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  • Union Announcement Proves Left is Buying “Grass Roots” Support

    It’s time for the Left to quit pretending that conservative activism is artificial and orchestrated, but liberal activism is genuine.

    They haven’t presented credible evidence that the huge crowds at town hall meetings are paid shills. But there’s plenty of evidence that the Left relies on huge numbers of paid workers to hit the streets and show up at meetings.

    The biggest proof is an announcement made in January—long before the town hall flare-ups—by the SEIU labor union (Service Employees International Union). This is the union whose purple shirts are so visible in town hall altercations.

    SEIU announced it would hire over 1,000 people to work in 35 states on behalf of the Obama agenda, which it calls “Change That Works”. As stated in its press release:

    • “SEIU members have committed to more than 1,000 members and staff working full-time in the field and dedicated 30% of the union’s resources to the campaign. Already approximately $10 million has been set aside to build and mobilize public support in key states.
    • “SEIU has hired or assigned full-time state campaign directors . . . in 35 states.
    • “SEIU has created a “war-room” at its headquarters in Washington, DC to facilitate the Change That Works program.
    • “In coalition with other organizations, SEIU will participate in multi-million dollar paid advertising campaigns this month and throughout 2009.”

    The SEIU website has listings that show it continues to hire more activists.

    And which are the 35 states where these 1,000+ paid activists are working? SEIU identified them as Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

    Their ongoing campaign is a follow-up to the almost $61-million the SEIU spent to elect Obama. Union president Andy Stern recently told the Las Vegas Sun, “We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama–$60.7 million to be exact—and we’re proud of it.”

    Now they want payback. And as their behavior at townhalls demonstrates, the SEIU is willing to do anything to get it.

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    10 Responses to Union Announcement Proves Left is Buying “Grass Roots” Support

    1. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Unions seem to be full of mindless sheep that follow whatever they are told to do. That is the only way Unions can survive. What were once noble organizations founded to protect workers from employers who didn't care, have morphed into gang-like organizations that have no place in the business world any longer.

    2. Marilyn Montgomery says:

      You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time. This SEIU is the worst of the worst.

    3. Maria Fattahi Dacula says:

      I am totally Disappointed with my Representatives and need help to get them Involved! Please write to all congress members asking to be heard! I wrote as follows:

      Dear Mr. Linder,

      I am very disappointed that you have chosen to have TELEPHONE TOWN HALLS on August 13th and August 25th instead of holding REAL TOWN HALLS where opponents of the Health Care Plan can meet and show the country that the Majority is against this continual, ever growing intrusion into our private lives by Government! When you wanted our Votes, you were out in the public giving your speeches, making your promises and asking for our Votes – Now you are hiding behind the telephone??!!?? We all want answers – we want to know how you are going to vote and we want it to be publicly known!!! Pro Health Care organizations are now hiring people at $15.00/hr (several ads on Craigslist) to go to town meetings and protest FOR the Health Care Bill!!! We need to have as many town halls as possible!!! The more town halls, the thinner their pool of paid protestors to drowned out our voices!!!! Why are you HIDING behind the telephone???? Is it cowardliness, Laziness or just out right indifference to our opinions??!!? This bill is going to be a law; it makes the public option Mandatory – Except for Government Employees!!!! That is wrong!!! Will you sign a bill that exempts you from participating in a law you passed???

      Obama understands the importance of perception!! He stacks his town halls, he has little girls ask leading questions, he lies to the American People, he hires supporters – All so he can over ride the legislative process and ram this bill into our lives!!!! Left wing liberals are trying to say the Majority wants this plan – we all want to show the country that GA doesn’t want this plan!!!

      We want a REAL Town Hall – We want to be Heard!!! Why are democrats holding Town Halls and you are not???? I am going to send a copy of this letter to all the news media outlets, Heritage Group and the 9/12 project asking for support to get you out in the public and hear our voices!!!

      I would also like to know why you are not voting on the Difficult Issues? Where is your back bone??

      Please encourage intelligent, honest, caring people who have common sense to run for the mid-term elections! We can't get the crooks out of Congress if no one is running against them!!!!

      Thank You!

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    5. Sue says:

      I was at Ca. DMV the other day, and noticed purple shirts behind the desks. If taxpayers are paying their salaries, do they have the right to parade their political machine during working hours?

      I waited almost 3 hours to take a Drivers test, so I know how government works. It doesn't.

    6. Betty Sue says:

      The devil has his workers and obviously his hand is all over this group. I pray for our nation and it's leaders. I want to get the record straight Mr. Obama and others; the United States of America was, is, and always will be a nation formed on Christian beliefs.

      We will not sit back and take the trash you are trying to dish out. With God on our side; anything is possible.

    7. Betty Sue says:

      August 14, 2009 Betty Sue writes:

      Your comment is currently undergoing moderation

      The devil has his workers and obviously his hand is all over this group. I pray for our nation and it’s leaders. I want to get the record straight Mr. Obama and others; the United States of America was, is, and always will be a nation formed on Christian beliefs.

      We will not sit back and take the trash you are trying to dish out. With God on our side; anything is possible.

    8. Bobbie Jay says:

      In an earlier blog, someone suggested, we the people ask any restaurant owner, manager whatever if they hire through SEIU. If yes, boycott. This is good advice and I will soon be acting upon that advice. I'll ask everywhere I do business, including grocery stores and the like.

    9. OPAS says:

      All of you are preaching to the choir, to each other. You, have permitted yourselves to be non-voters. You know who you are, you did not vote for your country. You didn't have the sense God gave a rock and did not see that regardless of your petty agenda, you must vote for your country first, then you work on your pet project. Every "Independant", "Undecided","Libertarian", Religeous group and all you others that threw your vote away were led by the nose to divide yourselves into your own little petty agenda. You are the ones that got Obama elected and have filled your Congrss and Senate with Democrats that want to tear down America.

      To be able to say they get bi-partisan votes, a few Democrats have run under the Republican ticket and vote with the Democrats. VIOLA! LOOK! We have a miracle, we have a bi-partisan vote.

      Of course you can ask these so called Republicans but as good Democrats they know their Miranda Rights that they do not have to say anything against themselves and loudly deny they are really Democrats, and of coarse, you just KNOW you can believe them. Why just ask the inmates in any prison if they did what they were accusede of.

      Obama?

      -"one, who will preach doctrines he knows to be untrue,(lies),to men and women he knows to be idiots."

      There is no difference between the best demagogue and the worst, both of them present their cases equally in terms of melodrama.

      There is no difference between the politician who is humbugging (BS'ng) the people into allowing him to do his will, in whatever disguise it may come to him, and a president who is humbugging (BS'ng)the people into furthering his personal ambition and the interests of destroying America with the help of those who own the newspapers and support him.

      Political leadership in the form of the a 'demagogue' who grew from the soil of the city (street organizer) is of greatest danger to us

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