Hillary Clinton has a brand new $30 billion "plan" to help retrain displaced coal minors should they lose their jobs to new EPA rules under Obama. How convenient for her, isn't it? Maybe her "plan" is good for another union endorsement — even though the election is a year away. But is she making promises she can't keep?
She's not a member of Congress any longer, so who will she get to propose the legislation for her? And still, it would take a majority in both the Republican House and the Republican Senate of Congress to get $30 billion allocated for her "plan". And we know how much the Republicans just love Hillary! I can see them now, tripping over each other to see to it that she gets whatever it is she wants.
And the damn lame stream media is making a big deal about this supposed "grand plan" — just to promote their favorite candidate, Hillary Clinton (of course). But if the coal miners ever go on strike, if anyone, who would it be marching in the picket line with them? Bernie Sanders.
The United Mine Workers of America has endorsed Democrat Jim Justice in the West Virginia gubernatorial campaign, saying that the famous coal billionaire knows more about the coal industry and miner issues than anyone else in the race. United Mine Workers President Cecil Roberts told MetroNews:
"Some people might think it's kind of unusual that we as a union would endorse somebody who's been in the coal business running coal mines most of his life," "But the thing we respect about Jim Justice is that he has never run away from a worker's right to belong to a union. That's hard to find anymore. I think it's just a political football. It's something that's a hot button that people can go out and flaunt the fact they got a right-to-work law passed. At the end of the day it's honestly to me like taking an aspirin for cancer. We have far, far deeper problems than whether or not we have a right-to-work law. I think it's a bush. I wouldn't be for it."
Also, the word is that the Service Employees International Union is likely to endorse Hillary Clinton next Tuesday, and would be Clinton's most important union endorsement yet. Additionally, with AFT, AFSCME, NEA and the other unions that have endorsed her, this now gives Hillary Clinton the lion-share of union support. So far, Bernie Sanders only as two: the National Nurses United and the American Postal Workers Union.
A SEIU local (501) in Oregon wrote a letter to the SEIU international urging its executive board against a primary endorsement, saying: "The most anti-labor sections of the big money interests in our society are backing candidates willing to go for the quick kill of unions in this country. The difference between the Republican candidates and Hillary is that she does not advocate for the quick kill. We do worry about the message it will send if SEIU backs the establishment candidate over a staunch labor ally in this primary. It will tell our true friends that SEIU won't have their backs when they stand up for us. Those who are less than friends also will get the message that we don't always stand up for our own values."
IMHO: If Richard Trumka (President of the AFL-CIO) and the very popular Senator Elizabeth Warren had come out with an early endorsement for Bernie Sanders, then other labor unions and other Democratic politicians/delegates may have followed suit — thereby increasing Bernie Sanders' so-called electability, and probably giving Bernie more credibility and better early polling results. But we have wimps leading our unions as corrupt politicos in Congress. The longshoremen and carpenters are backing Hillary! (I could see teachers and nurses, but the tuff guys?) And where in the hell are the Teamsters?
But just like members on Congress who always vote against their constituents wishes, it appears that the rank-and-file union members don't agree with their union leadership, and prefer Bernie Sanders. A labor group called Labor for Bernie e-mailed reporters a petition from AFSCME members asking the union to delay an endorsement: “An undemocratic decision at this time will only confirm what so many members already believe: that AFSCME is not an organization run by and for its members.”
So far the group has secured endorsements from two dozen union locals and federations, and it says it drew 17,000 union members to a September conference call with Sanders. “The rank-and-file members that I know are all voting for Bernie,” says Illinois mechanic Al Wagner, a member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (whose leadership endorsed Clinton).
Larry Hanley, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, who joined a Labor for Bernie call, said neither he nor his union has made any endorsement. Larry Cohen, former president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), also joined the Sanders campaign as a volunteer liaison to organized labor.
Other unions have held off on endorsements after Bernie Sanders' supporters pressured them. Members of the Massachusetts-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222, whose picket lines Sanders has supported, got their local union to endorse him and successfully lobbied the national union’s newly elected president not to endorse Clinton right away. He’s said IBEW plans not to endorse anyone until the new year at the earliest, if at all. Chris Shelton, CWA’s president, says he’s holding a binding poll, open to all members and closing in mid-December.
In other related news...
Wall Street Journal (Nov. 12) It seems that Obama previous big donors are not Ready for Hillary. Almost four-fifths of the people who gave the 2012 maximum of $5,000 to Obama's re-election committee hadn’t donated to a presidential candidate by October 1st. In interviews, donors said Hillary Clinton hadn’t motivated them to give the way the gave to Obama (and previous candidates) in the past. Robert Finnell, a lawyer who gave the maximum allowed contribution to Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns — and who also gave significant sums to 2008 hopeful John Edwards , as well as the 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, said: "I’m just not ready for Hillary yet. It’s not that I don’t think she’s competent — she is competent — she’s just hard to like.”
Nina Turner changes her mind on Hillary Clinton, and now endorses Bernie Sanders for president.
Stay tuned to the debate tomorrow to see if Hillary agrees with Bernie's plan to expand Social Security by lifting the cap for Social Security taxes.
The Trump camp calls this a packed house for Trump .... but that's nothing compared to Sanders (or Hillary).... but Trump always claims to draw the largest crowds in interviews, but the damn media never corrects him!