SEIU president and Obama pal Andrew Stern yesterday called Senate opponents of Obamacare “terrorists.”
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“We can’t have 70 percent of the bills that go in front of the Senate, someone screams filibuster and everybody says we can’t do anything anymore,” he said. “That’s not what the American people want. They want someone to fight for them.”
In his first State of the Union Address tonight President Obama “has to go back and remind people why we started this.” The president needs to emphasize that the healthcare legislation is “a jobs bill” and “a deficit reduction bill.”
Without the legislation, “we’re just going to be scrambling for better alternatives and more importantly for people we represent their health care bills are going to go through the roof in the next 10 years,” Stern said.
Unleashing ugly class-warfare rhetoric, Stern and Burger also expressed their approval of the Obama administration’s war on Wall Street, which has suddenly escalated after the Republican victory in the Massachusetts special election. The centerpiece of this new offensive is a proposed tax on financial speculators that could net $1.7 trillion over 10 years.
“People burnt this economy to the ground with irresponsible speculative behavior,” Stern said. “And I would just say for the record that if American justice is really equal for everyone there are a lot of people that deserve to be called into account for what’s taken place up to now.”
Burger condemned “the outrageous behavior of the financial industry, in their big bonuses, in their refusal to deal with home foreclosures and their jacking up of interest rates.”
Burger urged a federal bailout to help save bureaucrats’ jobs.
“Nine hundred thousand people will lose their job this year if we don’t figure out a way of providing real relief to state and local government,” she said. “We can’t afford to have 900,000 people who are doing incredible important services in their communities to lose their jobs too.”
In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Citizens United v. FEC, Stern reaffirmed that organized labor hates a level playing field. That decision allows corporations and labor unions to spend freely on elections, but the left is up in arms about it.
“Now we have the right to spend unlimited money apparently in ways we want; unfortunately we don’t have unlimited money,” he said.
“This is the onslaught, if nothing changes, of unlimited corporatization of our economy, and more importantly has the potential of letting China and Brazil and Venezuela or whoever participate in our elections,” Stern said. “Many foreign corporations are set up by foreign governments and so I just think this is a moral disaster, a policy disaster, and it is a practical disaster. I’m glad that unions have their rights: I just wish someone tells me exactly where to get the money.
Finally, Stern addressed SEIU’s longstanding relationship with the embattled radical advocacy group ACORN. In the fall Burger shocked political observers when she told a congressional hearing that her union “cut all ties to ACORN.”
An SEIU spokeswoman at the time said the union “suspended all contracts and active work with ACORN,” pending the results of a supposedly independent review of ACORN’s affairs headed by former Massachusetts attorney general Scott Harshbarger, a longtime ACORN ally.
Predictably, Harshbarger’s report, which came in the wake of hidden camera videos showing ACORN employees bending over backwards to facilitate criminal conduct, was an all-you-can-eat buffet of lies and distortions that faulted ACORN only for poor management practices.
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