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My Thoughts: Citing ObamaCare and Amnesty, 40,000 Longshoremen Quit AFL-CIO

Barack Obama, Richard Trumka

Union thug Richard Trumka smiles as Barack Obama whispers sweet nothings into his ear

By Gary P Jackson

[Organized] crime doesn’t pay! At least that is the lesson union thug Richard Trumka should be learning after his AFL-CIO aligned itself so closely with the Obama regime. Trumka’s AFL-CIO was one of many union thug groups that backed Obama’s push for socialized medicine, and now back anti-America liberals, in BOTH parties’ treasonous push towards giving amnesty to tens of millions of criminal illegal aliens.

Trumka has already been in hot water with his fellow union thugs, as other union leaders have already called for the outright repeal of ObamaCare, citing outrageous increases in insurance premiums, as well as the fact many big employers are looking to change the status of their workforce from full time [40 or more hours weekly] to part time [under 30 hours a week] in order to avoid the outrageous costs involved with complying with the ObamaCare regulations. ObamaCare will effectively destroy the concept of the 40 hour work week, while still leaving some 30-40 million Americans uninsured. And that’s if things go as Obama and company planned!

These union thug groups are just now realizing what the rest of America knew from the start: ObamaCare was poorly thought-out, poorly cobbled together, and will be poorly run. [and that’s saying it as nicely as one can]

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, as well as the Roofer’s Union have called for the outright repeal of ObamaCare, citing it will undermine the quality insurance plans they already have, among other things.

Recently Trumka was said to be working with the Obama regime to work out the kinks of this disaster that one of it’s authors, democrat Max Baucus, has called a “train-wreck,” to no avail.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Unions are making some progress in getting the Obama administration to address their concerns about the new health law, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez is playing a central role, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday.

We’ve been working with the administration to find solutions to what I think are inadvertent holes in the act. I’m hopeful that we’ll get something done in the very near future,” Mr. Trumka said at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

Mr. Perez, who has been labor secretary since July, is “in the middle” of organized labor’s continuing talks with the Obama administration over costs and other concerns about the health law, Mr. Trumka said, adding that he has met with Mr. Perez and as recently as Tuesday met with White House officials.

That marks a shift from early July, when Mr. Trumka called “troubling” the administration’s delay in enforcing a provision of the new health-care law that requires large employers to provide coverage for workers or pay a penalty in 2014.

Union leaders have been complaining since last year that many of the law’s requirements will drive up costs for union-sponsored health-care plans managed jointly by unions and mostly small employers. The plans are used heavily in industries such as construction, trucking and hotels, where workers’ hours fluctuate.

Union officials have repeatedly told the administration that the higher costs of these multiemployer plans could make it less appealing for employers to hire union workers or prompt them to drop the coverage altogether. The plans cover more than 20 million people.

This and other aspects of the health-care law are certain to be hot-button issues at the AFL-CIO’s convention beginning Sept. 8, where members of the union federation can drop in on sessions with titles such as “Fighting for Health Care in the Age of the Affordable Care Act” and “Building the Union Movement in the New Economy.

In April, a roofers’ union called for repeal of the law. And in mid-July, the presidents of several big unions wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) to seek legislative changes to the health law and to complain that they had been stonewalled by the White House.

To offset the expected increased costs, many union groups want their lower-paid members to be able to remain on the multiemployer plans and obtain federal insurance subsidies. But the law established the subsidies for low-income workers who lack employer health coverage and need financial help to buy private insurance.

Labor and business groups disagree over whether the change could be made without legislation. Union officials have said rulemaking should suffice, but the U.S. Chamber of Commerce disagrees.

In my reading of the statute, it’s not conceived as something that’s possible” through rulemaking, said Katie Mahoney, the chamber’s executive director of health policy, labor, immigration and employee benefits. Ms. Mahoney also said she doesn’t see how the administration could make an exception for multiemployer plans without doing the same for other employer plans.

The Labor Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday, and Mr. Trumka said he had no specifics to share from the talks, which he said are “a moving target.”

More here.

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” ~ From Animal Farm 1945

Maybe instead of blindly following Obama and his fellow radical democrats down a dead end street, Trumka and his fellow union thugs should have been paying attention when former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi proclaimed [after absolutely NONE of her fellow travelers had read the legislation they were salivating over, and ready to make law] “You’ll have to pass the bill to see what’s in it!” Anytime you hear something like that, common sense tells you, that you are dealing with a crook, a liar, and someone who cannot be trusted, and you’d be a fool to buy what they are selling!

