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Union-Hating Teapublicans and Their Mouthpieces Are Hurting America (And They're Wrong)

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 21:31:11 PM EST


According to a recent poll, only 6% of Michiganders said they wanted Michigan legislators to pass a law in the legislature's lame-duck session making Michigan a "right to work" (for less) state. (Editor's note: the poll also showed that "right-to-work" is a highly divisive issue in the state, with 51% opposing "right-to-work" and 42% supporting it when they're told what it is). But Governor Rick Snyder doesn't give a rat's tail. And today, the wretched (Republican-controlled) legislature of Michigan enacted a union killing bill pawned off as a "right-to-work" bill.

Meanwhile, a new study shows the folly of the so-called right-to-work laws. The Center for American Progress has produced a study to show just how badly Gov. Snyder's plan will hurt Michigan workers, the state of Michigan and, if extrapolated across the U.S. economy, the entire country.

You gotta hate workers to want them to work for less. And that's precisely what the latest Republican trashing of unions does. Gov. Snyder's doing the bidding of ALEC and the extractive/banking/manufacturing sectors who are so greedy they would ratchet back wages to sub-minimum wage if they could get away with it.  Think I exaggerate?  

Republicans in Congress and in statehouses have already made the case to get rid of the minimum wage. What's left?  And Bearing Drift had the nerve to equate union membership with slavery when, as Lowell reminded, it is precisely the opposite.  

Speaking of Bearing Drift, they've jumped the shark yet again. Now we are told unions are "terrorists." That's right, unions are like Al Qaeda. Let me get this straight. Today's Republican Party and its mouthpieces actively try to savage everyone in America but the rich. They have brought government to a standstill over and over again. And they have extorted draconian cuts that hurt real people.

KathyinBlacksburg :: Union-Hating Teapublicans and Their Mouthpieces Are Hurting America (And They're Wrong)
They want the old without Social Security and Medicare. They want to lay off workers at will so employers can ship jobs overseas and leave workers with no unemployment insurance. They want to take health care away from the sick. They want those who are sick with insurance to be able to be stripped of it. They want children to go to for profit schools who do education on the cheap and exploit kids with unhealthy food. And they appear to want war without end.

It never stops. Over and over they have held us hostage to their ruthless, extreme scorched-earth tactics. It's their way or the highway. They think they actually won the election when Democrats won both the Senate and the Presidency and picked up seats in the House. Essentially, they think John Boehner is president. Today they hold 98% of Americans hostage again in a bogus "fiscal cliff" phony crisis. Again, just who are the terrorists?  

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Two things: (2.50 / 2)
1) You start your post out with a blatant misrepresentation, which just ruins all credibility right out of the gate.

It's not true that "only 6% want" MI to become "right-to-work"; it's true that a poll showed that only 6% thought that passing "right-to-work" should be the lame duck session's #1 priority. That doesn't speak to support or opposition. In fact, if that poll did find significant opposition to the legislation, you'd think they'd trumpet that result instead of this lame fabrication.

2) You have no room to complain about Republicans likening union violence at a rally to terrorism (a loose but technically accurate description) after four years of the ridiculous "Taliban Bob" moniker that you've never spoken out against.

So to answer your question, yes, I do think you exaggerate.  


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1) Right-to-work laws are meant to weaken unions by allowing free-loading by workers who get the advantage of the bargaining unions do without paying the dues. (The real definition of a "taker" (freeloader) versus a "maker" (union and dues-paying members), according to  Romney-Ryan thinking.)

2) Workers who belong to unions in states without right-to work laws have higher wages than those who work in right-to-work states.

I'll grant you one thing: The union members who got into a slugging match with right-to-work supporters did exactly what those opposed to unions wanted. They acted in a way that gave propaganda to their  opponents. However, to equate them with terrorists is absurd on its face. And, the reason people put the "Taliban Bob" moniker on Bob McDonnell was the result of his support for forcing a woman practicing her right to choose her own health care to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound. It is a felony to force anyone to submit to sexual penetration by object without their consent; it's a form of rape. Not understanding that women should have equal rights to men is "Taliban thinking."  


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Some refer to Virginia's sorry governor as (2.00 / 2)
Some refer to Virginia's sorry excuse for a governor governor as Taliban Bob (T-Bob) because he seeks to bring Pat Robertson-style theocracy to Virginia (and, he most likely hopes), further. The Taliban are fundamentalist theocrats who have a lousy view of women and little tolerance for freedom of religion and freedom from religion.

But now I think it says what needs to be said to simply call him Transvaginal Bob. But either way, it's the truth.  And it is not synonymous with claiming he is a terrorist, though you have to wonder what a woman subjected to a transvaginal probe for no good reason must think of him.

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My compromise nickname is "T-Bob" (0.00 / 0)
Kind of covers both possibilities. :)

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