Category: Unions


Michigan SEIU Branch Allowed To Keep Millions Taken From Home Health Care Workers

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Michigan court ruled that the state branch of the powerful Service Employees International Union does not have to pay back tens of millions of dollars in dues taken from home health care workers who were forced into unionization.

  The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled last week that the SEIU Healthcare Michigan does not have to pay back more than $34 million in dues collected from over 40,000 home health care workers. Many were forced into the union under state requirements that they join because they were taking care of sick family members at home.

  The SEIU successfully lobbied for the plan in multiple states that classified unpaid family members as “home health care workers.” Dues were then automatically collected from the care recipients’ Medicare or Medicaid checks. “

 

 

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Higher Fast-Food Wages: Higher Fast-Food Prices

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Union activists want to raise the minimum wage in the fast-food industry to $15 an hour. However, fast-food restaurants operate on very small profit margins; they could only afford such wages by raising prices—significantly. Higher prices would, in turn, drive customers away, forcing even larger price increases to cover costs. Ultimately, the average fast-food restaurant would have to raise prices by nearly two-fifths. This would cause sales to drop by more than one-third, and profits to fall by more than three-quarters. Absent the widespread adoption of labor-saving technology, the union-led “Fight for 15” would make fast food much more expensive for Americans.

Fight for 15

  The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has launched an expensive PR campaign calling for wages of at least $15 an hour in the fast-food industry. This Fight for 15 is part of a larger SEIU pressure campaign to unionize fast-food restaurants.[1] Hundreds of union activists have staged “walkouts” and protests across the country demanding the higher pay rate. These protests have attracted considerable media attention. However, if the SEIU achieved its stated goal, it would hurt the budgets of millions of moderate-income Americans.

No, Fast-Food Joints Cannot Absorb Cost Increases

  Artificially inflating wages would substantially increase fast-food restaurants’ total costs—labor makes up a considerable portion of their budget. Chart 1 shows the financial statements of the average fast-food restaurant in 2013. Labor costs (26 percent) and food and material costs (31 percent) make up the majority of the typical restaurant budget.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average cook in a fast-food restaurant earned $9.04 an hour in 2013.[2] The SEIU’s push for $15 an hour would consequently raise fast-food wages by at least 66 percent. Paying $15 an hour would raise fast-food restaurants’ total costs by approximately 15 percent.[3] “

 

 

    As usual the costs of this proposed feel good legislation would be borne on the backs of those least able to afford it , the lower and middle income segments of society and not the well-to-do do-gooders pushing the measure .

 

 

” The higher labor costs would initially force fast-food restaurants to raise their prices by 15 percent, which would drive down sales by 14 percent. This would force restaurants to raise prices again, pushing sales down further. In equilibrium the average fast-food restaurant would have to raise prices 38 percent.[10] Prices would rise roughly twice as much as the initial increase in labor costs.[11] Total sales and hours worked would both fall by 36 percent. Fast-food restaurant owners would also have to accept a 77 percent reduction in profits in order to stay in business—leaving them with an average profit of just $6,100 a year per store. Otherwise they would have to raise prices to an extent that would drive away their customer base.

  These changes would hurt consumers. Americans would face higher fast-food prices, putting a dent into the budgets of everyone who frequently eats fast food—primarily moderate-income consumers, not the wealthy, who do not regularly eat fast food.”

 

 

James Sherk and Heritage show the impact of a $15 wage for the unskilled .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Deaths, Untold Heartache, From G.M. Defect

 

 

 

 

” For most of the last decade, Candice Anderson has carried unspeakable guilt over the death of her boyfriend. He was killed in 2004 in a car accident here, and she was at the wheel. At one point, Ms. Anderson, who had a trace of Xanax in her blood, even faced a manslaughter charge. She was 21.

  All these years, Ms. Anderson — now engaged and a mother — has been a devoted visitor to his grave. She tidies it every season, sweeping away leaves and setting down blue daisies with gold glitter for his birthday, miniature lit trees for Christmas, stones with etched sayings for the anniversary of their accident.

“ It’s torn me up,” Ms. Anderson said of the death of Gene Mikale Erickson. “I’ve always wondered, was it really my fault?”

Last week, she learned it was not.”

   Read more of these 13 acknowledged victims of GM and the Fed’s conspiracy here and note these articles below that argue that the “official” death toll of 13 is just the beginning .

Federal Auto Safety Regulator: GM Ignition Flaws Likely Killed More Than 13 People

Why GM Recall Death Toll Will Rise

NHTSA Says More Than 13 Killed In GM Recalled Cars

    While this scandalous behavior on the part of GM began long before the government became the major shareholder , it demonstrates most succinctly that once the Feds became a partner of this private corporation and had a vested interest in the success and/or failure of that particular corporation that it abdicated it’s primary function as a watchdog of the public’s interests .

