Labor Pains: Because Being in a Union can be Painful

Scott Brown win spun as “victory” by Big Labor

“Your revolution is over, Mr. Lebowski. Condolences. The bums lost. My advice is to do what your parents did; get a job, sir. The bums will always lose. Do you hear me, Lebowski? The bums will always lose!” –The Big Lebowski

Too harsh? Yes, but still.

Big Labor won’t give up the fight. They just keep losing battles, and then talking about them like victories. EFCA and health care legislation were dealt a major blow yesterday with the election of Scott Brown yesterday in Massachusetts. Health care is suddenly in very rocky, uncharted territory and EFCA, placed on the back burner for health care, may find it very difficult to come to the forefront.

On labor blogs and even in statements by the likes of Andy Stern, labor is blaming the loss on Democrats not being left enough and being too compromising on healthcare and EFCA. Only if Dems had rammed through EFCA without compromise and healthcare with serious teeth, says labor, would the true Democratic base been ignited to action….and to voting for Coakley!

Said another way: If only the Democrats had done exactly what the labor machine told them to do this year, they wouldn’t be in this mess.

So hold onto your hats in the run up to the elections this fall. Will Democrats buy into labor’s version of events? Will they be required to?

I’m sorry.  It’s quite funny, yet unsurprising, that labor leaders can look at the election last night and say they’ve won because it proves that labor’s agenda is embraced by Americans.  Mind you, if Coakley had won, the labor leaders would be talking about the election last night and taking all the credit for their union war machine of endorsements and millions of dollars spent , because it proves that labor’s agenda is embraced by Americans.

Is it possible voters recognize that the health care legislation opens up millions of Americans for unionization and saves/gains billions of dollars for unions? Is it possible that voters see the the Employee Free Choice Act actually removes alot of free choices that employers and employees currenty have? Is it possible that Coakley’s track record supporting unions at the cost of the state taxpayers angered voters? Here is one example. Could it be that that is why they lost last night?

Labor leaders say no. I say yes.

In the words of Andy Stern:

“The reason Ted Kennedy’s seat is no longer controlled by a Democrat is clear: Washington’s inability to deliver the change voters demanded in November 2008. Make no mistake, political paralysis resulted in electoral failure.

“During the past year, Republicans refused to do anything but stand in the way of change and Democratic Senators took too long to do too little. And tonight, the Senate bears the consequences for its failure to act decisively but the American people are the ones left paying the price. If our elected officials don’t recognize that every day more working families fall victim to Washington’s failure to act, the elections next November will result in the same.”

“Today’s vote must be a wake-up call that now is the time for bold action. Time to stand up to politics as usual. Time to stand up to Republican scare and stall tactics. And time to speak up for working families.”

Maybe they should listen to the working families who voted yesterday for a change.

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