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Mitt Romney: Labor unions play an important role in our society
hotair ^ | 2/21/12 | tina korbe

Posted on 02/21/2012 11:24:58 PM PST by cdchik123

Just as Rick Santorum has pointedly and repeatedly reminded voters that Mitt Romney supported an individual health care mandate and the Wall Street bailouts, so Mitt Romney has sought to remind voters that Rick Santorum has been cozy with Big Labor in the past. In his attacks on Santorum, Romney has sounded unequivocally anti-labor, which no doubt has not helped him much in Michigan.

Today, though, the former Massachusetts governor displayed a nuanced perspective on labor unions, characterizing himself as pro-union-worker but anti-union-bosses. His first line — “Labor unions play an important role in our society” — might seem to make him a hypocrite, given his recent attacks on Santorum, but the rest of the clip clears up any confusion.

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1 posted on 02/21/2012 11:25:07 PM PST by cdchik123
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2 posted on 02/21/2012 11:26:10 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: cdchik123

What is he smoking? Labor unions are obsolete and they are the biggest burden in American society.


3 posted on 02/21/2012 11:31:55 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

I suppose Romney figured that line was working so well for Santorum, he would filch it for himself.

“I have no problem with private-sector unions,” Santorum said in his remarks on Thursday. “I think they play a role in society.”


4 posted on 02/21/2012 11:41:29 PM PST by Irenic
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To: cdchik123
Having viewed the 51-second video, the correct headline would be, Romney Favors Right to Work. It started out as a pander and finished as a statement of principle.

If he were to keep it up, he might be President. But, Mittens being Mittens, that's not likely.

5 posted on 02/21/2012 11:46:23 PM PST by cynwoody
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To: musicman

God bless you, dearest musicman!!!


6 posted on 02/22/2012 12:09:18 AM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: cdchik123
Mitt Romney: Labor unions play an important role in our society

Vladimir Lenin said the same thing.

7 posted on 02/22/2012 12:15:14 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: cdchik123
THIS MAN IS THE REPUBLICAN FRONT RUNNER

Have a nice day. :)
8 posted on 02/22/2012 12:48:11 AM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Tzimisce

He is the front-runner in the eyes of the GOP-e and the MSM. He will say anything to retain their favor.


9 posted on 02/22/2012 1:22:34 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell (It's Algebra, Uncle Fletcher.)
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To: cdchik123

Sarah Palin would’ve said something similar. Palin is a union supporter, but not the union leaders


10 posted on 02/22/2012 1:24:06 AM PST by 4rcane
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To: cdchik123

Do not vote for this man.


11 posted on 02/22/2012 1:29:48 AM PST by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: cdchik123

How can someone be pro union worker and anti union bosses. Politically I mean. What the hexk does that position buy him. Me thinks Romney is not the best choice against Obama.


12 posted on 02/22/2012 1:49:14 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: cdchik123
Romney is like an iceberg. Only the tiniest nugget is above sea level.

The rest, the biggest part of him, is Mormon through and through. And we have no idea what that is because he has hidden it so well.

13 posted on 02/22/2012 2:47:22 AM PST by RoosterRedux (Go Newt!)
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To: U-238

So where exactly do you think we will be able to find tradesmen who are capable of building things like nuclear power plants, submarines, high rise buildings, hydro-electric dams, etc. ? Maybe we should just check the yellow pages? Or maybe we could get Jose’ and his merry band of immigrants who were building all of our houses and things for us to come back and take care of it for us?


14 posted on 02/22/2012 2:57:26 AM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: U-238

The only reason labor unions are obsolete is because the reforms they fought for became law; since union membership dropped, our “9 to 5” has become “8:30 to 5”, we’re being sunk by an increasing share of our health insurance costs and co-pays, and we’re basically sliding back in terms of general compensation and benefits (for those of us still working).

Unions make companies very incompetitive, but even without unions “our” companies have decided we cost too much and they’re sending the work elsewhere (we’re all competing with Asia now). The only people I know who have the standard of living they had 10 years ago are union members; I’m particularly opposed to the public employee unions, but as far as the private sector unions they don’t break my wallet involuntarily in the same manner.


15 posted on 02/22/2012 3:14:15 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: U-238

The only reason labor unions are obsolete is because the reforms they fought for became law; since union membership dropped, our “9 to 5” has become “8:30 to 5”, we’re being sunk by an increasing share of our health insurance costs and co-pays, and we’re basically sliding back in terms of general compensation and benefits (for those of us still working).

Unions make companies very incompetitive, but even without unions “our” companies have decided we cost too much and they’re sending the work elsewhere (we’re all competing with Asia now). The only people I know who have the standard of living they had 10 years ago are union members; I’m particularly opposed to the public employee unions, but as far as the private sector unions they don’t break my wallet involuntarily in the same manner.


16 posted on 02/22/2012 3:15:34 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: cdchik123

Mitt and Rick are both pro-union.

Time for NEWT !


17 posted on 02/22/2012 3:22:27 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: cdchik123

Mitt and Rick are both pro-union.

Time for NEWT !


18 posted on 02/22/2012 3:48:16 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Rearden

So where exactly do you think we will be able to find tradesmen who are capable of building things


Those types of people have always been here. The only reason the unions work at these jobs is because (1) they are in states that the non-union worker has not right to work and (2) they work at projects in which they strike to kill the business if their demands are not filled and force the employer to hire them.

