Dems’ true priority

August 12, 2010 11:37

“Voters’ focus on spending forced Democrats to make a telling choice this week — between public unions and folks on food stamps. Guess who they picked? Yup: To fund another bailout — $26 billion to save teaching and other government jobs — Dems cut money meant to feed the poor.” – From the New York Post!

But were they really choosing a bailout to save teachers jobs? Or were they lusting after that $100 million which will come back to them in campaign contributions from union dues.

(Note: The following is from a previous editorial “UPDATE: Congress passes union payback bill – here’s why”)

Public employee unions pay dues from the wages that they get from the public taxes. Those dues then go into campaigning for and helping to elect Democrats. (99% goes to Democrats).

Here is a list of the top twenty recipients of public union money from an earlier editorial. This list is just public unions. It does not include trade unions, United Auto Workers (UAW) or AFL-CIO or other non public unions.

Hoyer, Steny H (D-MD) $1,017,978

Kildee, Dale E (D-MI) $608,789

Obey, David R (D-WI) $574,400

Pomeroy, Earl (D-ND) $551,706

Ackerman, Gary (D-NY) $537,400

Frost, Martin (D-TX) $534,761

Levin, Sander (D-MI) $519,975

DeLauro, Rosa L (D-CT) $505,050

Slaughter, Louise M (D-NY) $500,270

Waxman, Henry A (D-CA) $494,415

Rangel, Charles B (D-NY) $493,150

Bonior, David E (D-MI) $491,466

Pelosi, Nancy (D-CA) $488,500

Evans, Lane (D-IL) $486,240

Abercrombie, Neil (D-HI) $482,680

Edwards, Chet (D-TX) $479,506

Pallone, Frank Jr (D-NJ) $470,600

Hill, Baron (D-IN) $445,750

Gephardt, Richard A (D) $444,800

Lampson, Nick (D-TX) $434,400

You can see why Pelosi has hurried congress back to pass this ‘important’ bill. Teachers are one of the most influential groups on capitol hill because of the millions of dollars they spend in contributions and lobbying efforts. Teacher groups have spent almost $3 million in contributions in the 2009-2010 cycle and almost another $3 million in lobbying in 2010.

According to RiShawn Biddle in a Capital Research Center report:

‘The NEA took in an estimated $569 million that it spent on local, state and national political campaigns during the 2007-2008 election cycle, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics. This made the NEA the nation’s single-biggest campaign contributor for the 2009-2010 election period, the NEA has raised another $15 million to date – double the amount raised at the same time two years ago. This fund raising prowess is why Harvard University education scholar Paul Peterson declares that the NEA is “in a position to tell state legislatures what to do.”’

This bailout comes on top of a $53.5 billion bailout in the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund — some of which is still unspent. Are you getting the picture?

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