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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“Income Transfers”?

Realistically, I guess the only question is whether we want to transfer income from those who can spare it to those who need it.¬† Or from those who can’t spare it to those who don’t need it!¬† The latter is what we’ve been doing for most of the recorded history of taxation, effectively: trickle-down, supply-side, Reaganomics, voodoo economics, invisible hand, Thatchernomics.*¬† The former, U.S. critics call socialism,** class warfare, eat-the-rich, taking, pinko¬†… others, social justice, solidarity, morality, love, “my brother’s keeper,” common sense, homeland security, prudente prudente, remedying the class warfare.

Speaking of which, there was a recent Doonesbury comic¬†about McCain campaign lobbyists and the Bailouts….

(*–In the ’80s in Ireland they had a joke: In Ireland a thatcher is someone who keeps a roof over your head; in Britain it’s someone who takes it away!)

(**–Like it’s a bad thing!!)

McCain lies

Recently got the following in a mass-email from national Democratic chairman, Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.:

John McCain is running the sleaziest and most negative presidential campaign we’ve ever seen — his campaign is setting new lows with their lies and desperate personal attacks.

Even Karl Rove, the mastermind of George W. Bush’s slash and burn politics, admitted that McCain’s attacks have gone “too far.”

…The McCain campaign has defended and repeated their lies, even after news outlets and independent watchdogs called them “shamelessly misleading,” “thoroughly dishonest,” and “a toxic mix of lies and double-speak.”

The Republicans even lied about the crowd size at one of Sarah Palin’s rallies — they reported 23,000 attendees when there were only 8,000.

These tactics are just more of the same culture of the dishonesty and division that has hurt America so badly the last eight years.

And John McCain is fighting for another four years of the same. Last week, he hired a Washington super-lobbyist to handpick potential White House staff. Apparently he wants to run our government the same way he runs his campaign — surrounded by lobbyists.