Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The People, United, Will Hit That Damn Pinata!

Unions aren't what they used to be

The People, United, Will Hit That Damn Pinata!

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Governor Nikki Haley

I’m sure Jimmy Hoffa is turning over in his grave (whichever stadium it’s under.)

That’s because the clearly-departed but legendary Teamsters leader wouldn’t quite lower himself to the shallow depths Donna DeWitt stooped to this past week.

Donna, or as she is known in adult circles, “De-Twit” decided that taking a whack at a Nikki Haley piñata was exactly the way to show how mature and serious union leaders/members are in this troubled economy.  The video of her antics, which took place at an apparent going away party for the outgoing AFL-CIO president in South Carolina, went viral.

Yes, conservatives took full advantage of the moment, not only because they could have, but because they should have.  The media has coddled unions for far too long, trying to smooth out the rough edges and make the worst of their members out to be noble representatives of the proletariat.  Remember when they stormed the state house in Wisconsin, ready to burn Scott Walker in effigy?

But it’s been getting harder and harder to tolerate the antics when you hear about the increasingly-desperate and often violent acts perpetrated by garden-variety thugs.

We only have to look in our own backyard to see union intimidation at work.   The Daily News recently ran a story about how the Pestronk brothers were being thwarted in their  attempts to complete construction on a project because some ‘union boys’ didn’t like the fact that they were employing SCAB labor in addition to some union guys.  In my book, SCAB stands for Someone (who) Cares About Business, which is quite different from Someone (who) Clamors About Benefits.

But even if you are a hardcore union supporter, like some of my own relatives, you have to agree that the conservative pundits got it right in calling out DeWitt, who showed herself to be classless, inarticulate and the stereotype of a female virago.

At least that’s one thing no one could ever call Hoffa.

 

 

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