Reuters finds a broad consensus about organized labor’s big plans if their political allies take over the White House, the Senate and the House in the 2008:
“It’s early to say but if the Democrats were to take the presidency,” as well as Congress, said Bill Samuel, legislation director of the AFL-CIO labor federation, “this could be an opportunity for historic change.”
Analysts say Big Labor will push for legislation to make forming unions easier, restrict free-trade pacts, raise corporate taxes and reform the creaking health-care system.
Make forming unions easier? That’s obviously a reference to the Employee Free Choice Act, which would eliminate private ballots in the workplace, replacing secret elections with “card check,” the signing of signature cards in a process that practically begs organizers to intimidate employees.
And “reform” of health care. What precisely does that mean? Here are two of the principles for health-care “reform” that the AFL-CIO has declared:
Everyone should have health care coverage, without exclusions or penalties. While the market has an important role to play, our government—as the voice of all of us—must play the central role in regulating, financing and providing health care.
Hadn’t noticed that before: Government is the voice of us all.
We read that statement of philosophy this way: Government = the people = the nation.
Subtract individual freedoms.
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