From The Mercatus Center

 

 

 

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   Keep this graph handy for when those bogus claims from the Statists lamenting the power of “big money” pop up .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irony: George Soros-Funded Media Matters Fights Unionization

 

 

 

” George Soros-funded Media Matters for America , a far-left progressive group that has as one of their top priorities to attack FOX News, is taking a very unprogressive-like stance on labor unions. While MMFA has in the past taken a strong stance against secret ballot union elections, especially if it involved an opportunity to attack the GOP and conservatives, when it comes to their organization, they are not only in support of the secret ballot; they are forcing it. 

  The Washington Free Beacon  reported that Maryland based SEIU Local 500 filed papers to unionize at MMFA with the National Labor Relations Board. As workers prepare to vote on whether to join SEIU, George Soros’s Media Matters has told them the voting must take place by secret ballot.

  The liberal organization, which is headed by Hillary Clinton cheerleader David Brock, has hired management-side labor attorneys at Perkins Cole, a firm that has represented dozens of Democratic candidates and liberal PACs, to oversee the process.

  It is unclear why Media Matters did not opt to allow its employees to organize through a card check campaign, in which a union submits signed petitions from employees expressing their interest to join the union. MMFA, its attorneys, and the SEIU did not return requests for comment. “

 

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It Turns Out The ‘Evil’ Koch Bros Are Only The 59th Biggest Donors In American Politics. Can You Guess Who Is Number One?

 

 

 

” Charles and David Koch are the two most evil people in American politics, right? We know that because Jane Mayer proved it with her landmark “Covert Operations” tour de liberal force in 2010.

  Well, it turns out that Mayer’s aim was off just a little, by like 58 slots on the all-time biggest donors in American politics list, as compiled by OpenSecrets.org.

  OpenSecrets.org tallied the top donors in federal elections between 1989 and 2014. Koch Industries — privately owned by the Evil Koch Bros — is on the list, to be sure, but doesn’t appear until the 59th slot, with $18 million in donations, 90 percent of which went to Republicans.

  So who occupies the 58 spots ahead of the Evil Koch Bros? Six of the top 10 are … wait for it … unions. They gave more than $278 million, with most of it going to Democrats.

  These are familiar names: AFSCME ($60.6 million), NEA ($53.5 million), IBEW ($44.4 million), UAW ($41.6 million), Carpenters & Joiners ($39.2 million) and SEIU ($38.3 million).

  In other words, the six biggest union donors in American politics gave 15 times more to mostly Democrats than the Evil Koch Bros.”

 

 

    Below is the complete list from Open Secrets by way of the Center For Responsive Politics of the 156 biggest political campaign donor organizations . It should come as little surprise that the lion’s share of the contributions go to the party of “the little people” , yes , the Democrats . The union organizations are highlighted in red .

   Just a cursory glance below is more than enough to open the reader’s eyes as to which party is the party of “special interests” media meme’s not withstanding . For gosh sakes , the American Postal Workers Union gave nearly as much as the Koch brothers . 

 

 

Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014

LEGEND:   Republican    Democrat    On the fence


 
  
