Thursday, April 10, 2014

So Close: House Rejects Obama Budget 413-2

Townhall.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Guy Benson
UPDATE- The House has passed the Ryan budget 219-205. The 'Path to Prosperity' received 217 more votes than the president's budget. You can read the GOP's plan here. My summary is here.
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Last we checked in on the budget battle in DC, our post-partisan president was smirkingly denouncing House Republicans' fiscal blueprint as a "stink burger" and "meanwich." The wit! The erudition! With Congress' lower chamber poised to pass Paul Ryan's 'Path to Prosperity' -- which reduces the rate of federal spending increases, reforms Medicare and balances within ten years -- the House first took up President Obama's budget proposal. Might this qualify as a "stink burger?"

The House on Wednesday handily rejected a GOP budget alternative based on President Obama's 2015 spending blueprint. It was defeated 2-413, following a pattern seen in recent years in House votes to overwhelmingly reject Obama's budget proposals. Today's vote is just slightly better than the unanimous vote against Obama's budget in 2012. The two "yes" votes came from Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Jim Moran (D-Va.), who is retiring...An Obama administration official agreed with House Democrats that the GOP substitute was not an accurate reflection of Obama's budget plan. "The Administration would welcome votes on the actual provisions of President's Budget," said Office of Management and Budget spokesman Steve Posner. "That is not what this amendment represents, and a vote for or against this amendment is not a vote for or against the President's policies." But Republicans rejected these complaints, and defended the idea of consider Obama's latest proposal as a way to let the House consider all budget options. "Any time the president of the United States takes the time to produce a budget, it merits a debate," Mulvaney said. "I think it's a valid discussion we should have every year." Mulvaney also offered the president's budget as a mock alternative in 2012, which was rejected 0-414. Republicans could not offer it last year because the president's budget was submitted late — instead, Mulvaney tried to offer a blank sheet of paper to represent Obama's budget, but it was not made in order.


I must have missed Mulvaney's blank page budget gambit last year, which deserves points for being amusing and for highlighting the fact that the Obama White House can't be bothered to meet statutory budget deadlines. He might try the same thing as a proxy for Senate Democrats' FY 2015 proposal, which does not and will not exist. Harry Reid's caucus has declined to participate in the legally-mandated budgeting process for the fourth time in five years. The White House and House Democrats can claim that the GOP's version of Obama's budget wasn't an "accurate reflection" of the original document, but it essentially lifted Obama's entire vision and dropped it into legislative language. In reality, all but two Democrats -- one of whom was this guy -- chose not to attach themselves to the president's plan, which calls for the following:
President Obama's 2015 Budget Proposal:(1) Never balances. Ever. (2) Increases spending, ballooning the national debt by $8.3 trillion over the budget window -- $1 trillion beyond than the unsustainable current trajectory. Under Obama's plan, the red ink on the above chart would be steeper, sooner. (3) Raises taxes by an additional $1.8 trillion (and again, never balances). (4) Makes no attempt at reforming the gathering tidal wave of unfunded promises that Obama has admitted in the past are driving a long-term debt crisis.


To their credit, and unlike their Senate colleagues, House Democrats will offer an alternative budget of their own. But Phil Kerpen notices that it's missing something:
The section on Obamacare ends with this defiant statement of policy: “the law of the land should support making affordable health care coverage available to every American family, and therefore the Affordable Care Act should not be repealed.” And that’s it. Don’t repeal it. Don’t acknowledge any of the problems. Don’t do anything to help any of the people whose lives have been thrown into disarray. And certainly don’t do anything to “fix it.” It couldn’t be clearer: members who vote for this budget think Obamacare does not need to be fixed. Indeed it’s hard to read the Democratic budget as anything but a celebration of Obamacare exactly as it is – and that adds insult to the many Americans who have been injured by the law.

In other words, House Democrats' budget reflects the opinion of those six percent of Americans who believe Obamacare is working well as is. For all their public assurances about "fixing Obamacare" (which didn't pay dividends for them in Florida), Democrats oppose one of the most popular fixes to the law, their party chairwoman can't think of a single change she'd make, and their governing document offers zero fixes. Seems legit.

