Bet you didn’t realize the far left leader of the AFL-CIO is aiming to position his group as an independent entity. Let’s overlook the fact Richard Trumka is a White House economic adviser and essentially lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. We’re supposed to take him at his word that his gang of labor goons are seeking independence from the Democratic party.
“We are looking hard at how we work in the nation’s political arena. We have listened hard, and what workers want is an independent labor movement that builds the power of working people — in the workplace and in political life,” Trumka will say, according to excerpts of his remarks. “Our role is not to build the power of a political party or a candidate. It is to improve the lives of working families and strengthen our country.”
Oh, so they’re not interested in building the power of any political party? Well, that’s funny considering his own words from early April.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Monday that standoff between public sector unions and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has highlighted the contrasts between the two political parties heading into the 2012 election.
“By and large, I think this helped define the Democratic Party,” Trumka told reporters, adding Democratic lawmakers are now more likely to say that they support unions’ collective bargaining rights than before. “They now say that regularly. Before, it was not as clear-cut.”
He said the skirmish has also put Republicans firmly among the opponents of the labor movement.
“It also helped define the Republicans who say, ‘We hate collective bargaining and we will do everything we can to destroy it and working people,’” Trumka said.
So now we’re supposed to believe this guy is leading a movement that’s independent? Trumka probably is feeling heat from the rank and file union members that don’t support the AFL-CIO’s slavish devotion to the Democratic Party, not to mention seeing the union dues supporting far left causes. Yet does anyone for a second believe their leader is going to leave the plantation and become independent? Judging by Trumka’s own words, that’s extrememly unlikely.
Meanwhile, in another make-believe moment, this morning we discovered a group founded by former Obama administration staffers is also independent.
An independent Democratic group led by former aides to President Obama launched the first ad of the 2012 cycle with an attack Friday on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R).
Priorities USA Action, the liberal group founded by White House alumni Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney, launched an ad to play in heavy rotation on television in South Carolina, where Romney’s visiting this weekend.
Only in the lamestream media can a leftist group of former Obama aides be called independent. Do they even realize how silly they look peddling such deceptions?