= Between 40% and 59% to both parties
= Leans Dem/Repub (60%-69%)
= Strongly Dem/Repub (70%-89%)
= Solidly Dem/Repub (over 90%)
Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% as money can be given to third party
candidates or outside spending groups and PACs not affiliated with either party.
Rank Organization Total ’89-’12 Dem % Repub % Tilt
1 ActBlue $97,192,340 99% 0%    
2 American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $60,667,379 81% 1%   
3 AT&T Inc $56,449,317 41% 57%
4 National Education Assn $53,594,488 61% 4%
5 National Assn of Realtors $51,207,902 44% 47%
6 Goldman Sachs $44,847,951 53% 44%
7 Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $44,478,789 92% 1%    
8 United Auto Workers $41,667,858 71% 0%   
9 Carpenters & Joiners Union $39,260,371 74% 9%   
10 Service Employees International Union $38,395,690 84% 2%   
11 Laborers Union $37,494,010 85% 7%   
12 American Federation of Teachers $36,713,325 89% 0%   
13 Communications Workers of America $36,188,135 86% 0%   
14 Teamsters Union $36,123,209 88% 5%   
15 JPMorgan Chase & Co $34,527,277 48% 51%
16 United Food & Commercial Workers Union $33,756,550 86% 0%   
17 United Parcel Service $32,214,128 35% 64%
18 Citigroup Inc $32,198,122 48% 50%
19 National Auto Dealers Assn $31,818,910 31% 68%
20 Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $31,313,097 98% 1%    
21 EMILY’s List $31,267,654 98% 0%    
22 American Bankers Assn $31,135,202 36% 63%
23 AFL-CIO $30,938,977 61% 3%
24 American Medical Assn $29,990,879 40% 59%
25 Microsoft Corp $29,245,015 55% 43%
26 National Beer Wholesalers Assn $28,976,510 35% 64%
27 Blue Cross/Blue Shield $28,491,678 36% 63%
28 General Electric $27,741,628 47% 51%
29 National Assn of Home Builders $27,509,880 34% 65%
30 Lockheed Martin $27,246,173 42% 57%
31 Bank of America $26,822,749 41% 57%
32 National Assn of Letter Carriers $26,106,359 84% 9%   
33 Morgan Stanley $26,074,770 42% 56%
34 Verizon Communications $25,490,499 40% 59%
35 Deloitte LLP $24,979,333 35% 63%
36 Time Warner $24,463,922 72% 25%   
37 Newsweb Corp $24,387,371 41% 0%
38 Credit Union National Assn $24,056,155 47% 51%
39 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $23,886,248 85% 4%   
40 Altria Group $23,750,298 28% 70%   
41 Ernst & Young $23,114,243 42% 57%
42 Operating Engineers Union $23,036,848 82% 14%   
43 International Assn of Fire Fighters $22,963,260 79% 16%   
44 American Hospital Assn $22,909,326 52% 46%
45 PricewaterhouseCoopers $22,461,596 35% 64%
46 Sheet Metal Workers Union $22,372,978 95% 2%    
47 American Dental Assn $21,791,508 44% 54%
48 Boeing Co $21,502,737 46% 52%
49 UBS AG $21,354,742 40% 58%
50 Comcast Corp $20,603,390 57% 42%
51 AFLAC Inc $19,822,809 43% 56%
52 National Rifle Assn $19,771,191 17% 82%   
53 Pfizer Inc $19,699,869 35% 64%
54 Northrop Grumman $19,633,964 42% 57%
55 Union Pacific Corp $19,617,968 27% 72%   
56 Air Line Pilots Assn $19,538,047 83% 16%   
57 Honeywell International $19,447,557 44% 54%
58 Natl Assn/Insurance & Financial Advisors $19,305,624 41% 58%
59 Koch Industries $18,083,948 8% 90%    
60 American Postal Workers Union $17,957,308 86% 2%   
61 American Assn for Justice $17,581,358 80% 3%   
62 FedEx Corp $17,506,083 39% 60%
63 Ironworkers Union $17,386,345 92% 6%    
64 Club for Growth $17,271,352 0% 95%    
65 Credit Suisse Group $17,191,340 41% 57%
66 United Transportation Union $17,096,750 87% 11%   
67 New York Life Insurance $16,898,487 49% 50%
68 Raytheon Co $16,864,289 44% 55%
69 National Rural Electric Cooperative Assn $16,552,363 47% 52%
70 General Dynamics $16,549,202 46% 53%
71 Akin, Gump et al $16,463,510 61% 37%
72 United Steelworkers $16,426,444 99% 0%    
73 American Institute of CPAs $15,952,635 41% 58%
74 National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $15,883,050 77% 20%   
75 Chevron $15,826,864 19% 64%
76 Anheuser-Busch $15,612,613 48% 51%
77 Reynolds American $15,574,198 22% 77%   
78 Exxon Mobil $15,220,537 13% 85%   
79 KPMG LLP $15,112,328 34% 65%
80 National Cable & Telecommunications Assn $15,048,560 47% 51%
81 DLA Piper $14,902,117 68% 31%
82 Merrill Lynch $14,865,217 37% 62%
83 Wal-Mart Stores $14,851,004 32% 67%
84 GlaxoSmithKline $14,625,493 30% 69%
85 CSX Corp $14,118,661 34% 65%
86 Walt Disney Co $14,104,107 68% 30%
87 News Corp $13,917,083 58% 41%
88 American Financial Group $13,910,355 15% 73%   
89 Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America $13,731,200 34% 64%
90 American Health Care Assn $13,727,858 51% 48%
91 Wells Fargo $13,639,116 36% 61%
92 Associated Builders & Contractors $13,577,082 1% 98%    
93 Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance $13,565,554 38% 60%
94 University of California $13,552,056 89% 9%   
95 American Crystal Sugar $13,309,209 61% 37%
96 WPP Group $13,257,197 53% 45%
97 American Society of Anesthesiologists $13,166,537 41% 58%
98 Prudential Financial $13,051,316 49% 50%
99 Southern Co $12,973,439 29% 70%   
100 National Restaurant Assn $12,605,181 16% 83%   
101 Securities Industry & Financial Mkt Assn $12,438,248 40% 59%
102 Human Rights Campaign $12,148,422 89% 8%   
103 MetLife Inc $12,038,047 51% 47%
104 American Optometric Assn $12,034,433 57% 42%
105 Home Depot $11,900,495 25% 74%   
106 American Academy of Ophthalmology $11,895,708 50% 49%
107 Natl Active & Retired Fed Employees Assn $11,802,200 78% 21%   
108 Saban Capital Group $11,683,172 89% 0%   
109 Eli Lilly & Co $11,651,455 31% 67%
110 United Technologies $11,577,894 45% 52%
111 General Motors $11,281,497 38% 60%
112 Associated General Contractors $11,198,897 14% 85%   
113 Painters & Allied Trades Union $11,081,080 85% 12%   
114 National Assn of Broadcasters $11,051,822 44% 55%
115 American Maritime Officers $11,019,831 46% 53%
116 UST Inc $10,930,093 22% 77%   
117 Ford Motor Co $10,739,089 38% 60%
118 Skadden, Arps et al $10,700,094 77% 22%   
119 BellSouth Corp $10,680,784 43% 56%
120 AIG $10,548,621 49% 50%
121 Seafarers International Union $10,449,415 83% 15%   
122 Exelon Corp $10,448,670 43% 56%
123 National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare $10,391,306 82% 17%   
124 Independent Community Bankers of America $10,367,285 42% 57%
125 Amway/Alticor Inc $10,312,313 0% 97%    
126 Freddie Mac $10,294,709 43% 56%
127 MBNA Corp $10,282,913 16% 83%   
128 Patton Boggs LLP $10,134,606 71% 27%   
129 American Airlines $10,071,131 43% 55%
130 American Trucking Assns $9,975,648 27% 72%   
131 American Physical Therapy Assn $9,795,983 49% 50%
132 Lehman Brothers $9,729,764 52% 46%
133 Blackstone Group $9,658,975 46% 51%
134 National Fedn of Independent Business $9,616,283 6% 93%    
135 Greenberg Traurig LLP $9,546,903 62% 37%
136 Transport Workers Union $9,531,899 95% 4%    
137 American Council of Life Insurers $9,454,728 38% 61%
138 Amalgamated Transit Union $9,453,918 93% 6%    
139 Harvard University $9,436,590 87% 12%   
140 Archer Daniels Midland $9,394,067 42% 57%
141 Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn $9,337,413 43% 56%
142 Fannie Mae $9,140,977 53% 46%
143 National Rural Letter Carriers Assn $9,021,100 71% 28%   
144 Wachovia Corp $8,575,944 30% 69%
145 National Cmte for an Effective Congress $8,447,690 99% 0%    
146 Interpublic Group $8,286,183 66% 32%
147 Marine Engineers Beneficial Assn $8,155,379 73% 25%   
148 Bristol-Myers Squibb $7,926,699 23% 76%   
149 MCI Inc $7,659,226 45% 54%
150 Bear Stearns $7,280,973 55% 43%
151 BP $6,843,520 30% 69%
152 Enron Corp $6,544,528 28% 71%   
153 Andersen $6,267,045 37% 62%
154 Vivendi $6,037,717 60% 33%
155 MGM Resorts International $5,831,055 45% 47%
156 Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp $5,089,791 39% 60%
Based on data released by the FEC on December 16, 2013.

