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  • “Color” Them Bad: Restaurant Shakedown Group Suddenly An Expert On Ethics

    February 6, 2013
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    There’s a hilarious sketch in the comedy show “Portlandia” that features a painfully liberal couple attempting to order a meal in a restaurant. Unfortunately, their earnest desire to be politically correct in all things thwarts their efforts as they barrage the flummoxed waitress with a flurry of questions about the food on offer:
    Is the chicken organic? Is that U.S.D.A. organic, Oregon organic, or Portland organic? How big is the area where the chickens are able to roam free...
  • "Color" Them Bad: Restaurant Shakedown Group Suddenly An Expert On Ethics

    February 6, 2013
    There's a hilarious sketch in the comedy show "Portlandia" that features a painfully liberal couple attempting to order a meal in a restaurant. Unfortunately, their earnest desire to be politically correct in all things thwarts their efforts as they barrage the flummoxed waitress with a flurry of questions about the food on offer:
    Is the chicken organic? Is that U.S.D.A. organic, Oregon organic, or Portland organic? How big is the area where the chickens are able to roam free?

    And on and on...

    The sketch, like the show, is a good-natured ribbing of left-wing concerns, a reductio ad absurdum of the liberal mind. Unfortunately, as so often happens, real life threatens to out-satirize even the best satire, as The Huffington...
  • "Right-To-Work" Train Rolls On: Next Stop, Pennsylvania?

    January 30, 2013
    The earthquake that was Michigan's right-to-work law has produced a number of interesting aftershocks, not least of which is the right-to-work rumbling in Pennsylvania where lawmakers (guided by Rep. Daryl Metcalf) have introduced legislation called "Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative," aimed at ending compulsory unionism.

    The initiative actually consists of a number of bills, including:

    • House Bill 50, The Freedom of Employment Act, under which "employment in Pennsylvania will ...
  • “Right-To-Work” Train Rolls On: Next Stop, Pennsylvania?

    January 30, 2013
    Openmarket.org

    The earthquake that was Michigan’s right-to-work law has produced a number of interesting aftershocks, not least of which is the right-to-work rumbling in Pennsylvania where lawmakers (guided by Rep. Daryl Metcalf) have introduced legislation called “Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative,” aimed at ending compulsory unionism.

    The...
  • Unions Bad For Unions?

    January 30, 2013
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    Hard to believe, but even under the most union-friendly president since FDR, organized labor in America continues to shrink in numbers, popularity and influence.

    The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are enough to give any union leader a Trumka-sized case of heartburn. Last year, the number of union members plummeted by about 400,000 workers, leaving a mere 14.4 million union members in the American workforce. The...
  • Unions Bad For Unions?

    January 29, 2013
    Hard to believe, but even under the most union-friendly president since FDR, organized labor in America continues to shrink in numbers, popularity and influence.

    The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are enough to give any union leader a Trumka-sized case of heartburn. Last year, the number of union members plummeted by about 400,000 workers, leaving a mere 14.4 million union members in the American workforce. The percentage of workers who belong to a union dropped from 11.8 to 11.3 percent in 2012, the lowest level in nearly a century.

    (The loss hit unions representing workers in both the public and private sectors: the former declined from 37 to 35.9 percent; the latter from 6.9 to 6.6. percent.)

    All of this under the watch of Barack Obama, who has labored mightily to repay his money masters with...
  • It's Official: Obama's NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

    January 25, 2013
    From the Duh! files:
    A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel.

    The contested nominees, including Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, were appointed last January along with Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The nominations were made without the "advice and consent" of the Senate, as prescribed by the Constitution in Article II,...
  • It’s Official: Obama’s NLRB Appointments Unconstitutional

    January 25, 2013
    Openmarket.org

    From the Duh! files:
    A federal appeals court has ruled that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on a labor relations panel.

    The contested nominees, including Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, were appointed last January along with Richard Cordray as...
  • Walker, Wisconsin Ranger (Strikes Again)

    January 23, 2013
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    It’s almost too beautiful to believe.

    In this era of ever-expanding government power, of rising and risible rapacity in the federal Leviathan, can it really be the case that, on the state level, at least, significant victories for liberty are not only possible, but achieved and strengthened?

    So it would seem, as the powerful government/union two-headed beast continues to reel from ferocious assault by bold governors in Michigan, ...
  • Walker, Wisconsin Ranger (Strikes Again)

    January 23, 2013
    It’s almost too beautiful to believe.

    In this era of ever-expanding government power, of rising and risible rapacity in the federal Leviathan, can it really be the case that, on the state level, at least, significant victories for liberty are not only possible, but achieved and strengthened?

    So it would seem, as the powerful government/union two-headed beast continues to reel from ferocious assault by bold governors in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

    This last is perhaps most significant. Wisconsin, after...

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