Obama’s Job-Killing Agenda

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What a national travesty. President Obama and his fellow Democrats are wiping out jobs in an economy where more than 14 million Americans are unemployed.

This is occurring in a breadth of ways, some more blatant than others. Obama has stacked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to make it totally pro-union. The board on June 21, for example, proposed what the Wall Street Journal called “the most sweeping changes in federal rules governing union organizing elections since 1947.”  This would give employers almost no time to resist representation votes and build a case for opposing unionization.

This was just the latest in a series of acts by the pro-union board, as well as other agencies under the Obama administration, to bow to labor bosses. Fewer than 12 percent of all U.S. workers belongs to unions. But they give generously to Democrats in money and campaign manpower. So coddle them at the expense of others in the workforce. Make sure they have jobs even if others don’t. That’s the policy.

The NLRB in April, in an unprecedented attack, accused giant aircraft company Boeing of illegally building a 787 Dreamliner production line at a new non-union plant in Charleston, SC. The NLRB, in a wild allegation, charged that Boeing was breaking the law by opening a non-union facility in retaliation against union workers for past strikes at its Everett, WA, plant. In effect, it was Obama’s sassy agency telling a business where it could or couldn’t operate.

The House Education and Workforce Committee in July said Americans expect Washington to promote policies to help create jobs. “Instead, Democrat leaders are pursuing an economic agenda that is having a chilling effect on job creators around the country.”

In 2009, President Obama announced what he said would be guidelines for federal contracting so as not to waste federal taxpayer dollars. What a sham. The government uses two means of assuring union labor gets overpaid, costing others lost jobs. First, Davis-Bacon provisions require contractors on federal construction projects to pay workers locally prevailing wages, typically needlessly inflated costs. The other is Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for federal building projects. PLAs reduce competitiveness, increase costs, use inefficient work rules and slow down the work process.

An all-Democratic Nevada County Commission July 24, for instance, argued for a Project Labor Agreement claiming — as if it were reality — that there was a shortage of available workers. This union invention of PLAs approaches legal blackmail. In exchange for higher wages and an agreement to pay into a union health fund even if they already provide a benefit to their workers, the unions agreed not to strike the contractors.

In 2009, the economy was showing signs of recovery. In August, the White House projected unemployment would fall to 8 percent by the end of 2011.The economy went from losing 841,000 jobs in January 2009 to gaining 229,000 in April 2010. This was outlined in an essay by senior analyst James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation. Then Obama and his lefty pals in Congress blasted a hole in the employment picture with the passage of ObamaCare. Within two months, the job market froze like a camper faced with a grizzly bear. ObamaCare discouraged employers from hiring in the following ways.

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  • Jeff Orr

    Obama as president is probably God's punishment to the US for being such wicked country. Mabe we will do better next time.

  • geez

    Obama is the punishment for thinking a junior senator raised by communists could result in anything good for a freedom loving country. What a pathetic excuse for a leader. 2012 will result in Mr Manchild going on a book tour with his dear friends Mr Peanut farmer Carter and Mr Sexy (where's that cigar been?) Clinton. Don't let the door hit you and Lurch in the arse, although it would be hard to miss Lurch's.

  • Cuban Refugee

    What else could we have expected from a radical community organizer who, five days before the (s)election that will go down in infamy, called for the "fundamental transformation of America" — who told him America needed to be transformed into a communist economic disaster? What other president in the history of our country during his first 24 hours in office has signed an executive order that would hide all his records from public scrutiny? The Usurper's designs are becoming more transparent by the day, and our beloved republic will go down in flames if he is not stopped. Even in the blue state where I live, heard sotto voce in the supermarket, restaurants, the tennis club, and at the bank is the word that Congress needs to start using at the top of their lungs: IMPEACHMENT.

    • JonB

      Hear, Hear!!!!

  • DelawareBob

    The illegal aliens in this country aren't helping either. The illegal aliens who do not have our jobs are using this country as a welfare country. Look at how many anchor babies we have paid for. About 4.2 million over the last 18-20 years, then we have to school the illegal alien children and the parents get on welfare, get public housing, food stamps and everything else. Sooner or later the Federal government better wake up and get these illegal aliens out of this country. And, oh. Don't forget the billions that is sent out of this country by the illegal aliens. Tell me, how does that help us.

  • tanstaafl

    Obama is not eligible to be the POTUS. Why would he respect any American value when he has no respect for the Constitution?