Flap’s Links and Comments for September 1st on 06:18
These are my links for September 1st from 06:18 to 16:02:
- SC Gov. Nikki Haley Calls on Obama to Disband the NLRB; Calls Obama ‘Cowardly’ – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blasted President Obama and the National Labor Relations Board today. She called on President Obama to address the NLRB’s unprecedented lawsuit against Boeing during his jobs speech on Sept. 8. The South Carolina governor made the comments during a conference call with bloggers and journalists this morning.
Citing the fact that at least 1,000 jobs and the future of American aircraft manufacturing hang in the balance with the NLRB’s lawsuit against Boeing, Haley called the president’s silence on the issue “cowardly” and “unacceptable.” Haley also cited the fact that the current White House chief of staff and Commerce secretary both served on Boeing’s board at the time the South Carolina plant was approved, and demanded that he speak up and go on the record whether he agrees with the NLRB’s actions or not.
Gov. Haley said she will be the poster child for the right-to-work states as they face off against Big Labor and the Obama administration, and said that Obama is “carrying the unions’ water” in his actions, including the NLRB case. Calling the NLRB a “rogue agency that is doing the most un-American thing imaginable to an American company,” Haley repeatedly called out the NLRB for its refusal to even respond to Congressional inquiries about the Boeing case.
- Governor Nikki Haley: To Be Silent Is Not Leadership – In a blogger conference call today, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley had a great idea for President Obama’s big “jobs” speech, which is scheduled for September 7… Whoops! My bad! Make that September 8!
At any rate, if Obama really wants to make a difference with this speech, he’ll follow Haley’s advice and announce, “I’m going to disband the National Labor Relations Board.”
It will admittedly take a little outside-the-box thinking for the President to see things Governor Haley’s way, but what’s the point of simply rehashing the same old tired, failed Big Government programs? Obama will own the headlines, for at least a day or two, if he announces the dissolution and restraint of “rogue agencies with a bully mentality,” as Haley described the NLRB. People will also be much more excited about future Obama speeches. Right now, they’re all blending together into Max Headroom stutters, with each endlessly repeated talking point costing billions of dollars.
Governor Haley, of course, has good reasons for her dim view of the NLRB. Their action against Boeing imperiled a thousand jobs in right-to-work South Carolina – which, as she points out, were not jobs being “stolen” from Washington State, where Boeing’s union workforce resides. She said she was so taken aback by the unprecedented NLRB action against Boeing that she thought it was some kind of joke.
Haley said the anti-business actions of the Obama Administration have made the President “the biggest recruiter for other countries,” as American businesses conclude it’s safer to move their operations overseas. She’s fed up with a chief executive who spends his days executing American jobs. “How can we in this country have faith in someone who protects unions and federal agencies?” she asked. “This president works for us. He owes us answers. He owes Boeing answers.”
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- Gov. Nikki Haley: NLRB should be disbanded – After all she has learned about the National Labor Relations Board through her fight on behalf of The Boeing Company, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has come to one conclusion: The agency should be disbanded.
“What you have is a rogue agency that is doing the most un-American thing imaginable to our businesses,” the governor said this morning on a conference call. “And as we are looking at President Obama to give his speech on jobs, the only thing I want to hear from him, the only thing the people of this country want to hear from him is that he’s going to disband the NLRB or get them to step down from a great American company that chose to do business in South Carolina as opposed to going overseas.”
The NLRB sued Boeing for its decision to build and open a non-union 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., claiming the choice was made in retaliation against the company’s unionized workforce in Everett, Wash. Never mind that Boeing has since added more than 1,000 jobs in South Carolina and more than 2,000 jobs in the state of Washington.
The South Carolina governor feels so strongly that the independent agency shouldn’t exist that she would even support a decision from the lone Republican member of the NLRB to step down. With the recent departure of NLRB chairman Wilma Leibman, such a resignation from Republican Brian Hayes would reduce the board to just two members — i.e., to less than a quorum.
“Anything that would disband the NRLB, I’d be the biggest cheerleader for,” Haley said.
- Obama Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Buys Canadian-Built Car – To show her support for American workers, President Obama's labor secretary, Hilda Solis, has junked the standard black limo and purchased a new Chevrolet Equinox to ride around Washington in. The problem: the crossover SUV is built and assembled in Canada from parts also made in Canada.
Solis proudly arrived at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor today in the shiny silver vehicle, which she has dubbed the "bullet." She was asked about why she traded the standard-issue limo for the SUV. "What better example could I set if I encouraged my staff to go and purchase and seek how we could acquire a vehicle that would for me would send a signal that we're for supporting our American workers, American-made products, fuel efficient as well," she told the Monitor's Dave Cook, who provided this video of her answer.
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Good research at the Labor Department. NOT
- Solis: Obama has been focused on jobs – Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Wednesday rejected criticism from unions that President Obama has not focused on jobs.
Solis said Obama has “absolutely not” been nibbling around the edges in trying to fix the economy and instead had offered bold solutions to create jobs as the economy struggles. She highlighted Obama’s efforts to help the U.S. auto industry.
The Labor secretary was responding to criticism from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who last week said Obama has not offered bold enough solutions to fix the economy and has been distracted by Republican demands to bring down the national deficit.