Big Labor, Minimum Wage, Laid Bare

Here we go again. A labor union advocate riding on the coattails of fifty and a hundred years ago. There’s a reason union membership is declining. They’re no longer needed in most cases. Especially so in the public sector.

Due to Big Labor’s successes in the last century, employers learned from them. They learned how to treat their employees so that there’s no longer a “need” for a union to step in and demand you pay them dues for protecting you from something that you don’t need protecting from or negotiating for. They want you to believe you have no power. You have all the power. It’s called “two feet.” And you can use them to leave an employer that you aren’t comfortable with, for whatever reason you choose. And, you have a voice. Use it yourself. Don’t feel you need a union representative to act or speak on your behalf. If you do, you’ve already surrendered your freedom.

Now it’s Big Labor’s turn to learn something. Be competitive or go out of business. I use the term “business” in an odd way because labor unions produce nothing. They are a leech on business. They are the reason that some businesses have gone out of business, or moved to another state.

Big Labor should put their theory to the test. Let them start a business that produces something (other than marijuana) and sell it on the free market (not to the federal government), and pay their employees two or three times the market value of a comparable private sector job, and see how long they stay in business. Without a government bailout of course. Go for it.

Here’s a fact for those Big Labor acolytes like Aaron Wazlavek who squawk class warfare about those evil 1 percenters. Under Obama’s economy, the top 10 percent, not 1 percent, are doing just fine. It’s the other 90 percent, the so-called working people (as if the top 10 percent don’t work), that have seen their incomes shrink. That median family income has fallen every year since Obama’s “economic recovery” began has nothing to do with labor union membership being low.

Wazlavek proffers . . .

A solid majority of U.S. workers consistently tell pollsters that they would like to join a union if their employer would simply not interfere.

Problem with this propaganda is this. When U.S. workers have a private vote on whether they want to join a union, they vote NO.  That’s not a poll, which can be manipulated to get a desired result. That’s a private vote, and the right to a private vote is not negotiable. “Card Check,” a union scheme to strip U.S. workers of their private vote, is government-sanctioned interference. Boosting labor union membership is not the responsibility of our government. Labor unions can succeed or fail on their own.

Another “hot button” of Big Labor is the minimum wage.

Big Labor advocates will say that raising the minimum wage to $15/hr or to what they call a “living wage,” which a starting salary was never intended to be, will cause the economy to grow because people will make more and therefore, be able to spend more. And (here’s the kicker) they’ll also say that it will reduce the deficit by decreasing welfare because, ostensibly, people will be making more money.

Here’s what really happens. Raising the minimum wage automatically gives labor union members, whose contracts are tied to the minimum wage, a raise. You know, the ones already making over $20/hr. The main reason President Obama wants it. His quid pro quo for Big Labor helping him get elected, twice. By arbitrarily raising the cost of labor employers must pay, employers will be forced to do with less of it (if not just go out of business) AND be forced to increase the price of their products, goods, and services to cover it. The result of that is, fewer people working, higher cost of living for everyone, including the long-term unemployed and the ones that just lost their job due to reductions in force, AND an increase in people dependent on government welfare. The second reason Obama wants to increase the minimum wage.

Bottom line, labor union membership is totally dependent on Big Labor learning something from their shrinking influence. Not the federal government and Card Check. And, hiking the minimum wage would have the reverse effect of what the proponents are saying.

President Addresses Nation On ISIS, Beheading

President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office to announce the beheading of another American journalist, Steven Sotloff, by ISIS. He said ISIS is a terror group whose goal is to set up an Islamic caliphate in the Middle East, enforcing strict Sharia law that includes killing of anyone that opposes them, including infants, women, and children. He also noted that ISIS has already taken over vast portions of Iraq and Syria as part of their goal.

He told the American people the bad news, that ISIS has declared war on the United States, and has threatened to kill more Americans if we keep on attacking them. As Commander-in-Chief, he expressed confidence that the United States will take the war to ISIS with all the military might we, and our coalition of the willing, have, wherever they are, and get the job done. He said he “will not rest” until ISIS has been killed.


The empty chair and desk. Together again.

Oh Wait! No he didn’t.

World To Obama, Ease U.S. Oil Export Ban

Mmm, lub me some ultra-light, sweet crude.

President Obama is facing growing international pressure to ease the long-standing ban on crude oil and natural gas exports, with South Korea and Mexico joining the European Union in pressing the case for U.S. oil shipments overseas.

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It was $1.84 per gallon in January 2009.

Never ceases to amaze me how the president must be drug screaming and kicking to the oil independence table that will create high-paying jobs (mostly union jobs), lower the cost of fuel, food, and transportation, stimulate the economy, as well as the family incomes that have been falling ever since his “recovery” began.

If the president had any balls at all, he’d be the first one calling for this. More than any sanctions he could muster against Putin’s Russia, having the ability to lower the price of crude worldwide would be the most effective pressure he could put on Putin because Russia’s economy is totally driven by oil and natural gas.

It should be a no-brainer. Americans, Europeans, Asians would all benefit from increased availability and lower energy cost. Then again, we’re dealing with Barack Obama and the greenies.

Link: Exclusive: From Seoul to Mexico City, pressure mounts to ease U.S. oil export ban

World Leaders Differ On ISIS

British Prime Minister Cameron says the ISIS threat is “a poisonous ideology of Islamic extremism”. Clueless Pres. Obama says it’s political.

