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Trumka: Anger Due To Tea Party’s Lies

From the AFL-CIO’s Now Blog:

Trumka: Working-Class Anger Fueled by Right’s ‘Deeply Dishonest’ Message

By Mike Hall On September 27, 2010

With the economy continuing to stagger and job creation not moving quickly, “working people are justifiably angry and frustrated” as they approach the Nov. 2 elections, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

Trumka and Working America Executive Director Karen Nussbaum, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, Eric Alterman, journalist and senior fellow at [Soros front] the Center for American Progress, and moderator Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation, led a panel discussion—Which Way for the Working Class? Elections 2010 and Beyond—Friday afternoon in New York City.

What a nicely balanced ‘panel.’

More than 400 people attended the event at the Great Hall at Cooper Union.

Where Abraham Lincoln once spoke.

Trumka said it is vital to channel working-class anger away from Fox News and Tea Party extremists who are delivering

"a cynical, deeply dishonest and incoherent message—that big government is somehow to blame for the current crisis that the budget deficit will eat our children, and that illegal immigrants took all the good jobs."

However, he added, “The good news is they haven’t bought into right-wing ideology. They are just confused about who to blame.” But:

"We have to offer working people something other than the dead-end choice between the failed agenda of greed and the voices of hate and division and violence."

See Mr. Trumka’s solutions below.

Alterman said workers are so beaten down by the economy, “[p]eople don’t ask for raises anymore.” He also said that the labor movement and the progressive community face a tremendous challenge because

"there is an alliance of the corporations and high-powered government politicians against the interests of working people."

Mind you, Mr. Alterman was described as a "journalist."

Working America canvassers knock on thousands of doors every night, Nussbaum said, and find that there is a huge vacuum of facts and unbiased information about the root causes of the nation’s economic troubles—and working-class voters’ opinions can be shaped by the barrage from the likes of Fox News, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin.

But those are not deeply held beliefs and can be swayed, she said, when presented with a more balanced view and a look at the Bush/Boehner economic policies that tanked the economy and are now at the heart of the Republican agenda if they win a congressional majority. That, said Herbert, is

"why the work [Working America] is doing is so critical. I would just strongly urge everyone to get to work organizing on the local level because I think it’s the only way we’re going to turn things around in this country."

In the short term, said Trumka, the labor movement has to “recapture the moment and take control of the national conversation.” Building for the future,

"we need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations which have distorted our economy and hijacked our government.  That’s a long-term job, but one we should start now."

Gosh, those Tea Party followers are radical.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “Trumka: Anger Due To Tea Party’s Lies”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    They are pissed because astro-turf burns don’t heal as fast as grass root burns.
    They are finding out that both hurt and they are puzzled as to why.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “there is an alliance of the corporations and high-powered government politicians against the interests of working people.”

    Wow, absolutely pure socialist drek. Never thought I would hear or read the words that got the Russian Revolution really rolling in my own nation. Unbelievable.

    Here we come, sickle and hammer? Comrade?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      NYET, Rusty.
      Not yet………..working people own guns and that scares the hell out of them.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      Rusty, I think he is right. There is an unholy alliance between big corporations, i.e. GM, GE, Fannie/Freddy, Country Wide, and high-powered government politicians, i.e. Obama, Frank, Dodd. And nothing could be worse for the interests of this country or the working people. Of course Mr. Trumka suffers from a severe case of HUA and thinks these kind of “public-private” ventures are what we need to crush capitalism and insure the equitable distribution of wealth, 80% to him and his ilk and 20% for the masses. After all, they earned it by working harder, being more talented, and more useful to society.

    • proreason says:

      “There is an unholy alliance between big corporations, i.e. GM, GE”

      There’s a name for it.


  3. wardmama4 says:

    “a cynical, deeply dishonest and incoherent message—that big government is somehow to blame for the current crisis that the budget deficit will eat our children, and that illegal immigrants took all the good jobs.”

    I have never heard anyone at any Tea Party event claim that the budget deficit will ‘eat our children’ nor that ‘illegal immigrants took all the good jobs.’

    Thus the beginning of Trumka’s statement ‘cynical, deeply dishonest and incoherent message’ applies to Trumka and this panel (which apparently did not disagree with him, nor correct him) and of course the msm which is dutifully printing this lie to the masses.

