SEIU next for ACORNuts?

OK, this time it’s personal.¬† The Service Employees International Union is one of my labor unions, and they came to my aid when I was being targeted by management on the job apparently because I wasn’t enthusiastic enough about … well, that’d go off-topic. ūüėČ

As tonight’s Rachel jag continues(!), she’s revealed that, thinking prematurely that they’ve run ACORN into the ground [“Unless a seed falls to the ground…!”], the Right Wing Conspiracy — Big Business, Big Lobbyists, astroturf, AM radio, the Republican Party¬†— may target SEIU (video)¬†next for teaming up with ACORN to try to make poor people’s and workers’ lives a little less awful.¬† How does this hurt them?¬† Business has to pay slightly higher wages, sharing their massive profits (often already subsidized by one or more levels of government one way or another) with THOSE WHO ACTUALLY DO THE WORK THAT CEOs AND OWNERS GET THE CREDIT FOR.

And these guys attack US for “class warfare”?!! or “revenge”?!!

And if her guest’s idea that soon they’ll attack the National Council of Churches too, sounds exaggerated…¬† Conservative Evangelical leaders have long considered this Mainline Protestant ecumenical organization Communist.¬† (The Catholic bishops’ conference, too, though that group has swung Hard Right as they smell a Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade, and in reaction against same-sex marriage.)¬† Furthermore, they’ve been dancing on the grave of the Mainline for about a generation now, even though it’s not really going away (even though many of the Mainline¬†think it is too), and recent research suggests that the relatively slight gains of Evangelicals vs. Mainline proportionately, are only because Evangelical women/couples are adopting artificial contraception more slowly than Mainline women/couples.¬† The Evangelical ‘bulge’ (no pun intended) is already slowing, but will continue growing for about another generation before ISTM the numbers start returning to their classical proportions.¬† (This is research sociologist¬†Andrew Greeley has been involved in, but where I read it I can’t recall now.¬† [Many Years, Father!])

Two other things: What they’re now calling living wage has sometimes been called family wage.¬† So much for “family values”!

And another Greeley truism is that Democratic bigwigs, candidates, campaigns,¬†either take their Catholic voters for granted, or don’t care about/are embarrassed about them … risking losing them to the Reagans and Bushes of this world.¬† Are workers and unions in the same fix?¬† Just like Official Dems, natural allies of/advocates for¬†“bitter” small town and rural residents, don’t give them reason to switch their generation-long Republican voting habits?¬† Folks, I don’t see WASP “Limo Libs” reproducing fast enough anymore to warrant such a cavalier attitude towards our Party’s traditional coalition, the “Patchwork Quilt Majority”!!!¬† And many People of Color who get richer go Republican….

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Why do ‘conservatives’ hate Kumbaya?

I’m just sayin’!

Sounds like somebody had his bed short-sheeted or something!

If memory serves, it’s even Christian!

Welfare accountability

Why do Republicans think there’s no accountability on Welfare, Assistance, etc.?¬† How many of them have ever been on it??¬† Since 2000 I’ve been on General Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and SSI/Disability (not all at the same time), and been turned down for Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability.¬† I’d also worked for a couple years helping other people try to get help from various governments and other agencies, so I knew what I was doing.¬† The questions they ask, the re-asking every few months to a year, the unreasonable rejections, the unhearing appeals….¬† Haven’t they even heard of the Intrusive Social Worker? — it’s so common it’s a stereotype!!!¬† There are few secrets, and little dignity left when you’re done.

I think this may be an example of something Ronald Reagan kicked into high gear, Government-by-Anecdote.¬† Sure, a few people game the system, and DA’s like to trot out the accused Welfare Queens with three Rolls Royces and such.¬† But probably government loses more money each year from rich folks and businesses gaming the system than people on various forms of Assistance!¬† Welfare Cheats vs. Tax Cheats?¬† You do the math!

When politicians or their surrogates trot out negative examples, suspect that there’s an agenda, and deception, going on.¬† Ask for total numbers, credible statistics, before collectively punishing all of us for the relatively-insignificant sins of the few.