Teamsters plays the ‘player’

This week the Teamsters (IBT) put out this statement about the endorsement of a presidential candidate.

(WASHINGTON) – On Tuesday, Sept. 29 the Teamsters Union General Executive Board decided to not endorse a presidential candidate at this time.

The Teamsters look forward to meeting with Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders and any other candidate, regardless of party affiliation, who is committed to improving the lives of America’s working families. This would include Vice President Joe Biden should he choose to run. In addition to meeting with the candidates, the union plans to survey its leaders and membership as well.

Earlier this month, the Teamsters Union launched the “Let’s Get America Working!” campaign to encourage both Democratic and Republican lawmakers to work together to focus on creating good jobs through investment in our nation’s infrastructure.

It’s long past time for Republicans and Democrats to put aside their differences and work together for the good of our country,” said Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa. “The Teamsters will work with and support any candidate who puts the needs of America’s working families above the deep pockets of their corporate donors.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information.

https://teamster.org/news/2015/09/teamsters-statement-presidential-endorsement-process

On the heels of Hillary opposing the Keystone pipeline, this statement comes out. It reminds me of a statement another union made, but I’m not sure which one. (could have been teachers or nurses) They talk about surveying their members. Really?

While I don’t buy into too many possibilities here, I do think it is interesting. My reflexive opinion is that it is a some great head fake. One reason it may even be stated is that Hillary is in so much trouble. Face it, Hillary is so busy covering and protecting herself that there is no doubt what comes first to her. The only person as self-centered as Hillary is Obama. (talk about ideologues)

Beyond that reflex though, is it possible they are looking at all the candidates, including Trump? I do have a few doubts. But if so it may be the best thing they’ve done in 30 years. It is now up to them to prove it is not a head fake. Since Democrats are in disarray, it could be they don’t want to rule out supporting another candidate, on the left of course. Biden would be right up their alley. And you can’t tell me they wouldn’t drool for Warren. Bernie Sanders is still on the bench warming up. I doubt they would rule him out.

“It’s past time for Repubs and Dems to put aside differences.” That’s the kind of crazy talk I expect though from Teamsters. When they do put aside differences, we the people generally get screwed by both — and not for the good of the country. Amnesty is one example.  The IBT has been supporting ideologues for years, why act as if they are not drinking the Kool Aid now? Gee, it would be a little early to announce an endorsement, so it’s a pre-annnouncement not a prenuptial — more about self-relevance.

But I’m open to the potential possibilities as long as they are open to receiving feedback. (which they usually aren’t)  And I’m pretty sure it was one of the teachers’ unions who set the illusion  of surveying their members on a position.

 

Rendezvous with Reagan and Destiny

Flashback to the convention in 1964 and Reagan’s infamous “A Time For Choosing” speech. So many takeaway lines that would just as much apply to us today, even more so.

The point is not whether there are any Reagans today but whether this kind of common sense is now mainstream or deemed dead? Government rewrites the Constitution so that anything in their schemes can mean public use for confiscation of private property.

Government rules by fiat to suite it’s own interests. If you haven’t seen that your eyes aren’t open. It’s the same old story…

Excerpt from A Time for Choosing: (video below)

“Now it doesn’t require expropriation and confiscation of private property or business to impose socialism on a people. What does it mean if you own the deed or the title to your business or property if the government holds the life and death over that business or property? And such machinery already exists; the government can find some charge against any concern it chooses to prosecute. Every businessman has his own tale of harassment.

“Somewhere a perversion has taken place. Our natural unalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation of government. And freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment. Our Democratic opponents seem unwilling to debate these issues. They want to make you and I believe that this is a contest between two men, that we’re to choose between just two personalities. Well, what of this man that they would destroy? And in destroying, they would destroy that which he represents, the ideas that you and I hold dear.”

It picks winners and losers in the markets and business. It decides what businesses will be allowed to succeed and which are considered antiquated, such as the war on coal. By “government,” none is more prevalent than the federal one which rules by strong arm.

It dictates which laws states will be allowed to have, and which it will abolish. It determines what healthcare policies should be, what marriage certificates they can issue, what water they can drink, which lands they must preserve. What government giveth government can taketh, so it decides which funds it will withhold to twist the arms of states.

It decides how much of federal dollars it will dispense back to the state from whence they came. It decides what school curriculum we shall have — if you want to play by Washington’s rules, or if you will be considered an enemy of the State and lose funding.

See speech, a timeless indictment.

Surprise, biggest political donors not Republican

None of the Top 10 Biggest Political Donors are Republican

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
February 18, 2014 2:20 pm

The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) released its list of top all-time donors. It totaled contributions fro 1989 to 2012 from PACs and individuals affiliated with the heavy hitter organizations.

CRP designated each of the heavy hitters as Democrat, Republican, or “on the fence,” meaning between 40 and 59 percent was donated to each party. In some cases, percentages did not add up to 100 due to third party donations.

None of the heavy hitters in the top 10 were Republican (three organizations in the top 10 were on the fence). A Republican-leaning organization did not make an appearance on the list until number 17.

Details: http://freebeacon.com/none-of-the-top-10-biggest-political-donors-are-republican/

Doesn’t quite fit the narrative. Surprise!

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Romney to make VP announcment


So Romney will make his announcement at 8:45 am Saturday. All indications are it is Paul Ryan. If not there will be disappointment.

Clearly Mitt moved it up to hopefully impact the race. Sure, after all reports say the polls have dropped. He wants to boost the polls. Well, they will say it will fire up the base and Tea Partiers.

But, hello, the base is fired up and they’re mad as hell. Its Romney’s campaign that looks like it needs a match to be fired up. And maybe we can put an end to idiotic remarks coming from his chief talking heads. Its not Republicans or that base that are the problem.