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Glenn Beck Hates Unions

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Labor has a problem, a big one. Hater Glenn Beck hates unions. And Beck is popular. The crowd down in D.C. for his "Restoring Honor" rally was huge, over 300,000 by an NBC estimate (another estimated the crowd at closer to 90,000).

In D.C. Beck was all peaches and cream calling for everyone to turn to God. Hundreds of preachers and ministers and a rabbi or two flanked him.

It's on the radio and TV that he unleashes his venom. Some examples:

Nov. 28, 2008. Beck was doing a show on a Broadway stage in Manhattan and claimed he was bedeviled by outrageous union rules that called for breaks. He went into a rant about whether OSHA would let people handle Scotch tape and said, "I've never had to deal with unions before. I hate them. I hate them."

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June 23, 2010. "It's not union members who are bad. Union members, please hear this clearly. The union bosses from the beginning, however, had an agenda far different than the typical American blue-collar union worker. Union workers, you are not racists, revolutionaries, or Communists. Maybe some are, but, you know what, some non-union members are as well. But your dues and your fees and your willingness not to recognize who your unions have been from the beginning are empowering Communists, racists and those who will be responsible for destroying our country and then monopolizing it"

In the same show Beck pretended to be a friend of Blacks, giving a "history" of unions with cherry picked quotes "proving" that unions were racist to the core.

On April 12, 2010 he went after pensions, giving this advice to arch budget cutter Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. "He's got to break up the union pensions. Otherwise the State of New Jersey goes out." Beck continued, "You can't have those wages! You can't have those pension packages! You can't retire people and have them live like this forever. You can't do it! We've known that for a long time. So don't act surprised by it. I know it's tough. I know it's awful. But you know what's worse? The entire system shutting down."

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Of course, he claims that while he's against unions he is all for workers. Yet when he noticed the recent New York Times article about people who had run out of unemployment after 99 weeks and still he couldn't find work, he went on this tirade:

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Stanley Heller writes about the Middle East at www.TheStruggle.org. He writes about the economy, teaching, politics and labor at EconomicUprising.com
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