Why would President Obama deny that ISIS, alQaeda, all those cowardice cave men clinging to their guns and religion, is political and therefore requires a political solution? That there is no military solution and, btw, we don’t have a plan on how to deal with (terrorism) them. If that isn’t music to the terrorists’ ears, I don’t know what is.

Great Britain is learning what an open door Politically Correct driven immigration policy is getting them. Suicide bombers, citizens being decapitated in broad daylight. Unfortunately, President Obama is likewise genuflecting to the Islamic goons by ignoring border security here. Which begs another question. Do you think Obama has weighed the benefit of millions of undocumented democrats against the terror threat that exists? To put it another way, do you think Obama thinks that the sacrificing of untold number of Americans to terrorist attacks is worth the price for the perpetual Democrat control of government?

From the frame of mind of someone who wrote the book “Dreams from my (Communist) father,” I have no doubt that he thinks it is worth it.

As an aside, and not totally unrelated to Obama and terrorism, let’s review his actions of late.

  • Illegally sends reinforcements to the Taliban, ostensibly after spending a year in Qatar, by trading five of their top generals for one deserter.
  • Gives further aide and comfort to the enemy (that’s also illegal) by announcing that the US has no plan to deal with them.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling confident that this president knows what is best for America.

Somebody tell me, what happened to, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for”? (h/t to Rush Limbaugh for that one)

Links: David Cameron stands up to Islamists |  Terror target Britain  |  Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap was illegal, says US government watchdog

Obama Preps Legal Case For Extra-Constitutional Action

Just like his run-around the Senate on climate change, the lawless president demonstrates neglect of duty with this . . .the_beast_train_transporting_illegals_to_us

With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say.

Media note: notice the meme to remove President Obama from the responsibility of his actions. The key is transferring his name with “The White House” in anything and everything that HE does. The media continues to portray him as the outsider, trying to solve problems. Harken back to the previous administration. Not an article appeared that didn’t begin with the word Bush and, rightly or wrongly, everything that happened was hung on Bush. Following nearly 8 years of media pummeling going unanswered, this is where we are today. See the difference?

Link: Obama preps legal case for immigration steps

Pena Nieto Wins MRIOTD Award

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto thanked California on Thursday for improving the lives of illegals (he incorrectly refers to them as immigrants) from his country, including legalizing drivers’ licenses for “undocumented migrants” and making it easier for them to work and start businesses.

For Mexican President Nieto (and national Coyote) to thank a state in the United States for making it more tempting and so easy for Mexicans to leave their country, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto wins the Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day award.

Link: Mexican president thanks California for aiding undocumented migrants

Obama By-Passing Congress Again

Refusing to take no for an answer, Obama (not The White House, but Obama) is by-passing the Democrat-controlled Senate on a Useless Nations climate agreement.

King Obama is engineering a UN Climate Accord without Congress. As the media and Democrats in Congress marvel as the lawless Obama administration goes from “deeming” bills passed (ACA) to announcing at a SOTU speech that he’ll go around Congress, and now doing a retroactive re-write of an existing 1992 treaty instead of asking Congress again. Really?

Link: Obama Pursuing Climate Accord in Lieu of Treaty

Captain Obvious In The White House

In case you missed it, President Obama made a sobering statement about the beheading of James Foley by ISIS. He told the world what bad people they are. What he didn’t do is say what he is going to DO about it. This is as close as he came to a non-commitment commitment.

“We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” he said. “When people harm Americans, anywhere, we do what’s necessary to see that justice is done. And we act against ISIL, standing alongside others.”

Apparently, he is waiting for “others” to take the lead.

What he did however,  is immediately returned to the golf course. While our borders are open, the last thing this sorry excuse for a president wants to do is protect and defend the Constitution and the people of the United States. Here’s some great advice he’s not been getting.

From Mark Levin . . .

‘Get Your Ass Off The Golf Course, Act Like a President, or Get the Hell Out!’

Selective Transparency For DOJ


Voter registration booth at sight where Brown died.

“Transparency” has lost its meaning. At least where the government and the media is concerned. When there’s a great racial narrative going, like a White cop (or a “White Hispanic” community watch dude) shooting a Black kid, that’s all you need to pick that scab, again. Instant ratings for the media, and another opportunity to stir up racial unrest. With everything else going wrong in the administration, this is a distraction that was made to order.

(Update:8/18/2014, see voter registration booth where Michael Brown was killed)

So we now find out that the Executive Branch (DOJ) didn’t want the convenience store robbery video released. And the media complied. Even though they knew a video existed, there was no reporting about it. That is, until the police released it themselves.

What’s so bad about transparency? All we think we know about the Michael Brown shooting is that the cop wasn’t aware of the robbery that Brown committed fifteen minutes earlier. And, that Brown knew what he did fifteen minutes before coming in contact with the cop. Gee Mr. Media, any chance that something other than a White cop shooting a “gentle giant” may have happened?

Carrying a political agenda is one thing, but it becomes dangerous (in so many ways) when it is coupled with the “news” media. And, reason enough to be skeptical about anything that comes out of the so-called mainstream media.

Links: “They deal in rumors all the time, if they like what the rumor is.”  |  Surveillance Shows Michael Brown Suspected In ‘Strong Arm’ Robbery  |  Ferguson Police Released Robbery Video Despite DOJ Concerns