Rush uncorks on major Republican ‘betrayal’

The Republican Party “betrayed” its own candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, in the race for Virginia governor, says radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, claiming party leaders want to make New Jersey’s Chris Christie the GOP frontrunner for president in 2016.

“It’s a shame what happened to Ken Cuccinelli,” the top conservative voice said in his post-election analysis Wednesday. “He was betrayed by his own party. … Here was their chance to have a Republican governor in the state of Virginia, and they didn’t care.”

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Unleash the Rats

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled on Thursday that labor unions should have the right to display 16-foot, rat-shaped balloons outside businesses with which they disagree.

The majority of the board decided that displaying a towering rat outside a hospital using non-union contractors, for example, does not have the same “coercive” effect as a traditional picket line. If displaying the rat balloon outside a business had been deemed “picketing,” unions wouldn’t be allowed to attack their target businesses’ credibility in such a way without the negative consequences of a strike, like wage loss. Such tactics have become a major weapon in union arsenals.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce labor policy expert Glenn Spencer told The Daily Caller the large inflatable rats actually have a similar effect to strikes, and that’s something the NLRB knows.

“While some people will see an inflatable rat as a sophomoric stunt, others will not,” Spencer said in an email. “This intimidation of customers could have a harmful impact on employers and workers who have nothing to do with an underlying labor dispute. Unfortunately it’s just one more example of how the NLRB seems at odds with the administration’s message of job creation and economic recovery.”

The scare tactics unions use, like displaying the large inflatable rats outside their target companies, are referred to in policy circles as “corporate campaigns.” Corporate campaigns happen when unions are trying to organize workforces by getting employers to sign “neutrality agreements,” which are basically legal promises that force an employer to allow organizers on their property to attempt to unionize workers without any company say. If companies don’t sign the neutrality agreements, unions will often hold large banners outside their businesses, show up at workers’ homes after-hours, attempt to discredit a company’s products or services and try, essentially, to smear the business’s reputation until it signs the agreement.

The NLRB is meant to be a neutral arbiter of disputes between employers, employees and labor unions but Republicans have accused the board of heavily favoring of labor unions.

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Obama must be joking

It’s no wonder that the Chamber of Commerce didn’t do its best Nancy Pelosi cheerleading impression during yesterday’s speech by Barack Obama. Flashback: Remember when Nancy Pelosi sat behind PrezBO at his State of the Union address and it appeared as though there were springs in her seat? She kept popping up and clapping with that fake grin plastered on her face. Well anyway .. that is entirely the opposite reaction that Obama got from the Chamber of Commerce yesterday. Apparently he was only interrupted by applause twice during his 35 minute speech. I have a sneaking suspicion that that the Chamber could not have applauded, even if it wanted to (though it didn’t want to) .. because they were just stunned by some of the words billowing forth from our dear leader, the Community Organizer.

Let’s try this little goodie, for example …

“If we’re fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They have to be shared by American workers, who need to know that opening markets will lift their standard of living as well as your bottom line.”

You read that correctly, folks. “They have to be shared by American workers.” How do you like that?

Now … let’s do a quick Cliff Notes review of this man as it relates to commerce and the private markets.

Barack Obama is a man who has:

* Never had to write a business plan
* Never had to review a business plan to determine its worthiness
* Never had to create a budget for a private business
* Never had to calculate the economic worth of an existing or new employee for a business
* Never had to worry about the cost of benefits provided to a business employee
* Never had to worry about whether or not a business was making a profit
* Never had to explain to a boss or to shareholders why a business was losing money
* Never had to file a business tax return
* Never had to talk to an accountant about business matters
* Never had to hire an attorney to deal with business matters
* Never had to worry about the effects of government regulations on a business he owns or operates
* Never had to tell an employee that he was being let go because business was slow
* Never had to place a “help-wanted” ad looking for a new worker
* Never had to look at a list of revenues and expenses to determine how much a new employee can be paid.
* Never had to face competition from a new business down the street

…. And most importantly:

Barack Obama is a man who has referred to the private sector as “the enemy.” And don’t think that these men and women of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce didn’t remember that line while he was reading his teleprompter in front of them yesterday.

