Can Hulkbama Smash Not -So Puny Republicans?

“Hulkbama SMASH puny Mittens!”

Did anyone really think winning a second term would be easy?

If you’re paying any attention to the polls and the news and the pundits you would think the election was already over and Barack Obama should be choosing the words for his concession speech.  And let’s not mince words:  Obama had a terrible May and the news for June isn’t starting off any better with Mitt Romney and the RNC raising $76.8 million in May clobbering the president and the Democrats’ $60 million (my $25 bucks is in there somewhere, but they’re back begging for more).

There’s no spinning this as anything but bad news for the Democrats.  They knew after the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling they would be behind a fundraising 8-ball, but they probably weren’t expecting to be this far behind already.   the only good news is with five months to go, there’s still time to get their base motivated and active.  The bad news the Republican base already is.

If elections were won in June there would be no reason to vote in November.   They aren’t and running from behind is a place Obama has been before.   No incumbent president has won reelection with the unemployment rate over 7 percent.  Right now it stands at 8.2 percent which is not good news for Americans looking for work or for the president’s chances of keeping his job either.

It was never going to be easy for Obama.  Hope and Change has run headlong into Disillusion and Reality.  No one man no matter how much he inspires or how much difference he said he would make can change the way politics work in America by himself.   Not everybody wants things to change.  When they don’t they push back against it and the Republicans have kept a united force against the president since he first took office.

The gloomy mood for Democrats deepened this week as the special election in Wisconsin to recall Republican incumbent Scott Walker fell dismally short and instead emboldened gleeful conservatives.

The recall flopped as most voters stayed home and most that bothered to show up backed the favorite son of the Koch Brothers over Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor Walker had beaten before to win the job in the first place.  The recall was backed by Walker’s enemies on the Left and wasted precious time, money and effort in a long-shot bid to oust an unpopular incumbent; though not as unpopular as they had hoped.

You really think “Slash and Burn” is a better motto than “Hope and Change,” Bill?

This was the equivalent of wanting a “do over” and because the election results don’t go the way you want doesn’t mean you’re gonna get a second bite of the apple.

Recalls should be reserved for high crimes, misdemeanors and illegalities in office. Scott Walker may be a dick with ears, but that’s not a good enough reason to overturn the will of the majority of Wisconsin voters.

I’m hardly surprised Walker won and Obama stayed out of the recall. The Left will barbecue the president’s butt over it, but this smelled like a loser from the jump. They should have known when Russ Feingold, a hero of progressives declined to run against Walker, he was trying to tell them something.

Yes, there will be an insufferable amount of giggling coming from fatheads like Limbaugh and Faux News, but c’est la vie. If you try to kill the king, you’d better take him down because if you don’t he’s going to make your lives hell on Earth and if anybody thinks Scott Walker will feel humbled or chastised by the recall, they’re high on crack. If anything, if he could run for the GOP presidential nomination he’d have a good shot at it as a bona fide conservative rock star.

Way to go Wisconsin labor and liberals.   Now we’re already hearing Romney has a good shot at taking Wisconsin away from Obama in five months. Such are the perils of overreach.

Elections have consequences and if the political winds were once blowing in Scott Walker’s face, they definitely are at his back now.

Though Obama chose not to throw his support behind Barrett, Bill Clinton threw his weight behind him, but that wasn’t enough to fire up the Democratic base, another worrying sign for the fall.

Bill being Bill means though he says he believes Obama will win by five or six points made headlines by going “off-message” and praising Romney for his time at Bain Capital at the same time when the Obama campaign has blasted him for killing jobs, not creating them.   The former president joined another Obama surrogate, Newark Mayor Cory Booker in undercutting the president by criticizing the attacks on Romney’s time as a vulture capitalist.

This snafu has delighted Republicans and dumbfounded Democrats wondering why Clinton and one of the party’s brightest rising young stars can’t seem to get on the same page as President Obama.

For Booker it may simply be inexperience as a campaign surrogate on this level.  But there’s no such thing as Bill Clinton misspeaking or going off message.  Bubba is one of the sharpest mind in politics and he doesn’t simply have brain farts where he says something off-the-cuff he has to back pedal from later.  Clinton says what he means even if he doesn’t always mean what he says.

This is just his way of tweaking Obama to remind him how much the current president needs the former president to have his back  if he wants to follow his footsteps to a second term instead of Jimmy Carter to one-and-done.

Never mind that.  Let Bubba be Bubba and enjoy his little joke.  Ultimately Obama’s fortunes will rise and fall not on who endorses him, but if  voters believe he’s done a good enough job for a second term.

There’s still plenty of time and it’s too early to get worried.   Obama could use a few wins, but with the Supreme Court on the verge of handing down its decision on healthcare reform, the signature achievement of his presidency, things may get worse before they get better.