Well, democrats are fools, or they wouldn’t be democrats, and that includes the union thugs and other assorted cronies and hangers on, who have put their faith in rabid anti-American crazies like Pelosi and Barack Obama.

We’ve been warned about the evils of Big Government and socialized medicine for decades. Anyone above the age of 12 understands that Big Government is inefficient at best, and dangerous if left unchecked. Well, as Obama’s good buddy Jeremiah Wright would say: “The chick-unnns have come home to roost!

Now the International Longshore and Warehouse Union has decided to end their association with the AFL-CIO. Their objections are different than most though. They want to go full-on communist, and have single payer, nationalized care, something Obama and his fellow socialists wanted, but knew they couldn’t get, yet.

Many think the whole idea of ObamaCare, was to build something so ridiculous, it could only fail, and once this monster collapsed under it’s own weight, it would give the “benevolent government” the opportunity to “save” health care, by taking it over completely.

The Longshoremen cite the confiscatory taxes … penalties, really … that will be assessed on their gold plated “Cadillac plans” they have been provided by contract. This, of course, is a teaching moment that is lost on these wanna-be neo-Soviets!

Instead of building people up, liberalism seeks to destroy those who are successful. Instead of looking for ways to grow the economy, and lower health care costs, through common sense FREE MARKET reforms, thus allowing more and more to have those “Cadillac plans,” rabid liberals in the democrat party want to PUNISH those fortunate enough to have done well. That punishment comes via harsh penalties for those that have the best care. It makes liberals feel like they have “gotten even” but it does absolutely nothing to help those in need of better health care.



This is the fundamental difference between Conservatism [and being an American] and rabid, un-American [hell ANTI-American] liberalism. As Conservatives, we look for ways to make sure everyone has a chance to succeed, to lift everyone up. We know it’s not a perfect system, nothing is, and we also know not everyone has the same motivation to succeed, but still we want all to have the same opportunities.

On the other hand, liberals look at the successful and then look at those who aren’t, and figure the only way the successful person got there, was by screwing over the less than successful. As Ronald Reagan once said, a liberal can’t look at a fat man standing next to a skinny man, without think the fat man got that way by taking advantage of the skinny one!

Obama, Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of these liberals would screw their own mothers to get ahead. It seems there is a LOT of projection among liberals. If ya know what I mean!

No matter why, instead of building up those who are at a lower level of success, rabid liberals seek to tear down the very successful [unless they are campaign donors] in order to “level the playing field” There is an inherent evil to this way of thinking.

Anyway, back to the Longshoremen. They are angry because their taxes will skyrocket, but don’t have enough sense to know that taxes will be even higher, and health care benefits will be even less, in the single payer, socialist utopia they have their hearts set on.

The Longshoremen are also angry over amnesty, but are more concerned that “skilled” labor will be the preferred “pathway to citizenship” under this treasonous plan. Imagine that, these liberals want amnesty and open borders, as long as it doesn’t effect THEM. Typical and predictable!

From Andrew Breitbart’s Big Government:

In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the dissolution of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare.

We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,” McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.

The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their “Cadillac” healthcare plan.

The Longshoreman leader said, “President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits.” But, regardless of that promise, the President has pushed for just such a tax and Trumka and the AFL-CIO bowed to political pressure lining up behind Obama’s tax on those plans.

McEllrath also went on to say that they support stronger immigration reform than the AFL-CIO is supporting.

One ILWU committeeman was even harsher on both the AFL-CIO and the President. ILWU Coast Committeeman Leal Sundet criticized the AFL-CIO telling LaborNotes.com that Trumka was marching “in lockstep” with Obama both on the “Cadillac healthcare tax” as well as immigration.

Sundet slammed Obama’s immigration plan saying it is “designed to give [only] highly-paid workers a real path to citizenship.

More, with video, here.

This would be delicious to watch, democrats eating their own, blue-on-blue discord, but unfortunately, all Americans are effected by the evils these clowns were championing, until they figured out that they were just as screwed as the rest of us!

