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During the course of the Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney has made a number of attempts to establish that one of his conservative values is that he hates unions. Unlike all the issues on which Romney makes news by changing his position, he's been consistent in his opposition to unions, and every now and then he sallies forth to remind us that he does have this one authentic claim to conservatism.

A Wednesday press release expands on the anti-union focus of Tuesday's op-ed on the rescue of the auto industry, just in case we missed the anti-union message what with all the scoffing at Romney's ideas about how GM and Chrysler should have just gone bankrupt.

The release attempts to draw a nefarious connection between the fact that unions supported Obama's election in 2008 and a remarkably overblown account of how union-friendly Obama's administration has been. For instance:

In February 2009 – The Same Month He Signed The Stimulus Bill – President Obama Issued An Order That Federal Agencies Should “Consider Requiring” Union-Friendly Project-Labor Agreements.
Telling people you "encourage" that they "consider requiring" a type of agreement that does not mandate union labor, instead setting the same standards for all workers at a given worksite? Wow. That is a heavy hand Obama brought down in favor of unions, restoring something that had been policy under Bill Clinton.

Romney doesn't just over-inflate Obama's union-friendly actions in the scariest-sounding terms his press shop could come up with, though. The release also details Romney's support for basically the entire anti-union wish list, from amending the National Labor Relations Act to give businesses more power and make it harder for workers to join unions to promoting so-called "right to work" laws to prohibiting unions from using the dues their members have chosen to have deducted from their paychecks on political work.

Basically, Romney's message is "You might not trust that I'm truly conservative on issues from abortion to health care, but by jiminy, I do not flip flop in my hatred for workers and their unions." And you know what? I believe him on this one.

And P.S.: Obama's 54-38 lead over Romney in a PPP poll of Michigan, with 52 percent supporting the auto bailout, suggests that union members—and more generally, people in a state heavily dependent on the industry Obama saved—aren't much more fond of Romney than he is of them.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Daily Kos.

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  •  Rmoney! (4+ / 0-)

    Let it be written, "Mitten's smitten!"

    Dedicated to Labor History and Issues!

    by Working Class Heroes on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 12:29:44 PM PST

  •  How long do you think it will take (6+ / 0-)

    for someone to dredge up a video of Mitt at some union fundraiser back when he was running for office in Massachusetts?

    •  Other than maybe the police unions (2+ / 0-)
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      Dirtandiron, not2plato

      or corrections officers, there probably wouldn't be any.  But hey, that would be enough.

      ...To organise and teach, no doubt/ Is very good it's true/ But still we can't succeed without/ That good old wooden shoe. - Joe Hill

      by brae70 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 12:48:11 PM PST

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      •  I bet $10k there is video (3+ / 0-)
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        Losty, elmo, vcmvo2

        rMONEY was Governor of MA during the final stages of the Big Dig, and I think it's next to impossible that he stiff-armed the Construction Unions during both his campaign and his term.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 12:57:40 PM PST

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        •  That's possible, but the Big Dig was more about (2+ / 0-)
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          Weld and Celucci than Romney.  You could certainly portray Scott Brown in this way as he had a 75 percent union rating in the legislature and was endorsed by them in the 2008 race.

          ...To organise and teach, no doubt/ Is very good it's true/ But still we can't succeed without/ That good old wooden shoe. - Joe Hill

          by brae70 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 01:07:03 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  I think most big contractors (and especially (0+ / 0-)

          a specialty thing like tunneling) in Massachusetts are union companies. The low bidder must be awarded the job,(unless the company has never done it before, no insurance, no bonding, something like that.) If a union company won the bid, they pretty much get the job, regardless of what Mitt thinks. And I think the job started before his term anyway, no?

          Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

          by Dirtandiron on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 01:10:14 PM PST

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      •  And those are public sector unions (0+ / 0-)

        the worst kind, don't ya know

        The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

        by not2plato on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:49:21 PM PST

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    •  No video, just a link (2+ / 0-)
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      from the Boston Globe, Oct. 2010:

      [Republican candidate for Governor Charles D.] Baker on Saturday accepted the endorsement of the State Police Association of Massachusetts. The union, which represents about 1,400 troopers and has been without a contract for 23 months . . . .snip . . . has a history of supporting Republicans for governor. The union endorsed Kerry Healey over Patrick in 2006, and Mitt Romney over Shannon P. O’Brien in 2002.
      •  Why on earth (1+ / 0-)
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        would a union support a candidate who hates unions?