In short … this is a man who has no idea in the universe what it means to own and operate a business, yet there he is telling businesses that they have to go out there and figure out how they can hire more people? Is he serious? In what parallel universe does it become the purpose and overriding objective business to simply try to figure out how to hire more people?

Let’s look bad at some of Obama’s previous utterings:

* “At some point you just have to admit you’ve made enough money.”
* “You need to spread the wealth around.”
* And one of my all-time favorites: You have to raise taxes not to increase government revenue, but “out of fairness.”

That’s right! It’s just not fair that you are earning that much money … se we have to take it from you and spread it around.

We have an avowed enemy of the private sector .. a man with zero business experience himself .. standing up in front of a room of businessmen and telling them that they are actually in business to hire people and share the wealth. WRONG! They are in business to make money for their owners and/or shareholders. To do that they hire people who can help produce wealth, and they pay those people a competitive wage to keep them on the payroll. This, of course, is completely lost on someone who considers the private sector to be his enemy. That’s OK though … the private sector looks at him the same way.

I am reminded of that Russian Newspaper article that appeared right before Obama was elected. The Pravda newspaper ran an article, “American Capitalism Gone with a Whimper” for a title? Here’s a quote from the article:

“It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American descent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.”

This article had it exactly right. Obama is the result of a “sheeple” population that was more interested in his coolness than they were in his policy or experience. We are sliding toward Marxism whether we like it or not because of our own failure as a nation to educate our electorate, allowing them to understand for themselves the danger of a man like Barack Obama in the White House.

Obligation?

PrezBo will be speaking to the Chamber of Commerce today. I can only imagine that the Chamber of Commerce is a group that holds Obama in such high esteem … consider his vast amounts of business knowledge and economic expertise. But here’s the message Obama says he wants to bring to today: “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America. They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”

Obligation? That’s kind of a funny word. Businesses have no other obligation other than to succeed and make money … for their share holders and their owners. To do this they obviously will want satisfied workers who feel well-compensated .. but that is not an owner’s obligation .. it’s just good business.

Is it possible that Obama truly feels that the purpose of business in this country is to provide jobs that pay decent wages? If so … we’re in a lot more trouble than we thought we were.

Defiant chamber vows to spend more on election

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue vowed Tuesday to “ramp up” political advertising in the final weeks before the Nov. 2 election and accused the Obama administration of conducting a smear campaign against the chamber.

In a defiant letter to the chamber’s board of directors, Donohue denied White House and Democratic claims that the chamber has used foreign money to pay for its political ads this election campaign.

“It’s sad to watch the White House stoop to these depths and try to salvage an election,” Donohue wrote.

The chamber has run a wave of ads, most supporting Republicans. Last week it pumped more than $10 million into key battleground states. Democrats sought to discredit the chamber by questioning its sources of funding but have offered no proof to back up their claims. Federal law prohibits foreign money in U.S. elections.

Other organizations that participate in elections receive foreign money. They are required to isolate those funds so they don’t get used for political purposes. Foreign companies with U.S. divisions also can create political action committees that accept donations from their U.S. employees.

But the administration and its Democratic allies have focused on the chamber and on GOP-allied groups. On Monday Vice President Joe Biden said, “I challenge the Chamber of Commerce to tell us how much of the money they’re investing is from foreign sources. I challenge them. If I’m wrong I will stand corrected. But show me, show me.”

In his letter, Donohue said the money the chamber receives from overseas business councils and non-U.S. firms is a small fraction of its total revenues of $200 million. He said the chamber employs “strict financial controls” to ensure that foreign money is segregated from political spending.

“Let me be clear,” he wrote. “The chamber does not use any foreign money to fund voter education activities — period.”

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