Make #Unions Great Again!

Ed Morrissey asks an important question, is President Donald Trump unlock the door to the unions for Republicans?

President Donald Trump – champion of Big Labor? …

Because of that meltdown in manufacturing, private-sector unions are a mere shell of their former selves. Most of the historical issues that drove them – wages and working conditions – have been pre-empted by government regulation, and mooted by the collapse of their sector. These unions see free trade as their bête noire, and know that Trump stands outside both mainstream Republican and Democratic circles in opposition to free trade, or at least in skepticism of it.

So yes, Trump has not only unlock the door, but has open the door and invited both sides to shake hands. How we continue this détente beyond Trump and secure the friendly union vote is entirely up to us. And we don’t have to abandon ideals, just sell the ones we have:

  1. Be Pro-Jobs And Pro-Business: Republicans are often painted as being too pro-business instead of being pro-jobs. As Tony Stark would say, is it too much to ask for both? Being pro-business and pro-small business, should be about creating more union jobs.
  2. Right-To-Work Opportunities: We can’t abandon Right-To-Right, because Freedom Of Association is a First Amendment issue. However we can sell it as a pro-growth measure that will lead to jobs and new union opportunities, such as finding work for people and labor for businesses. Union representation doesn’t need to be just on the job.
  3. Deregulation: Why would I join a union if government regulations already set my base pay and working conditions? Why should I pay union dues, when I already pay the government taxes to be my union? Big Labor is obsolete next to big government. Regulations on business weakens unions bargaining legitimacy. Deregulation will make unions relevant again by making big government irrelevant.
  4. The Public-Sector Union Enemy: I hate to pit people against each other, but if we want to create more private-sector jobs, we really need to paint public-sector unions as the natural-born enemies of private-sector unions. Private-Sector Unions has suffocated under big government (which is the truth) and we need to make that painfully clear.

That is my four-point plan in an attempt to Make Unions Great Again. It is not about being pro-Big Labor, so much as being pro-jobs. Where there are jobs, there are unions.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#LaborDay2015: Fighting For #Jobs And Workers

If you support jobs, then you will support workers over union thugs. These days, unions are actually destroying jobs (via SooperMexican):

Want to know what the future of the restaurant industry looks like? It could come in the form of a San Francisco fast food restaurant named Eatsa.

Eatsa is a quinoa (a South American grain dish) eatery that is preparing to automate most of its workforce.

The Ferenstein Wire got a sneak peak at the restaurant, which will be debuting a new healthy fast food prototype in downtown San Francisco. The restaurant promises cheap, healthy food and has customizable menus with an automated experience.

(It’s difficult to describe all the futuristic design elements that go into the delivery process. Eatsa is science fiction in real life.)

Instead of a front counter, customers choose their bowls at a tablet kiosk. Then food pops up in one of a series of translucent cubbyholes a few minutes later.

For now, little of the restaurant is actually automated, but the owners plan to replace a good portion of their cooking and serving workforce with robots in the next year of two.

Over in Los Angeles, Union Thugs tried to crave out an exception for themselves:

Rusty Hicks, co-chairman of the Los Angeles Raise the Wage Campaign and head of the Los Angeles county Federation of Labor, argued that,

“raising the minimum wage in L.A. County would help lift county workers, contractors and workers in unincorporated areas out of poverty and stimulate the economy.”

Now, Hicks thinks that organized companies deserve an exemption. In a statement he argued,

“This provision gives the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing.”

Such special treatment is hard to square with Hicks’ principled arguments for the wage hike. …

If $15 an hour is too onerous for unionized businesses it shouldn’t apply to non-union businesses either.

Right. Like I said, Unions are not creating jobs, but destroying them.

Unions may have had a purpose back in the day, but today they are corrupt and they are making themselves obsolete. No one who is Pro-Union, has been able to answer me this question: Why do I need to join a Union when the government passes law that govern minimum wage, unemployment, maternity leave, overtime, working conditions, and so on?

