Bailout Watch 21: Who's Your Obama?
Bailout bucks moved one step closer to Detroit pocketbooks yesterday, as Senator Barack Obama cozied-up to pro-taxpayer-tit-sucking organized labor. Harley Shaiken outlines the cunning plan to The Detroit News: "Senator Obama is using the Detroit Labor Day kickoff to emphasize three messages," the professor of labor studies at the University of California-Berkeley said. "Addressing the needs of working people, the key role unions play in the election, and the role of manufacturing and the auto industry." Three key areas of Obama's seduction of the UAW and other unions: getting that $50b into Motown's coffers, backing a bill in Congress making it easier to organize new members and renegotiating parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The Unions' other suitor, Senator John McCain, believes the best way to an organized laborer's heart is getting that $50b into Motown's coffers, cutting taxes and creating more jobs (through cutting taxes, strangely enough). Is it enough? Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania are swings states and the key voting bloc are union members. The presidential candidate who turns up for their date with nothing more than a bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates and $50b is at real disadvantage.