I’m sure many of you watch Morning Joe but this morning was a foreshadowing of the Republican Noise Machine’s future efforts to Swift Boat unions. Mallory Factor, a major supporter of George W. Bush and other Republicans was allowed to spill his guts with his own overlay of unions. He may have his numbers right but his interpretation was the usual claptrap we get from GOP devotees. His book is “Shaddowbosses” a hack job on unions just going by his fervent statements this morning. He criticizes union dues, reserve funds, and union officer pay. He gave $400,000 as the annual salary of NEA President, an organization with 3.2 million teachers. GE for example has 304,000 employees. Jeffrey Immelt pulls in $14,209,267. Mr. Factor also made the false assertion that unions shut down businesses. So much for management taking any responsibility. It just does not add up. A worker’s organization would be absolutely foolhardy to destroy the source of their livelihood. Tough negotiations, you bet, but usually an agreement is settled that both sides can live with. The alternative is to determine pay and pay raises one by one between employer and employee. This process of setting salary does not go away. If employers thought about it this is a more efficient, less costly approach. Is there corruption at times in unions as there is in corporations(not on the same scale I might add)? Sure it happens and the criminals should be busted and punished as the law allows. No one is condoning mischief but we do support workers rights to negotiate collectively with management.
Now here’s where the rubber meets the road. Mallory Factor, union buster in chief, wants to take his book on the major media road. It is about to get the same attention as “The Bell Curve” and unless immediate action is taken by responsive media, tweeting, and frankly counter arguments by people who really know the actual facts, this is a Trojan Horse matter. Once it has made its way into public view it will have the same effect as Swiftboating did for John Kerry’s campaign.
So this is a wake up call. A totally erroneous view of unions is about to be foisted on the public. It must be stopped dead in its tracks right now. The same effort is being pushed by a film “Obama 2016.” Time to get off our butts and get media’s nose into the falsehoods and self serving agenda of over endowed, destructive, selfish monied interests. Another front is a supposed Navy Seal account of the Bin Laden raid. So August becomes the launching time for propaganda its most base, inaccurate, and hoax-like fashion. All the snakes of Medusa will be in full view. The best way to expose these frauds is to call them out by name, one by one. They need to be shown they are liars and smear the legitimate accomplishments of their fellow Americans.