Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We're teamsters and we will never vote for Barack Obama

This is one of the blizzard of Obama brochures my Teamster husband gets every day. Inside are separate photos of the 110 total Teamsters who are voting for Barack Obama. But I'm thinking the other 1.4 million are not so sure.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which includes my husband who is certainly NOT voting for His Highness OprahOsama Hussein Obama, appears to be absolutely terrified that it can't deliver the Teamster vote for Obama, at least judging from the panicked mailers which arrive every day.

This particular union, renown for its mob ties that land its leaders in jail or cement overshoes every five years or so, has screwed us so many times through outright lies and manipulation, that I'm just wondering if someone like McCain couldn't stir this pot a little bit. I think there is a deep and abiding hostility to the Teamsters on the part of its members and, if not for the Teamsters, certainly for Obama.

For one thing, teamster drivers who dream of their own rig,don't have to do a lot of math to see that a tax on $250,000 gross receipts pretty much puts them in a higher tax bracket.

And contrary to the Teamster Magazine, not every Teamster is a socialist, a single mother, or an oppressed minority looking for a shortcut to a job at UPS. Most Teamsters are at least as suspicious of the assholes running that bunch as they are about any oppressor.

Time for Republicans to mine union membership a bit more. While some unions -- the autoworkers come to mind -- consist of a fairly brainwashed bunch, others include a variety of views. -- Walker


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never having been in a union, I never understood that whole concept of "this union supports this or that candidate" mentality. I was under the impression that we're all free to make up our own minds.

Steve D

3:59 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

You can't believe how many union members march in utter lockstep with the leadership. The same scare tactics work year after year. A friend's husband is voting for Obama this year (though he swore he would not) because the union said: If you don't John McCain will take away your job and your right to work.

BUT THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY SAID WHEN GEORGE BUSH RAN. EXACTLY. And the guy is still working. They always say exactly the same things and it works every single time.

No wonder it is easy for societies to descend into chaos and tyranny.

6:01 PM  

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