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The Washington Examiner has more on the lies of the left and their media acolytes .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Grader Roamed Streets For Hours After Teacher Locked Her Out Of Class For Spilled Water

 

Journey: Samaya's parents say she walked off the Jefferson Elementary School Campus on  Pebblewood Dr, Sacramento before wandering down Truxel Road and over the Interstate 5 entrance and exit ramps to Walmart and an On The Border restaurant

 

 

” An angry mother and father in a suburb of Sacramento are suing the Natomas Unified School District after their emotionally distraught seven-year-old daughter was left completely unattended and went wandering around town all by herself in the middle of a Wednesday school day.

  The incident began to unfold around 9 a.m. on Dec. 18 at Jefferson Elementary School in Natomas, Calif,reports KTXL

  Jason Dillard said that his second-grade daughter, Samaya, had spilled some water in class. The teacher, Lupe Rodriguez, was frustrated about it. In response, Dillard said, Rodriguez dragged the seven-year-old girl out of class as she was sitting in her chair.

  Rodriguez allegedly left the girl outside the class for quite awhile until she eventually wandered down the hall, out the door and off school grounds.

  Meanwhile, Samaya had quite an adventure. She moseyed down a busy road. She traipsed over an interstate over pass at one point, crossing freeway entrance and exit ramps. She then kept walking, for about two miles altogether.

  She stopped into a Walmart. She eventually ambled into an On the Border fast-casual restaurant and asked for a cup of water. Employees at On the Border contacted police and asked for an officer to come to the restaurant to make sure the girl was okay. The police refused, apparently believing that a seven-year-old girl walking around with no adult supervision in the middle of a school day is nothing to be alarmed about.

  Video footage from both the Walmart and the On the Border restaurant shows that she was there. “

 

   As the Daily Mail points out the day was a blustery 46 degrees and the poor girl was dressed in only jeans and a light sweat shirt .

 

 

” Feeling abandoned, the little girl wandered off campus, walked down Truxel Road and over the Interstate 5 entrance and exit ramps – all the way to an On The Border restaurant about two miles away where she asked for water.

