Vice President Joe Biden paid the Teamsters Union a visit at their annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada and issued them a stern warning. “And don′t any of you, by the way, any of you guys vote Republican. I′m not supposed to say, this isn’t political…don′t come to me if you do! You′re on your own, Jack!” Needless to say, Biden wants the Teamsters, and all trade unions for that matter, to support Barack Obama in 2012. One would think such would be obvious. But, when we look at history, the Teamsters do what is best for themselves, and often, that means voting Republican.
We have seen this in 1968, 1972 and in 1980. The Teamsters supported the election of Richard Nixon as they believed, and rightfully so, that the Democrats were too deep in bed with radicals and Communist agitators. So the union joined the Silent Majority, whom had had enough of demonstrations and rioting in the streets. Likewise again, in 1980, the Teamsters backed Ronald Reagan, as Jimmy Carter and his economic policies had plunged the nation into the depths of stagflation and chronic unemployment.
Given how the Obama administration has ruined our economy, bankrupting the federal government, bullying job creators and attacking the energy industry, it is easy to see why the Teamsters might jump ship in 2012. Teamsters want growth and prosperity, not endless years of high unemployment and declining GDP. Another thing Teamsters want is oil. They need it to fuel their trucks. Obama′s policies are taking food off their table and costing them jobs.
So will Joe Biden making threats to the Teamsters and other trade unions work? His speech in Las Vegas, Nevada to trump up support for Barack Obama for 2012 may fall on deaf ears. Unions that work in the private sector may be growing weary of the sluggish economy and high unemployment rates. The Teamsters in particular may find Obama′s assault on the oil industry is also an attack on their own livelihood. They might see the better alternative is to vote Republican in 2012, and replace Obama with someone who will fix the economy and create more jobs, as well as keep the gas pumps flowing.