Karmic Justice: The National Education Association’s endorsement of Barack Obama and the Democrats is costing teachers jobs!

But, but, but, I thought that the school districts were primarily run by liberals. And the National Education Association certainly supported Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns!

N.C. School District Cutting Substitute Teachers’ Hours Due To Obamacare

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff | February 25, 2014 10:37 am

Substitute teachers in North Carolina are having their hours cut so the school district won’t have to pay for their health insurance under Obamacare, WITN-NC reports.

One district in Pitt County told a WITN reporter that they’d informed substitute teachers they could only work 12 days a month or 90 hours a month. It was not a decision they wanted to make, but the Obamacare mandate forced their hand.

The government is literally taking people out of work, said David Perry, a substitute teacher.

“I felt like they were telling me I couldn’t work when I wanted to work,” Perry said. “Who has a right to tell me I can’t work if a job is available? I was shocked.”

More at the link.

I don’t know if Mr Perry voted the way the NEA told him he should vote, but let’s be honest here: it is President Obama and the Democratic Party who are telling him that he can’t work! It was the Democrats who passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, without a single Republican vote, and President Obama who signed the thing into law. And the requirements of the PP&ACA are such that for Pitt County to allow him to work more than 30 hours a week, they would have to provide him with health insurance; the linked article noted that for the county to provide every substitute teacher with health insurance would cost the school district “upwards of $7 million.”

Of course, we told them so! It doesn’t matter how liberal or Democratic or sympathetic the school districts and administrators are; they still have budgets, and they still have to pay the bills, and the PP&ACA makes that harder for them to do. Anyone who knew the first thing about economics would have known that, but, then again, if liberals actually understood economics, they wouldn’t be liberals.

A Commander-in-Chief who has failed in his duty

It’s no surprise that Defense spending was going to have to be cut. With the war in Iraq over, and our slow withdrawal from Afghanistan in process, we were simply going to need less. But this has your Editor more than a little annoyed. From USA Today:

The budget calls for a 1% pay increase for most troops, although generals and admirals would receive a one-year pay freeze. Hagel said he wants to slow the growth of housing allowances and require active-duty and retired members of the military to make a larger contribution to their health care costs in the TRICARE program.

Future pay and pension questions, he said, will be handled by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, which is expected to issue its report in a year.

“Although these recommendations do not cut anyone’s pay, I realize they will be controversial,” Hagel said. “Congress has taken some important steps in recent years to control the growth in compensation spending, but we must do more.”

Now, contrast that with this story, from CBS News:

Why soldiers are increasingly relying on food stamps

The recent surge in food-stamp spending has prompted some critics to worry that the $76 billion program is creating an over-reliance on government handouts.

What these critics may not realize is that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is also increasingly relied upon by members of the U.S. armed forces, with patrons of military commissaries using food stamps to purchase $103.6 million worth of groceries in fiscal 2013.

That’s a 5 percent rise from 2012, and almost double the $52.9 million spent in 2009. That’s a faster pace of growth than the general population, since overall SNAP spending rose just 51 percent from 2009 through 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

One reason for jump in food-stamp usage among soldiers could be the relatively low pay awarded to junior members of the military, with the least experienced active duty soldiers bringing home a little over $18,300 per year. That would qualify a soldier living in a two-person household for food stamps.

But another significant issue facing military families is a relatively high unemployment rate for spouses, with female spouses between the ages of 18 to 24 suffering from a 30 percent unemployment rate, according to a February study published by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. That’s almost three times higher than their civilian cohorts, the study found.

To be sure, while base pay for soldiers is low compared with other civilian careers, soldiers can receive bonuses and non-cash compensation such as free or subsidized housing and education.

The commissary system is one benefit enjoyed by soldiers, with the Defense Commissary Agency operating stores at bases across the globe. Groceries are sold at about one-third less than at commercial prices, which can save a family of four about $4,400 each year, the agency notes on its Facebook page.

Still, pressure on soldiers’ grocery budgets may only increase. The Pentagon is considering increasing prices at the commissaries, one option that would keep the stores open, the Military Times reported earlier this month. The Department of Defense had earlier considered closing the stores.

A bit more at the link.

So, here we have a Commander-in-Chief, the man to whom our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines owe their obedience, a man who is supposed to look out for the benefit of those servicemembers under his command, proposing an increase of 34.7% in the minimum wage, but holding the pay increases of the military to 1%,1 and concomitantly reducing their non-cash benefits, which will have the effect of reducing their real compensation.

