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Sarah Palin to Union Members: Donít Be Taken In By Union Boss Thuggery Like Jimmy Hoffa Represents
Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/6/11 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 09/06/2011 10:33:44 AM PDT by American Dream 246

Sarah Palin with her husband Todd spoke to a tea party crowd Monday in New Hampshire.

From her Facebook page:

In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.

To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.

To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: alaska; election2004; goonions; hoffa; jameshoffa; obama; palin; palin2012; palinpolicy; palinpositions; palinrapidresponse; teamsters; unions; unionsthugs
In my speech on Saturday in Iowa, I said: “Between bailouts for Wall Street cronies and stimulus projects for union bosses’ security and ‘green energy’ giveaways, [Barack Obama] took care of his friends. And now they’re on course to raise a billion dollars for his re-election bid so that they can do it all over again.” This was shamefully on display yesterday at President Obama’s taxpayer-funded campaign rally in Detroit. In introducing the President, Teamsters President James Hoffa represented precisely what I was talking about as he declared war on concerned independent Americans and on the freshman members we sent to Congress last November by saying, “Let’s take these son-of-a-bitches out!”

What I say now, I say as a proud former union member and the wife, daughter, and sister of union members. So, as a former card-carrying IBEW sister married to a proud former Laborers, IBEW, and later USW member, please hear me out. What I have to say is for the hard working, patriotic, selfless union brothers and sisters in Michigan and throughout our country: Please don’t be taken in by union bosses’ thuggery like Jim Hoffa represented yesterday. Union bosses like this do not have your best interests at heart. What they care about is their own power and re-electing their friend Barack Obama so he will take care of them to the detriment of everyone else.

To the same degree Americans are concerned about irresponsible, greedy corporate execs who got cushy bonuses from taxpayer-funded bailouts, we should also be concerned about greedy union bosses who are willing to tank our economy just to protect their own power. As union history shows, power and greed corrupt. Just because you claim to represent union members doesn’t mean you are on the side of the angels. The greed of too many of these union bosses has all but destroyed the labor movement in this country, helped chase away our jobs, and is killing the American dream.

To see where this leads, look at what’s happening to the working class in our industrialized cities. These cities are going to hell in a hand basket thanks to corruption, crony capitalism, and the union bosses’ greed. The union bosses derive their power from your union dues and their promise to deliver your votes to whichever politician they’re in bed with. They get their power from you, and yet their actions ultimately hurt you. They’re chasing American industry offshore by making outrageous, economically illogical demands that they know will never work. And now that they’ve chased jobs out of union states, they’re trying to chase them out of right-to-work states like South Carolina, so eventually the jobs will leave America altogether. But these union bosses will still figure out a way to keep their gig, and so will their politically aligned corporate friends. As long as these big corporations have a good crony capitalist in the White House, they can rely on DC to bail them out until the whole system goes bankrupt, which, I am afraid, is not very far off. When big government, big business, and big union bosses collude together, they get government to maximize their own interests against those of the rest of the country.

So, now these union bosses are desperately trying to cast the grassroots Tea Party Movement as being “against the workingman.” How outrageously wrong this unapologetic Jim Hoffa is, for the people’s movement is the real movement for working class men and women. It’s rooted in real solidarity, and not special interests and corporate kickbacks. It represents the needed reform that will empower workers and job creators. We stand with the little guy against the corruption and influence peddling of those who collude to grease the wheels of government power.

This collusion is at the heart of Obama’s economic vision for America. In practice it is socialism for the very rich and the very poor, but a brutal form of capitalism for the rest of us. It is socialism for the very poor who are reduced to a degrading perpetual dependence on a near-bankrupt centralized government to provide their every need, while at the same time robbing them of that which brings fulfillment and success – the life-affirming pride that comes from taking responsibility for your own destiny and building a better life through self-initiative and work ethic. And Obama’s vision is socialism via crony capitalism for the very rich who continue to get bailouts, debt-ridden “stimulus” funds, and special favors that allow them to waive off or help draft the burdensome regulations that act as a boot on the neck to small business owners who don’t have the same friends in high places. And where does this collusion leave working class Americans and the small business owners who create 70% of the jobs in this country? Out in the cold. It’s you and your children who are left paying for the cronyism of Obama and our permanent political class in DC.

