I’m asking you, please, please, send contributions, however large, to us.

mankai on February 27, 2011 at 2:47 PM

WTF – Wasting The Future

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Guess What…………………………

SEIU is spending more loot!
=============================

13 States To Receive Federal Funding for Home Care Services #affordable-healthcare
Feb 24 2011
*************

[...] “Everyone who can live at home or in a community-based setting should be allowed to do so.”

- Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
———————

On Tuesday, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced 13 states – Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont and West Virginia — will receive a total of $45 million in grants to help move Medicaid beneficiaries out of nursing homes and institutions and back into their homes.

Through the Community First Choice Option program created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants will increase federal funding to provide long term care services to seniors and those with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities and mental illness.
(more….)

http://www.seiu.org/blog/

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2:58 PM Eastern – February 23, 2011
Mary Kay Henry: Why We’re Standing Up In Wisconsin
(Video)
********

There’s been a coordinated campaign for the last thirty years to undermine the American middle class by weakening the power of workers to collectively bargain to raise their wages. But thanks in large part to the courageous stand of the working men and women of Wisconsin, the national movement to preserve our middle class and defend the American Dream has been renewed in a big way.

On Monday, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry joined our brothers and sisters in Madison to help preserve basic protections for working families and urged them to continue fighting. Watch below:

SEIU Blog
2:58 PM Eastern – February 23, 2011
Mary Kay Henry: Why We’re Standing Up In Wisconsin #workers-rightsBy Kate Thomas
There’s been a coordinated campaign for the last thirty years to undermine the American middle class by weakening the power of workers to collectively bargain to raise their wages. But thanks in large part to the courageous stand of the working men and women of Wisconsin, the national movement to preserve our middle class and defend the American Dream has been renewed in a big way.

On Monday, SEIU President Mary Kay Henry joined our brothers and sisters in Madison to help preserve basic protections for working families and urged them to continue fighting. Watch below:

Republicans may have launched campaigns to take away workers’ rights in more than a dozen states. But if we stop them in Wisconsin, we’ll make a strong statement that America will not tolerate any more Republican attacks on the middle class. Stand with workers in Wisconsin now.

http://www.seiu.org/2011/02/mary-kay-henry-why-were-standing-up-in-wisconsin.php

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM

WTF – Wasting The Future

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Kini:Le Bingo,yuppers!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

More importantly, Obama is listening to this Union Thug, Trumka.

Obama’s pattern has to implement his ideas.

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 2:54 PM

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Bonne journée, je vous remercie

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 2:56 PM

development.”

If you can stomach it, listen to his sh*t in 2008 regarding stimulations.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I tried. I did. I made it to 35 seconds and couldn’t take it anymore.

aquaviva on February 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM

OT, but is anyone following this story at the top of Memeorandum? If the Holder justice department goes after Ailes like this to try and shut down Fox News, I really think we’re entering major, major civil unrest territory. Holder and Obama have been looking for a way to criminalize opposition speech, and in particular to shut down Fox News. Have they found it? Are they really going to go there?

Rational Thought on February 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM

In two years I hope the Attorney General goes after trumka with gov’t lawyers and see if he likes the jobs gov’t creates keeping him and his ilk locked up for life!

tim c on February 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM
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Bonne journée, je vous remercie

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Kini:Smarty-pants,had to google it!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Rational Thought on February 27, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Whoa! You should send that as a tip.

VegasRick on February 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM

What does an oppressed worker make anyway?

Historical Salary Information [Trumpka] Year Salary % Raise Title
2009 $ 238,975 0.0% Secretary-treasurer
2008 $ 238,975 4.8% Secretary-treasurer
2007 $ 228,112 5.0% Secretary-treasurer
2006 $ 217,250 0.0% Secretary-treasurer
2005 $ 217,250 0.0% Secretary-treasurer
2004 $ 217,250 0.0% Secty-treas
2003 $ 217,250 120.0% Secty-treas
2002 $ 98,750 -50.0% Sec-treasurer
2001 $ 197,500 0.0% Secr-treasurer
2000 $ 197,500 — Secretary-treas

And that’s just salary.

mankai on February 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

President urges crowd at UW-Madison to remain fired up, vote
Sept 28 2010
************

Madison — President Barack Obama urged students to focus on this fall’s elections Tuesday in his fourth visit to Wisconsin in three months as he tries to keep the governor’s office and a U.S. Senate seat in Democratic hands.

Addressing an overflow crowd that police estimated to be 26,500, Obama recalled his victories in Wisconsin in the presidential primary and general election in 2008. Then he prodded Democrats to vote in the fall, saying the “stakes could not be higher.”

