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Citing Obamacare, 40,000
Longshoremen Quit the AFL-CIO

Breitbart Big Government, by Warner Todd Huston

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Posted By:JoniTx, 9/2/2013 6:01:30 AM

In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation´s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation. In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO´s support of Obamare. "We feel the Federation has done a great disservice


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ZurichMike, 9/2/2013 6:10:34 AM     (No. 9501803)

Chickens coming home to roost.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: stablemoney, 9/2/2013 6:14:10 AM     (No. 9501805)

Trumka is a disservice to mankind. He says he is coming to Texas to raise trouble. I hope he gets all that trouble thrown back in his lap.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 9/2/2013 6:17:01 AM     (No. 9501809)

A 40,000 person cut is significant in any bank account. Perhaps the Union slugs will wake up to the fact people do not like paying for nothing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rinktum, 9/2/2013 6:22:57 AM     (No. 9501812)

Lie down with the dogs and you wake up with fleas. Union members like minorities are a means to an end to the democrat party. They willingly believed everything Obama told them about keeping their health care plans. No critical reasoning required. The information was out there but they chose to ignore it. Now they´re upset? How about all the people who watched you enthusiastically support Obama in the last two elections. You helped create the monster. I applaud your epiphany, but it´s a day late and a dime short.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 9/2/2013 6:24:14 AM     (No. 9501814)

A perfect example of "Holding your friends close but hold your enemies closer."

ILWU we have all been had by lies and empty promises cited by BHO.

i.e. "If you have a good private health plan you can keep it and choose your own doctors".
In the very very itsy bitsy print requiring a 100 magnifier, that statement was really ended with "Not".

We still don´t know what will come next out of the "AHCA". It is more of an ACHE in the place where the sun doesn´t shine.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Crosscut, 9/2/2013 6:31:39 AM     (No. 9501822)

As the realities of Obamacare sink in the fury and rage of American voters will grow. Let´s hope they direct this anger toward all Democrat candidates running in the 2014 midterms. Democrats deserve to be severely punished for all the damage they have done to America.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pineledger, 9/2/2013 6:32:03 AM     (No. 9501823)

This is a drop in the bucket. They´ve got how many million illegals ready to vote, not to mention the low-fos and the 48% on the dole.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FunOne, 9/2/2013 6:57:40 AM     (No. 9501847)

Doesn´t this news just make Labor Day a bit more special?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: yourblueroom, 9/2/2013 7:10:06 AM     (No. 9501866)

This is why I think we should not defund o-care. Let it die like this. Subsidies will be way too small to make it worth anyone´s while

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Reply 10 - Posted by: EnsignO, 9/2/2013 7:17:37 AM     (No. 9501875)

FTA: The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their "Cadillac" healthcare plan.

This is mixed good news. Glad to see that 40,000 members think Trumka/AFL-CIO and Obama lied to them, but they evidently haven´t awakened to the reality that the quality of their healthcare will decline if they get a single-payer, nationalized healthcare.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Elvira, 9/2/2013 7:23:17 AM     (No. 9501883)

#2 Lefties are moving to red states like locusts, only to leave destruction in their wake. Just ask anyone from Northern Virginia.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: franq, 9/2/2013 7:32:20 AM     (No. 9501894)

AFL-CIO membership decreases.
ER admissions for treatment of broken bones increase.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JAN, 9/2/2013 7:49:20 AM     (No. 9501938)

Tumpka´s just deserts.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bpl40, 9/2/2013 8:29:01 AM     (No. 9501988)

The rats are waking up to the Pied Piper.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Starlady, 9/2/2013 8:29:11 AM     (No. 9501989)

My reading of this article indicates the reasons they are leaving is that they are even more left than the ALF-CIO. They want single payer healthcare and (mistakenly) believe the administration´s immigration plan will only okay higher wage illegal immigrants. They are even bigger fools than Trumka.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Dadofboys, 9/2/2013 8:46:36 AM     (No. 9502000)

The longshoreman remind me of the old description of the Jews, that they earn like Episcopals and vote like Puerto Ricans.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: chatham, 9/2/2013 9:03:27 AM     (No. 9502019)

As a 60year member of the AFL CIO I applaud the action of the Longshorman´s Union.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 9/2/2013 9:04:48 AM     (No. 9502021)

to all the union pukes that voted for obama not once but twice tough.You clowns are the problem not that Arab in the White House.Too damn bad you are too dumb to realize it.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Janjan, 9/2/2013 9:15:02 AM     (No. 9502035)

The unions are waiting for the waiver they were promised and it´s not coming fast enough. Obamacare was designed for non-union heterosexual white people.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 9/2/2013 9:23:42 AM     (No. 9502057)

Up Close & Personal! That’s the extent of experience I had for years with private sector unions, all of which turned out bad or worse. Although, thankfully, I can claim no experience with public sector unions, I believe the very concept of them makes no sense whatsoever.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: strike3, 9/2/2013 9:31:49 AM     (No. 9502070)

I wonder how the $700,000,000 government marketing campaign is doing with the under 40 healthy folks? You know, the ones who never bought healthcare insurance before and didn´t care if they had it or not. This signature legislation of the Jimmy Carter clone is going down like a rock in a pond.

