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Obama Calls For Dumping Secret Ballots In Union Elections

Fred Lucas says, Barack Obama, seeking to rally support for embattled Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections, on Wednesday pledged his support for a card check bill, which would eliminate secret ballots in elections to unionize workplaces.

Obama told the AFL-CIO Executive Council that his administration has taken many measures to help union workers and move the beleaguered economy in the right direction.

"We passed the Fair Pay Act to help put a stop to pay discrimination," Obama told the union leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday. "We’ve reversed the executive orders of the last administration that were designed to undermine organized labor. I’ve appointed folks who actually are fulfilling their responsibilities to make sure our workplaces are safe, whether in a mine or in an office, a factory or anyplace else."

Then he promised, "And we are going to keep on fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act."
    

Man votes "No" to union -- ends up in hospital
    
The Employee Free Choice Act, also known as the card check bill, replaces the secret ballot by allowing union organizers to publicly ask workers to sign a card in favor of unionizing.  If a simple majority of employees approve, then an employer would have to recognize the union.

Supporters say that card-check organizing makes it easier for employees to organize.  "Too few workers are able to form unions and bargain because companies routinely block their efforts -- and our current legal system is too broken and dominated by corporations to help them," the AFL-CIO Web site says.

But opponents of the legislation -- including former Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern -- warn that the legislation, by doing away with the secret ballot, would subject workers to coercion from pro-union groups.  Everyone would know whether a worker said yes or no to forming a union.
Obama Admits To Favoring Big Labor
Katie Gage says that earlier this week, Obama confirmed what small business leaders and concerned workers fear most: that he will spare no effort to achieve Big Labor’s goals.  Obama admits that labor’s top priority, the job-killing, rights-stripping Employee "Forced" Choice Act (EFCA), does not have the votes it needs to pass in the Senate.  And with his own words, Obama acknowledged that he has unambiguously aligned himself with union bosses seeking to bypass Congress and cram their priorities down the throats of the American people.

"What we’ve done instead [of getting EFCA passed in the Senate] is try to do as much as we can administratively to make sure that it’s easier for unions to operate and that they’re not being placed at an unfair disadvantage," Obama said.

Considering Big Labor bosses already win the majority of workplace elections, the comments are as dishonest as they are gratuitous.

How is the Obama administration delivering on Big Labor’s agenda administratively?  Let me count the ways.

The Obama administration inserted former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) attorney Craig Becker into the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after Beck was rejected by the US Senate.  Considering that he has refused to recuse himself on decisions the NLRB makes affecting his former employers and Big Labor friends, Becker’s credibility is in serious question, while his bias is not.

Secondly, in a recent report to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee, the Obama administration claimed that organizing a union in America is difficult and that that difficulty constitutes a human rights offense.  The audacity of this claim is bad enough, but for our own government to make it on an international level is a perfect example of the great lengths to which Obama will go to draw attention to Big Labor’s demands.

The third example of the Obama administration’s pro-union boss agenda is the undemocratic regulation put through by the National Mediation Board (NMB).  This three-member board, which oversees airline union elections, contains two Obama appointees.  Both appointees have ties to airline industry unions and both support a new system of voting that would overhaul a rule that has been in place since 1935.  Under the new system, votes not cast would count as votes for union bosses.  Under the current system, the NMB recognizes a workplace as unionized if a majority of its workers who vote support unionization.

The new system assumes that workers who do not vote support having someone else in charge of representing their interests.  Who proposed this new voting system?  The AFL-CIO, Craig Becker’s former employer.  And why does the AFL-CIO deserve special treatment?  Because union bosses contributed nearly half a billion dollars to get Obama elected and have demanded "payback."  In the coming months and years, we can expect to see more and more "payback" to Big Labor bosses as Obama prepares for his re-election campaign and feels the need to produce results for his biggest benefactor.