The benefit to servicemembers in being able to shop at commissaries is huge. The CBS story noted that buying groceries at the commissary can save servicemembers and their families $4,400 a year, but the commissaries sell other things than groceries, from clothing — both civilian and military — to computers to electronics, and, depending on the base, really just about anything you could buy at WalMart.2

I’ll say it very bluntly: if you are in the military, or you have a family member in the armed forces, and you voted for Barack Hussein Obama, you are a fool. It is our military which keeps our country secure and free, and it is our servicemembers who should be better compensated than civilians, and it is our servicemembers to whom the Commander-in-Chief ought to have a sense of loyalty, and he treats them like [insert vulgar slang term for feces here.]

It is reasonably debatable just how large our military forces ought to be, with our combat commitments decreasing. We can quibble about how many divisions the Army ought to maintain, or how many carrier battle groups the Navy needs, but there should be no debate, no debate whatsoever, that our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are not just underpaid but dramatically underpaid; if junior members are eligible for food stamps, then they are underpaid, period.
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  1. President Obama has also proposed a 1% pay increase for civilian federal workers, but the CBO noted that civilian federal workers enjoy slightly higher pay and significantly higher fringe benefits than comparable civilian workers. However, the Congressional Budget Office staffers who put together that study are, themselves, federal employees, and have a vested interest in making it look like they are not over-paid. Both The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute found federal employees to be significantly better paid than private sector workers.
  2. Lest your Editor be accused of personal pleading here, though both of my daughters are in the United States Army Reserve, and can shop at military commissaries, neither of them nor your Editor and his wife live in places where commissaries are available. This is not a benefit your Editor or his family can use, other than on rare occasions.

Weakening The Country As Part Of “FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE”

How much more FundaMENTAL Change can the Country endure? I know the Anti-Military, More Welfare and Freebies crowd cheer this. But if you are going to defend a weaker Armed Forces in the Climate of the World today in favor of the Welfare State. Show Me where the Welfare State is in the Constitution vs. Supporting and Funding the Armed Forces. Below WW2 Strength is not acceptable in a World of Chaos.

Pentagon plans to shrink US Army to pre-WWII level

AFP
By Dan De Luce

Washington (AFP) – The Pentagon plans to scale back the US Army by more than an eighth to its lowest level since before World War II, signaling a shift after more than a decade of ground wars.

Saying it was time to “reset” for a new era, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recommended shrinking American forces from 520,000 active duty troops to between 440,000 and 450,000.

In a speech outlining the proposed defense budget, he said Monday that after Iraq and Afghanistan, US military leaders no longer plan to “conduct long and large stability operations.”

More on this Moron Move

http://news.yahoo.com/pentagon-proposes-shrink-us-army-pre-wwii-level-183915098.html;_ylt=AwrTWf1X8gtTyCsAGVTQtDMD

Promote Wombat-socho!

The Other McCain has page tabs for “Home,” “About Robert Stacey Stacy McCain” and “About Smitty” in the upper right hand corner, but is sadly, blatantly, missing an About Wombat-socho page. Why is this injustice being perpetrated, and for how long will it continue?

His Wombatness is the go-to guy for The Other McCain. He does the detail work, and collects the links for the

Naturally, he was modest and self-effacing when he read my comment, saying:

As the Unpaid Blog Intern and Token Papist, I’m happy enough to get my gruel ration in a timely manner.

His Wombatness is the go-to guy for The Other McCain. He does the detail work, and collects the links for the The Other McCain, collating not only the Rule 2 trackback links, but also the hugely important Rule 5 links for Mr McCain’s readership. And now that I find out he is a fellow Papist, I am even more determined to start a campaign to promote him to TOM’s front page, and increase both his salary and gruel allotment! Minimum wage is not enough to adequately compensate him for all of the work he does.

Rule 5 Blogging: Americans!

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Sarah Hyland in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. Click any photo to enlarge.

U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Jo Marie Rivera, left, a human resource specialist, and Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Hamby, a military police officer, both with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, maintain security for a Female Engagement Team chief during a consultation at a clinic in the Tarnak wa Jaldak district, Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kandi Huggins/Released)

Continue reading ‘Rule 5 Blogging: Americans!’ »

From Around the Blogroll Updated! John Hitchcock is alive!

