Union Briefs for Mon., March 24, 2013: AFL-CIO Boss Wants Immigration Reform to Include Workers’ Families?
With the immigration debate front and center, union bosses are on the march to get as broad an immigration measure as possible in any deal that politicians come up with–including, apparently, a pathway for any new immigrants to bring their families too.
Of course, eight million “new progressive voters” (and their dues) is incentive enough any union boss to be excited.
It’s Monday, March 25, 2013 and these are your Union Briefs…
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The Most Important Week in Human History
There are many candidates for most important day and most important week in human history. This week we remember what is arguably the very top of the top of the list. As secularism increases in the western world, more and more are dismissive of the reality of Jesus Christ. Consequently, they may choose to dismiss the importance of this week. That’s narrow minded Christophobic thinking | Read More »
Energy 101: Modern Drilling Practices
Innovations on the drilling side of the industry have turned pipe dreams (excuse the pun) into reality.
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Please, Democrats: go ahead and embrace Obamacare.
Contra Jill Lawrence of the National Journal, it’s not so much that Democrats don’t grasp the theoretical need for this kind of strategy: The political case for “Obamacare” is going to have to be made by advocacy groups, party committees and politicians themselves. And it will have to be made non-stop via every viral and high-profile means available, at an intensity level that matches the | Read More »
26 Republicans Vote for Internet Sales Tax
Early Saturday morning, the Senate adopted its first concurrent budget resolution in four years. Democrats cleverly made sure to hand out enough hall passes to vulnerable red state senators so they could vote against the $1 trillion tax increase, while ensuring that it ultimately passed 50-49. Senators Baucus, Begich, Hagan, and Pryor were given the green light to vote no. After a 13-hour “votarama” on | Read More »
Energy Week in Review
Dispatch from the Oil Patch, March 23, 2013.
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Tech at Night: Julius Genachowski out at FCC. Senate passes Sales Tax amendment. Ron Johnson on Cybersecurity.
It’s not just Robert McDowell that’s moving on from FCC. Julius Genachowski is, too, and while Genachowski hasn’t been very good at all, we could have done worse. Just look at NLRB. Let’s hope we don’t do worse after all with his successor.
Another big story is the Senate’s passage of the budget amendment incorporating the interstate sales tax compact. Some are bothered by this, but I still say it’s the right thing to do unless you’re going to rewrite the sales tax laws in every state. And that isn’t happening because the prisoner’s dilemma is keeping any one state from going from a buyer-owes to a seller-owes sales tax model.
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AUDIO: What’s $1 billion worth? A coin flip according to Colorado’s Evie Hudak.
In Colorado on Wednesday, an amendment to an already massive education bill was up for a vote and State Senator Evie Hudak treated it with all of the importance of a game of pictionary challenging the other members to “get this done within 2 minutes.” When Republican Senator Owen Hill objected to the speed of the process and questioned whether he could make a competent | Read More »
Open borders, hollow government
Everyone who has been following the “comprehensive immigration reform debate” with any degree of interest knows that Republicans are very keen on tying such reforms to enhanced border security. Democrats are equally keen on resisting such linkage. It looks like the joke is on Republican reformers like Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, because the government has no idea how secure the border is, and | Read More »
Democrats Get Free Pass on Medical Device Tax
It would be nice if members of Congress were willing to stand by the legislation they helped pass. Unfortunately, when it comes to Obamacare, there are 33 cowardly Democrats who are scared to vouch for their support of the medical device tax, even though every Democrat voted for it in 2010 (and none of the new Democrat senators have disavowed Obamacare). Among the 18 new | Read More »
Republican Union PAC: The Right Way to Achieve Solidarity and Deliver Boots on the Ground
In the aftermath of whatever it was that happened to Republicans in the 2012 election cycle, a strong consensus emerged that building and maintaining a better infrastructure was a priori for conservatives and the overall ground game of the right. Patrick Davis and his newly formed Republican Union PAC agreed and began to blaze that trail even before the losses in November, working to give Republicans a head start | Read More »
Note to the Department of Education: Mao Zedong murdered 65 million people.
This is the estimated number is from The Black Book of Communism: if some people consider that number suspect, there’s also Frank Dikötter’s estimate* of 45 million killed during the “Great Leap Forward.” Even the New York Times thinks that 30 million died in that atrocity, while noting that the ChiComs admit to 16 million murdered by the state** during that time period. In short: | Read More »
Misogyny’s New Home Online
Technological innovation has had a tremendous impact on our lives. Thanks to the Internet, we communicate with greater ease, I can do my job with relative simplicity, the hassle of traveling, banking, shopping and running various errands is reduced. Overall, life is better thanks to technology. But the development of modern technologies and digital tools is not without its challenges, also: An over-abundance of information | Read More »
Cyprus on the Brink of Collapse and the London Whale Hearings
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the the latest on the financial crisis in Cyprus, the Russian involvement and JP Morgan’s London Whale hearings.
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Union Briefs for Fri., March 22, 2013: No Justice, No Peace? Vegas PD makes arrests, tourists get peace
For some, getting arrested at a union protest is a badge of honor–something to make Uncle Saul proud.
In Sin City, union protesters engaged in “civil disobedience” by blocking the Vegas strip in order to protest failed negotiations earned their activist merit badges on Wednesday by getting themselves arrested.
It’s Friday, and here are your Union Briefs…
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