   The restaurant manager said he called police who didn’t respond to the welfare check, before Samaya walked off. 

It was a chilly 46 degrees and Samaya was only wearing a light sweat shirt and jeans.  

‘ When I got the call from the school it was 11.30 (in the morning).  So, when I get to school and I say when was the last time you saw my child and they say 9.30, I’m thinking, ‘this girl may not ever come back’,’ Jason Dillard said.”

 

 

    To top it off ,  the teacher has been a known problem for some time now but  , thanks to the teacher’s union , continues at her job .

 

” The anxious father pulled his twin daughters out of class, got in his car and drove around the neighborhood searching for his missing daughter. He eventually found her wandering the streets. 

  The Dillards told Fox 40 the school had warned them about Rodriguez early on. 

‘ We’re working on this teacher with the teachers union, but there’s only so much we can do,’ said Damia Dillard, repeating what school administrators allegedly told her.”

More here and here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Turnout Machine Crashes in San Diego — Loses Mayor’s Race by Nine Points

 

 

 

 

” Kevin Faulconer recaptured the mayor’s office in San Diego for Republicans in a special election yesterday. The polls were skin-tight leading into yesterday’s election, and unions poured in millions to keep control in the nation’s eighth-largest city.

  But in the end the vaunted Obama election model — flood the zone with negative attack ads and excite the base of the Democratic party — flopped. Faulconer defeated fellow City Council member David Alvarez by nine points in a city that Barack Obama carried by 63 percent to 37 percent only 15 months ago.

  Democrats were stunned at the margin. In the November open primary, Democrats had won 54 percent of the ballots cast and were convinced they could win the runoff between Faulconer and Alvarez. Unions pitched in a record $4.2 million to promote Alvarez, compared to only $1.7 million from business interests backing Faulconer. In the end, Alvarez outspent Faulconer in total by a million dollars.”

 

Union clout continues to fade as it , along with the Obama machine , suffers another major setback .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelosi’s Call to Change the Constitution

 

 

 

 

” Arguing it would restore democracy, two top House Democrats pushed for sweeping legislation to reverse the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United speech case, including a constitutional amendment limiting campaign contributions and instituting a taxpayer-financing system.

  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) published an op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday advocating for the Government by the People Act on the day it was being introduced in the House.

“ We must disclose the sources of the money in our campaigns, amend the Constitution to reverse the grievous error of the Citizens United decision, reform our broken campaign finance system and empower citizens everywhere to exercise their right to vote,” Pelosi and Sarbanes wrote.”

 

 

    Having searched Thomas , and numerous government websites we could not presently locate a copy of the text of the bill but we did find a list of co-sponsors that reads as a typical list of enemies of the Tea Party and liberty :

 

 

” As of 02/06/2014 text has not been received for H.R.20 – To reform the financing of Congressional elections by broadening participation by small dollar donors, and for other purposes. 

  Bills are generally sent to the Library of Congress from GPO, the Government Printing Office, a day or two after they are introduced on the floor of the House or Senate. Delays can occur when there are a large number of bills to prepare or when a very large bill has to be printed.”

 

 

 

* = Original cosponsor

Cosponsor Date Cosponsored
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Barber, Ron [D-AZ-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bishop, Timothy H. [D-NY-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Brady, Robert A. [D-PA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Braley, Bruce L. [D-IA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Carney, John C., Jr. [D-DE-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-17]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Delaney, John K. [D-MD-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-21]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Edwards, Donna F. [D-MD-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Ellison, Keith [D-MN-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Esty, Elizabeth H. [D-CT-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-22]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Garcia, Joe [D-FL-26]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Grayson, Alan [D-FL-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Gutierrez, Luis V. [D-IL-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Honda, Michael M. [D-CA-17]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Horsford, Steven A. [D-NV-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maffei, Daniel B. [D-NY-24]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McDermott, Jim [D-WA-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Michaud, Michael H. [D-ME-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Miller, George [D-CA-11]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Murphy, Patrick [D-FL-18]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Nolan, Richard M. [D-MN-8]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 02/05/2014
Rep. O’Rourke, Beto [D-TX-16]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]* 02/05/2014
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Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI-14]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2]* 02/05/2014
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Rep. Rangel, Charles B. [D-NY-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Schwartz, Allyson Y. [D-PA-13]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Scott, Robert C. “Bobby” [D-VA-3]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Shea-Porter, Carol [D-NH-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]* 02/05/2014
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Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-25]* 02/05/2014
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Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 02/05/2014
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Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Walz, Timothy J. [D-MN-1]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 02/05/2014
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-33]* 02/05/2014
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   Despite the lack of available text of the bill the usual suspects have all jumped on the bandwagon in support of this legislative attempt to shut down the Tea Party and any attendant grass roots citizens organizations . Below are what a few of the “progressive” liberal organizations have to say in support of Pelosi/Sarbanes HR 20 :

Dēmos Praises Introduction of The Government By the People Act

US PIRG Applauds the Introduction of the Government by the People Act

The PCCC is proud to endorse the Government #ByThePeople

PFAW Applauds Introduction of Government By the PeopleAct …

 

 

    The Examiner offers a very telling piece on the motives behind this latest attempt by the “progressives” to shut down free speech for the proponents of limited government :

 

 

” Although the “Government by the People Act” innocently claims to want to get big money out of politics, the real goal is to smash the Tea Party (as well as pro-Israel, pro-life, and other similar groups collectively referred to as the “Tea Party.”)