Ask yourself if the folks you heard demonize concerned, independent Americans yesterday really speak for the working class when they’re all too happy to burden your families with the bill to bail out the President’s friends on Wall Street.

We should not forget that for all his lofty rhetoric, President Obama is a Chicago politician. Graft, cronyism, and quid pro quo are the well-known methods of an infamous Chicago political machine, of which Barack Obama emerged. This corruption isn’t just the result of a few bad apples. It’s the nature of a skewed system that’s typical of one not allowing a level playing field. If one desires opportunity for all, then the only solution is sudden and relentless reform. I know of what I speak. I too served in public office in a state that had a corruption problem. The difference is that I fought the corrupt political machine. Barack Obama used the machine in his state to advance. He never challenged it. And he’s evidently brought the same Chicago “pay-to-play” practices to the White House.

It’s sad to see much of the labor movement fall lock step behind a President whom Hoffa calls upon to partner in “waging war” against patriotic Americans. I will never forget that as a governor, in trying to be a friend to the working men and women in our unions, I gave a speech on August 27, 2008, at the annual AFL-CIO meeting in Anchorage. There, union members humbled me with a standing ovation for fighting the corruption in Alaska and for bringing parties together for progress on energy development projects. Then just two days later I landed on the national stage as John McCain’s running mate, and the union leadership turned on me from that day forward even though I had not changed one iota in my plans, principles, vision, and commitment to jobs for working class Americans. The only difference was I was challenging the politician the union bosses were committed to electing. It was almost comical, this lesson learned with their new spots revealed so quickly.

Recently someone commented: “I’m a union member. I’ve been a Democrat all my life. Now I’ll vote for anyone with a plan to save America.” I know what that person is feeling. I want all good union brothers and sisters to know that there is an alternative. The grassroots, independent Tea Party Movement articulates a real alternative rooted in free men and free markets, not the cronyism of Barack Obama and the permanent political class in DC. Their cronyism is why we have no job growth, massive unsustainable debt, and a housing market in the tank. Too many politicians are simply addressing the economic symptoms instead of fighting the underlying disease. The path forward is through reform. On Saturday, I outlined some ideas about that reform, and I will continue to do so.

In the meantime, good union brothers and sisters, don’t let Hoffa tell you what to do. He doesn’t represent the real interests of working men and women. He’s not doing you any favors. He’s just living off your paychecks.

- Sarah Palin

1 posted on 09/06/2011 10:33:49 AM PDT by American Dream 246
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To: American Dream 246
Cross-reference to previous thread on Palin's Facebook posting.
2 posted on 09/06/2011 10:37:45 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: American Dream 246

GREAT article!! Says it like it is.


3 posted on 09/06/2011 10:38:13 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: kevkrom

Sarah is exactly right


4 posted on 09/06/2011 10:43:03 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: American Dream 246

Thank you Mrs. Palin.
You are the only person in the United States with enough stootch to stand up to these thugs.


5 posted on 09/06/2011 10:44:05 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (2012 is the opportunity to get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: American Dream 246

Get this around to every union member. They need to know how they are being abused. If only this would be broadcast on tv. Sarah is just about perfect, in what she says and focuses on, to me. We could do a damn lot worse than her for President.


6 posted on 09/06/2011 10:48:52 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: GeronL

Dang - just one day after and she has a response like this. And she is correct in going after the union leadership, and comparing them to the corrupt corporate execs.

And as much as one would like to spout the rhetoric of many on FR about “yeah, those lazy union members - bring it on” (me included!) - Palin’s comments are much more reasoned and worthwhile and reach to the heart of the matter.


7 posted on 09/06/2011 10:53:50 AM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: American Dream 246

Clear as a bell, and gets right to the heart of the issue now facing us.Very very interesting, the political lesson recounted near the end about how Union support for her was retracted when they got the word from on high that Obama would be the candidate they’d have to support. With this blunt and powerful statement she makes one wish she WOULD run for President. But , in a pinch, we may have to accept whoever it is she endorses.


8 posted on 09/06/2011 10:56:17 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: American Dream 246

I think hunting caribou has given her a habit of being spot on target about just about every damn thing she goes after. First to stand and she nails it.

What a Commander in Chief.


