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Old August 30th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #4
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It's simple.

Organized labor may make a show out of "deciding" who to endorse, but they will endorse whatever democrat is running, period - even if it's not in their best interest.

Labor just can't conceive of endorsing anything but a democrat - because their simplistic mantra over the years has been "republican = management" and "republican = rich guys". Even if they should just shut up and endorse nobody, they can't help but endorse a democrat - even ones that either passively or actively oppose what labor wants and needs.

As one of my favorite writers once observed (from 2004, paraphrased for brevity).

In the past decade, the AFL-CIO has lobbied Congress on three major issues of any importance to union members:
1. Oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement;
2. Oppose permanent normal trade relations with China;
3. Support drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The unions lost every vote. Demonstrating his savvy political skills, the head of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney, repeatedly throws the federation's support to political candidates who opposed labor on all three issues.

There is only one candidate for president who didn't vote for NAFTA, didn't vote for trade with China and supported drilling in ANWR. That candidate is George Bush. He got into office by beating Al Gore the guy who was the head cheerleader for NAFTA. And unlike Dick Gephardt, Bush spends more time on the phone with Jimmy Hoffa than with Barbra Streisand. As president, Bush enraged free traders and our precious European "allies" by imposing tariffs on steel imports.

Strictly following his strategy of selling union votes for nothing, the AFL-CIO has endorsed Sen. John Kerry who voted for NAFTA, voted for trade with China and voted against drilling for oil in Alaska. Skilled laborers will have to wait another day for "fair trade" and high-paying jobs in Alaska, but at least Sweeney's candidate supports the issues that really matter to the average blue-collar worker: gay marriage, global-warming treaties and Japanese hybrid cars.

This is the Pub. Leave common sense at the door.
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