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Unemployed ‘Union’ Demands A Second WPA

From the Daily Caller:

Union aims to organize the unemployed

Caroline May | 06/13/2012

America’s jobless are unionizing, or at least furthering an agenda of one of the nation’s biggest unions.

An organization aimed at giving the unemployed more influence has announced it now has more than 100,000 jobless activists in their ranks.

The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) Activists is an Internet-centric “community service project” of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) — one of the country’s largest industrial trade unions.

“Our objective is to pull together unemployed Americans in a way that allows them to connect, communicate and press their political leaders for policies that will get them back to work,” Rick Sloan, UCubed’s executive director and IAM communications director, told The Daily Caller.

According to the group’s website, jobless “Jobs Activists” assert their influence through coordinated communication with public officials.

“Jobs Activists, organized by their zip codes, advocate for sound public policy, emailing public officials to alert them about policies that directly impact the jobless,” the website explains.

This is what is known as astroturfing, which David Axelrod practically invented. Activists carry out these organized campaigns while pretending to be spontaneous grassroots everyday people.

Among those policies the group advocates is a second Works Progress Administration or WPA 2.0.

“We’d like to see [policymakers] recreate the Works Progress Administration, WPA 2.0. Which in the 1930s put between 6.5 and 8 million people back to work,” Sloan said

The group is currently pushing passage of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s recent “21st Century WPA Act” to reinstate the New Deal employment program, and Ohio Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s attempt to rejuvenate another New Deal program with her “21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Act.”

This is how Obama and the ‘progressive’ Democrats want to move us forward. By returning us to the glorious days of the 1930s and the artificially prolonged Great Depression.

Lautenberg’s bill would cost $250 billion through 2013; Kaptur’s would cost $16 billion annually through 2015. Both bills are pending in committee.

Proving once again that it is very expensive to live in the past.

UCubed is also interested in supporting extensions of long-term unemployment benefits

Why not? Unemployment is paying them to be ‘activists.’ And being an activist sure beats working for a living.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Unemployed ‘Union’ Demands A Second WPA”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    If they’re unemployed … how are they going to pay Initiation Fees, Processing Costs, Dues, etc?

    Oh. You and I will pay for it through and extension of Unemployment Benefits, right?

    So the US Taxpayers are jerks caught in a circle, is that about it?

  2. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “The Union of Unemployed (UCubed) Activists”

    UCubed????? is there an invisible “u” in there somewhere that I’m missing? Underachievers, Unidentified communist, Useless…. someone help me out here.

  3. Astravogel says:

    WPA was widely known as “We Piddle Around.”

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I’m assuming that a portion of the members’ unemployment check is deducted for “union dues”.

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