The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a critical bill (238-186) to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from destroying American jobs. The Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act was introduced by Congressman Tim Scott (R-S.C.) in response to the NLRBs arrogant and outrageous attempt to stop Boeing from moving a production facility in South Carolina, apparently because it is a right-to-work state. It's only one of a number of aggressive, pro-union actions the New Deal-era dinosaur has undertaken during the Obama Administration. The unelected board sometimes seems to be serving as a stalking house for advancing this president's stridently union-friendly agenda.
Americans for Prosperity Colorado is calling on all members of the states congressional delegation to support HR-2587, a bill up for a possible vote in the House of Representatives next week that would help curb abuses of power by the National Labor Relations Board, a formerly-obscure New Deal panel that has assumed an aggressive new posture under the union-friendly Obama Administration. Because U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-7) is seen by AFP as a potential swing vote, AFP activists will be visiting Perlmutters district office in Lakewood Monday at noon, in the hope of influencing his vote on the bill.
Where's Bruce Springsteen? Where's Bonnie Raitt? Where's Bono? Where are the Dixie Chicks?
Where are these and all the other left-leaning musicians who purport to care about the "little guy," the "working man," the politically persecuted, in response to a federal raid by the Obama administration's overzealous eco-enforcers on the Gibson Guitar Company, alleging the illegal importation of exotic wood?
Why is the American economy in the dumper? We dont have time here to list all the reasons.
But one obvious anchor on any economy, and on the American economy especially, is rising energy costs. Like it or not and some Americans do not the fact is that theres a strong correlation between economic productivity and energy consumption, and higher energy prices mean that virtually everything we do or buy costs more. That reduces consumption, fuels inflation, eliminates profit margins, kills business (and jobs) and means Americans are paying more just to run in place.
No wonder the economy is sputtering.
The push to rein-in and reform overgenerous government pension plans has many senior government workers rushing for the exits, according to a spate of recent news reports (here and here), leading to worries, in some circles, about a bureaucratic "brain drain." But one analyst, the Manhattan Institute's Steve Malanga, believes such fears are unfounded, because they're based on the false premise that competence and excellence are the keys to career longevity in the public sector.