It isn't Michael, or the Right Wing, that is being inconsistent, Bob. They are simply pointing out Obama's and the Democrats' inconsistency on the issue of public sector unions. They don't seem to want collective bargaining and mandatory union membership at the federal level, but push for its continuance at the state level.
I assume you are accurate in your description of the current Federal Union situation. I haven't checked into it at this point. I don't like the current situation you describe, and I would disagree with it's necessity. I criticize the administration for that status Quo. We both do, for different reasons.
I would also point out the President Obama is not running a unified party the way the Republicans did through much of the previous two administrations. The Republicans have been very effective in mounting a resistance. The President must pick his fights. He can't put everything on the table all the time for every issue. I personally do not believe that The President could get a bill through both houses that would change the current Unionization rules. Since it's a money bill, it would have to go through The House first, which has a majority of Republicans. I don't think such a bill would pass, and I doubt very much that it would even be allowed to come up. You may be able to blame the President for that piece of political reality, but I can't. He's got to play the cards he has.
Is it sad that he can't get through s pro-Union bill of this sort?
I think it it is. What my Right Wing friends think is up to them to say or not say. I am reasonably certain that if the Unions thought the President could do such a thing, many of them would be pressing him to do so, and I see no evidence of such pressure. There is such pressure on the state level, and there The Republicans appear to be playing to their base. According to Ms. Maddow, about 55% of Republicans in Wisconsin thought that Governor walker was doing the right thing last week, but among Democrats and Independents, support was pretty much the other way around. The Democrats can and are pushing at the State level, where they can use the issue to make gains in approval ratings.
The issue seems to be good for the Democrats.
But we still don't seem to be talking about what the Republican problem is with Unions. We've been talking about the press and now we're talking about how President Obama is hypocritical in his level of support for Unions. Actual conversation about what's so terrible about Unions seems to be short on the ground, however, other than complaints about how Unions support Democrats.
Many of them do. But so what? Mike was kind enough to give a link to a list of donors to both parties, and I noticed that there were a lot of organizations that donate to the Republicans.
While I'd like to know who's behind all the organizations that donate to both parties, and to have that be an issue in campaigns, I figure that both organizations have a right to donors as long as both parties use the donations in a legal and perhaps even an ethical fashion. The notion here is that we should discourage the government being bought by anybody, though frankly, I'm at a loss to suggest how that might be accomplished. I'm afraid that I'm against entrepreneurial spirit among Senators and Congressmen and Judges, but I'm afraid that nobody's much interested in my opinion about that, in either party. Ah, well!