Even if you’re familiar with the history and dangers of unions, particularly government employee unions, you should still read Chapter 8 of Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind (New York: Center Street, 2012) by Mallory Factor and his wife Elizabeth. I had no idea that some states were forcing self-employed and unemployed people who receive money from government programs to join unions and pay dues.
All conservatives need to take up the fight against the public-sector unions like SEIU. We can begin by taking back the White House and the Senate.
In The New Leviathan: How the Left-Wing Money Machine Shapes American Politics and Threatens America’s Future (New York: Crown Forum, 2012), authors David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin “describe five critical areas of public policy . . . where the network of left-wing funders and activists has moved radical agendas and ideas from the political margins to the political mainstream and made them the official policies of the Democratic Party”: immigration, national security, healthcare, environment, and government unions. Data about the foundations discussed in the book can be found at DiscovertheNetworks.org (17), which, unfortunately, is misspelled in the book.
If you haven’t read David Horowitz and Richard Poe’s The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party (Nashville: Nelson Current, 2006), you should.
In an article in the Washington Examiner, Kevin Mooney documents “dirty money” that Rep. Ed Perlmutter accepted from various unions and the PMA Group and explains why the money is dirty.
Why is the money from the Communications Workers of America, Boilermakers Union, American Federation of Government Employees, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) dirty?
Multiple officers and members of these unions, including division presidents, secretary-treasurers and business managers, have been convicted since 2001 of felonies including embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, mail fraud and conspiracy. The Communications Workers of America and the American Federation of Government Employees have had eight convictions, the Service Employees International Union has had nine convictions and the Boilermakers have had 10 members convicted, while the IBEW has had 14 members convicted. The amounts of embezzled funds range from more than $5,000 to more than $100,000.
Why is the money from the PMA group dirty?
PMA Group (Paul Magliocchetti and Associates) was a defense lobbying group that is now the focus of multiple federal investigations concerning allegations of influence peddling and other corrupt activities, mostly associated with earmarks. Before it was disbanded earlier this year, PMA Group’s employees and its political action committee gave current members of Congress $3.4 million between 1989 and 2008, with 79 percent of that going to Democrats, according to OpenSecrets.org.
In July, I posted about the contributions Perlmutter has received from unions for his 2010 campaign.
Congressman Perlmutter issued the following statement regarding the GM bankruptcy:
I believe Ch 11 is only way for GM to restructure and deal with their financial situation in a complete fashion to come up with an organization that can compete and succeed.
As we work our way through the aftermath of both the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies, I am committed to trying to cushion the blow to the parties caught in the aftermath of the bankruptcy filings, and I am in the process of working on measures to help dealerships who are losing franchises as part of the bankruptcy agreements transition and develop news business models.
My thoughts are with these businesses, their employees and the families as they work through these difficult times. I will continue to follow this situation and work with the House Financial Services Committee to take appropriate action where necessary to help stabilize our auto industry because it is essential to our national security, protecting American jobs and maintaining the manufacturing industry in this country to keep our auto industry running. (“Congressman Perlmutter Statement on GM Bankruptcy Filing“)
The auto industry wouldn’t need to be stabilized if the federal government hadn’t interfered by setting CAFE standards and the unions hadn’t blackmailed American auto companies into paying ridiculous amounts in wages and providing absurd medical and retirement benefits for unskilled labor. The U.S. government shouldn’t be involved in the auto industry–period.