The Left wants Obama to go to Wisconsin to Support Labor


Left presses Obama to take a firmer stand on

heated labor battles

By Mike Lillis – 02/27/11 10:47 AM ET


Liberals on Capitol Hill are upping the pressure on President Obama to amplify his support for public workers in Wisconsin and beyond.

Although Obama sided with Wisconsin’s public employees in their protest against a GOP plan to dissolve collective bargaining rights, a growing number of Democrats say he shouldn’t stop there. Some want him to visit Madison as a show of solidarity with the protesters.

“He’s made some statements, he should get credit for that,” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), co-chairman of the House Progressive Caucus told MSNBC Wednesday. “[But] we’d like to hear him make some more statements. I think President Obama should come to Wisconsin and stand with the workers.”

Perhaps encouraged by such comments, other members of the Progressive Caucus are also prodding the president to use the bully pulpit more forcefully amid the labor battle.

“I appreciate the fact that President Obama came out in support of workers in Wisconsin,” Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said in an email, “but I would like to see him do more to stand by the public employees and what they’re fighting for.”

Another member of the Progressive Caucus, Rep. Judy Chu, agreed. The California Democrat urged Obama to take “as strong a stance” as possible to protect workers’ rights nationwide.

“Collective bargaining helped create the middle class in this country by raising worker wages, increasing benefits and promoting work-life balance through the 5 day and 40 hour work week,” Chu said in an email. “I hope President Obama will be as visible as possible on this issue.”

The White House has so far resisted the Democrats’ calls for Obama to intensify his involvement in the labor dispute. Asked Thursday if the president would join the protesters in Madison, White House spokesman Jay Carney punted.

“He spoke to the situation in Wisconsin and his views on it last week,” Carney said, “and I’ll leave it at that.”

Citing a budget crisis, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has proposed changes to the state’s pension and healthcare systems that would hike costs for government employees. Walker also wants to revoke the collective bargaining powers of most unionized state workers.


Similar proposals have emerged in other states, including Indiana and Ohio, where Republican governors say they simply can’t afford to sustain worker benefits at current levels.

“We’ve got to make a commitment to the future and ensure that my kids and kids all across the state aren’t saddled with this burden for years down the road,” Walker told Fox News this week.

The proposals have spurred a backlash from state workers, who have protested in the streets of Madison for almost two weeks. Labor advocates and liberal pundits have joined the fight, charging that the Republicans are more interested in busting up unions – which tend to support Democrats – than balancing budgets.

“What’s happening in Wisconsin is … a power grab — an attempt to exploit the fiscal crisis to destroy the last major counterweight to the political power of corporations and the wealthy,” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote Friday.

Obama last week acknowledged the fiscal troubles facing states, but he warned against balancing budgets on the shoulders of public-sector workers.

“They make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution,” Obama told a Milwaukee TV station. “It’s important not to vilify them or to suggest that somehow all these budget problems are due to public employees.”

Walker’s proposal, Obama charged, is “an assault on unions.”

Some liberal Democrats said this week that, considering the upheaval in the Middle East and the looming budget battle in Washington, Obama’s statements in support of union rights are ample.

“As the President deals with the looming threat of a government shutdown all the while staying on top of dynamic change occurring throughout the world, it’s understandable that he may not be able to travel to Wisconsin himself,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), a member of Progressive Caucus, said in an email.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) feels differently. The Progressive Caucus co-chairman said this week that Obama’s words “are important,” but “there is more to do.”

“There’s a bully pulpit there that the president has and I think it needs to be used – it needs to be used to rally national support,” Grijalva said on a press call Wednesday sponsored by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

“I don’t think you can turn the cheek on this one,” he said. “This is one where you have to be very firm.”

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Comments (10)

He did, he sent Trumpka to bleat for him. BY Ken in Mich on 02/27/2011 at 11:16
Go ahead Obama…as an American voter and taxpayer, I’d like to see what side you’re on. The side of the taxpayer or the public unions. BY Scully on 02/27/2011 at 11:20
Cmon Labor, Obama has to move to the center for 2012, he can’t be seen supporting you now, the winds are blowing the other way.BY Turk on 02/27/2011 at 11:22
This gift will last and last…thank you, thank you…BY RNC 2012 on 02/27/2011 at 11:31
go ahead obama step in the chit deeper then you are with the freaking Union thugs. Step out you incompendent CORRUPT chicago thug and show the Nation your foney colors. 2012 can not come one day to soon to throw your geister obama out of the Whitehouse.
Let me see Union thugs are about 6% OF THE WORKING POPULATION THE OTHER 6% ARE GOOD AMERICAN CITIZENS. I think maybe obama you might get 30% of the votes with your Union thugs. Goodbye in 2012 obama.BY jbobojake on 02/27/2011 at 11:32
Who is runing the Country?

