Realistic or not, this is what it comes down to. To quote one of my fellow Blue Jerseyans, “this is war”. To quote another, “Sweeney, the union boss, is bragging that the union lost.” To quote another, “sending around this column to the press is the equivalent of high fiving himself for the union man’s unique role in helping a strongman Republican Governor bring organized labor to its knees.” – a column that includes the following quote from Sweeney:
“You saw the unions today do their best to intimidate people,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney. “But guess what? We’re in charge. I didn’t come down here to be told what to do.”
Sweeney must be proud. He did the bidding for his benefactor, insurance man George Norcross and carried water for Governor Christie’s anti-middle class agenda yet again. But in reality, he has yet again betrayed the values of Democrats – the party he is supposed to be one of the leaders of – as well as the middle class workers that the Party has historically stood up for, not to mention the unions that we was a part of for so long.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane when Sweeney sold out another Democratic value, equality:
“If we learned anything in this last election it’s that the main issue right now is the economy,”
Ahhhhh yes, the economy. When Sweeney could have made sure that Christie’s tax cut for the wealthy didn’t happen during the lame duck session, he didn’t lead. Then, he could have blocked a vote (singlehandedly) on Christie’s horrific budget last year but refused to do so. And while there could have been a shutdown, it would have given New Jerseyans a taste of what “life in Chris Christie’s New Jersey” would be like – and has become. Instead, Sweeney made sure there were just enough votes from his caucus to pass Christie’s draconian budget last year.
If Sweeney cared about Democratic values or cared about the economy while failing to lead on the issue of equality, he wouldn’t be taking the lead on this nonsense on eliminating worker rights and demolishing collective bargaining in the first place. If Sweeney cared about Democratic values or cared about the economy, he wouldn’t have led the charge on some of Christie’s property tax pet projects like the cap that did nothing to lower property taxes or help towns or schools. That doesn’t create jobs. That doesn’t help the economy.
He is a failure in his role as Democratic Leader on many many levels and is not deserving of his position. If anything, he is acting like those on the other side of the aisle.