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Amazon Workers Soundly Reject Unionization, and NR's Kevin Williamson Highlights Another Great Reason Why: Big-Labor Corruption

We've recently highlighted how right-to-work states, which the Biden Administration and Congressional leftists hope to abolish, dramatically outperform forced-union states in terms of job growth, manufacturing and household consumption.  Worker freedom from Big Labor bosses is a leading reason why in a high-profile vote, Amazon workers in Alabama voted to reject unionization by a 71% to 29% margin last week.

In a phenomenal new piece, National Review's Kevin Williamson offers another reason for rejecting unionization that we mustn't ignore:  big labor bosses' widespread corruption.  Williamson lists a litany of union officials convicted and sentenced for embezzlement and other misuse of members' hard-earned dues - in 2020 alone.  Accordingly, the leftist anti-capitalist drumbeat…[more]

April 12, 2021 • 01:05 PM

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On Democrats' Moves to Eliminate the Filibuster:
 
 

"President Biden has come out this week against the Senate filibuster as a 'relic' of the Jim Crow era. In these times, it is a virtual mantra on Capitol Hill that the filibuster is synonymous with racism and people supporting it are presumptively racist. That very point was noted by cable news host Al Sharpton, who threatened to denounce members as racist if they support the rule. The only thing more dramatic than such historical revisionism is the political revisionism underlying this new national campaign.

"The filibuster is more a 'relic' of the Julius Caesar era than the Jim Crow era. In ancient Rome, the filibuster was used to force the Senate to hear dissenting voices, including an opposition of Cato the Younger to Julius Caesar returning to Rome. The foundation for the filibuster today can be traced to an argument by former Vice President Aaron Burr that led to a change in the early 1800s. The minority has used versions of the rule to block or force consensus on controversial legislation, ranging from war actions to oil mandates. It was not created in the Jim Crow era. ...

"The filibuster was designed as a protection for the minority in what is often called 'greatest deliberative body.' ...

"A few years back, Democrats cried foul over the notion of eliminating the filibuster. They did not argue the rule was the embodiment of racism but rather the heart of the Senate. Biden spoke in the Senate in 2005 against ending the filibuster. So did Charles Schumer, who said it put the Senate 'on the precipice' of a constitutional crisis, as 'the checks and balances which have been at the core of this republic are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option.' Now as Senate majority leader, Schumer decries the same filibuster as the racist rule forged by segregationists."

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
— Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law
Posted March 30, 2021 • 07:34 AM
 
 
On Medicare and Coronavirus Relief:
 
 

"The Biden administration is reportedly contemplating major cuts in Medicare payments for prescription drugs to fund another enormous omnibus spending bill. Yet drug prices paid by Medicare have risen less than the general rate of inflation over the past decade and represent some of the best value for money in American health care. Seniors' anxiety over drug expenses reflects rising consumption levels and high out-of-pocket-cost requirements. Congress should fix the structure of Medicare's prescription-drug benefit rather than raid the program in a way that would truncate the rewards for future drug development.

"A year ago, the Congressional Budget Office projected a federal deficit of just over $1 trillion for 2020. Legislation intended to get Americans through COVID-19 has cost $5 trillion more, and the Biden administration is now considering an additional $3 trillion bill -- pushing the year's total spending spree above $25,000 per household.

"To finance the new bill, the administration is contemplating rolling back much of the 2017 tax cuts and slashing payments for prescription drugs purchased by Medicare. House Democrats argue that Medicare is currently overpaying pharmaceutical manufacturers, whose prices have allegedly soared, and claim that existing payment rates serve only to facilitate stock buybacks by drug-makers.

"As a newly released Manhattan Institute report demonstrates, these claims are off base. While list prices for some select drugs may have increased substantially, overall prices paid for drugs by Medicare increased by only 14 percent from 2006 to 2018, after accounting for the growing availability of generics -- less than the 27 percent increase in the general Consumer Price Index over that period, and much less than the 51 percent increase in the price index for hospital services. Prescription drugs account for only 12 percent of U.S. health-care spending, a lower share than in most other developed countries."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Chris Pope, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow
— Chris Pope, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow
Posted March 29, 2021 • 07:21 AM
 
 
On President Biden's First Press Conference:
 
 

"Three big things stood out in President Biden's first press conference.

