Even though I am a die hard conservative, I am a member of several unions due to my jobs. Since I am a public teacher, I am a member of WEAC and the NEA. Since I work for the Brewers, I am a member of the SEIU. It is through the SEIU that I have received two glossy Obama mailings and two different calls. I kept the mailings. Why? For the laughs, of course! When I read it, I had to be sure I was looking at someone who was running for the President of the United States of America because it read like someone running for a state senator's seat. Let me quote a few lines (my comments):
"The son of a single mother (is this an allusion to a virgin birth?), Obama worked himself through college, got (not earned) scholarships and went to Colombia and Harvard. After college, Obama passed up offers from Wall Street (I'd love to know what) and went to Chicago where he was a community organizer (is this where he developed his good friendship with Tony Rezko?), working with a church-based group (I wonder if they got assistance from President Bush's faith-based initiative) to help neighborhoods recover from steel plant closings (but as a politician he wants to have the government take care of this). From job training to after-school programs, Obama has always fought for what's right (why do peace-loving liberals always claim they fight?).
"As an Illinois State Senator, Obama brought real tax relief to working families (Bush tax cuts, anyone?) and secured health care for 154,000 uninsured families (how???). In the U.S. Senate, he introduced the Patriot Employer Act, which would provide tax credits to companies that hire and keep American workers (but did he have the leadership to get it passed?), and he helped pass laws that guarantee benefits and better care for our veterans (in other words, he voted 'yes' on someone else's bill).
"As President, Barack Obama will make America work for American Workers (funny, I thought American workers made America what she is, not the reverse).
After reading this, I was completely underwhelmed. Did you notice there is no time frame for any of this? How long did he stay in any position he held? How many days did he actually serve in the Senate? Let me get this straight:
1. He turns down a job to work in a community organization,
2. He goes to the Illinois State Senate and secures health care for 154,000 (out of 12,419,293 as of the 2000 census)
3. He introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate (which didn't pass) and voted on several bills (I know he was more involved, but his is his own publication!)
Wow! This just screams something, and it's not presidential! I'd tell the SEIU not to send me anything more, but then I'd miss out on soooooo many good laughs!