From The Victory Girls, Kit Lange wrote:

Climate Change Will Cause More Rapes, Says Study
by Kit Lange on February 20, 2014

A new study claims that “global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion.”  It’s the perfect storm for liberals, who rant about rape culture and patriarchal societies and how we should teach men not to rape because apparently in the liberal feminist world, all men are rapists by default and you have to actually train them not to rape women.  Except…climate change is also so near and dear to the Left’s heart.  Liberal heads are exploding somewhere as they attempt to simultaneously offer credence to the climate change study—which offers credence to their global warming bunk—and still harp on their supposed rape culture, which allows them to keep preaching the eeeevils of anyone who’s male.  Maybe climate change causes rape culture.  Wait, that can’t be, because rape culture is supposedly caused by society.  Maybe rape culture causes global warming?

More at the link. And she also noted the trial balloon by the Federal Communications Commission to investigate how broadcast journalists are doing their jobs. Supposedly, the FCC just wants to make sure that the media are doing their jobs in news coverage, but all bureaucratic decisions are taken by people, and that means people with axes to grind. Anyone think that an FCC run by an appointee of President Obama would treat coverage decisions by Fox News more harshly than such decisions by MSNBC?

William Teach noted that the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted that temperatures in the continental United States would be above normal from November through January. :lol: He then quoted Ace of Spades, who had a great point:

I don’t really think it’s terrible that government meteorologists failed to predict how tough, cold, and snowy this Global Warmening winter would be. Predicting the future, like hitting a curveball, is hard.

But, of course: I’m a bit skeptical when they move straight from one near-term failed prediction to a long-term prediction, also failed, at least for the last 17 years, and tell me “Serious You Guys you have to trust on this, the Science is Settled.”

Robert Stacey Stacy McCain wrote about a perceptive Harvard student, Sandra Y.L. Korn:

If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of ‘academic freedom’?

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of ‘academic justice.’ When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

Darleen Click of Protein Wisdom wrote on the same subject, as did Donald Douglas of American Power.  Your Editor thinks that she’s probably gotten her 15 minutes of fame.

There is an obvious academic problem that the lovely Miss Korn has missed. In her use of the example of Richard Herrnstein’s research about heredity influence on IQ, she was protesting the results of his research, but in using an “academic justice” standard, which she defined as “When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue,” she is saying that the questions cannot even be asked. In theory, when an objective researcher forms an hypothesis and then proceeds to test it, it is possible that his research will prove the hypothesis invalid; the left would have had no complaint had Dr Herrnstein’s research reached the opposite conclusion.

Let’s suppose that a researcher formed the hypothesis, “Upon correcting for cultural biases in testing, black Americans had IQ test results which are indistinguishable from the IQ test results of white Americans.” By stating the hypothesis that way, Miss Korn would (probably) approve of the research, given that it would promote “academic justice,” but the possibility exists that the research, once done, would disprove the hypothesis.

Dr Douglas quoted Bruce Bawer’s article, “Harvard’s Rebel Without a Clue“:

Speaking of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, summer before last Ms. Korn went on a free ten-day trip to Israel courtesy of Taglit-Birthright Israel, then wrote a column savaging the “right-wing rhetoric” she was fed – by which she meant that, for example, her tour guides displayed an unapologetic pride in Israel and were honest about the systematic inculcation of anti-Semitism in Palestinian schools. While in Israel, she wrote an article lamenting that the country – which some of her family members admired half a century or so ago as “a workers’ nation, a socialist utopia” – has now “adopted capitalism with fervor,” an action which she plainly deplores. She is, indeed, no fan of capitalism. More than once, she’s ranted about the fact that many Harvard graduates get jobs in finance. In one column (reprinted by The Nation, where she was an intern) she savaged Harvard’s Office of Career Services for steering students toward Wall Street, and wondered aloud whether they do so in order “to guarantee wealthy alumni donors.” She concluded her piece by underscoring the need to “destroy…the well-paved road between the Ivy League schools and Wall Street.” When she went to England last summer to do “research” at Trinity Colllege, Cambridge, she found stuff to complain about there, too: “Why do the fellows here dine in the same hall as undergraduates but on a raised platform apart from them?”

In the wake of the 2011 Mumbai bombings, Ms. Korn was outraged – not at the terrorists, but at Subramanian Swamy, an Indian politician and Harvard economics lecturer who responded to the atrocities with an article about how “Muslims of India are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus.” Ms. Korn and some of her confederates jumped into action, agitating for Harvard to – as she put it – “discontinue its association with an offensive figure.” The action succeeded; Swamy was banished….

