November 30th, 2009
Kevin Hall, Examiner.com
Unions spent a fortune helping Barack Obama get elected. He owes them. Now, they want their payoff. Union leaders remind Obama of his debt to them on weekly basis. The most frequent visitor to the Obama White House is Andy Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union. Stern visited the White House 22 different times during his first nine months in office. Richard Trumka, the new president of the AFL-CIO, has already visited at least eight times.
These men wield great power over the U.S. President. They tell him what they need, and he delivers. “We’re going to make sure that in every policy, every decision, we don’t lose sight of the folks that brought us to the dance,” Vice President Joe Biden told the AFL-CIO Executive Committee in March. That promise has held true.
The $787 billion stimulus bill, which has failed miserably at stimulating the economy, was a union payoff. Obama issued an executive order tied to the bill that “strongly encourages” hiring union labor for all government contracts. The bill also demands all construction contracts pay union wages. Obama told us Porkulus would create jobs and keep unemployment below 8%. It did not. It rewarded unions, which make up only 12.5% of the workforce.
Other union payoffs include the auto company bailouts and cutting the D.C. school voucher program. The United Steelworkers union demanded he impose a tariff of Chinese tire imports. He complied. The result? Higher prices for U.S. consumers during terrible economic times. The rest of the country be damned, as long as the unions are happy.