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More Crony Capitalism, Obamacare Latest Union Kickback

February 23, 2012 Leave a comment

You wonder why all these big labor unions support Barrack Hussein Obama so much? Because the financial kickbacks more they make up for the millions spent. The “Chicago Way” of politics is too reward your patrons and to punish and bully your enemies. Just look at the thug tactics Obama used to screw the GM bond holders and the cushy deals the big gangster unions got. This socialist bullshit is one of the many Obama policies keeping real unemployment at 15% plus. Why invest in the economy when this thugocracy can just show up and say sorry where dissolving your investment you can take these pennies or take nothing. And if you make any media complaints you just may find my enforcer in the Justice Department going through your business records. GM was a horrible run company with insane union contracts and should of gone bankrupt. But old Barry just rigged the game and bailed out his big labor buddies. Now Obama is using OBAMACARE to kickback taxpayer cash to big labor union pals far and wide.

Freelancers Union receives $340 million in grants for ObamaCare

By Adam Bitely — More political payola for Big Labor. The Freelancers Union has reportedly received $340 million in grants for ObamaCare implementation. Could this money be political bribery funds from the Obama administration?

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Dave Camp is looking into the matter. According to a report from Fox News, “Camp questioned whether the group was even eligible, describing the loan as a ‘reward’ for ‘political friends.’”

It seems that it has become a matter of routine inside the Obama administration to use ObamaCare grants to pay off friends and allies. Just look at the case of the taxpayer money sent to the Saul Alinsky-affiliated group in Wisconsin.

The last we heard from the Freelancers Union their founder and executive director Sara Horowitz was heaving praise on Occupy Wall Street movement:

It’s hard to ignore the signs: One percent of the population controls 40% of the wealth in this country. Financial institutions, after a decade of living large off riskier and riskier bets, are passing along costs to consumers. The unemployment rate for people under the age of 30 is nearly 17%. And it’s not just the poor. The Middle Class are being squeezed from every direction. Is it any wonder that people have taken to the streets to Occupy Wall Street?

We know that as a country we can’t sustain this level of inequality for much longer. In the short term, we need to update the New Deal so that the protections envisioned by FDR are realized for the Gig Economy – the 30% of our workforce who are excluded from basic worker protections and whose “jobs” last months instead of years. That means creating portable health insurance that workers can take from gig to gig and revising our unemployment system to account for the millions of people who are currently left out of it.

But in the long term, our best bet to prevent another Great Recession is to stop thinking that benefits are provided by an employer and support systems are delivered through the government. Those days are slipping away, and it’s time to completely shift our thinking. We need to come up with new, creative ways to solve these problems by coming together in what I call New Mutualism: People with shared interests cooperatively building solutions to the problems they face.

Wall Street won’t remain occupied forever. But the spirit of the protests can live on, especially if we can channel the anger, frustration, and hope on display in Zuccotti Park into new institutions that balance people, community, a living wage, and basic supports with reasonable profits.

Adam Bitely is the Editor-in-Chief of You can follow him on Twitter at @AdamBitely.