Comrade Obama

Labor “Trumpka”

Valerie JarrettBY Too Much on 02/27/2011 at 11:39

Very soon we will see party of no plans & lloydc..BTW who are one and the same..Our favorite canadian with all of his hate speech and lies..Who btw is a far left loon.BY @Party & lloydc  on 02/27/2011 at 11:40
Considering that unions spent some $400 million to elect President Obama in 2008 and about $90 million last year. That’s 490 million reasons to side with the unions. BY Walcol on 02/27/2011 at 11:43
You’d think Obama would be out on the picket line, because that’s what Community Organizers do best. But he’s probably too busy to be bothered because of things like MoTown night.BY Nashville Fan on 02/27/2011 at 11:45
Obama knows he can’t defend the unions , when the Federal government doesn’t have the same give-me’s for their workers.

Jimmy Carter and a democratic congress stripped federal workers of all collective bargaining rights including over WAGES, compulsory union membership and deduction of union dues, such restrictions far and beyond what has been proposed in Wisconsin, Ohio or Indiana

State government workers don’t generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money.

If ~58% of union members vote Dem, but ~100% of Union contributions are to Dem candidates, doesn’t that quite clearly indicate a significant disconnect between Unions and the wishes of unions members/voters?BY nancye on 02/27/2011 at 11:47

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Lurching towards Failure?



At Tea Party Nation, we have had very little good to say about House Speaker John Boehner, other than perhaps, he is better than Pelosi.  Unfortunately, our streak of criticizing him continues.

Speaking at the National Association of Broadcasters tonight, John Boehner is going to reiterate his opposition to shutting the government down if the liberals do not agree on major spending cuts.

Shutting the government down is not the desired goal.  In fact, it is not the goal at all.  Restoring fiscal sanity is the goal.  Getting our leaders in Washington to start paying attention to the will of the people and the fact that they cannot endlessly spend money we do not have on idiotic projects that are either thinly disguised reelection tools or are payback to a special interest group that supported them. 

Shutting the government down, however, is the big stick we have on our side of the table.  The left is terrified of a government shut down.  The left wing Politico website had a story yesterday in which “veterans” of the 1995 shut down told Boehner it was a bad idea and not to do it.  Who were the veterans?  William G. Hoagland. 


Hoagland was the staff director for the Senate budget committee back then.   Wow, he was a really important player.  That is the best the left can come up with for a voice to warn against a shutdown.

The left is terrified of a shutdown for one simple reason.  They have been telling us it will be the end of the world as we know it if there is a shutdown and guess what?  If there is a shutdown, it won’t be.  Not only that, if the shut down lasts for any period of time, the American people will realize how much of the Federal Government does not even matter.

Unfortunately, for those who are on our side, we have John Boehner.  Boehner, by saying he is against the shutdown, has taken his biggest stick off the table.

Put this way:  Imagine a union out demanding higher wages for its members.  But the union announces, it won’t strike.  What incentive does management have to come to the table? 

If John Boehner is taking a government shutdown off the table, what incentive does Harry Reid have to seriously negotiate with him?

If the shut down is off the table and some form of continuing resolution is required to keep the government running by March 3, and not passing a resolution means the government will shut down, Harry Reid and the party of treason know that Boehner will cave. They do not have to agree to any serious budget reductions.

Someone needs to teach the Republican leaders in the House some of the basics of negotiations.  One of the first rules is, never take your most valuable piece off the table unless you have gotten a concession of equal value.  The left has conceded nothing here, so why Boehner is willing to forgo the shutdown is beyond comprehension, unless he simply has no stomach for the fight. 

The insane spending of this regime is what triggered the Tea Party movement.  The Tea Party movement is why Boehner is now the Speaker of the House and not a member of a small minority.  He would do well to remember that.  The Tea Party does not want a lot.  We want the spending stopped and a return to the constraints the Constitution put in place on government.    Boehner has not been in office long, but it is quickly appearing as if he is not the man for the job.

