Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.
Labor goes to war over the Gangsters of Six criminal plan. The tone is changing fast. All I know now is labor must come out and announce no union help will come in 2012 to any Democrat who supports these kind of cuts.
AFL-CIO’s Trumka damns the deal makers:
” We need to keep asking our leaders: ‘Who got us into this mess?’ It wasn’t working people. The people who got us into this mess are getting off scot-free, and this Gang of Six proposal shows they have accomplices in both parties.”
Labor is targeting Blue Dog senators:
The ads are part of a broader effort the unions are mounting as the Aug. 2 debt limit approaches and pressure rises on lawmakers to make unpopular deals. In particular, they have targeted senators in North Carolina, Colorado, California, Virginia, Arkansas and Missouri to beat back any cuts to Medicaid, a source familiar with the effort said.
These ads will be brutal and:
..paid for by the AFSCME, the AFL-CIO, the National Education Association, the SEIU and the United Food and Commercial Workers…
“Does this look like shared sacrifice to you?” the ad asks. “This is no deal for working families. It’s long past time for Washington to focus on jobs, not protecting corporations and the wealthy.”
AFSCME union head Gerald McEntee charged the measure puts “Wall Street before Main Street,” and argued that the loss of health care deductions would destabilize the entire system of employer-provided health care.
“The proposal released by the Gang of Six is not a path forward for the country,” McEntee said. “It reserves almost all of the pain for ordinary Americans. It reduces taxes on the wealthy while cutting Social Security benefits for seniors and people with disabilities.”
“It would kill jobs and put our economy into another recession,” added McEntee, whose union is asking members to call their senators.
McEntee has it right. But labor will have to come out and say NO MONEY OR TROOPS if any Dem backs this crap.
SEIU is pressuring not just Dems but Tea freshmen in the House as well. So far they have picked four to start with. Note where these guys are located:
Wausau, Wis., home of Rep. Sean Duffy; Duluth, Minn., home of Rep. Chip Cravaack; Syracuse, N.Y., home of Rep. Richard Hanna; and Traverse City, Mich., home of Rep. Dave Camp.
SEIU head Mary Kay Henry:
“Congress should be focused on creating jobs, not finding ways to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU, said in a statement accompanying the new campaign. “Working families will not forget those who step forward for a balanced approach and those who wish to sacrifice the American Dream to satisfy an ideological agenda.”
Here is the targeted web ad launched in Tea Party Rep. Duffy’s district. Yikes: