A Top Democrat Actually Gets It: Biden Makes a Stand With Labor

The Nation, By John Nichols, September 6

Joe Biden, a Democrat who does not “tolerate” or “have regard for” labor unions but actually believes in them, delivered the single most powerful speech by of the top Democrats who showed up for this week’s Labor Day rallies, parades and picnics.

The vice president did it not just with rhetoric but with a genuine call to action for workers in Ohio, where he happened to be speaking, and across the country.

What distinguished Biden’s speech from the others by prominent partisans was that there was nothing timid about it. This was a rip-roaring populist pronouncement.

Biden got it. He took a side. No apologies. No soft messaging.

This was a pro-labor message from a pro-labor vice president.

[At this writing, no White House transcript was found for this speech].

Obama Labor Day Speech Praises Union Concessions

Naked Capitalism, September 6

Philip Pilkington pointed to this Real News Network video as a companion piece to our post on how executives in the coated paper industry have strip-mined their own companies.

If you had any doubts as to who Obama sees as his real constituency, this should settle it.

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  • I remember as he makes a Pro-Labor speech, the work he did in the Senate to weaken Labor, and make it more difficult for those union employees to deal with bankruptcy when they hit rough times…
    These days, he’ll be a little more likely to say what’s on his mind, but if the President takes a stand, he’ll stand with him, one can ount on that.

    I’ll take what I can get, but I’ll stay observant for the knife headed for my back…

    “It’s no longer IOKIYAR….It’s OK If You’re A Republican, but IOKBYAR–It’s OK BECAUSE You’re a Republican.” — Me

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