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Labor Group Takes $40-Million Aim at Midterm
The AFL-CIO will try
to help Democrats win. A GOP official says the party isn't
Reynolds,LA Times Staff Writer
August 31, 2006
“WASHINGTON — Leaders of the
nation's largest labor federation announced Wednesday that they
would spend more money this year than ever before to get voters
to the polls in a midterm election they hoped would return
Democrats to power in Congress.”
"This Labor Day, it appears
that a 'perfect storm' is gathering that may well sweep away
Republican control of the Congress this fall," said AFL-CIO
President John J. Sweeney.”
THE COMMITTEE SAYS:
MOVE LIKE LEMMINGS TO NEXT DEFEAT
What is union
president Sweeney smoking? Whatever it is, it's rolled in
hundred-dollar bills! The Democrats and Republicans have more in
common than separates them. Both parties support the war. Both
parties are embroiled in corruption and scandal. Both parties
have gerrymandered and cut out “protected districts.”Both
parties oppose campaign finance reform. Both parties are funded
by special interests. Both parties are repellent to most
citizens, and are being repudiated by their own members. Both
parties have anti-union policies.
President Sweeney is looking
for a changing of the guard that will not occur, even if the
Democrats manage to pull off a victory.
This article reveals
that the union is just a get out the vote machine for the
The irony is that their own members don't vote for
the Democrats anymore.
Rather than representing their
membership honestly, the unions have become a 40 million dollar
slush fund for the Democrats.
Would it be too much to ask that
any special interest group be limited to organizing its
membership to contribute effectively in their own elections?
Another tasty irony is that the Democratic party is a force for
“globalism,” (as are the Republicans) advocating
NAFTA, encouraging industry to move overseas, while encouraging
the cheapening of labor here. That's good for labor!
Or at least
the small minority of labor in the elite unions that Mr. Sweeney
represents. Everyone else gets poverty. Vote Democratic!
unions have not noticed that the conditions of labor, their
wages, conditions, benefits have been plummeting for more than
30 years, through Democratic and Republican administrations and
The unions leaders are playing in a corrupt game that cannot possibly win, or improve the conditions of labor.
But the unions continue to play the political corruption game
for the purposes, and power, of the union leadership, and a few
well connected unions.. And this maintains the monopoly of
politicla power within the hands of the special interests and
the political parties.
The unions, like the
parties, and the other special interests, are sacrificing our
democracy, and our general welfare, for their own narrow gains,
while our society declines around them.
A delicious irony is
that the weaker players in the special interest game are playing
a doomed game. It's almost funny to see the small special
interests, the environmental, civil rights, and various
civic-minded public policy groups, vie to buy influence in a
game where they are going to be smashed like bugs by the big
national special interests.
I'm talking Oil I'm
talking telecom. I'm talking real estate. Developers and Manufacturers. The list is too long
to recount here, but they all make the small special interests
redundant. And we just watched Big Pharm whoop the hell out
of the AARP on the perscription drug Scam. In a polity
dominated by wealth and power, the people who value labor, who
value the environment, who value good schools and hospitals are
being constantly betrayed and misled by their special interest
“representatives,” who fail to mention that in a
polity run by wealth and power, wealth and power will win every
We would be better
off if neither party could collect bribes, from any source that
cannot vote in the specific election they contribute to.
We must force the
special interests to educate and organize their political
supporters, and use their free speech and assembly rights
properly, and stop them from buying politicians. Bribery is
bribery, whether the hand that holds the money is your friend or
Our first duty is to
our democracy, our second loyalty is to party, and then
self-interest. Special interests that represent people rather
than wealth will benefit from democracy.
THE ARTICLE SAYS:
Núñez's wife has air-district pact
The agency is pushing a bill to cut
emissions from train engines.
By Andy Furillo -- Bee Capitol Bureau
Published 12:01 am
PDT Saturday, August 26, 2006
Story appeared on Page A3 of
“The wife of
Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez won a $125,000
consulting contract earlier this year with the South Coast Air
Quality Management District at the same time the smog-fighting
agency was pushing legislation to cut emissions on train
EXAMPLE OF CORRUPTION:
What better way to pass legislation sitting
before the Assembly, that to hire the wife of the Speaker?
“Núñez plans to abstain from
voting on the bill if and when it reaches the Assembly floor”,
according to a Nunez spokesman.
I wonder what value his abstention has. If the
Speaker's wife is advocating a cause in government, especially a
bill before the Assembly, his abstention does little to mitigate
the power of his influence within his political mafia. It goes
even deeper than that. The article quotes “Robert Stern
of the Center for Governmental Studies and the author of the
state's Political Reform Act” saying that “the
Robles deal is entirely legal but that it "clearly"
creates "an appearance question." The way it looks to
Stern is that "she's making a lot of money and he's sharing
it. There's nothing illegal, but the perception is that's an
awful lot of money for doing what she's doing."
The Job? Setting up two conferences. I wonder
how many days of work will be required to fulfill this contract. Most people I know take years to make 125,000 dollars.
