sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Scenario

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday.

There you are, surrounded by friends and family, thick, juicy steaks are cooking on the mesquite, the corn is roasting next to it in the husk, and you're just about ready to eat. The kids are in the swimming  pool, splashing and shouting...everyone is happy. Salads are arrayed in all their variety and the situation is ideal--

And Obama shows up.



My entry/response:

Something wicked, this way comes...

Does Organized Labor Still Love Obama?

Labor Day - 2013

Organized Labor has all but given up on the concept of a 40 hour workweek being the American Standard moving forward as their champions in Congress saddled the country with ObamaCare. Now American labor is coming to terms with the concept of a 29 hour work week, making it necessary to work two jobs (58 hours a week) to earn what they used to earn in 40 hours. 

I can't help but hope that Organized Labor puts this cataclysmic fiasco at the feet of the Democratic Party where it belongs.

However, labor has a history of backing the Democratic Party irrespective of who is running, because that's simply how the machine has been tuned to operate.

Letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi (and Barack Obama)
Dear Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi: 
When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class. 
Like millions of other Americans, our members are front-line workers in the American economy. We have been strong supporters of the notion that all Americans should have access to quality, affordable health care. We have also been strong supporters of you. In campaign after campaign we have put boots on the ground, gone door-to-door to get out the vote, run phone banks and raised money to secure this vision. 
Now this vision has come back to haunt us. 
Since the ACA was enacted, we have been bringing our deep concerns to the Administration, seeking reasonable regulatory interpretations to the statute that would help prevent the destruction of non-profit health plans. As you both know first-hand, our persuasive arguments have been disregarded and met with a stone wall by the White House and the pertinent agencies. This is especially stinging because other stakeholders have repeatedly received successful interpretations for their respective grievances. Most disconcerting of course is last week’s huge accommodation for the employer community—extending the statutorily mandated “December 31, 2013” deadline for the employer mandate and penalties. 
Time is running out: Congress wrote this law; we voted for you. We have a problem; you need to fix it. The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios: 
First, the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation, and many of them are doing so openly. The impact is two-fold: fewer hours means less pay while also losing our current health benefits.
Second, millions of Americans are covered by non-profit health insurance plans like the ones in which most of our members participate. These non-profit plans are governed jointly by unions and companies under the Taft-Hartley Act. Our health plans have been built over decades by working men and women. Under the ACA as interpreted by the Administration, our employees will treated differently and not be eligible for subsidies afforded other citizens. As such, many employees will be relegated to second-class status and shut out of the help the law offers to for-profit insurance plans. 
And finally, even though non-profit plans like ours won’t receive the same subsidies as for-profit plans, they’ll be taxed to pay for those subsidies. Taken together, these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable, and will undermine the health-care market of viable alternatives to the big health insurance companies. 
On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans. 
We believe that there are common-sense corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current health plans and benefits just as you and the President pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow. 
We continue to stand behind real health care reform, but the law as it stands will hurt millions of Americans including the members of our respective unions. 
We are looking to you to make sure these changes are made. 
James P. Hoffa
General President
International Brotherhood of Teamsters 
Joseph Hansen
International President
UFCW 
D. Taylor
President
UNITE-HERE
--UPDATE--

(Michelle Malkin) In what is being reported as a surprise move, the 40,000 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) announced that they have formally ended their association with the AFL-CIO, one of the nation’s largest private sector unions. The Longshoremen citied Obamacare and immigration reform as two important causes of their disaffiliation.

In an August 29 letter to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, ILWU President Robert McEllrath cited quite a list of grievances as reasons for the disillusion of their affiliation, but prominent among them was the AFL-CIO’s support of Obamare.

“We feel the Federation has done a great disservice to the labor movement and all working people by going along to get along,” McEllrath wrote in the letter to Trumka.

The ILWU President made it clear they are for a single-payer, nationalized healthcare policy and are upset with the AFL-CIO for going along with Obama on the confiscatory tax on their “Cadillac” healthcare plan.

Socialism only works when you're picking SOMEBODY ELSE'S POCKET.


Review of the News



Review of the News for September 2, 2013 (Labor Day)

Coming Later Today: Does Organized Labor Still Love Obama?



The Obama Agenda -- fundamentally transforming America. His mommy was a communist. His father was a communist. His 'Uncle Frank' was a suspected Russian agent and card carrying communist. His grandmother and grandfather were communists. Is it any wonder that the hope and change have worked out the way that they have?

Sequester Blamed for Mix-Up
(Duffleblog) FT LEAVENWORTH, KS — An administrative error has been blamed for a mix-up in sentencing involving the cases of convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan and Bradley Manning, the Army private convicted of leaking classified documents to the website WikiLeaks. 
After sentencing concluded last Wednesday in Fort Hood, Texas, it was reported Hasan would undergo gender reassignment surgery and change his name from Nidal to Nahid Hasan. Nahid is an Arabic name meaning “one with full, round breasts.” 
Not long after it was revealed, the traitor formerly known as Chelsea had been transferred to death row where he awaits execution by lethal injection.
Sequestration and work furloughs were also cited as possible contributors to the errors, which are now fiscally and administratively impossible to correct. Administrative offices in Leavenworth were unavailable for comment due to a “training holiday.” Hasan, once silent, is now vocally opposing to the situation. He had planned to receive 72 virgins as his reward and now he's becoming one. I'm sure that he'll make some dead jihadi in paradise a very lucky guy.

John Kerry - Anti-War Protester AND War Monger?

In shocking news, John Kerry plans to lead the effort to protest the Syrian War as soon as he's able to get the war started.
WASHINGTON, DC — Secretary of State John Kerry announced he would be firmly against any military action in Syria, and plans to lead an anti-war movement to protest the conflict as soon as he finishes starting it, sources confirmed today. 
Kerry, an allegedly decorated Vietnam veteran and outspoken anti-war activist, told reporters that he does not support a campaign of aggression against a sovereign nation that is not a clear threat to the United States.
Brave New World

Can minimum wage jobs at fast food establishments be replaced easily by machines?

It's already happening in Europe, where it costs a lot to hire a worker, McDonald's has installed 7,000 new ATM-style machines that take orders and payments. No muss, no fuss, no arguments, no misunderstandings — and no minimum wage at all. Just a one-time cost for the machine, plus maintenance.


The fast food workers, mostly young with very few job skills or valuable life experience who are striking for more money need to consider that. But even unemployed, they can sponge off of their parent's healthcare until age 26 when they will be forced to buy ObamaCare or pay the fine whether they are employed or not.