    What this is is just more lies and personal smears to make this once again and US vs THEM – when in reality it is and should be We The People against those forces in government, the Unions (i.e.Trumka et al) and the msm – who want to make America into some 3rd World socialist cesspool.

    And as the Obama Administration continues to do the worst things possible to ‘help’ and insults the very people who make America work (on both sides of the aisle – probably the only time Obama has crossed the aisle) – more and more Americans are waking up and turning against this destruction of America.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      “I know you think you understand what you heard me say but you don’t realize that what I said is not what I really meant.”

      Tumka is using a false “Zen” approach to language. Something the socialists do a lot. Since they have perceived a false message and most likely never actually listened to what a tea-partier had to say, taken in full context with a thoughtful bent towards logic, then they think it’s ok to speak in tongues to their dutiful followers who slavish adhere to hate speech, for lack of a better term and thanks be to the left for coming up with the term. Give credit where credit is due, say I.

      But like wm4 says, nobody is saying/has said/is going to say that the budget deficit will eat our children. No, what we say is that the successes of later generations will be severely crippled and stymied by enormous national debt and the ensuing bondage of taxes. And the same goes for illegal immigration. The point is, and always has been the double standard of law enforcement when it comes to citizens vs. illegal immigrants. We know they are people, we know they are trying to get a better life and we know they need jobs to do so. However, we are not Mexico’s salvation. Open borders means huge drug trafficking, crime like we have never seen before near and at our border as well as Phoenix becoming the kidnapping capital of our nation. Lefties love to espouse “for the children” at every conference yet, they turn a blind eye towards the number of juveniles taken in record numbers sent to the skin trade from our own nation.

      Trumka just needs to shut up. There is no message there and he is using only simple language tools to rabble rouse and agitate. A familiar tactic our esteemed and clean and articulate leader should be well acquainted with.

  4. Right of the People says:

    When will the unions realize their time has passed?

    I’m with you Rusty, I never thought I’d hear this socialist crap outside of a college campus. The lefties are showing their true colors. It’s going to make their downfall even sweeter.

    • Milissa says:

      The union my brother in law is in, is keeping my sister’s family afloat in these trying times. He is a roofer and my sister is a special education teacher. Unfortunately, not to many people are having roofing work done lately.

    • proreason says:

      “The union my brother in law is in, is keeping my sister’s family afloat in these trying times”

      I’m happy that your brother in law is ‘afloat’, but he wouldn’t need help if the national unions hadn’t spent hundreds of millions to get Obamy elected.

      The economy would be roaring back if, instead of a trilliion dollars in payola from the failed ‘stimulus’ bill, taxes had been dramatically cut in February 2009.

      If we had another president the housing industry would be roaring back and your brother in law would be productive instead of sitting around.

      Like your brother-in-law, many people in the USSR were well served by the government in Russia. The only problem was that the other 95% suffered immensely.

      Unions are far more destructive than businesses ever thought of being. There is a built-in check on private business. If a business gouges its customers, people won’t buy its products. But there is no built-in check on unions, once they get big enough to be able to buy politicians. That’s the problem in this country.

      Good luck to your brother in law. Bad luck to the Unions that threaten this country.

    • Milissa says:

      Thanks for the info.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Pro, socialists love the warm protective blanket of the proletariat. Protection from hunger, from failure, from being responsible. I was told, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” so if my only skill was roofing, I would be in dire straits when the housing bubble burst and would have to keep an eye to the future. Gee, what’s to stop a roofer from farming themselves out to do odd-jobs and such? Like in Soviet Russia, a laborer was prohibited from seeking work outside their specific “grade” or “skill”. In other words, a roofer could not get a job putting tires on airplanes. It was not allowed. Unless they went through the government sanctioned training program to get “reclassified”.

      But here in the US of A, people with sufficient talent can..oh, I dunno, work almost anywhere. Now, given that the Obama administration has fostered record unemployment, thus forcing bureaucrats to waste money on the unemployed security blanket, the future looks very national socialist.

    • Milissa says:

      I didn’t know that about Soviet Russia. That is alwful.