  This legislation is the direct result of a secretive, well-financed progressive plot hatched shortly after President Obama’s re-election in 2012.

  Sound like a conspiracy? It is.

 The meeting was described by Andy Kroll of Mother Jones, who wrote that “three dozen of the most powerful groups in liberal politics met [for an 'invite-only and off-the-record' meeting] at the headquarters of the National Education Association (NEA).” During the meeting, they pledged “millions of dollars” to actively work on three specific goals, one of which was “getting big money out of politics.” “

 

Imagine the chutzpah of the NEA and other unions demanding to get the “big money” out of politics.

 

” The fear that conservative groups would have access to funds typically granted to progressive groups and unions was too much to bear. In fact, the Citizens United ruling came at right around the time that the Internal Revenue Service started targeting conservative groups.

  As revealed by Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post,

“The targeting of [conservative] groups began in early 2010, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC was announced on Jan. 21.”

  Many of the same politicians and activist groups involved in the Democracy Initiative pressured the IRS to scrutinize the Tea Party before Lois Lerner “spontaneously” apologized for the targeting in May, 2013.

A detailed history of the IRS targeting can be found at Tavern Keepers.”

 

     These legislative and lobbying efforts on the part of the elite of the “progressive” left to shut down the Tea Party and like minded citizens groups speaks volumes as to the effectiveness of such organizations and gives evidence of just how important to the cause of liberty , freedom and limited government they are . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Pays For Government Unions To Lobby For More Federal Spending

 

 

” Witold Skwierczynski has not done work for the Social Security Administration for more than 30 years, even though he was paid by the agency as a claims representative the entire time.

  Instead, he spends his days on full-time release from his regular job to work for his federal employee union.

  The practice is called “official time,” a creation of the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act. It allows union representatives to do exclusively union business while still drawing full pay and benefits from the taxpayers.

  Official time cost about $155.6 million in 2011, the most recent year for which totals are available from the Office of Personnel Management.

  Federal employees spent 3.4 million hours working for their unions at taxpayers’ expense, the equivalent of more than 1,700 full-time positions.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXography: Unfunded Public Employee Pensions Drive State Debts Skyward

 

 

 

State Debt

 

Click Image To Go To Interactive Graphic And See How Much Your State Is In The Red





State governments are piling up debt almost as fast as the federal government, with a total of $5.1 trillion now on their books.

  Calculated on a per capita basis, the $5.1 trillion represents an obligation of $16,178 for every state resident in the country, according to State Budget Solutions’ fourth annual State Debt Report.

  State Budget Solutions is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation that focuses on state spending and budget issues.

  The $5.1 trillion has accumulated despite various forms of balanced-budget requirements and spending limitations on the books in most states.”

 

 

This should be no surprise to any thinking individual …

 

” Viewed in terms of total debt, big states dominate the top 10, with California being in the worst shape at $778 billion. Most of the Golden State’s total is accounted for by public pension liabilities at $584 billion.

  Given the prominence of unfunded public employee pension liabilities in state debt, the role of unions representing government workers is an important factor.

  Nearly 36 percent of all government employees in America are members of unions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the situation varies greatly from one state to another.

  According to federal Current Population Survey data compiled by unionstats.com, 59 percent of all state and local public employees are members of unions in California.

  But New York, which ranks second on total debt, has a far higher portion of its public employees in unions, at 71 percent.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon.Com Workers Reject Union

 

 

 

” Amazon.com has managed to avoid unions since its creation in 1994. On Wednesday night, the mega-company’s workers rejected a union by a vote of 21 to 6.

  The purpose of the proposed union would have been to demand higher wages and the right to strike. It would have been formed under the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW).

  Mary Osako, a spokeswoman from Amazon, said, “With today’s vote against third-party representation, our employees have made it clear that they prefer a direct connection with Amazon. This direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the wants and needs of our employees. Amazon’s culture and business model are based on rapid innovation, flexibility, and open lines of direct communication between managers and associates.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Meet The Liberals Backing Obama’s Executive Power Play In Labor Board Case

 

 

 

” On Monday January 13, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a major case testing the scope of presidential power.

  What is surprising, however, is that Obama has also received strong support from a leading liberal organization, the Constitutional Accountability Center, a Washington think tank and law firm “dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text and history.”