        Oh, yeah, Republicans always seem to exempt police and firefighters from their anti-union rhetoric, since, you know, people like police and firefighters.

        27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

        by TDDVandy on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:47:50 PM PST

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        •  State Police (0+ / 0-)

          The police unions often go for GOP here. Famous one was the Boston police endorsing Bush I in 1988.

          Sometimes building trades will, as well. Teamsters, too. Reagan Democrats. Law and order. Conservative members.

          As long as the GOP doesn't mess with the prevailing wage law, the bump in pay cops get for getting a college degree, the anti-outsourcing law, police overtime, the pensions, healthcare, or requiring cops for construction details, they're endorseable.

          There is a possible issue here. Rmoney paid to play with thes unions here. Must be some good video. Just another flip-flop, though.

          Democrats are not always right, but Republicans are insane.

          by BobBlueMass on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:57:19 PM PST

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  •  Who are the rethugs gonna have left? (3+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron, a2nite, Into The Woods

    Unions, women, men people who care about birth control, latinos, gays, single moms are all targets of these bastids. The Cardinals in the church probably won't vote for them either.

    Congress is at 9% approval rating - within the +/- of making herpes more popular than congress! - Webranding

    by glitterscale on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 12:58:30 PM PST

    •  All the dittoheads (1+ / 0-)
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      brainwashed by Limbaugh and Faux News.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:48:21 PM PST

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    •  Who will be left? (0+ / 0-)

      ... when the entire electorate stands to the left of the Goofy Old Party?

    •  Ok for 1% to bargain collectively as Shareholders (0+ / 0-)

      but not for the 99% to bargain collectively through the small number of unions that remain after 30 years of RWing purge.

      They don't care about votes.

      They care about $peech.  (Since less than 1/2 of 1% of all Americans account for over 2/3 of all contributions to federal candidates, parties and PACS, who they have is who has the money.)

      The time has come to put the "Occ" in "DemOCCracy". Support (or create) the "Occupy" movement near you. Ordinary Citizens Count in this extraordinary Democcracy.

      by Into The Woods on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 06:12:03 PM PST

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  •  Voters are reminding rmoney that they really, (5+ / 0-)

    truly hate him and they will continue to hate him -- even after he doesn't get the nomination!

    It really doesn't matter which one of these bozos gets the thug nomination, because they are all going down in November. The Obama campaign is clearly giving the thugs enough rope to hang themselves before the real campaign begins. I know the StupidPACs will throw money at those who are less informed. But so did meg whitman in California in 2010 -- to the tune of $200+ million -- and all it got her was trounced. It did work for rmoney in Florida, where it wasn't so hard to negatively switch conservatives from newt to mitt, but it may not work for him against santorum elsewhere.

    Short of stealing it, there is no way the repuglicans can win the presidential election in November.

    At this point, the down ticket races are the most important. We must get those evil republicans out of the house and the senate. Ideally we should replace them with real people who genuinely care about the will of their constituents and who will serve without conflict of interest. But in absence of enough of them, I would settle for traditional Democrats over the crazy insane hateful criminal reputridans, who currently stand in the way of truth and that which is good.

    Let's not forget, many of our "liberal" Democratic senators voted for NDAA, the Obama tax cut extension of 2009, and some other astonishingly evil bills. Once the republican party and its teabaggers fade into irrelevance, we will still have a long way to go before we can get the lion's share of corruption out of government.

    Perhaps after the election we might start hounding justice clarence "opinions for sale" thomas to resign from the supreme court?

    A relatively small number of people occupied SCOTUS last month. In January 2009, millions of people turned out to see Obama's inauguration. You can bet there won't be millions of people at his second inauguration, but if a small percentage of the people who came to his first were to occupy the supreme court, that would be a lot of pressure in the right place. As long as the supreme court says it's OK for corporations to buy government, there will continue to be many obstacles placed in the path of progress. The supreme court must be pressured and shamed into regulating itself.

