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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Obama's Gangster Government

The president promised his union buddies that "we're gonna help our friends." Now, he's using the power of the White House to overturn decades of bankruptcy and labor law in their favor and to funnel tax money their way.

(By Chris Field, Townhall.com) -
"Imagine having a president whose life work was your work." It was September 2007, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was challenging members of the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) to dream the dream of owning a president -- him.

Obama, who was seeking the union's endorsement in the upcoming presidential primaries, reminded his enthusiastic crowd that the SEIU had supported him in the past: "All these folks sitting here, right here, they walked doors for me, they made phone calls for me, they turned out the vote for me!"

Months after Obama's speech, the SEIU threw $60 million and 100,000 volunteers behind Obama's election effort. The AFL-CIO nearly matched that, with $53.4 million in election spending -- enough to help put their debt-heavy union into a minor financial crisis.

But it was probably worth the price.


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