Barack Obama ran on the promise of ending special interest groups influence in DC so will he push for the passage of the Orwellian named Employee Free Choice Act as a favor to the big Unions? It is hard to say because like everything else that is controversial he has been very intentionally vague. Jennifer Rubin at Contentions points to this WSJ article that says the Blagojevich scandal and his negotiations with the SEIU for a cushy job in return for a pro-labor Senate appointment may just throw a monkey wrench in the works. The SEIU has donated many millions of dollars over the years to politicians with the vast majority of those funds going to the Democrats. The SEIU is also under investigation in California for running a phony charity among other scandals. They have donated 1.8 million to Blago over his political career and gotten several favors for it in return so I am sure they were playing on the same court, a pay to play court.
But the scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has put a harsh spotlight on the SEIU's methods just as it is seeking broad support for federal legislation that would make it easier for workers of all types to unionize.
Federal officials allege Mr. Blagojevich sought to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama in a scheme that potentially involved him getting a $300,000-a-year job at a group affiliated with the SEIU, in return for promising to appoint a pro-union official to the seat. The SEIU says that it doesn't believe any of its officials engaged in any wrongdoing, and the governor on Friday denied wrongdoing.
The SEIU is also the union that covers government workers and here in California they are in the process of doing to our cities and the state itself what the UAW has done to the auto industry, bankrupt them under unrealistic benefits programs and draconian work rules. I for one see no reason why government employees need to be unionized or any other worker for that matter, after all these are no longer the days when Upton Sinclair wrote "The Jungle".
Jennifer has much more so follow the above linkage for just how close the SEIU and Blago are and how the EFCA could become Obama's 'gays in the miltary' moment of Bill Clinton's early days in office.