A post by Maynard.
This report caught my eye:
Can federal bureaucrats tell a private company where to build a factory?
Members of President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board think they can. In a decision that even the New York Times is describing as “highly unusual for the federal government,” Lafe Solomon, who was appointed to the board by Obama, filed a complaint on behalf of the NLRB on Wednesday seeking to force the Boeing Co. to build an assembly line in Washington state instead of South Carolina. The NLRB action stems from Boeing’s October 2009 decision to build a new factory for its new 787 Dreamliner airplane near Charleston, S.C. Boeing first sought to build the new plant near its existing facility in Puget Sound, but negotiations with the International Association of Machinists broke down when the union refused to agree to a long-term no-strike clause. The IAM had struck four times since 1989, costing Boeing at least $1.8 billion in revenue.
That’s when Boeing chose South Carolina, a right-to-work state where, unlike Washington, workers are not forced to join unions…
Have we really sunk to that level of totalitarianism? Or is this article merely a bit of hysterical spin?
I did a Google news search on keywords “NLRB” and “Boeing” to see the spectrum of reports and editorials. Yes, it’s true.
Here’s the New York Times report, which is not likely to overstate the fascistic aspects; hence the use of the neutral term “highly unusual” as an expression of surprise at the unprecedented avarice of Obama’s people.
Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law
In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina…
Aside from whatever legal and moral and Constitutional questions this sort of action raises, there’s the fundamental problem that this sort of thing is, in the long term, a killer of jobs and destroyer of wealth. Boeing is not the only aircraft manufacturer in the world. Must the nation follow Detroit into the pit as customers look to foreign brands, and productive businesses flee not only the states but the country?
Did I mention that Atlas Shrugged is now in theaters? But why bother to see the movie when we’re now living in it?