Hope and change aren’t all they were cracked up to be, even if you’re a union boss who poured millions into Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. But, for the people who understand “hope” as “I hope the government fixes everything,” President Obama rode to the rhetorical rescue on Sunday:
“I don’t think it does anybody any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified or their rights are infringed upon. We need to attract the best and the brightest to public service.”
According to the president, public employees are being attacked, and collective bargaining is not a privilege but a right. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has a few things to say in response, but ignore him! Governor Walker wants to limit the power of public unions, which proves without further debate that Governor Walker is a monster.
For the most part, President Obama’s whining echoed Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, head of the Democratic Governors Association:
“When you try to vilify or make one side of the equation the enemy, you’re looking for trouble,” he said.
O’Malley aggressively attempted to pin the nation’s fiscal woes on former President George W. Bush, saying the Texan made decisions that “drove our country into the ground.”
Ah, that classic dance, the Victimhood Two-Step: cry over a policy you don’t like as if it were an ambush on workers/children/puppies/the elderly, and then shift the blame for whatever problem is being addressed. It’s easy, once you realize your complaints needn’t have any grounding in reality!
The Democrats shouldn’t get too down – as if the president’s support for public union monopolies wasn’t enough, his labor secretary is (spoiler alert!) no union-buster:
“The fight is on!” Solis told a cheering crowd at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting over the weekend in Washington. Giving her support to “our brothers and sisters in public employee unions,” Solis pledged aid to unionized workers who are “under assault” in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
The White House, Democratic Governors Association, and Department of Labor care precisely zero (whatever the unit of measure) that the AFSCME and NEA are flagrant rackets with no good arguments. Small wonder – unions are the Democratic Party’s top donors, so they’re exempt from the withering criticism industry PACs receive. To quote the famous skunk philosopher: Le sigh.
Cross-posted at Third Base Politics. Fake poster footnote: thought of it myself, but not before Peter Brookes at The Times (and probably anyone else who disagrees with Barack Obama and can rhyme words).