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The Fat Lady Is Starting To Sing

Updated on September 4, 2013

The Rat Who Sold Them Down The River

Surprise Move? Not Really...

Some call it a surprise move and others could probably see it coming. The Obama Fainters are the former and the realists among us are the latter. Obamacare wasn't a good idea in the first place and now the fat lady is tuning up rapidly to sing the song most of us know has to be sung. It's commonly called a death march and I don't particularly want it to be the entire US economy we're speaking of but Obamacare needs to be crucified and buried to never be resurrected again.

Labor unions came out strong "pro" Obamacare because they are numbered among the "fainters" of Obama. They saw him as the saving grace of the union movement. Many probably still do but even Richard Trumpka, the leader of the AFL-CIO kinda sorta started wiping the egg off his mug the other day saying "mistakes were made" in crafting the legislation and resulting regulations that will destroy our health care system. Using "mistakes" was an understatement.

Hang on I'm coming to the surprise that shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone who has been paying the slightest bit off attention. The way Obama swayed organized labor was a bits of smoke and mirrors that Trumpka and his lot of union leadership chowed down on. It gave them a form of temporary waivers to grease the skids of approval. Now the jig is up and "mistakes" where made? On whose part union leadership? You, along with the rest of us out here in the real world, didn't have the opportunity to read the bill before it was passed. Furthermore, the people who passed the bill had never read it themselves before enacting this fiasco we are now seeing come to life.

Once Upon A Time...

The "surprise move," which also happens to correspond closely to our long Labor Day weekend, is that the International Union of Longshoremen and Warehouse Workers has withdrawn from the AFL-CIO. I have to applaud that move even though it is a "Johnny Come Lately" type of gesture and mainly for the wrong reasons.

What is their reasoning? There were two factors which the ILWU cited for jumping ship so to speak rather than continue to unload the manure. The first is Obamacare and the realization that they were sold a bill of goods. The second is this administration's stance of granting what amounts to amnesty to illegal aliens who are sucking up jobs needed by legal Americans. The Gang of 8 idiots aren't doing us any favors by crafting more crap legislation that no one read before signing off on it in the Senate and shoveling it over to the House of Representatives. I know I can be blunt and will be as necessary.

On August 29th a letter went from ILWU Prez Robert McElratth to AFL-CIO head honcho Trumpka with a laundry list of grievances. Chief among them was support of Obamacare by "going along to get along." That's the way McElratth worded it specifically. Trumpka expected to be rewarded and obviously has not been and now the fat lady is tuning up.

The downside of McEllrath's chagrin is that a different position needed to be taken. I happen to disagree with that but here is his statement, "they (the ILWU) are for a single-payer, nationalized health care policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their "Cadillac" health care plan." I am wondering who "they" is? They being the rank and file of the ILWU or the leadership? Did they take a vote? Single payer equates to socialized medicine. Get the drift?

The rub now is with the taxing of union "Cadillac Plans." Whoops! Again McElratth's words and not mine, " "President Obama ran on a platform that he would not tax medical plans and at the 2009 AFL-CIO Convention, you stated that labor would not stand for a tax on our benefits." Of course he is obviously ignoring that what Obama ran on and reality always seem a bit out of sorts with each other. A single payer system isn't the answer to that puzzle either.

Trumpa termed Obamacare a "moving target." Things have been moving along precariously and delayed again and again so that is probably true. Mistakes have been made all around by the people who crafted this nonsense, passed it without reading it, went against the will of the majority of people in this nation and allowing the federal government to control 1/6th of this nation's economy. They can't control their own spending and want total control of ours?

So the unions are now bucking. The ILWU pulls out with its 40,000 plus membership and Trumpka is left to wipe more egg off of his mug,. We'll save the immigration dissatisfaction for later. I don't have that going anywhere close to what the Gang of 8 proposed. The ILWU feels that the AFL-CIO ( read: Trumpka) is lock step with Obama and if he makes a hard right Trumpka will end up with a broken neck.

The ILWU may be right on that account. As a foot note please be aware that in the private sector unions now account for only 11.3% of US workers. Maybe there's something to this right to work without having to pay to do so movement.

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As Always,

The Frog Prince


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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Jim - No all followers.

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      FitnezzJim 4 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Someone remind me. When I was little we used join hands and run around in circles to the tune of a song that had lyrics something like 'Ring around a rosey, pocketful of posie ...'

      Did that game have a leader?

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      Ghost32 4 years ago

      The fat lady doesn't need to sing. She needs health care....

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      Don 4 years ago

      Obama seams to "shed" friends once he has used them to advance himself or his causes. After pumping up the union to gain support for his health care plan, he now turns a deaf ear. The same could be said for those who helped to win his election in 2008, among them Oprah Winfrey. Hopefully they have learned, once bitten, twice shy. Never trust a liar.

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      TSAD 4 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Oh, it will be gone eventually!... when "the congress" forces us to go to single payer health care which has always been Obama's end game. "Single-payer health care is a system in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs... Although the fund holder is usually the state, some forms of single-payer use a mixed public-private system." Our broke government pay? Sure they'll just borrow more money and raise taxes.

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      Stu 4 years ago

      Obamacare is going to be very hard to stop, at least until more Americans complain. Current polling shows Americans are split about 50/40/10 unfavorable/favorable/unsure about Obamacare. More of the Obamacare mandates will have to come into effect before more Americans see how devastating its effects are and complain.

      The root causes of excessive medical care cost are high tort, low competition in new drugs, hospital inefficiency, and excessive Medicare reimbursement for drugs and major procedures. The lawyers, big pharma, and giant hospital chains are the major beneficiaries of the status quo, and have likely paid alot in campaign money to ensure that health care reform does not impact their revenue streams.

      The upshot of all this is that Obamacare will have to do some real damage to our already unaffordable health care system (higher cost and difficulty in getting service) before there is enough popular pressure to get Congress to listen. But by that time, the lower income subsidized group will be screaming in the other direction. Sadly, we may not be able to get rid of this no matter how illegal or damaging it is.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Seems Obamacare trumped Trumpka and mugged McElrath, Jim. I knew we were in deep trouble when Pelosi muttered her now infamous statement: "We have to pass this bill so we can see what is in it!"

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      If the president foled the union, it is even less reason for common people to want to belong to unions. The union,if anything, should be protecting workers rights, not organizational power. If they had the real interests of workers in mind, they would act much differently.

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      34th Bomb Group 4 years ago from Western New York State

      Still love you Jim!!

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      Michelle Orelup 4 years ago from Houston, TX

      It seems that every week Obama has a new pet project, and a 'favorite group'. They are just now beginning to realize that with empty words, come empty promises.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      Jim - Are you suggesting that Obama lied to his Union Bros? And then they found out that he lied to them and blamed their Union Leaders?

      Who would have ever guessed this would happen? I would guess this is the first of many Union Employees who will soon learn the ugly truth.

      Good to see you writing again.