ObamaCare is a disaster of biblical proportions. It raises taxes by nearly $1 TRILLION. [the largest tax increase in history] Depending on where you live, your health care insurance premiums will increase anywhere between 50% and 200%, and that’s if we’re all lucky. Obama promised you could keep your plan if you like it, but we’re already seeing that was a big lie. Obama also said you could keep your doctor, but we are seeing a coming shortage of doctors, as fewer want to get in the profession, and others are retiring, or leaving, due to ObamaCare.

The Longshoremen are like most rabid liberals [in both parties] when it comes to amnesty for criminal illegal aliens.

Last week we saw fast food workers [one of the lowest skill jobs out there] all march for higher wages. These people are being ginned up by the same radicals who want open borders, and amnesty for what will most certainly be 40 million or more illegals. One of the reasons wages are low in America now is supply and demand. We have far more workers, than jobs. Putting even more low skilled workers into the job pool is not the recipe for success. It’s stupidity, squared.

The fact is, liberals have kept raising the minimum wage to a point that many businesses will no longer hire young, inexperienced workers. This is why unemployment among teens is at record highs.

There’s a reason why these jobs are low paying, but vital. These jobs are the perfect jobs for teens to learn what working is all about. Learn the basic skills to succeed at more complicated, better paying jobs. Jobs where the worker has more responsibilities. The skills learned in these low paying jobs will carry the hard worker as far as they want to go. These low paying jobs are not meant to be a career, just a starting point to a bright, productive future.

Problem is, with wages where they are, many businesses can’t afford to hire inexperienced workers, and deal with the high turn over, nor can they afford to offer better opportunities to the workers they have. Businesses still have to earn a profit, or they fail, and then no one has a job! This is something liberals, especially in government, simply do not understand.

Amnesty, or allowing these illegals to stay in America under any circumstances, will continue to destroy the United States. We cannot allow the policies that got us to this point to continue, nor can we allow all of these illegals to remain. They are uninvited guests who have not only worn out their welcome, they have done great damage to their hosts.

It’s striking to me though, that all of these union thugs are upset, not because ObamaCare and amnesty will destroy America as we know it, but because it effects them personally. They don’t realize the alternatives they propose are even worse.

Health care issues hit home with me. As readers know I’ve had a few stays in the hospital over the past year. I know I am writing this today because of the quality, life saving health care I have received from my doctors.

You know why it was possible, at an affordable cost? Texas passed massive FREE MARKET reforms a decade ago. Among other things, Texas passed huge tort reforms. Texas was once the ambulance chaser capital of the country, with juries awarding outrageous settlements, and fat cat attorneys making huge fees.

The reforms passed put caps on judgements, and liabilities a doctor or hospital were exposed to. These reforms mean that doctors in Texas don’t have to practice “defensive medicine” running unnecessary tests, and doing other procedures, not meant to treat a patient, as much as to cover the doctor’s butt in case of a lawsuit. As you can imagine, health care costs are kept in check, and doctors can spend more time caring about their patients, and less time worrying about blood sucking lawyers.

Texas is also competitive when it comes to insurance, as there are a variety of options. Though, ideally, all companies would be able to sell in all states, thus making the market even more competitive, it’s good here. Competition makes all better, and in the case of goods and service, less expensive.

The results? Besides quality care, nearly 10,000 doctors have moved to Texas from other states, in the past decade, and the health care industry is growing, creating jobs, and opportunities.

Texas is the example of how the FREE MARKET works in health care, and should be the way forward for the nation.

Health care will always be expensive and we’ll always have to pay, whether directly, or through confiscatory taxes, but common sense, FREE MARKET solutions already exist. Have for a long, long time. The notion that something as vile as ObamaCare is needed is frankly … hateful … to all real Americans. ObamaCare destroys Liberty and Freedom, while offering nothing but poorer options, as well as poorer Americans. As Sarah Palin has said, it’s downright evil.

It’s entertaining to see all of the rabidly anti-American groups that backed Obama and his plans to “fundamentally transform” America, now turning on one another, but the fact is, America is in big trouble. ObamaCare MUST be repealed! Then, every liberal [in BOTH parties] must be run out of office, and replaced by men and women who value Liberty and Freedom, and respect the Constitution and Rule of Law.

America is in trouble, and it’s time that all good Americans take charge, and come to her aid! We CAN defeat the evils of rabid liberalism. We MUST defeat the evils of rabid liberalism.


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The Corker-Hoeven Amendment and Fifteen Traitorous GOP Senators Who Deserve to be Rebuked!

In addition to Sarah Palin’s warning last night about the Corker-Hoeven Amendment, the United States Citizens and Immigrations Services President released a statement today regarding the 1200-page Substitute Immigration Bill. It is from the American Federation of Employees Council, an affiliate of the AFL/CIO, warning against the effects of this bill on hardworking union workers. Senator Jeff Sessions included this document in one of his posts today.



June 24th, 2013gang of ocho

WASHINGTON-Kenneth Palinkas, President of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, the union representing 12,000 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudications officers and staff, issued a statement today urging lawmakers to oppose the Corker-Hoeven substitute immigration bill, which was released Friday, before a weekend where members would be away and not able to  see or rear the bill before voting for it – something Ted Cruz pointed out tonight on Hannity. The statement reads:

The amended 1,200-page Corker-Hoeven immigration bill, if passed, will exacerbate USCIS concerns about threats to national security and public safety. It will further expose the USCIS agency as inept with an already proposed massive increase in case flow that the agency is ill prepared to handle. The bill does not address the needs of the USCIS workforce as it fails to fix the institutional problems in our agency, such as the need for newly hired permanent employees versus term employees to perform the work, and the lack of training and manpower and manageable time to adjudicate for its current staff.

The Corker-Hoeven substitute proposal, like the original proposal, will lead to the rubber stamping of millions of applications for both amnesty and future admissions. In its current draft, any worker in the country on a legal work visa for 10 years can get a green card, even if they overstay their visa.

It will allow immigrants to break the law in the future and still be eligible for citizenship, as it absolves prospective behavior, not simply past mistakes. It will do away with the applicability of certain grounds of inadmissibility as contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act. It will wipe away the enforcement process that compels law breakers who overstay their visas to return to their home country and restart the immigration process.

This bill rewards immigrants who break the law, more so than the prior bill proposed by the Gang of Eight. The proposal goes out of its way to provide legalization for criminal offenders while making it more difficult for Adjudications Officers to identify threats to the nations security in our ongoing war against terrorism. It was deliberately designed to undermine the integrity of our lawful Immigration system.

This bill should be opposed and reforms should be offered based on consultation with the USCIS adjudicators who actually have to implement it. Hopefully, lawmakers will read the bill before casting their votes. I say put a cork in it.

Here are the 15 GOP Senators who did not heed those warnings and who voted for a bill they probably did not read:

Alexander ~ Corker ~ Ayotte ~ Chiesa ~ Collins 

  Flake  ~ Graham ~ Hatch ~ Heller ~ Hoeven 

Kirk ~ McCain ~ Murkowski ~ Rubio ~ Wicker

sessionsSenator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) who has been on the right side of this issue from day one, said:

The Gang of Eight and their allies revealed their true tactics tonight. They shut down debate and blocked amendments to a 1,200-page immigration bill that no one has read. It was anything but the open and fair process that they had promised.”

He added: “The sponsors of the Corker-Hoeven substitute fell short of the votes they expected tonight to advance what they had erroneously billed to other Senators as a strong border security amendment. Failure to capture the votes they anticipated for this motion demonstrates the building unease this 1,200-page legislative… monstrosity has created.

I expect that unease will increase as Senators learn more about what’s really inside this proposal. What we know for absolute certain is that this bill guarantees three things: instantaneous amnesty, permanent lawlessness, and a massive expansion in legal immigration that will reduce wages for working Americans. This legislation is a crushing blow to the working people of this country, a surrender to illegality, and a capitulation to special interests over the interests of the citizens we pledged to represent.”


  •  Immediate amnesty before enforcement
  • Guts legal requirement for biometric exit-entry system
  • Millions of green cards (permanent residency) before enforcement—debunking another false claim from sponsors
  • No border surge. Agents aren’t required until 2021. It will never happen
  •  No fence requirement. DHS retains discretion in the bill that preempts the call for a fence in ten years. Litigation also provides an escape hatch to never build the fence. The fence won’t happen
  • Legalization for gang members and convicted criminals
  • Amnesty for future visa overstays (in other words, a prospective amnesty for future illegal immigrants)
  • Guaranteed welfare access for illegal immigrants
  • Undermines interior enforcement, prompting ICE officers to warn: “There is no doubt that, if passed, public safety will be endangered and massive amounts of future illegal immigration—especially visa overstays—is ensured.”
  • Expands non-merit chain migrationless than 10 percent of future flow is merit-based
  • Doubles the number of guest workers and triples the number of immigrants granted lawful permanent residency—reducing wages for U.S. workers and driving up unemployment



 NO TO IMMIGRATION REFORM. NO to Amnesty!  Enforce the laws. Expose Corruption, Extortion and Infiltration.

LaRaza is bad for America and GOP.  Union Thugs are bad for America and GOP. Noquist  is for America and the GOP. 

Scrap the bill!

Go after OBAMA’s treason and scandals. That is your job!

 Sarah Palin dealt a huge blow to Senator Rubio whether he wants to admit or not. She made an example of him for betraying the voters, but she did so with perfect timing. She could have chosen any other day to mention his flip-flop, but did so on the eve of today’s important vote.  If Senator Sessions is accurate, and the Gang of Eight got less votes than expected, then it can only continue to show that Sarah yields influence and power in just one Facebook post, tweet or article.  I hope the momentum continues, and that we will see more spine and more resistance on the part of the Senators who need to say no to SWEETENERS behind closed doors.  It cannot be understated that we must continue to fight, and not give up. Just because this passed to the Senate floor, doesn’t mean it was done without some struggle. WE MUST NEVER RELENT!

~This is still a call to arms! Immigration Reform is tedious and overwhelming, but it needs our attention.  More posts will come, not because I enjoy doing this, but because IT MUST BE DONE.~

Here are the numbers again to the Senators you need to contact. (all in my previous post)  https://thespeechatimeforchoosing.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/a-call-from-sarah-palin-to-flood-your-representatives-phone-lines/call to calls

Final Roll Call (from Right Scoop):

Grouped By Vote Position:

YEAs —67
Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Baldwin (D-WI) Baucus (D-MT) Begich (D-AK) Bennet (D-CO) Blumenthal (D-CT) Boxer (D-CA) Cantwell (D-WA) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Chiesa (R-NJ) Collins (R-ME) Coons (D-DE) Corker (R-TN) Cowan (D-MA) Donnelly (D-IN) Durbin (D-IL) Feinstein (D-CA) Flake (R-AZ) Franken (D-MN) Gillibrand (D-NY) Graham (R-SC) Hagan (D-NC) Harkin (D-IA) Hatch (R-UT) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND) Heller (R-NV) Hirono (D-HI) Hoeven (R-ND) Johnson (D-SD) Kaine (D-VA) King (I-ME) Kirk (R-IL) Klobuchar (D-MN) Landrieu (D-LA) Leahy (D-VT) Levin (D-MI) Manchin (D-WV) McCain (R-AZ) McCaskill (D-MO) Menendez (D-NJ) Merkley (D-OR) Mikulski (D-MD) Murkowski (R-AK) Murphy (D-CT) Murray (D-WA) Nelson (D-FL) Pryor (D-AR) Reed (D-RI) Reid (D-NV) Rockefeller (D-WV) Rubio (R-FL) Sanders (I-VT) Schatz (D-HI) Schumer (D-NY) Shaheen (D-NH) Stabenow (D-MI) Tester (D-MT) Udall (D-NM) Warner (D-VA) Warren (D-MA) Whitehouse (D-RI) Wicker (R-MS) Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs —27
Barrasso (R-WY) Blunt (R-MO) Boozman (R-AR) Burr (R-NC) Coats (R-IN) Coburn (R-OK) Cochran (R-MS) Cornyn (R-TX) Crapo (R-ID) Cruz (R-TX) Fischer (R-NE) Grassley (R-IA) Inhofe (R-OK) Johanns (R-NE) Johnson (R-WI) McConnell (R-KY) Moran (R-KS) Paul (R-KY) Portman (R-OH) Risch (R-ID) Roberts (R-KS) Scott (R-SC) Sessions (R-AL) Shelby (R-AL) Thune (R-SD) Toomey (R-PA) Vitter (R-LA)
Not Voting – 6
Brown (D-OH) Chambliss (R-GA) Enzi (R-WY) Isakson (R-GA) Lee (R-UT) Udall (D-CO)


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