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Has Bill Clinton finally doomed Hillary’s POTUS chances?

If the allegations about Flowers, Jones, Stone, Streisand and countless others didn’t destroy their dynasty…
If fellatio in the Oval Office and an infamous blue dress didn’t ruin it for her…
Perhaps, this time…this time, Bill Clinton has finally gone too far with another woman and, as a result, ended it for Hillary.
No, he didn’t try out a new brand of cigars with her, but his championing of soon-to-be replaced Sen. Blanche Lincoln has broached the truly unforgivable—alienated the one group Hillary Clinton will need in 2012 2016 if she is ever going to become President of the United States…

Union bosses.

Bill Clinton’s message to Democrats here Friday about their heated two-way U.S. Senate battle was a simple one: a vote for incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln is a vote rank-and-file Arkansans, while a vote for Lt. Governor Bill Halter is a vote for outside labor unions and liberal activist groups.
Don’t be fooled, Clinton told the gathering of about 300 at Philander Smith College. The big, national unions supporting Halter are “using you and manipulating your vote,” he said.
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Clinton held up a copy of a Washington Post article and quoted from it about how national unions want to make Lincoln a poster child for “what happens when a Democrat crosses us.” The former president argued that the unions nationalized what should be an Arkansas-focused Senate race.
Bill Clinton and Blanche Lincoln took us in the wrong direction when they supported NAFTA,” said spokesman Eddie Vale in an email to reporters. “They sent thousands of Arkansas jobs to Mexico and Canada, and yet they’re still bragging about their support of the job-killing deal. When it comes to protecting and creating jobs in Arkansas, they just don’t get it.”

Since no Democrat can move up the democratic food chain these days without kissing the pinky rings of the big union bosses and since crossing them (as Blanche Lincoln has in her opposition to the Employee Free FORCED Choice Act) is considered a mortal sin, Bill’s blasphemous bashing of the lords of labor will not be without recrimination and reprisal.

BUT, since Bubba is no longer running for office and since unions do not (typically) target children, he and Chelsea are probably off limits.  This leaves Hillary to (once again) pay the price for Bill’s transgressions and, since unions have long memories, that probably won’t happen until 2016.

“I may not have been the greatest president, but I’ve had the most fun eight years.”Bill Clinton
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Pilots strike, airline closes…any questions?

The AFL-CIO is blathering blogging on the story that Spirit Airlines is allegedly threatening that, if its pilots strike, the airline will close:


Spirit Airlines is threatening to close its operations in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., if its 500 pilots go on strike. The Air Line Pilots (ALPA) has said its members will strike at the end of a 30-day cooling-off period if they don’t get a fair contract.


Somehow this is news? Apparently, the AFL-CIO would rather fly in a plane without a pilot?

[Never mind, don’t answer that.]

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Financial Reform: One More Way Unions Plan on Taking Over Corporate America

Last week, we posted on what is really behind the union push for financial reform.  We stated that the union push for financial reform “isn’t to ‘reform’ Wall Street, it is a push to remake America’s quasi-free market system into that of a European model.

While it is not the intent to repeat that post here, it is interesting to note that Politico picked up on the story yesterday and provided a few more details:

Boost for labor in Wall St. bill

For years, Democratic-backed labor unions have been trying to get behind enemy lines, so to speak, by helping to put more union-friendly representatives on corporate boards as a way to shape policies from the inside.


Now, they’ve got a surprising new weapon to help them in that effort: the Wall Street reform bill.


Buried deep in the Democrats’ Senate bill are two major changes to how board members are elected — both designed to crack open the insular world of corporate boardrooms and make them more responsive to shareholders.


[snip]


But when Democrats set out to reform Wall Street, they also included a few provisions that benefit their allies in the labor movement, along with provisions on reining in “too big to fail” banks and exotic investments.


One provision would essentially give the Securities and Exchange Commission the power to force the names of outside nominees onto the corporate ballot. Right now, corporations can print up the ballots — and leave off the other names.


Such a change could give large, long-term investors — such as the pension funds that fund union members’ retirements — a better shot to get elected to the boards.


The other change would require directors running in an uncontested election to win a majority of votes cast. Currently, most directors need to win only a plurality, which has resulted in directors losing the majority vote but still winning the seat.


[snip]


Critics argue the push is little more than a move by Democrats to reward their friends in organized labor.