    Sorry for the ramble.

    •  They are trying to steal it (3+ / 0-)
      Short of stealing it, there is no way the repuglicans can win the presidential election in November.
      That's what's behind all the Republican hand-wringing about "voter fraud". They're trying to keep blacks, college students and old folks (all Democratic base) from voting.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 01:39:41 PM PST

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      •  I realize that, but it won't be close enough for (2+ / 0-)
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        them to do that with the Obama landslide. The downticket races are a different story. That's where the disenfranchisement comes into play. I'm not certain a lot of these unconstitutional voter id laws won't be struck down by the courts before November, but it has to be addressed. Just wait until disenfranchised voters start crying foul over being shut out of the republican primaries still to come -- it could get as much or more attention than SOPA. After all, democracy, one person one vote, is what this country is supposed to be all about.

        I still hold out hope that some Circuit Court (?) ruling will re-enfranchise the voters the republican'ts want to exclude just in time for the election. Meanwhile, the whole world watches us in disgust as we sit idly by allowing corporate America try to take over the world.

        •  I hope your right about Pres. Obama (1+ / 0-)
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          Mr MadAsHell

          winning. But we can't take chances. Get Out the Vote!

          Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

          by Dirtandiron on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 03:15:33 PM PST

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        •  SCOTUS has already ruled on voter ID (1+ / 0-)
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          Here.  What did you expect?

          "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

          by Navy Vet Terp on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:52:01 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Indiana was before Real ID (Eff Jan 2013) (0+ / 0-)

            The US Supreme Court decision upholding the Indiana law rested largely on two elements:

            1. The small segment of the voting-eligible population that would be burdened.
            2. The relatively small burden imposed to get a license or ID under the new law.

            Neither will apply to any similar law once the Real ID act goes into effect.

            The final rule was published by the US Dept of Homeland Security this summer that delayed implementation of the Real ID Act of 2005 until January of 2013.  

            That will radically change how many people are impacted by "show your papers to vote" laws because that law will apply to pretty much everyone and impose $5.8 billion dollars in compliance costs on individuals according to the Dept of Homeland Security.  (Over and above normal fees.)

            http://www.ncsl.org/...

            $5.8 Billion.  Not your ordinary burden to go and vote, expecially in these times.  

            http://www.law.cornell.edu/...

            And if the sensitivity to impermissable "burden" applied by SCOTUS to corporate '$peech' in Citizens United had been applied to Indiana citizens required to show their 'papers' in order to vote, the SCOTUS decision would have been different even without the additional weight and breadth of the burden added by the Real ID act.

            The time has come to put the "Occ" in "DemOCCracy". Support (or create) the "Occupy" movement near you. Ordinary Citizens Count in this extraordinary Democcracy.

            by Into The Woods on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 06:21:37 PM PST

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  •  Thanks nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 01:34:40 PM PST

  •  Just like when he says (3+ / 0-)
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    he's not concerned about the very poor, yes I believe him too. Of all the Right's extreme agenda items, the union assault is the scariest. It knocks out the institutional lynchpin of a society that works for everybody.

  •  At last, an issue he won't have to flip flop on nt (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:36:46 PM PST

  •  Romney to non-millionaires (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    Be happy you even have a job, and accept whatever pay, benefits, and working conditions your employer feels like providing to you.

    27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

    by TDDVandy on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:48:45 PM PST

    •  Peons, adhere to every term of your contract... (0+ / 0-)

      until your company declares bankruptcy.

      That is what really gets me - the Republicans are big on "a contract is a contract" until the company wants to change the terms.   Then it becomes "restructuring" so the pension fund can be used to pay the millions of "consulting fees" to reward the wise guys for ruining the company.

      •  Contracts are sacred (0+ / 0-)

        until the rich say they are not.  

        Especially the contract between tax payers and the government -- such as social security and medicare

        The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

        by not2plato on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:59:19 PM PST

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      •  the wise guys at Bain (0+ / 0-)

        When profitable companies start busting unions, it becomes clear that it's about ideology, not profits.

        27, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-07 (originally), liberal-leaning independent

        by TDDVandy on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 06:02:47 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  R's (Romney, Republicans) (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    hate Unions, working folks, poor folks, women, women's vaginas, women's uteri, Jesus ( the real one).   Is there anything else we should know before casting our votes for the black guy?

