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Peter Lahti, Omaha

Omaha World Herald – PUBLIC PULSE – June 19, 2008

Union’s Don’t Lobby?

Al Mumm again tilts at windmills in his June 16 letter. This time, he actually made me chortle, accusing “corporate America” of lobbying for its interests.

Ha! So unions don’t do this?

Before Mr. Mumm points his accusing finger at corporate America, let’s discuss the closed shop that forces workers to pay union dues and political contributions despite the will of its members. Don’t forget the corrupt union leaders, the strong-arm organizing tactics and the resulting collapse of the labor movement. Remember the old adage, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.”

Additionally, if illegal immigration is such a job problem, perhaps unions should use their lobbying dollars to support curbs on illegal immigration. But I suspect they don’t know how to contribute to conservative political campaigns. As an alternative, why not convince House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to reverse her stand on illegal-immigration issues?

And tax dollars to support the underemployed? While Republicans recently have wantonly spent money like drunken sailors, at least they haven’t increased taxes, as the Democrats have proposed.

Peter Lahti, Omaha

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