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Analysis of Obama’s pick for Secretary of Labor

Posted by Liberty on December 22, 2008

Quantum of Solis

“There is joy in Unionville this Christmas. Barack Obama’s pick for Secretary of Labor — Hilda Solis — brings impeccable big labor credentials. The California Congresswoman first rode to power with labor backing against a fellow Democrat, has voted with the AFL-CIO 97% of the time, and got three-quarters of her campaign contributions from unions.”

This should make Conservatives nervous.

“Ms. Solis says her goal is to expand the reach and power of unions in America, and she supports such union priorities as the Employee Free Choice Act, which would do the opposite of its name and end secret balloting to unionize a workplace. Look for a showdown on that legislation in 2009. Meanwhile, the other drama to watch is whether Ms. Solis will turn a blind eye to union corruption by weakening federal oversight.”

Very nervous.

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Interesting perspective on the unions’ influence on working conditions

Posted by Liberty on December 15, 2008

Myths of Organized Labor

“Do we really need to ‘thank’ unions for the 40 hour week, paid vacation, and health benefits?”

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Angry UAW members lack the intellectual honesty to examine their own role in the Big Three’s plight

Posted by Liberty on December 13, 2008

Angry UAW members lash out at Southern senators

“Festering animosity between the United Auto Workers and Southern senators who torpedoed the auto industry bailout bill erupted into full-fledged name calling Friday as union officials accused the lawmakers of trying to break the union on behalf of foreign automakers.

The vitriol had been near the surface for weeks as senators from states that house the transplant automakers’ factories criticized the Detroit Three for management miscues and bloated UAW labor costs that lawmakers said make them uncompetitive.”

Senators Mitch McConnell, Richard Shelby and Bob Corker took a stand against the Big Three bailout and now find themselves in the cross-hairs of the union assassins.  These three Senators come from southern states [McConnell from Kentucky; Shelby from Alabama; Corker from Tennessee] that are home to auto manufacturing plants for the Big Three’s foreign-owned competitors and they are all Republicans.  Union hack  Ron Gettelfinger [UAW president] has misrepresented these Senators’ position on the bailout, seeing perhaps a non-existent conspiracy on behalf of the [profitable!] foreign automakers.

‘”They thought perhaps they could have a twofer here maybe: Pierce the heart of organized labor while representing the foreign brands,’ UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said at a Friday morning news conference in Detroit.”

I don’t think that was the aim of these Senators at all.  We’ve just grown so accustomed to politicians that don’t care at all about putting taxpayers on the hook for billions in debt that it’s odd when one of them actually puts the constituents first. 

“But lawmakers and their spokesmen said the criticism is off base. Jonathan Graffeo, Shelby’s spokesman on the Senate Banking Committee, said the senator has consistently opposed taxpayer-funded bailouts.

“He opposed the Chrysler bailout in 1979 when there were no foreign auto manufacturers in Alabama, and he opposed the recent $700 billion bailout of the banking industry,” Graffeo said.

“Bailouts generally don’t work, and this is a huge proposed bailout, and I fear it’s just the down payment on more to come next year,” Shelby said on the Senate floor Thursday night. “These companies are either already failed or failing, and that’s a shame. These aren’t the General Motors, Ford and Chrysler I knew.”

Corker said the alternative he tried to develop would have provided federal money in exchange for restructuring the companies’ debt and making the UAW more competitive in wages with workers at U.S. plants of Japanese competitors.

“Our members wanted to know that the UAW was willing to be competitive,” Corker said.”

That’s right, UAW.  When the question is raised as to why the Big Three can’t compete, look in the mirror.

Incidentally, Senators McConnell, Corker and Shelby, thank you.  We’re going to need to see a lot more of this kind of action in the next few years.  Thanks for showing a little backbone.

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Here’s why I didn’t vote for Randy Dorn for Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Posted by Liberty on December 6, 2008

Randy Dorn says taxes are the answer

“About 40 percent of the state’s general fund goes to education. In each two-year budget cycle, about $15 billion goes toward the education of Washington’s 1 million school children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Washington ranks 42nd in the nation in the amount of money per child the state spends in the classroom, according to federal statistics.”

Forty percent of the state general fund.  That doesn’t count all the local levies and bonds that property owners get hit with.  And federal funding.

Dorn said that since nearly every state is facing a budget deficit, if Washington simply leaves education spending where it is, the state could move up in the rankings.”

Dorn seems to have bought into the idea that more money spent automatically translates into more educated children.  This fits in perfectly with the fact that he was endorsed by the Washington Education Association and other public school employee union groups.  The unions always support more education spending.  It means salary and benefit increases based on tenure and the number of degrees a teacher has rather than on merit and more money in union coffers for their political maneuverings.

According to the Heritage Foundation:

“With Congress considering a $700 billion rescue package for our financial market, taxpayers are rightfully asking questions about how these funds will be spent. But all too often we forget to apply the same scrutiny to the nearly $600 billion we spend in state and federal dollars each year on K-12 education.

Any fair accounting should conclude that we’re getting sub-par returns on this investment.

While many of the nation’s best and brightest go off to pursue fulfilling educational experiences at colleges and universities across the country, significant numbers of students leave high school with gaping holes in some fundamental academic concepts.

National test scores reveal that many students are failing to master basic skills. On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 33 percent of fourth-graders score below basic on reading, as do 26 percent of eighth-graders. According to the Department of Education, fourth-graders not performing at a basic level are unable to make general conclusions about what they read. At the eighth-grade level, this means students are unable to make simple inferences or interpret ideas. For both grade levels, these are crucial skills to master to ensure future academic success.”

Future liberals are being produced in our public schools today–people unable to make simple inferences or interpret ideas fall for the kind of media snow-job that happened in the 2008 general election. 

Also:

“National graduation rates have stagnated around 73 percent, with numbers significantly lower for minority students. In 2006, only 61 percent of Hispanic students and 59 percent of black students graduated. An independent analysis found that, in some of our nation’s biggest cities, fewer than half of all students finish high school. In the Baltimore City and Cleveland Municipal City school districts, only about one-third of all students graduate. Indianapolis has a graduation rate of only 30 percent, and a mere 24.9 percent of Detroit students complete high school.

These shockingly low graduation rates should incite a national outrage. And while some politicians will surely call for investing more tax dollars for public school as the solution, a lack of funding is not the source of the problem.

Detroit, for example, spends more than $13,000 per year on each student. In addition, the city school districts of New York, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta all spend well over $10,000 per pupil yet have graduation rates below 50 percent.”

Read the full Heritage Foundation report What Is America Getting from Its Investment in Education?.  They make the case that education spending is not the problem and that family structure and parental involvement are critical elements to education success.

It’s time for Washington State to break the link between school spending and student achievement.  Randy Dorn, the people of Washington State are already over taxed.  If we keep throwing money down the black hole of government-run education and never fix the significant flaws in the system, it will never get better.  The superintendent of public instruction should be accountable to the people of Washington State but with this guy, I fear he’ll be more interested in keeping in favor with the unions. 

Schools need to focus on the basics of education–things like math, reading and comprehension, writing and interpreting ideas, fact-based science and American history, just to name a few.  I want to know how much time and money is spent on social engineering and nanny state benevolence versus what is spent on teaching concrete, useful skills.  We need more genuine teaching and less of the schools assuming the roles and responsibilities of the parents.

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