Who, then, is this fierce critic of American empire, this enemy of capitalism, this scourge of Wall Street? Well, as it turns out, she’s from the affluent suburb of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she grew up in a house at 61 Darren Drive that was purchased in 1998 for $800,000. (If you check it out on Google Maps, it looks like the very image of the American dream: a peaceful paradise of large, pretty houses separated from the quiet street by broad, manicured lawns dotted with shade trees.) Her parents are Elizabeth A. Korn, a pediatric endocrinologist, and William D. Korn, whose own Harvard degrees are in economics and business administration and whose website describes him – the father of this proud 99-percenter – as follows:

Bill Korn is a veteran technology executive with more than 30 years of experience managing fast growth businesses. As Chief Financial Officer for seven companies he has raised over $250 million of capital, including debt and equity financing. Bill has completed seven acquisitions, including negotiating terms, arranging financing, performing due diligence and integrating teams. He has successfully created many successful partnerships and joint ventures.

The bio goes on for several more paragraphs, providing details of his years at IBM and other corporations and his involvement in the National Association of Corporate Directors and the New Jersey Economic Growth Council.

More at the links. But, it seems that Miss Korn is a privileged 1%er, with very well-to-do parents who can send her on trips to Israel and England. Unfortunately, it also seems as though they have pretty much wasted their money: once she is graduated with her degree in history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality, and starts sending out résumés, any human resources person who looks at those is going to file her résumé in the trash can, because she has just alerted them to the fact that she is a discrimination lawsuit waiting to happen. And if she puts down just the first of her double major, history of science, which looks reasonable enough, but they do something really radical like a Google search on her, they’ll find her biweekly articles on the Crimson, with the same result.

From Political Realities:

Arizona Bill Targets Discrimination Against Religion
By LD Jackson

Religious FreedomArizona has passed a bill that is aimed at expanding the rights of businesses to refuse service to homosexuals and others. The usual rhetoric applies. The liberals declare it will open the door to discrimination and the state’s economy will be damaged. They have even went so far as to say it will allow people to get away with criminal activity by declaring it as an expression of faith. Like I said, the usual rhetoric applies.

What can not be argued against is this. Homosexuals have declared a war on businesses that refuse them service. I’m not talking about refusing to allow them to eat in a restaurant or ride a bus. I’m talking about suing a business because the owner refused to take pictures of a same-sex marriage or cater the event. If you believe this legislation is an unnecessary preventive measure, think again. I suggest you read a couple of posts from OK Politechs, showing the undeniable fact that Christian businesses are under attack from homosexual activists.

More at the link. I said a long time ago that I believed that legal same-sex “marriage” was pretty much of a fait accompli, and that my primary concern was the the churches be protected from lawsuits for refusing to perform such “marriages.” And now we are seeing ever-greater attempts for use the power of the law to force private businesses to cater to homosexual couples who want to get married. Laws such as Arizona’s would not be necessary if homosexual activists were willing to live and let live, and not try to force people to violate their religious beliefs.

Hube gives us his list of the coolest science-fiction weapons ever. Unfortunately, he omitted the Nareda’s planetary core drill, which enabled it’s future renegade captain, Nero, to use “red matter” to create an artificial singularity in the center of the targeted planet, destroying it. Of course, he may have omitted it because the source was the 2009 Star Trek movie, which was just so awful.

It was a fairly big story recently, when the workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee rejected a unionization bid by the United Auto Workers. Karen, the Lonely Conservative, noted a similar story, which got far less attention, when workers at Novelis, in Oswego County, NY, rejected representation by the United Steelworkers.

On Truth Before Dishonor, DNW noted an obvious attempt to put lipstick on a pig.

Sister Toldjah wrote about he left’s definition of diversity. It’s very simple: the left are pro-choice on exactly one subject, and everything else Must Be Ordered.

Well, that’s it for this week!

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Updated! John Hitchcock is alive, with a new article on Truth Before Dishonor!

Failure in Baltimore

The Governor, who used to be Mayor of Baltimore, Owe’Malley never mentioned this. Nor has the Baltimore Sun reported this, but here is a report from the London, UK Daily Mail taken a look at the poverty in Baltimore. If I hadn’t seen this article on Drudge, I know I would have never seen it in the Baltimore SUN (Pravda) And Owe’Malley wants to be President. No real need to mention the Party in charge of Baltimore and MD.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564858/Baltimores-people-woods-Inside-hidden-homeless-camps-milk-crates-wooden-doors-tarps-outskirts-town.html

Not a budget, but a campaign document

The process we use for electing Presidents in this country is very heavily skewed toward picking the best campaigners, not the men who would make the best Presidents. For example, we place a tremendous emphasis on the performances in the debates, settings in which the candidates stand up, with no notes and no help, and answer questions immediately, while actual presidential decisions are taken over the course of days or weeks or months, with aides providing the chief executive with all of the information he wants, and advisers presenting all of the options to him.

