Barack Obama — March 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

Nolan Finley is shocked – SHOCKED! – that union members support President Obama


It’s just SHOCKING!

Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News is positively astonished that the UAW and other unions will be supporting President Obama’s reelection campaign.

Now we know how United Auto Workers President Bob King will repay Barack Obama for holding the union harmless from the Detroit automakers’ bankruptcy: He’ll provide the ground troops for the president’s class war.

The Daily Caller blog says it found evidence that King and the UAW are behind the “99 Percent Spring,” which aims to train and deploy 100,000 Americans for “non-violent direct action” in the months leading up to November’s presidential election. The Daily Caller says files on the group’s website, which have since disappeared, indicate the UAW is providing the organizational support for protests designed to support the president’s narrative that America is divided into two camps — the wealthy 1 percent and the struggling 99 percent.

“99 Percent Spring” will replace the Democrat’s previous grassroots charade, the tainted Occupy movement, with its filthy camps and allegations of violence and rapes that gave it no chance of resonating with mainstream voters.

This new movement will perpetuate the myth that Obama bears no responsibility for the economic suffering that has marked his tenure. It will foist the blame instead on wealthy individuals and big corporations, and mask the failure of the president’s wealth transfer schemes, oppressive regulations and job-killing tax plans.

It’s interesting to see Finley complain about “oppressive regulations” and their negative impact on businesses when the stock market is at historical highs, unemployment claims are dropping and the economy is getting a wide array of positive signs that it is on the mend. Calling it “President Obama’s class war” is a sign of true desperation.

But the most interesting thing is that he is surprised that the UAW, whose members credit the Obama administration for saving their industry, would reject Republicans who say, almost in unison, that they would have “let Detroit go bankrupt”. This isn’t a Mitt Romney mantra, it’s a Republican mantra.

Finley says the Obama campaign should have to “report the UAW’s efforts as an in-kind contribution”. One wonders how he feels about the Koch brothers, the Mackinac Center, and other right-wing groups supporting the Republican candidates. Actually, we know how Finley feels about them. They are A-OK in his book. That’s “grassroots” in his world. His references to “filthy camps” and unsubstantiated “allegations of violence and rapes” are part and parcel of the right-wing demonization of true grassroots activists and not at all surprising.

He is, after all, the spokesman for the 1%.