NLRB Illegally Wades into Labor Dispute; Private Sector Fights Back

Just a couple of short years after using litigation to intimidate Boeing into either allowing new South Carolina employees to organize, or to move those new jobs to a state with stronger labor protections, two regional directors of Obama’s National Labor Relations Board asserted themselves in a labor dispute in New York earlier this year between Cablevision and the Communications Workers of America union. The NLRB, however, doesn’t have the authority to wade into the dispute because a D.C. Circuit Court ruled in January that Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB were illegal.

Cablevision, according to the Wall Street Journal, sought emergency injunctive relief from that same D.C. Circuit Court earlier this year to stop the NLRB from trying to adjudicate the dispute in the agency’s administrative court:

Cablevision is petitioning the D.C. Circuit to issue a writ of mandamus—a direct court order—prohibiting the NLRB from proceeding with unfair-labor-practice complaints against it and its parent company, CSC Holdings. Cablevision’s rationale is straightforward: The same D.C. Circuit ruled in January that President Obama’s non-recess recess appointments to the NLRB were illegal. Thus, the board has been operating without a quorum since January 2012….

Colbert Busch Beholden to Labor Unions, Leftist Democrats

Throughout her campaign Elizabeth Colbert Busch has fashioned herself as a candidate devoid of any ties to a party or agenda. Despite her opponent, former governor Mark Sanford, insisting she holds an allegiance to the left, Mrs. Colbert Busch has remained steadfast in her approach. In a race replete with negative ads and the typical disdain for corruption, partisanship and business as usual, what has not been discussed is what actually defines an independent.

The appeal to the politically-homeless and disenfranchised is commonplace and to be expected; particularly in the current political climate where even head lice is more popular than Congress. Needless to say, appearing to be a rebuke against the establishment is more crucial now than ever. The primary goal of the Colbert Busch campaign has been to capitalize on this bourgeoning cynicism.

To her credit, Mrs. Colbert Busch drove this point home early in Tuesday’s debate saying, “I will take that tough, independent business woman—independent business career and I’ll go to Washington with the help of all of you.”

Sanford would question this statement early and question it often. Citing on several occasions the amount of funding Mrs. Colbert Busch had received from the Democratic left, he stressed his concern that such financial support would not come without expectations. To this she replied, “No one tells me what to do except the people of South Carolina’s 1st District.”

Capitalism, Jobs and the Wizard of Menlo Park

One of the most disturbing trends I’ve witnessed over these last few years is a coordinated attack from the left on the institutions and principles that make America great. Maybe nowhere has this been more evident than in the vitriol spewed by our eternal Campaigner-in-Chief and his dutiful Minions of Social Justice, all bemoaning the evils of capitalism, and the inequity of wealth distribution (although oddly, their desire for more equal distribution does not extend to income taxes, where the top one percent earn 19% of the income and pay 40% of all income taxes, while the bottom fifty percent that pay exactly zero).

Obama has set so many straw men on fire that he’s now the leading cause of global warming. He accused doctors of slicing out tonsils and amputating limbs just to bill a few more dollars to insurance companies. He’s accused business owners of not caring about their employees and only about their company’s bottom line. He accused the Chamber of Commerce, without proof, of using foreign money to buy elections. His NLRB threatened Boeing for opening a new, billion dollar plant in right-to-work South Carolina, and his wife urged young students not to go into the corporate world, but rather “work for the community” like her community organizer husband, as if bringing valued goods and services and the accompanying jobs and wealth into the community was not a worthwhile endeavor.

When did we reach the point where we extol the timid and the parasitic? Where wealth creation was bad, and the American Dream had been supplanted by a desire for European-style social welfare? We don’t even have to look back in history to see what a nightmare this is; we just have to turn on the news. The Greeks are rioting in the streets at the thought of giving up an ounce of their lavish social welfare benefits, and the European Union is at the brink of collapse as it struggles under the weight of its debt driven by these welfare state policies.

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“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork.” — Milton Friedman

Here’s how big government Republicans and Democrats are colluding to save the crony Export-Import Bank

Congress may avoid a straight up or down vote on reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, according to Politico. The Bank’s supporters in Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, are talking about attaching reauthorization to the upcoming Continuing Resolution, which would keep the federal government funded through the election:

High-level discussions between the two chambers are in their infancy, and senior aides caution there is no deal in the immediate offing. But there are forces in both chambers pushing to renew the Export-Import Bank and pass an extension of the Highway Trust Fund before the election.

The House will go first, and plans to extend the Highway Trust Fund sometime in the next two weeks, keeping the program funded until early 2015, Republican sources said. That would give Congress more time to debate a more permanent solution for federal highway funding.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is considering attaching a short-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank to a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded past Sept. 30. It would be meant as a dare to House Republicans to shut down the government over the bank in the weeks before Election Day. House Republican leadership has discussed this possibility, but has not decided how they would react if Reid goes in that direction, according to senior House Republican sources. Reid and House Speaker John Boehner met Tuesday.