Let me tell you something about Unions. My mom used to work for Disney back in the day when I was just a kid. She was part of the Union there and she hated them with a passion. As a single mother, she would often rant that she could have used the union dues she paid to feed us kids. And when the Union would threaten to strike, my mom would yell at the TV that she would take the 2% (for example) raise (because she could not work or get paid if the union went on strike) over the 4% (for example) the union was demanding. My dad tells me when he worked for Disney during the construction of Epcot, that some union workers had specific jobs and would sometimes just sit around collecting pay while doing nothing. My dad told me they could have done other stuff, but hid behind their Union contracts while others worked.

While I hate Unions these days, I salute all the workers and laborers everywhere. In a Union or not, they are what makes America great. In some states they are forced into a Union whether they want to or not. I wish them the best this Labor Day. Enjoy.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Election2016: @HillaryClinton’s #KeystoneXL “Sidestep”

Hillary Clinton was asked about the Keystone XL pipeline and this was the answer that she gave:

Oh. Oh, sorry. Wrong film. *shifts through some film canisters* I honestly don’t know how that could have- Okay, found it!

The Washington Free Beacon has more (as well as the Clinton video):

Other environmentalists against the pipeline are criticizing Clinton for not stating her view.

“The risk here for Clinton, of course, is that she could look like she’s being less than forthcoming as a candidate,” Zeleny said.

Hillary Clinton has a creditblitty problem? You don’t say! This is the first I am hearing about this! /snark

All joking aside, this is just bad. In a normal sidestep, you are suppose to deflect so you don’t have to be pinned down on an issue. This is the unique “I’m Just Not Going To Give You An Answer At All” type of sidestep. Everyone and their brother or sister has an option on the Keystone XL, except Hillary Clinton. A New Hampshire voter called her cowardly, and I agree.

Well, see ya’ later!

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The Swamp #32

TPP, Bad! H1B, Bad! TPA, Good!

The Swamp #32: #Trade, #FreeTrade, #TTP, #TPA, #ExImBank, @AmericaOverrun Host! @FBillMcMorris Guest!

My tablet is dying. The battery, very likely. So today Texas Transplant steps up to hosting duties and I produce the podcast. I am excited, because it is something new. I hope Tex had fun being the host for a show and I hope you enjoy his hosting!

Today we have “Fancy” Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon on to talk about Trade, Free Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), and everything in-between. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!


The Conservative Case for Trade Promotion Authority by Rep. Jeb Hensarling

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: @ScottWalker’s #Leadership Skills

People who know me know I will rail against Corporate Welfare, where the government just gives businesses money for nothing. Like a sport team’s stadiums:

Taxpayers would pick up half the cost of a new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks under a financial deal that would rely on current and former team owners for the rest, Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday.

Walker, a likely presidential candidate, has argued for months that it will cost the state more in lost income-tax revenue if the NBA moves the team from Milwaukee than it will to pay for a new downtown arena.

Standing behind a podium with a sign that read, “Cheaper to Keep Them,” he announced the long-awaited deal surrounded by Republican legislative leaders, along with the Democratic leaders of the city and Milwaukee County.

“The price of doing nothing is not zero. It’s $419 million,” Walker said, one of repeated references to the estimated lost revenue and growth over 20 years if the team moves. “It’s not just a good deal. It’s a really bad deal if we don’t do anything.”

Jazz Shaw breaks down how much debt Wisconsin is going in for:

Wisconsin would issue $55 million in bonds (which, with interest, would cost $80 million to pay back.) Milwaukee would have to kick in $47 million and the county would need to issue $55 million in bonds. The Wisconsin Center District would issue an additional $93 million in bonds as well.

But despite the debt, they are only going to raise taxes targeted on those who benefitted the most for the Milwaukee Bucks staying in town:

Allowing the center to issue those bonds would require the Legislature and Walker to change state law to extend the district’s repayment period.