“Thas’ right. I’m a bad mutha.”

Resistance Rises Against Republican Governors Union Busting Agenda

Resistance is futile? Surrender is worse.

If you’re a member of a public workers, teacher, police, fire or any organized labor group and you voted Republican, I have a question for you. With Republicans across the country moving heaven and earth to break, bust and destroy unions are you happy now???

New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie created the template as a budget hawk by balancing his budget by going after the unions.   Now newcomers John Kasich and Scott Walker in Wisconsin are playing follow the leader by ending collective bargaining, stripping state unions of the right to strike and cutting wages and benefits.

State governors have to do what they can to resolve their budget deficits, many of which run into the billions.  But doing it by breaking labor unions is reprehensible.   The right to enter collective bargaining with one’s employer is not a right that once taken away will be easily given back. Once it’s gone, it’s gone for good, so I have no problem with state workers in Wisconsin raising hell and standing up.

Several former members of the Super Bowl champions Green Bay Packers released a statement in support of their fellow Wisconsin union brothers and sisters:

“We know that it is teamwork on and off the field that makes the Packers and Wisconsin great. As a publicly owned team we wouldn’t have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans.

“It is the same dedication of our public workers every day that makes Wisconsin run. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. But now in an unprecedented political attack Governor Walker is trying to take away their right to have a voice and bargain at work.”

“The right to negotiate wages and benefits is a fundamental underpinning of our middle class. When workers join together it serves as a check on corporate power and helps ALL workers by raising community standards. Wisconsin’s long standing tradition of allowing public sector workers to have a voice on the job has worked for the state since the 1930s. It has created greater consistency in the relationship between labor and management and a shared approach to public work.

“These public workers are Wisconsin’s champions every single day and we urge the Governor and the State Legislature to not take away their rights.”

 

Rights taken away are hard to take back.

 

The NFLPA, now involved in negotiations with the NFL owners who may lock them out March 4 if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached issued a statement in support of the Wisconsin workforce,  “The NFL Players Association will always support efforts protecting a worker’s right to join a union and collectively bargain. Today, the NFLPA stands in solidarity with its organized labor brothers and sisters in Wisconsin,”

President Obama cut to the chase saying,  “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions.”

The American media–the supposed “liberal” American media–ignores and ridicules the labor movement.   Think about it:  there are plenty of programs devoted to business leaders and their perspectives.  Who speaks for the working men and women?

It’s not the GOP.     Locally,  both the Republican governor and  Republican candidates for city council are declaring war against public employees.

Joseph Healy, an endorsed Republican who is a remodeling contractor, said he would go further, seeking cuts of up to 20 percent in wages and benefits from the city’s unions, including police and fire. City leaders should threaten to cut 10 percent of the jobs unless the unions agree to pay cuts, he said.

“I’d go right to the jugular and challenge the unions,” he said.

 

Chris Christie is the template other Republican governors are following.

 

“Right to the jugular?” Nice. Is there any doubt Republicans see organized labor as a blood enemy?   Here in Ohio almost  two thousand public employees dressed in red t-shirts, descended on the Ohio Statehouse to oppose Senate Bill 5.   The bill, supported by Governor Kasich and the Republican-controlled House and Senate would strip state employees of the right to collective bargaining and punish those whom go out on strike.

Unions have a mixed record, but so does business.   When I worked for the state of Ohio I had to pay union dues though I wasn’t a full-time employee with benefits.   I wasn’t crazy about having to pay into a union that didn’t fully look out for me.    However, the Republicans have declared war upon unions and the more they do the more I see the necessity of unions.    The default position of many whom are not in a union or dislike them is to write off the state employees as being selfish and unwilling to compromise in a time of economic hardship.    What Kasich, Walker and other GOP governors are doing isn’t about creating new jobs or a better economic environment.   Their  aim  is to destroy unions.  You  don’t help the middle class by attempting to bust a group of workers whom are middle class.    The logic of destroying jobs to create jobs is ridiculous.

The Republican Party: the friend of the working man. Yeah, right. Those two hands you feel on your shoulders and that slight, but growing pressure at your rear? That’s not your physician giving you an examination.

Workers in Wisconsin and Ohio have met the enemy and the enemy are Republican governors who eagerly and gleefully are pursuing a goal to break unions, privatize state agencies, slash social services and eliminate any health, environmental and workplace regulation that might impede with businesses wanting to do as they damn well please.    For the American labor movement this is their Egypt moment.    They can either stand up and protest, organize and make the Republicans pay dearly in the 2012 elections or they can do nothing and be steamrolled by right-wing governors pursing an aggressive union-busting agenda.
“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. ~ “V” for Vendetta