  5. proreason says:

    As night falls, the screams grow louder.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    Standard leftist tactic.
    Paint the opposition as mean, stupid, hateful, greedy, (everything you are).
    Conservatives should pound them with the charge of projection every time they trot out this baloney!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      What the left does is twist the message by omission. What I mean by that is that yes, I am greedy when it comes to what I’ve earned. It’s mine and I’ll protect it. And, I am hateful of anyone who tries to tear this nation down and in its place, build a dysfunctional shell of games, lies, deceit and pandering to those who deserve nothing.

      So you see, without the qualifiers, I’m just greedy and mean. I think a smart republican conservative candidate can use that as a viable, working message when campaigning, yet I’ve not heard it.

      And, yes, I’m mean. Damn right. I will be so mean to anyone who tries to hurt me, you’ve no idea. You haven’t seen “mean” til you’ve tried to run me over.

    • Milissa says:

      Sorry you are so mean Rusty.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Pretty typical response from the entitlement-minded people. Melissa, you completely missed my point.

      Let me spell it out for you.

      1)I am a live and let live kind of person. But when my life and livelihood are threatened, I will fight to protect them both. And I will destroy whoever or whatever is trying to do it to me. Or, die trying.

      Melissa, you just don’t get it. I am not inherently “mean”. But I will retaliate rather than just bend over and take it. It would appear that your efforts to interject your point of view are weak at best and ridiculous at worst. You are what’s wrong with this nation. You’re the kind of person who will get overrun by big government, unsustainable debt and crippling taxes and then wonder where the goodies all went when the money runs out.

    • Milissa says:

      Wow, I am what is wrong with this nation. Now, that was mean.

      I do agree with the unsustainable debt part. We need to reduce the deficit.

      And by the way, I haven’t recieved any goodies. Nor have I been looking for any.

      Blessings to you.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You can stop with your sanctimonious attitude. Your position is quite clear. You want to spend money on the poor. But you know what? You can’t stop poverty by giving poor people money. You cherry pick words without getting the message. You are a socialist.

    • Milissa says:

      Oh I definately am NOT for common public ownership. I just bought my first house a year ago.

      I agree just giving poor people money won’t help them. You know that give a man a fish line.

      I am not trying to upset you. Just trying to learn here. I am sorry if I was coming off as sanctimonious. I only put that Blessings line, so maybe you wouldn’t think I was attacking you.

      I am just trying to understand where you are coming from.

      Sorry to upset you.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Very well,

      What are the people here so upset about? I can only speak for myself. However, there are many here who mirror my thoughts, as well as Rush, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, etc. What’s interesting is that those people don’t tell us what to think as many on the left would argue, but that we arrived at these thoughts independently, of our own accord and found like-minded people here and on other blogs, like American Thinker.

      For me, what I’m upset about is that we have a socialist-oriented government that is bound and determined to undermine the basic tenets of the Constitution and Bill Of Rights. They have trampled upon it regularly and flat out ignore it unless it suits them to use it for their own gain.

      Second, this nation elected a usurper for president. Someone who is more than willing to do the socialists in congress’s bidding and who has a slanted view of this nation. Instead of acknowledging that any government system is flawed and the efforts should be put forward to minimize or correct those flaws, he had openly stated that the Constitution is a bad document and has desires to undermine it. He believes that the USA is to be punished. If you measure his actions, you will see his goals to that end.

      Third, Healthcare. What business has the government diddling with people’s healthcare? The 2000+ page bill that was hurriedly put into law is now revealed to be full of crippling taxes, harm to producers, laws that are illegal and PUNISHMENT for the vast majority of people (except members of congress, because they don’t have to eat their own coooking)

      And that’s just for starters. Indeed, if you had been watching this blog for the past 18 months, you would know my take on things as I have filled books with my diatribes. This is one place I can express my frustrations about the downfall of the US.

      I, too am a veteran. I also happen to know that military spending is not the problem. New technologies and keeping a strong military is necessary. The time to discover you need a strong military is not when the wolves are at your door. December 7, 1941 caught us with our pants down. 9/11 ditto, but for different reasons though they did have a common component: Complacency.

      Melissa, I apologize for sounding harsh. But it seemed to me your position was the same as that of the average liberal. I am not for giving any more money to help the poor. It has been tried and it has failed repeatedly. I have both personal experience and lots of reading to support my position.