"1. The leader of the free world is often lost at sea and says many things that are blatantly false.

"2. The media is in the tank and cannot be trusted to hold him accountable.

"3. Because of Nos. 1 and 2, America is headed for serious trouble."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted March 26, 2021 • 07:22 AM
 
 
On U.S. States Suing Biden Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Pause:
 
 

"(Reuters) - Fourteen U.S. states including Louisiana and Wyoming filed lawsuits on Wednesday against President Joe Biden's administration, challenging his pause on new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.

"The legal actions, which seek to restore regular federal drilling auctions, came a day before the administration is set to launch a review of the oil and gas leasing program.

"Biden, a Democrat, in January signed an executive order putting on hold new leasing pending that review. During his election campaign, he pledged to end new federal leasing as part of a sweeping plan to address climate change.

"The pause has triggered heavy criticism from the oil industry and producing states that receive half of the revenues generated from federal lands drilling within their borders.

"'We believe that the president's actions are illegal and unlawful, and we're going to hold him accountable for them to try to make sure that the gains that we've made over the years to help protect domestic oil and gas and energy continue,' Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said in an interview."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Reuters Staff
— Reuters Staff
Posted March 25, 2021 • 08:00 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Assault on State Autonomy and the 10th Amendment:
 
 

"In its first two months, the Biden administration and the 117th Congress have launched a breathtaking assault on state autonomy and the Tenth Amendment.

"The PRO Act would usurp the most significant state labor laws. The For the People Act, H.R. 1, would do the same for state election laws. And with the recently signed American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal government has baited a financial trap for state governments. Billions of dollars are available for their spending . . . if they surrender to Washington their prerogatives to reduce taxes and to manage their unfunded liabilities."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— David Guenthner, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
— David Guenthner, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Posted March 24, 2021 • 07:44 AM
 
 
On Project Veritas Winning in Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times:
 
 

"A New York judge slammed The New York Times for blurring the lines between news and opinion. The paper had attempted to get a defamation lawsuit against it dismissed on the grounds that, among other things, its reporters were just expressing their personal opinions when they disparaged the investigative journalists at Project Veritas.

"The judge ruled the lawsuit can go forward, finding that Project Veritas showed sufficient evidence that The New York Times may have been motivated by 'actual malice' and acted with 'reckless disregard' when it ran several articles against the investigative journalism outfit.

"'[I]f a writer interjects an opinion in a news article (and will seek to claim legal protections as opinion) it stands to reason that the writer should have an obligation to alert the reader, including a court that may need to determine whether it is factor opinion, that it is opinion,' Judge Charles Wood of the New York State Supreme Court said in his March 18, 2021 ruling.

"The lawsuit stems from The New York Times' coverage of an explosive video released in September purporting to show illegal voting practices within the Somali-American community in Rep. Ilhan Omar's congressional district in Minneapolis, Minnesota."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, The Federalist
— Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, The Federalist
Posted March 23, 2021 • 07:34 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's Work to Appease the Progressives:
 
 

"Biden had the chance to reach out to moderate Senate Republicans, who were drafting a scaled back coronavirus relief bill earlier this year. Instead, Biden took the more feasible but more costly route of passing the massive $2 trillion bill with the reconciliation process. The final legislation includes several provisions that are both inflationary and untargeted.

"Now there are talks that Senate Democrats could weaken or eliminate the filibuster, a mistake I strongly hope my party will not make. It is important to maintain the filibuster so there is a level of bipartisanship built into the system. Even if Senate Democrats can somehow get their entire coalition on board with deploying the nuclear option, doing so would continue the dangerous precedent for the Senate, where the party in control uses that measure in the narrowly divided chamber to dismiss the opposition party, effectively shutting the door to key legislative compromises.

"It is clear that the left has taken over the Democrats. If the administration continues working to appease the progressive wing, while bipartisanship falls, then it could set Democrats up for some losses in 2022."

