December 6, 2010
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Who is Andy Stern?
Andy Stern is one of the people President Obama appointed to the Debt Reduction commission. In the final vote, Stern voted no. But this shouldn’t be surprising. Stern is the past president of the Service Employees International Union (if you didn’t know unions are one of Obama’s favorite special interests, now you know). His take on the plan? from the NY Post:
“This is the issue of our time that must be solved,” said labor leader Andy Stern, who nonetheless voted “no” because he favored fewer spending cuts and more tax increases.
Unfortunately (and my left-leaning friends can’t deny this), it is a trait of the left that the answer to all revenue problems is to increase taxes. Nevermind that there is proof from history that lowering taxes raises revenue in many cases. The further problem is, even if the tax revenues did increase from higher tax rates, history has shown that often, the Democrat way is to increase spending instead of cutting spending.
As for Stern, do a search on him and the SIEU. He didn’t leave the union in the best shape financially, so one has to wonder how he ended up on the commission. Then again, he is one of the most frequent visitors to the White House…