Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
In his recent letter, Joseph Schillmoeller got one thing right: Americans aren’t being fooled anymore. The rest of his letter misses. The Keystone XL Pipeline has Big Oil and union support but is an environmental disaster (think of fracking and the Gulf of Mexico disaster). A huge water supply lies under the proposed pipeline, and the floor of the Gulf is dead forever. Nothing will ever live there again.
Saying that the majority of union dues goes to Democratic candidates is absurd. All private sector unions together will not donate anything close to the Koch brothers’ payments to their Republican puppets through Karl Rove.
Union members get to vote on a portion of their dues going to political parties. Do you really think the Koch brothers allow their employees to vote on their payments to Republicans?
The biggest omission is what the Republicans demanded in return for passing the one-year tax break. They wanted to add a two-year wage freeze on all federal workers in addition to the two-year freeze in place passed by President Barack Obama. They wanted to lay off hundreds of thousands of federal workers. I realize that federal workers don’t matter to Republicans, nor do other groups like the poor, disabled, elderly, blacks, immigrants, Latinos and many others.
It’s amazing how many people Republicans pretend don’t exist.