Gov. Daniels Backs Union Thugs

Keeping worker-choice off the so-called reform agenda
Republicans in the Indiana House are considering whether to move forward with so-called right-to-work legislation that Gov. Mitch Daniels says is so divisive that it could derail much of his agenda.

GOP lawmakers -- who just gained control of the House -- already have filed two bills that would ban companies from making union dues or membership a requirement of employment. That's the law in 22 states, most to Indiana's south and west.

Rep. Doug Gutwein, new chairman of the House Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee, said it's too soon to say whether the bills will get public hearings and a vote when the legislative session begins in January.

"I would imagine there will be some (Republican) caucus talk about this before we would get too far with it," Gutwein, R-Francesville, said last week. "Personally, I like the idea. It seems to work and seems like it's a plus for those states that have it. But we'll have to see."

But Daniels, also a Republican, has told legislative leaders it would be better to leave the issue alone, even though he believes the proposal has merit. The issue could wreck the chances for reforming education, local government and criminal justice, he said.
(from indystar.com)

Russians Decry Prog Class Warfare

'It's too socialistic.'
Many Russian immigrants to the “red borough” of Staten Island, N.Y. are flocking to the Republican Party, saying that the national Democrats’ “socialistic” policies remind them too much of the top-down oligarchy they fled in their native land.

With many of the borough’s Russian arrivees already owning businesses and active in civic organizations, their muscle could help the Island GOP solidify electoral gains made this year, when the party took back congressional and Assembly seats.

Businessman Arkadiy Fridman said that the newly formed Citizens Magazine Business Club, a confederation of more than 50 Russian-owned businesses here and in Brooklyn, has aligned itself with the Molinari Republican Club (MRC) in an effort to increase the Russian community’s political and economic clout. . . . Fridman said that the Democrats “are going in an absolutely different direction,” focusing on “income redistribution” and rich-versus-poor “class war.”

“It’s too socialistic,” said Fridman, head of the non-profit Staten Island Community Center and president of Citizens Magazine, a public affairs publication. “It’s very painful for us to see.”
(full story at silive.com)

Meet Michelle Pelosi

Progs who ❤ telling folks what to do


(from iowntheworld.com)

For-Profit Education Targeted

O-Dept. of Social Justice takes on the oppressive private sector


Daisuke, World Bank, Afghanistan

On this day: December 27
Namba Daisuke, a Japanese student, tries to assassinate the Prince Regent Hirohito (1923)

The World Bank was created with the signing of an agreement by 28 nations (1945)

Soviet Union invades Afghanistan (1979)

The People's Republic of China is granted permanent normal trade relations with the U.S. (2001)

b: Thomas Menino (1942), Cokie Roberts (1943), Fabian Núñez (1966)

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