Union bosses, progressive activists enjoy ‘very positive’ meeting with Obama, promise ‘shared sacrifice’

Tomorrow, a few days before he ducks out of the country for a quick trip to Burma, President Obama is scheduled to meet with CEOs of several major corporations to discuss that pesky fiscal cliff looming on the horizon. Many expect the atmosphere to be tense, but if the meeting goes anywhere as well as today’s meeting with union bosses and progressive activists, it should be smooth sailing.

Today’s meeting was closed to the press, so we’ll have to go by the accounts of those who were invited, including representatives of SEIU, AFSCME, the AFL-CIO and the NEA, as well as officials with MoveOn, the Center for American Progress, the Common Purpose Project, the Center for Community Change and other progressive groups.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the meeting very positive, though we’re not sure if he copied and pasted Obama’s campaign speech into his tweet or if Obama borrowed Trumka’s “fair share” line for his campaign. Who’s up for some “shared sacrifice”?

Yes, don’t let the media spin the meeting to which they weren’t invited. With that out of the way, who’s ready for another campaign? AFSCME is still fired up and ready to go.

MoveOn also seems confident that the president will let the Bush tax cuts expire and force the rich to pay their fair share.

So, what was a group like MoveOn doing at the White House, aside from being reassured by Obama that everyone in attendance will get they paid for this term?


Strange times? More like scary times.

  • NumbuhOne

    I’m sure Trumka and the unions are quite willing to grab a share of everyone else’s sacrifice. It’s going to be difficult keeping your head above water over the next four years.

  • Maria Seeger

    Cue mass demonstrations in front of Congress demanding the Republicans cave in to Obama’s demands or ELSE…need I say more?

    • SineWaveII

      Republicans should get ahead of this and announce that they are going to support everything the dems. want. Then let everything burn.

      • Gallatin

        I’ve about come to the same conclusion over the last couple of days. Don’t fight them, give them everything they want.

        • Lotte Lenya

          Agreed. Plus, they really need to LOUDLY remind everyone of the expiration of the Bush Tax Cuts and call it what it is – the Obama Tax Increase.

          • Gallatin

            Agreed, I believe after 5 years we can say it was Bush tax policy when taxes go up it becomes the Obama INCREASE.

      • Dion Corrigan

        I came to this conclusion when Ohio went for O. Rubber stamp everything. Better to get it over with quickly than to die from a million paper cuts. Galt, d’Anconia, and Danneskjöld have it right. Hell bring on directive 10-289!

  • Michelle

    Wouldn’t it be fantastic if Barry was as committed to cutting spending as he was to going after more money from “rich” people? And all these cries for “fair share” when will we hear about the folks who use welfare their entire lives, having kid after kid after kid they can’t afford, paying THEIR fair share? Wouldn’t it be great if these “fair share” whiners were as bent on stopping the welfare abuse as they are about going after those evil rich people?

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

      Couldn’t agree more @twitter-27601201:disqus! The only thing I would add is that it would be great if they spent less time getting bent and even less time making us pay for the results of said bent moment.

  • conservativechick

    Yah, well I got THIS e-mail just today. For some reason I am on the SEIU mailing list? lol We better start sending our OWN letters asap! They are HAND DELIVERING theirs! http://action.seiu.org/page/s/jobsnotcuts

    • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

      sounds like something to start the fire in the fireplace with to me

      • conservativechick

        They will be the ONLY ones with all the “letters” to congress demanding what THEY want again if we don’t counter ASAP!

    • SpinMeNot

      We are all on a list … somewhere. Me, I want some scholar of the future to be looking those lists — my goal before I die is to get my name on as many of them as possible.

      “Man, this SMN guy — the democrats of the 2010s really did not like this guy.”

      I can meet my maker knowing I’ve done my bit for the cause.

  • http://twitter.com/crazytas1 ricci

    and here i thought smoking weed was considered a federal crime as they all must be smoking it to come out and continue to make mis statements

  • disappearing moderate

    The union bosses and move on true believers better watch their backs. The loyalists are always the first to go because they know all the secrets. It turns out Petraeus actually thought he was going to be able to keep his job. He pushed the video story before congress but eventually proved too great a liability.

  • gracepmc

    Trumka — the face of a nation! Amerika!

    • TheOriginalDonald

      Someone better tell Trumka he MAY not have any more Twinkies to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ZoriahShepard

    Is it still a mistake of the first term when it’s a carry over mistake from the last term?

    • ralph v

      And people thought John Gotti was the teflon Don

  • ZoriahShepard

    Everytime I see someone write ‘we are going after the rich to save the middle class’ – it makes me want to scream! Why why why why do they refuse to comprehend that going after the ‘rich’ is going after the middle class? Why are they so stubborn to see that we’re the ones who pay for everything! It’s so clear and obvious to the rest of us who know better…and I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here…every once in a while I just have to vent.