Obamacare And Waivers For Big Labor

January 30, 2011 1 comment

Obamacare Waivers Continue To Grow

With the looming disaster called OBAMACARE getting closer the rats are jumping ship as more and more comes to light on this destruction of our healthcare system. While big labor was one of the biggest supporters of OBAMACARE they have already requested and been granted 40 percent of the waivers. The New York SEIU union is dropping 30 thousand kids from there healthcare plan due to rising costs. As often happens when the left dreams up these utopian schemes its the rest of us who get stuck with the details. Instead a tackling one health care issue at a time and spending the time to get it fixed right the Democrats rushed through a massive bill that they all admit not reading just to placate the howling hyennas in there party. Every state that has tried this healthcare reform has failed miserable and OBAMACARE will fail in epic fashion. The system needs fixing but the Democrats refuse to address major factors that are the cause. The cost of healthcare is what everyone brings up but Democrats refuse to address the problems like trial lawyers and tort reform, fraud or illegal aliens whom all suck up tens of billions of dollars of working taxpayers money. The trial lawyers drive up costs of everything from medicine to medical equiptment. Then we have millions of illegals aliens bringing in once eradicated disease’s and having generally poor health all being treated at taxpayers expense. Another growing problem is Illegal aliens and recent immigrants who are major players in healthcare fraud schemes, in Florida healthcare fraud is overtaking the drug trade. And last time I checked healthcare isn’t mentioned once in the constitution or the bill of rights. Yes in a perfect world everyone would get wonderfull cradle to grave healthcare but we don’t live in a perfect world. And since big government has gotten involved in healthcare there regulations and political pandering has driven costs thru the roof. Lets throw out this OBAMACARE disaster start over and address one issue at a time until its fixed or where going to be all begging for the good old days of fighting with our insurance companies. By tweaking little bits at time you give the economy and system time to plan and adjust. Start with portability and competition then pre-existing conditions then you can start with putting trial lawyers out of business and sending illegals home. The kicker is the Democrats gave themselves the first waiver when they decided to keep funding there gold plated taxpayer funded government plan for House and Senate members.
So while the rest of us are struggling to find are way thru this disaster the morons who dream it all up will be exempt from this mess.

Big Labor Obamacare Waivers

Waivers for Favors: Big Labor’s Obamacare escape hatch
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2011
President Obama’s story-tellers recently launched a White House blog series called “Voices of Health Reform,” where “readers can meet average Americans already benefiting from the health reform law.” I propose a new White House series: “Voices of Health Reform Waivers,” where taxpayers can meet all the politically-connected unions benefiting from exclusive get-out-of-Obamacare passes — after squandering millions of their workers’ dues to lobby for the
job-killing, private insurance-sabotaging law from which they are now exempt.
At the end of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services had granted some 222 temporary waivers to businesses small and large, insurers, labor, and other organizations that offer affordable health insurance or prescription drug coverage with limited benefits. On Wednesday, the agency quietly updated its online list, which now reveals a whopping total of 729 Obamacare escapees – in addition to four states Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Tennessee – who collectively cover 2.1 million enrollees.
At least one eyebrow-raising waiver recipient – the left-leaning, nationalized health care-promoting Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – has direct ties to the White House. Obama health care czar Nancy DeParle sits on the foundation’s board of trustees.
Most noteworthy: One-fourth of all the waivers (182) have gone to Big Labor groups across the country so far.
The Teamsters Union, which hailed Obama last March for “enacting historic health care reform, providing health insurance to millions of Americans who don’t have it and controlling costs for millions more who do,” obtained waivers for 17 different locals.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which celebrated the passage of Obamacare as “an achievement that will
rank among the highest in our national experience,” secured waivers for 28 different affiliates.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers — which exulted after the health care law’s passage that “finally, affordable and comprehensive health care coverage will be available for millions of working Americans” — saw 8 of its affiliates win shelter from the Obamacare wrecking ball.
The Communications Workers of America, which sent its workers to lobby for Obamacare on Capitol Hill as part of the left-wing billionaire George Soros-funded Health Care for America Now front group, snagged a waiver that will spare a hefty 19,000 of its members from the onerous federal mandate.
And the Service Employees International Union, which poured $60 million into Democrat/Obama coffers in 2008 and millions more into the Astroturf campaign for the federal health care takeover, added four new affiliates to the waiver list:
– SEIU Local 2000 Health and Welfare Fund, representing 161 enrollees
– SEIU 32BJ North Health Benefit Fund, representing 7,020 enrollees
– SEIU Local 300, Civil Service Forum Employees Welfare Fund, representing 2,000 enrollees
– SEIU Health & Welfare Fund representing 1,620
That’s in addition to three other previous SEIU waiver winners: Local 25 SEIU in Chicago with 31,000 enrollees; Local 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund with 4,544 enrollees; and SEIU Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund with 520 enrollees — which brings the total number of Obamacare-promoting SEIU Obamacare refugees to an estimated 45,000 workers represented by seven SEIU locals.
Without the HHS-approved exemptions, these health providers would have been forced to drop low-cost coverage for seasonal, part-time, and low-wage workers due to skyrocketing premiums. The only way they are keeping their health care is by successfully begging the feds to spare them from Obamacare. The Democrats’ law seeks to eliminate the low-cost plans (known as “mini-med” plans) under the guise of controlling insurer spending on executive salaries and marketing. The ultimate goal, as I’ve reported before: forcing a massive shift from private to public insurance designed by government-knows-best
House and Senate Republicans plan separate investigations of the Obamacare waiver process. Who got when and why? Who knew whom? Who didn’t? HHS acknowledged Thursday that some 50 sanctuary seekers had their waiver applications denied, but would not say more. Perhaps the White House story-tellers, so eager to profile the “Voices of Health Reform,” can enlighten us.