 
 
— Douglas E. Schoen, Pollster, Fox News Contributor and Former Clinton and Bloomberg Pollster and Political Consultant
— Douglas E. Schoen, Pollster, Fox News Contributor and Former Clinton and Bloomberg Pollster and Political Consultant
Posted March 22, 2021 • 07:18 AM
 
 
On 'Remote Learning':
 
 

"Parents are fed up. According to a new Gallup poll, 79 percent of parents want their kids back in the classroom, in spite of the pandemic. For working parents, the figure is 82 percent.

"Any politician -- Democratic or Republican -- who does not seize this moment to rein in the excessive power of our largest labor unions is actively working against our children. They are abandoning in particular Black and Brown youngsters who so desperately need the advantages that come with a solid education.

"Democrats, in thrall to the tens of millions of dollars they receive in political donations from the teacher unions, cannot bite the hands that so generously feed them. Republicans can and should own this issue.

"Can challenging the teacher unions and fighting to give parents more choices in how they spend their education dollars win elections?

"Yes. Allowing parents to choose where their kids go to school is wildly popular, with 69 percent of voters approving of the concept. A proposed federal tax credit that would support scholarships to broaden school choice gains even more supporters, with 78 percent backing the initiative. That includes 83 percent of both Latino and Black voters, and even 77 percent of Democrats."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Liz Peek, Wertheim & Company Former Partner
— Liz Peek, Wertheim & Company Former Partner
Posted March 19, 2021 • 07:14 AM
 
 
On Fact-Checking Voter ID and HR 1:
 
 

"Thirty-five states currently have photo ID requirements for a voter to prove their identity before they are handed a ballot at a polling place. If Nancy Pelosi's 'HR 1' bill makes it past the Senate and to President Biden's desk, those laws will be nullified.

"Supporters of this abomination will call that assertion a lie or partial truth or whatever other euphemism 'fact-checkers' wish to utilize. But that's only because they ignore the English language.

"HR 1 nullifies existing state photo ID requirements. Nullifies them.

"HR 1 does not ban photo ID requirements. It does not erase photo ID requirements. It does not do away with photo ID requirements. It nullifies them. The state photo ID laws will remain on the books in those thirty-five states; they will just be useless.

"HR 1 would force a state with photo ID laws (which the bill describes as 'excessively onerous') to offer a voter without photo ID the option to sign a statement under penalty of perjury that they are who they claim to be. Then that voter would be allowed to vote without presenting a photo ID for identification.

"HR 1 nullifies existing state photo ID requirements.

"Fact check that."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Larry O'Connor, Host of The Larry O'Connor Show and Townhall.com Columnist
— Larry O'Connor, Host of The Larry O'Connor Show and Townhall.com Columnist
Posted March 18, 2021 • 07:41 AM
 
 
On Americans' Move to Freedom:
 
 

"When people vote -- with a moving van or a U-Haul truck -- they vote for lower taxes and smaller government. That's the conclusion from comparing a new report on freedom at the state level with the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data.

"Over the course of a year a net of 788,381 people moved to Florida, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia, the 'freest' five states in America, according to the Fraser Institute's annual Economic Freedom in North America index.

"The annual report, published by Canada's Fraser Institute, ranks the states and provinces of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico using objective measures of government spending, tax rates and labor market freedom. The least-free U.S. state is New York. West Virginia, Alaska, California and Vermont round out the bottom five.

"According to Census Bureau state-to-state migration estimates through mid-2018, the freest five states attracted a net of 270,608 people from other states while the bottom five saw a net outbound loss of 398,067 residents through domestic migration. New York lost the most, as 458,014 left the state and 254,447 moved in for a net loss of 203,567. California's net loss was 190,122 for the year."

Read entire article here.

 
 
— Chuck DeVore, Texas Public Policy Foundation Vice President and Former California State Assemblyman
— Chuck DeVore, Texas Public Policy Foundation Vice President and Former California State Assemblyman
Posted March 17, 2021 • 07:25 AM
 
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"Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., admitted to signing off on false information in a third-party advocacy group's email that went out about the Georgia voting law after it passed.The Washington Post flagged an email Warnock signed from the liberal nonprofit 3.14 Action as an example of Democratic misinformation about the sweeping Georgia voting reforms, as it claimed the new law restricted weekend early…[more]
 
 
—David Rutz, Fox News Senior Editor
— David Rutz, Fox News Senior Editor
 
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