End Forced Unionism

Where would we be without labor unions? We would be much better off.

Americans do not understand what “labor unions” mean. Nothing prevents a group of workers at a plant or office from getting together, signing an agreement which delegates power to negotiate contracts to certain representatives, and then proceeding with collective bargaining by those workers who chose to sign the agreement. That is not unionism; it is simply a business arrangement, much like when an athlete has an agent or a client has a lawyer.

The problem with unionism is that those who do not feel such an agreement is needed are compelled to surrender their right to bargain for their working conditions and compelled, as well, to support a vast, expensive bureaucracy of labor satraps. It is coercion of workers masked as industrial democracy. If 49% of the “represented” workers want a wage freeze but more vacation time, and that is not the official union position, then the union bosses are working against the interest of these workers. If many workers feel union rules reduce efficiency, and so the prospects of more jobs, those workers have to pay for the privilege of their representatives doing exactly the opposite of what these wish.

Coerced unions were always unnecessary, wasteful, and immoral — and all unions today are coerced unions. Depending upon whether a state has a “closed shop” (only members of a union can be hired, and these must comply with union rules) or “union shop” (new employees must join the union after being hired), if a state has no right to work law, employers must negotiate with the union instead of the individual worker. Only 22 states now have right to work laws, although robust Republican state governments could add six more states to that column, five in the Great Lakes region alone.

Our Great Lakes Region was once the industrial dynamo of the world. Unions murdered its prosperity. Towns and cities in the Great Lakes that ought to be humming with activity are now dwindling into ghost towns.

Read more here.

Libyan Rebels Ready To Fight

Hundreds of armed anti-government forces backed by military defectors who control the city closest to the capital Tripoli prepared Sunday to repel an expected offensive by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi surrounding Zawiya.

Two prominent U.S. Senators said Washington should recognize and arm a provisional government in rebel-held areas of eastern Libya and impose a no-fly zone over the area — enforced by U.S. warplanes — to stop attacks by the regime. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton echoed President Barack Obama’s demand for Gadhafi to relinquish power.

“We want him to leave,” she told reporters traveling with her Sunday to a U.N. meeting on Libya planned for Monday. “We want him to end his regime and call off the mercenaries and forces loyal to him. How he manages that is up to him.”

Gadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, claimed again that the country was calm and denied the regime used force or airstrikes against its own people. But human rights groups and European officials have put the death toll since unrest began in Libya nearly two weeks ago at hundreds, or perhaps thousands, though it has been virtually impossible to verify the numbers.

There were no reports of violence or clashes on Sunday.

Read more here.

When the going gets tough, Democrats run

The Democrats‘ new playbook says to run away and hide when they don’t get their way. Good.

The one fundamental political truism in America is that Democrats always find a way to self-destruct. Good again.

Democratic legislators in Wisconsin and Indiana have run away so they don’t have to vote, represent their constituents or act like Americans. Other lemming Democrats surely will take their lead and follow them off the political cliff.

Perfect.

It’s hard to imagine our Founding Fathers finding the running-away behavior laudable or respectable, but I haven’t found anything yet that liberals believe that is in line with the philosophy and agenda of our Founding Fathers.

It’s delightful how these Democrats have run away from their elective jobs and hid. This juvenile, pro-union stunt has only tightened the political noose for Democrats in 2012. Hang ‘em high.

Democrats have yet to accept the glaring fact that there was a seismic shift in politics in November when voters tossed them and their bankrupt ideas out of office. They are ignoring the will of the people because, at their core, Democrats think people need to be not only governed, but controlled. Liberals believe ordinary Americans are too stupid to make important decisions on their own. Believe it.

Instead of respecting the voters’ desire for frugal fiscal policies that make abundant sense, Democrats in Wisconsin and Indiana have run away and tried to take their political ball with them. They are emboldened by teachers who call in sick and various other loudmouthed, pro-union hacks and stooges.

My plea to these Democrats is to remain on the run. The longer they stay away from their respective states and elective jobs, the better the opportunity for fiscally conservative Republicans in 2012 and the better the opportunity to fix America.

