AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka lashes out at House Speaker John Boehner's position on raising the debt ceiling in a Washington speech Friday.As I stated in this article, "Where are the Democrats" that are elected to fight on the behalf of the people that voted them in office, and once again, Obama seems to be the only one fighting for the citizens of this country. By Jennifer Liberto @CNNMoney May 20, 2011: 4:18 PM ET

AFL-CIO: House speaker 'blackmailing' America

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) -- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka accused House Speaker John Boehner of blackmailing America for withholding his vote to raise the debt ceiling unless there are drastic spending cuts. "Now we see Speaker Boehner and his colleagues engaged in a new round of blackmail with a ransom note that reads: 'Cut Medicare, dismantle the government, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs to fund more tax cuts for the rich, or we will cause the United States to default on its debts'," Trumka said in a speech at the National Press Club on Friday. Trumka is among those who wants Congress to raise the debt ceiling and give the United States more ability to borrow more without tying such a move to the budget. Republicans have insisted that raising the debt ceiling be linked to budget cuts.

Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, responded to Trumka's comments by saying that Americans are the ones demanding spending cuts along with raising the debt ceiling. "The American people simply won't tolerate another blank check for more Washington spending," Steel said. "Raising the debt limit without spending cuts and reforms would be more irresponsible than not raising it." In a wide-ranging speech, Trumka focused on the imperiled state of the labor movement, calling it workers' "great struggle." He compared the new onslaught against workers' rights being waged in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio to battles over public employees rights to organize during the 1960s civil rights movement. He decried Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's attack on public employees' collective bargaining and organizing rights.

Risk default? 'You've got to be kidding' - Geithner

"Working people remember that these rights were not easily won," Trumka said. "The pivotal 1968 Memphis sanitation workers' strike began with two men crushed to death in a garbage truck, and ended with Martin Luther King giving his life for the cause of public workers' right to organize together." Trumka also threatened to divert resources from causes and candidates, including Democrats, who don't support workers. He talked about the need for a more independent labor movement. "If leaders aren't blocking the wrecking ball and advancing working families' interests, working people will not support them," Trumka said. "This is where our focus will be -- now, in 2012 and beyond."

Later, Trumka said that President Obama was working for workers and that the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor group, would continue to support the president. Nevertheless, Obama has made some mistakes, such as talking about the deficit during the debate over stimulus and job growth. Trumka also thinks the president is making a big "strategic blunder," in moving forward with a free trade agreement with Colombia, while labor leaders are attacked in that country. To top of page

 

 

 

 

 

ASKFMB OPINION

Round 1, and the first step in the "Demise"
of the Democratic Party

 

As I stated in this article, "Where are the Democrats" that are elected to fight on the behalf of the people that voted them in office, and once again, Obama seems to be the only one fighting for the citizens of this country.

Answer, there really isn't a "Democrat or a Republican", it's all a ruse, a good cop ~ bad cop ploy, to make the country believe that either one side or the other, is really fighting for you, the individual citizens, when the truth is, all politicians are really there to represent the "Rich & Big Companies, and their Friends". I first saw this behavior with Clinton, in that, he brought a lot of people and he paid off a lot of favors once he entered office, but, Bush blew Clinton out of the water such that Bush's exploits actually brought the country, hours, from a depression.

No Republican will act on anything that Obama suggest and very, very few Democrats will take a stance for Obama.

Thus, it's clear that our elected officials have chose their friends, the rich and the big businesses rather than 98% of the American Public, which is the reason why more and more people are getting less pay, and the rich are getting more more wealthy.

The subject of this side of the article is "Round 1", which is meant to site the beginning of the demise of the Democratic Party. The Republicans down slide started with the election of Bush, and he served his purpose well. Now, the lack of support by the Democrats for the only person that is fighting for the people of the this country, "The President", clearly defines the Democratic Party's disposition.

Round 2 will be more evidence of the Democratic Party un-willingness to act on the behalf of the citizens, such as their position on the oil companies. "here"

Mr Trunka's reference to the fight that MLK started, and the sacrifices laid were, real and real hard working "American Citizens" lost their lives for the benefits that are being, so easily, suggested to be removed by our republicans and the democrats seem to have lost the entirety of any backbone, or perhaps, the democrats agree.

It's time to start talking "The American Party"!!!!!

Get on Board if your any race, any demographic that is tired of your current party, or if your an independent, join me, lets set the foundation in place to have a candidate for the 2016 elections.

The Post Obama Presidency will require a different type of President, one that is "not a Dem or Rep". We have a lot of work to do.

So far, I'm the only one on this boat, I can use a lot of help.

 

In My Opinion

ASMFMB
5/20/11