Posted by: Debby Durkee | May 11, 2011

Obama punishes his enemies –2: SC.

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Obama punishes enemies – 2: SC.

A few days ago I weighed in on how Obama punishes his enemies, and I don’t mean foreign enemies, I mean his political opponents. He will sign an executive order to force companies to list their executives’ political donations before they can do business with the federal government. You can read that here:

He is not president of the United States, he is president of Democrats and their supporters. He believes in hurting those who don’t support him. He has an enemies list, and he uses hardball tactics against those on it. If you thought Richard Nixon was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet to compare to Barack Obama, and it takes Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky to call him out directly. It’s a thing of beauty. This is regarding Obama’s NLRB hitting at Boeing and the state of South Carolina. This is from Andrew Stiles of National Review Online.

Republicans are up in arms over an official complaint by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel against aerospace giant Boeing for its decision to open a new plant in South Carolina — a right-to-work state — instead of expanding its facilities in Puget Sound, Wash. And they want to make sure President Obama hears them loud and clear.

At a press conference today at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, GOP senators joined South Carolina governor Nikki Haley (R.) in denouncing the general counsel’s actions and calling on the president to speak out on the matter. “This goes against everything we know our American economy to be,” Haley said. “For the president not to weigh in on this and not to say that this is going to be harmful is a problem.”

The NLRB complaint alleges that Boeing’s decision constitutes illegal “retaliation” against a machinist union in Washington State. But Haley, along with South Carolina senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, is outraged and sees the decision as a threat to her state’s economy…

…“It’s not like Boeing just picked up and came to South Carolina without any discussions,” (Graham) said. “This was a long, hard decision by the Boeing company, and they made a good business decision after a lot negotiations with many people. . . . Under the law, they have the right to do this.”

Boeing has already invested about $2 billion in the South Carolina plant, and now faces millions more in legal fees as a result of the NLRB complaint. The company has pointed out that no jobs or benefits have been cut in their original Puget Sound plant. In fact, more than 2,000 new positions have been created there since the decision to place the new plant in South Carolina.

DeMint called it “absurd” that in a country like the United States — a beacon of free enterprise — an unaccountable, unelected government agency could potentially undermine thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment. “This is something you would expect in a Third World country,” he said. “It is thuggery at its best, and we cannot stand for it here in this country.” He argued that the NLRB likely knew full it could not possibly win with such a spurious argument, but was simply trying to raise the cost (i.e. legal fees) for other companies who might follow in Boeing’s footsteps.  Snip —

Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is drafting legislation that would clarify existing law and put a stop to the NLRB’s overreach in the future. Alexander sees that if the NLRB can do this once, it could very well threaten other states.

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.), who is helping to draft the legislation, posed several pointed questions to the president: “Mr. President, do you have an enemies list? Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina is a Republican state, has two Republican senators? Is this decision based on the fact that South Carolina is a right-to-work state? Are they on your enemies list?” He warned of the precedent that would be set by allowing “the full power and bully nature of government” to influence where companies do business.

This is a scene straight out of Atlas Shrugged. This proves Ayn Rand knew from personal experience how the heavy hand of government ruins free enterprise and strangles business with their rules and regulations which only pile on the cost of doing business. Graham noted that the added absurdity of this situation is that Obama’s current chief of staff, Bill Daley, sat on Boeing’s board when the decision was made to move into the South Carolina.

…“This makes no sense,” Graham said. “Would they hire someone who busts unions at the White House?”  Snip –

Haley took a more aggressive tack, urging Obama to overhaul his attitude toward the business community. “All he’s doing right now is creating best friends with every other country in the world — they are loving him right now — because he is forcing business to go out of our country and he is keeping business from coming in,” she said. “We need him to love this country, we need him to understand what he’s doing to this country. He absolutely owes the American public a response.”

It’s about time Republicans start fighting fire with fire. Bullies need the 90-pound weakling to stand up and punch them in the nose so they will stop. Haley and Paul are showing Republicans that if he’s going to name-call, if he’s going to attack their states and their businesses, he needs to be called what he is – a bully with an enemies list who also happens to be  anti-American. This is the “change” he was talking about, Democrats, in case you haven’t figured that out. Is this what you want your country to be? Do you want your country run like a Third World thug-ocracy? Read all of Stiles here:

Update: Here’s a brief video showing Rand Paul’s questioning: video/2011/05/11/sen_rand_paul_mr_president_do_you_have_an_enemies_list.html


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  1. King Richard must have a serious discusion with O’vomit. It seems O’vomit is just as ruthless as King Richard but is lacking his smarts. The better idea is to discharge O’Vomit and replace him in 2012, then O’Vomit can rejoin his family in Kenya.

  2. […] of South Carolina, Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which we highlighted here: …this is a direct threat to the employment not only of those thousands of South Carolina workers, […]

  3. […] I wrote about the NLRB and Boeing here: […]

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