      Mostly, I am against an overwhelming, intrusive, uncaring government that had to stick its fingers in every piece of day-to-day life. The argument is that the current socialists in power want to do that in order to line their coffers with more of the people’s wealth and the people who support them are willing dupes, thinking that they will stop hunger, global warming and that all the people of the world will have a Prius. The mishmash of liberal thinking combined with socialist power takeover is not unprecedented. They are joined at the hip. Then the pink elephant in the room: The race card.

      If one such as I cannot stand the president because he is a petulant man-child socialist, the race baiters do not hear or understand that, they only think I am a racist. Like Pro says, “So what? It’s so threadbare of an argument anymore, it’s like saying water is wet”. So yeah, call me a racist. I still hate Obama. Color has nothing to do with it, other than he uses it to get a particular hyphenated sector of the population riled up. And, he’s a proven liar. Not “all politicians lie” kind of liar. But an in-your-face, unbelievable whopper kind of liar.

      Then there’s Pelosi, Frank, Dodd, Reid, Geithner, and the whole gang of thugs..and to be fair, the ruling class of republicans, Castle, McCaine, and several others who firmly believe that their office is their birthright and much like the senators of Rome, belittle the average people except when it’s campaign time. Then, they scurry back to their offices on the hill to their insular worlds where they can ignore public opinion while they fill their social planners with the next big fund-raiser.

      I am personally sick of being told things like I have to have ethanol in my gasoline. It destroys the efficiency of the engine….or what kind of lightbulbs I can buy…and the impending limitations on my life that are in the healthcare bill that will track my bank account, my debit card purchases and, later, how much end-of-life care they will allow me to have.

      I am beyond upset that this nation is taken the European path and it’s actually a MINORITY that thinks this is a good thing. 70% or better think it’s bad. The socialists in power deride American Greatness. I have never heard any of them say in clear terms that the US is great, has the most freedom and has produced a nation that is the envy of the world. No. Instead, Obama goes and APOLOGIZES for our very existence wherever he travels. And the rest of the world points and snickers not only at him, but at my nation.

      I am sick of it. I am a conservative. And that’s what I mean when I say I’ll be mean to anyone who tries to undermine my freedom, my rights, my way of life. I intend no harm to anyone but there’s a line that’s not to be crossed and this current government has not only crossed it, they are setting up their house in my territory. And I don’t like it.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Rusty – I was going to say – ‘ditto’ but that demeans your response.

      Being forced by someone else to pay for healthy people to sit around and do nothing is NOT COMPASSION and it is not Biblical “…if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10

      Since both of these exist on the Left/Liberal/Dem/Progressive/Socialist whatever they are called/calling themselves – both are lies. Therefore the foundation of what they are foisting upon America is based upon lies

      As is so much more – and can someone – anyone please explain to me how a mixed race person can be the victim of racism when 1) he is of two races both being the #1 and #2 races of the very country he is living in, 2) when he got more education opportunities than probably the average 10 people in America, and 3) that he rose to the highest job in the land – Where is the racism? Anyone?

      Lastly – if and this is a big if – if any of this ‘legislation’ that has gone on since 1964 has indeed been for the benefit of people – I might support it, but given that poverty, unemployment and the utter destruction of our social systems is at greater numbers than ever in American history – from empirical proof (the simple facts that all of the above are indeed at higher levels than ever before) – once again – proves both of my points. That the current agenda is based upon lies and is not meant (intentionally) to help the people.

      So the question becomes – whom is it helping/what is the intention? It appears – to simply be about destroying the Free American way of Life and replacing it with a Government run 3rd World existence.

      Be honest with yourself – look at all the countries of the World – where the government runs everything – and then ask yourself – is that how I want to live in America?

      All Rusty and I (and others – Tea Party, Conservatives, Libertarians etc) are saying – in NO.

      I like being able to eat a Big Mac – Because I can and I like being able to Not eat a Big Mac – Because I can.
      I love that those two options still exist for me in America.

      And with Rusty – My family & I will fight those who want to impose their misguided and intentionally duplicitous ‘ideas’ upon me – No one died and made them God. Why are my ideas not as important, not as valid and not as ‘right’? [Most especially since what I believe in has worked for 232 years] And that is the essence of the fight – America is about Freedom – and I will fight to the death those who want to take Freedom (even to be wrong or stupid) away.