More union members translates into increased dues, which, coupled with a pension bailout, is exactly what these union bosses want and, it appears, exactly what Obama intends to give them at the expense of worker freedoms and small business jobs.
The Right To Unionize
Zip says, as a token of his appreciation for pumping in over $100 million into Dem campaigns during the midterms, Obama is throwing his union goons another bone.  He's proposing new regulation mandating businesses notify workers of their right to unionize.

The National Labor Relations Board has submitted to the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which provides for a 60-day comment period.  The rule would require employers to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

As the Notice states, the Board "believes that many employees protected by the NLRA are unaware of their rights under the statute.  The intended effects of this action are to increase knowledge of the NLRA among employees, to better enable the exercise of rights under the statute, and to promote statutory compliance by employers and unions."
    
    
And, here's a shocker!  The Obama Regime has failed to release the Annual Report on Union Corruption.

The Office of Labor Management Statistics (OLMS) was supposed to release an annual report tracking labor unions and evidence of corruption in union leadership in January 2010 but still hasn’t released the document.

OLMS, which falls under the Department of Labor, has released no such tracking report since George W. Bush’s administration, something that has the conservative nonprofit organization Americans for Limited Government (ALG) up in arms.  ALG filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the 2009 report, and OLMS denied the group’s request by saying it needed more time to complete the report.  Originally, however, those reports were publicly available on the OLMS website.

The report would tabulate the number of cases nationwide of union leader prosecution, the amount of funds they embezzle and the misuse of union funds. It also would keep track of indictments.  Those statistics do exist elsewhere, as criminal and most civil court proceedings become public record after the cases close, but they’re difficult to track down as they’re in courthouses all over the country.  The OLMS annual reports kept track of that information, allowing people to access it easily.

ALG’s current head of research, Don Todd, who led OLMS during the Bush administration, told The Daily Caller he doubts it would be too difficult for the Obama administration to release that information, as they’re supposed to keep track of it all year long.  He also said that this administration’s failure to release the report is "freakishly incompetent."  He suspects politics is to blame.

Zip says, It’s almost like he’s paying them back for something…
Feds Threaten To Sue States Over Union Laws
The AP is reporting the National Labor Relations Board on Friday threatened to sue Arizona, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah over constitutional amendments guaranteeing workers the right to a secret ballot in union elections.

The agency's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the amendments conflict with federal law, which gives employers the option of recognizing a union if a majority of workers sign cards that support unionizing.

The amendments, approved Nov. 2, have taken effect in South Dakota and Utah, and will do so soon in Arizona and South Carolina.

Business and anti-union groups sought the amendments, arguing that such secrecy is necessary to protect workers against union intimidation.  They are concerned that Congress might enact legislation requiring employers to allow the "card check" process for forming unions instead of secret ballot elections.

In letters to the attorney general of each state, Solomon says the amendments are pre-empted by the supremacy clause of the Constitution because they conflict with employee rights laid out in the National Labor Relations Act.  That clause says that when state and federal laws are at odds, federal law prevails.

Solomon is asking the attorneys general in South Dakota and Utah for official statements agreeing that their amendments are unconstitutional "to conserve state and federal resources."

In his letter to South Carolina's attorney general, Solomon asks the state to take measures that would prevent the Legislature from ratifying the amendment.  Solomon requested that Arizona's governor decline to make the amendment official.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he believes the state is on solid ground.  He plans to coordinate a response with the other three states.

"If they want to bring a lawsuit, then bring it," Shurtleff said.  "We believe that a secret ballot is as fundamental a right as any American has had since the beginning of this country.  We want to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens."

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Obama’s War On Democracy
The Washington Times relays this message to Wisconsin taxpayers: Obama and the Democratic National Committee have declared war on you.  Message to other states: You’re next.

The political unrest in Wisconsin, billed as some kind of grass-roots uprising, is being organized and directed by Barack Obama‘s Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee.  This development is consistent with Obama‘s instructions for supporters to "get in the face" of those who oppose them, but in this case, they are seeking to derail a lawful legislative process.