  • SpinMeNot

    Of course he met with them first — they got him elected, and they have the most to lose when the monkey dung hits the rotating air circulation device.

    I am afraid that BHO is playing a game of brinksmanship that he has not the skills, experience, or understanding of economics to manage.

    Boys and girls, its time to get your tables into the upright position, put your personal items away, return your seats to the fully upright position. The Idiot Flying the Plane has informed us that there is going to be quite a bit of turbulence as we approach the big hole we are about to dig. We know that when you fly, you have a choice, but one third of you didn’t bother choosing, and the other third were too stupid to realize what they were choosing. You poor bastards in the middle seat are simply boned.

  • omicron123

    What I hear from Trumka: “We’ll make sure the rich get soaked so the middle-lower class don’t have to pay their fair share.”

  • scubaski00

    You know, I think Obama should just do everything is steel cold heart desires. Go ahead “soak the rich”. And when the rich CLOSE their businesses and or retire and all of his taxes amount to a hill of beans and the unemployment rate goes to 25% and everyone is standing around saying Obama help us, then we can all finally blame him !!!

    I know we’ll all suffer as a result but calling the liberals bluff and seeing America crumble, may be the only way to get lib turfs to wake up!! They say conservatives are liberals who got “mugged.” We’ll perhaps it’s time for the liberal s to get mugged!!!

    Fighting them is not getting us anywhere as there are too many takers and not enough makers

    • Back 4 More

      They will never wake to the reality of their failures. They will always blame someone else for their failed policies and agendas. It’s a self perpetuating delusion. It’s similar to religious fanatics that tell you when some little kid is raped, tortured and murdered by a gang of crack heads it’s all part of god’s plan.

    • Dominic Macchio

      I couldnt agree more but, as usual, BO will find someone else to blame

  • Joe W.

    And they wonder why we Texans wish to secede.

  • EastValleyConservative

    They are still going to get people to the streets and mobilized? Sounds like another “ACORN” event. (of course, they are one and the same with SEIU) So, this “shared sacrifice” I gather to mean, CARD CHECK, and more ACORN housing shenanigans. Oh joy! Hold on to your hats folks. Fannie and Freddie has been busy at work too, check out this delicious double dipping deal:


  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    Not since The Boys from Brazil has such a like-minded group met and planned for the future.

  • NCRelite

    Middle-class is lib speak for union members

  • dunst43

    Do the union ‘tards realize that they are the rich in this economy? Obama is coming after your money because you have money.

  • Discontentwliars

    Isn’t Middle Class now considered a Racist? I must be looking at the wrong list again.

  • r_coplin2001

    I see labor unions are already flexing their muscles now that the elections are over as in my city their are not 1 but 2 companies that the Unions are on strike which is Hostess and Raleys Grocery Stores are both on strike.I live in Sacramento Ca.

    • Liberal Hater

      A local business used a lot of farmers back in the day. The union struck. Finally the farmers had had enough, went into the factory, pulled out the union boss and beat the fuck out of him…. good times. We should go back to doing that.

  • Victor Kahuro

    Obama is meeting with union bosses and progressive activists instead of meeting with congress to discuss the fiscal cliff. Priorities? Nah, Fiscal irresponsibility

  • Becci Springer

    ROFL this just cracks me up. See that smug smile on Trumkas face. It’s called “what are we gonna do tonight Brain, and Brain says the same thing we do every night pinky take over every buisness in America.” Bring it on Trumka, Americans know what and who you are, and that disgusting pig standing behind you .

  • http://www.facebook.com/pompei.grimaldi Pompei Lena Grimaldi

    In NY making 250,000 a year is not rich. Especially since my county pays the highest property taxes in the nation, food clothing oil to heat the home can cost 600 a month gas kids in college . just trying to make ends meet. Amazing how the heads of Unions have the best health care salaries while the workers have to pay dues vote for politicians that the unions force them to vote for and if they don’t they don’t work. Down with unions and the fat cats, Right to work.

  • tjp77

    Buy a lot of guns, because we’re all going to need them very soon.

  • medicinewomantwo

    Alot of KY jelly will be needed for their love fest.

    • Liberal Hater

      Only if it’s covered by Obamacare. Otherwise, it shall be a dry fuckfest.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    Makes my head spin. The really rich would be smart and lay low for the next 4 years. Unfortunately I am not one of them. I was a teenager when Reagan was Pres., should have started saving then. LOL

  • SwTk

    Obama looks like Xerxes to Leonidas. “But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measure. I will make you warlord of all Greece. You will carry my battle standard to the heart of Europa. Your Athenian rivals will kneel at your feet if you will but kneel at mine.”

    Did someone already do that? LOL It does fit.