July 21, 2010
Wednesday morning on the Bill Press Radio Show, AFSCME Pres. Gerald W. McEntee talked P-O-L-I-T-I-C-S during a segment covering topics ranging from the extension of unemployment benefits, legislation to give public safety workers the right to collective bargaining, and the very urgent need for Congress to pass federal aid to states.
When it comes right down to it, said McEntee, while the Republicans have been "recalcitrant" and have done their best to block every attempt to get the economy back on track, the Democrats and Pres. Obama need to do a lot more to fight for working families.
Pres. McEntee said the AFSCME members he spoke with during the union's 39th International Convention earlier this month were distressed, discouraged and angry about what's happening — or not happening — in Washington, and he predicted it could have an impact on the upcoming midterm elections.
Bill Press: Do you think the base is going to be there?
Pres. McEntee: Right now? No.
Listen here (9 min. 21 sec.):
Update: on her blog, Digby says Pres. McEntee has "sounded a frightening alarm" and asks: Is unemployment about to go back up?