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Jul 09 2013

McMillan Blames JFK for Nazi Unions

I’ve never been a fan of JFK. I think he’s the liberal version of Reagan, highly mythologized and lionized far beyond his actual worth and used as a vessel in which to pour all one’s beliefs so they can bathe in the reflected glory. But Craige McMillan, a longtime Worldnutdaily columnist, seems to think he’s responsible for Nazi labor unions. Or something.

“In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10988, which permitted collective bargaining by federal employees. Widely seen as a gift to George Meany, the AFL-CIO head who helped Kennedy win the White House, the executive order was also a gift to government unions, both because it widened federal membership and because it signaled national approval of unions for state and local employees.” (“How Government Unions Became So Powerful”)

Today the Internal Revenue Service has over 200 salaried (paid by the taxpayers) full-time union representatives. How many do you think other branches of the federal government have? How about state governments? Local governments?

Get that. Because of an election payoff by a closet Nazi, Americans who are not part of the party and object to doing the government goose-step are systematically denied a voice in their political future – by those on the government’s payroll. Even their health care and end-of-life decisions are to be made by unionized “government servants.”

Whiskey tango foxtrot? Allowing public employees to unionize, as other employees can, somehow systematically denies Americans a voice in their political future? Even by wingnut standards, that’s just freaking thwacked.

Oh yeah. America is a democracy, all right. One only has to look at the crowds that turned out for Romney, and the empty campaign chairs for Obama, then see who remains in power, to rate our “democratic” credentials.

The military coup in Egypt pales in comparison to the union coup in America. But the House of Representatives can stop this continuing coup tomorrow, all by themselves. They don’t need Dirty Harry Reid or the Senate. Just shut off the money. All of it. If need be, let grandma go to one of the leftist charitable trusts to pay her rent while the House sorts it all out.

Such a coherent argument. I have no idea what he’s talking about, which is appropriate since he doesn’t either.

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    Oh!
    I thought that “McMillan Blames JFK for Nazi Unions” was going to be about marriage equality for members of the SS.
    Oh! Well…

  2. 2
    Larry

    Empty campaign chairs for Obama?

    The only one that comes to mind is the one Clint was talking to at the gop convention.

  3. 3
    cottonnero

    Are we sure this isn’t a sample of the Beck Conspiracy Generator?

  4. 4
    John Pieret

    I have no idea what he’s talking about

    Somehow, someway, liberals are responsible for everything “bad.” The details aren’t important.

  5. 5
    Francisco Bacopa

    I totally agree with Ed about Saint JFK. I don’t think Vietnam would have gone much different if JFK had lived. Furthermore, I think LBJ was a better leader during the Civil Rights struggle. Black folks everywhere and smarter white folks down south understand this.

    Sorry not to comment on the main topic here. McMillan is so Incoherent I can’t even disagree with him.

  6. 6
    magistramarla

    Here’s an interesting personal note about unionized federal workers.
    We just made a government-funded move for the hubby’s job from Ca (where the office workers were unionized) to Texas (where they are strongly discouraged from being unionized).
    Our move was delayed for two months (which cost the government and us more money), because the office in Texas kept sending screwed up paperwork and the office workers in Ca kept finding the errors and sending the paperwork back.
    Coincidence? I think not. I’ve known many of the office workers in both places over the years. I found the unionized workers to be better trained, happier with their jobs, and more prideful about doing a good job the first time.
    The GOTP has demonized the federal workers and their unions, but they are making those workers more unhappy and unskilled by taking away those unions.
    California is a much saner place to live than Texas!

  7. 7
    jnorris

    I may be wrong, but aren’t presidential orders invalid when a new president takes office? So wouldn’t every president since JFK had to issue an identical order?

  8. 8
    tbp1

    I don’t go over there very often, in part because most of the articles read as if they were written in Finnish, then translated into Basque by Babelfish, then translated into English by a non-native speaker who didn’t pass the TOEFL. I literally cannot come up with a paraphrase of the above that is even remotely comprehensible.