“I need you fired up, Badgers. We need you to stay fired up. Because there’s an election on Nov. 2 that’s going to say a lot about the future,” Obama said on Library Mall in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Before the event, Obama made a surprise visit to Madison’s LaFollette High School, where he told football players the Green Bay Packers lost Monday to his hometown Chicago Bears because of mental mistakes and turnovers. He also visited with the girls’ tennis and volleyball teams.
(more….)

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/103967064.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Heh. Nice union you got there Trumka. It’d be a shame if something happened to it, ya know?

These union bosses make Tony Soprano look like a piker.

hillbillyjim on February 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

President urges crowd at UW-Madison to remain fired up, vote
Sept 28 2010
**************

‘Stakes could not be higher’ president says
——————————————-

Madison — President Barack Obama urged students to focus on this fall’s elections Tuesday in his fourth visit to Wisconsin in three months as he tries to keep the governor’s office and a U.S. Senate seat in Democratic hands.

Addressing an overflow crowd that police estimated to be 26,500, Obama recalled his victories in Wisconsin in the presidential primary and general election in 2008. Then he prodded Democrats to vote in the fall, saying the “stakes could not be higher.”

“I need you fired up, Badgers. We need you to stay fired up. Because there’s an election on Nov. 2 that’s going to say a lot about the future,” Obama said on Library Mall in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Before the event, Obama made a surprise visit to Madison’s LaFollette High School, where he told football players the Green Bay Packers lost Monday to his hometown Chicago Bears because of mental mistakes and turnovers. He also visited with the girls’ tennis and volleyball teams.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/103967064.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Caption for the two buds on the lead in picture,bo says “Dick Trumka, I did.!”

tim c on February 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Le crap,sorry,double postaroo!

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Smarty-pants,had to google it!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM

^_^
I guess I’m being a stinker.
You’re from Canada, they speak French there, don’t they?

Hmmmm…..

Another analogy…

You’re from the Union, you speak communism?

(Not you canopfor, I’m just being a stinker)

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I have an UNCLE that is EAT UP with “UNIONS ARE GOD“……

……Between this Trumka clown and the OBAMA STASH GIRLS how will this country even survive?

PappyD61 on February 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Makes perfect economic sense…if you’re a parasite.

cartooner on February 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Capital Rivals: U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. SEIU
Dec 28 2010
*************

In the never-ending political showdown between business and labor, there certainly is no shortage of business associations and labor unions doing their part to keep their respective sides competitive.

This edition of Capital Rivals, however, takes an intimate look at the biggest of the big players: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Service Employees International Union.

After recent high-profile clashes on issues such as health care reform and the Employee Free Choice Act (popularly known as the card check bill, which would alter union organizing rules), it comes as little surprise that both sides recently spent unprecedented amounts of money on political lobbying and campaign donations.
(more…)

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2010/12/capital-rivals-us-chamber-vs-seiu.html

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Boy, it’s a good thing that nobody in power, like in the WH or somehting, takes this stupid, little man seriously.

MJBrutus on February 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Makes perfect economic sense…if you’re a parasite.

cartooner on February 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM

cartooner:Yup,

Treacherous and DeBaucherous Lying Union Leech’s!!!

And,ahem,SEIU,is in a roundy bout way,Obama’s

*************************MONICA****************************

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Have these idiots stopped to consider what happens to all those ‘jobs’ after the bridge is built? You don’t need those workers to maintain it…

TinMan13 on February 27, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Another economic genius.

ctmom on February 27, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Boy, it’s a good thing that nobody in power, like in the WH or somehting, takes this stupid, little man seriously.

MJBrutus on February 27, 2011 at 3:20 PM

MJBrutus:Ya,I know exactly what you mean,Robert Reich!!!!!
===========================================================

Explosive Video Reich, Obamas economic advisor no “White Male Construction Workers”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opxuUj6vFa4

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Heh. Nice union you got there Trumka. It’d be a shame if something happened to it, ya know?

hillbillyjim on February 27, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Nice kneecaps, you don’t really need them to walk with?

Like the Black Knight. I’m invincible!
King Arthur – You’re a loony.
Black Knight – Come back here, I’ll bite your legs off!

Notice how many stories on the web about union thugs roughing up people, especially Tea Party people.

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

How much longer is the average Democrat gonna buy this garbage? Dear lord, they are stubborn and clueless. Will 4 years of this be enough for them to figure it out?

BetseyRoss on February 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

No.

visions on February 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

I have an UNCLE that is EAT UP with “UNIONS ARE GOD“……

……Between this Trumka clown and the OBAMA STASH GIRLS how will this country even survive?

