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04-24-2011 06:11 PM  7 years agoPost 1
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Federal labor board seeks to ground Boeing

By: Examiner Editorial 04/21/11

Can federal bureaucrats tell a private company where to build a factory?

Members of President Obama's National Labor Relations Board think they can. In a decision that even the New York Times is describing as "highly unusual for the federal government," Lafe Solomon, who was appointed to the board by Obama, filed a complaint on behalf of the NLRB on Wednesday seeking to force the Boeing Co. to build an assembly line in Washington state instead of South Carolina. The NLRB action stems from Boeing's October 2009 decision to build a new factory for its new 787 Dreamliner airplane near Charleston, S.C. Boeing first sought to build the new plant near its existing facility in Puget Sound, but negotiations with the International Association of Machinists broke down when the union refused to agree to a long-term no-strike clause. The IAM had struck four times since 1989, costing Boeing at least $1.8 billion in revenue.

That's when Boeing chose South Carolina, a right-to-work state where, unlike Washington, workers are not forced to join unions. As a result of this policy, only 6.2 percent of South Carolinians belong to unions. Construction of Boeing's new Charleston factory is nearly complete, and the company has already hired more than 1,000 new employees, drawn mostly from within the immediate region. And back in Washington, Boeing has actually increased employment at its Puget Sound plant by 2,000 workers. But that isn't good enough for the IAM or the Obama White House. After suffering major defeats in Wisconsin and Ohio, the labor movement is looking for a scalp. Obama's NLRB is trying to turn Boeing into one.

The NLRB is hanging its case on a senior Boeing official's statement to the Seattle Times that "The overriding factor [in transferring the line] ... was that we cannot afford to have a work stoppage, you know, every three years." The NLRB absurdly claims this is "unlawful employer speech" that infringes on "a worker's fundamental" right to strike. But the Supreme Court has long held that firms may consider the economic effect of strikes when making business decisions. Also, Boeing's existing collective bargaining agreement with the IAM allows Boeing to build facilities at other locations. An administrative law judge will hear Boeing's objection to the NLRB's complaint June 14, so there still is hope sanity will prevail. But a decision in favor of the IAM would be a disaster not just for Boeing, but for American workers everywhere. A ruling in favor of Obama's NLRB would make it presumptively illegal for any unionized firm to invest in a right-to-work state.

At first, this would mainly hurt right-to-work states, as they would no longer be able to lure new businesses from existing unionized firms. But over the long run, this policy would hurt unions and all Americans. Why would any domestic company choose to build a factory in a forced-union state if it knew that meant it could never expand to a right-to-work state? Why would any international firm invest anywhere in this country if it knew the White House would favor political allies?

The NLRB isn't protecting workers, it is setting them up for eventual unemployment.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opini...s-ground-boeing

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04-24-2011 07:56 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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Absurb would be the word for Obama. He really thinks that he is Stalin and owns everything in the country!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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04-24-2011 07:59 PM  7 years agoPost 3
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Absurb would be the word for Obama. He really thinks that he is Stalin and owns everything in the country!
Him and his pals are simply desperate for those lefty wacko union campaign contributions. Its all they got.

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04-24-2011 08:08 PM  7 years agoPost 4
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Sounds like the communist party. You must join the party (union) and pay dues and we will tell you when and where you can work.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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04-25-2011 12:32 AM  7 years agoPost 5
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And people wonder why so many jobs have moved across the border and overseas? Pretty obvious why when the employers of the nation are constantly being chastised.

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04-25-2011 12:47 AM  7 years agoPost 6
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Yep, If you have to employ communists you might as well go to China where they are cheap!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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04-25-2011 01:02 AM  7 years agoPost 7
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yep.

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04-25-2011 02:42 AM  7 years agoPost 8
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And people wonder why so many jobs have moved across the border and overseas? Pretty obvious why when the employers of the nation are constantly being chastised.
Precisely !!!

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04-25-2011 04:39 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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Sounds like the communist party. You must join the party (union) and pay dues and we will tell you when and where you can work.
Sadly their policies are reflecting this more and more. But then no one who was paying attention during the campaign would really be surprised. I just hope economically we can survive 6 more years of this guy. I'm not sure we can.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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04-25-2011 04:50 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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I just hope economically we can survive 6 more years of this guy. I'm not sure we can.
We cant.

The saving grace may be getting common sense, Conservative control of the Senate in 2012. With both the Senate and House in Conservative control, this country might have a fighting chance if the Hater of Our Country gets re-elected.

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04-25-2011 05:32 PM  7 years agoPost 11
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And people wonder why so many jobs have moved across the border and overseas? Pretty obvious why when the employers of the nation are constantly being chastised.
Sad thing is that this has been going on for a long time no matter what party is in charge of the goverment. And it will continue to happen.

Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends

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04-25-2011 07:12 PM  7 years agoPost 12
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As an outsider it would appear he is intent on screwing America....

