Democrats Call for the Blood of American Citizens

An elected official has called for blood in the streets. At a pro-union rally in Boston on Tuesday, Rep. Michael Capuano called for workers protesting in the streets to “get a little bloody when necessary.” This isn’t just rhetoric, it’s plain incitement to riot. Where is the FBI? The Civility Police?

From the Dorchester Reporter:

“This is going to be a struggle at least for the next two years. Let’s be serious about this. They’re not going to back down and we’re not going to back down. This is a struggle for the hearts and minds of America,” Capuano said, referring to the Tea Party counter-protestors as a “couple of nuts in the background.”

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” he continued.


Nobody said grappling power away from labor unions with 80 years of entrenchment behind them would be easy. Another of the speakers at the rally was Rep. Stephen Lynch, a South Boston Democrat and former local iron workers’ union president. He compared the Tea Party, who by the way has every right to speak its mind in the public square, to “Alice in Wonderland.”

“There’s a difference between compromise and surrender, and the governor of Wisconsin wants us to surrender….,” Lynch said. “There are two visions of America here. There’s the Tea Party vision and the vision of the American worker.”

Who comprises the Tea Party, Mr. Lynch? Only managers, bosses, wealthy elites? I think not. The Left consistently uses hate speech to rile up its supporters. Just this morning Glenn Beck played a cute little country tune from the SEIU. The words sound a lot like Capuano’s. “We got to smash them [bosses] to the ground.”

Is $5 a Gallon Gas Right Around the Corner?

Five dollar a gallon gas will shatter the Federal Reserve’s tightly constrained lid on inflation and accelerate the other half our long anticipated “double dip” recession. Gas and diesel powers America’s 141 million cars, 100 million pickups and SUV’s, 8.8 million heavy trucks and 6.7 million motorcycles. Oil runs our harvesters, delivers our groceries, cooks our food, heats our houses, propels our jets, fuels our M-1A1 Abrams tanks, and lubricates our bicycles. American business can only absorb a few percentage points increase in oil prices before passing on their additional distribution costs to the consumer. Already the increases in food and clothing prices have been felt at the cash register. Disposable income will inevitably drop along with consumer demand for domestic cars and trucks, imported goods from China, and destination vacations to resorts in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Don’t even ask what this means to our already sluggish unemployment numbers.

In June of 2008, Congressman Roy Blunt released the following information about how the House members voted on energy issues. During this time Democrats were the majority party in both the House and Senate.

ANWR Exploration:

House Republicans: 91% Supported

House Democrats: 86% Opposed

Coal-to-Liquid:

House Republicans 97% Supported


House Democrats: 78% Opposed

Oil Shale Exploration:


House Republicans: 90% Supported


House Democrats: 86% Opposed

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration:

House Republicans: 81% Supported


House Democrats: 83% Opposed

Refinery-Increased Capacity:


House Republicans: 97% Supported


House Democrats: 96% Opposed

Summary:

91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas, while 86% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.

In 2009, the United States still imported 51% of all its petroleum requirements, both crude and refined. This continues to be an unacceptably high number in our quest for energy independence. Gas prices remain hostage to the increasing hostile regimes that sell us oil. Our own Department of Energy has proudly halted off shore drilling. With the political unrest in so many oil producing nations, and the long-term obstruction of Democrats to domestic oil exploration and production, American families have begun to pay the steep price for our failed national energy policies. This current Administration has wasted tens of billions of stimulus dollars on solar panel factories and windmills rather than building new oil refineries and using new technologies to recover the oil buried in our own back yard.

A Moocher Society

We are well on our way to becoming a majority moocher society. That is a society where the majority of people rely in some form on the government to survive. On the other side remains the shrinking pool of producers who will continue to be looted in order to support the moochers and their addictive government habit. If you are a producer, these numbers will be particularly hard for you to stomach:

In 2011, we will pay out $385 billion in food stamps, $365 billion for the federal portion of Medicaid (with an almost equal amount due from the states), $200 billion in unemployment benefits and over $100 billion in aid to education. The total cost of these payments will exceed $1 trillion, but the cost of administering these programs will add approximately $300 billion in expenditures to the federal budget.

The trend is only getting larger – the moochers are multiplying while the producers are dwindling, thanks to our asinine government that seeks to punish wealth and success.

The Truth About Unions

While unions continue to dominate the news, I figured I would give you a few little facts I found from the Heritage Foundation. Take these facts, absorb them and continue to ask yourself …. are unions making a positive impact on our economy? I’ll bet you can already answer that question. But here are some specifics to fill in the blanks.