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 04:58:55 PM PST

  •  Laura, that picture of Romney is NOT FAIR (2+ / 0-)
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    not2plato, Dirtandiron

    By posting him glaring feverishly like that, you are interfering in the election and unfairly biasing people against him; hell, you might as well go and vote for his opponent in an open primary! Anti-democrat you are!

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:02:14 PM PST

  •  Unions are people too, Mr. Shithead. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    I think I'll stick with the smart guy.

    by PowWowPollock on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:05:03 PM PST

  •  Well he's running for (0+ / 0-)

    President, for Pete's sake!

    In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God ~RFK

    by vcmvo2 on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:09:21 PM PST

  •  So he is shoring up his "blue collar" cred (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    by attacking unions and highighting his opposition to Detroit?

    I think that maybe Romney placed a large bet against himself on the political markets.   He must stand to make a ton of money when he gets clobbered.  Kind of like "The Producers."   Either that or it is one of those obscure Mormon rituals where the richest guy in the club has to run for President and be defeated.

  •  You know who else hated unions? (2+ / 0-)
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    Into The Woods, Dirtandiron

    Hitler.

    I'm not sayin' anything, I'm just sayin' ...

    What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. - C. Hitchens

    by sizzzzlerz on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:28:39 PM PST

    •  Contempt for Weakness and Worship of Strength (1+ / 0-)
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      Harald Ofstad, Our Contempt for Weakness

      “If we examine ourselves in the mirror of Nazism we see our own traits--enlarged but so revealing for that very reason. Anti-Semitism is not the essence of Nazism. Its essence is the doctrine that the ‘strong’ shall rule over the ‘weak,’ and that the ‘weak’ are contemptible because they are ‘weak.’ Nazism did not originate in the Germany’s of the 1930’s and did not disappear in 1945. It expresses deeply rooted tendencies, which are constantly alive in and around us. We admire those who fight their way to the top, and are contemptuous of the loser. We consider ourselves rid of Nazism because we abhor the gas chambers. We forget that they were the ultimate product of a philosophy which despised the ‘weak’ and admired the ‘strong.’

      The brutality of Nazism was not just the product of certain historical conditions in Germany. It was also the consequence of a certain philosophy of life, a given set of norms, values and perceptions of reality.

      If the boot fits .......

      The time has come to put the "Occ" in "DemOCCracy". Support (or create) the "Occupy" movement near you. Ordinary Citizens Count in this extraordinary Democcracy.

      by Into The Woods on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 06:26:43 PM PST

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  •  Unions get in the way of a good corporate... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...takeover. Especially when it comes time to fire all the workers, and screw them over on benefits.

    Unions fight back against the Vultures.

  •  And then there's this (1+ / 0-)
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    Mitt's anti-union press release from this afternoon

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

    by not2plato on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:48:37 PM PST

  •  It could, of course, be pointed out... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...that the Chrysler 300 he's driving in that new commercial of his was built by union workers. (Yes, the 300 is built in Canada, but by the Canadian Auto Workers, which is affiliated with the UAW - and the 300 is UAW-approved.)

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 05:51:27 PM PST

  •  Is this anti-union stance "severely conservative" (1+ / 0-)
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    enough for GOP primary voters?  I somehow doubt it.  He'll still have to move even further to the right, and further from  relevance to most voters.

  •  win-win for Romney (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    attacking unions works - that's why they all do it - from NJ Republican Christie to NY Democrat Cuomo they all know there is little downside.  As long as you don't go Scott Walker extremes you will still get 30-40 percent of the union vote and you get all the big corporate money.  

    it's sad and the only way to push back is for unions to expand, but it's real difficult when you are under constant attack.  my union managed it a few years ago but it was a public sector union under much better rules than the private sector.

  •  Organized labor is the whipped dog of the US (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    economy. Only about 7 or 8 per cent of the labor force is unionized, if I remember right.

    "Mistress of the Topaz" is now available in paperback! Link here: http://www.double-dragon-ebooks.com/single.php?ISBN=1-55404-900-8

    by Kimball Cross on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:59:51 AM PST

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