Obama leadership evaluated

To judge our President, get to know Saul Alinksy

Through words and deeds, leaders set the standards and establish the tone of their constituency. Put simply, the public's conduct reflects its leadership. A disciple and teacher of Saul Alinsky's leadership principles, President Obama skillfully uses vilification, isolation and ridicule to achieve his ideological objectives. Alinsky teaches that there are strategic advantages to perpetuating polarizing discord and that the outcome justifies the means. Thus, President Obama targets individuals within groups rather than their ideas because "people hurt faster than institutions."

Great leaders don't diminish their predecessor in order to elevate themselves; they trust that history will be a fair arbiter of success. Great leaders promote teamwork, empower individuals and depersonalize public debate. They build upon commonalities and carefully avoid exacerbating differences through demeaning or derisive behavior. Great leaders focus on encouraging involvement, optimizing the process and highlighting positive outcomes. Above all else, they demonstrate character and credibility through the congruence between their actions and their words.

Is Barack Obama a great leader? He's a very cleaver person whose methods yield a predictable and proven outcome. The Congressional dysfunction and public polarization that we are experiencing in America today are a reflection of Obama's brand of "leadership."

(from montereyherald.com)

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Senior presidential adviser David Axelrod, flanked by his own secret service detail, lunching with Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool at Manny's Deli Tuesday . . . White House divas Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers dining at the posh RL eatery recently between Chicago blizzards.

(from suntimes.com)

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Union thugs demand cash from non-members

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Iowa lawmakers today will conduct a public hearing on a controversial labor bill that would allow unions representing executive branch employees to charge nonunion workers fees for services.

THE BILL: Under state law, only unions have the power to negotiate with the state on certain pay and work-related issues. Because of that, unions often negotiate for nonunion public employees by default, even though they don't collect union dues from them. House File 2420 would give Iowa's executive-branch public employees the right to negotiate on whether nonunion workers should reimburse unions for bargaining and grievance services.

OPPONENTS: Foes say the bill erodes the state's right-to-work law, which prohibits agreements that require the payment of union dues or fees as part of employment. In addition, they argue that it would allow unions to take legal actions against people who have not joined.

OPPONENT QUOTE: "Not only is this an attack on Iowans' freedoms and liberties, it will hinder our economic climate and signal to employers that Iowa is not open for business," said House Minority Leader Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha.

(from desmoinesregister.com)

Corrupt union big awaits typical wrist-slap

Labor-states go easy on union-dues embezzlers

The federal court trial of a former union official charged with conspiracy and embezzlement has been postponed until May.

The trial of Branchburg resident Shawn Clark, the former business manager of Local 455 of the International Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a former trustee of Raritan Valley Community College, now is scheduled to begin May 3. The trial before United States District Judge Anne W. Thompson in Trenton had been scheduled originally to begin Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Clark, who served on the college board from 2003 until his resignation shortly after he was indicted in June 2009, is free on $100,000 bail. Clark had served as the board's first assistant treasurer.

According to the indictment brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Clark used an American Express credit card issued to the union to make more than 450 charges totaling more than $65,000 at 14 different gentleman's clubs in Central Jersey.

Clark made 331 charges totaling $49,709 at Double D's in Morristown, 26 charges totaling $3,561 at Torpedo's in Bound Brook, and nine charges totaling $2,359 at Pure Go Go in Manville, among others, according to the indictment.

"These expenditures were for his own personal benefit and not for conducting official union business," the indictment said.

(from mycentraljersey.com)

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Members of a Minnesota union aren't satisfied with Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed budget, and they're headed to the Capitol to show it.

Activists from AFSCME Council 5 planned to rally in the rotunda Wednesday. The group says they want a budget that promotes job growth and preserves funds for local governments and state welfare programs. They would also raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

The supplemental budget Pawlenty proposed on Monday includes major cuts in social service spending and local government aid.

AFSCME Council 5 is a union of 43,000 public and nonprofit workers in Minnesota.

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Obama to Sin City: No Apologies

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Obama’s going to Vegas? I thought if we were saving for a college education, we shouldn’t blow money on the casinos. Doesn’t the same axiom apply if we’re saving to nationalize the student-loan industry? I guess this must be Obama’s way of showing patriotism, after Harry Reid’s stern lecture on the subject.
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