The district levies three taxes in Milwaukee County: 3 percent on car rentals, 2.5 percent on hotel rooms and a half-percent on restaurant food and beverage sales. Current law allows the district to increase the rental car tax to 4 percent and the hotel tax to 3 percent. If that is done, Walker has argued, it wouldn’t be a new tax.

Technically true, but it is still a tax hike. Just own it.

Now I am not saying this is a good deal and I roll my eyes when sport teams blackmail for a new stadium. The Milwaukee Bucks could have easily been bluffing just to get Wisconsin to pay for it all, but I’m sympathetic to Gov. Scott Walker here. If the Milwaukee Bucks had packed up and left, then the impact on all job loses would be blamed on him.

Instead of running out the clock and hoping for the best, Walker went in to negotiate a deal that got everyone’s nose bloody (including a 50% buy-in from the Milwaukee Bucks). A Democratic governor would have put Wisconsin on the hook for 100% of the stadium and just raised taxes on the rich without a second thought. However instead of raising everyone’s taxes, they are only raising targeted taxes for those who benefit. Tourists who come in for a Milwaukee Bucks game are more likely to pay those taxes. And to top everything off, he got approval from both Republicans and Democrats lawmakers.

I am impressed with Gov. Scott Walker’s leadership skills here. Walker is one to shape events and not let events shape him. That is what I am looking for right now and why I support Governor Scott Walker for POTUS.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: #Immigration Difference Between @RickSantorum And @ScottWalker Is Clear

If you know anything about me, is that I hate populism with a white hot passion. It is cheap one-liners to move people’s emotions and it doesn’t advance a policy whatsoever. This is populism in it’s most ugly form, fearmongering:

Speaking at a manufacturing firm in Cabot, Pennsylvania, (Rick) Santorum described the economic troubles his home state has experienced for decades. “In the late 70s, like many of you, we saw the economic devastation here in southwestern Pennsylvania and across this country, particularly in the area of manufacturing, as a result of the excesses and indifference of big labor, big government, and yes, big business,” Santorum said. “We lost 100,000 jobs in what seemed to be overnight. That has to, and did, leave a mark on all of us.”

Part of the problem, Santorum said, has been the arrival of millions of unskilled immigrants – legal and illegal – in the United States. “American workers deserve a shot at [good] jobs,” Santorum said. “Over the last 20 years, we have brought into this country, legally and illegally, 35 million mostly unskilled workers. And the result, over that same period of time, workers’ wages and family incomes have flatlined.”

Then Byron York notes Gov. Scott Walker’s immigration comment:

Several weeks ago, a (Rick) Santorum rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, stirred controversy when he said the next president and Congress “need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages.” Even the suggestion of limiting legal immigration beneath its present level – Walker didn’t actually say he would – was enough to cause significant arguments in Republican circles.

There is a clear stark difference here between Scott Walker and Rick Santorum being played out. One is outlining an immigration policy and the other fearmongering for votes. I’ll give you one good guess who is going the fearmongering.

Scott Walker wants to take the American worker/wages into account to set immigration. Walker wasn’t attacking current immigrants (legal or illegal), for one, nor was he saying he would necessarily limit legal immigration (which Byron York rightly notes). Walker just wants to put Americans first when setting immigration levels. He was setting up part of a policy that would guide how President Walker would deal with immigration. There is nothing wrong with that.

However former Sen. Rick Santorum plays, what I like to call, the “other” fearmongering card. This is where someone else (the “other”), and not you, is the problem. Santorum just says out-loud that all immigrants are the problem. To solidified his own ignorance, Santorum lays the “unskilled” card on as well. There are plenty of “unskilled” Americans too, so Sen. Santorum better fucking check himself and soon.

My grandmother is an immigrant from Canada and a naturalized American. Scott Walker would be looking after her if she was still working as well as millions more. So of course I found what Rick Santorum said highly distasteful, thinking my grandmother is the problem. Santorum’s brand of fearmongering populism should be denounced using the strongest possible terms.

Well, see ya’ later!


