A Strategy To Combat The Republican’s Attack On Unions
You’re going to love this idea!
I hope it gets to policy makers who can do something about it.
It is pretty clear that the Republican Party is now attacking unions all across the country in order to undermine Democrat support. Unions support workers while the Republican Party supports their donors who are large Corporations and wealthy business owners.
By enacting “right to work laws” they hope to deprive unions of much needed funding. Workers would be able to receive the higher pay and benefits attributed to a union shop without actually having to pay dues. It is unfair to say the least. Over time this would weaken unions and they would no longer be able to be an advocate and strong bargaining agent for their workers.
Now, let’s step back a little in time, a time when Churches were seeing a decrease in followers and a decline in offerings. George W. Bush, a self professed evangelical Christian, stepped into the office of the Presidency. By his Executive Order the government was allowed to directly fund social programs at religious organizations. They did to the tune of $3.7 billion.
This brought a lot of political clout to the Republican Party among Evangelicals didn’t it? This year the Catholic Cardinal appeared at the Republican National Convention and Evangelical leaders supported and endorsed "religiously" a candidate who wasn’t a Christian but is a Republican.
Although illegal by tax law, we saw Churches promoting the Republican Party in mass this year. They know the hand that feeds them!
“In January 2001, President Bush created, via Executive Order, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Since then, Centers for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives were established at five federal agencies, assistance and guidebooks were provided to religious groups to help them to apply for federal funds, and websites were created for speedy access to applications.Now that these programs are in place it is very difficult to reverse them.
And in February 2004, the President issued an Executive Order earmarking an astonishing $3.7 billion to be doled out to faith-based and other organizations.
Apparently, Bush's faith-based initiative was never intended to give religious-related groups equal footing in the federal grants process. Bush's faith-based initiative was conceived to be the centerpiece of his administration's domestic agenda, spearheading the final attack on the New Deal and the War on Poverty by replacing, not augmenting, federal social services.
Again from AP: "President Bush has succeeded in opening the checkbooks of five federal departments to religious organizations....
Federal regulations now allow federal agencies to directly fund churches and other religious groups. Bush acted alone to rewrite these regulations after failing to persuade Congress to change the law.
PLAN: Open up the same government funding we give Churches for social programs to unions.
If the Federal government can now give money to religious organizations to be redistributed for social programs why can’t they do the same with unions who represent their own members and the public? Unions are already engaged in the process of advocating for people. If anything their network of benefits and services would be well fit to provide social services.
If the government can fund Churches then it can also fund unions. Tell your Democrat leaders to make this happen. Maybe President Obama can make it happen by Executive Order just like George W. Bush made the initial funding of Churches possible.