* Unions function as labor cartels. A labor cartel restricts the number of workers in a company or industry to drive up the remaining workers’ wages, just as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) attempts to cut the supply of oil to raise its price. Companies pass on those higher wages to consumers through higher prices, and often they also earn lower profits. Economic research finds that unions benefit their members but hurt consumers generally, and especially workers who are denied job opportunities.

* Economists consistently find that unions decrease the number of jobs available in the economy. The vast majority of manufacturing jobs lost over the past three decades have been among union members–non-union manufacturing employment has risen. Research also shows that widespread unionization delays recovery from economic downturns.

* Some unions win higher wages for their members, though many do not. But with these higher wages, unions bring less investment, fewer jobs, higher prices, and smaller 401(k) plans for everyone else. On balance, labor cartels harm the economy, and enacting policies designed to force workers into unions will only prolong the recession.

* Studies typically find that unionized companies earn profits between 10 percent and 15 percent lower than those of comparable non-union firms. Unlike the findings with respect to wage effects, the research shows unambiguously that unions directly cause lower profits. Profits drop at companies whose unions win certification elections but remain at normal levels for non-union firms. One recent study found that shareholder returns fall by 10 percent over two years at companies where unions win certification.

* In essence, unions “tax” investments that corporations make, redistributing part of the return from these investments to their members. This makes undertaking a new investment less worthwhile. Companies respond to the union tax in the same way they respond to government taxes on investment–by investing less. By cutting profits, unions also reduce the money that firms have available for new investments, so they also indirectly reduce investment.

* Research shows that unions directly cause firms to reduce their investments. In fact, investment drops sharply after unions organize a company. One study found that unionizing reduces capital investment by 30 percent–the same effect as a 33 percentage point increase in the corporate tax rate.

* Economists have found that unions delay economic recoveries. States with more union members took considerably longer than those with fewer union members to recover from the 1982 and 1991 recessions.

Now imagine if our government – state and federal – were forced to run like a business, without its unique ability to levy and collect taxes …… me thinks our country would have gone Tango Uniform ages ago.

It’s About Time…..

… it’s spreading. And it’s about durn time. This is a discussion that this country has needed to have for a long while. It’s a shame that it has come at a point when we really don’t have any other options. It’s either allow our states to go broke cowering before the mob mentality and tactics of government worker unions, or start to pull back on the reins and get this sucker under control.

They say that the first step to recovery is realizing that you have a problem. Many of these government employee union workers truly do not understand that there is a problem, that being that their inflated salaries and benefits simply cannot be sustained. It’s just costing the taxpayers too much.

We shouldn’t have allowed the unions to become this strong. Franklin D. Roosevelt warned us against this – told us just what would happen. Deaf ears. This is precisely what you would expect when we have negotiations with managers who have no skin in the game. When government officials negotiate with unions their eye is on reelection. When private sector businessmen negotiate with unions their eye is on their bottom line … maintaining profitability so they can stay in business.

There is no “right” to collective bargaining. The only “right” union members have to their inflated salaries and benefits is through contracts .. contracts that can be abrogated, re-negotiated or rewritten.

Somewhere along the way … whether it was in their government schools or in their homes … these people were raised under the assumption that they worked for a union rather than you – the taxpayers. Do you see the damage this can cause? Do you see how it is nearly impossible to undo this type of thought? But that’s what we are seeing right now in Wisconsin and spreading throughout this nation. As Rick Santorum said, “They are acting like their drug is being taken away from them.” They are addicts that will wither and die without their government administered drugs.

So what’s next for Wisconsin? Well if Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans get their way, other labor groups around the state have hinted that they will endorse a general strike of workers around the state. Won’t that be fun.

Paychecks to be withheld from absent Dem senators

At least they won’t profit from their misguided flight from democracy and reality. Fox 6:

Wisconsin’s 14 Democratic senators are being threatened with recalls and having their paychecks withheld because they’ve been hiding out of state since Thursday. But they say those threats won’t deter them in their opposition to the anti-union bill that prompted their flight.

The senators have been gone for five days. As long as they’re away there aren’t enough senators left to take action on a bill by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that would strip unionized public employees of most of their bargaining rights.

The pressure is ramping up for the Democrats to return. A Utah-based group has filed paperwork to recall some of them, and the Senate passed a measure withholding paychecks from absent lawmakers.

This will do far more to bring the legislators back to the statehouse than anything else. The recall effort probably won’t go anywhere but forcing them to pick up their paychecks on the senate floor is a stroke of genius. All the Republicans need is one senator to make a quorum and pass the bill.

This madness will end with a whimper, not a bang.

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