On Thursday, 14 Democratic state lawmakers fled Wisconsin’s capital to prevent the legislature from conducting official business.  Dan Grandone, state director for Obama’s campaign apparatus, accused Gov. Scott Walker of "ignoring Wisconsin voices today and asking for the power to drown them out permanently tomorrow."  It is important to note that the voices of which Grandone speaks are not those of the public at large.  Voters sent an unmistakable message in November by taking solid majorities in the state Assembly and Senate away from Democrats and handing even greater control to Republicans.  Walker, a Republican, won by six points.

That the protesters speak in a different voice can be seen in the signs they carry.  Many compare Walker to Hitler, Mussolini or Hosni Mubarak.  One placard had the slogan "Repeal Walker" with the governor’s head in sniper-scope cross hairs.  This is the symbolism that Democrats recently denounced as "hate-filled rhetoric," and it is far from the voice of the public.  It is rather the voice of an entitled class that seeks by any means to stop its free ride from coming to an end.

The public educators engaged in the demonstrations, many of whom earn more than $100,000 in salary and benefits, seem to think the normal rules of professional conduct do not apply to them.  Many falsely called in sick to engage in self-serving political activism, apparently without fear of being disciplined.  A group of Madison East High School students engaged in what a union organizer called an "unplanned walkoff" of the school grounds, but that the students said was organized truancy instigated by their teachers.

These demonstrations may be dramatic and TV-friendly, but White House operatives and their union cronies are on the wrong side of history.  The American people are fed up with a sense of entitlement, waste and abuse in government service.  Americans in the private sector have lost jobs, been forced to take pay cuts to continue working and have reduced spending just to make ends meet.  Government workers face no such jeopardy and instead enjoy automatic raises, regardless of performance.  The measures causing all the ruckus in Wisconsin would require public-sector employees (excluding police and firefighters) to contribute half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health care costs, which is a better deal than most Americans get.  The public sector employees also would lose collective bargaining rights for anything other than pay.  These are reasonable sacrifices to make in a time of fiscal crisis, and by resisting them, the demonstrators expose themselves as selfish and unreasonable.

The White House and its allies have backed similar demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, and more may be planned for other states.  One can reasonably ask why Obama is spending his time seeking to undermine democratic processes in U.S. state legislatures and ignoring the pleas of Iranians trying to throw off the shackles of Islamic rule.

Related:  Obama joins Wisconsin's budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill

Related:  Obama Administration Is Behind Chaos in Wisconsin -- Students Used as Props
Obama Defends The Privileged
John Hinderaker says it is infuriating to see Obama weighing in on behalf of overpaid, underworked and greedy members of public employee unions.  They are among the more privileged members of our society, but, as full partners in the Democrats' scheme to suck up ever more money even if it bankrupts the country, they have Obama's complete support.
    

    

Eyeblast TV says that shortly after the state of Arizona began cracking down on illegal immigration, Obama and company went on the offensive against the state.

      

Now, with the Gov. Scott Walker taking on unions in Wisconsin, it was only a matter of time before Obama gave his two cents.  He has taken the side of the state government unions against Walker’s plan that would force state workers to cover half of their pension contributions and 13 percent of their own health insurance cuts.  The plan would also strip government workers of the power to collectively bargain for higher wages unless the public approved it through a vote.

     

When asked about the public employee benefits cuts in Wisconsin and the resulting union protests Obama said he saw the cuts as an "assault on unions."

