Jobs Groups Say The Obama Administration’s New Ambush Election Rule ‘Will Hit Small Businesses Particularly Hard,’ ‘Stifle Job Growth’
NLRB ‘Ignoring The Costs’
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: “… the National Labor Relations Board’s final ‘ambush election rule’ imposes unprecedented and sweeping changes to the procedures for conducting workplace elections… blatantly partisan… purpose of this rule is to ensure that employers have no time to talk to their workers about unionizing, and that the only information workers will get will come from the union.” (“Chamber Lawsuit Challenges NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule,” National Chamber Litigation Center, Accessed 4/23/12)
· CHAMBER: “…increasing legal and compliance costs, particularly on small employers.” (The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, Letter To Lester Heltzer, NLRB, P.3, 8/22/11)
· CHAMBER: “…entirely ignoring the costs that the proposed rule would have on the majority of employers in the United States…” (The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, Letter To Lester Heltzer, NLRB, P.57, 8/22/11)
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS: “…I am writing in support of S.J.Res. 36, a resolution of disapproval in response to the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) rule related to ‘ambush’ elections… would particularly harm small businesses…” (National Federation Of Independent Business, Letter To Senator Mike Enzi, 2/27/12)
· NFIB: “This shortened time frame will hit small businesses particularly hard…” (National Federation Of Independent Business, Letter To Senator Mike Enzi, 2/27/12)
· NFIB: “…will only create more uncertainty for small business owners at a time when the country needs them to be creating more jobs.” (National Federation Of Independent Business, Letter To Senator Mike Enzi, 2/27/12)
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: “The ambush election rule is a guaranteed pathway to creating a fractured American workplace. Manufacturers strongly oppose this misguided rule…” (National Associated Of Manufacturers, “Manufacturers Speak Out Against Ambush Election Rule,” Press Release, 12/21/11)
· NAM: “…not in the best interest of workers and raise serious questions as for whom the Board is truly advocating.” (National Associated Of Manufacturers, “Manufacturers Speak Out Against Ambush Election Rule,” Press Release, 12/21/11)
ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS: “These actions will have negative implications for workers, consumers, businesses and the economy…” (Associated Builders And Contractors, Letter To House Of Representatives, 11/28/11)
· ABC: “What’s most disturbing is that the NLRB continues to move forward with policies and rules that are a political payoff off to Big Labor, yet harm the construction industry and stifle job growth.” (Associated Builders And Contractors, “NLRB Rams Through Changes To Union Elections, Employees Come Out On Losing End,” Press Release, 12/21/11)
INDEPENDENT ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS: “…contentious and unnecessary…” (Independent Electrical Contractors, “NLRB Passes Final Ruling On Ambush Elections,” Press Release, Accessed 4/23/12)
· IEC: “This new rule circumvents a fair and democratic process for everyone, and does nothing but hinder business and job growth.” (Independent Electrical Contractors, “NLRB Passes Final Ruling On Ambush Elections,” Press Release, Accessed 4/23/12)
INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION: “The rule would greatly impair the business community, in particular, the 825,000 franchise establishments in America, which collectively support nearly 18 million jobs or 12 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce…” (International Franchise Association, “IFA Applauds Congressional Challenge To NLRB Ambush Election Rules,” Press Release, 2/16/12)
From the NRCC:
Obama Administration Uses $8 Billion in Taxpayer Funds to Delay Unpopular Cuts to Medicare Advantage Included in the Government Takeover of Healthcare
The Democrats’ Government Takeover Of Healthcare Slashes Medicare By $500 Billion, Including The Popular Medicare Advantage Program:
“But certain voters would surely notice one highly painful part of the law before then — namely, the way it guts the popular Medicare Advantage program. For years, 12 million seniors have relied on these policies, a more market-oriented alternative to traditional Medicare, without the aggravating gaps in coverage. But as part of its hundreds of billions in Medicare cuts, the Obama one-size-fits-all plan slashes reimbursement rates for Medicare Advantage starting next year — herding many seniors back into the government-run program.” (Benjamin E. Sasse and Charles Hurt, “An $8 billion trick?,” New York Post, 4/23/12)
But These Imminent Cuts Would Remind Voters Again Of ObamaCare’s Consequences, So The Administration Is Using $8 Billion In Taxpayer Funds To Delay Their Cuts Until After The Election:
“This political ticking time bomb could become the biggest ‘October Surprise’ in US political history. But the administration’s devised a way to postpone the pain one more year, getting Obama past his last election; it plans to spend $8 billion to temporarily restore Medicare Advantage funds so that seniors in key markets don’t lose their trusted insurance program in the middle of Obama’s re-election bid.” (Benjamin E. Sasse and Charles Hurt, “An $8 billion trick?,” New York Post, 4/23/12)
From the NRCC:
CBO Reports President Obama’s Deficit-Filled Budget Plan Will Hurt Economic Growth for Years to Come
WASHINGTON — The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has confirmed that John Barrow and his Democrat leaders in Washington are blocking job creation with their continuing spending and borrowing spree. After years of annual trillion dollar deficits under President Obama and his Washington Democrat allies, will Barrow finally admit these policies have failed and only made a bad economy worse?