      God Help America
      A Proud American Infidel

  7. Milissa says:

    Thanks for all of that information. Sorry that I am not that informed. I don’t have cable or network tv so I don’t watch news.

    I was talking to a Libertarian friend a couple of weeks ago. I agreed with most of what he said.

    Maybe I am a bit over my head.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Not at all. I was completely apolitical until the Clinton years. Indeed, ignorance is bliss but it’s also terribly dangerous. I look forward to any insight you might bring.

  8. Milissa says:

    Thanks Rusty. But I will probably read more that post.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Clear your mind and your azz will follow.

      Welcome to Sweetness & Light……………go towards the light!

  9. wardmama4 says:

    Milissa – Welcome to education. What you wrote proves that the msm and liberals have done to our society is working – You don’t need all of that to educate yourself, inform yourself. Libraries are a great way to start. Learn about American history or whatever you feel will make you a better citizen. You can get a free Constitution from your Representative or Heritage Foundation. I carry it with me all the time. And one of the things I believe – Glenn Beck says often – Question boldly. Don’t believe any one person simply because they are whatever you agree with at the moment. Nor at the same time automatically dismiss whatever someone says who does not agree with you. Simply do your own research.

    The main thrust here – is that the msm is so biased and duplicitous in the current political agenda – that Americans are being lied to for agendas – I believe – the majority would not/do not support – if the truth were told. And current polls prove that point over and over again.

    Rusty is correct – S & L is a place where we are able to post our thoughts – and incite real discussions – without the smears & personal insults.

    We welcome newcomers – even if at times, it might appear we don’t.

    Forgive us our flaws – We are only human.

    Oh yes, I became politically aware in the 70s when I found out we (American taxpayers) were still paying a WWI subsidy on wool – the lie here is that what is done in DC can’t be undone – that is the lie.

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

  10. preparing4theworst says:

    Great series guys! Melissa- hang in there, read as much as possible ALL across the spectrum- from the lunatic left to the raving right (as some would label them) and soon a picture will clearly emerge. You will become more aware of what I call the soft lies of the left that sound so good there must be something to them. For example- “the Bush tax cuts benefited only the wealthy”. Well, I make around 55K/yr and I benefitted a great deal
    from those cuts (implication- this could make me amoung americas wealthiest so I am now expecting my taxes to go up). In the above article we have Mr. Trumka (Trotsky?) saying “We have to offer people something other than the dead-end choice between the failed agenda of greed and the voices of hate and division and violence”. If we look at the union participation in the political process over the last two years we see 1) an agenda of greed- see the health care bill which protected the union plans to the detriment of so many others, 2) voices of hate/division/violence- see the numerous reports of SEIU assaults at town-halls of people who question publicly the agenda of the liberals. If he truly wants to offer something other (which I doubt) he could be quiet and listen attentively to some who tend to be a bit more conservitive. But in print he actually sounds reasonable- the soft lie this time by the print media. The comment about the alliance of corperations/high powerd Govt politicians against the interests of the working people. The comment sounds good when standing alone but there is a soft lie- I give you the House and the Senate who when given a mandate to scrap the health care bill stated something to the effect that they were going to pass this bill against the wishes of the people. Politcians refusing to stand for the rights and interests of thier constituants (sp?). Does your state law allow you a recall election? We DO NOT HAVE to wait for an election cycle- they can be FIRED! Is this a position voiced anywhere? If so I haven’t seen it. And what is bad is that the conservative media is not in any way capitalizing on the daily use of the soft lie by the liberals and so it is gotten away with except in forums such as this. So Melissa, I say again keep reading, read the entire article notjust the first half as so many do, No TV? many things are replayed at cable news internet sites, there is a large amount of the wall street journal reportage and op/ed on line. Got history questions? ask them here- there will be answers from numerous areas of expertise and experiance. Most will be civil and congenial for we all live not only to learn but also to teach. As I have told the younger generation here at work- trust me, i’m old, i know things. So let us earn your trust by good manners, good information, and common bonds and perhaps we can change so much of the bad stuff happening to something better.

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