Corruption In The Age Of Obama
Skookum says while teachers wail about their efforts being strictly for the welfare of the children, their veneer of professionalism wears thinner and thinner.  There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the teacher’s don’t want to give up their sense of entitlement and their position of minor Elitists within Obama’s Socialism.  No!  They have no intention of sharing the burden of financial responsibility, that is for the non-unionists: they are the ones who chose not to join the trade union movement; they are the ones who refuse to get on Obama’s Gravy Train that runs on other people’s money; let them eat cake or listen to Michelle rant about diet or listen to Teleprompter Reader himself tell us to forgo vacations as he sends his family to Vail to for a skiing vacation.  America should face up to facts, if you forget about going on that vacation you might not need to worry about losing your home.  Well thanks for the financial advice Obama, but just about everyone who isn’t a public service union employee is well aware that they will not be vacationing in Vail this winter.  If you applied some of that important financial advice to the federal government, we might not be in this recession, now known as the Obama recession.  You know the one that has light at the end of the tunnel: the light that only you and your sycophantic "Yes" men you have surrounded yourself with can see.

Now the professionalism of teachers who drag their political beliefs into the classroom are destroying what remains of their professionalism by walking off the job and calling in with erroneous sick calls.  Yes this might work in Chicago with sanitation workers, but Obama becomes less presidential and involves himself in state politics and encourages illegal activities, he lower the prestige of the office and creates a massive conflict of interest that lays bare the corruption that is endemic within this administration.

Now to add to the loss of professionalism and the lowering of standards, we have medical doctors passing out sick passes to truant teachers making a mockery of the system to the same students to whom the teachers are supposed to serve as an example.  Yes, we are bringing our state and federal governments down to the levels of the Chicago Machine and its primordial swamp of corruption.

From Dr Lou Sanner, MD, one of the doctors who has passed out hundreds of Doctor’s notes that cover employees absences with phony ailments that he maintains are signs of stress, was quoted by the Associated Press:
    

"What employers have a right to know is if the patient was assessed by a duly licensed physician about time off of work.  Employers don’t have a right to know the nature of that conversation or the nature of that illness.  So it’s as valid as every other work note that I’ve written for the last 30 years."

    
Besides committing fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud these doctors are placing their licenses in jeopardy.  They are in direct violation of the laws that require them to record their medical records and confidentiality laws.  Hopefully Governor Walker will take necessary measures to revoke the licenses of physicians who place politics ahead of professional standards.

Unfortunately, Obama has unofficially sanctioned and encouraged this unlawful behavior with his endorsement of illegal union behavior and by having his organization Organizing For America bus in 60 thousand union thugs.  These measures of financial responsibility will be repeated in more states in the coming weeks and it is a consequence of such measures that Obama’s system of Nepotism will be weakened and possibly destroyed as states struggle against bankruptcy.  With the weakening of public sector unions and their strangle hold on the nation’s financial health.  He has often exhibited inappropriate behavior for a president in time of stress and it is likely that these outbursts that reflect his inexperience and inability to perform the duties of the office will become more obvious now that he realizes that his fiefdom and his defacto civilian army corps is being dismantled.
AFL-CIO Chief Talks to White House Every Day
  
    
NakedEmperorNews has a video that demonstrates a shocking level of influence.  Big labor thug, Richard Trumka, who is working with European Socialists for a new global tax, says he talks to the White House every day, and visits a couple of times a week.

Obama has cabinet secretaries that he has never spoken to -- not in two years.  Yet, the head of the AFL-CIO talks to the "White House" every day?  And visits a couple of times a week?

Then again, there is a lot of coordinating to do.

From the Big Apple, the Wisconsin workers who have staged a week-long protest against their union-busting governor are getting some reinforcements.  Teamsters Local 237, which represents various city workers, intends to "bus a couple hundred" members to Madison -- possibly this week -- Deputy Director Pete Gutierrez told The Daily News.
    

"This governor has awakened a sleeping giant," Gutierrez said of Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican. "We're going to bring down as many people as possible.  It's an important issue and legitimate cause."

    
And in Ohio, the CPUSA, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, the state AFL-CIO and its affiliates have called for a massive turnout for a rally Tuesday at the Statehouse in Columbus to protest a Republican bill to epeal collective bargaining for public employees.

