Sam Stein at Huffingtonpost reports that President Obushma will meet with the heads of major unions to explain to them why he will not budge on his proposal to tax middle and working class Americans 40% on their employer-provided health care plans.
The unions include AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA and AFSCME.
The unions are expected to tell Obama they will not support his health care bill if the excise tax on employer-provided health care plans remains, but they will not oppose it either.
Therein lies the problem.
They need to tell him in no uncertain terms, if you raise taxes on middle and working class Americans by levying the 40% excise tax on employer-provided health care plans, we will oppose the health care bill, work against it and work against you in 2012.
But they are not doing that. Instead they're saying "Oh, we don't like this, but we'll still support you..."
Like Marianne Williamson wrote a few days ago at Huffingtonpost, when you're in an abusive relationship with a guy who keeps hitting you, you've got to get out of it and stop the madness.
Currently, working and middle class Americans and union members in particular are in an abusive relationship with establishment politicians.
They keep screwing us while bailing out the richest and most powerfully connected.
Until we say "ENOUGH" the abuse will continue.
Apparently the heads of the unions just don't get that.
If this were Bush pushing the excise tax, they'd be screaming about it and opposing it 100% of the way.
But because it's Obama, a "Democrat," doing it to us, they're responding in a wishy-washy "Oh, well, what can you do?" way.
I'll tell you what you can do.
You can write the president and tell him you're sick of his bailing out Wall Street while he's screwing union workers.
You can tell him you will not vote for him in 2012.
And you can tell him you think he's a liar.
Remember, he said during the 2008 campaign that he wouldn't raise taxes on middle and working class Americans.
A 40% excise tax on our health care plans is raising taxes on us, Mr. President.
So as much as it pains me to say this, Joe Wilson (Wingnut - South Carolina), was right - YOU LIE!!!!
I cannot wait to work against Dems in 2010 and 2012.
And I have never voted Republican in my life, but now I really do see there is little to no difference between the parties.
Except that when there's a Republican in power screwing me, the unions tend to fight more than they do when it's Dem.
They rolled for Clinton on NAFTA and they're rolling for Obama on pretty much everything.
Whatever happened to that card-check legislation anyway?