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Obama Punts On Transparency Again

Obama loosens rules for Unions

There is literally not a week gone by since Barrack Hussein Obama invaded the White House that he has not broken a campaign promise to the American people. Now he is at it again with the unions loosening the transparency and reporting regulations.

Obviously as far as Obama is concerned “transparency” is one of those things that only enemies should be forced to observe. If you are an Obama friend, no transparency is required.

It is interesting to note the language that Democrats used to excuse their newest roll back of transparency requirements, too (my bold).

“The [Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act’s] various reporting provisions are designed to empower labor organizations, their members, and the public by providing certain information about the finances of labor organizations and union officers and employees. A fair and transparent government regulatory regime must consider and balance the interests of labor organizations, their members, and the public, including the benefits served by disclosure, the burden placed on reporting entities, and preserving the independence of unions and their officials from unnecessary government regulation.”

Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 153; Tuesday, August 10, 2010; Proposed Rules, P. 48416

So how does allowing unions to misuse, abuse, and hide expenditures from their own membership, the public and the government by skipping transparency requirements help anyone but the union chiefs that want to hide what they are doing from the prying eyes of reformers?

Obama has got to be the biggest union whore to every exist, does he where kneepads? He spends so much time pandering and paying back these job killing unions that you have to wonder when he has time to get anything else done.
I guess if you look at the rising unemployment numbers and pathetic GDP growth he is doing nothing else. This president is either completely amoral or the one of the dumbest humans ever elected. Its scary to think which is worse. Without his tele-prompter he is constantly frustrating his handlers and blathering out what he really thinks. He has completely made a mockery of his most open transparent government ever. He cuts Chicago style back room deals and just plain lies about it to the American public. His administration will gone down in history as one of the most corrupt, incompetent and least “Transparent” in the history of our republic. In past times you could count on some in the media to call them on it, unfortunately the media is so corrupt and one sided the historians will have to write the story.

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Union’s Create There Own Anti-Tea Party

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Union create fake anti-tea party sites

(Read the rest of the story at Fox News)
A seemingly grassroots organization that’s mounted an online campaign to counter the tea party movement is actually the front end of an elaborate scheme that funnels funds — including sizable labor union contributions — through the offices of a prominent Democratic party lawyer. A Web site popped up in January dedicated to preventing the tea party’s “radical” and “dangerous” ideas from “gaining legislative traction,” targeting GOP candidates in Illinois for the firing squad. “This movement is a fad,” proclaims, which was established by the American Public Policy Center (APPC), a D.C.-based campaign shop that few people have ever heard of.

Two Democratic schills, Craig Varoga and George Rakis, are setting up fake grassroots union funded anti-tea party groups. And guess who are some of the big behind the scene bank rollers, big surprise the labor unions. Records show the Service Employees International Union, Change to Win, the Communications Workers of America, the National Education Association, the Teamsters Union, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union and unionized government workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). You kind of have to wonder why these leftist unions are so afraid of the tea party crowd. I guess they are afraid of losing the billions of taxpayer dollars the Obama administration is funneling there way.

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