In robocalls and emails sent throughout the state, Strickland said "the fate of Ohio's middle class is on the line" and urged people "to join with the thousands who will gather to oppose Senate Bill 5 and the rest of our opponents' backward agenda."

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer is claiming that "This is a Wisconsin story, not a Washington one," contradicting the Washington Post's reporting that Obama and his political apparatus has gotten deeply involved in the effort.  But Pfeiffer fails to acknowledge that unions, particularly in the public sector, and Obama's apparatus are the same thing, having worked to get out the vote for Democrats for years.

AFSCME is an arm of the Democratic Party just as much as the Democratic Party is a part of AFSCME -- the symbiotic relationship is clear in every political position staked out by the union, which happily coincides with the party's consensus.
There's No Duping Obama
Neil Braithwaite says while the liberal media touts Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as being "duped" by a prank caller into "letting down his guard" and telling what his motives were regarding public-sector unions, they choose to keep totally silent with regard to Obama's open and well documented relationship and motives with those same public-sector unions.

Without having to be duped by an imposter looking for evidence of his "true" motives, Obama has openly, and for the record, spelled out not only his cozy relationship with public-sector unions, but exactly what his motives are in that relationship.

So, because Obama came out in support of the unions in Wisconsin, wouldn't his relationship and motives with public-sector unions be newsworthy?

Well it just so happens, in 2008 while trying to distinguish himself from all other candidates, Senator Obama clearly stated his relationship and motives with public-sector unions when he said the following:
    

"Do they (other candidates) have it in their gut?  Do they have a track record of standing along side you on picket lines?  Do they have a track record of going after companies that aren't letting you organize?  Do they have a track record of voting the right way -- but also helping you organize to build more and more power?  "We (Obama and Unions) built political power on the south side of Chicago -- and now the time for us to do it (build political power) across this country.  We are going to paint the nation purple with SEIU."

    
There were no prank calls needed to find out Obama's motives behind his support of the unions in Wisconsin.  In his own un-duped words, Obama boldly declared that his relationship and motives with public-sector unions are grounded in nothing more than "political power" -- pure and simple.

And then there is this -- more of Obama's patented Obullsh!t:
    
    
Along with Obama, who accused Wisconsin Gov. Walker of unleashing "an assault" on unions, pretty much every Communist, Maoist and Trotskyist group in America lined up to protest against the Wisconsin union bill.
International Socialists Behind Union Rallies
Meredith Jessup is reporting that last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for "One Nation."  Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.

As we’ve reported, former White House green jobs czar Van Jones this week issued a rallying call for the progressive movement to "renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned."  On Saturday, progressive groups and labor unions held marches of solidarity in all 50 states.

Here in Washington, D.C., leftist activists at MoveOn.org are co-hosting a rally Saturday with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  But behind the scenes, The Blaze has exclusively learned the rally has actually been organized by the International Socialist Organization.
    

According to MoveOn.org’s website, the rally is meant to fight back against Congress which has "been taken over by corporate lackeys who want to destroy the American dream."

      

"The American dream," MoveOn organizer Bill Boteler says, "is about fairness and equal opportunity…  We’re standing up for the American Dream and saying that now is not the time to start slashing middle-class jobs in the middle of a recession, in Wisconsin, or anywhere in America.  Be there to tell the politicians: Before you shut down the government and punish middle-class working Americans, why not first make the richest of the rich pay their fair share in taxes, just like everyone else."

 

Despite MoveOn.org and SEIU taking a leading role -- along with a number of other sponsors including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, George Soros’ Media Matters, the Apollo Alliance and the Sierra Club -- the National Park Service has confirmed that the Saturday rally’s permit was requested by and issued to the International Socialist Organization, a group committed to building a "future socialist society."

 

How many unionized American workers consider the "American dream" to be a "future socialist society?"

