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Richard Trumka to elders: Merry Christmas, and go die!

Thanks, Dick -- if I may call you Dick -- but I'm not ready quite yet. HuffPo:

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called the chained-CPI proposal offered by Obama as part of his recent effort to resolve the so-called fiscal cliff standoff, "bad policy" that he and his group were strongly against. But in an interview with The Huffington Post on Thursday morning, Trumka stopped notably short of urging Democrats to walk away from the table because of it.

"I want to see more of the details. But we oppose the cuts," Trumka said. "We'll oppose the cuts. We will be talking to them about a number of things. Obviously I want to look at the whole deal before we make any decision."

Another courageous stand from a Lion of Labor! What exactly is the "detail" you need to see? "I oppose being reamed. But I want to see the instrument."*

Of course, Trumka "caved" on the wet-tissue-paper-strength public option, too. After looking at "the whole deal" no doubt. Obama's scared.

NOTE * Actually, this is highly unfair to Mr. Trumka. He will, after all, not be reamed. Although Trumka isn't up there with the banksters in terms of loot, cat food will not figure in his future diet.

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Submitted by wuming on

Good grief this is shameless.  As I said to a labor organizer earlier this year, the senior guys have to realize that if they don't _really go for it_ labor will be dead within a generation. What do they have to lose? Nothing.  When your back is against the wall you have to go right now, or you won't make it. 

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

As organizations, they have nothing to lose. As leaders, though, they have something to lose. They can lose their livelihoods at the very least, and maybe spend time in jail, too. Unfortunately, being willing to lose those things is a requirement for a successful labor leader, and right now I don't see any.

Submitted by Hugh on

All these Establishment clowns tsk-tsk and sigh once or twice that more peasants are being turned into Soylent Green and then they go home and down a few Soylent sodas, you know so they can keep up their strength to fight.