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1 Union Coffers Dwindle Following Supreme Court Decision Restoring Worker Freedom

It's amazing what happens when people finally enjoy a greater degree of individual freedom.  Also, we now know why union leaders and leftist politicians fought so tenaciously for decades to deny that individual freedom to captive employees.  Specifically, it appears that when unions must actually receive permission before extracting dollars…

2 Public-Sector Unions Deserve To Be Destroyed

How does a public-sector union work? Easy. First, the state creates a monopoly. The monopoly forces taxpayers to fund those workers, whether they do a good job or not. The union then coerces workers to pay dues regardless of whether or not they want to. Then the union uses those dues to help fund political advocacy that perpetuates their monopoly…

3 Labor Thuggery at the Supreme Court

Organized labor took off the gloves Monday, warning the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court that freeing public employees from mandatory union dues would lead to strikes and union violence. It was ugly. The Court heard oral arguments challenging laws in 22 states and the District of Columbia that force public employees to pay unions to represent them…

4 "Save Local Business Act" Before Congress Can Accelerate Job and Economic Growth

Whatever evanescent controversy happens to induce media hysteria on any particular day in the Trump Era, jobs and economic growth remain the top priorities for Congress, the White House and the American public.  To that end, this week brought a pleasant surprise when second-quarter economic growth registered at a more robust 3%, exceeding expectations…

5 By Firing the Google Memo Author, the Company Confirms His Thesis

Most of the mainstream media refers to the former Google engineer's leaked internal memo as the "anti-diversity memo." Recode calls it "sexist." And Google fired James Damore for "perpetuating gender stereotypes." But in reality, the problem isn't diversity; it's that a senior software engineer admitted, perhaps unwittingly…

6 TSA's Union Power Grab: Thousands Slowing Down Airports

When it comes to public employee unions, there's no such thing as a coincidence. All you travelers stuck in mile-long TSA security lines are pawns. Convenient political pawns. Big Labor bosses want more power and more money. Stranded travelers are just the latest victims in this age-old game of D.C. extortion. Union leaders want you to think the…

7 Hypocrisy: Unions Push Higher Minimum Wage Laws that Exempt Themselves

In terms of sheer shamelessness, it's difficult to surpass modern labor unions.  In one prominent recent example, consider the United Steelworkers' attempt to unionize college football players attending Northwestern University, one of the nation's most elite private institutions.  This week, that attempt finally fell incomplete when the…

8 Overregulated: Obama EEOC Criminal Conviction Rules Creating Catch-22 for Employers

It's bad enough that federal, state and local governments impose new regulations so rapidly that few employers can even familiarize themselves with them, let alone comply with them.  Compounding that problem, overzealous bureaucrats and prosecutors sometimes target businesses and people via statutes bearing no logical connection to the behavior…

9 Affirmative Action for Disabilities? New Federal Regulation Creates Catch-22 for Employers

Here’s a new bureaucratic dilemma worthy of “Catch-22.”  Tragically, it captures perfectly the way in which over-regulation and Obama Administration policy impede employment growth.  On one hand, federal law generally prohibits employers from asking employees or job applicants if they are disabled.  This is what an…

10 Obama EEOC: Employers Who Screen Convicted Felons May Be Liable

“An employer’s use of an individual’s criminal history in making employment decisions may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.”   —Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) memorandum, "Consideration…

11 Unscrupulous: Obama Administration Instructs Employers to Ignore Federal Layoff Warning Law

Imagine for a moment the uproar if a Republican administration colluded with big businesses to disregard explicit federal layoff warning laws for political benefit.  Four years into an Obama Administration notable for its brazen lawlessness, perhaps such malfeasance should no longer come as a shock.  But that is precisely what is taking…

12 A More Perfect Airline Union? Questions for Stakeholders

The airline industry is at a turning point.  With expenses increasing, the industry’s big labor unions are desperate to preserve their old order.  In fact, the situation has become so exacerbated that American Airlines’ unions have taken the extraordinary step of pushing their employer to merge with US Airways rather than allow…

13 Labor Costs Drive More Cities into Bankruptcy, Union Political Spending Four Times Higher Than Earlier Estimates

Compare the real-world results of conservative versus liberal governance in America.  In states like Wisconsin and Indiana, leaders such as Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels save their constituents from fiscal catastrophe.  In contrast, union-dominated liberal utopias like California continue to lurch toward their alternative Greek fate. …

14 Report: Obama’s UAW Bailout Swindle Confirmed

A new report by the Heritage Foundation shows that President Barack Obama’s bailout of the auto industry was really a $26.5 billion wealth transfer to the United Auto Workers union.  But economic facts haven’t stopped the president’s campaign surrogates from trying to shift voter anger toward Mitt Romney.  During a conference…

15 Voters Reward Courage and Trust in Wisconsin, San Jose

Having the courage to speak the truth and trusting citizens to vote accordingly aren’t qualities normally associated with politicians these days.  But after the votes were counted in Wisconsin and San Jose, CA on June 5, two reformers stood head-and-shoulder above their fellow elected officials. In Wisconsin’s 2010 gubernatorial race…

