AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka - always classy
From The Washington Examiner
AFL-CIO’s Trumka: Right uses ‘freedom’ to dupe the public
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a 4th of July-themed column in the Huffington Post musing on the word freedom and how it is interpreted by the Republican Party. His conclusion is that they use the word to con people.
According to Trumka, giving people or groups complete discretion in how they conduct their affairs is a bad idea because they might make the wrong decision. That is, they might decide to do something that Trumka thinks is a bad idea, such as opting out of Social Security.
Let’s call this right-wing “freedom” catch phrase what it really is: a grossly political strategy to dupe the public, which holds the word “freedom” as something sacred.
Big difference between wanting FREEDOM instead of FREE STUFF.
And of course, Trumka opines on Scott Walker with predictable results:
That’s actually a fair definition of what Walker did. He gave the public sector workers the right, which they previously did not have, to opt out of paying union dues. Given the subsequent decline in union membership in the state, a lot of those workers apparently liked having that choice.
Scott Walker received the National Rifle Association’s “Defender of Freedom” award recently. I guess they meant Gov. Walker is defending teachers’ freedom from joining with coworkers to bargain fairly about things like class size.
The link at subsequent decline
goes to an article that states that Union membership has declined substantially. There are no verifiable numbers but the amount could be as small as 24% and as big as 50%.
Choice is a good thing and the Unions are running scared...
(Heh - I use the excellent ieSpell
to spell-check my posts. It flagged Trumka and suggested Trauma -- sounds about right!)
Posted by DaveH at July 3, 2012 2:26 PM