Our streak of unfavorable comments about John Boehner remains intact.  Hopefully, he will do something and do it soon so we can break that streak.   

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Remember the Cheeseheads in 2009 had a Democratic Governor and Legislature that raised Taxes & Fees by about $1.2 Billion over 3 years – – and with out a Public Hearing!


The Cheesehead Rubicon

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In 2008, 56 percent of Wisconsin voters supported Barack Obama for president. In 2009, Wisconsin’s Democratic governor and Democratic Legislature passed legislation that raised taxes and fees by about $1.2 billion over three years. State lawmakers approved the bill on the very day it was introduced, with no public hearing. Remember that.

In 2011, the tables have turned. The Assembly has 60 Republicans to 38 Democrats, and the state Senate is weighted 19 Repubs to 14 Dems. GOP Gov. Scott Walker has inherited a budget shortfall that is expected to grow to $3.6 billion over the next two-year budget. He has presented a budget-repair plan that would require most public employees to pay 5.8 percent of their salaries toward their (very generous by private standards) pensions and pay 12.6 percent of their health care premiums. The state is broke, Walker argues, and by essentially cutting workers’ compensation by 7 percent, he hopes to avoid layoffs.

Walker’s plan also would curb public employees’ collective bargaining.

GOP supporters point to the vast chasm between private-sector and public-employee unions: Private-sector unions don’t get to pick with whom they negotiate; public-employee unions do, which is why there are no brakes on runaway government spending. Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt opposed collective bargaining for government employees.

Besides, as Democrats used to say fondly, elections have consequences.

Walker had the votes to pass his budget-fixer bill. The Dems did not. So, rather than lose in a fair vote, 14 Democratic senators fled the state in order to prevent the quorum necessary to pass Walker’s package.

It has been instructive to watch California Democrats reacting to the Wisconsin rout. For years, I’ve had to listen to them moan about the tyranny of the two-thirds threshold needed to raise taxes and the cheek of Republicans who voted against budgets with tax increases. Now Wisconsin Dems take a powder, and suddenly, those concerns about the minority party having too much power melt away.

Ditto the sermons on civility.

If you’ve followed the drama, you’ve seen the signs comparing the governor to Hitler and ousted Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Speaking at a labor rally in Boston, Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass., said that sometimes it’s necessary to “get a little bloody.” And you know about the teachers who skipped school — and forced schools to close — in order to protest those lawmakers who weren’t playing hooky.

Many of the players have not been a credit to their cause — which may explain why union leaders, who initially balked at Walker’s compensation cuts, budged. They understood that the public wasn’t buying the argument that their resistance was not about money.

Now they say the fight is over something bigger than money — and now they’re right.

“This is all about power,” Democratic pollster Paul Maslin told me from his Madison, Wis., home. “This is all about busting the unions; this is all about (Walker) giving himself national prominence.” As far as Maslin is concerned, Walker has crossed the Rubicon.

If Walker’s move simply were about balancing the budget, his critics now argue, he would cut a deal and move on.

Conservative Milwaukee talk-show host Charlie Sykes agreed. When I asked him if Wisconsin Republicans are trying to turn off the spigot of political donations from public-employee unions, Sykes answered, “Absolutely.”

Badger State Democrats fled Madison, Sykes added, because “they see this as a real threat to the mother lode of campaign cash. The left is going to have to raise money the old-fashioned way: voluntarily.”

I tell Sykes that if I were Walker, I’d take the benefits concessions and declare victory. One of my beefs with the right is that conservatives often don’t know how to take “yes” as an answer.

I’d look at the 2008 vote, at how quickly cheeseheads can pivot to the other side of the aisle, and I’d also be afraid of overplaying my hand, as the right frequently does.

Maslin isn’t convincing when he complains about Republicans trying to jam through a bill in one day. (See above.)

He is more convincing when he looks at 2008 and assures me that some of the 19 GOP state senators are afraid: “There’s a tough thing going on here. I would say the 14 (Dems) are feeling much better for what they’ve done than some of the 19 (Repubs).”

But Sykes tells me that when the Madison story went national, Wisconsin conservatives saw an opportunity that may never come again. Their resolve hardened.