9 posted on 09/06/2011 10:56:49 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: kevkrom

That was very impressive.


10 posted on 09/06/2011 10:58:59 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: American Dream 246; redver; MarkAmerica; EnglishCon; Immerito; Students4Palin; kara2008

Gateway Pundit applauds her, too.

11 posted on 09/06/2011 11:09:32 AM PDT by onyx (You're here on FR, so support it! If you support SARAH PALIN & want on her ping list, let me know!)
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To: cuban leaf

Will pray for Sarah’s safety after this. She is dealing with some of the most hardened and evil thugs in the country.

She tells the truth. They won’t like that.


12 posted on 09/06/2011 11:10:30 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: tarotsailor
Agreed! This was very accurate and on-target from Palin. She's distinguishing unions from their leaders, which is a sound approach and directly attacks the power of those leaders.

If Hoffa had spent more time watching TV clips of Palin whacking halibut on the head, maybe he would have been more circumspect.

13 posted on 09/06/2011 11:16:14 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: American Dream 246

May God Bless and protect this brave and wise woman!


14 posted on 09/06/2011 11:41:03 AM PDT by Gritty (Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these SOBs (Tea Party) out!-Jimmy Hoffa)
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To: 21twelve
And as much as one would like to spout the rhetoric of many on FR about “yeah, those lazy union members - bring it on” (me included!) - Palin’s comments are much more reasoned and worthwhile and reach to the heart of the matter.

In 1980, the Teamsters endorsed Reagan. It was in their workers' best interests.
15 posted on 09/06/2011 11:42:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: 21twelve

Yep. Sarah’s political instincts are far greater than ours. The Force is strong in that one.


16 posted on 09/06/2011 11:52:49 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Dr. Sivana
James P. Hoffa and the teamsters union are a totally owned subsidiary of the DOJ.

Since the teamsters signed off on the Consent Decree the DOJ effectively runs the union under a federal trusteeship

Hoffa Lite doesn't sneeze without an OK from DOJ

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17 posted on 09/06/2011 11:54:51 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee

Excellent point. I forgot that was still in effect.


18 posted on 09/06/2011 12:14:47 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: American Dream 246

She hit it on the head by going after the union bosses. They could care less about the rank and file worker because they sold out private union workers to the enviros.

They knew the new union growth industry would be in govt if they could funnel enough money to get Dems in power, so they could let the enviros kill the typical union jobs like oil drilling, transportation, and maufacturing. They didn’t care if those jobs went overseas, they could bring in many more by bankrolling candidates that’d give them a massive expansion of govt, ie Obama.


19 posted on 09/06/2011 12:17:02 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
No one is so foolish as to say go out and wack Louie. The directive is never an overt command in order to afford deniability

Obama to Hoffa:

"Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?"

Seeing the writing on the wall, Becket fled to France where he remained in exile for six years. The two former friends appeared to resolve their dispute in 1170 when King Henry and Becket met in Normandy. On November 30, Becket crossed the Channel returning to his post at Canterbury. Earlier, while in France, Becket had excomunicated the Bishops of London and Salisbury for their support of the king. Now, Becket remained steadfast in his refusal to absolve the bishops. This news threw King Henry (still in France) into a rage in which he was purported to shout: "What sluggards, what cowards have I brought up in my court, who care nothing for their allegiance to their lord. Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest."

The king's exact words have been lost to history but his outrage inspired four knights to sail to England to rid the realm of this annoying prelate. They arrived at Canterbury during the afternoon of December 29 and immediately searched for the Archbishop. Becket fled to the Cathedral where a service was in progress. The knights found him at the altar, drew their swords and began hacking at their victim finally splitting his skull.

The death of Becket unnerved the king. The knights who did the deed to curry the king's favor, fell into disgrace. Several miracles were said to occur at the tomb of the martyr and he was soon canonized. Hordes of pilgrims transformed Canterbury Cathedral into a shrine. Four years later, in an act of penance, the king donned a sack-cloth walking barefoot through the streets of Canterbury while eighty monks flogged him with branches. Henry capped his atonement by spending the night in the martyr's crypt. St. Thomas continued as a popular cultist figure for the remainder of the Middle Ages.

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20 posted on 09/06/2011 2:21:55 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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