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Ann Coulter- AFL-CIO motto: Kick me again!
townhall.com ^ | 2/26/04 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 02/25/2004 9:45:15 PM PST by kattracks

In the past decade, the AFL-CIO has lobbied Congress on three major issues of any importance to union members:

  1. Oppose the North American Free Trade Agreement;

  2. Oppose permanent normal trade relations with China;

  3. Support drilling for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The unions lost every vote. Demonstrating his savvy political skills, the head of the AFL-CIO, John Sweeney, repeatedly throws the federation's support to political candidates who opposed labor on all three issues. So if you ever find yourself negotiating with Sweeney, make sure your opening bid is "nothing."

Sweeney's curious lose-at-any-price strategy has cost the unions everything. The only two Democratic presidential candidates to vote with the unions on any of these issues – not all, but any – were Representatives Dick Gephardt and Dennis Kucinich. Gephardt was out of the race after the first primary, and Kucinich can't break beyond the Aliens-Kidnapped-My-Mother crowd. (Dennis Kucinich did his tax return this week, and under "occupation" he wrote "Jay Leno punch line.")

There is only one candidate for president who didn't vote for NAFTA, didn't vote for trade with China and supported drilling in ANWR. That candidate is George Bush. He got into office by beating Al Gore – the guy who was the head cheerleader for NAFTA. And unlike Dick Gephardt, Bush spends more time on the phone with Jimmy Hoffa than with Barbra Streisand. As president, Bush enraged free traders – and our precious European "allies" – by imposing tariffs on steel imports.

Sweeney has rewarded Bush by calling him a "horror" for organized labor. Apparently what "organized labor" really wants isn't good jobs at good wages, but ... abortion on demand! The AFL-CIO has vowed to devote massive union resources against Bush in the crucial swing states of Missouri, Ohio and Florida in the coming election.

Strictly following his strategy of selling union votes for nothing, the AFL-CIO has endorsed Sen. John Kerry – who voted for NAFTA, voted for trade with China and voted against drilling for oil in Alaska. Skilled laborers will have to wait another day for "fair trade" and high-paying jobs in Alaska, but at least Sweeney's candidate supports the issues that really matter to the average blue-collar worker: gay marriage, global-warming treaties and hybrid cars.

Kerry denounces "Benedict Arnold" CEOs who ship "American jobs overseas." (Experts are still trying to figure out why Kerry didn't mention his service in Vietnam in that statement.) Sweeney seems to be satisfied with Kerry's explanation that – like his vote for war with Iraq – he voted for free trade, but then was shocked when free trade resulted.

Sen. John Edwards calls protection of U.S. jobs "a moral issue." Reminding audiences that he is the son of a mill worker almost as often as Kerry mentions that he served in Vietnam, Edwards says that "when we talk about trade, we are talking about values." As the son of a mill worker, he has seen with his "own eyes" what bad trade agreements "do to people." Of the evil trade agreements (supported by AFL-CIO's candidate) Edwards says: "Those trade deals were wrong. They cost us too many jobs and lowered our standards."

Except – like Kerry – Edwards also voted for those trade agreements every chance he got. In 2000, Edwards voted for trade with China. Having seen with his "own eyes" what happens "when the mill shuts down," Edwards voted to shut down a few more mills. Edwards also voted his conscience to oppose drilling in Alaska. Whenever Edwards' conscience speaks to him, it sounds remarkably like Barbra Streisand.

Edwards' only fig leaf for claiming he backs labor is a hypothetical vote he never actually cast. He bravely claims he would have voted against NAFTA – if only he had been in the Senate when it came up for a vote.

That's an interesting moral calculus. Edwards didn't mind forcing American workers to compete with a billion Chinese – famously including child workers and slave laborers. But trade with Canada and Mexico he says would have offended his delicate moral sensibilities.

In his stump speech, Edwards implies he ran against Jesse Helms by saying he beat "the Jesse Helms machine" to win his Senate seat. It was a real David and Goliath match-up – pitting a poor, beleaguered multimillionaire trial lawyer against an elderly senator of humble means. But the mere mention of Helms' name invariably elicits sneers from the party of the little guy.

Helms voted with the AFL-CIO on all three big labor issues – against NAFTA, against trade with China and for half a million good jobs in Alaska. Indeed, Helms was one of the main lobbyists against trade with China. The guy Edwards actually beat, Lauch Faircloth, was in the Senate for only one of these votes. The AFL-CIO didn't have to take Faircloth's word on how he might have voted on NAFTA: He voted against it. The AFL-CIO endorsed Edwards and opposed Faircloth and Helms.

It's not particularly surprising that the party of trial lawyers, environmentalists and Hollywood actresses keeps voting against blue collar workers. What's strange is that the AFL-CIO keeps voting against blue-collar workers, too.

Ann Coulter is host of AnnCoulter.org, a Townhall.com member group.

©2003 Universal Press Syndicate

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aflcio; anncoulter; unions
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1 posted on 02/25/2004 9:45:15 PM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
Yah jess don't want to be on the bad side of that lady.