THE ARTICLE SAYS:
For D.A. Cooley, a Rare Indictment of a
High-Profile Political Player
Since pledging to
clean up public corruption in 2000, the prosecutor has hit
mainly officeholders in poor cities. The case against ex-L.A.
commissioner Leland Wong is his first involving a major
Y. Hong, LATimes Staff Writer
August 24, 2006
Cooley's handling of allegations
involving Wong had come under scrutiny before. In October 2003,
The Times reported that he had failed to pursue a lead that Wong
had illegally pressured a vendor at Los Angeles International
Airport to steer business to relatives of lobbyist Art M.
Gastelum. Wong said he had done nothing illegal.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY FORCED TO FINALLY INDITE SOMEONE IMPORTANT:
The Times is acting
as a force for reform, again. As with the reports on Judicial
Corruption in Nevada, the times revealed a lack of honesty in
prosecuting corruption in the L.A. D.A. Office.
One attorney had
quit the office, “partly” over the DA's failure to
act against big-name corruption, while the office was pursuing
small-time offenders. Again, the Times quoted Robert Stern of
the Center for Governmental Studies on the inaction of the DA.
Stern “said Cooley "has done much more than
[previous] Los Angeles district attorneys and most D.A.s in the
state" in prosecuting public corruption. These are very
tough cases for an elected D.A.," he said. "You're
going against potential allies, sometimes fellow elected
officials and those with deep pockets to hire attorneys."
The facts of life in
politics are that the D.A's Office is a gateway to higher
office, if properly used. D.A.'s have to walk a fine line:
prosecuting corruption while not burning their political
bridges. An Impossible Task, if the DA is honest. Thus we get a
series of unimportant prosecutions, until the Times reported on
it. So, Mr. Wong, is to be sacrificed for the image of the DA.
THE ARTICLE SAYS:
Governor's Charges Dismissed
The case against
Ernie Fletcher of Kentucky, accused of breaking hiring laws, is
From the Associated
August 25, 2006
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A judge on Thursday
dismissed accusations that Gov. Ernie Fletcher violated state
hiring laws, allowing him to get out of a longrunning legal jam
without personal punishment.
The judge signed an agreement
dropping misdemeanor charges and ending a case that alleged
Fletcher, a first-term Republican, broke the law by basing
personnel decisions on political considerations...
settling, Fletcher can seek reelection without the shadow of
criminal charges. Atty. Gen. Greg Stumbo, who prosecuted the
case and has been considered a potential Democratic candidate,
could run without breaking his promise not to challenge Fletcher
for governor while the case was pending... The grand jury
returned 29 indictments, but Fletcher last year pardoned anyone
who was charged or could be charged, excluding himself.
IT A PLEA DEAL? OR JUST MORE CORRUPTION?
Wow. This article,
and the people it reports on, both stink. This article says so
little, it screams out! Apparently, “the judge signed an
agreement[?],” and the Governor “settled[?]”
Excuse me, but that's a plea bargain to us common folk. And the
Attorney General apparently “settled,” plead out
this case, not on its merits, but so he could run for Governor.
What bothers me is
It's not just that
the Governor used his pardon power to end prosecutions against
potential wrongdoers in his administration, but he lost the
ability to clear himself in open proceedings. But that was the
point. What the governor did was to eliminate any potential
damaging testimony by co-conspirators against him, by pardoning
them. And the next election pits the governor against the AG,
who let him off the hook so he could fulfill a campaign promise.
I guess it worked out for both sides. Oh, except for the citizen
voters, who are left with two pathetically damaged candidates.
It's a plea deal steeped in corruption.
5)THE ARTICLE SAYS:
Scandals Emerging in
Shanghai as Political Season Nears
By HOWARD W. FRENCH
5, 2006 NYT
SHANGHAI, Sept. 4
the country’s former leader, who rose to national
prominence as mayor of the city and cultivated it as a power
having relinquished the last of his important titles in 2004,
many here say, the way has been opened for a new investigation
that many see as an attack on Mr. Jiang’s old power base
by allies of a younger generation of leaders.”
“in the end
prove to be a modest piece of a much larger web of corruption
linking city officials, banks and developers.”
FOR THE CORRUPT FRUIT OF POLITICAL VICTORY IN CHINA:
Newt threw out the
Democrats, in '94, I think it was, because the corruption and
idiocy of the Democratic party gave Republicans the chance, and
they went for it. Newt, and his Republicans have since surpassed
the corruption and idiocy of the Democrats. And the spending of
the Democrats. And the National debt of the Democrats. The
corruption situation in China is different, but parallel, to our
own struggles with corrupt government. In China, there is one
corrupt party, and it fights among itself for control of the
fruits of corruption. The above article describes how changes in
power affect the fortunes of a huge city's power structure.
Here, in the U.S. Of A, we are different. We have two parties
fighting it out for control of the fruits of corruption, not
just one, like China. We are quite advanced, and an example for
Well, we have the
potential to be an example for the world. But we have a bit of
cleaning up to do.
PS: The Democrats
are so stupid that they may not be able to create victory out of
the open corruption and exceeding ignorance of the Republicans.
The Dems would have had a perfect opportunity for victory,
except they have the same policies as the Republicans. Not just
the same policies, but are mastered by the same system of
special interest control as are the Republicans. The selling
point of the Democrats is, “ We would do it better”
The winning strategy is, “We will do it differently/”
We can force them all to do it democratically.
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