Thus we have the spectacle of Barack Hussein Obama, an absolutely tremendous campaigner — as a less than one term senator, he beat the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton for the nomination as well as the Republican nominee — who has turned in the worst performance as President in my lifetime,1 yet still got re-elected.

And now we have President Obama playing to his strength, campaigning, rather than his weakness, his actual job, in presenting his FY2015 federal budget proposal. From The Wall Street Journal:

Obama Budget Plan Reflects Partisan Lines
GOP-Friendly Inflation Proposal Not in Spending Blueprint; Focus on Democratic Priorities
By Carol E. Lee and Damian Paletta | Updated Feb. 20, 2014 10:05 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s 2015 budget will abandon overtures to Republicans and call for a large expansion in spending on education and job training, in a push certain to ratchet up tensions in the already-fractured capital ahead of November’s elections.

The proposal—which will serve more as a political treatise than a fiscal blueprint—won’t include a call to slow the growth of Social Security spending by changing how the program accounts for inflation, White House officials said Thursday. Such a change is favored by the GOP and had been included in Mr. Obama’s budget plan last year.

Instead, Mr. Obama’s budget, which will be released in full early next month, will propose $56 billion in new government spending on programs such as education, manufacturing and job training, which would be offset by spending cuts and tax increases on high-income earners.

Mr. Obama’s budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 is the latest in a number of steps he has taken to reassert presidential authority, largely through executive actions, and push his ideal policy positions as opposed to compromises. Senior White House officials said the shift is a result of Republicans’ refusals to compromise in Congress with Mr. Obama despite his repeated attempts to win them over with social events and GOP-favored policy positions.

More in the original.

Naturally, the Republicans said that it would be, in effect, dead on arrival, noting that all the President offers is more tax increases on the most productive Americans. Unlike the last tax increase, the President and the Democrats don’t have the advantage of an automatic tax hike on everyone to use as a hammer, but would have to get the Republicans who control the House of Representatives to agree on raising taxes, and that just isn’t going to happen.

This is nothing but a campaign plan, going in and trying to get the Democrats an advantage by allowing them to campaign on raising taxes on the wealthy, because it is certainly not going to be anything like a reasonable budget proposal which could actually pass in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said, “President Obama’s budget will be a powerful statement of Democratic principles.” Yup, that’s right: even the Democrats are admitting that it’s nothing but a campaign platform, and it should be thrown in the trash can as soon as it is sent to the Congress.

  1. And my lifetime includes Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter.

Cats!

From Hot Air:

Confirmed: Liberals like cats more than conservatives do
POSTED AT 6:01 PM ON FEBRUARY 18, 2014 BY ALLAHPUNDIT
Alternate headline: “Time magazine confirms definitively that blogger is a RINO.”

You’ve all let me down. Again.

Lefties prefer dogs too, as you can see, just not as much as righties do. Why is that? The stereotype is that men like dogs while women like cats; men tend to trend Republican while women trend Democratic, so there you go. When PPP polled this last year, though, it found that women preferred dogs 49/22 while men preferred dogs 55/16 — a difference, but not a stark one. Maybe Time’s data is chiefly a byproduct of location, not gender. You’ve got more liberals living in cities, where there’s less space. Apartments are tricky for all but the smallest dogs but they’re fine for even the biggest cats. Taste may be shaped by simple logistics here.

Follow the link for 11 more questions exploring the left/right divide on subjects ranging from messy desks to fusion cuisine. (See if you can guess which side prefers documentaries and which prefers action/adventure. The answer may surprise you won’t surprise you at all.) The most interesting wrinkle is seeing where self-identified libertarians fall on the spectrum. I’m surprised to see them so far above water on whether kids need to learn respect for authority and whether the government should treat its own citizens’ lives as “much more valuable” than foreigners’. A movement that’s reliably pro-Snowden and anti-intervention wouldn’t be as far north of 50 percent on those issues as they are here, I’d have guessed, but maybe that says less about libertarians than about my stereotypes of them.

