Unions Suck !

Previously I have identified as a card carrying union member, don’t hold this against me; I have no choice in the matter I work in a closed shop.  For years I honestly thought unions were a good thing, protecting workers and such… yet unions are no longer about the average Jane or Joe worker.. they have become big business and are concerned most about the dues they collect and the members they can scrap in to their dismal pension programs.  Last week I wrote about the proposed tax on “premium”  health care packages and how that was going to affect union workers.

The reaction I received at work when discussing this with co-workers can primarily be described as shock.  They never thought their benefits would qualify as premium benefits, they are just average working people, many living just above pay-check to pay-check.  Some just outright believed this would never come to pass- denial, is a strong motivator when faced with a reality which could undermine everything you believe in and possibly have worked towards.  In an strange sort of way, they were collect.  The union hierarchy met behind closed doors with the Democratic leaders of the House, Senate and key Admin officials, they came away with a tentative guarantee which would exempt union workers from the tax until 2018.  Tentative, you ask? Well, the vote has not taken place and  I wouldn’t bet the farm on anything they say.

This sucks appropriately $60 billion of the money the Senate planned to use to pay for this horrendous bill; money which must now be found elsewhere.  The curious thing to me is that a number of co-workers expressed outrage at the CornHusker deal yet fail to see how this move is no different.  Both instances treat particular classes of citizens differently, a direct violation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and the Equal Protection Clause.

1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

By creating specific protection for certain workers, other workers who are not covered by collective bargaining are treated differently, which clearly violates the Constitution.  I have no doubt the State Attorney Generals who are already looking at the Constitutionality of the health care mandate will now include this deal along with the other bribes used for passage.

Since I am citing the 14th Amendment, there are concerns where I believe the Democrats have lied to the American people.  Notice the phrasing “subject to the jurisdiction thereof,”  while I am no attorney, that sure seems to speak to the coverage of any and all persons living in the United States, including illegal aliens.   In fact, the “we should ignore immigration law” group La Raza, has been making threats that their group is poised to file a law suit IF all people currently living in the United States are not covered in the bill should it be passed out of Congress.

I am adamantly against the current health care initiative, I have yet to see or hear one elected official state which part of the Constitution allows for them to pass this bill in to law.  They swore an oath to “support and defend” the Constitution and I’m starting to think that currently many average citizens understand this document better than them.  I know I have seen supporters state the Constitution says.. “promote the general welfare..” but in their naivete they fail to understand the difference between provide and promote.

This battle is far from over, the Senate and House must still reconcile the two bills and in the distance State Attorney Generals loam with direct questions pertaining to the Constitutionality of it all.  Breathe deep.. its going to be a wild ride.

Hopefully sometime in the near future union members will begin to understand alliance to one party is not the answer, but the problem.  We all should be Americans, first and foremost !

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