PappyD61 on February 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

PappyD61:Tell me about it,I belonged to the Teamsters for
10 years,and found out,my cash was going,from
Canada,to the States,to fuel the Liberal Party!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:28 PM

And don’t forget, while these clods are fighting to raise your taxes, many state workers pensions are state TAX FREE. So when they retire, they’re exempt from the taxes they want to impose on you!

Iblis on February 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Add Eric “The Racist” Holder to that list

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Trumka needs to urge his fellow fat-cat union bosses to raise their sucker members’dues so that bus companies and tee shirt manufacturers take us out of this economic slump via astroturf protests.

Has this jerk forgotten that his union members are also tax payers and gasoline users? Does he understand that putting food on the table will be more costly with this idiotic plan?

onlineanalyst on February 27, 2011 at 3:30 PM

How much longer is the average Democrat gonna buy this garbage? Dear lord, they are stubborn and clueless. Will 4 years of this be enough for them to figure it out?

BetseyRoss on February 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM

It’s been 40 years and they’re still buyin’ it in Detroit, Cleveland, DC, Chicago, etc. Democrats and their union thugs move into cities and utterly destroy every ounce of life there, and the few remaining corpses keep sending ‘em back into office. It boggles the mind. I always imagine them walking around with signs saying “Vote democrat! We want more squalor, degradation, desperation, and misery!”

Rational Thought on February 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM

The unions don’t give a damn that taxpayers would be hurt by additional tax increases. It just serves those people right for not being in a union in the first place.

trigon on February 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Smarty-pants,had to google it!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM
===============================
^_^
I guess I’m being a stinker.
You’re from Canada, they speak French there, don’t they?

Hmmmm…..

Another analogy…

You’re from the Union, you speak communism?

(Not you canopfor, I’m just being a stinker)

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Kini:Yes our city has French,I don’t speak a word!

Hey,our city pushed the “NUCLEAR OPTION”,and boy
did we get HATE MAIL!!:)
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Sault Ste. Marie language resolution
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The Sault Ste. Marie language resolution was a government motion passed on January 29, 1990 by Sault Ste. Marie City Council, the governing body of the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, which

resolved that English was the sole working language of city government.

The resolution ignited a national controversy which made the city a flashpoint in the Meech Lake Accord debate.

The Sault Ste. Marie resolution was not the first of its kind in Ontario, but Sault Ste. Marie was the largest municipality to pass such a resolution and bore the brunt of the controversy.
(more..)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie_language_resolution

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM

If raising taxes led to economic growth and job creation, California’s unemployment would be negative 72%

angryed on February 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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Add Eric “The Racist” Holder to that list

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Kini:Yup,since Obama was in office,a whole lot of examples,
and unbelievable sh*t has gone down!:)

Somewhere is a database,timeline site,from the time
Obama had to recite his oath the second time!!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Laundering money is a labor intensive activity.

percysunshine on February 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

a few eggs have to be cracked to make an omelet

And I once read that yah, the eggs get cracked, always, but the omelet never gets made. Or nothing that looks like an omelet.

Amendment X on February 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

unseen on February 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM

The Law of Unintended Consequences at its best. You understand that, I understand that but the progressives keep thinking it won’t happen this time. No wonder they fought so hard to shut down mental institutions. They knew that’s where they’d end up if they were still open.

chemman on February 27, 2011 at 3:46 PM

The spin cycle is the most important part of a launders’ duty.

percysunshine on February 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

It appears many forgot about the executive order President Obama signed back in Feb of 2009

USE OF PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS FOR FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

Bottom line is any project over $25 million in federal funding HAS to include a Union type agreement with their labor force even if they are not a Union company. This is why the Unions are pushing more federal construction projects. Strange how the media and many have forgotten about it.

JeffinSac on February 27, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, and Nancy Pelosi told us that unemployment benefits created jobs & reduced the deficit. Liberal logic is scary.

redridinghood on February 27, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Notice how many stories on the web about union thugs roughing up people, especially Tea Party people.

Kini on February 27, 2011 at 3:26 PM

I’m sure it’s a coincidence. Yeah, that’s it.

Never fear; our Champion of Law and Order AG Holder will get to the bottom it.

When I read that OFA was stirring the stink in Wisconsin, my last doubts evaporated. These people WANT class warfare to become more than just a term.

hillbillyjim on February 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Same old mantra-”Wealthiest 1%”, “infrastructure”, “green jobs”.