You guys sure he's not al-Qaeda ????

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04-25-2011 09:20 PM  7 years agoPost 13
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He is even worse. He is an American who is by all rights exemplary of the American dream. Middle class American kid who was raised by his grandmother and went to Columbia and Harvard. Yet he hates everything that this country stands for. He despises the very thing that makes this country great, and that is opportunity. You don't have to be born of the right family, or come from money, or conform to some arbitrary set of rules or depend on the government. All you have to do is work hard and want it badly enough. He would take away the very opportunities he has been given. All in the name of fairness...

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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04-25-2011 09:35 PM  7 years agoPost 14
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He is even worse. He is an American who is by all rights exemplary of the American dream. Middle class American kid who was raised by his grandmother and went to Columbia and Harvard. Yet he hates everything that this country stands for. He despises the very thing that makes this country great, and that is opportunity. You don't have to be born of the right family, or come from money, or conform to some arbitrary set of rules or depend on the government. All you have to do is work hard and want it badly enough. He would take away the very opportunities he has been given. All in the name of fairness...
Here here!!! Well stated.

This Country has become the Country of "I want it now", "I want it with no risk to myself", "I am the victim so compensate me", "I take no responibility for my actions", "I want someone else to do it for me", "I want the good life without the effort".

Clearly this does not represent EVERYONE, but it seems like it is starting to represent more and more and more everyday.

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04-25-2011 09:37 PM  7 years agoPost 15
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All you have to do is work hard and want it badly enough. He would take away the very opportunities he has been given. All in the name of fairness...
I don't think its in the name of fairness. It goes way beyond that to doing it for the name of the progressive left and POWER. That is the party that wishes to "Distribute The Wealth". Its not THEIR wealth they wish to distribute. Its yours.
Clearly this does not represent EVERYONE, but it seems like it is starting to represent more and more and more everyday.
Thats because 42% of the American public no longer pay federal income taxes. That creates more tax eaters that are quickly outnumbering the tax payers. Thats why they are going after the RICH. Not much is left. If they are successful in continuing to punish the rich for succeeding and creating jobs for others, then we are doomed. It may very well be to late already. There can be no reason for the historical spending in government today. Its purposeful, irresponsible, stupid and every other negative connotation you can stick to it. It certainly goes against everything America stands for.

The problem is SPENDING in Washington DC. This entire economic downturn can be put directly onto our so called leaders in Washington DC and has been the most predictable economic downturn in US history.

But wait. You have not seen anything yet. Inflation is coming. It will be far worse than the Carter years of leadership ineptitude. It will be nasty and the leaders in Washington DC will still be eating fine foods, getting expensive haircuts, wearing expensive clothes, and free airplane rides all over the world. All at the expense of your grandkids. Not our expense today because we have no more money. As a country, we are broke right now. Flat broke, spending more and borrowing more and more each day.

Right now, today, we are spending approx $200 billion dollars a month on the interest of our debt alone. Think about that. Thats $200 billion on the interest on our debt alone.

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04-25-2011 09:53 PM  7 years agoPost 16
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Thats because 42% of the American public no longer pay federal income taxes.
Wow. Didnt realize it was that high. No wonder they want to take half of what I earn. They need half of mine so they can feed the half that are continualy suckling off the Government tit, then everyone is happy. NOT!

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04-25-2011 09:56 PM  7 years agoPost 17
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Wow. Didnt realize it was that high. No wonder they want to take half of what I earn. They need half of mine so they can feed the half that are continualy suckling off the Government tit, then everyone is happy.
But, you see. What you have, what they take is not enough. Not even close.

Thats why:
Right now, today, we are spending approx $200 billion dollars a month on the interest of our debt alone. Think about that. Thats $200 billion on the interest on our debt alone.
$5 trillion added to our debt just in the last 4 years alone.

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04-25-2011 10:01 PM  7 years agoPost 18
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Ya, pretty soon they are going to have to come up with a new unit of measurement, 'cause "Trillion" wont cut it anylonger. Kinda like using light years in lieu of miles, 'cause the number is so big.

Sad isnt it?

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04-25-2011 10:07 PM  7 years agoPost 19
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Ya, pretty soon they are going to have to come up with a new unit of measurement, 'cause "Trillion" wont cut it anylonger. Kinda like using light years in lieu of miles, 'cause the number is so big.

Sad isnt it?
Yes, it is.

It was not to longer ago that the word "Trillion" did not exist in our economy. It does now in the form of "Debt" and "Spending".

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04-25-2011 10:17 PM  7 years agoPost 20
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Wow. Didnt realize it was that high. No wonder they want to take half of what I earn.
And that isn't even the whole story. I have yet to see anyone compile the statistics on how many of those get refunds anyway in the form of refundable tax credits. The IRS has become yet another tool for progressives to push their agenda.

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