As Election Day nears, organized labor will reach something approximating a frenzied pitch, furiously pouring its members’ money down the political rathole, supporting candidates and causes with which its members don’t agree. And, they’ll have the help of union-funded front groups like the newly-indicted ACORN to help them. This excellent report from the Capital Research Center chronicles the dough that labor will spend — something like $40 million promised by the AFL-CIO alone — but, as the report points out, this sum will be vastly augmented by their “feet on the street,” canvassing neighborhoods, making “get out the vote” calls, driving voters — legitimate and fraudulent both — to the polls, etc. All in an Election Day’s work.
This, of course, is not an exercise in altruism for the left. If the unions succeed in winning back the House for the Dems, they will expect a quo for all of this extensive — and expensive — quid. Remember, too, that Nancy Pelosi won a hard-fought battle for Minority Leader (defeating Harold Ford, Jr.) because she was labor’s hand-picked candidate. Labor is the de facto whip operation for the Dems. Labor delivers the votes, using the carrot of their PAC ladle and the stick of no PAC money at all should you forget the girl that brung ya. George Miller (D-CA), the would-be Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee consistently gets a perfect score from the AFL-CIO in his vote ratings and is in such lock step with them as to be indistinguishable, sharing political DNA.
So what’s on the agenda? What will labor get for its efforts? A few highlights — or should we say, “lowlights”:
You can click here for more on the Dems’ labor agenda and here for more on Rep. Miller’s agenda. What’s clear from all this is that after too many years of wandering in the desert and hundreds of millions of their members’ hard-earned dues squandered, we can expect labor to present its bill to the Dems for payment in full as soon as the election is over.
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