AFL-CIO: House speaker 'blackmailing' America
May 20th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
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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. The Real Tom Paine

    Cue the frothing right-wingers.

    May 20, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. jenn,philadelphia

    What's his problem? Is he mad because he thinks since they "bought" the President, he should get what he wants instead?

    May 20, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country, stop the Democrat death spiral in 2012

    This scumbag union crook is the biggest black mailer in the country! I guess cuts are not good for the unions which means they have another good reason for happening.

    May 20, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    This is nothing new. The tea baggers and the koch brothers took control of the party of hell no and they have been blackmailing them since then.
    Even the newter man found out the hard way that you can't go against the new nazi rethug party becaues their leader limbaugh will slap your hand.
    The rethugs want to do away with the unions because they are against anything that helps the middle class get ahead. They don't have to worry about salary, parking, insurance (all of them) and they have a nice little chunk of money once they stop screwing their constituents in the name of the hock brothers and big corporations. That is what their pledge of allegiance is all about.

    May 20, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. bill smelser

    i totally agree with you there is nothing worse than talking out of one side of your mouth for your buget friends and then with the other side hold us hostage

    May 20, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Dave R.

    The GOP agenda is Showering Big Oil with more subsidies, demolishing Medicare, attacking women’s access to health care and more tax cuts for the rich. For all you tea baggers, the GOP does not give a rip about you or any one else. How can the GOP call themselves Christians!!??

    May 20, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. gt

    no wonder labor is loosing... this guy is a neanderthal ... stupid , unfounded ,statements like that turns average americans away form you.... jerk..

    May 20, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. diridi

    I do not know as to where this nation is going and leading...but Shame....GOP idiots do all these things, for power....shame, no ethics, no morality, no integrity, no conscience. no standard...nothing...mere greed, greed, greed....wake up America, you need to revolt....that's the only way....you win....God bless this great big nation, the USA!!!!work for energy efficiency, strong dollar, stringent immigration, etc.,

    May 20, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. Breem

    Trumka is the master of blackmailing so he ought to know what it looks like. That scumbag has done more harm to American prosperity than half the ambulance chasing trial lawyers in the country. If he finds fault with what Boehner is doing that we can count ourselve lucky.

    May 20, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Go ahead and google it: expert economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who leans conservative, has a video floating around the web in which he shows on a white-board IN JUST 58 SECONDS why the GOP is completely and utterly full of feeeeeceeees when they threaten to not raise the debt ceiling and act like it would be no big deal.

    It's a bigger bluff than their threat to not fund the government...and we all saw how that turned out for them when you took the hood off and looked at the real budget numbers involved.

    May 20, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Calm down. Republicans threatening not to raise the debt limit is like someone pointing a gun to his own head or threatening to jump off the roof of a building unless his demands are met. Do you think the business masters of the Republican Party are going to let them cause a global meltdown?

    May 20, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country, stop the Democrat death spiral in 2012

    OH LOOK!! It's Obama's puppet master!! The Democrats multi-hundred million dollar campaign contributor. Now we know who the Democrats TRULY work for....

    May 20, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Chris

    That's what the GOP does – they blackmail to force their political ideology on America. Remember when they weren't going to extend benefits for the jobless until the got tax cuts for the rich extended.

    May 20, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Mr. Boehner (Weeper of the house - weakest ever) is too busy buying lace panties and dainty little hankies to match his girlie pastel ties. He can't be bothered with working for US. Even though he spends 1 week in DC and two weeks in Ohio (mostly golfing with his corporate buddies and at his tanning salon)

    Get rid of the republicans or out country will never recover. HELL NO we don't want the republicans.

    May 20, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    Trumka is awful free with our kid's money and America's future. He is irresponsible and is giving union workers in America a bad name. It is unfortunate that the Democratic Administration has given this guy a voice in anything.

    I guess right now Trumka is most interested in demonizing the Republican Party so that he get's the biggest bang for his investment in Obama's 2012 campaign. Certainly he cashed out well ( $60 billion in ObamaCare bill! ) in his 2008 'investment' in Obama.

    May 20, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I have never been in a union but I must thank them for an 8 hour work day, weekends off, safety in the work place, and especially for the higher pay they asked for so we could all benefit.

    Raise the damn ceiling already. My 401K is going to die if you don't.

    May 20, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country, stop the Democrat death spiral in 2012

    Richard Trum-KAKA leads an corrupt organization that should be investigated by the FBI and Justice Dept. They extort dues from their members to support DEMOCRATS ONLY and their members that support Others can do nothing about it. It is a soley owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, another corrupt organization. Just look at Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel for proof of that.

    May 20, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    The republicans whine and cry about their corporate buddies having to pay ANY taxes. With all their loopholes, they end up paying zero - no matter what their rate is. Vote the republicans out or lose our country to corporations. It's up to you and me.

    May 20, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. lforlegend

    Trumka is right. One ? for the Boner, where ae the jobs? Not the one you're trying to pull on the innocent.

    May 20, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You got that right, but let's be plain speakers here, it's not as if you're unfamiliar with the process.

    May 20, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country, stop the Democrat death spiral in 2012

    Has anybody bothered to ask and wonder why corrupt union leaders are the most frequent visitors to the Whitehouse? Where is all the reporting on this?? What is being discussed and planned? Where is all the transparency Obama brags so much about, yet practices very little of. It is very clear Obama and the Democrat party are controlled by these union thugs.

    May 20, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    Yeah, just give Obama a limitless credit card so he can blow another $4 trillion on liberal programs that don't produce anything but excuses. It's like the founding fathers knew there would be guys like Obama elected when they created the checks and balances that are saving America today.

    Make the Democrats match every penny of increaed debt limit with a penny of spending cuts. Do it for the future generations of Americans who have to pay this bill he is running up!

    May 20, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. J. D. Dahle

    This guy is a loser and could care less about the average guy

    May 20, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Oregon Calling

    He's correct, anyone that isn't in government would almost surely be arrested for blackmail.

    Peace :-)

    May 20, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Albo58

    Trumka talking about someone else and blackmail is laughable! This parasitic thief is a master of the art!

    May 20, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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