Secret, ‘Special’ Interests

October 17, 2010

The latest tactic progressives are attempting is to scare voters into thinking that behind every conservative, Tea Party or Republican candidate or group are secret, foreign corporations and individuals propping them up with funding. The implication is that these ‘special’ interests represent a threat to our system of democracy. 

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=obama+mtv&iid=9952373″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9952373/obama-participates-mtv-bet/obama-participates-mtv-bet.jpg?size=500&imageId=9952373″ width=”234″ height=”136″ /]Part of the issue stems from a recent Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. FEC, in which the majority of the justices ruled that corporations have free speech rights in respect to their ability to fund political opinion. Many Democrats and progressives, including Obama, have at many times railed against the decision.

One group under attack is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Recently, there has been an effort to insinuate that the Chamber is backed by foreign special interests, despite little evidence to prove it. The Chamber’s head of government affairs has even asserted that the push to disclose donor information may be an attempt by the Obama administration to intimidate those who fund the organization. Other conservative-leaning groups, like Americans for Prosperity, have also come under fire from Obama and other Democrats desperately hoping to find a way to minimize the severity of their predicted election losses next month.

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Union Hires Non-Union Labor at Minimum Wage

July 26, 2010

Anything ironic about a union protesting a non-union business by paying non-unionized individuals minimum wage to picket? If you’re a representative for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, no.

That’s the subject of a recent Wall Street Journal report. The story notes the following:

… the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters is seeking paid demonstrators to march and chant in its current picket line outside the McPherson Building, an office complex here where the council says work is being done with nonunion labor. “For a lot of our members, it’s really difficult to have them come out, either because of parking or something else,” explains Vincente Garcia, a union representative who is supervising the picketing. So instead, the union hires unemployed people at the minimum wage—$8.25 an hour—to walk picket lines.

The story noted that Garcia didn’t see a problem with “a union that insists on union labor hiring nonunion people to protest the hiring of nonunion labor.” Go figure.

If the leaders of this union started their own business, do you think they’d be supportive of their employees unionizing to raise their wages? Questionable. Funny how things change when the roles are reversed.


Government Employee Union Contributions

February 13, 2010

Here is a chart from OpenSecrets.org showing how much money government employee unions have contributed to each major political party in the United States:

 

Chart from OpenSecrets.org

Given this data, is there any doubt why the party in power has been so reluctant to cut government spending? For example, for 2008 the difference in contributions was 89 percent to 11 percent in favor of Democrats. This doesn’t bode well for bridging the compensation gap between the public and private sectors.