the professional left? curious folk.

NY Times: An unusual split in the labor movement has developed over President Obama’s proposed free-trade pact with South Korea, with two powerful unions backing the deal – a development that experts say will make Congressional ratification far more likely.

The United Automobile Workers are pleased that the agreement will increase auto exports to Korea, and the United Food and Commercial Workers are encouraged that the pact will bolster meat exports to Korea. Both have embraced the deal….

By supporting the agreement, the two unions are breaking with organized labor’s traditional opposition to free-trade agreements as a threat to American jobs…

….Facing pressure from the autoworkers and other unions, Mr. Obama pressed South Korea to renegotiate important provisions in the 2007 accord. The revised deal would reduce tariffs and other trade restrictions on American auto and beef exports and continue American tariffs on Korean cars and trucks for an extended period.

The U.A.W.’s president, Bob King, praised the agreement, saying it would significantly expand American auto exports to South Korea: “I’m supporting this because I think it’s in the best interests of our members and in the best interests of our country. The most important thing for the economic well-being of the U.S. is to protect jobs and create jobs, and I think this agreement will do that.”

….Jane Hamsher, a prominent left-wing blogger who founded Firedoglake, wrote that the U.A.W. was “a bunch of selfish pigs” for embracing the agreement and was a “Chinese-style union” that was “much closer to the interests of management and the government than those of its line workers.”

She asserted that the U.A.W. embraced the accord in part to thank President Obama for rescuing General Motors and Chrysler.


“Government assistance to General Motors and Chrysler led to savings of more than 1.1 million jobs in 2009 alone, according to a recently released Research Memorandum published by the Center for Automotive Research”

So, Hamsher attacks the UAW for being grateful for the saving of 1.1 million jobs …. but opposes the trade deal because, she reckons, it will threaten jobs?


14 Responses to “the professional left? curious folk.”

  1. December 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm


  2. December 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    That woman is their Palin. She is just as extreme, fanatic, hateful and uninformed.

  3. 5 theo67
    December 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    She opposes the deal because it makes the President look good. Plain and simple.

  4. December 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Am I awful for never especially liking Jane Hamsher? She’s always reminded me of a member of the “mean girl” cliques in high school that I always used to avoid like the plague (and as a member of the shy, cowardly clique of “please-just-let-me-get-through-this-school-year clique, I was a little terrified of them).

    She’s calling the whole membership of a huge union “selfish pigs?”

    I wonder if she’s ever been part of a working person’s union (as my long dead shipbuilder father was during the Great Depression) or if she’s old enough or well-read enough to know the bloody and desperate history of unions and their work to create in the United States a strong middle class?

    She may be free to disagree with the unions’ membership on their decisions but, smart mouth little snip that she is, she’s NOT free to call them “selfish pigs!”

    Another nit wit.

    • 7 theo67
      December 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm

      You’re so right. The Unions built the middle class and provided for the safety and protections that we all enjoy. What does she stand for, exactly? She’s clearly not a Progressive or Liberal.

    • 8 AnitaW
      December 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      Could never understand why anyone follows this woman. She is so hateful, but again she’s someone the progressives seem to adore. Unfortunately, if it means liking someone like JH and Grayson to be a progressive then I will probably never make it in this club.

      • 9 TrumpDog
        December 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

        Same here. I’ve never really cared for Grayson’s antics and apparently neither did his constituents.
        Jane has said and done so many disgusting thigs I can’t help but wonder why anyone takes her seriously. Nor do I understand why she’s held up as a voice of liberals.

  5. 10 NCLady
    December 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    She is the perfect example of what President Obama meant at the press conference. She can afford to be pure and sanctimonious, people in the real world, not so much.

    She and some other progressives really need to get over themselves.

  6. 12 TrumpDog
    December 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    She really called unions “selfish pigs??”
    What an absolutely hateful woman. I guess she’s taking a page from her good buddy Grover Norquist.

  7. 13 Hachikō
    December 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Everything the man does these sanctimonious, loud-mouthed leftwing firebaggers, PUMAs, Naderites, or, as they call themselves “true progressives” tear down: Health care reform was a give-away to the health industry, and we should have “Kill the Bill!” Financial reform was weak and another give-away, and proved Obama was a Wall Street ass-kisser. The Food Safety law – largest food safety overhaul in 70 years! and the firebaggers screamed and yelled how it was going to kill the small farmers and take away our rights to eat what we want. Arguably, the best free-trade agreement in 60+ years and they yell and scream that it’s worst than freaking NAFTA and we need to stop it! Now the tax deal. WTF is wrong with these people? Are they for real? Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

    • 14 majii
      December 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

      To put it simply, Hachikō, few, if any, of them have ever experienced any sort of hardships in their entire lives. This means that they have extreme difficulty in dealing with those who do have to deal with them. I have compassion for those who are less fortunate than myself because before I retired last year, I spent 33 years teaching in mostly rural areas of GA where I saw the effects of poverty in every population represented in this country, and it wasn’t pretty. I spent the first 18 years of my life living under segregation, but due to my forward looking parents, I was able to transcend the “pre-ordained slot” that many at the time had reserved for me. I’m fully on board with any proposal that would improve the lives/suffering of my fellow citizens, and I’m not a purist who demands that things be done my way or not at all. I’ve never understood those who would be willing to throw the baby out with the bathwater. That’s not compassion. It’s authoritarianism and selfishness that benefits no one, not even the purveyors of this form of madness.

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