‘Unions Are Reportedly ‘Walking Out’ on the Democrats.’ And, these days, who can blame them?

“What we’ve seen in many states is a witch hunt on the pensions and power of those who aim to collectively bargain. Whether it was the public employees in Wisconsin or the pension fight that is about to happen to public safety workers in Oklahoma, unions are in trouble.
“Maybe that’s why earlier this year the International Association of Firefighters decided that they’re not giving any money to federal elections anymore and instead are sending it down to the state level to help protect pension programs. Or why some unions plan to sit out the National Democratic Convention in North Carolina in 2012.
“Gawker quotes a Politico piece saying that the AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka plans to scale back their involvement with democratic candidates in the 2012 election.”

“Republicans don’t win by taking over power and pushing us to the right – because eventually the pendulum swings back to the left (see 2006 and 2008). Republicans win by forcing our own party to move further to the right.”



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