'Shoe' Thrown at Hillary Clinton During Speech!

abcnewsgo.com ^ | 4/10/14 | KEN RITTER /ap
A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech. The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage Thursday at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino. Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about it. "Is that somebody throwing something at me? Is that part of Cirque de Soleil?" Clinton quipped. She added: "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did."
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Obama Budget Lays Groundwork for Universal Gun Registry

Gun Owners of America ^ | 10 April 2014 | Gun Owners
Last Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before a House appropriations subcommittee on behalf of his department's proposed budget for FY2015. Apparently, Holder didn't think anyone would read his written submission, because he all-but-admitted that Obama intends to implement a Universal Gun Registry by executive fiat.He also asked Congress to help fund so-called “smart gun” technology, which would prevent a gun from firing unless the shooter is wearing an accompanying bracelet or ring.“Smart guns” are a dumb ideaGiven that “smart gun” technology only works about 80 percent of the time -- according to the New Jersey Institute of Technology -- gun owners almost universally consider this a “dumb” idea.Even police have rejected the “dumb gun” approach for themselves.Currently, there are no such guns on the market in the United States. One gun store did briefly offer an Armatix .22 caliber earlier this year, but public outrage forced them to pull the handgun from the shelves.Holder pushes a Universal Gun RegistryThis year’s Obama budget shows how the administration is trying to quietly create the infrastructure for a universal gun registry.In proposed “Program Increases” for the FBI, Holder has this to say:“This program enhancement will double the capacity of the existing NICS [National Instant Check System] system. These expansions are vital in ensuring that the NICS system can support a Universal Background Check requirement, which is expected to double gross NICS transactions.”Huh?It may have escaped the Attorney General's notice, but the Democrat Senate defeated his Universal Background Check requirement.So, in effect, Holder's asking for $100 million and 524 personnel to implement a program Congress rejected.But that's not all.Holder seeking more ATF agents to copy to 4473 formsIn the section on ATF “Program Increases,” Holder demands $51.1 million and 255 agents and other personnel for enforcement and inspections.In case anyone has forgotten, these are the people who are going to the FFL's in connection with “annual inspections” -- and physically copying all the 4473's and bound book entries. GOA has reported on these efforts before, and one can read first-hand accounts from gun dealers here and here.So under Holder's proposed budget, many more 4473's would be copied and fed into ATF's de facto registry.At the same time, Obama's illegal Universal Background Check -- implemented, presumably, by executive fiat -- would ensure every gun transaction would have to go through an FFL. And this, of course, would guarantee that every American gun owner would have a 4473 which can be copied.Think about it. With Republicans expected to take the Senate this fall -- and Obama stymied legislatively -- he has every incentive to go "full tyrant." And that, apparently, is exactly what he intends to do.But we have no intention to sit back and let Holder take away our Second Amendment rights. We have drafted legislation to prohibit ATF from copying 4473's -- and to require it to destroy any 4473's it currently has.UPDATE: GOA recently alerted you that an import ban on certain ammunition could be forthcoming from the ATF. Well, it’s official now -- the ATF just declared that Russian-made 7N6 5.45x39 ammo is armor piercing. This lawlessness represents another reason that Congress needs to cut the ATF’s budget.ACTION: Contact your Representative. Demand that the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill contain language to prohibit ATF from compiling a national gun registry by copying and retaining the 4473's of every American.

Report: 40-50 House conservatives plotting to oust Boehner as Speaker!

Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | AllahPundit
If this feels like deja vu, it’s because Jonathan Strong of Breitbart reported the same thing more than two weeks ago. According to his and National Journal’s sources, there are now 40-50 Republicans in the House who are quietly committed to voting against Boehner in the next Speaker election in January — if he hasn’t already retired by then. That would deny him the majority he needs to take the gavel. Faced with the prospect of that humiliation, the thinking goes, he’ll quit before it ever comes to that. This story and Strong’s are the insurgents’ way of warning him to go away before he’s fired.One new key detail: Cantor’s also on thin ice with tea partiers after orchestrating that embarrassing, and clearly fraudulent, voice vote on “doc fix” a few weeks ago. If he wants to succeed Boehner, he may have to appease the insurgents by replacing House whip Kevin McCarthy with a stalwart conservative as the new majority leader.
The masterminds of this mutiny are trying to stay in the shadows for as long as possible to avoid putting a target on their backs. But one Republican said the “nucleus”of the rebellion can be found inside the House Liberty Caucus, of which he and his comrades are members. This is not surprising, considering that some of the key players in that group—Justin Amash of Michigan, Raul Labrador of Idaho, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky—were among the 12 Republicans who refused to back Boehner’s reelection in January 2012…With Boehner out of town in late March, Cantor was charged with pushing a “doc fix” bill across the finish line. When it became apparent the measure might not clear the House floor, Cantor authorized a voice vote, allowing the bill to pass without registered resistance. This maneuver infuriated conservatives, who felt that leadership—Cantor in particular—had cheated them. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Caroline yelled “Bullshit!” outside the House chamber…Cantor told conservatives that a voice vote was “the least-bad option,” given the circumstances. But many Republicans aren’t buying it. Moreover, they said that with Boehner out of town, Cantor had an opportunity to impress them with his management of the conference—and didn’t.“It’s an issue of trust. If you want to have a majority that is governing, and a majority that is following the leader, the rest of us need to be in a position where we trust our leadership,” Labrador said this week, adding, “When you have politicians actually playing tricks on their own party, and their own members of Congress, I think that erodes the trust the American people have in the rest of us.”
Said one House GOPer, “If there’s another vote like [that], Eric won’t be speaker. Ever.”Could be this is all just a bluff to scare Boehner into appointing more conservatives to key committee posts. If, say, there are only 20-25 conservatives committed to ousting him, not 40-50, then he might survive a new insurrection from the right in January. By making him think now that their numbers are greater than they really are, House conservatives might muscle him into quitting or at least making concessions to them. (First concession: No more voice votes.) The problem, highlighted by National Journal, is that no one wants to risk Boehner’s wrath by volunteering to be the insurgents’ nominee for leadership. Both Jeb Hensarling and Jim Jordan have reportedly refused, maybe because they really don’t want to be in leadership or maybe because they fear stepping on Boehner’s toes right now when his future is still undetermined. Paul Ryan wants to lead Ways and Means, I think, not join the leadership, and even if he did, would he still have conservative support after the grumbling over his budget deal last fall? The insurgents could try something really bold and nominate someone new to Congress, like Labrador, but Boehner loyalists might dig in and block him right back in retaliation for ousting their guy. The insurgents need someone who’s liked by both wings of the caucus and who has enough seniority that even their opponents would be comfortable with him as majority leader or Speaker.Here’s an out-of-the-box idea for you. Since Boehner’s the most centrist option among Republicans who might plausibly be elected Speaker next year, and since there’s at least a chance that conservatives will frighten him into retirement with threats of toppling him when the next House is seated, why doesn’t Pelosi approach Boehner and promise to get Democrats to vote for him if need be so that he can keep the gavel? If he’s stuck at, say, 210 votes because 40 conservatives refuse to vote for him, find 10 Dems who’ll get him to 220. It’s in their own interest to do it: Boehner would be much more pliable than a Speaker Cantor controlled by tea partiers would be, especially if Boehner owes his Speakership to Pelosi and the Dems. Democrats have nothing to lose in giving him those votes either, since there’s zero chance that Pelosi or anyone else on their side is getting to 218. Why note vote strategically and protect a guy from the other party who’s your least bad option as Speaker? Maybe he’ll even reward them by bringing immigration reform to the floor and letting them pass it with a few dozen Boehner loyalists on the GOP side. Fun!

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Morning Joe Panel Can’t Come Up with Hillary Achievement!

White House Dossier ^ | April 10, 2014, 8:59 am | Keith Koffler
Uh oh. Morning Joe often includes some of the best political minds around.

AND THEY CAN’T COME UP WITH ANYTHING HILLARY HAS DONE EITHER!

Were Mrs. Clinton a Republican, she’d be getting called an empty suit, albeit a well-traveled one.

One panelist even suggests that she’ll have to reveal her big achievement in her upcoming book, which is to be published in June.

As if her terms as senator and Secretary of State were carried out in secret!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBwUWnWraWU
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Pro-Choice: Defending the Right NOT to be Gay

American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2014 | Chad Felix Greene
In an article I wrote recently, Gay Rights: An Unnecessary Battle, I argued that there are no specifically anti-gay laws, only laws distinguishing between single individuals and married couples. There is one law that I missed. California law SB-1172 Sexual orientation change efforts actually does intentionally and specifically discriminate against people based solely on their sexual orientation. The law states: “This bill would prohibit a mental health provider, as defined, from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts, as defined, with a patient under 18 years of age. The bill would provide that any sexual orientation change efforts attempted on a patient under 18 years of age by a mental health provider shall be considered unprofessional conduct and shall subject the provider to discipline by the provider’s licensing entity.” Essentially, any gay person under the age of 18 who wishes to seek religious counseling for their sexual feelings is now prohibited from doing so. Liberals have effectively denied access to healthcare to gay Americans.
This law effectively puts a “No Gays Allowed” sign on therapist’s doors across the state. Individuals with homosexual attractions are now a segregated population in the psychological community; their freedom limited to what is viewed as best for them.



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Why are liberal cities bad for blacks? The answer is sitting right in front of them!

American Thinker ^ | 04/10/2014 | Rick Moran
That's the title of a Bloomberg op-ed by Francis Wilkinson, who examined statistics from a report by the National Urban League about income inequality between blacks and whites in America.
Minneapolis-St. Paul. San Francisco. Chicago. Even Madison, Wisconsin. If you are politically liberal and value relatively high levels of income equality, you might live in one of these quintessentially liberal U.S. cities. Yet all four lurk in the bottom half of the 2014 National Urban League's State of Black America report on income inequality between blacks and whites. Among the many places where black-white income is less skewed are Phoenix, Arizona, Nashville, Tennessee and Columbia, South Carolina.
Nationally, blacks and Hispanics earn less than whites and generally have higher rates of unemployment. But there are significant regional variations. And looking at the Urban League rankings, I couldn't help noticing how many northern liberal cities fared poorly on the racial equality index.
The inequality is sometimes intense. According to 2005-2009 data based on the U.S. Census American Community Survey, which was provided to me by John Logan, a demographer at Brown University, the San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City metropolitan area has an astonishing $56,000 white-black gap in household median income. The white-black gap in the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metro area is about $40,000.There is no definitive cause, and explanations vary. Mathew Kahn, an economist at UCLA, e-mailed, "Educated liberals are tolerant people who are willing to live in racially integrated areas even if the minority neighbors are poor. Such liberals are more willing to vote for redistributionist policies and this may attract poor people to collect such transfers."For an extreme example of rich and poor living cheek-by-jowl, consider New York's 14th congressional district, on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
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MSNBC paid liar Joy Reid: “You’re more likely to be beamed up into a UFO than witness voter fraud”!

Coach is Right ^ | 4/10/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
The tide is turning on the Democrats’ voter fraud schemes; and MSNBC’s Joy Reid may just be beamed up into a UFO after all. Fortified by recent court victories, public sentiment and a determination to end the Democrats’ use of fraud to steal elections, Boards of Election across the country are purging the rolls of fake and dead voters. The latest trash can of Democrat voter fraud to be kicked over is in North Carolina. The Tar Heel State’s investigation found a mind boggling number of fraudulent and expired (due to death of individual) voter registrations. Using a 28 state crosschecking system North Carolina discovered these likely fraudulent registrations. *765 voters with an exact match of first and last name, DOB and last four digits of SSN were registered in...
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Obama’s Watergate moment is here!

Flopping Aces ^ | 4-9-2014 | DrJohn
Back in June of 2013 Elijah Cummings declared the IRS investigation over, despite the continued stonewalling by the Obama administration:
Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. If it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on, to be frank with you. The IG made some recommendations, those recommendations are being adopted by the IRS, we’ve got a new commissioner in, acting commissioner in, Danny Werfel is doing a great job, I think we’re in great shape.
Last month all of the democrat members of the House Oversight Committee demanded Darryl Issa end the IRS investigation. Now we know why, and why the next public word out of Cummings’ mouth will be “racism.” Cummings pushed the IRS to harass True the Vote. Today Issa released information about communications between the IRS and Cummings vis-à-vis True the Vote:
Issa said records obtained last week from the IRS show communications from the office of ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., about True the Vote, a Texas-based, non-profit conservative group that aims to prevent voter fraud. The communications at one point involved Lois Lerner, the ex-IRS official whom Issa’s panel is poised to hold in contempt of Congress on Thursday for refusing to provide testimony about her involvement in targeting conservative groups. “The IRS and the Oversight Minority made numerous requests for virtually identical information from True the Vote, raising concerns that the IRS improperly shared protected taxpayer information with Rep. Cummings’ staff,” a statement from the Oversight panel reads. According to Issa, Cummings and his staff sought “copies of all training materials used for volunteers, affiliates, or other entities,” from True the Vote. Five days after the Cummings inquiry, the IRS sent True the Vote an email requesting “a copy of [True the Vote’s] volunteer registration form,” “… the process you use to assign volunteers,” “how you keep your volunteers in teams,” and “how your volunteers are deployed … following the training they receive by you.” Issa said Cummings and his office asked for more information in January 2013 about True the Vote, this time getting Lerner involved. At one point, an email revealed, Lerner asked her deputy, “Did we find anything?” When the deputy said she had not received any new information, Lerner responded, “thanks – check tomorrow please.” Issa said Cummings had previously denied asking the IRS about True the Vote.
Next thing you know, True the Vote’s Engelbrecht is being harassed by the IRS:
Nonetheless, Engelbrecht’s True the Vote received a letter from the IRS with inquiries that agency officials have testified were unprecedented in scope. Cummings’s letter contained questions that closely mirrored those posed by the IRS, and Issa details them in his letter, strongly implying that one was modeled on the other. In a February hearing, True the Vote’s lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, raised the prospect that the minority staff had exchanged information with the IRS. “We want to get to the bottom of how these coincidences happened,” Mitchell said, “and we’re trying to figure out whether any — if there was any staff on this committee that might have been involved in putting True the Vote on the radar screen of some of these federal agencies.” Cummings said in response that Mitchell’s tacit allegation was “absolutely incorrect and not true.” “Although you have previously denied that your staff made inquiries to the IRS about conservative organization True the Vote that may have led to additional agency scrutiny, communication records between your staff and IRS officials – which you did not disclose to Majority Members or staff – indicates otherwise,” Issa said. “As the Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution holding Ms. Lerner, a participant in responding to your communications that you failed to disclose, in contempt of Congress, you have an obligation to fully explain your staff’s undisclosed contacts with the IRS.”
And not just the IRS. There’s more here and here. Cummings and the IRS and the BATF all but raped Engelbrecht. This was a real war on a woman. This was the very definition of persecution. Since when does your Congressman pay you a personal visit to harass you? In an email Lois Lerner also suggested the possibility of her getting a job with the DC office of Obama’s Organizing for Action. It’s conjectured that it might have been a joke. Obama also “joked” about using the IRS to audit his enemies. Lois Lerner has been referred to the Justice Department for prosecution. Make no mistake, this is a Watergate moment. The legitimacy of the Obama Presidency now rests on the actions of Eric Holder. If he claims the “vast discretion” he spoke of and chooses not to pursue the Lerner referral, it’s over. It would be time for a Special Prosecutor. Or, failing that, a rebellion. Fortunately, the House does not rule out arresting Lerner if the Department of Injustice does not. Criminal acts have been committed and the people’s trust in a government institution has been violated and faith been destroyed. Eric Holder is without the least shred of integrity. He is thoroughly dishonest. He was put in place to do one thing and that is to protect his boss’s ass from the law. Two years ago I put up a post about the Republican a-holes who voted to confirm this POS. You can see the list here. As much as your anger should be directed at Obama and Holder, it should also be aimed at those idiots. I knew this was coming and they should have. We’re looking at a full blown Constitutional crisis. Nixon had Attorneys General with a conscience. Not so with the man who freed Marc Rich and the FALN terrorists. Conscience has no purchase of Eric Holder and neither does the law.

