How To Solve Detroit’s Pension System Problems In Just One Easy Step
The NY Post had a good piece today by William McGurn on the state of the union (pension system) in Detroit, making the case for Detroit to switch to defined contribution plans for their union workers. McGurn is right on the mark that the such a move is critical for the city’s revitalization. Dispensing with this one particularly enormous financial burden which has added greatly | Read More »
De Blasio and The Triborough Amendment: The Impending Fiscal Crisis in NYC
De Blasio’s recent mayoral victory was a sad day for New Yorkers. Electing him was proof that the constituency in NYC is morally, philosophically, and educationally bankrupt. And if the mayor sticks to his positions that he declared as candidate De Blasio, NYC will be financially bankrupt as well. A strong argument can be made that the entire election was a public service union push. | Read More »
Virginia, Vote TODAY for Cuccinelli, Jackson, and Obenshain. It’s important.
Today Virginia votes. Republicans, and in particular conservatives, come to this election after a difficult year to endure. The Governor depressed us, the Lieutenant Governor depressed us, the transportation deal depressed us, and of course DC establishment Republicans like Eric Cantor depressed us.
But today we face a clear, easy choice: Ken Cuccinelli or Terry McAuliffe. Easy call. We must make sure to vote today for Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, E. W. Jackson for Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Obenshain for Attorney General. It’s important. Please vote.
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Thought Longshoremen, AFL-CIO Obamacare-split was a good sign? Not
Labor unions, public and private, have been as loyal as any faction of the Democratic Party; so it seemed a good omen for future repeal or de-funding when the Obamacare-supporting AFL-CIO lost 40,000 ILWU members over that support. But then we discover that the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are only upset that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t grant their particular union a tax-waiver and | Read More »
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, Richard Trumka
, single payer healthcare
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AFL-CIO Convention Report #2: Trumka’s Right-Hand, Ex-NLRB Member Craig Becker At Convention Keynote Address
Toward the end of AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka’s long and bloviant keynote speech to AFL-CIO conventioneers, a familiar face was caught during one of the camera pans of the convention stage–that of controversial former National Labor Relations Board member Craig Becker. In 2009, Barack Obama made history by nominating a little-known union lawyer named Craig Becker to the NLRB. It was a historic move because, | Read More »
A Post-Labor Day Post on Labor
And so another Labor Day is behind us. In my neck of the woods, this is considered the unofficial end of summer, the time when the tourists leave the beaches to the locals during the week and only make sporadic weekend trips until they finally disappear altogether. In fact, most of the news coverage has less to do with labor per se and a lot | Read More »
Comparing CEO Pay to Worker Pay is Ridiculous
The United Auto Workers is currently striking against an auto parts supplier in my town. Key issues include overtime pay, increases in co-pays for health care and the use of more temporary employees at the plant. It’s ironic that at least two of those three issues is a direct result of policies implemented by a President the UAW helped elect. Thanks to Obamacare, most people | Read More »
Giving Thanks For Organized Labor
If you have the day off today, say a little “Thank you!” to organized labor. Also, if you have the day off every day, say a little “Thank you!” to organized labor.
Teachers tell protesting unions to shove their dues and rules
The Wisconsin school teachers protests and attempts to recall Gov. Walker resulted in not only losing the battle but instead helped to further new laws across the US that allow teachers to drop union membership. Now the National Education Association (NEA) and other teacher unions are seeing a decline of those willing fill the coffers of these organization. As teachers began to look more critically | Read More »
Spending tomorrow’s money is easy
The short explanation for the demise of Detroit is that time caught up with it. Decades of corruption built a mountain of liabilities, while scaring off the taxpayers needed to finance those promises. It’s like a movie trailer for the blockbuster disaster film to come, when America’s declining demographics catch up with the federal government’s vastly higher mountain of unfunded commitments. Detroit is the city | Read More »
Unions “Flip-Flop” on Obamacare
Just over a year ago, I wrote an article about Obamacare. At the time, the unions were some of its biggest supporters – but the drumbeat has changed. In 2009, the Teamsters, one of the largest and most influential labor unions, led a wholehearted campaign to support healthcare reform in an “unprecedented union effort.” They encouraged their members to take action, contact their legislators, and put pressure on them for | Read More »
Barack Obama has never HAD the upper hand in the #Obamacare debate…
…so why are we talking about his need to “regain” it? Obama tries to regain ObamaCare edge after mandate delay setback The White House is working to get back on offense in the debate over ObamaCare, after a surprise delay in part of the implementation knocked its message off course. President Obama touted the law’s benefits in a White House speech Thursday, emphasizing a provision | Read More »
Detroit Goes Bust
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, if the unions will take a harder hit than the bond owners and what kind of national precedence this bankruptcy may set.
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Filibuster surrender? Republicans long ago surrendered to liberalism
Many Republicans are gnashing their teeth over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s compromise NLRB and other executive appointments settlement while under duress from Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” threat” to change filibuster rules. Once again establishment Republicans manage to divert conservative attention toward puny inside-the-beltway power struggle battles lest they focus their long-ago-agreed-to ceasefire in the war against modern Democratic Party liberalism that can never | Read More »
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, Harry Reid
, John McCain
, liberal democrats
, Mitch McConnell
, New Deal
, Recess Appointments
, Republican Party
, U.S. Senate
, Wagner Act
Organized Labor Gets Made To Obamacare
The Presidential Administration of Barack H. Obama always looks out for the little guy. They strike him center of mass. They then back up the yuppified SUV and run him over several more times. You gotta’ get the job done right to succeed in DC these days.
Now that was just plain cynical. It was also mean. So mean that three of sleaziest leaders of organized
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thuggerylabor agree with my assessment. At least they agree with it as applied to the American Affordable Care Act of 2009. Having finally figured out what the right has been telling them for years, these wise men wrote leading minions of Emperor Barack I a missive to plead for a writ of indulgence with respect to the terrible, unworkable, destructive legislation that we all affectionately refer to as Obamacare.