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Vice President Biden Says All The Right Things—We Must Fight For Ourselves As Working People

Above is a picture of Vice President Joe Biden.

(Photo copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.)

I took this picture on Labor Day at the Cincinnati AFL-CIO picnic.

Vice President Biden spoke in the most forceful terms.

He said that everyday working people were in a fight for “existence” against our extreme right-wing adversaries.

He said that organized labor was one the few things keeping the “barbarians from the gate”  in terms of the rights workers to collectively organize, and in protecting the futures of all American working people.

He said that he was about to be “unleashed” to make more clear the differences between the Tea Party/Republican Party  and a more hopeful agenda that values everyday working people.

The Vice President talked a good game. He said all the right things.

Howver, I think the verdict is still out on to what extent the Obama-Biden administration will really fight for working people.

More to the point, the verdict is still out as to what extent working people will fight for themselves as wages, benefits and access to good jobs are all under attack.

September 7, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Go Joe. As a retired Teaqcher, I belonged to NEA/VEA for 34 years, am also a strong UNION supporter.I do not understand politicians that do not like unions, steal from the members. Our great Gov.of VA McDonnell has taken 75 million out of out pension fund, plus every other union fund in VA. He says he’ll repay, while he proclaims he has balanced the budget. Same as Perry in Texas. How can you have a balanced budget when you owe all these people. Republicians don’t like much of anything, but they use, everything they are against. When these younger folks get tired of being taken advantage of, they’ll stand up. I hope the President/Vice start using some strong language, and stand strong. I have relatives in New Mexico and Texas, that claim they don”t like Unions , but work for one. When i ask why, they say the money. HA

    Comment by PHYLLIS RADFORD | September 7, 2011

  2. Phyllis- you must be proud of what Hoffa Jr. said the other day too. I think unions are great if they existed in a vacuum and had none of the evil-tendencies that come with being powerful. They served their purpose early on by creating laws to prevent workers from being exploited, but have now swung with the pendulum to the other side. They have gone beyond pushing employees’ rights to the same level of employers rights. They have become the exploiters of the employers. I am sorry to say that teacher’s unions are part of the problem with our education system. By forcing through contracts and state laws that make it impossible to fire a bad teacher if they have tenure. Getting old, encumbered teachers who have lost the zeal for teaching out of the system is impossible due to that union involvement. You laugh about the money and I cringe. Unions are really no better than the type of government Liberals claim to hate. Protecting the few and sacrificing the majority is at a union’s core.

    Comment by Mike | September 7, 2011

  3. Phyllis, what level and subject did you teach?

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | September 8, 2011

  4. Ms. Radford–I’m so glad to see you here. I’d just been wondering about you.

    Unions have done a great deal to secure protections for all workers. The decline of unions and the decline of the power of all working people is connected. Hoffa said nothing wrong. He said we need to fight back. He was right.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 8, 2011


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