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ObamaCare's Big Labor toll

| Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 legally established the 40-hour work week. The Stabilization Act of 1942 enshrined employer-sponsored health insurance to counter government wage controls during World War II. How ironic that the latest crown jewel of “progressive” liberalism — ObamaCare — now eviscerates both.

Despite becoming pillars of the American labor movement, both staples find themselves on the cusp of radical transformation, if not outright elimination. Who bears responsibility for the damage? Evil Republicans? Greedy corporations? The “1 percent”? Wall Street? George W. Bush?

Why, none other than Barack Hussein Obama himself and his Democrat/Bolshevik allies in both the House and Senate. They have successfully demolished what corporate America never could with their disastrous, pyrrhic Affordable Care Act.

Shifting to embrace a socialistic European model based on “social justice” over capitalism during the last several decades, Big Labor has seen a corresponding decline in membership and benefits that has had a deleterious effect on morale, political clout and the erosion and loss of more than 70 years of benefits for its members and all working Americans.

Paul Kengor, Grove City College professor, named those who unwittingly supported communism “dupes.” The less charitable but more deserving name for the more-than-50-percent who twice voted for the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and health-care system while inflicting economic damage to themselves and all of us collaterally has its origin with Karl Marx himself — ”useful idiots.”

Steven Donnelly

Cowansville

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