Daily Archives: July 1, 2009

Two Bills that Kill…(the economy, jobs, and our country)

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.  

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world”.

 – Thomas Jefferson 

We are parked at the edge of a cliff. We have a choice – slip the car into reverse and back away or hit the gas and plunge to the canyon floor. We are at the most dangerous point in our history in the last fifty years. We must stop these bills before we are on a road from which turning back might be impossible. Remember, this is a multi pronged strategy by the democrats. One prong is the proposed legislation, the other is the usurping of unconstitutional power through the Czars, government agencies, nationalizing businesses and financial thuggery by the Federal Reserve to move the agenda forward if legislation fails.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”- Patrick Henry

These bills must be stopped and they must be stopped now. Here is a quick recap of two pending bills before Congress that will kill jobs, drive up taxes, increase the cost of living, feed inflation and redistribute wealth. 

Cap & Tax  (The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill)

This is going to essentially be the biggest “disguised tax” in U.S. history. President Obama promised no new taxes for 95% of Americans. This bill is at its’ heart a tax on energy. While defenders say it only taxes dirty, carbon based energy turns out that is about 90% of the energy used in this country. An average American will see their energy bills increase between $1000 & $2000 per year depending on where they live and how their energy is produced. 

This bill will also result in significant job losses as energy companies struggle to become compliant with new government regulations and businesses struggle with the higher price of energy. Some analysts are saying job losses will average 2.5 million per year for two to three years. 

Another thing that should worry us all… after a draft of the bill had been made easily accessible to the public for over a month, just hours before the bill was voted on 350 pages of amendments were tacked on containing God knows what! Another bill passed that nobody read completely after the last minute additions – I’m scared, are you? 

However, while the government holds U.S. businesses to these ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, the Chinese are polluting the hell out of the planet and kicking our ass at manufacturing. Good thing global warming is a myth! 

Ask yourself why as an American, your standard of living should be lowered and your way of life changed to finance this nonsense while the rest of the world is free to continue on their merry way, doing what they want and kicking our butts in the process?

We need to focus on our Senators and send them a clear message that we do not want this bill to pass. There is no time to waste it needs your immediate attention. To learn more about The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill or Cap & Trade check my blog category under Global Warming for several very specific posts.

Remember these famous words from Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth: “A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.” 

Employees Free Choice Act/ Card Check 

The Employee Free Choice Act, or “card check,” has been introduced in the past three Congresses, but it always failed to win the 60 votes needed to pass controversial legislation in the Senate.

Now there is real trouble on the horizon – his name is Al Franken. Today the Minnesota Supreme Court confirmed the results of the controversial Senate race declaring Al Franken the winner. With his certification complete, the democrats might finally have enough votes to push this bill through as he becomes the 60th member of the democratic Senate caucus.

The proposed law gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up (“card check”) or an election by secret ballot. Critics warn that this will lead to employee intimidation to sign cards and will deny individuals the right to a secret ballot. The secret ballot has been the safety valve in the organizing process. Employees could go along with process to allow a vote by signing the organizing petition but had the safety of the secret ballot to protect their individual vote. As a manufacturing manager for 30 years I have had a front row seat to union organizing efforts twice. In both cases, employees were under tremendous peer pressure to sign the petition. However, both times the union was defeated by the secret ballot. It sure seemed like the process worked as it was supposed to each time. The other major criticism is that it will kill jobs because small to medium size employers will not be able to afford unionized shops, in many this will drive them out of business. The business community is geared up to fight the bill.

Supporters say the legislation will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions by helping workers form unions.

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” – Hillary Clinton

Shouldn’t this apply towards something as important as a union election too? After all the signing the card means that you want to hear more. After both sides present their case you go cast your vote in private.

So why do we need this law? First, it will help the unions get easier victories and build their dwindling membership. Oh, yeah and the labor unions strongly support the democrats. This is as much about politics as it is about employee’s rights.

There is one more aspect to the bill that is equally as troubling as the secret ballot issue. That is the method by which negotiations would be handled under the bill. If the employer and the union did not reach a deal in 120 days, a government arbitration panel could intervene and take over the negotiations.

For many, the government arbitration clause looks to be a deal breaker. As long as that provision is in the bill, said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, “I don’t know how anybody can talk compromise.” He added, “If it wasn’t for the political power of the national unions, this wouldn’t have a chance. But they are powerful.”

Ironically, during the 2008 elections anti card check ads featured the head liberal of his time – former S.D. Sen. George McGovern as their spokesman. Even George could not get behind elimination of the secret ballot to protect the privacy of each employee. We must fight this legislation. With unemployment already tracking at 9.4% nationally, we can not afford more job loss. It’s bad for business, it is un-American and since when are we against a secret ballot? Write your Senator and tell them –just say no!

Unfortunately, Congress is currently littered with a variety of proposed legislation that supports the administration’s social reengineering agenda. We must be vigilant in identifying these bills and fighting them. After all, the only thing at stake is the American Dream!

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Most bad government has grown out of too much government”. – Thomas Jefferson