Hoffa Declares War on “Sons of Bitches” Tea Party/Repubs With Presidential Praise

Posted on September 6, 2011


Jimmy Hoffa’s remarks about Republicans in general and the Tea Partiers in particular were sharp and to the point:

“We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They’ve got a war, they got a war with us and there’s only going to be one winner. It’s going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We’re going to win that war,” Jimmy Hoffa said to a heavily union crowd. [Real Clear Politics]

Over the summer, Republicans quietly worked to weaken the National Labor Relations Board [see On My Watch here]  The Board has been trying to block moves of corporations from a labor-loving state to one where the labor unions are less powerful to reduce costs.  On the plus side, if allowed, it keeps the companies from choosing a move overseas to finally break the chains of labor’s bonds.

President Obama adding fuel to the fire, quickly came out in praise of Hoffa and his remarks.  Such support from the President himself takes the whole matter to the highest level possible.  So how to work out budgetary and other important issues while making brutal attacks on the opposition?  Perhaps the President should have let Hoffa speak for the Democrats generally and refrain from any comments on such vitriol.  He said he was “proud” of Hoffa.  [Real Clear Politics]  But this is typical of Obama’s inability to gain a sense of  the dynamics of a situation and to appear as a leader of all America to the greatest extent possible.  In his remarks about Hoffa, in one stroke he cancelled is recent moves to the center of the political spectrum in an attempt to regain the all-important support of  Independent voters.

While the pros and cons of outsourcing continue to be debated, one thing is clear:  entry-level and slightly above have been the jobs in the most part to have left.  This works against Obama’s plan to train and put people back to work.  Until last month, the CEO of GE, Jeffrey Immelt, was on the President’s Jobs Council.  GE paid no corporate taxes in 2010.  The Immelt was pro corporate tax reform.  However, he was also for moving the imaging division of the company from the US to China.  [USA Today]  Obama had Immelt at his right hand and could not lead him away from such a move.  The reason cited for the relocation?  GE sees China as the largest growth market for their product and with that in mind has hired a lot of new people in country.  Toughest to stomach from SamHenry’s point of view, more technological know-how now is under the watchful eye of the Chinese, a competitor as well as debtor.  It is also unclear if China pressured GE for the move.

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VotingAmerican – Unions Threaten War to Take out Tea Party.

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