THE ONE’s decision isn’t going over well.
Obama’s decision to appoint his close political ally, union leader Andrew Stern, to the newly created National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform has set off a firestorm of criticism from business and conservative groups who charge he is a political radical who should be investigated for failure to register as a lobbyist.
……The prestigious 18-member commission will study and recommend ways to whittle down the $12 trillion debt the federal government has amassed. Stern is one of six panelists Obama has named; the House of Representatives and the Senate will each appoint six others.
Stern, the 59-year-old president of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union, has angered business groups and political conservatives because of his support for health care reform and controversial “Card Check” legislation, which would make it easier for unions to organize in workplaces.
Called “the most important labor boss in America today” and once considered for secretary of labor, Stern has become a political lightning rod. His appointment to the commission, wrote Investor’s Business Daily, “is like having a serial arsonist organize Fire Prevention Week.” Katie Packer, executive director of Workforce Fairness, a group backed by the Chamber of Commerce, said his appointment to the commission “doesn’t pass the laugh test.”
Hat Tip to Glenn Beck.
Surprise! It’s socialist assclown, Andy Stern.
One of the reasons we’re this socialist-generated economic quagmire, is because one of Obama’s inspirations was SEIU:
There are opportunities in America to better share in the wealth, to rebalance the power, and unions and government are part of the solution. But we need big answers not small ones….Workers of the world unite…it’s not just a slogan anymore. It’s the way we’re going to have to do our work.
—Andy Stern on 15 June 2007, in an interview with Bill Moyers, a PBS socialist mouthpiece.
During the 2008 campaign, Obama used the same talking points:
This is our moment, SEIU. This is our time. And if you keep marching with me, and organizing with me, in all the 50 states…together you and I, we are going to change this country and we are going to change the world.”
—4 June 2008 B.Hussein Obama
Union workers are now in jeopardy of losing their pensions thanks to the “spead the wealth” policy. The SEIU national union pension fund is now in the red.
The last individual you want to give advice on “fiscal responsibility”—especially to a tax/spend/bailout prone government—is Andy “workers of the world unite” Stern.