“Despite the warning signs, John Barrow and his Washington Democrat leaders continue to insist on more spending and borrowing to fuel their big-government agenda at the cost of private sector job creation,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “Barrow and his Democrat allies already have some of the worst fiscal records in American history after presiding over yearly trillion dollar deficits, which makes their promises of fiscal responsibility empty at best.”
A new CBO report affirms the Democrats’ record-setting spending spree will stifle economic growth:
“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Friday that President Obama’s 2013 budget will hurt the economy in the long term, arguing the larger deficits it would produce would reduce the amount of capital available to businesses. After five years, the CBO says, the Obama proposals would reduce economic output by between 0.5 percent and 2.2 percent.” (Erik Wasson, “CBO estimates Obama’s 2013 budget plan would hit economic growth,” The Hill, 4/20/12)
Specifically, spending and borrowing to sustain the Democrats’ big-government policies are blocking job creation:
“Larger deficits caused by the budget would cause the government to issue more bonds, sucking up private capital to finance its debts and thereby reducing the funds businesses could use to expand and hire, the CBO said. An increased tax on capital gains included in the president’s plan would also tend to reduce private capital, it says.” (Erik Wasson, “CBO estimates Obama’s 2013 budget plan would hit economic growth,” The Hill, 4/20/12)
Washington Democrats under President Obama have already overseen “the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president” in his first term in office. (Mark Knoller, “National debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama,” CBS News’ Political Hotsheet Blog, 8/22/11)
Obama promised to change Washington, but Washington changed him
The Republican National Committee (RNC) released a new web video “From Hope to Hypocrisy: The Senator Who Became a Sellout”detailing Barack Obama’s blatant hypocrisy when it comes to influence pedaling in the White House. On the campaign trail in 2008, Senator Obama said that he wouldn’t hire a single lobbyist to work in his White House. It turns out over 100 current or former lobbyists have found jobs in his administration. The American people have taken notice to President Obama’s hypocrisy: 67% in the CBS/NYT poll said that there has been no real change for the better to how things are done in Washington. So much for “Change We Can Believe In.”
“Barack Obama promised to be a different kind of president but, unfortunately, he’s just a typical politician who will say and do anything to get elected,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. “Four years ago, then Candidate Obama promised he would change the way things are done in Washington, but he hasn’t and we found out there was plenty that was false about his phony message of hope.
“The American people want a leader who is willing to keep their promises–someone they can trust. Unfortunately, Barack Obama has violated that trust over and over on issue after issue. He is the Senator who became a sellout. This November, we will have the opportunity to replace him and restore trust to the White House.”
The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river
Fish habitat or human habitat? The Department of Interior plans to destroy four dams on the Klamath River in Northern California so salmon can swim further than 180 miles up the river. But these dams provide water and flood protection to thousands of humans who also live along the river. Clean energy from these hydro dams supply electricity to 70,000 residents in the area. Despite a lack of scientific evidence that dam removal will help the fish, or any study on the human impact of dam removal, the DOI is pressing forward to have the dams destroyed. When their own scientist, Dr. Paul Houser, questions the science – he gets fired.
