SEIU president and Obama pal Andrew Stern yesterday called Senate opponents of Obamacare “terrorists.”
Senators who won’t pass ObamaCare are “terrorists,” the leader of America’s most powerful labor union said yesterday as Senate Democrats’ supermajority death watch entered its second week.
Democrats’ soon-to-evaporate filibuster-proof supermajority of 60 in the Senate was “a gift from the American people” that has been “squandered” by failing to enact so-called healthcare reform, said Service Employees International Union president Andrew Stern. Stern is President Obama’s closest ally in the labor movement and his union would benefit disproportionately from the enactment of Big Government healthcare. He practically lives in the White House, according to official visitor logs, but refuses to register as a lobbyist.
The Democratic membership in the Senate will be reduced to 59 whenever Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass). is finally sworn in and takes over the seat long held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) — a development many say dooms liberal plans to nationalize the nation’s healthcare sector. Brown’s once unimaginable election in the Bay State last week has sent shockwaves through the political establishment that continue to reverberate.
Employing tortured logic, Stern and other prominent leftists believe Brown’s defeat of Democrat Martha Coakley, who at one point led her GOP opponent by 30 percentage points in the polls, occurred only because Democrats hadn’t tacked far enough to port.
In her purple business suit, SEIU secretary-treasurer Anna Burger weighed in. “Everybody was shaken by Massachusetts but the reality is Massachusetts didn’t vote against healthcare; they already had healthcare.”
Burger, who is also vice chairman of George Soros’s Democracy Alliance, a donors’ collaborative that wants to turn America into socialist Europe, said Congress has to act — or else.
“There’s no way that inaction is going to get us anywhere,” said Burger, one of organized labor’s leading lights. “If we don’t do something about jobs, if we don’t do something about healthcare, if we don’t do something about financial reform that people see and feel, then 2010 is going to be a terrible election because people in fact voted for change and if they haven’t gotten change they will go back and vote for the next change what it happens to be.”
“I think they paid a price up in Massachusetts and they’ll continue to pay a price” if they don’t pass ObamaCare, said Stern without explaining to whom “they” refers.
“We should send the national security people over and explain to them why we don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Stern said. “There are a lot of terrorists in the Senate who think we’re supposed to negotiate with them when they have their particular needs that they want met.”
Ironically, purple-shirted SEIU members physically confronted and in some cases assaulted opponents of ObamaCare at town hall meetings across the nation last year. The union’s strong-arm tactics in organizing drives — often involving physical coercion — bear a resemblance to terrorism. The union’s violent organizing tactics have been condemned by labor leaders, including California Nurses Association executive director Rose Ann DeMoro and then-AFL-CIO president John Sweeney.
At yesterday’s labor forum in the nation’s capital sponsored by the left-wing Center for American Progress Action Fund, Stern, clad in a purple dress shirt and purple necktie, also shared his views on a wide range of topics.
Stern demanded that that the Senate’s venerable rules of parliamentary procedure be changed midstream in order to allow President Obama’s deeply unpopular healthcare plan to be rammed through Congress.
“It seems to me the easiest path, the only path forward,” is to use “reconciliation or other legislative processes to fix the things that I think a lot of people agree need to be fixed both now in the House and the Senate,” he said. Reconciliation refers to a procedural maneuver that would allow the healthcare bill to pass with 51 votes instead of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.
Stern said the advantage of using reconciliation is it would allow majority Democrats to do an end-run around sometimes uncooperative senators such as Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). It would allow “the other 58 senators” to make decisions they weren’t able to make “the first time around because of the hostage taking that was going on in the Senate,” he said.
Stern denounced the Senate’s cloture rule that allows a determined minority to block legislation by requiring 60 votes to break a filibuster.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online