#Walker2016: I Cannot Defend @ScottWalker Here

Look, I am a huge fan of Gov. Scott Walker, which makes this painful to write. However it must be said and I hope Scott Walker or his campaign doesn’t take this personally. There is an open invitation for Scott Walker to come onto the podcast, just email me and we’ll set it up.

As Allahpundit notes: Gov. Walker is daring a “reverse Giuliani” strategy here, competing in every damn state except Florida.


“If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in, other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are,” Walker said, suggesting that the expensive contest could equalize the money gap between himself and the better-funded Bush.

“Some of the polls essentially tied and they’re going to eat up a good amount of that financial advantage that Gov. Bush is going to have,” he added, noting that incumbent Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election campaign spent about $100 million in 2014. “A good chunk of that will be going up to the Florida primary.”

Look, like Allahpundit, I understand the thought process here. They want to let Bush and Rubio bloody themselves senseless in the primary here over 99 delegates. This is a big state and possible money hole to any campaign. Bush and Rubio are the “sons of Florida” and thus would be next to impossible to beat. I understand this and consigned to the fact that one will win a March 15, 2016, winner take all primary. I would be thinking about doing the same thing too.

But to say it out loud? Walker needs to fire that handler who allowed him to say that live and on air. I don’t care how logical it sounded in Walker’s head, we are not much of a logical lot down here and it sounds like he is dismissing Florida altogether (even if it is far from the truth). You also can’t slight any state because the internet will pass along what you say to everyone. I am outright flabbergasted candidates doesn’t understand that yet.

Let me give the Scott Walker Campaign some free advice: You’ve done fucked up. Do not walk it back, because it will just seem like you guys are pandering. Instead modify it by noting you are competing for third place in order to get to know Florida, even if it is a bald-face lie. Set-up a token campaign office in, let’s say for an example, Gainesville and start mining information on the northern conservative vote. Make a few token ad buys and, while Bush and Rubio kill themselves over Immigration and Common Core, talk about stuff that really matters to Floridians. Of course I am talking about Tourism, Agriculture, and NASA* (think of it as Tits, Ass, and NASA*). In other words, jobs! This way you can come in strong here when the general election rolls around.

Well, see ya’ later!

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#Walker2016: @ScottWalker On #Immigration Is Making A Lot Of Sense

I normally don’t like populism talk. It is generally way to simple for a politician to attach slogans that the masses will eat up. “Tax The Rich” is the most mindless one that I can think of right off the bat. This is not populism talk:

When we talk about what should be the policy on legal immigration, it should be driven by the economic impact. And number one on the list of priorities should be: What is the impact on American workers and American wages?” (Wisconsin Governor Scott) Walker said.

“If unemployment is high and labor participation is low, why would we want to open the door and flood the market with more workers at a time when our own people here are looking for work?”

Oh sure it might look like populism, but it is really the start of principal immigration policy disguised as populism. It is brilliant and, for lack of a better word, perfect*.

Before we get deep into the weeds here, I want it noted that I have said over and over again on my podcast that I am not against legal immigration. My grandmother is from Canada and if it wasn’t for legal immigration, I would not be here on this earth writing this now. My grandmother shares my view on legal immigration vs. illegal immigration.

Governor Scott Walker’s comment here works for me on a couple of levels. The first is that Walker notes this is the “number one on the list of priorities” in his immigration policy. This just means that there are other priorities or he still is forming a list, which implies more priorities and a complex vetting process. The second point, is that Scott Walker wants to put American workers first. The President Of The United States may be the leader of the free world, but he/she should honestly be OUR leader and put us first.

So, Governor Scott Walker is making a lot of sense to me. He’s not saying that we should limit immigration, but all Walker is saying is that his immigration policy will take into account the American worker. While I am still looking, I have lost hope finding a “job” in any sense of the word. There are too many people, looking for the same work right now. Count yourself lucky if you have a job right now. And people of both parties are talking about adding more people to the job market (it is enough to drive you mad). I am glad someone is finally wanting to take us into account.

Well, see ya’ later!

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