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It’s Not So Easy Being Green! by The Elephant's Child

The U.S. Post Office is running at a huge deficit, but you will be glad to know that they have officially “gone green.” They are making planet friendly decisions every day, they have certified green packaging, they publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions and get third party verification, and — wait for it—they have electric vehicles, charged up and ready to deliver.

And as you can see from the short video above, they have cool new “Go Green” stamps to tell you what to do in order to  live a proper, government approved lifestyle.  Obviously you wouldn’t do any of these things unless your government told you to, and now you can annoy your friends  by sending them intrusive messages on your letters.  And they even include President Obama’s favorite tip of checking your tire pressure! Doesn’t this all make you feel that you are really doing something to save the planet?

(h/t: wattsupwiththat)

More Gangster Government. by The Elephant's Child
May 16, 2011, 7:43 pm
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The Obama Administration likes Unions, for the simple reason that *Unions collect dues from their members and give them to the Democrat candidates and Democrat causes. The Administration will reward the Unions for their campaign support with favorable laws and regulations that will make Unions stronger.* Repeat section between asterisks.

Hans von Spakovsky and James Sherk write in National Review today that under National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rules, companies can make major business decisions (like relocating a plant) without negotiating with their union — as long as those changes are not primarily made to reduce labor costs.  Companies have only to negotiate working conditions, not their business plans. A company can unilaterally merge several smaller operations into one larger facility to achieve administrative efficiencies.  But the NLRB wants to change that.

An internal NLRB memorandum, dated May 10, shows that the board wants to give unions much greater power over employers and their investment and management decisions.

The board’s associate general counsel Richard Siegel, asks the NLRB’s regional directors to flag such business-relocation cases.  The chairman of the NLRB, one Wilma Liebman, has expressed her desire to revisit existing law in this area by modifying the rule established by the Supreme court in a case called Dubuque Packing.

The NLRB wants to force companies to provide detailed economic justifications (including underlying cost/benefit  considerations) for relocation decisions  to allow unions to bargain over them — or lose their right to make those decisions without bargaining over them.

Business would be required to negotiate their investment plans with union bosses.  This would raise business costs enormously, and until bargaining reached an impasse, employers could not make any changes opposed by their unions.

The object is to prevent companies from investing in right-to-work states, and force employers to make unions “an equal partner in the running of the business enterprise, “something specifically not required by the NLRA.

But of course this is just what the Administration did when they took over GM and Chrysler,  ignoring years of business law, to shaft their bond holders,  in order to give big chunks of the business to the Unions.

And this is what the NLRB is doing  now, in complete defiance of the law in trying to force Boeing to close their plant in South Carolina and take the work back to Washington State.  It is beyond belief that the federal government would attempt to tell a private business where it can build a factory. The NLRB case is, at best, a tissue of lies, but clearly demonstrates the political games being played.

Obama Practices Gangster Government— Chicago Style! by The Elephant's Child

Last week, the House joint Oversight and Small Business Committee held a hearing on a proposed Presidential Executive Order which would mandate the disclosure of their political donations by contractors who wanted to do business with the government.

If a company wants a federal government contract, from now on it will first have to disclose if the company or its executives gave more than $5,000 in political donations.
The order would implement parts of last year’s Disclose Act, which failed to pass Congress but was a favorite of Democrats because it would deter political contributions by business after last year’s Citizens Unitedv. FEC Supreme Court decision.

As the Wall Street Journal said: “Disclosure may sound nice, but the real point is to put companies on notice that their political contributions will have, well, consequences.  When the Disclose Act was before Congress, New York Democrat and co-sponsor Chuck Schumer made clear the bill was designed to “embarrass companies” our or exercising the rights recognized in Citizens United. “The deterrent effect should not be underestimated,”he said.

The point of this is to discourage political speech by certain speakers. Having failed  in Congress to control free speech, and failed before the Supreme Court, they are trying to get their way by Executive Order.  If you donate to a Republican cause, don’t even try to get a federal contract. Chicago style government.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, called the order the “crassest” political move he’s ever seen. “This is almost gangster politics, to shut down people who oppose them…I assure that this is going to create problems for them in many ways—seen and unseen—if they go forward.”

Senator Collins (R-ME) said “It has taken decades to create a federal contracting system based on “best prices, best value, best quality,” and the effect of the Obama order is to again have “politics play a role in determining who gets contracts.”

The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky put it this way: “It is really amazing— they lost in the Supreme Court, they lost in Congress, they lost at the FEC, so now the president is just going to do it by edict.”

Democrats are trying to pass this off as “reform.” This is, by definition, Gangster Government.

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