Obama’s Short-Term Memory

on strikeAs each side accuses the other of shutting down the government, President Obama said something today that some of his biggest constituents may consider a slap in the face, or at best a colossal oversight.  At an event in Maryland today during which he criticized House Speaker Boehner, he said,

“If you’re working here, and in the middle of the day you just stopped and said, ‘You know what, I want to get something, but I don’t know exactly what I’m going to get, but I’m just going to stop working till I get something, and I’m going to shut down the whole plant until I get something,’ you’d get fired.”

Um…not so, Mr. President.  You forgot about labor unions.  Even in a depressed economy, they are quite capable walking off the job with full protection under labor law.

Carnegie Hall Opening Gala Canceled Because of Stagehand Strike

BART Strike Looms as Sides Remain Far Apart

Will County Workers Threaten Strike

Wyoming Area Teachers Strike Reaches Final Day

Youngstown Nurses’ Union Approves Authorization to Strike

L.A. County Labor Union Plans Protest as Contract Expires

These are just a few of the headlines regarding strikes or potential strikes upcoming around the United States.  The irony is – President Obama has been a friend to labor unions, and has vehemently supported their shenanigans in the private and state/local public sectors often more than inconvenience the average citizen.  So why is he now uncomfortable with a government shutdown of which he blames Speaker Boehner?  I thought he would support the idea of Congress standing down until they get a spending resolution approved by both houses.  I guess shutting downor walking out is ideal – until it hits the White House.


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  1. Chris says:

    Obama is a “crowd pleaser”. He says the words that his constituents want to hear, he smiles directly at the camera, and he alters his statements when the public eye is upon him.

    Bottom line, he is just trying to say what he believes the majority of america wants to hear.

    • Crawford says:

      Well all of that crowd pleasing is not getting anything accomplished.

      Lock him, Boehner, and the party leaders in a room until smoke comes out of the chimney.

      We need to get something done.

  2. Harry says:

    Another stunning post Ms. Villarreal.

  3. Henrietta says:

    Of course the Democrat forgets about Labor Unions at a time like this.

  4. James says:

    It does not matter if he supports it or is against it. The president always has some kind of excuse or example to prove that he is right. There are way too many people out there that operate like that. We will never be right in his (the president) or any other’s eyes.

  5. Randall says:

    Funny how Republicans are acting like labor unions and “going on strike.”

  6. Joe Barnett says:

    With the National Labor Relations Board shut down (http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2013/09/politics/government-shutdown-impact/), will these strikers ever return to work? OSHA is shut too! EPA! EEOC!
    No wonder people are saying: