Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Boeing / NLRB Fiasco: Precedent in New York

You've read about it, I'm sure:

In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina.

It is highly unusual for the federal government to seek to reverse a corporate decision as important as the location of plant....

Yeah, well, "highly unusual" is a phrase that could describe much of what has gone on under the Obama Administration, although certainly under a Republican administration it would be called "fascist".

But my point is that this decision will cost the state of South Carolina over 1,000 desperately needed jobs in a shaky economy.  And I am willing to bet that Boeing will not submit to the NLRB's thuggery and move the work back to Washington and add 1,000 jobs there.

So why would the Obama Administration kill 1,000 blue-collar, well-paying jobs?  There's precedent, and on a somewhat larget scale.  Let's go to the Bronx, and check out the economics of: Borough President Ruben Diaz (D):

A developer offered to build a $300 million mall at the Kingsbridge Armory, using $50 million in tax subsidies, but balked at Diaz's demand that all future jobs there pay $10 an hour or more, which would have made the project uneconomical. So Diaz got council members to nix the project. And goodbye 2,200 jobs.

Diaz, who Gov.-elect Cuomo tapped for his transition team yesterday, was delighted that folks would go jobless, even as unemployment in The Bronx was 13.1 percent
. "The notion that any job is better than no job no longer applies," he boasted.

Read that last line again, and you get to the heart of the philosophy that lies within the bosom of the NLRB:  Better no jobs than 1,000 non-union jobs.

Of course, the unemployed would most heartily disagree, for most of them, unlike stalwart liberals, see receiving public assistance as a badge of shame, rather than a symbol of honor.

But the Democrats are not working for their constituents, or the poor, or for the good of the nation.  Thanks to the NLRB, they've been exposed.

The wicked may refuse to serve God's will, but unwittingly, they wind up doing so anyway...

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