Archive for February, 2011

Do tyrants fear America anymore? President Obama’s timid foreign policy is an embarrassment for a global superpower

February 28, 2011

The White House’s painful navel-gazing on Libya last week, with even the French adopting a far tougher stance, is cause for grave concern.
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NY State employee pay: $100K earners quadruple in decade

February 28, 2011

Most unionized state workers saw their salaries increase by at least 14 percent over the past four years. At the same time, private sector pay flat lined, but it’s the private sector who is paying for the public workers salaries. This is an unsustainable situation.
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Why I Changed My Mind About Unions

February 21, 2011

The organized tactics of intimidation by the public employee unions in Wisconsin last week came as no surprise to me. I’m from New York, one of the most union-friendly states in the country, and I’ve seen the negative effects of unions my entire life.
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The Faux Panic Of Global Warming

February 20, 2011

AJ Strata declares that climate change cultists have never “stopped to even think about what was behind the delusion of global warming… Let alone the dangerous ramifications of being duped.”
> read The Faux Panic Of Global Warming

‘Generation Hot’ author lies to promote book

February 20, 2011

Falsely identifying himself as a Politico reporter, climate change activist Mark Hertsgaard and a cadre of followers recently ambushed Senator James Ihofe, shooting 5 minutes of raw video.

Hertsgaard then edited the video to manipulate the situation, labeled Inhofe a ‘climate crank’ and posted the video on You Tube.

Senator Inhofe, aware that Hertsgaard was lying about his Politico affiliation and spewing propaganda, still handled the interview politely. Politico has since demanded that Hertsgaard to stop identifying himself as their representative.

> read the story & watch the videos
related > Hertsgaard’s “97% Consensus” is only 75 Self-Selected Climatologists

The Enormous Cost of Public Unions

February 18, 2011

by Jay Ambrose, Real Clear Politics

The enemy within. That’s what Robert F. Kennedy called the then corrupt Teamsters union in the title of a 1960 book. Just maybe it’s time to use that phrase again, referring not to one union especially, but to a whole bunch of them, and employing the words in political speeches, debate and commentary as a rallying cry.

The bunch is those representing public employees. They constitute an extraordinarily powerful special interest that could all but bankrupt any number of local and state governments and vastly increase federal spending.

Why? So members can live much better on average than those of us in the private sector. Read the rest of this entry »

Unions on the run: Right-to-work gaining ground

February 18, 2011

Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee are considering bills that would end collective bargaining and give employees the right to work without having to pay mandatory union dues.

A prime example of why: stunning teacher salaries in Michigan have grown 173% in 11 years thanks to incompetent school boards and union greed.

West Bloomfield, Michigan, teachers do not do any premium sharing for health insurance and do not have a deductible in their plan and the district says that must end.

Voters are fed up with what they say is public union benefits that private sector workers don’t have.

“Government employees have become the haves and the private sector the have-nots,” said Minnesota Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa.  He is the author of the “right to work” bill.

“And now it’s being challenged. It’s being challenged because we can’t afford the types of Cadillac versions of pensions, of health insurance and even salaries,” said Drazkowski.

Apocalypse Now: Wisconsin vs. Big Labor

February 18, 2011

State workers in the Badger State pay piddling amounts for generous taxpayer-subsidized health benefits. Faced with a $3.6 billion budget hole Gov. Scott Walker has proposed raising the public employee share of health insurance premiums from less than 5% to 12.4%.
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Wild happenings in Wisconsin

February 18, 2011

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is claiming that “Wisconsin teachers decided to make a mockery of their own profession…”
> read the Journal Sentinel editorial

Ohio mother is modern day Rosa Parks

February 7, 2011

Perhaps you’ve heard about Kelley Williams-Bolar, the Ohio mother who was recently tried and convicted for falsifying residency records so her daughters could attend a better school where they would receive a quality education.
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