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Obama Lobbyists - the rest of the story
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

You'll note the Obama mantra, when speaking of lobbyists, is always specific - "corporate lobbyists". As if they're the only type of lobbyists out there. [We are apparently supposed to assume that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae's contributions to the Obama weren't considered to be from "corporations".]

Of course, there are a ton of other lobbyists spending money and time seeking influence, and Mr. Obama is as tied to them as he'd like to claim other politicians are tied to "corporate lobbyists".

For example:
With less than two weeks to go before voters cast their ballots, the AFL-CIO launched a massive Get Out The Vote campaign Tuesday, targeting over 13 million union voters across the country in presidential, congressional and gubernatorial battleground states.

250,000 volunteers will disperse across the country in 20 presidential battleground states, including some “non-traditional’ key states like North Carolina and Indiana.

The efforts will also target 12 Senate races and 60 House races in an effort to secure a filibuster-proof majority in the U.S. Senate.
Of course the story goes doesn't tell you until the last line that the AFL-CIO is supporting Obama. However, for those paying attention, the mention of a "filibuster-proof majority in the US Senate" gives the game away.

The SEIU has also been cited for spending millions in support of Obama.

So when Obama tells you, with a straight face, that he's not in the pocket of Washington special-interests, feel free to laugh out loud. What isn't going to be laugh out loud funny, however, is the price demanded when the bill for union support comes due.

Card check anyone?
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Perhaps i misunderstand this card check thing. I don’t understand how it matters much. Id tell a union straight out i don’t want what they are selling and i don’t care what they think about it. So how does losing a secret ballot really make a difference? Is someone gonna come and rough me up cause i didn’t vote to unionize?

I mean i understand that secret ballots are considered sort of defacto to a fair vote system, but i really don’t care if people know how i vote on most issues. Or perhaps its my 20 something idea of invulnerability and individualism :)

Written By: josh b
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Is someone gonna come and rough me up cause i didn’t vote to unionize?
Written By: Is
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They will intimidate the old, weak, and female "voters" into accepting the union. You probably won’t be physically assaulted. Then again, your car tires may coincidentally be flat when you come out of work.

There is simply no good reason to do away with the secret ballot, and a very good one not to.
Written By: MarkD
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Is someone gonna come and rough me up cause i didn’t vote to unionize?
When I told one of my senior university colleagues that I was not a member of the "faculty association" (i.e. the union), he made jokes about "twisting my arm" to get me to join. Aside from the fact that he might have been able to interfere in my tenure & promotion, yes, I can see how in some other cases union members might want to put more pressure on their peers.
Written By: hanmeng
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Is someone gonna come and rough me up cause i didn’t vote to unionize?
Probably not but you pretty much guarantee yourself no professional future in the event that your workforce chooses union.
Written By: Arcs
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This is the dirty little secret that McCain just doesn’t seem to understand judging by his sponsorship of McCain-Feingold:


Unless we pass a law requiring (A) only public money to fund campaigns and (B) outright forbidding ANYBODY to make any speech, sign, commercial, blog post, video, etc. supporting or condemning any candidate, issue, or position, politicians must find donors to fund their campaigns. The idea that "I don’t accept lobbyist money" is absurd: as you point out, they may not get money from THOSE lobbyists, but they certainly get it from SOME lobbyists or other sources. And that money comes with some sort of a price.


It distresses me to think how naive some people are to believe that "dirty money" can be gotten out of politics and / or that THEIR candidate doesn’t take it.
Written By: docjim505
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" Is someone gonna come and rough me up cause i didn’t vote to unionize"

You have never lived in a strong union area, have you? Bad, sometimes fatal, things have been known to happen to folks who oppose, for example, the UMW. Then there are the Teamsters. Or the ILWU. Ever hear of a ’scab’?
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