16 Verizon and Wisconsin: Big Losses for Big Labor, Victories for Everyone Else

Big Labor warned us it would roar into 2012, an awakening colossus punishing everyone who stood in the path of its political agenda.  Today, union leaders are instead whimpering following two symbolic and high-profile losses against Verizon and in Wisconsin.  Those setbacks for Big Labor translate to victories for everyone else, but more…

17 Obama Administration Undermines Federalism to Prop Up Faltering Unions

Back in the halcyon days of the American labor movement, the protection of a union job brought with it a responsibility to one’s employers and the consumers they served. In fact, the operating mantra of the labor shop was “better products at lower prices.” Regardless of how true that promise ever was, at least it represented a recognition…

18 Liberals, Big Labor Bring Athens to America

Less than one year ago, riots in Athens provided a distant, amusing spectacle for Americans an ocean away.  The Greek government, suffering a predictable debt crisis caused by years of budgetary recklessness and entitlement spending, requested a bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund, which conditioned relief on public…

19 Gaddafi, Wisconsin Unions Suffering from Martyr Complex

Some people have a death wish.  Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is pledging to “die a martyr” defending his autocratic, blood-soaked rule.  The pro-union protestors in Wisconsin would rather risk layoffs than weaken their grip on the state’s fisc.  In very short order, both might realize the consequences of their convictions…

20 Big Labor, Obama Administration Shift Strategies to Impose Their Agenda

Big Labor’s expansionist agenda has failed miserably in Congress and the court of public opinion.  So now, along with “Net Neutrality” Internet regulation and global warming mandates, the Obama Administration seeks to dictate through unelected administrative agencies the labor wish list it couldn’t achieve through the…

21 While Members Suffer, Unions Waste Millions on Political Campaigns

Today’s labor movement claims to hold its individual members’ welfare paramount.  So what message do its leaders send when they opt to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on political campaigns while members continue to suffer very difficult economic times?  This week alone, media reported a coordinated campaign between the…

22 Why We’re Boiling Over: Federal Salaries Now Twice That of Private Sector

Former Reagan Administration speechwriter and current Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan authored a widely-acclaimed commentary last week entitled “America Is at Risk of Boiling Over.”  Noonan mourned the increasingly hostile state of our union, that “fraying of the bonds that keep us together.”  She also…

23 New Obama Administration Rule Greases Union Wheels, But Runs Over Taxpayers

Barack Obama promised to bring an end to old-style crony politics during his “post-partisan” 2008 presidential campaign.  This week, he again betrayed the fatuousness of his self-professed political raison d'etre by issuing a rule transparently rewarding his Big Labor campaign benefactors.  But don’t worry, America. …

24 Working for The Man: Federal Employment Spike Exacerbates Dependency on the State

If you’re an experienced worker looking for employment during the recession and in need of some schadenfreude, feast your eyes on this recent headline: "Job market worsens for recent college graduates."  The L.A. Times article profiles a recent UCLA graduate’s failure to land a job after nearly a year of applying to 600 positions…

25 Waxmanism, the New McCarthyism

Since over-the-top name calling is the new sine qua non (see Boethius) of public policy debate, from the President on down to the congressional backbench second through ninth circles of hell (see Dante), let’s just get real deep in the big muddy with the rest of them. That civil discourse stuff, which we once supported, is for varsity…

26 Big Labor Resorts to “Land Shark” Impression on Card-Check Legislation

Purported EFCA “Compromise” Retains Job-Killing Mandatory Arbitration and Snap Election Provisions News out of Washington, D.C. this summer hasn’t been wholly bad. In recent weeks, Democrat Senators effectively killed union card-check legislation because its provisions eliminating secret ballot voting during union elections proved…

27 Big Labor and Government Motors

Less than a month after Vice President Joe Biden told labor union leaders that he believed that the best way to build the middle class is to help their unions grow, General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection and few in the auto industry seem willing to discuss the role that unions played in its demise. With the United Auto Workers’ benefit…

28 A Tale of Two Arbitrations: Big Labor Commences One Ambush While Trial Lawyers Prepare Another

Arbitration is ordinarily a very good thing.  But it can sometimes be a very bad thing.  Distinguishing the two will become very critical, very soon.  Why?  Because Big Labor and trial lawyers are preparing a two-pronged arbitration assault before Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi exhaust what remains of their political…

29 Card Check: Is Now Really the Time to Jeopardize Even More Jobs?

This week, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama thrust their cynical “Never Waste a Good Crisis” agenda into full speed. After already capitalizing on the economic downturn as an excuse to propose everything from socialized medicine to contraception subsidies to global warming taxes, they finally introduced their hyper-partisan crown…

30 Keeping an Eye on "Card Check" Legislation

“It is still on the stove but I would characterize it as being on the back-burner. The last thing our country needs is legislation that would further hurt the economy. Perhaps that explains why Congress has not moved forward as quickly as it did last year with the controversial Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), commonly referred to as &ldquo…

 
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"December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese…[more]
 
 
—President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941, in an Address to Congress Asking That a State of War Be Declared Between the United States and Japan
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