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As the Obama economy continues to tank and unions become more desperate, socialism seems more attractive

Well, sorta.  Union leadership apparently isn’t as comfortable with the Sanders brand of socialism as it is with the Clinton brand.  Richard Trumpka, President of the AFL-CIO, sent out a memo this week:

His message wasn’t anything new for the federation’s state leaders: They know that endorsement decisions belong to the national leadership. Still, it was unusual for Trumka to call them out in a memo. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one before like this,” said Jeff Johnson, the president of the AFL-CIO’s Washington state labor council.

Johnson agreed that it was important for the AFL-CIO to speak with a single voice. But “there’s a lot of anxiety out there in the labor movement,” he said, “and we’re desperately searching for a candidate that actually speaks to working-class values. The Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders camp is very, very attractive to many of our members and to many of us as leaders, because they’re talking about the things that need to happen in this country.”

Things like making sure unions regain their pre-eminent and privileged spot they used to hold. Oh, and free stuff! And then there’s the pension mess … something a Sanders or Warren would likely be willing to help bail out so what’s going on in Chicago won’t go on later on a larger scale in more unions:

About 1,400 Chicago public school teachers and staff are expected to lose their jobs in order to finance a pension debt of $634 million, the city announced Wednesday.

The layoffs are part of an aggressive $200 million budget cut to help finance the pension payment, which is required of Chicago Public Schools by Illinois law. The rest of the pension payment is coming from heavy borrowing, as the district already has a massive $1.1 billion budget deficit.

Rahm Emanuel is pretty sure this is everyone else’s fault for not pitching in more.  Most people, other than union members and lefty politicians, know better:

Thousands of retired Illinois teachers receive a six-figure pension, and the typical teacher received more in pension payments than they personally paid in within 20 months of retirement. Most teachers retire at age 59 or younger, and the lifetime pension cost per teacher in the state is estimated to exceed $2 million. Not helping things for the state is an annual 3 percent cost of living adjustment that is fully guaranteed and totally untethered from actual inflation rates.

Or, as usual, an over-promised, underfunded benefit which the union and politicians now want to shift onto everyone else.  You see, they promised it, your job is to shut up and pay up.  The left only ever has one answer to this – higher taxes, fees, whatever, to fund their promises.  The fact that you weren’t consulted, nor did they at all care what you might think, when this nonsense was “negotiated” never weighs into the equation.

But they’re for the middle class – or so they claim.

It is going to be fun to watch the left this year as they try to reconcile the mess this country is in with what they demand.  As usual, the blame game will be in full effect as the left tries to point to everyone else as the fault even as it becomes more and more obvious, even to low information voters, that the blue model of just about everything is a failure.

But … racism!  Confederate flag!  Christian bakeries!

~McQ

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11 Responses to As the Obama economy continues to tank and unions become more desperate, socialism seems more attractive

  • Thousands of retired Illinois teachers receive a six-figure pension, and the typical teacher received more in pension payments than they personally paid in within 20 months of retirement. Most teachers retire at age 59 or younger, and the lifetime pension cost per teacher in the state is estimated to exceed $2 million. Not helping things for the state is an annual 3 percent cost of living adjustment that is fully guaranteed and totally untethered from actual inflation rates.

    Can you say, “Greece fire”? I KNEW you could…!!!

    Math WINS…!!!!

    • If you ever find someone on Facebook musing about a wealth tax, make sure to agree vigorously, and suggest we calculate the values of those pensions and tax them accordingly.

      The wife of a federal employee shut up pretty fast after that was proposed.

  • Christian bakeries that aren’t’t allowed to talk about it because freedom!

  • I’m not sure the unions are calling socialism because the economy is bad, so much as the next logical progression. Because that’s the plan.

    Apparently he isn’t very bright. Unions start to become rivals to the state power and after you go beyond a certain point to the left, they are no longer tolerated and any sign of opposition to the government (aka your new employer) and you disappear. Unions do best in capitalism to soft socialism. Anything left of that, the second you stop being a cheer leading pep squad, you risk your existence.

  • The Greeks discovered that place in socialism that Margaret Thatcher was talking about where they ran out of other people’s money.

    How long before we do do you suppose?

    Oh well, happy 4th from Fredericksburg Texas!

    • They quite haven’t. They’re using the desire to keep the EU from unraveling to blackmail other countries to give them money.

      The problem is if hte EU is kept in tact, more and more members will want it to have the power to go into a place like Greece and straighten it out. Its a crossroads. Does the EU get weaker or does it get expanded powers.

      • Weaker.
        The bankers may be able to drag the public a little further into helping cover there idiot lending, but the rumblings against that are there.

        It can’t go on, even if the high and mighty think it can. One of these days the people will wake up and suddenly vote no confidence. At which point it will get ugly very quickly.

        • That’s the point, if they successfully prevent the EU from unraveling, the public will then gravitate to giving the EU government the power to go in and impose austerity.

          • It’s not about the EU, heh, it’s about banks losing money on a really bad investment. The problem is what happens when the Greeks (guilty as sin in feeding at the EU table) tell Europe FU today, and turn around and get help from Uncle Clad. German panzers in Athens again?

      • Greece must be made to submit, or suffer, otherwise Spain & Italy might get the wrong idea about who’s in charge of their countries.

        If there are few consequences for disobedience then it will hardly, as the French say “encourage the others”.

  • I look forward to seeing Union workers continue to lose those pensions.

    Onto the bread lines, punks!