  According to a friend of the court brief submitted by the Constitutional Accountability Center on behalf of the federal government in Noel Canning, “crabbed and erroneous interpretations of the Recess Appointments Clause would undermine the scope of a presidential power that is fundamental to the proper operation of the federal government: the President’s ability to make temporary appointments to Executive and Judicial Branch offices when the Senate is unavailable to provide its advice and consent.”

  That view is surprising because it stands in such marked contrast to previous progressive interpretations of the Recess Appointments Clause, most notably that of Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. In 2003, Kennedy filed his own friend of the court brief when the federal courts heard a similar case dealing with President Bush’s purported recess appointment of William H. Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, an appointment which Bush made while the Senate was on an intra-session break, not while it was in recess.”

 

Story continues 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guess Who’s Funding The Republican Civil War

 

 

 

” The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group’s new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions.

  The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers’ International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.

  Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far—and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds.

  For the unions, this is not a surprising move. While both labor groups direct most of their millions to Democrats, they have consistently given smaller amounts to friendly Republicans.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minimum Wage Strike Backfires, Employer Closes

 

 

” Protesters from coast to coast have engaged in recent efforts to artificially raise the minimum wage to unsustainable levels. If successful, these shortsighted strikers will ensure massive layoffs and a sharp spike in retail prices to absorb the increased operating expense.

  Sometimes, however, the strikes themselves can lead to similar unintended consequences. Such was the case with Snarf’s Sub Shop in Chicago, which was the site of a minimum wage rally earlier this month.

  After four straight days of dormancy due to the strike outside, the sandwich shop apparently had great difficulty recovering. Though the store’s management denies any correlation, the business’ 20 employees received an electronic pink slip just two days before Christmas.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Because It’s ‘Undeclared Labour’

 

 

 

 

” French officials have fined a pub in Brittany €9,000 for “undeclared labour” after a customer returned some empty glasses to the bar.

  For customers at the Mamm-Kounifl concert-café in Locmiquélic, carrying drinks trays and used glasses back to the bar was a polite tradition.

  But for social security agency URSAFF, it was also an infringement of labour laws because customers were acting like waiters, French local newspaper Le Télégramme reported.

“Around half-past midnight, a customer returned a drinks tray. She passed by the bar to go to the toilets. That was when it all kicked off.   My husband was pinned against the glass by a man. A woman leapt on me, showing her ID card and that’s when I realised it was a URSSAF check. They told me I had been caught using undeclared labour,” owner Markya Le Floch told Le Télégramme. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Workers Dismantle Over 70 Unions In Wisconsin

 

 

 

”  Workers rejected over 70 of 408 school district unions during annual recertification elections that ended on Thursday, according to a preliminary analysis of the results.

  The elections went from November 29th until noon on December 19th and involved 408 collective bargaining units around the state associated with school districts. Workers cast their votes using a telephone voting system.

  AFSCME Local 60 Council 40, including support staff in the Sun Prairie School District, was the largest union to be decertified. Only 135 of the 367 members voted to recertify.

  Substitute teachers with the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association also decertified with 128 of 320 members voting for the union. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Three Kids In Camden, N.J. Scored College-Ready

 

 

 

” The new superintendent of public schools in Camden, N.J. announced this week that only three — THREE! — students in the entire district who took the SAT during the 2011-12 academic year scored high enough to qualify as college-ready.

  According to the College Board, which markets the SAT, a college-ready score is essentially a score just above average on the standardized test’s three sections (currently called critical reading, mathematics and writing).

  Camden is no tiny town. The population is about 80,000 people. About 40 percent of the residents live below the poverty line. The FBI has ranked Camden first in the nation for violent crimes per capita in cities with over 50,000 residents.

  The Camden City School District website lists five public high schools. Camden High School enrolls 868 students, according to Greatschools.org. Woodrow Wilson High enrolls 959 students.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Government Sells Last Of Its GM Shares

 

 

 

 

 

” U.S. taxpayers no longer own any of automaker General Motors. The Treasury sold the last of its remaining 31.1 million GM shares today. It started with 500 million shares in 2010.

  The taxpayer loss on the GM bailout is $10.5 billion. The Treasury department said it recovered $39 billion from selling its GM stake, and had put $49.5 billion of taxpayer money directly into the GM bailout.

  The total bailout rises to $51 billion, including another $1.5 billion that Treasury put into programs to keep GM suppliers afloat and to make sure owners’ warranties were honored, plus some into the old GMAC finance company that’s now known as Ally — separate from a much larger Ally bailout.”

 

    The only winners in this “too big to fail” bailout fraud were Obama’s union cronies . The stockholders and taxpayers took a bath . The $10.5 billion that is admitted as loss does not take into account the loss to middle management that didn’t have a friend in Barack and lost their retirement packages nor does it reflect the loss bondholders were forced to undergo as Obama essentially stole their assets to preserve his union crony’s golden parachute benefits . Corruption all around . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What We Saw At NYC’s Fast Food Strike

 

 

Published on Dec 6, 2013

” Yesterday, Naomi Brockwell and I attended a demonstration demanding that fast-food restaurants boost their minimum wage to $15 per hour, or a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.

