The Politics of Special Interest

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

Lets cut to the chase. Special interests, and the resulting influence they exert on government has been the norm in American politics for years. Business has spent fortunes in the effort to secure government favors in the form of subsidies and tax breaks. Unions have spent fortunes to insure the rights of labor and to gain favor with the government over business. And the beat goes on.

From a recent post at The Hill's Blog Briefing Room.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka gave his blessing Sunday to President Obama's handling of the labor standoff in Wisconsin.

Amid some criticism on the left that Obama could do more to boost unions in their demonstrations against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and his proposal to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers, Trumka said the president was doing just fine.

"I think he's doing it the right way," Trumka said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

A growing number of Democrats have pressed Obama to take more of a leading role in the labor dispute. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, last week called for Obama to head to Wisconsin.

Obama has called the Walker proposal "an assault on unions," but has said little else personally. Other members of the administration, including Vice President Biden and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, have also voiced concerns about the Wisconsin dispute.

"Everybody could be doing more," Trumka said when pressed about whether the president could do more, pointedly avoiding singling out Obama for criticism.

The only conclusion to be drawn from this is the AFL-CIO and the Obama administration will soon be, if they are not already, in bed together.

And so politics and special favors will remain the order of the day. The only thing that really changes is who it is that is getting the favors. Reason and common sense seem to get lost in the process.

I find it interesting that unions, who create no jobs and have no responsibility save protecting "workers rights" -- something the government now does -- will be getting the "special nod" from the Obama administration.

And the beat goes on.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum

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