“The country is on the edge of a precipice,” he explained. He would have expected to see Republican lawmakers get weak-kneed by now. Instead, they’re thinking, “We’ve got to decide right now. Are we going to become Michigan? Are we going to become California? Or are we going to turn things around?

“Nobody is in the mood to go for the half-measures.”

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Absolutely Critical – – That You Support this Protest Rally on March 5, 2010 @ 11:00 am


You should be Here!

Sent: 2/26/2011 8:44:51 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Fwd: Abolutely Critical YOU SUPPORT THIS PROTEST RALLY

Gary and I are attending this rally and I hope you will attend also.     Patty
——– Original Message ——–






  Date:  Sat, 26 Feb 2011 19:33:05 -0600


   From Jim Sykes <>





Please try to attend the rally in Nashville. A map of the rally location is attached.

 All Conservatives, PLEASE STAND UP!!!!

Public Employee Unions put up big money to elect democrats. Then they turn around and demand larger pensions, expensive health care, and hefty pay raises from people they have elected to office.  Government employees receive a staggering 45% more, on average, in wages and benefits than comparable workers in the private sector. In these poor economic times, taxpayers have no more to give. 
On November 2, a huge mandate was sent by the voters:
                     No more spending
                     No more taxes
                     No more government regulations.
The education bills are not anti-teacher. They are pro-student and about promoting educational excellence. The TEA/NEA, which do the collective bargaining, have a leftist agenda which is not good for our students. It is time to stand up for our principles and values.
This is not the time to sit back and hope someone else will stand up for what is right. YOU MUST COME AND SUPPORT THIS RALLY!
Taxpayers can no longer be hostage to the ever-increasing demands of the now radicalized public sector union….THE TEA/NEA Association.
The TEA UNION and the TEAMSTER UNION will be protesting several education bills that are currently making their way through our current General Assembly.  It is of vital importance that we make our voices heard and that we make an effort to have an effective counter protest.
We need your support: Saturday, March 5 (see map below)
                     East Side of Capitol: Large Grassy hillside       
                     fronting James Robertson Parkway.
                     Time: 11:00 am
NOTE: The Union group will assemble at Bi-Centennial Mall and will walk by us to legislative plaza where they have a permit to protest.
Do not be confrontational. Be focused on fiscal responsibility and be in support of our effective teachers and school children.
Bring Correctly Spelled Signs to Reflect Values…..Not Vulgarities.
Sherrie Orange
Wilson Co. Tea Party Chairman





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America’s Gay White House

Alan Caruba

America’s Gay White House

By Alan Caruba

A news item by Agence Press France flew under the radar of many American news media. On February 25th it reported that “The White House on Friday named Jeremy Bernard to serve as social secretary to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, the first male and first openly gay person to hold the position.”

Barack Obama, married and father of two girls, may be straight, but he has proven to be the most active President when it comes to efforts that would establish homosexuality as a “normal” lifestyle in America. He is not alone in this; it is the goal of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender movement (GLBT) in America.

While I fully expect to evoke howls from the GLBT movement in saying this, the fact remains that no where in nature is homosexuality the norm. It is always an aberration because heterosexuality ensures the propagation of any and all species. It is abnormal for members of the same sex to prefer one another. The recognition of this fact reaches back to the origins of humanity.

I am not advocating that homosexuals be stoned, hanged, or denied their civil rights. Gays (I will use the term to describe homosexuals of both genders and all those who are confused about their gender) are protected by the 14th Amendment, passed in 1886 after the Civil War to ensure that Afro-American’s civil rights were not abridged or denied.

I have always thought that “gay” was an odd choice of words to describe homosexuals because those whom I have known rarely evinced much happiness about being regarded by the rest of society as aberrations. They may have made their personal peace with it, but the notion that a society based on heterosexuality should regard them as “normal” defies logic.

Granting homosexuals the right to marry is an act of societal suicide. I will cite some examples below.

In late February, the White House and its Department of Justice announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. It is a warning of moral decay that America has reached a point where it requires a law to assert this definition, recognized from the dawn of civilization, of mankind itself.

Attorney General Eric Holder noted that federal agencies would continue to abide by the act, but made it clear that he and the President consider it unconstitutional. No where in the U.S. Constitution is there any reference to homosexuality, nor a suggestion that it is normal. It is being challenged by homosexuals in a number of court cases including Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts.

Robin McGehee, director of GetEQUAL, which describes itself as a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, said, “For 15 years DOMA has been a thorn in the side of the LGBT community, preventing loving couples from being fully equal under the law.” They are fully equal. They just can’t get married because marriage is the keystone of society. Weakening the definition of marriage can only serve to weaken society.

When Massachusetts’ Supreme Court, on November 18, 2003, announced its Goodridge opinion, ruling that it was unconstitutional to not allow same-sex “marriage” it opened the floodgates to events that have appalled much of that state’s heterosexual population.

It particularly hit the school systems throughout Massachusetts. There were instances of school assemblies to celebrate same-sex “marriage” and swiftly moved from middle to elementary schools where the teaching of homosexuality became part of the curriculum. Kindergartners were given picture books that depicted homosexual “marriage” as just another kind of family, second graders were exposed to a book, “King and King” about two men who have a romance and marry with a picture of them kissing. School libraries across the state instituted shelves of books presenting homosexual behavior as normal. “Gay days” in schools were considered necessary to fight “intolerance.”

This is giving parents fits, but it was President Obama who installed Kevin Jennings as the White House “safe schools” czar in the Department of Education even though Jennings is a major homosexual activist who has pushed the homosexual agenda in the nation’s schools. Jennings, prior to his appointment, was the founder and executive director of the nationwide Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network.

President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to a lifetime position as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court despite her activism as Dean of the Harvard Law School during which she expelled military recruiters over the Armed Forces’ ban on homosexuals. She called it a “moral injustice of the first order.” She was known for recruiting homosexual activists to the school’s faculty such as the former ACLU lawyer, William Rubenstein, to teach “queer” legal theory and elevated an outspoken lesbian professor, Janet Halley. She encouraged Harvard students to get involved in homosexual activist legal work.

These White House appointments are just one part of what millions of Americans have come to realize as measures taken to undermine the nation’s moral authority, its legal system, its economy, its military strength and defense, and its energy security.

In 2012 Americans will clean house in the White House and the Congress, electing men and women who understand that homosexuality is an unfit condition for marriage, for service in the military, and that its justification in the states and the courts is a stealth attack on the nation.

© Alan Caruba, 2011

paco12348 Comment by paco12348 45 minutes ago
I’m making a list of requirements I would like a person to have before they win the White House. This is just the beginning of the list and they do not come in order of importance.:

1. They must reveal their birth certificate.

2. They must not be an apologist for America.

3. They must be pro-life.

4. They must uphold the Constitution and follow the rule of law.

5. They must believe in small government and downsize the one we have.

6. They must begin cleaning out Federal Judges that “make law”.

7  They must clean out the illegals, protect the border, arrest those overstaying their Visa’s and never allow them back.

8.  They must eject the Marxist, Communist and Socialist.They do not belong in America. There should be a large room for them in Hell.

9. Arrest the employers hiring illegals, the property owners housing them and inform the states NO ASSISTANCE IN ANY FORM IS TO BE GIVEN TO ILLEGALS OR LOSE FEDERAL FUNDING.

10.  Get rid of the Dept. of Education. The States can do a better job.

11. Start working on downsizing the Welfare program. Require every healthy welfare recipient to donate enough time to pay for what they get in rent, food and health care. Let’s get rid of the nanny state.

12. Never, ever again elect a person as President when he or she has no governing experience and running one’s mouth as a community organizer does not give one governing experience.  Obama outsourced his job the first two years, never once consulting his cabinet. Who ran the nation? His socialist Tzars and we are living the results. He still has no governing experience so he must NEVER, EVER be elected again.

13. IF, and I hope to God nothing like amnesty passes through this God forsaken White House, but IF it does, I want to take away the incentive the Dems have for loading this nation up with an uneducated workforce. NO ILLEGAL GRANTED AMNEST CAN VOTE FOR 15 YEARS.

14. And final

Kristen Bright Comment by Kristen Bright 1 hour ago

How many expected this?