 

According to their own website, the ISO admits its branches across the country are "helping to build a number of struggles," including "standing up for workers’ rights":

      

The misery that millions of people around the world face is rooted in the society we live in–capitalism, where the few who rule profit from the labor of the vast majority of the population.

In the U.S., a tiny proportion of the population enjoys fantastic wealth, while millions of people live in desperate poverty, and many more live paycheck to paycheck.  Yet we have the resources to feed, clothe and educate everyone on the planet.

A world free of exploitation -- socialism -- is not only possible but worth fighting for.  The ISO stands in the tradition of revolutionary socialists Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky in the belief that workers themselves -- the vast majority of the population -- are the only force that can lead the fight to win a socialist society.  Socialism can’t be brought about from above, but has to be won by workers themselves. …
    
We see our task as building an independent socialist organization with members organizing in our workplaces, our schools and our neighborhoods to bring socialist ideas to the struggles we are involved in today, and the vision of a socialist world in the future.

       

In addition to working with liberal activists and national labor unions behind the scenes, the ISO is just one of many socialist/Marxist/communist groups organizing their members to support Van Jones' new "American dream" initiative.

      

The Daily Caller noted Friday that a number of radical groups -- including the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America -- are taking up the labor unions' talking points and encouraging Egypt-like unrest in the United States.

      

The Socialist Workers Party has labeled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "an enemy of the people."

      

"Egypt, whose revolution has been a constant source of inspiration here, reflected in signs and chants -- and Walker’s new nickname, Gov. Mubarak," an ISO article reads.  In addition, the article labels the current budget debates in Wisconsin as "class war" and as an affront to "the standard of living of working people."

      

"Using the deficit as a scare tactic, the right-wing corporate Republicans are on a fast track to defeat every initiative of the Obama administration, to destroy unions and public services at the federal, state and municipal level, and at the same time protect tax breaks for the richest few," writes Joelle Fishman, chair of the Communist Party USA’s Political Action Commission.  A "broad alliance of forces for social change (labor, racially oppressed, women, youth)" need to step forward to re-frame the nation’s political debate for the 2012 elections, she insists.

      

While many skeptics claim these radical leftist groups may agree with the unions on a number of issues, the fact that these groups are actually working in conjunction with unions to orchestrate the ongoing protests says a lot about American unions’ modern-day political orientation -- far to the left and antithetical to the real American dream.

      

The communist, socialists, and the rest of the Marxist Left are out of the closet.  They see this as their moment to seize the American political system and turn this country into Cuba.

      

Obama has made this possible.

International Socialists Behind Union Rallies
Meredith Jessup is reporting that last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for "One Nation."  Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.

As we’ve reported, former White House green jobs czar Van Jones this week issued a rallying call for the progressive movement to "renew itself and become again a national force with which to be reckoned."  On Saturday, progressive groups and labor unions held marches of solidarity in all 50 states.

Here in Washington, D.C., leftist activists at MoveOn.org are co-hosting a rally Saturday with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).  But behind the scenes, The Blaze has exclusively learned the rally has actually been organized by the International Socialist Organization.
    

According to MoveOn.org’s website, the rally is meant to fight back against Congress which has "been taken over by corporate lackeys who want to destroy the American dream."

      

"The American dream," MoveOn organizer Bill Boteler says, "is about fairness and equal opportunity…  We’re standing up for the American Dream and saying that now is not the time to start slashing middle-class jobs in the middle of a recession, in Wisconsin, or anywhere in America.  Be there to tell the politicians: Before you shut down the government and punish middle-class working Americans, why not first make the richest of the rich pay their fair share in taxes, just like everyone else."

 

Despite MoveOn.org and SEIU taking a leading role -- along with a number of other sponsors including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, George Soros’ Media Matters, the Apollo Alliance and the Sierra Club -- the National Park Service has confirmed that the Saturday rally’s permit was requested by and issued to the International Socialist Organization, a group committed to building a "future socialist society."

