Union boss–“more challenging this time” to motivate union support for Obama
You have to love the implicit threat included with the quote. Here’s the full quote from Obama “friend”, Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO:
“It will be more challenging this time than it was last time to motivate our members,” Trumka, 61, said in an interview today at Bloomberg’s offices in Washington.
Why will it be more “challenging”? Well, because Mr. Obama hasn’t come through on all the pro-union, anti-free trade stuff he promised.
Obama’s support for free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama has disappointed his union supporters, Trumka said.
“During the campaign, he made significant promises to do an inventory of the trade agreements” to be certain they protected worker rights, Trumka said. “He’s obviously forgotten that promise.”
The results announced last week from Obama’s review of regulations throughout the government that burden business produced little of substance, Trumka said.
So … Trumka is implying that unless he sees some improvement on the “pro-union” side of the ledger, the unions just may not be quite as enthusiastic as they were in 2008 when it comes to Mr. Obama’s re-election. They might no be able to put as much money into the campaign, participate as heavily in GOTV or provide rent-a-mobs, er, crowds for campaign events.
In fact, the unions plan on really tightening the screws on the politicians they put in office, er, helped elect during the last presidential campaign:
Trumka said the AFL-CIO will spend this summer “holding candidates on both sides accountable.” Candidates who have wavered — those he called “acquaintances” — won’t receive support, he said, declining to name such politicians.
“Those Democrats that are friends are going to get more” aid than in the past, he said.
Of course at the moment, Obama is still considered a “friend”. The treat is just being put out there for their “friend” to consider I suppose.
Trumka also had some other policy ideas like, “more government spending to create jobs would revive the economy and lead to a reduction in the deficit.”
Ye gods. You have to wonder how someone with that much influence in the White House could be so apparently blind to history, economics and current conditions. Oh, wait:
Trumka said he’d like to see the U.S. become more like a European nation that provides pensions and health care for all its citizens. He said he is accustomed to criticism and doesn’t mind if conservatives call that socialism.
“Being called a socialist is a step up for me,” he said.