Video: Nikki Haley on the NLRB’s disgraceful Boeing decision

posted at 9:09 pm on May 13, 2011 by Allahpundit

We’re fully three weeks removed from this insanity and I still can’t believe that The One’s NLRB would engage in strongarm tactics on behalf of his union bankrollers that are quite this shameless. For raw influence peddling and perverse economic incentives, it really might be the single most disgraceful moment of his presidency. There’s a smorgasbord of items on the right on this subject over the last two days that I recommend to you: Yesterday, Philip Klein and the Daily Caller covered Boeing’s Senate testimony and the angry reaction from Republicans, and today Rich Lowry weighed in on the persecution of Boeing while Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore described the union “Berlin wall” that labor’s trying to use the NLRB to construct. It’s a raw power play on behalf of the left’s money machine now that they’ve been defeated in Wisconsin. Haley’s state has a specific interest in it so she’s out in front of it here, but more top Republicans need to speak up. Loudly, and soon.



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and I still can’t quite believe that The One’s NLRB would engage in strongarm tactics on behalf of his union bankrollers that are quite this shameless.

Two years in? Really? I’m not surprised at all considering just how shameless PBHO’s administration has been on sorts of issues and policies.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Hey, it’s “Chicago Style Politics – 101″.

GarandFan on May 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Economics and money and jobs. State vs. State. One groups of Americans against and group of Americans, with the President picking a side. This is how civil wars start.

j_galt on May 13, 2011 at 9:17 PM

It really doesn’t get any more anti-American than this.

I also gotta say, I never thought Dingy Harry could get any dumber. But he has. Thanks NV.

jawkneemusic on May 13, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Two years in? Really? I’m not surprised at all considering just how shameless PBHO’s administration has been on sorts of issues and policies.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Well I’m maybe not surprised at Obama doing this. What shocks me is how sackless our Congressional leaders(most of them anyway) are in response. Nikki Haley’s been vocal as have a handful of Senators, but this is disgraceful not to mention borderline dictatorial. Are we living in the US or Chavez’s Venezuela?

And aside from that, how in the hell can the GOP not see the political opportunity here? With the economy still sputtering, the unemployment rate back up to 9%, and people desperate for jobs(the non-burger-flipping kind), they should be on TV and radio 24/7 screaming about this.

Doughboy on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Another crr6-free thread…

Patrick S on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

All I have to say is, Atlas Shrugged is definitely not relevant to this situation.

j_galt on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

This lady is going places beyond South Carolina.

She is fantastic.

Brian1972 on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Absolutely unbelievable. Wow.

cynccook on May 13, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Another crr6-free thread…

Patrick S on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

It’s still early.

jawkneemusic on May 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Are we living in the US or Chavez’s Venezuela?

Well, have you tried walking down the street with a sidearm lately? How about an airplane flight?

they should be on TV and radio 24/7 screaming about this.

The Repubs and Dems are the same party. They are the ruling class. America’s aristocracy.

j_galt on May 13, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon releases statement on Boeing complaint
May 9 2011
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NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon today responded to inquiries regarding a complaint issued April 20 against the Boeing Company with the following statement:

“Contrary to certain public statements made in recent weeks, there is nothing remarkable or unprecedented about the complaint issued against the Boeing Company on April 20. The complaint involves matters of fact and law that are not unique to this case, and it was issued only after a thorough investigation in the field, a further careful review by our attorneys in Washington, and an invitation by me to the parties to present their case and discuss the possibility of a settlement. Only then did I authorize the complaint alleging that certain statements and decisions by Boeing officials were discriminatory under our statute.

It is important to note that the issuance of a complaint is just the beginning of a legal process, which now moves to a hearing before an administrative law judge. That hearing, scheduled for June 14 in Seattle, is the appropriate time and place to argue the merits of the complaint. The judge’s decision can further be appealed to the Board, and ultimately to the federal courts. At any point in this process, the parties could reach a settlement agreement and we remain willing to participate in any such discussions at the request of either or both parties. We hope all interested parties respect the legal process, rather than trying to litigate this case in the media and public arena.”