House Republicans have also discussed passing a so-called CR to keep the government open before August as a way to increase their leverage with the Senate.

It’s time to end Ex-Im: This New Deal relic costs too much, doesn’t boost exports, and is rife with cronyism

President Barack Obama and Big Business have teamed up with politicians from both sides of the aisle to push reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, a New Deal-era federal agency that makes billions of dollars worth of taxpayer-backed loans to politically-connected businesses.

In a new video from Reason TV, Nick Gillespie gives three reasons why Congress should end the crony Export-Import Bank.

The first reason, Gillespie explains, is expensive. “In 2012 alone, Ex-Im authorized $36 billion in loans, guarantees, and insurance,” he says. “The bank can carry a portfolio of up to $150 billion, meaning that taxpayers could be on the hook that much money.”

“The private sector can do it”: New House Republican leader says Congress should let the crony Export-Import Bank expire

Kevin McCarthy

In his first major talk show appearance since being elected to serve as the next House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that he’s ready to end the Export-Import Bank, the reauthorization of which could hit the floor of the lower chamber in the next few months.

“Authority for the Export-Import Bank which…helps encourage the selling of U.S. products overseas expires in September,” Wallace noted. “Do you agree with conservatives who say that the Export-Import Bank is crony capitalism and it should be put out of business, allowed to expire?”

“One of the problems with government is they go and take hard earned money so others do things that the private sector can do,” McCarthy replied. “That’s what the Ex-Im Bank does. The last authorization with the Ex-Im bank directed the President and the Treasury secretary to wind down the Ex-Im bank, negotiate with other countries to wind them down so we have a level playing field.”

McCarthy noted that the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing this week on the proposed reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

The Kronies are back to tell you how the Export-Import Bank uses your money for corporate welfare

The Kronies are at it again, “teaching” members of Congress about all of the great things that the Export-Import Bank does.

The superheroes — representing crony lobbyists — explain that the Export-Import Bank has been around since the time of FDR and subsidizes massive companies such as Enron, Boeing and Solyndra. And, of course, subsidizing big corporations with taxpayer dollars means big payouts for legislators’ re-election campaigns.

The Kronies, a project of Generation Opportunity, highlights how crony special interests and big government collude to rob hardworking taxpayers of their money and drown out competition with regulations, subsidies, and bailouts.

Big businesses are Export-Import Bank’s biggest clients

One of the driving arguments behind authorization of the Export-Import Bank is the agency helps American businesses promote their goods across the global. This, supporters argue, includes helping smaller firms which would otherwise be able to compete.

In its statement of support for the 2012 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argued that that the federal agency is “especially important to small- and medium-sized businesses, which account for more than 85 percent of Ex-Im’s transactions.”

“Failure to enact this bill,” the Chamber ominously warned, “would put at risk the nearly 300,000 American jobs at 3,600 companies that depend on Ex-Im to compete in global markets.”

But a recent look at the Export-Import Bank’s finances in FY 2013 finds that the biggest beneficiaries of the agency’s largess were larger business, in fact, some of the United States most recognizable names.

“[T]he Bank truly lives up to its nickname, ‘Boeing’s Bank.’ Boeing was by far the biggest exporter beneficiary of all Bank activity, raking in over $8 billion in assistance during FY 2013,” wrote Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center. “The Bank’s second top overall exporter beneficiary is alarming: the Bank’s data simply lists several exporters as ‘Unknown.’”

What the Ex-Im Bank Does is Immoral

Many of us understand that what’s seen as the current reasoning behind the very existence of Export-Import Bank makes it very difficult for proponents of the agency to make the case for keeping the agency running.

There aren’t any major market failures that can only be addressed by a government-regulated agency offering extra stimulus to foreigners to purchase American, and if there are any major failures that must be addressed, a government-run agency will simply not be enough to respond it, due to the government’s inherently incompetent nature.

Because all cases have already been made against the agency but one, Veronique de Rugy decided to contribute by making the case that the insistence in keeping the Ex-Im bank running is not only a simply incoherent and inefficient solution to an imaginary problem, it is also immoral.

According to her column at the National Review, the Ex-Im Bank uses its tactics to coerce governments of very poor countries to purchase Boeing aeroplanes from America.

This is the case with Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian government owns Ethiopian Airlines. According to recent statistics on Ethiopia, 78 percent of its population makes less than $2 a day, making it one of the poorest countries in the world.

What the Ex-Im Bank does to Ethiopians is to force their government to purchase their planes by encouraging officials to spend the little means they have on purchasing products they don’t need, all in the name of the eventual economic boost that some of us use as an excuse to justify the agency’s immoral exercise of their power.

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