COMING TUEDAY, APRIL 24 at http://muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com
Have you wondered why, for over ten years — despite countless man-years spent waiting in airport security lines, over a trillion dollars spent, the loss of thousands of lives in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and endless efforts to ensure that no offense is given to seemingly permanently aggrieved Islamist activists –we are no closer to victory in the so-called “war on terror” than we were on 9/11?
The missing answer and its online location will be unveiled on Tuesday, April 24 in a new web-based, ten-part video course presented by Frank Gaffney, President of the Center for Security Policy.
By Frank Gaffney, Jr.
Have you ever asked yourself why, despite more than ten years of efforts –involving, among other things, the loss of thousands of lives in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, well-over a trillion dollars spent, countless man-years wasted waiting in airport security lines and endless efforts to ensure that no offense is given to seemingly permanently aggrieved Muslim activists – are we no closer to victory in the so-called “war on terror” than we were on 9/11?
Thankfully, we have been able to kill some dangerous bad guys. The sad truth of the matter is that, by almost any other measure, the prospect of victory is becoming more remote by the day. And no one seems able to explain the reason.
In an effort to provide the missing answer, on April 24th, the Center for Security Policy is making available via the Internet a new, free ten-part video course called “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within.” (www.MuslimBrotherhoodinAmerica.com). This course connects the proverbial dots, drawing on a wealth of publicly available data and first-hand accounts to present a picture that has, for over a decade, been obscured, denied and suppressed:
America faces in addition to the threat of violent jihad another, even more toxic danger – a stealthy and pre-violent form of warfare aimed at destroying our constitutional form of democratic government and free society. The Muslim Brotherhood is the prime-mover behind this seditious campaign, which it calls “civilization jihad.”
The Muslim Brotherhood? Yes, that would be the same organization to which President Obama recently transferred $1.5 billion of our tax dollars in a lump sum payment. To do so, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to waive congressionally imposed restrictions born of fully justified concerns about the nature and direction of the shariah-adherent government the Brotherhood is birthing in Egypt.
Mrs. Clinton’s presidentially-directed waiver came despite: the Brotherhood-dominated government’s hostage-taking of American democracy activists; murderous Islamist rampages against Coptic Christians and other religious minorities; the toleration and abetting of escalating violence against Israel in and from the Sinai; and official threats to jettison the 1979 peace treaty with the Jewish State. And matters have only gotten worse since the President’s largesse was made available in an unusual up-front, lump-sum payment.
Unfortunately, as the Center’s course makes clear, this episode is just the latest of many that flow from the subversion by Muslim Brotherhood operatives that has been happening within our civil society and governing institutions in every administration since Bill Clinton was in office. [During his presidency, a top Muslim Brother, Abdurahman Alamoudi, was actually put in charge of recruiting, training andcredentialing Muslim chaplains for the U.S. military and prison system. Incredibly, some of them are believed to still be in place today, even though Alamoudi turns out to have been a top al Qaeda financier and is himself doing hard time at Supermax on terrorism charges.]
The George W. Bush administration was similarly subjected to Muslim Brotherhood penetration and influence operations. As the course documents, the Brothers’ access to and influence with senior officials in the years after 9/11 helped shape policies that, among other things, induced the federal government to: use euphemisms like “terror” to describe our jihadist enemy; reach out to the Muslim community in this country using virtually exclusively Brotherhood front organizations as liaisons; and provide support to and participation in shariah-compliant finance – an industry engaged in what one of its leaders, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, calls “jihad with money.”
Unfortunately, those look like the good old days compared to what is happening under the Obama administration. Not only has Mr. Obama facilitated, and now underwritten, the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover in Egypt and an increasing number of states elsewhere in the Middle East. At his direction, explicit or implicit, the U.S. government is systematically purging its training materials of any information that Islamists might find offensive – including, factual information about shariah, its impelling of jihad (preferably violent and, where necessary, pre-violent), the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission of destroying us from within, etc.