Just as it sank the presidential aspirations of Democratic poster boy Ted Kennedy when he ran away and hid for eight hours or so before reporting to the police that he had driven off a bridge with a female passenger, this stunt is going to bleed Democrats of support from the important middle-of-the-road voters.

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Lawlessness In America: Unions Go Beserk

The Green Bay Press Gazette:

Hundreds of off-duty police officers and deputies joined protests today against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill that would strip most collective bargaining powers from about 170,000 public employees.

Police, state troopers and firefighters are exempt from Walker’s proposal, but even as some marched on the downtown Capitol Square, hundreds of other officers from around the state provided security.

They came equipped with riot gear, including helmets and batons, they said, but didn’t expect trouble.

The Understory blog posts this:

From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports:

“Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join up to 600 people who are inside.”

Ryan reported on his Facebook page earlier today:

“Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!’ Unreal.”

More from the Press Gazette:

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Cpl. Matt Spence and Deputy Todd Traas stood guard on the Capitol’s northwest side directing pedestrians toward entrances to the building.

“We left at 3 a.m. on Thursday and have been (in Madison) ever since,” Traas said. Five Sheboygan County deputies were on duty Saturday.

They came equipped with riot gear, including helmets and batons, they said, but didn’t expect trouble.

“It’s been great,” Spence said.

Richard Daley, 62, of Green Bay, who retired from the Madison Police Department after 20 years on the force, came back to Madison on Saturday “supporting the fact that we all see this as union busting and wage suppression. This is a long-term, downward spiral of wages for working families.”

Wausau police Detective Cord Buckner, 42, stoically stood in the cold with an American flag wrapped around his face and holding a “Cops for Labor” sign as thousands of demonstrators marched around the Capitol.

“I‘m here to support all the unions’ rights,” he said. Saturday was his fourth day demonstrating in Madison since protests began, even though members of his union, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, won‘t be affected directly by Walker’s bill.

“The aggregate effect on public employees will affect police unions eventually,” he said.

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Jeffrey Sachs is an Economic idiot

Here is liberal mentality at work. How does a person as educated as this guy get to be so mindlessly braindead? We have Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute (whatever that is) at Columbia University and professor of economics. He appeared (where else?) on MSNBC to discuss the union issue in Wisconsin. To put this quote in context, Sachs is talking about how Wisconsin is not an isolated incident but what he believes is an orchestrated event for the Republicans and the wealthy to completely eradicate unions. Are you ready??

“What these billionaires have been doing is buying the whole Congress, now buying out the governors, to make sure they never have to pay taxes again. And then we have these huge budget deficits because they don’t pay taxes any more, and what do they want to do? Cut the benefits for the poor.”

Is there ANYTHING about this fool’s rantings that makes even the slightest bit of sense? It’s interesting to note the use of the word “billionaires.” Looks like the wealth-envy language has been ratcheted up a bit. When Obama first started talking about raising taxes on people who make over $200,000 a year the left referred to as “the rich.” In no time at all the rhetoric changed and these people were referred to as “millionaires and billionaires.” Now we’ve stepped up a bit and these $200,000+ earners are simply “billionaires.” Hard to say, but maybe the language needs to advance this way because fewer and fewer Americans are buying the wealth envy language. Thanks to the Internet and to talk radio more and more people actually have come to realize that the top 1% of income earners in this country pay about 40% of all individual income taxes collected by the government; yet they earn a much smaller percentage of the total income.

Another thing … This academic hack talks about these “billionaires … buying the whole congress.” You do know who’s trying to buy the congress, don’t you? Government sector unions, that’s who. How much did they contribute in the last election cycle? Try over $400 million dollars. Now … get out there and add up the campaign contributions from billionaires and see if you reach that figure.

Collective Bargaining is Not a Right!

While citizens of Libya are being robbed of their “human rights” by being murdered by a ruthless dictator, our own labor unions and their allies in America are crying for their “human rights.” Take this Muslim Democrat Rep. Keith Ellison. In an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell he says that he is proud of his progressive caucus in the House because they are fighting for workers’ rights … after all, “Workers rights are human rights.”

