Susan Stamper Brown

So what do you get when you cross a community organizer-turned-president with union thugs? No one is really sure -- yet, but one thing is for sure, Congressional Democrats have every reason to be afraid. President Obama's BFFs have them in their sights and promise to strong-arm them into submission should they dare compromise on the fiscal cliff. On MSNBC just before Thanksgiving, United Steelworkers Union boss Leo Gerard said any Democrats compromising with Republicans will suffer the same fate as former senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), the last of a dying breed of moderate Democrats.

Gerard said those who compromise are not "real Democrat[s]," proof that extremists have taken over the Democrat Party. It should come as no surprise to anyone that some of the most frequent White House guests are union bosses. Granted, there was a time when union bosses were considered the "good guys" looking out for the working class, but somewhere along the way they've become the epitome of the very things they once fought against.

Even still, President Obama continues to consult with labor leadership regarding job creation and economic issues as he recently did November 13. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka walked away saying he was pleased with the outcome, and now we hear labor unions are investing big union dollars to promote President Obama's tax the rich propaganda. And, in return? According to the Washington Examiner, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is working on a special rule forcing non-union employers to disclose to union organizers the private contact information of workers in order to facilitate union expansion. So much for a worker's right to privacy. While we're at it, why don't we rename the country "Cuba-West?"

According to Front Page Magazine, Gerard has threatened to "hit the streets, kick some a--, and mobilize" to encourage Obama to move forward in creating big spending plans. Obviously, Gerard's animosity toward free market capitalism fuels his gansta'-like comments. According to the magazine, Gerard perceives capitalism as economic "inequality" that "leads to instability and violence."

Sure wish the Baker's union had considered the whole economic inequality thing when representing the 18,000 Hostess Brands workers who lost their jobs just before Christmas in part because the union demanded that cake and bread be transported in separate trucks. What does it matter as long as they can turn a profit? The idea that in this country it is somehow acceptable to destroy a company and its workers' livelihoods in order to prove your point suggests it might be time for organized labor to go by way of the dinosaur.

Susan Stamper Brown

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