An Idaho Senate panel agreed to another restriction on labor unions Monday, approving a plan to stop unions from shifting money to supplement workers’ wages. It’s the second plan the Senate State Affairs Committee approved in less than a week that some contractors support but has raised red flags from the attorney general’s office.(from idahoreporter.com)
The legislation would prevent unions from using market recovery funds collected from union workers to pay other workers on a contracted project. Unions could use the funds to allow contractors with union workers to submit lower bids for construction projects. Opponents of market recovery call it a job targeting program, and say it reduces competition and opportunities for non-union workers in Idaho.
Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, compared job targeting funds to politicians receiving money under the table. “We want to level the playing field for all Idaho workers and contractors,” Pearce said. “This bill is about freedom. It’s about freedom to protect our workers and our workforce.”
(full story at emergingcorruption.com)
After being brought into a Rensselaer County courtroom in handcuffs, Councilman Michael LoPorto and Democratic Election Commissioner Edward McDonough pleaded not guilty Friday to a combined 116 felony counts alleging they falsified dozens of absentee votes.
116. Felony. Counts.
We covered this case in September of 2009 for NewsBusters, where the depth and breadth of blatant forgery was underscored:
The allegations, which were brought to light by the Albany Times Union, involve absentee ballots forged by people associated with the city’s Democratic Party for those registered to vote on the Working Families Party (WFP) line in Troy, NY. The ballots not only involve clearly forged signatures, but also, falsifying excuses for not being present on Election Day, and registering individuals who no longer live in the area.
What is confusing here is why one of the main entities in this story, the Working Families Party itself, continues to escape unscrutinized. The WFP has continually been used as an avenue for corruption in Troy politics. Republican Bob Mirch, the Garbage Man as he is known in Troy and the man who initially investigated the Democrats, has long tiptoed the line of morality by using the WFP line to run joke candidates in an attempt to wrestle the line away from the opposing party. In this Fox News report, Mirch admits to such shady actions:
Mirch proudly admits he runs his own candidates in the left-leaning Working Families Party primaries to try and sap strength from the Democrats or gain the line for Republican candidates, but he insists he has never acted unlawfully, and blames his political opponents for doing just that.
The question is, why wouldn’t the Working Families Party fight for the integrity of their own voting and registration process by ensuring these things do not reoccur? The answer is, they are nothing than a bastion of corrupt politics. What you won’t see in any media report is the long-established history between the WFP and the uber-corrupt former organization known as ACORN. ACORN has recently fallen on hard times but much like the Hydra from Greek mythology, if you cut off one head, two more will grow in it’s place.
The WFP has been shown to be nothing more than a front for ACORN and its radical policies. Why?
- RedState has demonstrated that the WFP was founded by key members of ACORN, and shares many of its political strategies.
- The WFP has listed ACORN as an affiliate program directly on their Web site.
- Roger Stone calls the New York Working Families Party “one of ACORN’s most successful projects”.
- The New York Post analyzes the many shady dealings of the WFP, and its affiliation with ACORN.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released a study Monday that shows Indiana’s economy would be stronger with a right-to-work law.(from courier-journal.com)
But the leader of the Indiana State AFL-CIO called the study misleading and inaccurate.
The chamber-funded study says Indiana’s per-capita income would be higher if it had the law, which would ban companies from making union membership and dues mandatory.
An Ohio University economist said if Indiana had adopted a right-to-work law in 1977, the state’s per-capita income would have been $2,925 higher in 2008.
Passage of the law this year would raise per capita income $968 by 2021, study author Richard Vedder said.
The chamber is a key supporter of a right-to-work law, even as Gov. Mitch Daniels has discouraged its consideration this year.
“Our results suggest that the impact of a (right-to-work) law is to increase economic growth rates by 11.5 percent,” Vedder wrote in the study. “The work suggests that over two-thirds of the difference between Indiana and the national rates of economic growth in modern times is explainable by Indiana’s lack of” such a law.
Barack Obama and the U.S. government have called for a “peaceful transition” in Egypt, in response to massive protests, riots and escalating anarchy. But I wonder if President Obama is taking notes? I wonder if he realizes just how close America is to facing a similar crisis that could result in riots, revolt in the streets, and economic paralysis. I wonder if President Obama would act much different than President Mubarak in Egypt. So far, small signs hint that Obama might turn out to be just as intolerant to dissent as Mubarak.(from biggovernment.com)
So how will President Obama react to massive protests, riots, and revolt in the USA? Will he choose to shut down the Internet? He criticizes Mubarak, yet Obama is already asking Congress for the authority to do just that (without judicial review). Will Obama cut off access to Facebook and Twitter? Will he try to shut down talk radio and FOX News? Obama and his Democratic allies have already suggested doing that (before a true crisis) with “The Fairness Act.”
Will Obama attempt to ban guns? He has already come out strongly in support of gun control or bans on numerous occasions before he was even elected President. Will Obama call in the military to contain the riots of unemployed, hungry, angry youth here in America’s biggest cities?
Will he allow free speech — even if massive protests call for Obama to step down?
Is Obama taking notes in Egypt? He had better. Because Egypt’s crisis could eventually be coming to a city near you.
Class struggle(in Marxist ideology) the conflict of interests between the workers and the ruling class in a capitalist society, regarded as inevitably violent.
The legal system hasn't yet been completely corrupted by liberal activists. Consequently, the ObamaCare abomination is crashing like a wave against the rock our country was founded on — the Constitution. This has given rise to piteous moans among left-wing totalitarians, and more conversations at the water cooler:
(crossposted from moonbattery.com)
Ridicule is man's most potent weapon - Saul Alinsky
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The U.K. recognizes USSR (1924)
Vidkun Quisling is appointed Premier of Norway by the Nazi occupiers (1942)
Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the U.S. to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl (1978)
b: Langston Hughes (1902), Boris Yeltsin (1931)
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