Before an audience at the National Press Club, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka let Barack Obama and the Democratic establishment have it for screwing union members and working and middle class Americans with an excise tax on their employer-provided health care plans:
"In 1992, workers voted for Democrats who promised action on jobs, who talked about reining in corporate greed and who promised health care reform," Trumka said, according to a version of his prepared remarks. "Instead, we got NAFTA, an emboldened Wall Street -- and not much more. We swallowed our disappointment and worked to preserve a Democratic majority in 1994 because we knew what the alternative was. But there was no way to persuade enough working Americans to go to the polls when they couldn't tell the difference between the two parties. Politicians who think that working people have it too good -- too much health care, too much Social Security and Medicare, too much power on the job -- are inviting a repeat of 1994."
That is exactly what Barack Obama and the Senate leadership are doing by insisting Obama's health care giveaway to the insurance industry be funded on the backs of working and middle class Americans with employer-provided health care plans.
They are saying "You have it too good now, we have to make life a little tougher for you, make your bills a little higher."
Because Obama doesn't want to raise taxes on individuals making more than $500,000 a year or families making over $1 million.
Sounds like George Bush and the Republicans to me.
Is that the Change America voted for?
I think not, though I suspect it will be the Change we get because Obama thinks progressives and liberals won't abandon the party or him come 2010 and 2012.
But I want to enlighten him that pissing off the unions and screwing union members, the very people who put his lying corporate whore ass in the White House in the first place, is going to make 2010 very ugly and send him home in 2012.
You can bet on that.
Just look at tonight's CBS poll to see where things are going - Obama's at 45% approval.
Or this CNN poll where more Americans say Obama's administration has been a failure than a success.
Or the latest polls on the special election in Mass to replace Ted Kennedy - a Republican might actually win that race.
That's how demoralized and disgusted the Democratic base are by this corporate whore in the White House.
And that's how much Americans are also coming to dislike this president.