Obama came to the defense of big labor again on Monday in remarks at the White House to the National Governor's Association: "I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon." This follows his earlier remark that the modest attempt by the Wisconsin governor and legislature to reign in union benefits amounted to "an assault on unions."
This follows the earlier revelation in February that Obama's political machine was taking an active part in coordinating the labor protests in Wisconsin. Let's not forget that in 2009, Obama's bailout of Chrysler and GM in which the unions gained a huge ownership stake in both companies.
Then, there's Obama's close ties to SEIU President Any Stern, the most frequent visitor to the White House in 2009 and Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO bragging about his connections to the White House and describing how he talks to someone there "every day."
Americans are asking the question: Whose side is Obama on?
We already know the answer to that. Obama told us during the 2008 campaign:
"I Spent my entire adult life working with SEIU...Your agenda has been my agenda."
"When I am in the White House...I will walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States."
Obama and the Democrats Bought and Paid for with Union Cash!
It's entirely understandable that Obama and the Democrats would do whatever their union masters demand. After all, it is big labor that is funding the Democrat party. From the Wall Street Journal October 2010 report on big labor campaign spending comes this chart:
For all the boo hooing Obama and the Democrats did about conservative spending by outside groups during the 2010 election, those contributions were dwarfed by big labor.
And Big Labor doesn't give a dime without expecting something in return and we are seeing that play out now in Wisconsin and across the country where they are pulling the strings to protect the overgenerous pay and benefits that were offered to them in the various states once run by Democrats.
In an excellent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Katherine Kersten describes the vicious cycle which has landed us where we are now:
Here's the vicious cycle: Union leaders take money from union dues and pass it to Democratic candidates. Once elected, the politicians "negotiate" with the unions that helped elect them.The Golden Goose is Dead!
In essence, the unions hire their own bosses who face them across the bargaining table. Eat your heart out, Delta Air Lines union members.
Politicians repay unions' financial support by doling out hefty pensions and benefits. It's easy to be generous when you're spending taxpayers' money, not your own.
Elected officials aren't accountable to a board of directors or shareholders, and they don't have to worry about going bankrupt, as private companies do.
Government is a monopoly, or near monopoly, so it has no concerns about competitiveness or efficiency to keep it honest. To keep unions happy, politicians need only kick the can down the road.
The can has been kicked down the road as far as it will go and now the bill has come due. Democrat elected officials made promises to the unions that no government can afford to keep. Sadly, it's the Republicans who were elected in 2010 that are called on to clean up the mess. In states like Wisconsin, the rich have already been taxed to the point that wealth and jobs are fleeing the state. There is no longer a golden goose that the unions and Democrats can abuse. The golden goose died from exhaustion.
What's needed is fair, objective and unbiased political leadership that can tackle the fiscal problem without being corrupted by the tidal wave of union cash that caused so many of these problems in the first place.
Unfortunately, Obama and the Democrats have been so corrupted by Big Labor's big money that they no longer represent the interests of the average voter and taxpayer. This problem will have to be fixed without their help and over their corrupt objections.