Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Obama administration and its "Amen corner" in the mainstream media were cheering Friday's Bureau of Labor Statistics report that the unemployment rate had dropped to "only" 8.9%.
Not so, said one of Chicago's Big-Labor chieftains.
Speaking for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)this past Saturday on WCPT's Dick Kay show, the public employee union honcho, Larry Spivak, said the actual unemployment rate in Illinois is more like 15 per cent.
The Labor Bureau reports fail to account for the tens of thousands who have simply thrown in the towel and stopped even looking for a job, Spivak said.
So what gives?
Is Spivak saying that Obama is lying?
Is he saying that after 2 years and billions in economic stimulus cash, Obama and his Congressional Democrats have failed miserably?
Spivak also, inadvertently endorsed one of the key arguments of the immigration control movement.
He lambasted firms like Walmart for paying skinflint wages and giving no healthcare coverage to the people they hire. He said that those firms are parasitically content to let the American taxpayers foot the bill for their employees' healthcare costs.
Isn't that precisely the same argument that the border controllers have been making about the profiteers who hire illegal aliens?
Yet the AFSCME public employees union has been quiveringly giddy in its adoration of Barack Obama. And the AFSCME is an ardent backer of the the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights -- the lynchpin of the illegal alien lobby in Chicago.
With arguments like those he spouted on Dick Kay's left-wing show Saturday, AFSCME's Larry Spivak might consider taking out membership in his local Tea Party group.