This is big news. The “rift between labor and environmentalists,” as outlined by Jonathan Martin in the New York Times, is a split that has been developing for several years but has finally broken through in Election 2016 in a dramatic fashion. Eight “proud trade unionists and Building Trades leaders” have written a strongly worded letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka expressing their concerns about — and refusing to offer financial support for — the AFL-CIO’s involvement in creating a super PAC with liberal billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer. In the letter, the eight union presidents say they are convinced that “the AFL-CIO has now officially become infiltrated by financial and political interests that work in direct conflict to many of our members’ — and yes, AFL-CIO dues paying members’ lives.” In an election where Republicans are worried about a downdraft caused by having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, this public split in the traditionally united Democratic ranks could help Republicans maintain control of the Senate.

The party of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton doesn’t like free enterprise or those who associate with it. They like social activists more than they like American workers. The national Democratic Party is composed of a circle of self-reinforcing members, including academics, feminists, environmentalists, government unions, Hollywood, minority and LGBT activists, trial lawyers and a host of financiers like Tom Steyer. What do they all have in common? These groups tend to have a parasitic relationship with private enterprises that actually employ people, particularly people who work in a trade. Democratic insiders promote policies, often under the guise of environmental and global warming activism, that suppress development, growth and good, middle-class jobs. The failure of the Obama economy speaks for itself.

And, according to Gallup polling, the economy is still the most important issue facing the country today. Let’s face it, who are voters likely to believe will do more to spike economic growth — especially in the construction industry — construction magnate Trump and the Republicans, or social activist Clinton and the Democrats? And, while we are at it, who do you think is more likely to prioritize the liberal grievance du jour — like today’s Obama school bathroom policies — over real job creation, Trump and the Republicans, or Clinton and the Democrats?

Voters who care about the economy will know the difference. In November, that could matter a lot.

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