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This is mostly about posturing and placating. Democrats still lack the votes needed to pass big labor’s agenda, but unelected lawyers occupying powerful administrative positions can still do great damage.
While addressing the executive council of the AFL-CIO at the Washington Convention Center in D.C. earlier this month, President Obama told labor leaders that he would push congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which includes the anti- secret ballot “card check” provision.
In the 2008 election cycle, labor union political action committees (PACs) donated $66 million to congressional candidates with 92 percent of those funds going to Democrats. Obama knows he’ll need this key constituency out in full force to help negate the expected mid-term election losses in the House and Senate.
“We are going to keep on fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act,” Obama declared even as he acknowledged that labor faces an uphill fight. Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and other moderate Democrats have expressed opposition. However, the president has appointed left-leaning lawyers to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) who are now positioned to secure major policy changes without congressional approval.
Glenn Spencer, executive director of the Workforce Freedom Initiative at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement in response to Obama’s speech.
“We welcome the President’s call to rebuild our economy, but taking away the private ballot and imposing government-dictated union contracts on employers won’t help. Misguided bills like Card Check, overbearing regulations from the Department of Labor, and a slanted NLRB will only discourage America’s job creators from putting people back to work.”
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?
H/T to National Review Online