Worse yet, under Team Obama, Brotherhood operatives doing business as Muslim “community leaders” are being allowed to have a say in what sort of training and outreach is done from here on, and by whom. Could we have won the Cold War if we gave a similar role to the KGB or the American Communist Party it ran? Or World War II if that role had been assigned to the German-American Bund?
In short, we are losing what is more accurately described as the “Jihadist’s War on America” because we are being subjected to a systematic, disciplined and highly successful campaign of what the military would call “information dominance.” It leaves us, as a nation, witless about the true nature of the enemy and his motivations and therefore incapable of countering them effectively.
On April 25, Glenn Beck will release an important new hour-long documentary that addresses many of these same points entitled “Rumors of War III.” It concludes, as does our course, with a powerful reminder of what is stake if we persist in such behavior and continue to lose the Jihadists’ War on America – a quote from a speech Ronald Reagan gave 50 years ago that rings as true today as ever:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
The General Services Administration blew through $820,000 in taxpayers’ money in a lavish ”team building” trip to Las Vegas, and President Barack Obama is “apoplectic” at the news, according to the president’s campaign advisor, David Axelrod. Obama, he says, has devoted his efforts to saving “tens of billions of dollars” in cutting waste, fraud and inefficiency in government. Yet under President Obama’s leadership, government spending keeps growing irresponsibly, and neither he nor his allies in Congress are doing anything about it.
The latest example came last week when Democratic leadership in the Senate again passed the buck on enacting a budget — on April 29, it will have been three years since the Senate last passed a budget resolution. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND),whose job it is to shepherd a budget through the Senate, said of his decision: “This is the wrong time to vote in committee. This is the wrong time to vote on the floor. I don’t think we will be prepared to vote before the election.” Conrad also said that offering a budget would be futile and “would do little to move us closer to a bipartisan agreement that can actually be adopted.”
In other words, budgeting is hard work that he’d rather not do, especially in an election year. Of course, 2011 was not an election year, and yet the Senate failed to pass a budget then, too.
The money that isn’t being budgeted belongs to the American people, and their representatives in the Senate have decided once again that it’s easier to keep on spending without restraint than it is to be responsible to their constituents back home. It’s that very attitude that has led to a government so big and so out of control that scandals like the one in the GSA are able to occur.
The hundreds of thousands of dollars blown in the GSA’s Vegas trip, though, is chump change compared to the hundreds of millions wasted in President Obama’s green jobs stimulus efforts. We all know the story of the bankrupt solar energy company Solyndra and the $520 million taxpayer-funded loan guarantee that went down the drain. But the latest example of wanton waste is Ecotality — a company that manufactures charging stations for the president’s much-favored electric vehicles. Ecotality received more than $115 million to install those charging stations, yet as Heritage’s Lachlan Markay reports, the company is far behind schedule. Now it’s under investigation for insider trading and is facing serious financial difficulties. Even so, the DOE decided to grant the company $26 million in additional funding.
But it’s not just about waste in one government agency. Taxpayer dollars are wasted day in and day out in Washington, as Heritage’s Emily Goff explains:
Washington also misuses taxpayer dollars in less blatant ways. Take the 47 federal job training programs the federal government runs, for example. Or the 15 agencies involved in food safety and inspection. Congress ought to identify areas of program duplication and fragmentation and then consolidate or eliminate unnecessary ones.
Want another example of big government run wild? Take a look at Washington’s spending on welfare programs. It’s the fastest growing part of government spending, and it’s creating a culture of entitlement and dependency in which the American people are expecting to receive support from the state. In fiscal year 2011, total welfare costs equaled $927 billion ($717 billion from the federal government and $210 billion from states). Heritage’s Rachel Sheffield writes that “since the War on Poverty began in the 1960s, the government has spent $19.8 trillion (inflation-adjusted) to fund a growing list of welfare programs.” President Obama wants that spending to grow, and under his plan taxpayers will pay roughly $12.7 trillion on welfare in the next decade.
