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UAW slams Obama budget plan

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW), former allies in the administration’s bailout of the auto industry giant General Motors and Chrysler, is claiming the president’s proposed budget is an “attack on the middle class.” The president also took a shot from Newark’s mayor.

President Barack Hussein Obama’s 2012 budget drew the ire of UAW and was soundly defeated by a 99-0 vote in the U.S. Senate, according to The Daily Caller in a published story on May 17.

“Early this year, White House officials drafted a bare-bones budget request, but neither they nor their allied Democratic senators have developed a complete budget package for debate in the Senate since 2009,” The Daily Caller reported.

Why were members of the UAW leadership so irate? “‘These proposals (the administration’s) are another attack on the middle class and our most vulnerable citizens,’” said the letter from the D.C. office of the UAW.

“‘They would force the middle class Americans to make more sacrifices while giving larger tax breaks to corporations and wealthy individuals...any serious proposal to reduce the federal budget deficit must include increased revenue from wealthy individuals and corporations,’” the letter stated.

Not to be outdone, one of the Democratic mayors got on the administration’s case. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses,” said Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J. on “Meet the Press." He was equating President Obama’s attacks on Bain with Republican attacks on Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, calling both “nauseating.”

He struck a high-minded tone on “Meet the Press” denouncing and equating the campaign tactics that would vilify either Mitt Romney’s former employer or President Obama’s former pastor.

While talking heads stick their collective feet in the their mouths, the nation is suffering from a lack of leadership. And, with all of the political rantings our nation’s indebtedness is approaching $16 trillion.

—Keith Hansen

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