Everyone is dissatisfied, which means in this case this is an equal opportunity country, but it also means in-fighting and indecision will continue to be the order of the day. Few entities are immune as even those with supposed highly favored status at the highest office in the land are finding themselves on the outside looking in.
That's why the news that longshoremen are leaving the AFL-CIO is beyond shocking. These are committed workers for the cause that have lost respect for so-called leaders.
Every American has been lied to by the administration, especially when it comes to taxes. There have been several increases that have impacted every single person working for a living.
Still, unions poured millions into both presidential elections, even borrowing money for the 2012 reelection effort. Promises were made behind closed doors and in public. I heard in not so many words a promise to excuse unions permanently from the so-called Cadillac tax. As it turns out, they're not getting a free pass. Moreover, immigration policy being drafted by the White House seems to favor the intellectual in Silicon Valley but not guys on the docks ... guys that fought the good fight for so many years.
So, the Longshoremen are telling Richard Trumpka the Federation has done a "great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along." Many constituents of the White House are expected to simply fall in line, accepting their fate as the result of a republican plot or bad luck even when it's obviously not. Some are too proud, others blinded by racial or party pride. Longshoremen snapped out of it before it was too late. Idol worship is one thing, losing most favored is another, but discovering you were never favored in the first place is a punch to the gut.
Charlie: Look, kid, I - how much you weigh, son? When you weighed one hundred and sixty-eight pounds you were beautiful. You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.
Terry: It wasn't him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, "Kid, this ain't your night. We're going for the price on Wilson." You remember that? "This ain't your night"! My night! I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money.
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