Mr. Solomon made the same point today in a brief written response to a letter received earlier this month from Boeing General Counsel J. Michael Luttig.

For more information about the NLRB, please see our website at http://www.nlrb.gov. Click here to sign up for email delivery of news releases and more.

http://www.nlrb.gov/news/acting-general-counsel-lafe-solomon-releases-statement-boeing-complaint
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http://www.nlrb.gov/

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Sarah Palin posted this on Wednesday:

Get the Boot off our throat

JimK on May 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

All I have to say is, Atlas Shrugged is definitely not relevant to this situation.

j_galt on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

My thought exactly.

Disturb the Universe on May 13, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Boeing accuses NLRB of misusing official statements
May 5 23011
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SEATTLE — In a forceful letter to the National Labor Relations Board, top Boeing lawyer Michael Luttig rejected the labor agency’s complaint against the company’s opening of a South Carolina 787 plant, writing that its charges “fundamentally misquote or mischaracterize statements by Boeing executives.”

The letter frames the dispute between Boeing and the NLRB as a matter of interpreting specific public statements made by the head of the commercial airplane division, Jim Albaugh, and by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.
More…………)

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/05/05/1835703/boeing-slams-labor-board-over.html#ixzz1MHmhVRO6

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:26 PM

The RNC should be making major noise about this using every media at their disposal.

It wouldn’t have to go much farther than “If the demorats can do this to a company the size of Boeing, they can do it to you too.”

No wonder there is no much economic turmoil and investment money sitting on the sidelines, who wants to make a move with thugs like these pulling the strings.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

hawt.

ted c on May 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

1984!
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The Socialist Unions want to turn the Bars/Stars,
into Sickle/Hammers!!

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

At any point in this process, the parties could reach a settlement agreement and we remain willing to participate in any such discussions at the request of either or both parties.

Yeah, we know exactly what you mean by that, NLRB. At any point, Boeing could cave in to the union’s demands and send all those jobs to Washington State. These union thugs and their political cronies are so stupid. They may win this battle, but the long-term damage to the country as a whole will be devastating. Large companies are gonna build these factories overseas and we’re gonna lose millions of jobs.

Doughboy on May 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

…I still can’t quite believe that The One’s NLRB would engage in strongarm tactics on behalf of his union bankrollers that are quite this shameless.

And if Obama gets a second term, just how shameless do you think he’ll be without having to worry about re-election?

SlaveDog on May 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Nikki is fantasticm but looks like she’s added 20 pounds since the election. Life must be good in the governor’s mansion.

bw222 on May 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

The RNC should be making major noise about this using every media at their disposal.

Bishop on May 13, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Bishop:Brilliant idea Bishop,while googling,this caught my eye!:)
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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 05/11/2011
The NLRB hands the Republicans a potent issue
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For weeks, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has been working to bring more attention to a local fight between Boeing and the National Labor Relations Board. . . . . At issue is a complaint the NLRB filed against Boeing, claiming the airplane manufacturer decided to build a plant in South Carolina in retaliation for a strike in Washington state. Labor officials say this is merely an attempt to punish attempts at illegal retaliation against striking workers. Republicans say the complaint amounts to an effort to place strictures on companies who want to relocate projects away from unionized plants.

Moreover, it’s an issue that has already made its way into the presidential primary:

[Tim] Pawlenty also got huge applause for standing with Haley on the issue in last week’s debate.

South Carolina GOP chair Chad Connelly said that the NLRB fight will be “very important” in the state’s 2012 GOP presidential primary. . . .

Regardless of her motivations, Haley is a coveted endorser in the 2012 primary fight given her national prominence and the state’s critical early role in the nomination fight.

So far, she’s been coy about her preferred candidate, but it’s clear that she wants someone who will stand behind her on specific issues.

And that starts with the NRLB fight. “Tim Pawlenty did a great job stepping up,” Haley said. “I’d like to see every candidate step up [and say] what they would do about it.”
(More….)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/the-nlrb-hand-the-republicans-a-potent-issue/2011/03/29/AF2hnSqG_blog.htm

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Another crr6-free thread…

Patrick S on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

SHHH. It can HEAR you.