Welfare spending and unending waste aren’t the only drivers of Washington’s trillion-dollar deficits. The three major entitlement programs–Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security–make up the vast majority of federal spending and will consume all tax revenues by 2049. Yet even though that threat looms large on the horizon, the Senate continues to refuse to pass a budget, President Obama stands by, and the spending continues unchecked. Yesterday on Fox News Sunday, commentator Bill Kristol correctly said, “If you want big government, this is big government.” And if anyone should be “apoplectic,” it’s the American people.
Are all those ambassador games crowding your 3DS’ home screen? Sit tight, Nintendo’s got a fix. During the outfit’s Nintendo Direct conference livestream, head honcho Satoru Iwata announced that folder organization is coming to the 3DS. Fastidiously organized gamers can expect the firmware update to land on April 25th, bringing with it the joy of creating directories, stuffing them with up to 60 items and ascribing them fitting names. More
The dream of true cybernetics — merging man with machine — just got a bit closer. Scientists at Northwestern University built a device that can send signals from the brain directly to paralyzed muscles, causing them to move by thought. This technology could help patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries regain the use of their limbs.
The work was done in rhesus monkeys, who were given a local anesthetic to block nerve activity at the elbow, which caused temporary paralysis of the hand. Before they were given the anesthetic, though, the monkeys were trained to grasp a ball, lift it and release it into a tube. The signals from their brains to their hands and arms during these activities were recorded via an electrode implanted painlessly into their brains. After many repetitions, the researchers were able to see what kinds of signals were necessary to cause the the limbs to move. It turned out that the information was encoded in only about 100 neurons.
Knowing that, the scientists designed a device, called a multi-electrode array, that was able to pick up the tell-tale signals from the 100 or so neurons, decipher them and send them to the muscles — bypassing the anesthetized nerves. More
Hough: Worried about a summer sell-off for the market? Consider these shares.
Don’t expect the stocks below to escape losses entirely if the broad market slides this summer. But history says they hold up relatively well in downturns, making them a good fit for jittery investors who want to stay in the market.
There’s plenty to worry about. Spain’s 10-year government bonds are flirting with 6% yields, close to what U.S. companies with junk credit ratings pay. That shows that investors aren’t fully confident about Spain’s ability to ultimately pay what it owes. Spain, whose economy is four times the size of Greece’s, has a key bond auction scheduled for Thursday.
In the U.S., earnings season has brought mostly upside surprises, but not much growth. That’s because forecasts were lowered so much over the past seven months that positive surprises aren’t much of a surprise. If earnings growth is fizzling, and if earnings were what drove stock prices sharply higher over the past three years, then stock gains may now prove harder to come by.
Yet stocks remain reasonably priced relative to earnings, and the alternatives look lousy. A 10-year, inflation-protected Treasury bond yields slightly less than zero. Better to swap risky shares for safe ones than to commit more money to sure losses with bonds.
The stocks below have low “betas,” which means they have tended to swing less wildly than the broad market in recent years. The have modest prices relative to their earnings, which makes them better suited than pricey stocks to a broad slowing of earnings growth. And they pay healthy dividends, which will be a welcome source of returns if market gains prove smaller in coming years. Lastly, they sell goods and services that tend to find stable demand in good and lean years.
Abbott Laboratories (ABT: 59.88, 0.37, 0.62%)
Price-to-earnings ratio: 12
Dividend yield: 3.4%
Abbott Laboratories makes drugs, nutritional products and medical devices. On Wednesday, it topped Wall Street’s earnings forecasts and, perhaps more important for investors, raised its 2012 guidance. The company reported 4.6% sales growth, including 7.1% growth in its key proprietary drug division and 10.1% growth in nutritionals, which include Similac baby formula and Ensure meal replacement drinks. Abbott plans to spin off its drug business later this year in order to try to attract a higher valuation for its remaining businesses. The company has paid dividends since 1924, and is a member of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats, which have increased their payments for at least 25 years running. More