Obama’s Loyalty to Unions is Absolute: Organized Labor in the Catbird Seat

 

 

 

 

California is teetering on the cliff of catastrophic financial failure but Barak Obama is determined to protect union wages in California no matter the cost.  California will be out of money in July and the Federal Government has advised the governor that they will not give California $6.8 billion in “Stimulus Money” unless California rescinds the $74 million dollar cut they made to unionized home health care workers. I’m sure Obama is taking this action because he believes its right and not because expansion and control of unions benefits the neo socialist democrat party.  The fact that Unions have destroyed everything they touch from car makers to education to government is rejected by the Obama brain trust as they demand utopian fiscal policy from a bankrupt state.

 

The fact that California was able to make such a cut in the first place is a miracle and well illustrates the desperation of their predicament.  Doubtless the Mainstream Media will praise Obama for his political courage in standing up for corrupt unions over a failed socialist state whose final bankruptcy will destroy the nations, and the worlds, economy. Why let facts stand in the way of political correctness, ideological rigidity, and moral bankruptcy?  California, like the United States itself, is a testament to the failure of big, socialist government and the elevation of a cult of personality over mere logic, reason and the timeless conventions of Western reason.  Whatever hope creditors of the Golden State may have had in cutting crazy union wages and contracts was dashed for good when Comrade Obama took this courageous stand for the reinstatement of corruption, greed and abject stupidity.

 

Consider this article from the Las Angeles Times:

U.S. threatens to rescind stimulus money over wage cuts

The Obama administration threatens to rescind billions in stimulus money if Gov. Schwarzenegger and lawmakers do not restore wage cuts to unionized home healthcare workers.

By Evan Halper
May 8, 2009

Reporting from Sacramento — The Obama administration is threatening to rescind billions of dollars in federal stimulus money if Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers do not restore wage cuts to unionized home healthcare workers approved in February as part of the budget.

Schwarzenegger’s office was advised this week by federal health officials that the wage reduction, which will save California $74 million, violates provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Failure to revoke the scheduled wage cut before it takes effect July 1 could cost California $6.8 billion in stimulus money, according to state officials.

 

The news comes as state lawmakers are already facing a severe cash crisis, with the state at risk of running out of money in July.

The wages at issue involve workers who care for some 440,000 low-income disabled and elderly Californians. The workers, who collectively contribute millions of dollars in dues each month to the influential Service Employees International Union and the United Domestic Workers, will see the state’s contribution to their wages cut from a maximum of $12.10 per hour to a maximum of $10.10.

The SEIU said in a statement that it had asked the Obama administration for the ruling.

 

The cut was highly contentious during last winter’s budget talks. Republican lawmakers insisted that the rapidly growing, multibillion-dollar state program, In Home Supportive Services, be scaled back significantly.

Democrats fought major reductions in the program, which they say is a cost-effective alternative to nursing-home care, but ultimately compromised.

Reversing the wage cut would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature, meaning Republican support would be needed.

Schwarzenegger on Wednesday sent U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius a letter urging the federal government to reconsider.

“Neither the Legislature nor I make decisions to reduce wages or benefits lightly, but only as a last resort in response to an unprecedented fiscal crisis,” Schwarzenegger wrote.

evan.halper@latimes.com

Times staff writer Eric Bailey contributed to this report.

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