  The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.

  We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.

  The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.

  Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.

  Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013. 

  In interviews, several striking workers described how it had been relatively easy for them to get a job in fast-food service. Shenita Simon, who works as a shift supervisor at KFC, told us that she doesn’t know where else she would have been able to find a position, because fast food is the only industry that “will allow you to have minimum education.” Isaac Wallace, a Burger King employee, described how he was able to get his job immediately after moving to New York from Jamaica by simply walking into a Burger King in Brooklyn and approaching the manager. 

  Once the strike moved to Foley Square, organizers from Fast Food Forward began obstructing our efforts to talk with protesters.

  For full links and downloadable versions go here:http://bit.ly/1cquYYK

  And subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube Channel to receive automatic updates when new material goes live.

  Produced by Jim Epstein and hosted by Naomi Brockwell.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… The Average City Employee Makes $144,329 Per Year

 

 

 

 

 

” While today’s municipal bankruptcy news focuses on Detroit, where a judge has just ruled the city can proceed with its bankruptcy filing, tonight a small California city holds a council meeting to try to avoid the same fate.

  Desert Hot Springs isn’t on the national radar, but its situation is hardly unique. With only 27,000 residents and only 55 full-time city employees, Desert Hot Springs lacks the financial heft that allows larger cities – think Los Angeles – to put off their day of reckoning.”

 

As wiser men have said ” that which can’t continue , won’t “

 

” The average full-time employee working for the city of Desert Hot Springs earned direct pay plus employer paid benefits during 2011 of $144,329. The average public safety employee working for Desert Hot Springs earned direct pay plus employer paid benefits during 2011 of $164,621.

  This is in a city where the median household income is $31,356 and the median home selling price is $133,500.

  Public sector union spokespersons often complain that “politicians are trying to balance the budget on the backs of working people.” Set aside for a moment the fact that “working people” means “unionized government employees” who, in the case of Desert Hot Springs, are making more per year than the average home costs in that city. Can Desert Hot Springs balance their budget if their “councilmen also eye pay, benefits,” and could actually do anything about it?”

 

 

 

    Justify for us please , why the average public employee should make over five times as much as does the average citizen footing the bill . Insanity .

    Here’s an update on Desert Hot Springs’ financial mess .  Desert Hot Springs council OKs cuts totaling $400K . Hardly enough to solve their short-comings but if you read on you will see that the city has been ordered to make $2.6 million in cuts by June 2014 . Where will that money come from ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Relations Board OKs Unions Paying People To Protest Walmart

 

 

 

” National Labor Relations Board lawyers okayed a major union’s practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests “did not constitute unlawful … coercion of employees.”

  In a Nov. 15 memorandum from the NLRB’s general counsel office regarding the so-called “Black Friday” protests staged by United Food and Commercial Workers against the nonunion retailer last year, the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW’s offer of $50 gift cards to anyone who showed up to protest “was a non-excessive strike benefit.”

  The lawyers said there was “no evidence to indicate that the gift card was meant to buy support for OUR Walmart” since the card was available not just to the retailer’s employees but to anyone who showed up at the unions’ protests.”

 

As usual the astroturf party has to bribe their minions to get them to show up .

 

” What the protests seem to be largely lacking, though, are actual Walmart employees. At events across the country last year, local media struggled to find anyone on the picket lines who also worked at the store. Some events had none at all.”

 

As we said … The Astroturf Party 

 

 

 

UNIONS TAKE AIM AT PARENT-TRIGGER LAW

 

 

” Most reforms are like rocks that land in an empty field. They don’t anger anyone because they don’t challenge any vested interests. But in 2010, Democratic state Sen. Gloria Romero of East Los Angeles introduced the Parent Empowerment Act, which passed the Legislature and was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Better known as the “parent trigger” law, it allows parents of students attending schools that continually fall below state and federal testing standards to force district officials to make significant changes. If 51 percent of parents sign the requisite petitions, parents can insist on a new principal or turn the school into a charter.

The law has only been applied a handful of times. But such efforts have been opposed politically and in the courts by the state’s teachers’ unions, which still are furious about it three years later. Newspapers report that United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA), the city’s main teachers’ union, voted to recruit a legislator to carry a bill that would “reform” the law.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exodus: Inner-City Blacks Abandoning Obama & Democrat’s Liberal Agenda

 

    This year old video from Rebel Pundit is interesting in the lack of respect that inner-city blacks express for the economic policies of Barack Obama and the democratic party . Of course it changed nothing and at the end of the day the black community overwhelmingly voted democratic , but the video is still instructive in that it exposes cracks within the democratic coalition . 

HT/FreePatriot

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