"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" - Albert Camus

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Commentary on Past Week's Outrageous News

Lets go with the more outrageous ones first (- not that almost all news that comes out of Washington under this regime is not outrageous):

USDA gay sensitivity training may be imposed on all federal employees.....

What?...you might be wondering.  Afterall, it is not like the USDA (home of Shirley 'I discriminate against whites' Sherrod) is the OPM or that we live in an Orwellian future society, right?  Well, if that is your reaction, you may just need to be sent to a re-education center (soon to be proposed by the Obama administration, I am sure).

U.S. Department of Agriculture activists want to impose their intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training governmentwide, including a discussion that compares “heterosexism” - believing marriage can be between only one man and one woman - to racism.

Well, at least I am sure this is not a meat headed move by the secretary or anything.....but oh wait, the push for the training is coming from Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack.  The Democrat has launched the departmentwide “cultural transformation” that includes a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Special Emphasis Program.

By the way, do not fear because our military and the ATF among other entities have already been subjected to this very training.
I am wondering when the public in general will be told to submit ourselves to the training as well!


Failing in congress, the DOL writes its own DISCLOSE Act while NLRB revives Card Check

If you thought that the deserved deaths of the DISCLOSE Act (never got voted on) and Card Check (defeated) in the Congress were victories for the free markets, think again!  In a law abiding government where the separation of powers is not violated almost on a monthly basis, these job killing unionization bills would have long been buried in the ash heap of history, but this is the Obama thug administration that disregards such constitutional trivialities. 

So, here we go again with law making by regulation (when it is not done by executive order).  This past week, the Department of Labor issued an expansive 160-page notice for proposed rule-making.  According to Labor Union Report "it is, in sum, a radical overhaul of the reporting requirements for employers who wish to remain union free and the consultants, lawyers, and firms that provide human resources, employee and labor relations services".  Like the intent behind the proposed DISCLOSE Act, unions want to be able to shut down free speech for employers to make it easier to target them.

At the same time, the NLRB (which under the Obama regime no longer acts as an independent mediation body but rather as the governmental arm of the Marxist labor unions) announced on Tuesday that it is seeking comments on its proposed rule making to make it easier to unionize companies. 
The rule change the NLRB is proposing to change is to turn union representation elections into “quickie elections”—from the current 38 to42-day elections that occur now to elections that take place in as little as 10 to 21 days. In his dissent, lone Republican NLRB member Brian Hayes noted:
…[B]y administrative fiat in lieu of Congressional action, the Board will impose organized labor’s much sought-after “quickie election” option, a procedure under which elections will be held in 10 to 21 days from the filing of the petition. Make no mistake, the principal purpose for this radical manipulation of our election process is to minimize, or rather, to effectively eviscerate an employer’s legitimate opportunity to express its views about collective bargaining.
As unions currently win nearly 70% of NLRB elections, an expedited (or “quickie”) election process is expected to increase the union win rate substantially. Former NLRB member Peter Kirsanow explains:
Make absolutely no mistake: That’s not enough time for even the largest and most sophisticated employers to counter what the union has been telling employees while organizing them for the last 6–8 months.
In addition to “quickie elections,” the union extremists controlling the National Labor Relations Board are also proposing that unions be given names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of eligible voters within two days once an election has been set up. [Currently, unions are only given eligible voters' names and addresses seven days after an election is set up.]
Moreover, the employer would be forced to provide to produce a preliminary voter list, including names, work location, shift, and classification, by the opening of the pre-election hearing. The NLRB also proposes limiting parties’ (read: employers’) right to appeal cases.

Who needs Card Check legislation when you can unilaterally institute electronic voting, which may (and will) open up fraud, as well as coercion and intimidation of voters who no longer have the protection of private ballots; rushed elections so employees don’t have time to inform themselves about having to pay union dues, live and work by union rules, and support a vast far leftwing political machine; the inability for employers to challenge the validity of voting employees until it’s too late; and giving digital readouts of the home address and contact information for all the employees the union is targeting.

And you thought the government bureaucrats were inefficient!  Tsk, tsk...


