Obama Delivers everything he promised the Unions-FOR $200M

Posted on May 21, 2011


One thing must be said of President Obama —  he gives good value in return for the hundreds of millions of dollars in  campaign contributions he got from the nation’s labor movement.

Unions spent an  estimated $200 million electing Obama and re-electing Democratic majorities in  Congress in 2008. Union officials ought to be ecstatic with Obama’s performance  since then because he has delivered everything he promised the unions, and more.  Obama’s largesse is all the more amazing when it is remembered that unions  represent fewer than 7 percent of all private-sector workers.

Fortunately for the country, Democrats in Congress  don’t always share Obama’s blind fealty to the union label. Consider yesterday’s  cloture vote in the Senate on Obama’s nomination of 40-year-old Berkeley Law  School professor Goodwin Liu to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San  Francisco. Liu is among the most radical leftists ever nominated for a federal  court, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hoped to cut off Republican  opposition to the nomination by calling the cloture vote. But Reid failed when  the motion for cloture received only 52 votes of the 60 needed. Had the motion  for cloture carried, Liu’s nomination would have been cleared for a final floor  vote, although it was far from certain that Liu would have been  confirmed.

What is certain is that Obama nominated a man whose  views bring to mind the fiery socialist diatribes delivered by United Auto  Workers hero Walter Reuther in 1937 when he returned from a couple of years  working in a proletarian communal factory in Gorky, an industrial city in  Stalin’s Soviet Union.

Speaking in 2006 against President George W. Bush’s  nomination of John Roberts for chief justice, Liu dismissed “free enterprise,”  “private ownership of property” and “limited government” as nothing more than  “code words for an ideological agenda hostile to environmental, workplace and  consumer protections.”

And speaking of ideological agendas, Liu has made clear  that he sees in Obama’s election “the opportunity to actually get our ideas and  the progressive vision of the Constitution and of law and policy into  practice.”

Nominating Liu is of a piece with Obama’s recess  appointments of Craig Becker and Lafe Solomon to the National Labor Relations  Board. Becker is a former labor lawyer for the Service Employees International  Union who has refused to recuse himself from multiple cases before the board in  which he formerly represented the labor parties to the disputes. Solomon has led  the NLRB’s unprecedented attack on the Boeing Aircraft Co. for building a  factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, instead of Washington state, a  forced-union state.

The assault on Boeing is the first step in what is clearly a  campaign to intimidate corporate executives from doing business in any of the  nation’s 22 right-to-work states.

Not a bad ROI for $200 million!