Unions are Getting Feisty

October 1, 2008

United Mine Workers of America in Monogaliao County West Virginia took a day off after the mine owner, Consol, apparently authorized an NRA film crew on the mining premises to film an anti-Obama piece featuring the mine workers.  The mine workers’ union had endorsed Obama without involving the workplace or the owner in anyway and objected to intrusion at work by the film crew.  This event is discussed in more detail here.

I think people often overlook the importance of unions in the political process, not to mention in the lives of the members.

It was just in May that the Longshoremen struck to show their opposition to the Iraq War, a courageous gesture made while most people were just muttering their objection to it.

It is not often mentioned that a part of the deregulation fenzy that has gripped the nation was the weakening of unions around the country.  This is certainly a good time for their resurgence.

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In Key States Voters Turning From McCain

October 1, 2008

It is reported that events of the last week or so have caused Obama to forge into a lead in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania.  McCain’s big gambles, i.e. his vice presidential choice and “suspending” his campaign last week, are cited as leading causes of the decline.  There is now dissatisfaction with Palin and there are questions about McCain’s ability to lead through this crisis.

It cannot be good news to McCain that the Bush administration has this week been implicated in criminal conduct associated with the firing of the U.S. Attorneys for purely political purposes and an ensuing coverup.  While there is too little information for any charges to be brought, a highly accusatory report has been published by the Justice Department Inspector General.


Why Are We Deploying Troops to the U.S.A.?

October 1, 2008

A good summary of the deployment of troops to our own country for domestic service is here.  This is certainly an odd thing to do to quell concerns about the stability of our economy, not to mention the alarming precedent it sets.  Have we ever sent our troops to our own country?