Palin stands up for union workers against union bosses

January 15, 2010

I think quite a few people don’t realize that her husband and several family members are lifelong union members. From her Facebook page, today:

Union Brothers and Sisters: Your Leadership Doesn’t Get It – You Deserve Better

In the latest to come out of D.C.’s backroom health care deals, President Obama yesterday cut a doozy of a deal with labor union bosses. The fed’s health care plan must be so bad that even union bosses had to go to D.C. to say they wanted out. So… to keep their support for a flawed plan they got an exemption to provisions in the deal that others did not. Small business owners, our families running America’s mom & pops, did not get this deal. Ask yourself: why did union bosses get special treatment? And when did our country’s unions get on the wrong track with moves like this that hurt their good members and put them in such a bad light?

Good hard-working, pro-free-market, pro-America union members should join in opposition to their union bosses’ sweetheart deal. Coming from a union background and living in a world with many union memberships among my family and friends, I know that average members will be embarrassed by their bosses’ deal, which basically only delays the heavy tax on their health care plans until 2018 and in the meantime unfairly leaves many fellow Americans in a much less “enviable” position.

Union members don’t want to stick it to non-union colleagues in the private and public sector. Their union leadership is not helping them in the long run, they’re certainly not helping the rest of America, and unfortunately some union bosses are making all union members look bad, selfish, and anti-business with this Big Government backroom deal.

I know that ordinary union members don’t want to hurt their fellow Americans, just as ordinary Nebraskans didn’t want to stick it to the rest of the country with a sweetheart deal on Medicaid subsidies. I urge union members to make their voices heard. Please, call your leadership – don’t put up with these special-interest politics – tell them to fight for all Americans who want common sense health care reform, not this flawed boondoggle.

To quote what may be the battle-cry in 2012, “Boom! Taste her nightstick!”

UPDATE: Phil Klein with more on this union bribe.


When you’ve lost Bob Herbert

December 29, 2009

It’s finally happened: Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have succeeded in uniting the nation – we all hate the proposed health care reform. When even a reliable left-liberal like the New York Times’ Bob Herbert says it stinks, you know it’s done. Stick a fork in it:

There is a middle-class tax time bomb ticking in the Senate’s version of President Obama’s effort to reform health care.

The bill that passed the Senate with such fanfare on Christmas Eve would impose a confiscatory 40 percent excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which are popularly viewed as over-the-top plans held only by the very wealthy. In fact, it’s a tax that in a few years will hammer millions of middle-class policyholders, forcing them to scale back their access to medical care.

Which is exactly what the tax is designed to do.

In other words, rationing. I know it would kill Herbert to admit this, but he’s on his way to agreeing with Sarah Palin.

Give in to the Right side of The Force, Bob. We have cookies.

(hat tip: Jennifer Rubin, who uses this as an example of an overall growing awareness among liberals that this plan stinks.)