“Since 2008 the Obama administration has advanced many positive reform initiatives…” — Sam Webb, Chairman, Communist Party USA
“The problem of what the president is doing is that he is not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system; he is becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.” — Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law Professor & Obama Supporter
“If the people come to believe that the government is no longer constrained by the laws, then they will conclude that neither are they. That is why this is a very, very dangerous sort of thing for the president to do — to wantonly ignore the laws, to try to impose obligations on people that the legislature did not approve.” — Michael Cannon, CATO Institute
Despite the always windy claims of “progressive” community organizers like Obama and Red Sam, they’re really not interested in “level playing fields.” After all, there’s nothing “level” about a country in which half the citizenry pays 97.75% of the federal tax bill while the other half grudgingly pays the remainder. Yet you’ll hear no leftie worth his hammer and sickle address that inequality. Progs and Reds are interested in fomenting dissent, not content. Happy campers make poor revolutionaries. Obama’s “playing field” is tilted, all right, and it’s yawing to the left:
Today’s [fast food worker] protest … [is] not even being organized by a union, but rather a vast network of nonprofit organizations bankrolled by Big Labor and operating free from bargaining regulations. They’re called “worker centers,” and they’re becoming an increasingly favored way for unions to skirt the procedural inconveniences of operating democratically to more directly push their agenda.
Note that the target demographics of most of these worker centers are largely not unionized, like the food services industry. With private sector union membership at a historic low of 6.6 percent, Big Labor is using union centers as a last-ditch effort to save itself by adding more dues payers to its roles. (Today’s fast-food strike reveals big labor’s decline — and desperation)
These days, the Union Way is the Big Government way. More employees on the public payroll means more dues-paying government union members and more dues-paying government union members means more cash available to bankroll ever more lawless left-wing politicians. Like Barack Obama.
The pattern of unions adding members in government while losing members in the private sector accelerated during the recession. The typical union member now works in the Post Office, not on the assembly line.
Representing government employees has changed the union movement’s priorities: Unions now campaign for higher taxes on Americans to fund more government spending. (Majority of Union Members Now Work for the Government)
Corrupt “progressives” like Obama are not hesitant to break the law, any law, even one they wrote themselves, in order to repay their benefactors:
The inevitable conclusion to the drama that was Big Labor at first relentlessly campaigning on behalf of both ObamaCare and Barack Obama, only to realize just a little too late that ObamaCare would have a pernicious effect on them personally by messing with many union members’ insurance plans and thus deciding to furiously lobby the White House for special treatment, is finally official.
A few weeks ago, the Obama administration hinted that they were going to acquiesce to Big Labor’s demand for a break by exempting certain self-insured, self-administered plans (i.e., their multi-employer Taft Hartley plans) from the temporary reinsurance fee that was supposed to apply to them in 2015 and 2016. The reinsurance fee, however, was meant to raise $25 billion over three years to help pay for ObamaCare, and raise $25 billion it shall — by making up for that lost revenue elsewhere. (Yep: Unions get their exemption from ObamaCare’s reinsurance fee)
Arbitrarily granting his union pals an exemption is blatantly illegal, of course, but so what? When leftists like Obama determine that a law is an impediment to “progress,” they simply ignore it:
“I don’t think he’s pushed the legal envelope. I think he’s shredded the legal envelope,” says Representative Tom McClintock of California … “Ultimately it will come down to whether the owners of the Constitution insist that it be enforced with the votes they cast at the ballot box. So far this generation has been rather lax.” (The I-Word)
It is the sworn duty of every U.S. president to “faithfully execute” the laws …
As Stanford Law Professor and former federal judge Michael McConnell explained … “This is a duty, not a discretionary power. While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.”
Of course, prior to 2008, America had never elevated to the highest office in the land a man faithful, not to the Constitution, but to the pernicious tenets of Karl Marx.
- SEIU Handing Out Protest Placards With Communist Red Star (Weasel Zippers)
- Lies, Lawlessness and License – The Obama Legacy? (CFP)
- Fast Food Management and Customers Alike Have Every Reason to Tell Big Labor: ‘Go Pound Sand’ (ivoter.com)
- COMMUNIST PARTY USA Urges Fellow Travelers to Cover For Obamacare By Highlighting ‘Racism’ (thegatewaypundit.com)
- Labor unions stage paid protests to hurt holiday retail sales (examiner.com)