Obama Administration To Insurers: There’s No Such Thing As Illegal Immigrants!

The Federalist ^ | April 10 | Ben Domenech
Lost in the overall shuffle concerning the many problems with Obamacare’s exchanges is the central problem of enforcement of those aspects of the law the president hasn’t waived or delayed yet – including the particular challenge when it comes to verifying the immigration status of those applying for taxpayer subsidized insurance. On April 1st, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new guidance document to health insurers. The CMS guidance says that people whose immigration status is uncertain will be presumed eligible for subsidized coverage in Obamacare’s marketplaces while a further review is pending. Emphasis mine: If there is an application inconsistency, the Marketplace will provide the consumer with eligibility while the inconsistency is being resolved based on the information provided on the application.
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True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities!

Powerline ^ | April 10, 2014 | Scott Johnson
Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell represents True the Vote, one of the groups illegally targeted by the IRS in the scandals that have exposed the agency as a partisan operation. True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht has been harassed by federal law enforcement authorities representing three different federal agencies. They represent the price of politics in the Age of Obama. As John notes below, yesterday the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee released emails that show Democratic staffers communicating with the IRS about True the Vote. It appears that Elijah Cummings, the committee’s ranking Democrat and therefore the Congressman to whom these staffers reported, may have lied during a committee hearing when he denied that his staffers had put the IRS on the trail of True the Vote. The emails show the Democrats calling True the Vote to the IRS’s attention and requesting records about that organization, which Lois Lerner was anxious to provide them. We reached out to Cleta to ask if she might be able to shed light on the news that broke yesterday. She responded: “This is the supplement to the ethics complaint filed [by Cleta on behalf of True the Vote] on Feb 6. I think one of the questions is what EXACTLY the IRS provided to Cummings staff. And what other communications between Cummings staff and, say, the SEIU or White House counsel might have occurred.” Cleta has kindly forwarded a copy of her letter dated April 9 supplementing the Ethics Committee complaint filed previously against Cummings. She tells us that she is filing the letter this morning:
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The premature Obamacare victory lap

Summit Daily ^ | April 09, 2014 23:20 GMT | Rick Jensen
President Obama took a victory lap on Tuesday, celebrating 7 million Obamacare enrollees. Let’s take a look at this success. President Obama and the Democrats pushed through their signature domestic policy stating the “Affordable” Care Act would cover “every American.” They have used the figure of “48 million uninsured Americans.” To date, Obamacare has then enrolled less than 2 percent of those uninsured Americans. “It’s working!” exclaimed the president. The Rand Corporation crunched the numbers and discovered only 858,000 people of the 7 million enrollees have actually paid their premiums, which is required to actually be covered.
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NLRB Wants to Stop Businesses From Moving!

RealClearPolicy ^ | April 7, 2014 | Peter Schaumber
Richard Griffin, the new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, wants to give unions a veto over a unionized employer's decision to relocate. If Griffin has his way, and he most assuredly will, some unionized businesses will be pinned in place at the discretion of their unions. The change Griffin is contemplating is unnecessary and inconsistent with both the law and the dynamics of our free-enterprise system. It will upset the balance mandated by the Supreme Court and should send a chill up the spine of unionized companies contemplating relocating an operation. Griffin's intent was disclosed in a memorandum he sent the agency's regional directors ordering them not to act on cases presenting issues "of concern" to him -- and there were many such issues -- without receiving guidance from his office. Griffin's guidance will be to order an employer to be prosecuted not on the basis of what the law is but on the law as Griffin would like it to be. This will give the board an opportunity to change the law (though the change will be prospective -- the employer who is prosecuted will not be punished for violating the new rule). Under current law, it is perfectly legal for a unionized employer to relocate some or all of its facilities and eliminate bargaining-unit work if the move is motivated by economic gain -- not by a desire to retaliate against employees for their union activities and support. A desire to escape the consequences of unionization, particularly high labor costs, is considered an independent, innocent motivation, not an unlawful one. Big Labor loathes this law; Griffin intends to help unions nullify it....
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