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 for more information.

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.


Union Blues – ObamaCare code blue

Union Letter: Obamacare Will ‘Destroy The Very Health and Wellbeing’ of Workers

By Tom Gara – WSJ

The roll out of President Obama’s health care reform package was always going to be tricky, with vehement opposition from his political opponents and pushback from employers large and small. But after announcing last week that penalties for companies failing to comply with the law will be delayed by a year, the Affordable Care Act has a new, high profile set of dissenters: Unions.

The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will “destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

If that’s not bad enough, the Affordable Care Act, if not modified, will “destroy the very health and well being of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans,” the letter says.

Anyone who wants to read the entire letter, you can look for yourself. I just want to highlight a few things. I have to mention I was in the Teamsters at one time. (sadly little has changed with their national organization, its gotten worse.) I’m a card carrying American, not a union puppet.

How many times do you have to read the same script to know how the play goes? They complain that they were lied to and were told they could keep their plans if they liked them. Well welcome to the club. But we know the drill.

Unfortunately, unions’ only problem is they just want a fix, for them and their buds. Gee, why shouldn’t they? They believe it is ‘legislation by special interest’ just like the command economy. So that if you apply the proper political force, to the desired wheel, it turns in your favor. It worked before and I have no reason to believe it won’t again.

But they are no different than a lot of individual voters, though on a larger scale. What they believe is all that is important. They believe in what they want, damn the truth. Like the “I got mine” mentality, “screw everyone else — those are just the breaks.” Do we need to hear their leftist lecture, “this is the political process, and how it works”? Yea, that’s the problem, it is how it works. But as long as key constituencies are satisfied, all is well.

Did unions think it was a la carte when they supported Obama? They apparently didn’t realize these problems were part of the package. Did they think he could/would keep all those campaign promises, to all those people? You idiots, the unions lie too and you keep believing them, so why not keep believing in president Unicorn?

I’ve mentioned it before that this is a fundamental flaw in the left, everything hinges on “belief”. As long as you keep believing there is no problem, regardless what reality is. Can you believe Obama had the audacity to use exactly that belief– hope and change, “change you can believe in” — as the foundation of his campaign? And they ate it up. The biggest threat to the left is if you stop believing, or act on your own.

Now here is a priceless quote in the letter:

Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision.

Now this vision has come back to haunt us.

“Vision” = “change you can believe in”… that does not compute.

How about that admission and outrage? Speaking of haunting, I won’t even go there, except they are still digging for Hoffa. As the saying goes, special strokes [of the pen] for special folks. And that is unabashedly what this is about. Though someone is starting to figure out that it adds up to fewer jobs.

Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies.

This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties.

They want theirs and they want it now. All the other friends of Obama – friends of Democrats – have gotten theirs while they got stiffed. Oh but they are part of Obama’s civilian army, he couldn’t do this to them. Beam me up, Scotty!

Now we get to the genesis for the grievance, Big employers got their exemption. They do have a point: Selective interpretation and enforcement of the law …. but that is exactly what they are arguing for. So the only problem is Obama didn’t take care of his Homies.

‘Keep the crooked law and stick it to others, just give us special favors and we’ll be good to go.’ — (I wonder how those bi-weekly phone calls to the WH are going.)

Read more at Wall Street Journal

So Obama comes in to try to calm the anger, again – like trying to calm rising seas.

Seeing is believing

AP reported

Another year, another round of exaggeration from President Barack Obama and his administration about health insurance rebates. /…

The poll, released Wednesday, finds that 58 percent of voters favor repealing all (39 percent) or some (19 percent) of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

Nearly three times as many voters say the health care law makes them feel more worried (66 percent) rather than reassured (23 percent). And the anxiety is rising — the number feeling worried is up 15 percentage points since July 2012, soon after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the law constitutional last year.

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About the only thing Obama has not tried, to excuse all those problems with ObamaCare, is injecting the UK’s royal baby into the fray. (still time) Well, the baby is a popular topic with people and he would really like to tap into that.

But it probably is not a good time to remind Americans that “you didn’t build that” – which in this instance would be technically correct .