 

How many unionized American workers consider the "American dream" to be a "future socialist society?"

 

According to their own website, the ISO admits its branches across the country are "helping to build a number of struggles," including "standing up for workers’ rights":

      

The misery that millions of people around the world face is rooted in the society we live in–capitalism, where the few who rule profit from the labor of the vast majority of the population.

In the U.S., a tiny proportion of the population enjoys fantastic wealth, while millions of people live in desperate poverty, and many more live paycheck to paycheck.  Yet we have the resources to feed, clothe and educate everyone on the planet.

A world free of exploitation -- socialism -- is not only possible but worth fighting for.  The ISO stands in the tradition of revolutionary socialists Karl Marx, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky in the belief that workers themselves -- the vast majority of the population -- are the only force that can lead the fight to win a socialist society.  Socialism can’t be brought about from above, but has to be won by workers themselves. …
    
We see our task as building an independent socialist organization with members organizing in our workplaces, our schools and our neighborhoods to bring socialist ideas to the struggles we are involved in today, and the vision of a socialist world in the future.

       

In addition to working with liberal activists and national labor unions behind the scenes, the ISO is just one of many socialist/Marxist/communist groups organizing their members to support Van Jones' new "American dream" initiative.

      

The Daily Caller noted Friday that a number of radical groups -- including the Maoist Revolutionary Communist Party, the Communist Party USA, Trotskyist Socialist Workers Party and the Democratic Socialists of America -- are taking up the labor unions' talking points and encouraging Egypt-like unrest in the United States.

      

The Socialist Workers Party has labeled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "an enemy of the people."

      

"Egypt, whose revolution has been a constant source of inspiration here, reflected in signs and chants -- and Walker’s new nickname, Gov. Mubarak," an ISO article reads.  In addition, the article labels the current budget debates in Wisconsin as "class war" and as an affront to "the standard of living of working people."

      

"Using the deficit as a scare tactic, the right-wing corporate Republicans are on a fast track to defeat every initiative of the Obama administration, to destroy unions and public services at the federal, state and municipal level, and at the same time protect tax breaks for the richest few," writes Joelle Fishman, chair of the Communist Party USA’s Political Action Commission.  A "broad alliance of forces for social change (labor, racially oppressed, women, youth)" need to step forward to re-frame the nation’s political debate for the 2012 elections, she insists.

      

While many skeptics claim these radical leftist groups may agree with the unions on a number of issues, the fact that these groups are actually working in conjunction with unions to orchestrate the ongoing protests says a lot about American unions’ modern-day political orientation -- far to the left and antithetical to the real American dream.

      

The communist, socialists, and the rest of the Marxist Left are out of the closet.  They see this as their moment to seize the American political system and turn this country into Cuba.

      

Obama has made this possible.

Obama Endorses The Violence, Threats, And Hitler Signs In Wisconsin
John Hawkins says even though Barack Obama is a union puppet who moves whenever they pull his strings, after an initial statement, he's tried to stay clear of the miasma of fleebaggers, violence, threats, and hostile rhetoric coming from the Left in Wisconsin.  Not only is it embarrassing, what you have are union members fighting to continue bilking the public in a state with a huge budget deficit.

Yet, let's be honest here: Obama's Secretary of Labor wouldn't be supporting the unions against the people of Wisconsin unless he had given her the thumbs up to do it:

Obama is staying mostly quiet about the union battle going on in Wisconsin.  His labor secretary, Hilda Solis, is not.

"The fight is on!"  Solis told a cheering crowd at the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting over the weekend in Washington.  Giving her support to "our brothers and sisters in public employee unions," Solis pledged aid to unionized workers who are "under assault" in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

When the unions say "jump," Barack Obama says, "How high?"  So, it's no surprise his administration is backing the unions, but since his administration is now more publicly getting behind the unions, it's fair to start asking Barack Obama more direct questions about the people he supports.
    

