Businessman and author Mallory Factor spoke to attendees at the Liberty Political Action Conference on September 14, 2012, regarding “Shadowbosses” and the negative impact forced unionism has on employees, our economy, and our political process.
IS CAPITALISM HEARTLESS? PRESIDENT OF THE AYN RAND INSTITUTE TALKS ECONOMIC POLICY (AND HOW TO FIX THE ECONOMY) WITH THEBLAZE
Dr. Yaron Brook, the president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, stopped by TheBlaze newsroom recently for a lively interview with contributor Mallory Factor. With the recent release of Atlas Shrugged II and the presidential election right around the corner, many of the theories and philosophies Brook advocates are at the center of politics today.
After noting that Brook has a new book out– Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government– the two delved right into the issues.
“What about protecting all those people who need to be protected?” Factor asked, bringing up a common critique of what some call “unbridled” capitalism. “Don’t we have moral obligations to people?”
“No, we don’t,” he said simply. “Somebody else’s needs, somebody else’s suffering, somebody else’s desires are not your responsibility.”
FRAUD! VOTER ID LAWS, OBAMACARE, AND YOU!
“If you have someone cast a fraudulent vote, they disenfranchise, cancel out the vote of the legitimate voters, for example: someone who votes twice, someone who is voting out of state, someone who is dead, someone who’s impersonation someone else; all those things cancel out legitimate voters.”
So what can be done, and what can you do to protect your vote? [Read more...]
We all know this election is going to come down to turn-out–getting the base to show up at the polls. President Obama has a big advantage here because the union bosses are managing Democratic Party canvassing and get-out-the-vote efforts. The unions are President Obama’s boots-on-the-ground in these final weeks.
AFL-CIO big boss Richard Trumka has been campaigning in swing states to get union members energized for Obama. He has pledged to put 400,000 union members to work for Team Obama. Already, AFL-CIO says it has registered more than 450,000 new voters from union households over the past 18 months. And they have registered 68,000 new voters in the key swing state of Ohio. Given the tightening polls, these efforts in the Buckeye State alone could bring President Obama to victory.
Publically, Obama has been distancing himself from the unions. Scott Walker’s recall election showed Team Obama that public sector unions do not poll well with likely voters. So President Obama has trying to show his independence from the unions and the unions have been expressing their disappointment with President Obama. But President Obama is still the first union-label president, and the unions’ agenda remains his agenda. The unions know their future growth and survival as a relevant movement depends on his re-election.
So, in these final weeks, the unions are going full out for President Obama. The unions will spend over $500 million on this campaign. And if President Obama wins, this will prove to be money well invested. The unions will get greater access to the White House, new executive orders opening up new groups of workers for them to unionize, more favorable decisions from the National Labor Relations Board, and the opportunity to unionize millions more health care workers under Obamacare. If Governor Romney wins, the unions will be out in the cold for four long years, or longer. So, the unions are betting big on this race, and if Obama wins, he will owe the unions who will have made the difference
‘Shadowbosses’ author Mallory Factor weighs in
PA SENATE CANDIDATE TOM SMITH SPEAKS WITH MALLORY FACTOR AT THEBLAZE
TheBlaze.com – Casey is a name that has been familiar with Pennsylvania voters for decades. Tom Smith is new to politics but unintimidated by the name recognition of Democratic U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Bob Casey Jr., as he is set to challenge Casey this November for a seat once held by high-profile Republican legislators like Rick Santorum, John Heinz and Hugh Scott.
“My opponent Senator Bob Casey is a nice guy, not a leader” Smith told TheBlaze during an interview with senior contributor Mallory Factor last week. Smith is running on a campaign focused on getting the economy back on track by reforming regulations and the tax code to get rid of loopholes in addition to overbearing legislation and spending that harms American economic competitiveness.
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.
Read and Right. For conservative-book publishers, bashing Obama is the best route to a best-seller
By David Von Drehle
This week’s literary quiz: is Barack Obama a) an amateur, b) a socialist anti-colonialist radical or c) a great destroyer? The answer, according to recent New York Times best-seller lists, is all of the above, which may be bad news for the President but is very good news for the uncannily sure-footed conservative publishing machine.
In fact, Regnery Publishing Inc. of Washington claims to have “the highest batting average” at producing best sellers in the entire industry–”by far.” Two of the top three hits on the most recent list are from the Regnery lineup. At No. 2, Obama’s America by Dinesh D’Souza makes the case that the President is secretly anti-American, bent on weakening the nation to atone for our imperialist sins. The NO.3 book, Edward Klein’s The Amateur, is a brisk mixture of previously reported stories and unverifiable anecdotes, salted liberally-I mean, conservatively- with warnings about European-style socialism.
Stossel Show with John Stossel
Authors Mallory and Elizabeth Factor argue that unions have far too much influence in the U.S.
One of the most interesting things about writing a book is hearing first hand accounts from people who have direct experience with what you are writing about. During our research, we spoke to many teachers, union and non-unions, from across the United States. But this week, I heard from a teacher in Maine, a state that we gave a grade F to in Shadowbosses because state law there does not protect teachers from being forced to pay union dues to get or keep their jobs.
But as this careful reader pointed out, this does not mean that teachers are required to pay dues or fees to a union in every school district in the state. ”Daniel from Maine” writes:
While Maine may not be a “right to work state” and does have the capability of forcing non-union members to pay agency fees, you fail to clarify this point and note that many local chapters of the NEA, in concert with their local school boards, do NOT choose to exercise this option. As I noted, I have been a public school teacher since 1992 and have taught in two of Maine’s largest school districts. When I was first applying for a teaching position I joined the NEA. I soon found that the NEA was spending most of my dues to support political candidates for whom I would never vote for in an election and after about two years I stopped being a member of the teachers union. Since then, I have not been a member, have not had “agency fees” deducted from my compensation, have not been bullied or intimidated by union members and have neither lost jobs nor been refused hire because I am not a union member.
There is little good that I personally have to say about the NEA. I have found other liability insurance coverage for teachers which I believe is much better than the NEA. The NEA has refused to represent on at least one incident involving a colleague, a card carrying union member when it should have stepped up and represented that person. I do feel, however, that since you, in my opinion, did not fully research the local Maine opt out of agency fee collecting, that it tends to raise questions about the rest of your research and the conclusions that you draw.
My response was:
I am very pleased to hear that as a teacher in Maine, you have always worked in a school district that has refused to include a service fee requirement in the bargaining agreement. However, that doesn’t change the fact that state law permits compulsory unionism, and that your situation could change at any time if the union negotiated for a contract provision forcing all teachers to pay dues. The state of law doesn’t protect you adequately against this. That was my point in categorizing Maine as a forced dues state.
Wouldn’t it be better if all teachers in Maine (and the United States) had the right to decide whether or not to support a union financially—as you do—and this protection were in state law?
Daniel from Maine agreed and added:
When I dropped out of the union, I found that the Association of American Educators (http://www.aaeteachers.org/) provides a much better alternative to the NEA teachers’ liability coverage without the political dues collection. You might check them out. They collect for the insurance and office overhead.
You may certainly use my comments. Anything that I can offer that is useful to turning around the overpresence of the all too political NEA in the sphere of public education is there for you to productively use.
Those of you with specific information about the union conditions in particular states and occupations are certainly welcome to contact me here with your insights. I will publish the most interesting comments (with a pen name for you). Please note that my correspondence with Daniel from Maine was edited for brevity.