I’m sorry, but taking away a union’s ability to collectively bargain hardly seems to be stripping Americans of their right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. There is no human right to collective bargaining with your employer. It could be argued that you have a natural right to bargain individually with an employer .. but no right to team up with others for that purpose unless it is done by mutual agreement. And there’s the key.

It’s an agreement … a contract … and all of the parties have to be a part of it. You don’t have a human right to force mob rule on anyone. These thoughts, however, are a bit advanced for the typical liberal mind.

The U.N. is a Joke

The United Nations is such a joke. Always has been … still is. We are talking about an organization that exists for two principal purposes, weakening America and redistribution of wealth … particularly America’s wealth.

For 60 years we had an essentially useless body called the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. It eventually became so corrupt and lacking in credibility that it was dissolved in 2006. Do you remember when Sudan engaged in a program of ethnic cleansing in its Darfur region? That happened right after Sudan was placed on the Human Rights Council. That should give you an idea of why nobody took this commission seriously. One of the final anchors that sunk the U.N. Commission on Human Rights was nominating … Libya! … as the commission’s president. So this defunct commission decided to regroup and “tighten” its criteria for membership to create the current Human Rights Council. I’m not entirely sure what criteria they used to elect members, but we have countries like Libya, Cuba, China and others that don’t have the greatest track records when it comes to human rights sitting on this council to decide on human rights violations.

But then who are we kidding? This isn’t really about human rights, is it? Now up until 2009, the United States refused to be a part of any of this Human Rights Council (we were kicked off of the last commission). But the great Community Organizer thought it would be a wise idea to reserve the Bush boycott and join the new Human Rights Council in 2009, saying the U.S. could most effectively push it to improve by being a member. Yeah … right. So now we have a chance to test that theory.

So what is the Human Rights Council doing about the fact that one of its member nations, at the direction of a crazy dictator, is killing its citizens in cold blood? They’ve sent word to Quadaffi that “Killing your people is bad. Stop it. Stern letter to follow.” Yup … the Human Rights Council is going to call a special session to draft a letter. Wow, sounds pretty ruthless, eh? And fear not, my friends! Libya will get to keep its seat on the United Nations Human Right Council as there hasn’t been one call for it to be kicked off the council.

Keep in mind that this is the same Human Rights Commission that Barack Obama submitted a report to about Arizona and its efforts to secure the border and enforce federal immigration policy on the state level.

Nationwide Union Protests Fail!

Bill Jacobson reports that outside of the big rally in Madison, WI, the Moveon.Org sponsored labor protests across the country fell far short of expectations:

Promoters, such as David Dayen at Firedoglake, were predicting a million-person turnout nationwide. But reports as of 7:00 E.S.T. today make clear that other than in Madison, Wisconsin, the crowds were sparse.

The turnout in Madison was sizable, with estimates ranging over from 50-70,000, which included protesters bused in from other states. (Dayen is trying to pump the crowd estimate to over 100,000.) But elsewhere, the crowds numbered only in the hundreds or low thousands.

In Washington, D.C., only about 500 people showed up (go to link for good photos of crazy signs). (Note, WaPo says 1000.)

In Columbus, OH, where you would expect a big crowd given a similar controversy, only “several thousand” people protested.

Other head counts, based on news reports, include: Boston (1000), Portsmouth, N.H. (few hundred), Augusta, ME (small crowd), New York City (“several thousand”), Chicago (1000), Miami (100), Austin (several hundred), Chicago (1000); Lansing, MI (2000), Nashville (hundreds), Los Angeles (2000), Richmond, VA (300), Denver (1000); Frankfurt, KY (several hundred), Jefferson City, MO (several hundred), Harrisburg, PA (several hundred).

While I don’t have a complete count, based on these numbers from some major cities and labor states, total protesters nationwide (excluding Madison) likely totaled under 100,000 combined.

If only two people and a dog show up at a left wing protest, it gets front page coverage in the media so it’s not surprising that these sparsely attended events would get doting press by the national outlets.

What’s significant, as Jacobson points out, is that few outside of the labor movement participated. There is no wellspring of support for labor on these issues among the general public which should further isolate the protesters and fleebaggers in Wisconsin, Indiana, and anywhere else they try this “run and hide” tactic.