James R. Norris Comment by James R. Norris 1 hour ago
Ron Boyer got it right.  We need to stop the source, and let individual states run their own departments of education. Of course we lost that right with the loss of the uncivil war.  Can we take it back?
JoAnn Comment by JoAnn 1 hour ago
Mary Triola Comment by Mary Triola 1 hour ago
To anyone who does not believe bho does everything in the name of politics you had better wake up. This man is the most calculating political ANIMAL we as Americans have ever seen. He believes in NOTHING that we believe in as Americans. If independents don’t wake up we will saddled with these people again. They go on vacation after vacation having parties at the White House charging everything to us,while millions of people are ouit of work.How much more proof do you need? This arrogance MUST be remembered.
Fitzhugh Havens Comment by Fitzhugh Havens 2 hours ago
No room for queers in society.  If Mother Nature wanted people to be queer, she’d have provided for the procreation of the species amoungst queers.

Jimmy Hight Comment by Jimmy Hight 2 hours ago

2012 can’t get here soon enough and things have to change back to when we were a civil Nation and common sense was the rule.

Ronald Valiquette Comment by Ronald Valiquette 2 hours ago
The TEA Party dislikes being active against “social issues”, so I am glad everyone posting sees how much this “social issue” is immorally and economically detrimental to our livelihood. The United States were founded on Christian moral values and accountability to God and laws. These are all factors destroying our country right now, how immorality and out of control liberalism is undermining our principles of life. As Obama tries to re-write the Constitution and use his puppet nation unions and organizers to socialize the USA while destroying our economy, all conservative groups must unite as brothers in arms and fight this evil activity. The TEA Party NEEDS to incorporate these issues as being part of our dire economic and Constitutional attacks by the left.
Debrajoe Smith-Beatty Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty 2 hours ago
Obama has decided what laws he will abide by and what laws he won’t. This is unacceptable in America.
Jeni Comment by Jeni 3 hours ago
“While I fully expect to evoke howls from the GLBT movement in saying this,”

You know what? All the more reason TO SAY IT!  After all, if anyone taught us how to howl, it’s the left – and that’s how they get their way. They howl and yammer and P&M and screech and parade and protest until they’re so outrageous everyone is running for cover and silencing their voice so as “NOT TO OFFEND”.

Well frankly “my dear, I don’t give a d**n” anymore if I offend anyone. I’ve been offended so many times and so much I’m numb!

And this is especially true when it comes to our moral code. It has been shredded, diced and sliced and we Christians are TOO SILENT.  Where’ the outrage on this offensive DADT? Where’s the outrage on the DOMA? The outcry needs to be so loud and so long that even mainstream media cannot ignore us any longer.

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Heritage Tells Us ** Why Shouldn’t We Raise the Debt Ceiling?


VIDEO: Why Shouldn’t We Raise the Debt Ceiling?

The Heritage Foundation produced this video the last time Congress wanted to raise the debt ceiling, the legal limit on deficit spending—just one year ago. As Congress prepares to once again debate the debt limit, we thought this video a fitting reminder for all Americans who wish to know what’s really going on.

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AFL-CIO President Trumka, says the Way to get America’s Economy Back on the Road to RECOVERY? – – “RAISE TAXES”


 AFL-CIO Boss: Raising Taxes is ‘Best Way’ to Create Jobs


What should we do to get America’s economy back on the road to prosperity? Raise taxes, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka suggests.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka, right, with WH chief of staff Bill Daley and President Barack Obama (AP) 

“We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” Trumka recently told Yahoo! Finance.

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.” Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn‘t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.

Trumka didn’t say specifically how much he would raise the gas tax, but mentioned he’s shown the President a $256 billion plan to improve infrastructure. If every billion spent on infrastructure creates 35,000 jobs, as he claims, this package would create close to 9 million jobs over the next five years.

The idea would also improve America’s fiscal and competitive future, says Trumka. “There’s also a downstream effect, you put people back to work, they pay taxes, they don’t use services, they’re contributing, other jobs are created along the way as well,” he explains.

The White House isn’t on-board with the plan. Addressing the issue on “Face the Nation” in January, White House Chief of Staff Richard Daley said he isn’t in favor of raising taxes right now.

Trumka does have an unlikely supporter for higher gas taxes in the right-leaning Chamber of Commerce. However, the Chamber of Commerce does not support Trumka’s other tax initiative: creating a financial transaction tax.

An idea raised by Democrats during the Dodd-Frank bill debate, the transaction tax would charge financial institutions a minimal fee (less than a penny) for each trade they make. Trumka says that could raise another $100 billion in revenue without taking money out of the pockets of the middle class.

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