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By FITSNews || U.S. Poverty Pimp … err, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn is trying to sneak a controversial pro-union measure onto a resolution that provides funding for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obviously, such a move would make it much easier for Clyburn and his fellow Democrats to pass the Orwellian-sounding “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act.”

The bill – which would require all police, emergency responders and firefighters (even volunteer firefighters) to unionize – is the latest example of the lengths to which President Barack Obama and his Congressional allies will go to cow-tow to powerful labor unions, which are desperate to boost their flagging membership rolls.

Once representing 33.7 percent of the private sector workforce, today only 7.8 percent of non-government workers are unionized. By contrast, a whopping 36.5 percent of the public sector is unionized (up from 9.8 percent back in 1940).

Anybody seeing a trend there?

Obviously, unions would be dead right now were it not for government propping them up – which our new Socialists have proven they’re not above reaching into the private sector to do.

Also, in case anybody forgot, “Obamacare” – the President’s new socialized medicine law – included a $10 billion bailout of insolvent union pension funds. Of course even that wasn’t enough.  All those years of declining membership rolls mean that unions need new sources of sustained income, which is why “Obamacare” also included provisions to force potentially hundreds of thousands of health care employees into unions.

That could mean as much as $2 billion annually to organized labor.

Needless to say, it’s all about payback.  Unions contributed $100 million to Obama and Congressional Democrats during the 2008 election cycle.   They also provided extensive voter registration and mobilization support, as well as 450,000 campaign “volunteers.”

Their next target?

America’s 26,000 volunteer fire departments.