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Richard Louis Trumka for U.S. President under the Labor Party?

I’ll start the ball rolling this morning with a bombshell suggestion.  It looks like many of us would prefer to not have Obama for President.  So the next logical question becomes:  If not Obama, then who?  Here is one possibility.  And of course you are entitled to disagree.  We still have the shreds of a democracy remaining so, if not Obama and not Trumka, then who?

What does Richard Louis Trumka have to offer?

A lot more than many people may realize

PRESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE
Like Obama, Trumka has experience serving as president too.  In fact, Trumka even has more presidential experience than Obama–15 years [From 1982 until Dec. 22, 1995 Trumka served as President of the United Mine Workers.  Since 2009 he has served as President of the AFL-CIO.]

DEEP AMERICAN ROOTS WITH WORKING PEOPLE
Trumka, born in Nemacolin, Pennsylvaia near Pittsburgh. [You know, that area where folks love their guns and Bibles.] He is an Italian American, third generation Polish American, son of a coal miner who went to work in the mines when he was 19 years old.

TRUMKA IS NO ATHEIST
Trumka is a Roman Catholic.

LIKE OBAMA, TRUMKA ALSO HAS A LAW DEGREE
Trumka received a bachelor of science degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1971 and a law degree from Villanova University in 1974,

LIKE OBAMA, TRUMKA HAS WASHINGTON EXPERIENCE
From 1974 to 1979, Trumka was a staff attorney with the United Mine Workers at their headquarters in Washington, D.C.

TRUMKA HAS DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN EXPERIENCE
Besides his domestic labor activities, Trumka established an office that raised U.S. mineworker solidarity with the miners in South Africa  while they were fighting apartheid. He further served as the U.S. Shell boycott chairman, which challenged the multinational Royal Dutch/Shell Group for its continued business dealings in South Africa. For these steps, Trumka received the 1990 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.

TRUMKA UNDERSTANDS BUILDING COALITIONS
He chaired the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council, a consortium of manufacturing unions focusing on key issues in trade, health care and labor law reform. He co-chairs the China Currency Coalition, an alliance of industry, agriculture, services, and worker organizations whose stated mission is to support U.S. manufacturing.

TRUMKA ASKS QUESTIONS THAT OBAMA AVOIDS
“How much,” he asks, “did your pay go up last year? How about your friends and family? Before you answer,  consider this: In 2010, the CEOs of major companies averaged $11.4 million for their year’s work. That was an increase of  an increase of 23 percent over their pay in 2009.”

TRUMKA UNDERSTANDS AND SPEAKS OUT AGAINST RACISM
Just imagine if Richard gave this speech in 2012, but instead of Obama, he talked about himself. Trumka would surely give the same speech on racism today–as for his enthusiasm for Obama?  No, I don’t think so. Trumka is as disillusioned as the rest of us.  link to video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QIGJTHdH50&feature=player_embedded

Some people complain about Trumka’s salary of $400,000 a year which includes all his benefits etc. This is what Trumka is paid for heading up an organization that has 15.5 million members.  To put that $400,000 salary in perspective,  Wal-Mart has 2.1 million employees worldwide and  Walmart CEO Michael Duke’s $35 million salary, when converted to an hourly wage, worked out to $16,826.92. By comparison, at a Walmart store planned for the Windy City’s Pullman neighborhood, new employees to be paid $8.75 an hour would gross $13,650 a year. Thus their CEO makes more in one hour than most of the employees working for him earn in a year.

And speaking of 15.5 million members, you can easily see why the Plutocrats hate the Unions. That is a sizable base with which to begin a campaign.  That’s a lot of volunteers, a lot of voters, and a lot of money–all on the side of workers. Plus they already have campaign headquarters set up all over the USA–their union halls.  No wonder the bad cop Republican plutocrats are trying to overtly destroy the Unions while the good cop Democratic leadership stand by as if butter won’t melt in their mouths (until of course they are asking the Unions for money and then the butter flows from their mouths like lava gushing forth).

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