In other employment related news of the past week, while the NLRB, now dominated by appointees of President Obama, continues to push an activist agenda at the expense of our nation’s workforce (like the Boeing jobs NLRB is suing on behalf of the union to take way from S. Carolina which is a right-to-work state), we found out that the first time unemployment claims "unexpectedly" rose again.  This piece of news came at the heels of the revelation that that AFL/CIO's Trumka talks to the White House everyday and visits twice a week (at least he is not letting Andy Stern, the former head of SEIU who was the most frequent visitor of Obama until he resigned in 2010, beat him in the crony game).

Quite unsettling were also the revelations by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that he is stumped by the economy and the CBO saying that we are on target for a 1.4 trillion deficit for the year which will add on to our $14.2 trillion debt that CBO now says was almost doubled by the failed Obama stimulus.  And, oh, did I mention that Elmendorf said government policies and debt are the reasons for the piss poor growth and pretty much predict doom for America (as he conveyed on his blog as well)? 
The saying "no shit Sherlock" comes to mind!
And how about those Clinton era tax rates Obama claims will resolve our debt problem?  Forget it, they will not!

I mean, come on Ben, what is there to be stumped about? Vilifying and assaulting the private sector non-stop while writing job killing regulations at record pace, diverting capital from the private sector, adding to the national debt at record pace, debasing the currency with hairbrained ideas like quantitative easing that have never worked anywhere before....; and you are wondering why Obamanomics is a miserable failure?

Plus, we have a genius of a President who thinks ATMs (among other examples of automation) are the reason why unemployment remains high one day and promotes robots in manufacturing the next...
And, oh, he also said in his weekly radio address that "we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity"  I guess that means we will be spending our way to prosperity as we have been doing for several years now!

Now, why wouldn't businesses be willing to invest with this private sector-friendly environment and competent bureaucrats running Washington (sarc.)???  (additional hint: read the next news item below)


Tim Geithner gets his own little capsule for his little gem this week:

The little school boy looking Treasury Secretary told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.”
Normally I would write something here, but I am at a loss of words!

What a ship of fools we have in the Obama Administration...


“Trouble in the Hen House: A Puppet Show.”  What is that, you may ask.  Well, that is the latest indoctrination attempt by the Marxists who call themselves the American Federation of Teachers.  The target?  Our Kindergarteners and first graders.  The aim?   Teaching children how to use mob tactics to get what they want from those in positions of power. This puppet show fits very nicely into a kindergartener’s school day – right after finger painting and just ahead of snack time.

I mean which kindergartener doesn't need to be taught the virtues of labor unions?  Long live cultural Marxism.  Si, se puede!

While we are on the subject of cultural Marxism, the Board of Education in the socialist hell hole known as the people's republic of Maryland has made "environmental literacy" a requirement for graduation.  I mean who needs functional literacy when they can be indoctrinated in 'environmental justice' and evils of capitalism?


Here are some more brief headlines you can click on if your blood pressure could benefit from rising:

* U.S. Taxpayers subsidizing Soros' war on Fox news.  Oh, Joy.
* Obama’s administration offering quasi-amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illega immigrants.  Just  in time for the elections!
* In related news, N. Carolina's Dem governor vetoes voter photo id bill (god forbid, how else would the illegals vote for their favorite Democrat?)
* Union lawyer says southern workers unskilled, uneducated.  Progressive elitism at its worse.
* Holder’s claim: Lawyers are nation’s “most effective terror-fighting weapon.”  Military apparently to be declared unnecessary by the Marxist Obama machine.
* EPA to put its jackboot on the neck of the highly successful Texas econmy - Just because we cannot have that kind of accomplishment make this administration and their Marxist allies look bad.
* Hillary Clinton, holding true to the hypocrisy that defines progressives, flip flops on 'patriotism'
* A glimpse in to our future under Obamacare: Britain's NHS provides tambourines and maracas for the elderly instead of electronic alarms (...and no, it is not an episode of Benny Hill)
* Delusional statement of the week - Pelosi: "Debt largely accrued by President G. W. Bush"
* Pelosi wants to amend America's 'sacred documents' for 'ever expanding freedom' of jobs...as Democrats line up to call for the federal government to hire the unemployed (no joke!)
* Calls grow in Egypt to delay elections (but muslim brotherhood is a moderate group, no?)

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