Those 40,000 union members were nothing to obama but 40,000 votes that the dem machine didn´t have to counterfeit.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/2/2013 9:36:53 AM     (No. 9502075)

The "Law of Unintended Consequences" strikes again!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Arby, 9/2/2013 9:37:04 AM     (No. 9502076)

Happy Labor Day. The longshoremen aren´t stupid.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Davids918, 9/2/2013 9:38:42 AM     (No. 9502077)

Don´t get too excited. The ILWU simply throwing out the first salvo.
I suspect you will hear more calls for single-payer.

The only reason unions support illegal immigration reform is to sign-up a bunch of new voters to keep their own union benefits intact.

What they don´t see is the liberals in Silicon Valley, the liberals at the Sierra Club, the liberal lawyers all working feverishly to stop development, raise prices necessities all while they insolate themselves, both economically and geographically, from the rest of the Democrat party.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Deedo, 9/2/2013 9:50:19 AM     (No. 9502092)

The more that people want single payer over Obamacare, the better the chance for getting rid of both ideas.

If support for Obamacare craters among the loyal lofo Dem base in favor of single-payer, the Congress would never pass another worse nationalized healthcare law with it´s current make-up.

Plus, the harder the Obama regime fights to defend Obamacare, the worse it will get for them politically. When young people get socked with a $5,000 annual healthcare bill, the glazed looks of undying support for Obama will quickly get the stipease treatment.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Paleoconserv43, 9/2/2013 10:14:38 AM     (No. 9502127)

The longshoremens. That´s Archie Bunkers union.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: darnright, 9/2/2013 10:24:53 AM     (No. 9502148)

23 - Really? Do you think they voted for Obama?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/2/2013 10:25:19 AM     (No. 9502149)

Why do we need Longshoremen?

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Reply 29 - Posted by: chance_232, 9/2/2013 10:35:23 AM     (No. 9502166)

Does that mean that Longshoremen will now be voting republican????


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Reply 30 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 9/2/2013 10:37:25 AM     (No. 9502168)

Just the first pitch for an under-the-table exclusion...like all the other big money supporters of the Messiah silently got.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: losgatos, 9/2/2013 10:40:05 AM     (No. 9502174)

How stupid do you have to be to want single payer over the terrific health plan the longshoremen have currently. It´s almost as though old Harry Bridges had them all lobotomized at the outset.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: brianod1, 9/2/2013 10:57:08 AM     (No. 9502193)

Not too sure how many posters read the article - the longshoremen left because the AFL-CIO was left wing enough.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 9/2/2013 10:58:48 AM     (No. 9502198)

We currently have a single payer system, known as Medicare. We also have a mammoth group known as AARP, in existence because the esteemed single payer system leaves major gaps in patient´s health care reimbursement. Without Medigap insurance or secondary health care coverage, patients can go bankrupt if taken ill. Furthermore, MANY providers will not accept Medicare, period. Even if a patient has secondary health care insurance that would make the provider reimbursement "whole" , the provider simply does not want to even interact with Medicare. This is factual, first hand experioence, not my opinion

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Reply 34 - Posted by: brianod1, 9/2/2013 11:13:47 AM     (No. 9502226)

... the problem with posting before coffee...my earlier post (32) should have read that the ILWU left the AFL-CIO Is leaving because the AFL-CIO is NOT left wing enough.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 9/2/2013 11:14:17 AM     (No. 9502229)

Longshoremen give AFL-CIO the hook.

I cover the waterfront.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: nevernaught, 9/2/2013 11:14:26 AM     (No. 9502230)

But do Longshoreman eat at MacDonalds? What happened to all those people who left their jobs. Nothing in the news, so I´m guessing they were replaced within days by people who thought $7.25 an hour was better than nothing.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: jackburton, 9/2/2013 11:57:58 AM     (No. 9502302)

Apology accepted.

Try to be quicker on the uptake next time, fellas.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Butch59, 9/2/2013 11:59:01 AM     (No. 9502305)

Unions, as they are currently constituted, have long out lived their usefulness. Yes, there was a time when they were necessary, but times have changed. Nowadays, unions seem to be more engaged with politics than with working for their members. The entire union structure needs to be torn down and start all over again, from the ground up. The laws that govern unions must be revoked and re-written. At lest, that´s my take.

