I ran across an article entitled, “Can Unions and the 99ers Work Together” by Jason Tabrys on The Examiner dated Feb 23, 2011. The article suggests that 99ers should join in and become a part of the union marches. I say no and this is why. A few months back I talked about Gregg Rosen’s association with AFLCIO. I predicted that the American 99ers Union was working to persuade the 99ers to come out as front line shock troops for the unions.
The marches we have seen on television have been peaceful and the reason is that the police have been in support of the teachers. They in fact formed the line between the pro-union protesters and the Tea Party protesters to insure that no conflicts took place. The fact is if the police started busting the heads of teachers they would not only be acting against their own union interests, but would also incur the wrath of the general public.
If 99ers take up the cause of the unions and hit the streets, I believe we would be attacked as a ploy to gain support for the unions. And the general public isn’t really going to get too upset over some worthless 99ers getting beat with batons and shot with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Don’t get me wrong, I would engage the riot police in a demonstration consisting of 99ers, but I will not stick my neck out one inch for the AFLCIO. The individual union members marching in the streets have my support in that I will not speak out against them for trying to protect their jobs and benefits. However, I did not see the unions or their members coming forth to condemn the government for allowing us to fall into poverty and deprivation. In fact I have seen very few from the middle class denounce the actions that have been taken against us.
At present I am wondering why the union members, who are having their collective bargaining rights threatened, are not using our Constitution in their defense. The fact is the fire fighters and police in Wisconsin are being allowed to retain their collective bargaining rights, while the teachers and other public workers are having theirs taken away. This is a clear violation of their 14th Amendment guarantee to equal access and protection under the law.
I’m sure we all know about the prank phone call to the Wisconsin governor, wherein he allowed the prankster to talk to him for 20 minutes because he thought he was the billionaire David Koch. If you thought you needed proof that we 99ers are being denied equal access to our so called representatives, well there you go.
Today we will be looking at John Lewis (D)GA, another Human Resource Subcommittee member who will be deciding the fate of HR 589 and is denying the 99ers our 1st Amendment right to redress of grievance and our 14th Amendment right to equal access under the law. The following is quoted from the Foreign Lobbying Influence Tracker.
- 4-12-09, 4-17-09 – An Email and Two Meetings with the Bank of the Netherlands Antilles regarding pending tax legislation (HR 1265).
- 8-26-08 – Email with the Government of Georgia requesting a meeting for Georgian officials.
- 10-22-09, 10-27-09 – An Email and a Meeting with the Government of India on legislation and PM Singh Resolution.
- 4-23-08 through 6-30-08 – Two Emails and a Meeting with the Government of Morocco regarding Western Sahara refugees and Sahrawi refugee issues.
- 4-27-09, 6-23-09 – Meeting with the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, Embassy regarding the promotion of Algeria – U.S. relations and respect for human rights, including the right to self-determination.
- 3-20-09 – A Meeting with the Moroccan American Center for Policy through GrayLoeffler regarding Morocco’s outreach to non Muslims.
- 7-15-09 through 9-23-09 – Four Emails with the Republic of Kenya requesting meeting with Ambassador, invitation to lunch with Kenyan officials, and discussing draft letter to TSA from Members of Congress for Kenya.
- 4-02-08 – Two Phone Calls with the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) concerning the current status of U.S./Libya relations.
We must keep hammering away at the problem this subcommittee has presented to us until it breaks or we do, as we have no choice. Call the Capitol switchboard at 1-866-220-0044 and ask for the members of the Sub-Committee on Human Services.
- ■Geoff Davis, KY, Chairman
- ■Lloyd Doggett, TX Ranking Member
- ■Jim McDermott, WA
- ■John Lewis, GA
- ■Joseph Crowley, NY
- ■Adrian Smith, NE
- ■Erik Paulsen, MN
- ■Rick Berg, ND
- ■Tom Price, GA
- ■Diane Black, TN
- ■Charles Boustany, LA
As for joining in protest with the unions, let the unions come forth and publically announce what is to be gained by the 99ers if we take up the fight in the streets. And let them assure us that they will be co-mingled with us so that we cannot be targeted for special treatment. Until they do we would be fools to blindly follow any recommendations they put forth to us. We have to have the same attitude they have had through our suffering, and that is, our people come first.