March 1, 2013 | 4 comments
February 12, 2013 | 0 comments
August 14, 2012 | 18 comments
August 12, 2012 | 16 comments
August 11, 2012 | 13 comments
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) held a conference call this afternoon about language he inserted in the FAA reauthorization bill overturning overturning a National Mediation Board ruling that made it easier to unionize airline and rail workers. The details can be found in this piece by Ivan Osorio and Russ Brown on the main site, but here are the basics: for 75 years, abstentions were counted as “no” votes. Now they don’t count at all, allowing unions to organize even if the “yes” votes are a minority of the workers being unionized.
Gingrey is hitting back against an amendment by fellow Republican Steve LaTourette of Ohio and Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) that would strip this language and keep the union-friendly labor rule in place. Gingrey declined to speculate on their motivations, aside from possibly having union constituents. But he argued that the new rule was unfair to workers who did not wish to join a union and adopted by a process that “usurps” the legislative powers of Congress.
I was struck that Gingrey seemed to think his language could win enough Democratic votes to pass the Senate and he even held open the possibility of commanding a “veto-proof” majority that could override President Obama.
UPDATE: The White House is now in fact threatening to veto the FAA reauthorization bill if it reaches the president’s desk with the Gingrey provision in it.
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?