A: Today's union bosses.
Earlier this week, led by the 38,000 member TWU Local 100, several New York unions (including three large New York SEIU locals and the United Federation of Teachers) pledged their support to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The union plan, so far, is to march on October 5th from Zuccotti Park (where 200-300 Wall Street protesters have been camping since September 17th) to City Hall, a few blocks away.
On Friday, however, two other things occurred that change the dynamics of the #OccupyWallSt protests:
This first, lesser important thing was a press release issued by the United Steelworkers "strongly" supporting the #OccupyWallSt protesters and their mission, stating:
"The United Steelworkers (USW) union stands in solidarity with and strongly supports Occupy Wall Street."
The USW is proud to join with the brothers and sisters of the Occupy Wall Street movement as we continue this important fight for a more just economy and a brighter tomorrow.”
[Despite New York's local union supoort, this was the first "international" union to endorse the Wall Street protesters.]
While it remains unclear whether the Steelworkers are intending to actually participate in the protests, the more important thing that occurred was that the nation's top union boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka speaking at the Brookings Institution, also gave his tacit support to the Wall Street protesters.
With these actions—especially with the endorsement of the big man in the House of Labor—the anarchists, socialists, and Communists who have occupied a New York City park have achieved something they had been craving for the last two weeks: Legitimacy in the House of Labor.
According to the AFL-CIO's blog:
Responding to a question after his speech at the Brookings institution this morning, Trumka said:
I think being in the streets and calling attention to issues is sometime the only recourse you have because…you can go to the Hill, and you can talk to a lot of people and see nothing ever happen.
Wall Street is out of control. Calling attention to it and peacefully protesting is very legitimate way of doing it. I’ve done it thousands of times myself and I’ll do it again.
While the topic of Trumka's Friday talk was "Addressing the Jobs Crisis" (view in its entirety here), as he has done so many times in the past, Trumka continued his Orwellian blame for America's jobs crisis on Wall Street, Washington politics, Republicans and the Tea Party.
Trumka, seizing on the energy that his (and many other Marxists) rhetoric has caused in the comic-book minds of many of the young protesters (at one point, even laughingly referring to Wisconsin's Scott Walker as Lucifer) perpetuated the fallacies on Friday that the country is not broke.
“Our nation does not have a debt crisis. We have a jobs crisis.”
America isn’t broke. Our nation’s basic promise—an ever-rising, ever-widening prosperity—is being broken.
[Cue debt clock here.]
Of course, in speaking about the jobs crisis, Trumka did not mention the risk aversion created by Barack Obama's attacks on job creators. Nor, did Trumka mention how unions, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton helped devastate the middle class. [No, we are not accountable for our own actions, it is always their fault.]
And, of course, Trumka completely
forgot neglected to mention how now-NY Governor Andrew Cuomo gave birth to the subprime mortgage meltdown and the Great Recession.
As the Village Voice stated in 2008:
Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series of decisions between 1997 and 2001 that gave birth to the country's current crisis. He took actions that—in combination with many other factors—helped plunge Fannie and Freddie into the subprime markets without putting in place the means to monitor their increasingly risky investments.
Of course, let us not forget Barack Obama's ACORN, and its role in sowing the seeds to the crisis:
THE seeds of today's financial meltdown lie in the Community Reinvestment Act - a law passed in 1977 and made riskier by unwise amendments and regulatory rulings in later decades.
CRA was meant to encourage banks to make loans to high-risk borrowers, often minorities living in unstable neighborhoods. That has provided an opening to radical groups like ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) to abuse the law by forcing banks to make hundreds of millions of dollars in "subprime" loans to often uncreditworthy poor and minority customers.
However, since most of the neo-Coms camping in Zuccotti Park were still in diapers when Bill Clinton was in office, they are likely too young to remember the Clinton era [Monica, who?]. Moreover, to them, Carter is likely just that cool old dude that likes negotiating with comrades overseas.
Either too young, or they are too indoctrinated in their Marxist ideologies, too lazy to investigate, or just too stupid to care that the 'corporatism' they are fighting is, in reality, the result of government interventionism propagated by the same union Leftists they have been clamoring for approval from.
Richard Trumka is altogether comfortable in continuing his Orwellian blame game and maintaining the ability to convince his useful idiots and ideological orphans that others are to blame for what he and other market manipulating cronies helped create.
As a result, he has become the spiritual father whose attention is craved by the anarcho-communists in Zuccotti Park .
Frankenstein has indeed created his monster and, on Friday his monstrous progeny were camped in a park donning Guy Fawkes masks received their ideological creator's endorsement.
- A note for those of you masked Marxists who may be reading this on the laptops that were created by 'evil' capitalists, here's some food for thought: The Tea Party people you disparage hate the Big Bank Bailouts as much as you do.
The difference is, they know you cannot consume more than you produce (either as an individual or a nation); whereas, your ideology is to consume what others have produced in the name of 'social justice' and 'fairness.'
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
Cross-posted at LaborUnionReport.com
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