Posts Tagged ‘Card Check’

24th March
2009
written by Sean Noble

Former Congressman Pat Toomey is the most powerful man in America today.  He single-handedly killed the Union’s number one legislative priority – the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act” also known as “card check.”

How does a guy who isn’t even in elective office, let along the U.S. Senate, pull this off?  By announcing that he is likely to run against Sen. Arlen Specter in a Republican primary.

Specter announced today, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, that he would vote against cloture on “card check”, thus denying the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Union pals the 60th vote they needed to move the bill forward.

This is a huge, HUGE, development.  Tens of millions of dollars (actually, hundreds of millions of dollars) on both sides of this debate were in the process of being raised and held in reserve to take to the battlefield.  Specter has just delivered a death-blow to the Union effort and saved America’s business community a bundle.  Talk about economic stimulus.  The only people left out are all the consultants and political operatives who were going to make a lot of money in this fight.

Thank the heavens for Pat Toomey.  I really, really hope he makes it official and jumps in against Specter.  He’ll now have less support from the business community, who will say that they can’t work against the incumbent Specter – especially after his vote against cloture.  They should support Toomey anyway, because he won’t play the games year-in and year-out that Specter has played with right-leaning constituencies.

Run Pat, run!

10th March
2009
written by Sean Noble

I posted last night about Arizona Republic editorial writer, Doug MacEachern, and his work on warning readers about “card check.”

Today’s lead editorial in the Republic hammers that point home again.  You can bet MacEachern wrote it.  Great stuff.

We understand the premise of a new president’s “First 100 Days.” There is no time in the lifespan of a U.S. administration that is more powerful – more heavy with the mandate of voters – than the first few months of a first term. And that is especially true for this enormously popular new president.

But let’s have a look at the president’s short list of agenda items: a historic revolution in health-care insurance; passing a sweeping, multifaceted energy policy; a tax overhaul that pushes the burden of government more heavily onto businesses and high-wage earners; and, far from least, a huge new federal role in education.

The president is pursuing all of the above, of course, in addition to addressing the faltering national economy, including banking and auto industries on the verge of collapse. As the implications of the president’s $3.6 trillion budget sinks in, so, too, has the Dow Jones average.

Something will have to give. And the first item on the costly list that the president should ratchet back is passage of the ill-named Employee Free Choice Act.

The EFCA, or “card check” legislation, may be a boon to the union supporters who spent $450 million in behalf of Democrats in the past election cycle. But it will constitute a crushing burden to the economy – just when businesses start crawling out of the shell hole of the recession.

The stagnant wages of recent years are a serious concern, not just for organized labor but for the health of the economy. The radical card-check proposal is not the way to fix that problem, however.

Card-check would render pointless the fundamental tool of labor organizing: the private, anonymous vote by workers on whether to organize. Further, it would dramatically increase the role of the federal government in arbitrating union contracts.

Card-check is dangerous legislation in a good economy. In times this bad, it could smother a recovery in its infancy.

We hope Vice President Joe Biden reconsiders his commitment made to union leaders last week at the pricey Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.

Card-check is bad policy in the best of times. It is particularly harmful in a down economy.