“It is reasonable for some to think that these proposals are more about payback than fixing the economy,” said Tom Quaadman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s designed to give labor more leverage over management, he said, adding that the Chamber is working to kill the provisions.


“This has nothing to do with responsible corporate governance,” he said. “This is about selective activist investors trying to advance issues unrelated to better corporate governance.” [Emphasis added.]

Simply put, the union Democrats’ version of financial reform is ruse, a sales job of epic proportions to use the financial crisis to completely restructure America’s quasi-free market into that of Europe’s.

And we know just how well that’s working out for Europe, don’t we?

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BREAKING: SEIU turning its back on AFL-CIO…for now

Mary Kay Henry, the incoming president of the Service Employees International Union is squelching rumors of a re-unification with AFL-CIO, according to Politico.

In an attempt to address the speculation concerning a possible re-unification, Henry sent a letter (in PDF) to her fellow Change to Win ‘partners’

In her letter, Henry writes:

SEIU has had no discussion about returning to the AFL-CIO.  The needs of hardworking women and men in this country transcend conversation about the configuration of the labor movement and instead call on us all to work together in the interest workers and their families.


SEIU remains strongly committed to our relationship with our Change to Win partners and we look forward to strengthening those relationships in the weeks and months to come.

So, the SEIU is turning its back on reconciliation for now.  This probably shouldn’t surprise too many as Mary Kay Henry hasn’t even officially taken office yet.  However, it would seem unlikely that the SEIU will stay out of the AFL-CIO forever.

As the last split in the House of Labor lasted 20 years, we’ll give this one a little bit more time.
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VIDEO: AFL-CIO’s Elizabeth Shuler on targeting the young

The video below is of Elizabeth Shuler, the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, on targeting the young.

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Showdown in America: Are Unions and President Obama Provocateurs?

Provocateur:  a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like; agitator.


They’re calling it “Showdown in America” and that is exactly what they seem to be striving for.

As part of their on-going push to get the federal government into every nook and cranny of Americans’ lives, the SEIU, AFL-CIO and a left-wing group called National People’s Action are planning on storming K Street in Washington, DC on May 17th.

On May 17, everyday people from across the country will descend on K Street in Washington, DC. K Street is ground-zero for the corporate lobbyists that are driving gridlock in Washington. Our plan is to draw a direct line between Wall Street CEOS, their hired guns on K Street, and the elected officials who have become addicted to Big Bank campaign contributions.

It’s time to take back our democracy. Whether you care about banking reform, jobs and the rights of workers, quality and affordable housing and health care, or sustaining our planet, we share a common foe – greedy and reckless corporations that have taken control of democracy and are the big barrier standing between us and a more just and sustainable society.

While we already know that the SEIU’s Andy Stern and Anna Burger have direct access to the White House, according to Big Government writer Andrew Marcus, President Obama’s history with NPA predates even his history with the SEIU.  Which begs the question Marcus asks:

Is President Obama Using Executive Powers To Organize Angry Anti-Capitalist Protests On The Streets Of America?

You can view some of the NPA’s action here:

If one didn’t know any better, the question one might ask is:

By using his agent provocateurs, is the President of the United States trying to start a real Showdown in America?
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AFL-CIO Boss Wants Arizona’s Immigration Law Repealed

With unions having gone ‘all in’ on Amnesty for Illegals, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka wants Arizona’s new immigration law repealed:

Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law (SB 1070) is an affront to American values of fairness and respect for our constitution. The AFL-CIO joins people of conscience around the country in condemning the law, which will make racial profiling the norm—if not a requirement—in Arizona and will be impractical, unenforceable and a waste of scarce public resources.

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We need urgent action. The Arizona law should not be allowed to become a model; it is bad public policy and it should be put to rest. We call on the Department of Justice to step up to its fundamental mission of protecting and defending our civil rights and immediately bring legal action to stop Arizona from implementing its ill-guided and unconstitutional law. We also call on President Obama to publicly oppose and terminate all programs — including collaborations between state and local law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — that result in racial profiling. Our focus should instead be on a comprehensive solution to the broken immigration system.

Well, being that unions all mostly support Amnesty for Illegals, Trumka’s comments are not at all surprising.  It is unfortunate, however, that unions don’t have the courage to call for increased border security, along with their calls for amnesty.
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