AFL-CIO: House speaker 'blackmailing' America
May 20th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
3 years ago

AFL-CIO: House speaker 'blackmailing' America

Washington (CNNMoney) – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka accused House Speaker John Boehner of blackmailing America for withholding his vote to raise the debt ceiling unless there are drastic spending cuts.

"Now we see Speaker Boehner and his colleagues engaged in a new round of blackmail with a ransom note that reads: 'Cut Medicare, dismantle the government, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs to fund more tax cuts for the rich, or we will cause the United States to default on its debts'," Trumka said in a speech at the National Press Club on Friday.

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  1. Charlie from the North

    Don't get mad at Bonehead. He is only doing exactly what the tea party hired him to do and don't be mad a the tea party either they have been fooled by the very wealthy leaders of the movement into acting against their best interests I would even say don't even blame the wealthy leaders of the tea party because Obama really is not working in their best interest. The tea party leaders are taking a classic American tactic of creating a faction to work to 1 lower the taxes on the wealthiest 2. destroy the middle class so they can have a bigger piece of the pie and 3. Shred the social safety net so the pooest will stay that way. That is the intersest of the Tea Party and I cannot blame them for looking out for themselves.
    The blame rest squarely on the shoulders of any eligible voter who stayed home during the last election. Americans have the power to stop the cancer that is the Tea Party. they don't have to "man the barracades", "invade the square" or even radically change our system, they just have to register and vote. And if they don't we will all lose.

    May 20, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Labor has never understood much about monetary matters. All that union leaders really know is to steal from their membership.

    May 20, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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