Skip to comments.AFL-CIO's Trumka Denounces Town Meeting 'Mobs,' Ignores His Own (Union thug)
Posted on 08/07/2009 9:08:59 AM PDT by jazusamo
Let's digress for a minute. The Obama health reform package has been subject to a lot of harsh criticism since being unveiling several weeks ago. Much of the skepticism, in fact, has been voiced by people who aren't really "right wing" in any way. There's a good reason for this. Under the guise of "universal coverage," the plan effectively would nationalize our health care delivery, accomplishing more or less what the Clinton administration tried to do some 15 years ago.
Various House and Senate Democrats have put forth their own measures that endorse the White House plan, each seemingly determined to maximize taxpayer cost and minimize consumer choice. The House Democrat bill, for example, would run $1.5 trillion over the first 10 years and would force employers and households alike to buy health insurance. It also would provide subsidies to households whose threshold of eligibility would be 400 percent of the poverty line, expand Medicaid eligibility to households up to 133 percent of the poverty line, and establish a federal plan available through insurance exchanges. Bills introduced in the Health and Finance committees in the Senate are somewhat less expensive, but also go a long way in socializing health care. And as the baby boom generation enters their senior citizen years, the costs may prove staggering. As it is, the respected health care research firm, the Lewin Group, calculates that the House bill will add $460 annually to the average household health plan.
Understandably, a lot of Americans are alarmed at the future of their health plans and their country. They sense their liberties, as consumers and as taxpayers, will be set back, despite assurances to the contrary by the bills' supporters. As a result, much of the opposition voiced at town hall meetings on occasion has been loud and confrontational. And while threats of violence or screaming are not acceptable forms of discourse, strong opposition is crucial for anyone concerned about the future of liberty in this country. Supporters of a greatly expanded federal role in health care don't like this. They see angry citizens as an impediment to overdue reform.
Richard Trumka is one of those people. He sees disruptive tactics by certain attendees at town hall meetings as a "desperation move" engineered by corporate lobbyists. Here's the key text of his statement:
Major health care reform is closer than ever to passage and it is no secret that special interests want to weaken or block it. These mobs are not there to participate. As their own strategy memo states, they have been sent by their corporate and lobbyist bankrollers to disrupt, heckle and block meaningful debate. This is a desperation move, meant to slow the momentum for change.
Mob rule is not democracy. People have a democratic right to express themselves and our elected leaders have a right to hear from their constituents - not organized thugs whose sole purpose is to shut down the conversation to scare our leaders into inaction.
Now having not attended any of these town hall meetings, I cannot vouch for the behavior of the attendees. If some have engaged in outright threats of violence, they should be excoriated. But one thing is certain: When it comes to justifying the behavior of thugs, Richard Trumka takes a back seat to nobody. He has a history of inciting violence against employers and any workers foolhardy enough to give even the appearance of crossing the union the wrong way.
A multi-state UMW strike in 1993 provides a good example of Trumka's style of persuasiveness. As union president, he ordered more than 17,000 miners in seven states to go on strike. Among his goals was to ensure that nobody would find work in a mine without paying dues or agency fees to the union. Violence was frequent. That wasn't surprising given Trumka's explicit call to strikers to "kick the shit out of" employees and mine operators resisting demands. Trumka's enforcers vandalized homes of opponents, fired shots at a mine office, and cut power to another mine, temporarily trapping 93 miners underground. They also committed a murder. On July 22, 1993, heavy-equipment operator Eddie York was shot in the back of the head as he drove past strikers away from a work site. He died instantly. UMW heavies proceeded to beat York's would-be rescuers. Several weeks later, he offered this rationalization: "I'm saying if you strike a match and put your finger in, common sense tells you you're going to burn your finger." In other words, if you don't show solidarity with the union, you'll pay the price. The following June, a federal jury found Mine Workers strike captain Jerry Dale Lowe guilty on conspiracy and weapons charges in the death of York. Sometime before that, York's widow, Wanda York, had filed a $27 million wrongful death suit, naming Trumka and several other UMW officials as co-defendants. For four years, Trumka and his allies fought the suit, all the while claiming Lowe was innocent. Then in June 1997, federal prosecutors announced they would release evidence from Lowe's criminal trial to the attorneys of the York widow. Alarmed, UMW lawyers settled out of court.
Even after leaving his union presidency for his current AFL-CIO post, Trumka gave a nudge and a wink to criminal violence. In April 1998, he and his United Mine Workers successor, Cecil Roberts, came to Bentleyville, Pennsylvania to explain union policies. Some 50 union members showed to protest. That wasn't smart move. Here's an account by a progressive-Left journalist, Paul Sherrer, of what transpired next:
Within minutes a group of UMWA officials and their supporters attacked the protesting miners, ripping leaflets and protest signs from their hands. Several miners were punched, knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly. [Richard] Cicci was hit with a piece of lumber and suffered a large gash on his head...Richard Trumka refused to answer questions about the assault.
Richard Trumka's denunciation of mob rule by opponents of the Obama health plan, to put it gently, lacks moral consistency. As a socialist, possibly even more of one than John Sweeney, he can be expected to support a radical expansion of government control over the health care sector. But his own history indicates that he has no objections to mob rule - as long as unions make the rules.
Hey Trumka, what about the SEIU thugs attacking a black man at a Town Hall in St. Louis County on Thursday?
Falsely accuse the innocent of what you do....right out of Hitler’s handbook.
Trumpka epitomizes the term union thug.
Great graphic! I’ve been sending my contributions daily but I doubt it’s what they are looking for.
A Union Boss with a “combative edge”? Amazing! Hard to believe, as I’d always thought of them as demure and open-minded.
funny isn’t it....not a single report of violence that i know of until the obama goons start showing up and attacking people....
These retards want to make health coverage a criminal issue and then cry a river when their hands get burned.
It reminds me of CLinton promoting sex harassment laws and then crying “mommy, it was just privacy/sex” once caught himself.
The guillotine drama queen goes round and round.
The International Brotherhood of Goons, Thugs and Henchmen are deeply distoib'd at yer insin-u-ay-shuns.
To blazes with a bunch of lazy, spoiled, commie union thugs!
It speaks sadly of the once noble organization that it winks and nods at criminal goons.
Are you sure? I thought maybe those were Santa Clause auditioners for Macy’s. :)
the one-sidedness of these $cumbags has no equal.
If this thing....this whole Obama marxist thing ever comes to a head where we need to defend our liberties as our forefathers did...I will have no compunction against taking on the worst of these thugs....personally..and with conviction.
Not a chance. We asked one of them if he knew how to say "Ho Ho Ho" and he said: "Nah, I already got me a friggin' broad".
Make sure your CCW is up to date. These same union thugs are being dispatched to the town hall meetings by the Obama administration.
LOL! I believe it.
It’s good for Trumka that this isn’t the 30’s....or he’d be headed for a government sponsored Town Meeting with Old Sparky.
“AFL-CIO’s Trumka Denounces Town Meeting ‘Mobs,’ Ignores His Own (Union thug)”
Communists stick together.
Trumka doesn’t know what he’s talking about. There are no “mobs” going to townhall meetings. There have been, however, some union thugs.
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