  Does he think it's okay for Democrats to flee the state rather than vote?

  Does he condemn the violence and threats the protestors have engaged in?

  Will he condemn the numerous comparisons of Scott Walker to Hitler and Mubarak?

    
It's certainly appropriate to ask conservatives who support the Tea Party to condemn things like this when they occur.  So, when there's more violence, incivility, and thuggish behavior in two weeks' worth of liberal protests endorsed by the Obama administration than there were at two years' worth of Tea Party protests all across America, it's fair to ask Obama to speak out.
Top Communist Says Labor Is Key For Obama In 2012
Trevor Loudon says that according to Ben Sears, Labor Editor for the Communist Party USA‘s Political Affairs magazine, organized labor will pull out all the stops for Barack Obama in 2012.
    
    

Organized labor will be among President Barack Obama’s most determined supporters in 2012.  Obama’s return to office will be regarded as a matter of life and death for the labor movement.  However, labor will be aiming higher in 2012 than in 2008.  For American workers, organized and unorganized, the 2012 election will be about much more than the race for the White House, as important as that will be.

    
Why should unions back Obama?  Writes Sears;
    

First the Obama Administration has, over the last two plus years, accomplished much on behalf of working people.  We have seen the passage of a stimulus package that prevented the Great Recession from deteriorating into a second Great Depression.  We have seen the passage of health care legislation that expands affordable coverage to millions of working Americans and their families.  And we have seen Presidential appointments to the Supreme Court, to the Cabinet and to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that all have the potential to change the environment in which American workers struggle.  We have been encouraged by the President’s recent pledge that Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare would not be cut while he was in the White House.  And we can point to other recent developments that underline the significance of the changes that have occurred since the departure of George W. Bush from the White House.

    
Despite disappointments, such as Obama’s failure to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, and the as yet not fully socialized Obamacare, Sears believes that unions will not only back Obama, but reach out to other sectors of the US left to do so;
    

What needs to be emphasized is that the disagreements and the disappointments should not dampen labor’s support for Obama in 2012.  If anything, these experiences will strengthen labor’s determination to flex its muscle, to struggle to defeat conservative and reactionary anti-people candidates, and to build and expand its own independent role in our nation’s politics.  This will require labor to reach out and build alliances with other core forces with renewed determination.  This has been the message from labor speakers at rallies across the country this spring.  As Patrick Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO told a rally against education cuts on April 4, "We are coming together as working people, union and non-union.  We have to spread the word that we will not let corporate leaders steal our country."  Or as Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) told the same rally honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, "King walked to bring together the labor community and the civil rights community; we need to bring them together as never before."

    
Lenin did not describe labor unions as "transmission belts of communism" for nothing.
Bedfellows
   
    
    
The SEIU marches side by side with communists in Los Angeles.  The majority of these people aren't even Americans.

A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era.  Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.
Union Made
    

The worst thing Obama has done is to turn the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) into an union-controlled agency.  Some of Obama’s union-controlled NLRB’s actions to date:
    

•  Prosecuting an employer for opting to open a non-union assembly plant

•  Suing states whose voters prefer secret ballots over card check

•  Finding an employer guilty of unfair labor practices for not letting off-duty workers of a contractor on to the employer’s property

•  Giving unions the okay to let their union supporters threaten non-union supporters with physical violence

•  Moving to humiliate employers, as well as giving unions access to employees and property

•  Considering forcing all NLRA-covered employers to post notices telling employee how to unionize

•  Contemplating letting unions unionize workers into micro-unions

•  Undermining union-free employees by giving unions (and employers) the right to negotiate "sweetheart deals" (before the union represents said employees) in exchange for unionizing employees

    
Of course, as the NLRB has become union bosses’ go-to agency to enact an agenda that they couldn’t otherwise get through Congress, there are other NLRB actions here.
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