Three days after receiving $25 billion in federal bailout funds, Bank of America Corp. hosted a conference call with conservative activists and business officials to organize opposition to the U.S. labor community's top legislative priority.You'll have to excuse my incredulity but I thought these dudes were the biggest existential threat to American capitalism and a lot worse. They are the ones who caused the public's loss of faith in American business because of the way these near criminals have conducted themselves.
Participants on the October 17 call -- including at least one representative from another bailout recipient, AIG -- were urged to persuade their clients to send "large contributions" to groups working against the Employee Free Trade Act (EFCA), as well as to vulnerable Senate Republicans, who could help block passage of the bill.
Bernie Marcus, the charismatic co-founder of Home Depot, led the call along with Rick Berman, an aggressive EFCA opponent and founder of the Center for Union Facts. Over the course of an hour, the two framed the legislation as an existential threat to American capitalism, or worse.
In addition to opposing EFCA, they also are raising money for vulnerable conservative Republican candidates - you know, the very people who actually opposed socialism for greedy rich CEOs and voted against the bailout. In fact, talk about biting the hand that literally fed them, without the Democrats, they wouldn't have a bailout to piss in.
Remember, these are the men and women who grabbed public funds to bailout corporations they ran into the ground and then went partying at fancy resorts. Now they are fighting against union protection, higher wages, and a decent working environment for janitors, coal miners, maids, and other ordinary workers.
Meanwhile, actual union members risked their lives to save other's lives in the miracle on the Hudson. Believe me, it wasn't just God who made that miracle, but brave and well trained men and women acting as His angels. And those people owed their safety training to good union apprenticeships and classes that let them upgrade their skills at no expense to their employers.
Now you know who is really waging class warfare - and on the government's dime no less. You know, if I were a conservative, not only would I be ashamed, I wouldn't take their money. It would be like an abstinence only group getting its funding from the most active hooker in town.