Labor Holds Emergency Meetings To Discuss Senate Bill, May Formally Oppose . . . .
Two of the country’s largest labor groups, the SEIU and the AFL-CIO, are each holding emergency executive meetings today to discuss whether they should support the latest round of health care compromises made by Senate Democrats.
Though there’s no official word yet, early indications based on talks with various officials are that the groups will either formally oppose the legislation or, less dramatically, just not fight very hard to ensure its passage.
Labor leaders are fuming at the concessions that Democratic leadership made in the last few days to win the support of the caucus’s most conservative members, notably Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.). A bill that already included one highly objectionable provision (a tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans) was stripped of a provision beloved by labor: a public alternative to private insurance coverage. Frustration boiled over even further after the leadership succumbed to Lieberman’s demand to jettison even the compromise to the public option — a proposal to expand Medicare to those as young as 55.
The article following is an account of the sordid story of how a majority of Congress showed the sensibility of a pack of hyenas as they passed an unconstitutional bill of attainder against ACORN. At the end of the article is a link to the roll call and to District Justice Nina Gershon’s opinion ordering an injunction against an act of the US Congress, a rare event.
4th CD Congressman Jason Altmire voted for this unconstitutional bill. By so doing, he has brought shame on himself and the people of his district. Our Constitution can protect our liberty from encroachment by powerful economic interests, but only if we the people defend its principles. Altmire’s vote to undermine our freedom shows that he votes the interests of the powerful and not the people. This is reason enough to vote him out of office.
Major victory for ACORN and the Constitution
By Glenn Greenwald
In September, I interviewed Rep. Alan Grayson about the unconstitutionality of Congress’ attempt to de-fund ACORN, and a couple of weeks later, examined Supreme Court precedent — principally the 1946 case of U.S. v. Lovett — that left little doubt that the Congressional war on ACORN violated the Constitutional ban on “bills of attainder.” Yesterday, in a lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Federal District Judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York found Congress’ de-funding of ACORN unconstitutional and enjoined its enforcement. This is a major victory not only for ACORN, but also for the Constitution.