The Wednesday Report

There are a number of items appearing on the [internet] wire this morning. First came this piece—feudalism and a heredity aristocracy has returned to America. Hereditary succession has been in place in many areas already—just look at the Kennedy and Bush families. That hereditary line of succession can be found in other families across the country.

It should be no surprise that hereditary succession occurs in other areas…like unions.

For union leadership jobs, it pays well to have family ties

By Luke Rosiak - The Washington Times, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Labor unions are dedicated to ensuring every worker an equal voice, but it helps to have the right last name.

For the Laborers Local 1015 in Canton, Ohio, that name is Mayle. Fourteen staffers and officers oversee $1.7 million in assets for 685 members, but five of them, including the treasurer, auditor and business manager, belong to the Mayle clan.

At Kentucky’s Laborers 1445, five of 17 officials are named Oney. They are business manager Johnny W., who makes $80,000; Johnny N., who makes $61,000; auditor Roger, treasurer Mitchell, and secretary Rhonda.

“Johnny N. is the field rep, he’s my son. When it comes to hiring him, I make my recommendations and the executive board does what they want to do,” the business manager said. His brother Roger is auditor, and Mitchell Oney, until two years ago, sat on the executive board as treasurer. Rhonda Oney, who “sleeps with my brother,” Mr. Oney joked, answers phones.

Teamsters 710 of Mokena, Ill., pays its treasurer, Patrick W. Flynn, $435,000 a year, but that wasn’t enough. Both his son and daughter have taken jobs at the union. President Michael Sweeney brought on his sister Maureen at a $60,000 salary, while trustee James Dawes, who received a $215,000 bonus, brought on his daughter for $45,000, tax records show.

These cozy relationships are even worse among labor’s elites in the marble palaces of Washington’s national headquarters.

“It’s becoming impossible to find anyone at the Laborers’ International Union who has ever actually worked the trade beyond a summer or two while they attended the Harvard Labor College,” said a longtime national official within the Laborers’ International Union of North America who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation.

“How can you represent working men and women when you’ve never had to really work a day in your life as a construction laborer? These sons and grandsons of laborers have never suffered through a long layoff, or seared in the heat of the day, or frozen in the cold of a winter outside on a job site.”

A complex network of pension and other funds spans the family’s tentacles through every branch of the union and provides ample opportunity to boost salaries far beyond what is evident in the payrolls of the union’s main offices.

Michael A. Sabitoni Jr., for example, is president of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council, and is also chairman of the Rhode Island Laborers’ Pension Fund, the Rhode Island Laborers’ Health and Welfare Fund and the Rhode Island Laborers’ Annuity Fund.

He is also trustee of the New England Laborers’ Training Trust Fund, the New England Laborers’ Labor-Management Cooperation Trust and the New England Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund.

The column continues further but the point is made. A small group of hereditary “lords” control the unions and also have a somewhat incestuous relationship with other unions, pension funds and foundations. The rank-and-file union members, excluded from the aristocracy, are the new peasantry.  Union lords are just like a mafia family without an ethnic requirement.

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Do you remember Ken Salazar? He’s the “former” Interior Secretary who ignored not one but two Federal Court orders to open the Gulf for oil and gas drilling. For his blind loyalty to Obama, he’s being booted out of the Cabinet.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar resigning from Obama administration

January 16, 2013 | 6:40 am | Modified: January 16, 2013 at 7:15 am

It looks like President Obama’s cabinet reshuffling is not finished.

According to the Denver Post, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will step down from his position and return to Colorado.

Salazar  joins outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is reportedly “widely expected to step down” but has not announced his plans.

President Obama’s Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson, resigned from his position after reportedly suffering a seizure and hitting two cars while driving in California. Rebecca Blank has been the acting secretary since Bryson stepped down.

On that last, the so-called seizure was accompanied with a strong odor of alcohol. For the other fools cabinet members, is it a case of rats leaving a sinking ship or it is like useful fools, they’ve exhausted their value? That question doesn’t matter really. We know who Obama wants for some of their replacements and his choices are worse than the fools who are leaving.

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A popular Pastor from a large Atlanta church was “disinvited” to give the benediction at Obama’s Inauguration.

CROUSE: Obama committee’s slap in the face of religious liberty

Pastor’s withdrawal sets disturbing precedent for second term

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Rev. Louis Giglio/ Associated Press, By Janice Shaw Crouse

Last week, the Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of Atlanta’s Passion City Church, was pressured to withdraw from giving the benediction at President Obama’s second inaugural ceremony. A liberal watchdog group uncovered a two-decades-old sermon in which Mr. Giglio preached a biblically-based message that homosexuality, like other sins, required repentance — and that, as with other sins, the power of Jesus Christ offered both healing and restoration, grace and mercy to the repentant. As theologian Al Mohler expressed so well on his blog, Mr. Giglio’s ministry is based on “undiluted biblical truth,” and his preaching on homosexuality has been “the consensus of the Church for more than 2,000 years, and is the firm belief held by the vast majority of Christians around the world today.”

By disinviting the clergyman announced as the choice for giving the second inaugural benediction, the inaugural committee established a beachhead of moral rebellion that prohibits the presence of representatives of Christian doctrine in the public square of America. This doctrine has been held by churches, ministers and priests across centuries and cultures. The controversy is not over the expression of those doctrines, but over the mere participation of clergy who hold to those long-established tenets of the faith — beliefs that are grounded in Scripture and in all established religions.

This really shouldn’t be a surprise to us bible-toting, gun-owning, rebels who will not sign on to Obama’s agenda. We’re his enemy.