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This is despite earlier claims that a “groundswell of support” from middle class Indiana workers had resulted in thousands of dollars of small contributions.
Finance papers filed by the state’s Democratic party show nearly $140,000 flowed into their coffers as the politicians holed up in hotels in neighboring Illinois. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and the public workers’ union AFSCME both gave $50,000, with other unions contributing smaller amounts, the papers show.
The bill from the three-star Urbana Comfort Inn, where the 37 politicians stayed, came to $84,953.70, reports Surber.
Originally posted by lifeissacred
reply to post by SirMike
Yep, I'm still not seeing the issue here. People exchange their support for policies which benefit them. Isn't that the whole point of democracy? Support that which benefits you, that which you feel will benefit others like you. The same way the richest of the rich tend to lobby for lower taxes, less rights for employees etc. That is modern democracy in a nutshell really.
the politicians who were put up in these hotels were representing the people by delaying an attack on their freedom to protect themselves from the side affects of both government and corporate power.
The lawmakers in exile call this a defense of democracy.
In truth, it's a step toward anarchy. If it catches on as a practice, it will officially end government by, of and for the people.
What they are saying is that the people no longer have the right to use the ballot box to decide the direction of their government.
That's a rule change our system can't survive.
Originally posted by Sinnthia
I do not understand. These union workers are American taxpayers. They are "we the people" and they are supporting their elected officials but that is wrong. Somehow an out of state billionaire funding the opposition is ok? What the hell happened to America? Koch brothers are heros, teachers are evil. Totally makes sense.
Why not just let the locals decide it for themselves?
Originally posted by TennesseeFan
reply to post by anon72
Big Labor has always been in bed with the Democrats.The Democrats bend over for the Unions on a very regular basis.