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GOP Waging War Against Working Americans

By The Reverend Published: February 13, 2014

I never liked this guy.....

December 2008....

Even though he was elected only two years ago and is the lowest-ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, (Tennessee Republican Bob) Corker made himself a commanding figure in deciding the fate of GM, Chrysler, and Ford.

Corker's self-appointed role in the Senate during the time the nation was reeling from the 600,000-800,000 jobs being lost PER MONTH at the end of George W. Bush's reign of error....was to do everything he could to lower the wages of U.S. auto workers. In December 2008, the auto bailout agreement was still a few months away, but newbee Bob Corker, wage killer, captured the attention of corporate media. But...

Democrats would not accept Corker's proposal that the United Auto Workers union agree to a reduction in wages by a specific date in 2009 to reach parity with workers at the “transplants,” the factories in Tennessee and other states owned by Toyota, Hyundai and other foreign car companies

I remember listening to Corker during the auto bailout discussions and couldn't believe at the time how ballsy the little Tennessee guy was about forcing a reduction in auto workers wages. As it panned out, an agreement was reached, unions did agree to reduced wages for new workers, the auto makers survived and eventually rallied.....but Senator Bob Corker voted against the bill restructuring GM and Chrysler.

Then, this happened....

2010....GM announced that it would rehire 483 laid-off workers at its massive Spring Hill, Tenn., plant. At a ceremony to celebrate the news on Friday, Tennessee politicians flocked to get a piece of the happy action, including Republican Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, along with Rep. Marsha Blackburn — all three of whom voted against the auto bailout. The UAW employees in attendance booed lustily, saving their strongest scorn for Corker, who made no friends in union ranks two years ago when he argued that no federal aid should go to American car companies until and unless worker wages and benefits were reduced to levels “competitive” with foreign labor.

Any one who tells you that elected Republicans have no interest in lowering the wages of U.S. workers....are fibbing. In this totally shameless period we've been living in, it saddens me to tell you this, but the Republican Party wants American workers to earn less money. Corker is living proof.

If you think that's all hyperbole, get a load of Bob Corker's latest.....

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday (yesterday) he has been “assured” that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build.

Corker’s bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them.

Here we have a sitting U.S. senator attempting to interfere in the ongoing unionization vote at a privately-owned Volkswagen plant. His comments are meant to intimidate auto workers in Tennessee's VW plant to vote against union representation. Corker's comments were meant as a threat. If VW workers voted AGAINST the union, then, Corker says, plant owners would add another car line to the plant's portfolio. If workers voted in favor of unionizing, then.....well.....sorry for you.

“I’ve had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga,” said Corker, without saying with whom he had the conversations.

The questions flow....why does Republican Bob Corker hate U.S. auto workers? Why does Bob Corker have no respect for the freedom of workers to enter into a contract with their employer? Why does Senator Corker, Republican Senator Bob Corker, want auto workers to work for less money? Why is Bob Corker working so hard to keep U.S. auto workers from earning more money?

Two suggested answers: First, the GOP favors capital against labor, and has for forever. To the GOP, labor is a commodity, similar to laundry detergent or cereal. The fact that labor is made up of human beings doesn't faze Republicans. This attitude coincides with the recent bashing of the poor, sick, elderly and unemployed, an attitude considered by many to be inhumane, lacking compassion or empathy.

Second....Republicans are supply side cultists who, though lacking any empirical evidence that their cultism actually works as advertised, insist that when very rich business owners get all the economic breaks and windfalls, all Americans benefit from the....wait for it.....trickle down effect. Of course, trickle down is the stuff of fairy tales and unicorns, having NEVER worked anywhere, ever.....but cult members, being cult members, refuse to accept reality.

Republicans have no respect for American workers...and are in fact, waging an open war to see workers wages REDUCED. Remember that come November.



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