AFTER ALL, IT WAS IN THE INDICTMENT.
The federal criminal complaint filed against Mr. Blagojevich said his chief of staff, John Harris, had suggested to a service employees’ official that the union should help make the governor the head of Change to Win, the federation of seven unions that broke away from the A.F.L.-C.I.O. The complaint said Mr. Blagojevich was seeking a position that paid $250,000 to $300,000 a year.HOT AIR:
In exchange, the complaint strongly suggested, the service employees union and Change to Win would help persuade Mr. Blagojevich to name Valerie Jarrett, President-elect Barack Obama’s first choice, as the state’s new senator. And the union would get help from the Obama administration, presumably for its legislative agenda.
... the SEIU was Blagojevich’s biggest donor in his two campaigns for the governorship. The union also endorsed Obama early in the primaries, in February, when Hillary began to struggle. With Gaspard on the team and the union holding some IOUs from Obama, a third-party deal would make perfect sense.WHY DID THE SEIU FEEL LIKE THEY COULD BE A DEALMAKER!?
The question is whether that idea came solely from Blagojevich, or whether the SEIU originated or at least concurred in the process. Obama would have gotten his preferred candidate in the Senate, the SEIU would have even more IOUs from both Blagojevich and Obama, and Blagojevich would have had his sinecure for a golden parachute out of Springfield.
BECAUSE THEY ARE TIGHT WITH OBAMA AND THE CHICAGO MACHINE.
WE BLOGGED THIS LAST WINTER, [ APOST ON THE SEIU AND OBAMA] - TWICE [LONG POST ON OBAMA AND THE CHICAGO MACHINE]; EXCERPT FROPM A LINK ON THE FORST POST:
Many SEIU leaders had backed Edwards before he dropped out, but giant New York- and Chicago-based locals blocked an endorsement. Now, with Chicago pushing hard for Obama and joined by much of the rest of the union's national organization, insiders said a tipping point appears to have been reached.IT WAS THE CHICAGO WING OF THE SEIU WHICH TIPPED THE SCALES FOR OBAMA.
AT THE TIME - ALMOST A YEAR AGO - WE WARNED ABOUT THE CORRUPT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHICAGO MACHINE AND THE SEIU AND OBAMA:
Can you imagine what will happen if PRESIDENT OBAMA signs a nationalized healthcare plan bill passed by HARRY REID and NANCY PELOSI!?!?WE WERE RIGHT.
It'll probably be run by a Kennedy and a Daley - for their benefit and the benefit of and their SEIU/AFSCME cronies.
WE WERE RIGHT BECAUSE WE HAD PREVIOUSLY - IN 2006! - WARNED ABOUT HOW THE DEMOCRATS HAD BECOME THE MOUTHPIECES FOR THE TAX-GETTING UNIONS - LIKE THE SEIU AND AFSCME, AND THAT THIS WAS WHY THE DEMOCRATS ALWAYS FAVORED MORE SPENDING AND BIGGER PROGRAMS.
IN 2005, WE CALLED IT "THE AXIS-OF-TAXES":
"government workers" (like NEA teachers, and AFSCME white collar bureaucrats, and SEIU etc) are PAID FROM TAXES and are also HUGE supporters of the Democrat Party. They are perhaps the strongest backers of the party - in money, right after the Left-wing billionaires like Soros, Lewis, and Heinz-Kerry. And they might contribute the most to the Democrats when one takes into account manpower hours during campaigning and their get out the vote efforts.This is OBVIOUSLY one reason why the Democrats FAVOR BIGGER GOVERNMENT AND INCREASING GOVERNMENT SPENDING: It's a PAYOFF their supporters.In this light, it's OBVIOUS that the "government employeee union"/Democrat Party alignment nothing more than a self-serving "AXIS FOR TAXES" and that this is why the AXIS nearly always favors more government programs and higher taxes: in order to pay for higher wages and more perks for MORE government workers/union members.
THE SEIU IS A CENTRAL SPOKE IN THE CORRUPT AXIS OF TAXES.
RIGHT NOW, OBAMA IS THE HUB.
RIGHT NOW, OBAMA IS THE HUB.