And #33 has very good input as to what is happening with medicare. Yes, there are a good many healthcare givers that have opted out of the system, and it´s going to grow by leaps and bounds once Obozocare if fully implemented.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 9/2/2013 12:36:06 PM     (No. 9502359)

No 19 ,medicare will be destroyed by Obamacare after October.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: eorsc, 9/2/2013 3:42:58 PM     (No. 9502561)

Now-if teachers would just gob smack the NEA!

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 9/2/2013 8:45:04 PM     (No. 9502788)

In re #11, just ask anyone who recently moved from Detroit.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/2/2013 11:21:53 PM     (No. 9502946)

I don´t see much difference between the union and the mob.

If everybody quit the unions (like that´s going to happen), you would see some action.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 9/3/2013 7:52:04 AM     (No. 9503173)

How can they do that? I thought if you tried to escape the mob, you´d find a horse head on your pillow. Unions bought too much Obama sugar for their dime.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: cake crumb, 9/3/2013 8:17:35 AM     (No. 9503217)

YOU supported him, YOU protested for him, YOU THREATENED OUR LIVES FIR HIM, YOU voted for him and now you want what, sympathy from us because YOU left US holding the bag? Uh uh.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: uno, 9/3/2013 8:33:25 AM     (No. 9503248)

#43 - In today´s political climate it´s a camel´s head...

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Reply 46 - Posted by: shurnuff, 9/3/2013 11:18:30 AM     (No. 9503528)

The longshoremen took their time to realize what democrats are all about - and it ISN´T about "the people." Remember what Hillary said to Bill during their first open tour of the WH for the public, "We just screwed all of these people." That was caught on C-SPAN cameras/microphones in Feb 1993.

And obama/hillary are still doing it - but it is now like they are both on power-steroids.

What took so long, brotherss???

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Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote in her forthcoming book that she was “hurt” and “angry” by 2012 reporting on her fraudulent claim to Native American heritage. “What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” Warren wrote in her book “A Fighting Chance.” “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, would launch a rocket at me,” Warren wrote, adding, ”I was stunned by the attacks.” This reporter (blogger?) reported extensively

Former US president joins
opposition to Keystone XL

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Houston Chronicle, by Jennifer A. Dlouhy    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Former President Jimmy Carter joined fellow Nobel laureates Wednesday in opposing Keystone XL, insisting that approving the pipeline would trigger “more climate upheaval” around the globe. In an open letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, Carter and the nine other Nobel Peace Prize winners bluntly warned the leaders: “Your decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will define your climate legacy.” The missive, published as an advertisement in Politico, represents the first time Carter has taken a position on the $5.4 billion project and makes him the first former president to come

Fox News Poll: Many voters say Obama lies
to the country on important matters

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Fox News, by Dana Blanton    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/16/2014 7:39:27 PM     Post Reply
About six in ten American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies “most of the time,” while another 24 percent say he lies “some of the time.” Twenty percent of voters say “only now and then” and 15 percent “never.” Click here for the poll results. President Obama has been accused by political opponents and media fact-checkers alike of telling falsehoods. Frequently cited: His repeated claim that under Obamacare “If you like your plan, you can keep

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
Politically ‘crucified’ Obama has risen again

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Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 4:02:34 PM     Post Reply
FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

Obama administration gives Detroit
$100 million for ´blight removal´

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American Thinker, by Rick Moran    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/16/2014 1:36:54 PM     Post Reply
The cash infusion by the federal government is actually going to help the city pay pensions, even though they´re playing a kind of shell game with the money. As for "blight removal," perhaps they could start with city hall. Reuters: Michigan officials and President Barack Obama´s Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit´s retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million

Michael Bloomberg: ´I Have Earned
My Place in Heaven´

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The Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: Bill the Cat- 4/16/2014 9:15:28 AM     Post Reply
Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports. For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he´s going to heaven. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close,” Bloomberg told the Times.

Climate change causing fish to
lose their minds, researchers say

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
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Climate change’s latest casualty appears to be fish — or more specifically, fish brains — as researchers say the carbon dioxide that’s being absorbed into the ocean is causing the scaly creatures to lose their survival instincts. In other words, the fish are losing their minds, The Daily Mail reported. The acid from atmospheric carbon dioxide seeps into sea waters, dissolves and ultimately lowers the pH balance, researchers said. The acidic waters then hamper the fishes’ sensory systems, so they’re not able to distinguish between smells any longer, the scientists went on. When the acid levels get really high, the fish lose their

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