But, keep in mind what the AFL-CIO has its hands in and you’ll see why Obama hangs around Trumka: Transportation, energy, health, education (includes me via AFT), entertainment, postal service…http://www.aflcio.org/aboutus/unions/

Imagine if NEA, UAW, SEIU, the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO combine into a super union? Just something to consider.

I maintain that Obama is a Marxist-Socialist Corporatist who’s goal it is to see that all workers are forced into unions, as that is a key to having the State control the means of production.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Imagine if NEA, UAW, SEIU, the Teamsters and the AFL-CIO combine into a super union? Just something to consider.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

They kind of already are. They all have the identical agenda, contribute exclusively to Democrats, use the same thuggish tactics. If they combined into 1 union, how would you even notice the difference?

angryed on February 27, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Stupid. Thug.

novaculus on February 27, 2011 at 4:16 PM

The idiots just want to force you to buy the Electric Edsel. We live in and near the Amish, walmart will just have to add more water tanks and hitichin’ rails..
We will just take old Dobbin to town..
Trumpka and da won put a ;of of shovel stuff out all right.

Col.John Wm. Reed on February 27, 2011 at 4:22 PM

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February 27, 2011

Union Member Attacks, Injures Tea Party Activist at MoveOn.org Organized Rally
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Sacramento’s ABC News 10 reported on the union rally and Tea Party counter rally in Sacramento today. ABC’s online report makes cursory mention of an incident of union violence directed at Tea Party activist Rodney Stanhope: “Police cited one man for battery after he allegedly shoved a tea party supporter.”

#2 Videos
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http://nation.foxnews.com/culture/2011/02/27/union-member-attacks-injures-tea-party-activist-moveonorg-organized-rally

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 4:29 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Trumka

a capella on February 27, 2011 at 2:33 PM

The Wikipedia article you cited has been edited (cleansed) in recent weeks, It used to mention the 1993 murdered heavy equipment operator Eddie York, a nonunion contractor, shooting him in the back of the head in his pickup truck as he drove past strikers at a Logan County, West Virginia work site.

bw222 on February 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Man, that Trumka guy looks a lot like Stalin. Coincidence? I think not.

sgtstogie on February 27, 2011 at 4:53 PM

My main aspiration in life is to stick around long enough to see these cretins driven from positions of power and influence. If stupidity were a chargeable offense the damn lot of em would NEVER see the light of a free day again.

NY Conservative on February 27, 2011 at 5:08 PM

That screen clip looks Super Gay (in the words of a classic drop on TheTicket.com).

BowHuntingTexas on February 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Explosive Video Reich, Obamas economic advisor no “White Male Construction Workers”
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opxuUj6vFa4

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

He meant it. There are very, very few white male construction workers down this way anymore. All Mexican.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I doubt the guy is stupid or ignorant about economics… He is ‘merely’ corrupt, evil, and hopes that the peasants are stupid enough to believe his self serving BS.

LegendHasIt on February 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Nope, the average union boss is as dumb as a bent nail. They got into their job the same way Mafia capos got into their job. He is however also corrupt and evil.

slickwillie2001 on February 27, 2011 at 5:38 PM

The stimulus was 3 times as large as Trumka wants now. By his computation, it should have created 27,000,000 new jobs, not saved jobs. Wonder where they are?

Oleta on February 27, 2011 at 5:40 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opxuUj6vFa4

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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He meant it. There are very, very few white male construction workers down this way anymore. All Mexican.

Key West Reader on February 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Key West Reader:Interseting,but Reich is still a Racist!:)

canopfor on February 27, 2011 at 6:34 PM

The investment adviser Porter Stansberry claims that if the Federal Income tax rate was raised to 100% on everybody, it still would not raise enough money to cover the latest fiscal year’s federal deficit.

Emperor Norton on February 27, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Trumka: Neo-Bolsheviks of the U.S. unite!

Obama: Yes we can.

locomotivebreath1901 on February 27, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I maintain that Obama is a Marxist-Socialist Corporatist who’s goal it is to see that all workers are forced into unions, as that is a key to having the State control the means of production.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 27, 2011 at 4:01 PM

You would know union boy. It is your dream.

CWforFreedom on February 27, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Jeebus…. these Guys get stupider everyday….I didn’t think that was possible…but I keep getting proven wrong

roflmao

donabernathy on February 27, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Makes sense to me. Obamacare has made all new hires infinitely more expensive. Increasing taxes means that already cash-strapped employers will rush out and hire dozens of new employees so they can experience the titillating joys of bankruptcy. And you know this is true because it comes from an impeccable source-a union leader!

MaiDee on February 27, 2011 at 8:10 PM

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