Pluto, our savage beast cat, watching a bunny in the next yard.    Pluto is a mighty huntress and more than one rabbit has become her lunch.  (Click to enlarge)

Pluto, our savage beast cat, watching a bunny in the next yard. Pluto is a mighty huntress and more than one rabbit has become her lunch. (Click to enlarge)

OK, this one bugs me. Think about the differences between cats and dogs. Dogs are needy and dependent, and if you take off for a day, leaving the dog at home, you are going to come back to a whiny animal who has pooped all over the floor. With cats, you can put in a large litter box and a huge bowl of food and water, leave for four days, and the cat will be fine and your floors unpooped-upon. The cat might want attention from you, but if he doesn’t get it, no big deal. Cats are exactly what we think people should be: self-reliant and independent!

If a domestic cat gets lost or somehow loses its home, as long as he isn’t too old or hasn’t been declawed, he will probably survive on his own just fine; cats are natural hunters, and can adapt to homelessness very quickly and efficiently. If a domestic dog loses his home, he is far more likely to be unable to survive on his own, other than by rooting through garbage cans, and some breeds have had virtually all hunting instinct bred out of them. Simply put, we have domesticated dogs to be liberals, while cats remain conservative.

The unions are revolting

From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:

German Union Threatens U.S. Jobs
Posted on | February 19, 2014 | 16 Comments

After workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga voted to reject a United Auto Workers contract, most friends of free labor breathed a sigh of relief, but a deal that gives German workers a seat on the VW board may threaten the Tennessee workers’ jobs:

A Volkswagen board member is threatening to withhold future investments in its Tennessee facility if the workers do not unionize, according to Reuters.

“I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in theUnited States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the south again,” said Bernd Osterloh, head of VW’s works council.

“If co-determination isn’t guaranteed in the first place, we as workers will hardly be able to vote in favor” of potentially building another plant in the U.S. south, Osterloh, who is also on VW’s supervisory board, said.

A bit more at the link.

Sister Toldjah has more, noting Ed Kilgore’s statement:

This news falls with the predictable weight of another shoe dropping, but it’s interesting that it’s happening so fast, even as conservatives everywhere are still celebrating the successful intimidation of VW workers in Tennessee by local Republican politicians.

There is plenty of speculation as to why the workers rejected union representation, which could be anything from they saw just how wonderful things are in that union town of Detroit to the possibility that the UAW organizers were just not very good and urinated off a bunch of workers. But the left seem incapable of considering the possibility that a majority of the workers simply did not see United Auto Workers representation as being beneficial to them.

Or maybe it was something like this story from yesterday’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

10 leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 charged in racketeering indictment
By Jeremy Roebuck, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer | Last updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 1:08 AM | Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 11:48 AM

They called themselves “the Helpful Union Guys” – “THUGS” for short – and woe awaited any contractor who dared cross them by hiring non-organized workers.

For, federal authorities alleged Tuesday, this “goon squad” of members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs.

FBI agents arrested 10 of the union’s leaders Tuesday morning, including longtime head Joseph Dougherty, in a racketeering conspiracy case that appeared to affirm long-standing business complaints over the tactics employed by Philadelphia unions.

Prosecutors alleged that Dougherty and others have cost contractors hundreds of thousands of dollars over at least three years, and were indiscriminate in choosing their targets – equally willing to break skulls with baseball bats at a Toys R Us work site in King of Prussia or torch a Quaker meetinghouse under construction in Chestnut Hill.

More at the link.

Now, it’s not exactly news that there has been union violence to try to protect jobs for union members only; it’s only news that someone might actually go to jail for it. But maybe, just maybe, the civilized workers in Tennessee — Tennessee is reliably Republican, which makes them, by definition, civilized — don’t want to be associated with that kind of stuff.

Or, perhaps, just perhaps, the workers realize what The First Street Journal has been saying all along, that unions in private sector companies have to be partners with their employers, trying to get what they can for their workers while still keeping the company profitable, and were just not confident that the United Auto Workers have had such a good record of doing that, considering the bailouts that General Motors and Chrysler required, and which Ford just barely avoided.

The First Street Journal absolutely supports the right of workers to form unions, but also believes that workers have an absolute right to decline to form a union, and that no worker should be compelled to join a union just to keep his job. The First Street Journal also believes that everyone bears the responsibility for his decisions, and workers who choose to unionize bear the responsibility for the actions of their union, even if that union winds up driving the company out of business. Given the record of private-sector unions in general recently, it’s not too difficult to see why the Volkswagen workers might not see union representation as a wise idea.