Shot by Extreme Liberal about a half mile from my home in western Michigan
The hold up on the new head of the TSA, Erroll Southers, by Senator Jim DeMint is because of the fear that he will allow the TSA workers to unionize. Check out this awesome exchange on CNN (full transcript) where James Carville does what he does best, goes for the jugular.
ROBERTS: We’re getting, James, potentially a look here at how things are going to go next year. The former vice president has rung in this morning on what he calls the, quote, “low-key response” by the president to all of this, saying that President Obama’s trying to pretend that we are not at war with terrorists.
Do you think that this is going to be recurring theme from the Republican side as we head into the mid-term election here?
CARVILLE: Let’s go invade Sri Lanka. That would be their — look, I think what he said is that there was a systemic breakdown, and I think we ought to have a hardcore investigation.
By the way, on this question of TSA being unionized, I think every fireman that went in on 9/11 was a union member. And I would like to ask Senator DeMint, how did being in a union member affect them, because like 1,100 of these guys lost their lives running into a burning building.
I think this whole idea of blaming the unions for this is absurd. I don’t think Senator DeMint has any idea what he’s talking about. Captain Sully was a union member. It sure didn’t stop him from landing that airplane in the river.
Pow, take that MF’er. Being a union member myself, NEA and MEA, I am appalled at the all out attack on unions by the repugs over the last 30 years. It seems pretty counterproductive for their party, since so many working class folks are union members. This trend of bashing unions needs to be attacked head on with arguments like James Carville’s above. Love him or hate him, he has some pretty great moments.
Check out this post by Michael O’Hanlon on the President’s first year in foreign policy. Here’s an excerpt…
But in fact, Obama has had a solid first year in foreign policy matters. By one measure, comparison with other first-year presidents in modern history, Obama ranks with the three or four best since World War II by my estimation – and I write this as someone who opposed Obama during the Democratic primary process of 2007-2008 largely because of fears at the time that he would not be strong on national security.
Personally, I’m thrilled by his approach to foreign policy. The Bush swagger created a lot of animosity towards the United States and our president has already done a lot to repair that image. Cheney, the puppet-master behind W., of course thinks the president is all wrong in not acting cocky. It seems that every time Cheney opens his mouth, I disagree with him.