Friday Follies: Toothless Dog Threatens to Bite the Mailman

By July 29, 2005General

We just had to file this under comic relief:

Fresh from his re-election (did we forget to mention that John Sweeney was indeed re-elected President of a much smaller — and shrinking — AFL-CIO this week….?), AFL-CIO President John Sweeney has threatened to punish House Democrats who voted for more jobs and CAFTA. That’s a puzzler, we know, but let’s put that aside for the moment. What’s funny is that a guy who has just won re-election of a group made smaller by his ham-handedness and ineptness is now threatening anybody. As a result of the split, they have at least 3 million fewer members. The split was precipitated by the allegations that he was completely unable to accomplish anything of note while at the helm other than a continued decline in membership. They lost the House, Senate and White House under his watch.

Kinda reminds you of the scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” where the Black Knight is getting his limbs lopped off, all the while goading his assailant and agitating for more of a fight. “Just a flesh wound….” (listen).

Truth is, Democrats and Republicans who voted for CAFTA voted for more jobs, more exports and more growth for US manufacturing. They deserve the gratitude of labor, not their revenge.

How ’bout this: how ’bout we wait and see if the sky really does fall, then go into “revenge” mode? If past is prologue (we gained 300,000 auto jobs after NAFTA passed), John Sweeney can save his breath.