A Bailout For Democrats’ Election Campaign

Since the first day of his Administration President Obama has fully exploited a recirculating funding and campaign support system with public employee unions that has no equivalent on the Republican side.

The system is simple:  Democrats pass legislation to fund or subsidize states and municipalities that then hire more employees, who then pay more union dues, a portion of which is contributed to Democrats.  Today we see this system in action.

Congress was in recess for the entire  month of August.  But Speaker Pelosi called the House of Representatives back to Washington for two days to pass an “emergency” bill that will provide Billions to shore up employment in state and local governments whose tax revenue has declined in the recession.  President Obama signed it into law immediately.

In a press release Gerry McEntee, president of the Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) previewed his union’s plans to reciprocate:

We are set to launch a robust field plan across the country during the month of August, including advertising and grassroots events.  We intend to highlight the clear choice Americans will make in November between Democrats who are working to protect jobs and move the economy forward and Republicans who are willing to wreck the economy for political gain.

Mr McEntee apparently believes the only jobs that matter are public sector jobs.  As we demonstrated here the Democrats have utterly failed to prevent the loss of millions of private sector jobs since they took control of Congress in 2007 and the White House in 2009.

President Obama and the Democrats claim today’s emergency vote in the House of Representatives is vital to prevent layoffs.  But all across the country public employee unions have refused to negotiate concessions that would reduce costs and thus prevent layoffs.  The Milwaukee school district is in financial crisis with no options left other than layoffs.  Yet the teachers union has gone to court seeking to force the insolvent district to provide free Viagra to its members.

It seems that public employee unions believe they are owed unlimited bailouts from Congressional Democrats and do not have to agree to less generous benefit packages in order to save the jobs of their own members.  And, it seems the President and his party agree.

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