As 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.
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.