    Like Francisco Bacopa in #5 above, I can’t understand what he’s saying sufficiently to even disagree with it.

  9. 9
    skinnercitycyclist

    I am highly in favor of unions of all kinds, including public employees’ unions (I am a teacher and union man), but I am uneasy about having important union officers’ salaries paid for by the bosses, no matter how benevolent those bosses may seem. In my union, we pay dues to the union exactly in order to pay for our president and our consultants. Our stewards are members of the bargaining unit who do union work on their own time or for a small stipend, possibly, from the union. Whom exactly are these IRS stewards representing if the bosses pay their wage? And where the hell are the union dues going?

  10. 10
    eamick

    I may be wrong, but aren’t presidential orders invalid when a new president takes office?

    No. A recent order by Obama concerning presidential records explicitly states it repeals an order from G. W. Bush.

  11. 11
    D. C. Sessions

    Ed, have you ever cracked a whip? Do you know how that works?

    The American Right is doing the same thing: accelerating as they leave more and more of the country behind. So if anyone tells you that the wingnuts are stupid, don’t believe it. They’re smart as a whip.

  12. 12
    sivivolk

    @skinnercitycyclist

    Speaking as someone who works part-time for a union, most collective agreements stipulate that certain union jobs are paid by management rather than out of union funds. Management sends them money to the union, who then pays those positions from those funds. It’s not like being paid BY management, since management has no say over what those position do, etc. A shop steward who receives a stipend does not have that stipend contingent on management’s assessment, but on their being elected by their members (or however the union selects stewards). And management can’t threaten to stop paying those positions, because that’s a component of the collective agreement.

    Typically, union dues go mostly to strike funds and mobilization funds, as well as to internal union positions which aren’t funded by liberations (the aforementioned management payments). So the bargaining team and stewards might be paid via management money required by the collective agreement, but the union office assistant, communications officer, president, etc, might be paid just through dues.

    It’s difficult to run any sizable union off of volunteer time alone, which is why most unions pay their executives/officers/etc.

  13. 13
    peterh

    “a vessel in which to pour all one’s beliefs so they can bathe in the reflected glory”

    I am stealing that; it will cover so many fundies & their penchant for regurgitating half-digested dogma and getting it wrong going down as well as coming up.

    @#5:

    Viet Nam would have been very different – in details if not overall effect – under JFK. The prime fat-in-the-fire was the Gulf of Tonkin cook-up which was LBJ’s baby and a direct ancestor of GWB’s purported WMD.

  14. 14
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Americans who are not part of the party and object to doing the government goose-step are systematically denied a voice in their political future – by those on the government’s payroll.

    He means “targeted” by the IRS for some scrutiny, like the Tea Party. Which was a) somehow unusual or inappropriate, and b) totally silenced and disenfranchised right wingers, apparently.

  15. 15
    matty1

    The military coup in Egypt pales in comparison to the union coup in America. But the House of Representatives can stop this continuing coup tomorrow, all by themselves. They don’t need Dirty Harry Reid or the Senate. Just shut off the money. All of it. If need be, let grandma go to one of the leftist charitable trusts to pay her rent while the House sorts it all out.

    I think he is arguing that all government funding of things he doesn’t like should be suspended until the government gets round to cancelling it completely. Unions is just another word to add to muslimatheistfascistmarxist… as a word for ‘bad people’.

    Either that or he is explaining how time is a cube.

  16. 16
    =8)-DX

    the empty campaign chairs for Obama

    Are they still in a huff that he didn’t come to the RNC after they set him out a chair?

  17. 17
    slc1

    One must really get a laugh out the fascist ratfuckers like McMillan who bad mouth unions and lionize Ronnie the rat, a former union president.

  18. 18
    jnorris

    Thank you eamick at #10

  19. 19
    democommie

    McMeathead must be unaware of the Nazi party’s stance on unions.

  20. 20
    lpetrich

    Did JFK do very much in his presidency? Especially as compared to LBJ, who pushed civil-rights legislation and involvement in Vietnam.

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