Unions pouring millions of dollars into swing states

‘Shadowbosses’ author Mallory Factor weighs in

Mallory Factor: How Public Unions Exploit the Ruse of ‘Official Time’

Government employees get paid to spend time on the job working on union projects that they don’t disclose to managers or the public.

By MALLORY FACTOR

WSJ - Imagine thousands of government employees reporting to work each morning at their government offices and then doing no government work. They use government workspace, government telephones and government computers, all while working on projects unknown and unidentified to their government employers. They receive hefty taxpayer-funded salaries, promotions, bonuses and benefits, plus generous government pensions when they retire—all without doing any work on behalf of the taxpayer. Instead, they work as paid political operatives for powerful government unions.

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Forbes Magazine – Obamacare’s “Gotcha” for the Health Care Sector

By Mallory Factor

One of the great mysteries of modern politics was the high level of union support for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. When President Obama was elected, Obamacare was already one of the unions’ top legislative priorities. Government unions spent tens of millions and used enormous political capital to pass Obamacare. Yet, universal health care should not be a core issue for unions because most union members have more than adequate health care coverage. So why the overwhelming support for Obamacare from the government employee unions?

Many commentators point to the concessions President Obama gave to the unions right before Obamacare passed in Congress in March 2010. To solidify union support, Obama agreed to a seven year moratorium on taxing the famed Cadillac health care plans that many union members receive—which increased the cost of Obamacare by $120 billion. But this concession does not explain the overwhelming union commitment to pass Obamacare which began before the President was even elected. [Read more...]

Why can’t government workers decide if they want a union in their workplace?

By Mallory Factor

Foxnews.com - At their “shadow conference” last week in Philadelphia, union bosses were pushing their new message hard. Collective bargaining is now to be looked at as a fundamental civil right for all Americans. And President Obama, who supports the union agenda pretty much 100%, would undoubtedly express his support for this proposition–if it weren’t an election year and unions weren’t polling so low.

But don’t let union sophistry convince you. Collective bargaining is no “right.” It is a “wrong” that happens to you when your actual right to sell your own labor is taken away from you and given to a private organization—a union.

And collective bargaining is not the only way that unions exercise coercion over America’s workers. Here are just a few examples of how unions are trampling workers’ rights—from my new book on government employee unions, “Shadowbosses,” out this week.

Read more here.

National Security Unions: A Threat to America’s Safety

By Mallory Factor

Townhall.comMost people believe that while many other classes of government workers are represented by Big Labor, our military and national security employees cannot be unionized. But is that really true?

Could President Obama unionize our armed forces? Our active duty military, comprising about 1.5 million servicemen and women, cannot be unionized under current law. But our full-time national defense includes more than 700,000 civilians who are integral to our military. These civilian Defense Department employees are already almost 60 percent unionized. This means that our entire full-time military, including civilians, is more than 20 percent unionized. As former Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld told me: “Even the Department of Defense has come under the influence of unions.” Government unions are on our military bases and inside the Pentagon, determining workplace rules and norms, filing grievances, and influencing personnel decisions in these sensitive job sites.

Read more here.

Establishment Going Nuclear on Newt?

Mallory Factor recently made a special appearance on the Fox Business Channel with Judge Napolitano, where he discussed the establishment’s views on presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. The two also discussed Ron Paul and the impact he had had on this election.

Tim Scott’s Town Halls

Voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have a unique opportunity to meet presidential candidates in one-on-one settings, ask them tough questions, and demand straight answers.

However, “opportunity” is probably not the right word.  Voters in the early primary/caucus states see it as more of a “responsibility.”  We’re vetting the candidates, and this process forces them go face-to-face with average voters.  There’s no hiding behind spokesmen and sound bites.

An invaluable resource this past year in South Carolina has been Rep. Tim Scott’s First in the South Presidential Town Hall Series.  Rep. Scott has put together a first-rate operation that allows voters a tremendous opportunity to put candidates on the spot.  There are no pulled punches and Rep. Scott doesn’t let the candidates get away with the usual cliches. Speaker and GOP candidate Newt Gingrich appeared this week. He’s currently polling well, in the news and in South Carolina.

Caddell and Schoen: Time for Hillary

Democrat pollsters Pat Caddell and Douglas Schoen have a sobering (for Democrats) op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that if President Obama wins re-election (and that’s a big “if”), he won’t be able to govern in his second term.

Put simply, it seems that the White House has concluded that if the president cannot run on his record, he will need to wage the most negative campaign in history to stand any chance. With his job approval ratings below 45% overall and below 40% on the economy, the president cannot affirmatively make the case that voters are better off now than they were four years ago. He—like everyone else—knows that they are worse off…

By going down the re-election road and into partisan mode, the president has effectively guaranteed that the remainder of his term will be marred by the resentment and division that have eroded our national identity, common purpose, and most of all, our economic strength. If he continues on this course it is certain that the 2012 campaign will exacerbate the divisions in our country and weaken our national identity to such a degree that the scorched-earth campaign that President George W. Bush ran in the 2002 midterms and the 2004 presidential election will pale in comparison.

Their solution: “He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

My recent interviews with Caddell and Schoen.

From Forbes: Occupy Wall Street…Next Stop, Athens?

I have what I believe to be an important and timely column in the upcoming November 21 edition of Forbes Magazine: “Occupy Wall Street… Next Stop, Athens?”

A ragtag (yet well-funded) group of activists have garnered a lot of press by “occupying” Wall Street – and cities and towns across the country – over the past weeks.  They’re protesting “corporate greed” and demanding (among other things) the forgiveness of all outstanding debt.  While they’re clearly on the fringe of the political spectrum, they might have stumbled upon a notable thread of discontent in American society.

In my Forbes column, I compare the relative stability of America’s financial system – a stability that has produced the “Occupy Wall Street” movement – with what’s going on in Greece and ask: What would happen if the austerity programs that have been proposed for Greece were forced upon the United States?

What would the streets of America look like then?

But if you think a thousand protesters on Wall Street is a trouble sign for our nation, wait until you see the civil unrest that follows the reforms and cuts to government programs needed to bring our national debt under control. Just look at Greece, where government is being reformed, drastic cuts are being made–and the society is unraveling. In Greece a series of severe austerity measures has been imposed as conditions for recent bailouts by the International Monetary Fund and the other members of the single European currency, the euro. Yet the economy continues to spiral downward.

Read the whole thing.

The Disgraceful Occupy Movement

Violence.  Property crimes.  Sexual assualt.  James Taranto has the roundup.

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