Shriveling unions look for a magic cure.
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The unions’ interest lies in guiding the national enthusiasm for government-sponsored environmentalism in a direction that pays their members high wages and adds numbers to their rolls. That means gaming the rules so that the unions take a cut from the bundles of cash Washington plans to spend. And that means even higher costs than those that would arise from moving toward expensive renewable energy without union add-ons.
While Greens and Big Labor might huddle together in an odd alliance of fellowship and comity in Washington, relations are not as smooth outside the Beltway. Workers at a Clipper Windpower production facility turbine plant in Iowa, for instance, rejected efforts last year by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to organize. Labor leaders grumble about similar rejections at green manufacturing facilities elsewhere.
Still, the national environmental groups appreciate the help from labor in pushing Washington to spend more and more taxpayer money on green energy projects, and are happy to return the favor. That’s why the Sierra Club proudly hung an enormous banner on the front of its headquarters announcing its support for the Orwellian-sounding Employee Free Choice Act (a.k.a. Card Check), another union priority.
What does eliminating the secret ballot in union organizing elections have to do with the environment? Not a damn thing. Welcome to the new green economy.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?