There’s the answer to your question. Marxism!


19 posted on 02/22/2012 4:10:36 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: U-238
Private sector labor unions are one of most likely reasons that there is still a middle class America in today's so called progressive (liberal) world where companies outsource and offshore their labor intense necessities. Without them we might as well just call ourselves an extension of Mexico.

A lot of people here have no understanding of "Private Sector" unions and all they see and read about are governmental unions. Private Sector unions are a whole different ballgame.

20 posted on 02/22/2012 4:24:31 AM PST by Plumberman27
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To: Plumberman27

All the more reason to NOT vote for Romney. He sounds just like Buckwheat.


21 posted on 02/22/2012 5:53:21 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: cdchik123
Mitt's campaign reminds me of Obama 08. He tells you up front how much of a danger he is to American freedom yet people are still oblivious to it. The only thing I can say about 08 and 12 is that they completely obliterated any notion of a 2 party system.
22 posted on 02/22/2012 6:09:32 AM PST by liberalh8ter (Obama - The United Nation's first U.S. Presidential Candidate)
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To: cdchik123

“I love trees.”
“I love lakes.”
“I love cars.”
“And I love unions.”


23 posted on 02/22/2012 6:19:28 AM PST by CASchack
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To: Rearden

Most of America’s union members are government employees who BUILD NOTHING.

But they succeed in getting democrats elected, so they are far from harmless.


24 posted on 02/22/2012 7:59:27 AM PST by ChuteTheMall (Tagline: (optional, printed after your name on post):)
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To: cdchik123
Drill shakes head.


25 posted on 02/22/2012 11:51:34 AM PST by Drill Thrawl (The damage is too extensive. Burn it down and start over.)
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To: DH

“Those types of people...” must be trained in a classroom setting. The Union Locals are currently the most efficient and cost effective way to teach apprentices.

You can easily check, but there is a huge difference between the electric panel in your basement or garage and the control panel of a nuclear reactor. Both require the expertise of an electrician to install correctly. The difference in skill levels between the tradesmen are at least vast.

Electricians, carpenters, pipe fitters, iron workers, plumbers. If you need one of these guys to work on your house, the phone book should locate one for you in a few minutes. If you need to build a bridge to span a gorge a hundred feet deep, you might not want to go with the lowest bidder. “Those kind of people” aren’t just hanging around waiting to fix your toilet.


26 posted on 02/23/2012 4:29:43 AM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: ChuteTheMall

It used to be illegal for public employees to unionize, it needs to be so again. The trade unions are not your enemy here. The managers of such unions are, and always have been, scum for the most part. At the least corrupt, at worst criminal.

The workers have hard jobs, often working long hours, hundreds of miles from home for weeks at a time. They are a far cry from the slugs sitting on GM’s production line or the asshats at SEIU.


27 posted on 02/23/2012 4:37:31 AM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: Rearden

Soooooooo? With your extremely small amount of common sense displayed in your reply to me, you are saying that ALL of the tradesmen in RIGHT TO WORK states are vastly inferior to Union scum?

Well, that’s what you essentially said, isn’t it? You are nothing but a union hack and always will be for union mentality cannot be changed.


28 posted on 02/23/2012 7:08:46 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: DH

I’m saying that there are projects happening all over the world, RTW states included, that are beyond the capacity of a large percentage of tradesmen, yes.

I can say this because for over forty years, I have owned one of the largest construction companies in the Mid-Atlantic area. We are now, have been in the past, and will be for the foreseeable future, a non-union company. As a general contractor, there are projects that our in house tradesmen are more than qualified to handle and others which will require outside help. On some projects, I wouldn’t be able to get bonded without certification of some of the labor.

Now then, exactly where do you draw your extraordinary depth of knowledge of the status of skilled labor in this country? What have you built lately?

Not that it matters to me, but it might to you, I have never voted for a Democrat in my life. I don’t know how our workers vote, it’s really none of my business.


29 posted on 02/24/2012 3:30:53 AM PST by Rearden (Deo Vindice)
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To: Rearden

What have you built lately?


I’m a founder and owner of an industrial electrical and electronic service and manufacturing business. My background is electrical engineering and electronic engineering. My education and experience is vast. The products that I have invented and currently manufacture are many. My experience and education began in 1966.

Being an owner of an industrial business since 1979 and pouring my own blood and sweat into the business, I’ve grown to hate unions, their socialist structure, lack of “real” technical knowledge and corrupt leadership on all levels. They are socialists with thuggery to force it on all who are free...employees and employers alike.

I would be very interested in these “only union highly trained specialists can do the job” functions. I didn’t realize there were any that the common highly educated and experienced general free (non-union) technicians did not have the ability to perform. I believe the union name for these non-union people is “SCABS.”

When you make the statement that on some jobs only union specialists are available and that no non-union specialists are available, is the fact that your business is held hostage by unions and the union has control of both your business and the project...nothing more.

You state “We are now, have been in the past, and will be for the foreseeable future, a non-union company.” Well, people who aid, abet and cave to unions won’t be non-union much longer. Obama and the weak Republicans will see to that.


30 posted on 02/24/2012 8:14:38 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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