An interesting, but absurd, illustration of "doing the right thing" was revealed last week in the Obama administration's handling of the Gulf oil spill. Apparently Obama's partnership with labor unions has prevented him from waiving the Jones Act, which would allow foreign, nonunion workers to participate in the clean-up, using proven technology from the Netherlands and other places.
In other words, the concern for the environment, the Gulf population and so on is overridden by the Democrats' partnership with labor unions - code word: "working families."
The indebtedness to labor unions, which too often have a proven association with organized crime, is a hallmark of the Democrats that goes back to Tammany Hall and the Chicago political gang machine. Remember the desperate rush to form a Homeland Security Department after Sept. 11 and how it was held up for four months because the Democrats insisted that the department be forced to staff with labor-union members? Nothing has changed.
If we look at the states that are going under - California, for instance - once again we see that "doing-the-right-thing" social welfare and labor unions have had a large hand in that failure. Look at Philadelphia's crime rate and calls for National Guard intervention; look at Detroit in Third World ruins after years of union domination. Look at decaying Atlanta and other large cities like Los Angeles and some northeastern cities. Look at the number of U.S. citizens who have been raped, robbed, murdered and victimized by illegal immigrants over the last four decades while Democrats have insisted that we "do the right thing" and numerous attempts have been made to unionize illegal immigrants so that they, too, can be a strong political force for the Democrats.
At some point in time, the petty insanity of not allowing foreign, non-U.S.-union-member clean-up ships to help us has to sound an alarm in the head of actual Americans. Maybe when things get bad enough?
Mike Sigman, Durango