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Obama To Ask Unions To Back Taxing ‘The Rich’

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Obama to discuss ‘fiscal cliff’ with labor leaders

By KEN THOMAS | November 13, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama opens a new campaign Tuesday to build pressure on Congress to cut the federal debt the way he sees fit, meeting with labor leaders who want lawmakers to raise taxes on the wealthy and guard against slashing health benefits for seniors…

All in the new spirit of bipartisan compromise, of course.

Obama was kicking off a series of meetings this week with labor officials, business executives and congressional leaders aimed at pushing Congress to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" and find consensus on a plan to prevent more financial hardships next year. The week will include a tone-setting news conference Wednesday that will give the president the chance to frame his outlook on the year-ending lame duck session…

Obama is always ‘setting the tone.’ Look how he raised the tone during the recent campaign?

The president hopes labor and progressive groups will marshal support for what he has called a "balanced" plan to reduce the debt while protecting spending priorities…

He hopes to get his labor cronies to support higher taxes on the wealthy and not cutting spending? How daring.

By the way, lest we forget, unions do not pay any income tax. None. Zero. Nada. A detail that is somehow never reported by our one party unionized news media.

Obama’s meeting with labor leaders includes AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union; Lee Saunders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association.

Several progressive organizations are also participating, including leaders of the Center for American Progress, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and MoveOn.org.

In fact, these are the people who made up the Obama campaign. He’s going to have a tough time convincing them to wage war on the rich.

The unions and Democratic-leaning groups remain resistant to calls to reform Medicare and Medicaid as part of a grand bargain with Republicans and have pressed Obama to stand firm on letting the Bush tax cuts expire and raising taxes on the wealthy.

"At a time when we are working to rebuild the middle class in our country, it’s time we asked everyone, including the wealthiest 2 percent, to pay their fair share," said Peter Colavito, SEIU’s director of government relations.

Again, the SEIU does not pay its fair share.

In fact, they pay nothing in taxes. And they never have.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama To Ask Unions To Back Taxing ‘The Rich’”

  1. mr_bill

    “‘At a time when we are working to rebuild the middle class in our country, it’s time we asked everyone, including the wealthiest 2 percent, to pay their fair share,’ said Peter Colavito, SEIU’s director of government relations.”

    Except that “everyone” does not include 47% who will not be asked to pay anything, but who are the beneficiaries of all the wealth confiscated by the government. The nerobama philosophy: “The 47% who pay nothing shouldn’t be burdened by the 53% who aren’t paying their fair share.”

  2. Petronius

    Let’s see : SEIU, MoveOn.org, Trumka and the AFL-CIO, the always reliable and nonpartisan Center for American Progress, State and local gov’t employees’ unions, and the NEA.

    Hmmm . . . Yes, that’s exactly the right bunch to arrive at (drum roll, please) “a balanced plan.” What could possibly go wrong?

    Just goes to show there’s always more room at the trough. All that’s needed is balance.

    By the way, I am ever so relieved to hear that Nerobama doesn’t want to slash health benefits for us seniors.

    I mean seriously, after the hit we’re about to take on ObamaCare, I doubt we could take another.

  3. Anonymoose

    Will they ever think any different? The fun times will go on until there’s no more rich to tax and the rabble sees the nice cars and big houses the Democrats have and decide they want those, too.

    I also think the Republicans should drop the tax cutting parade and adopt a simple flat tax–either the same percentage for everyone or even better the same amount for everyone.

    But it won’t happen, too many people would cry unfair or say they want more, and the system won’t change until it literally breaks.


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