No-sir-ee
2 posted on 02/25/2004 9:54:06 PM PST by ancient_geezer (Equality, the French disease: Everyone is equal beneath the guillotine.)
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To: kattracks
Sweeney seems to be satisfied with Kerry's explanation that – like his vote for war with Iraq – he voted for free trade, but then was shocked when free trade resulted.

Gee, if Kerry is so easily duped by a simple cause-and-effect relationship and by a plain-talking President, and waffles his position all the time, then why in the world should we trust him with our national security NOT to be duped by Kim Jong-il, a notorious genocidal terrorist military dictator developing nuclear weapons that he will aim at us?

Just wondering. I personally think that's too big a risk to take, but well, I report, you decide.

3 posted on 02/25/2004 9:59:23 PM PST by dufekin (Eliminate genocidal terrorist military dictator Kim Jong Il ASAP)
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To: kattracks
read later
4 posted on 02/25/2004 10:16:51 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: kattracks
Simple answer. Any union leader that endorses or raises money for an EVIL Republican (and they are all evil by definition to the labor types) would be forever ostracized. Black leaders are more politically astute than labor leaders - at least they get *something* for all their efforts: Affirmative Discrimination and a few other bones.

The unions are so entrenched in their us-against-them struggle with EVIL corporations (and they're all evil by definition to the labor types, even the ones who make their employees virtual co-owners) that they reflexively support Democrats even ones who won't do anything to help them.

Good thing the rank-and-file aren't as stupid as their bosses. Many voted for Reagan and decided it felt good. Some stayed and voted for Bush in 2000. My guess is a lot more will in 2004.
5 posted on 02/25/2004 10:32:05 PM PST by Tall_Texan ((Tagline withheld pending notification of next of kin))
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To: ancient_geezer
You got that right.


6 posted on 02/25/2004 10:34:50 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: kattracks
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7 posted on 02/25/2004 11:03:37 PM PST by RaceBannon (John Kerry is Vietnam's Benedict Arnold: Former War Hero turned Traitor)
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To: kattracks
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085563/posts
8 posted on 02/25/2004 11:38:46 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: LiteKeeper

9 posted on 02/25/2004 11:40:36 PM PST by perfect stranger ("Don't shoot I'm Che! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!" Che Guevara October 1967)
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To: kattracks
---Kerry's explanation that ? like his vote for war with Iraq ? he voted for free trade, but then was shocked when free trade resulted---

Hah! Brilliant Ann strikes again...

10 posted on 02/25/2004 11:50:57 PM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: kattracks
Outta the park, Ms. Coulter, ma'am :-)
11 posted on 02/26/2004 12:54:27 AM PST by Tamzee (The Democrat Party...... Kerrying water for Communism since 1971)
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To: ancient_geezer
Square between the eyes!
12 posted on 02/26/2004 1:24:34 AM PST by Madstrider
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To: ancient_geezer
bump
13 posted on 02/26/2004 2:46:19 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: kattracks
Hate to say it but I can sum up why with two words:

PENSION FUNDS.

Check the pension fund legislation. What amount of pension funds does sweeny hold sway? (how much is invested in heinz?)

The unions don't give a rats behind about jobs, they only care about the money THEY control.

so Ann, please follow the money.
14 posted on 02/26/2004 3:14:22 AM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Madstrider
The little lady shoots straight and true....

Always a double tap....fatal..

Love her.

Semper Fi
15 posted on 02/26/2004 3:15:13 AM PST by river rat (Militant Islam is a cult, flirting with extinction)
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To: perfect stranger
Nice pic, haven't seen that one.
16 posted on 02/26/2004 5:46:02 AM PST by GigaDittos (Bumper sticker: "Vote Democrat, it's easier than getting a job.")
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To: kattracks
Union members must be asking themselves 'What the HELL are we doing with Sweeney?"

Coulter makes him look like the dunce he is and I'll bet it doesn't go down smoothly with membership. They all look like fools. Total, complete, fools.

17 posted on 02/26/2004 5:46:11 AM PST by chiller (JUDGES is JOB #1)
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To: chiller
Sweeney along with McCauliffe got out of Global Crossings LTD just in time. (imagine that) They made money while everyone else lost. Sweeney left the union pension funds in Global Crossings. There was supposed to be an investigation headed up by Tommy Thompson. What happened to to it and where is the report?
18 posted on 02/26/2004 5:55:39 AM PST by oldironsides
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To: kattracks
(Dennis Kucinich did his tax return this week, and under "occupation" he wrote "Jay Leno punch line.")

Priceless.

19 posted on 02/26/2004 6:18:17 AM PST by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: kattracks
Ann skewers the Usual Suspects, again...
20 posted on 02/26/2004 10:59:41 AM PST by Gritty ("Whenever Edwards' conscience speaks to him, it sounds remarkably like Barbra Streisand"-Ann Coulter)
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