/Speak of Cao Cao and Cao Cao arrives.

DangerHighVoltage on May 13, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I hope the USSC b*tch slaps the NLRB and Obama.

Blake on May 13, 2011 at 9:33 PM

And if Obama gets a second term, just how shameless do you think he’ll be without having to worry about re-election?

SlaveDog on May 13, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I don’t even wanna imagine. Truthfully he doesn’t even have to do anything in order for the country to go to hell. His veto power alone which would prevent the repeal of Obamacare, domestic energy production, and any meaningful entitlement reform will ensure our economic demise. Couple that with the likelihood of 1 or 2 additional Supreme Court appointments and the always looming threat of executive orders for things like amnesty and I shudder to think how much worse it could get.

Doughboy on May 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

News Releases/Statements
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Boeing to Fight NLRB Complaint Backed by Union
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CHICAGO, April 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Boeing Company said it will vigorously contest a complaint brought before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today by the leadership of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM). The complaint challenges Boeing’s 2009 decision to complement its production capacity in Washington state with a new assembly plant in South Carolina and seeks to force Boeing to place its second 787 final assembly line in Puget Sound instead of Charleston.

“This claim is legally frivolous and represents a radical departure from both NLRB and Supreme Court precedent,” said Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel J. Michael Luttig. “Boeing has every right under both federal law and its collective bargaining agreement to build additional U.S. production capacity outside of the Puget Sound region.”

Union officials have been pressing the NLRB for more than a year to bring forward the complaint and force Boeing to abandon plans to produce three 787 airplanes per month in the company’s new North Charleston, S.C., factory and build them instead in Puget Sound. With today’s action by the NLRB’s acting general counsel, the board now will begin a formal proceeding to hear the IAM’s allegations.

Boeing also was critical of the timing of the complaint, which comes a full 17 months after the company announced plans to expand its manufacturing capacity in the United States in South Carolina. Construction of the factory is nearly complete and the company has hired more than 1,000 new workers. Final assembly of the first airplane is slated to begin in July.

Boeing has made it clear that none of the production jobs created in South Carolina has come at the expense of jobs in Puget Sound and that not a single union member has been adversely affected. In fact, IAM employment in Puget Sound has increased by approximately 2,000 workers since the decision to expand in South Carolina was made in October 2009.

Prior to that decision, Boeing held extensive discussions with the IAM over the potential placement of the new 787 production capacity in Puget Sound. Those discussions ended with Boeing unable to reach agreement with union leadership on demands that would have hampered the company’s competitiveness in the increasingly competitive global market for large commercial airplanes.

Luttig said Boeing was confident that the claim would be rejected by the federal courts. He also emphasized that the company will begin assembling 787s in South Carolina this summer, as planned. “We fully expect to complete our new state-of-the-art facility in South Carolina in the weeks ahead, and we will be producing 787s – America’s next great export – from our factories in both Puget Sound and South Carolina for decades to come,” he said.

http://boeing.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=1714

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:34 PM

U.S. Chamber Expresses Grave Concern Over NLRB’s Complaint Against Boeing
Release Date: Apr 22, 2011
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The Precedent that the NLRB Is Attempting to Establish Is Fundamentally Unsound, Troublesome, and Cannot Be Ignored,’ Says Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits, Randy Johnson, issued the following statement today expressing grave concern over a recent complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against The Boeing Company based on a decision to build a new airplane manufacturing plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Boeing’s plant is nearing completion and will create thousands of new American jobs. Existing construction alone has already created more than 1,000 jobs in South Carolina. The NLRB has alleged that Boeing violated the National Labor Relations Act in discriminating against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers by not instituting this new manufacturing in Puget Sound, Washington, and has demanded that the work that is, and will be done in Charleston, be ended.

“We would rarely comment on the merits of a case still in its earliest stages. However, the precedent that the NLRB is attempting to establish here is so fundamentally unsound and troublesome that it cannot be ignored. The company here made a decision to begin new operations and a new production line for a wide variety of legitimate business-related reasons allowing it to meet the demands of its customers and therefore, to remain competitive. Boeing and its employees across the country, whether in Charleston or Puget Sound, will benefit. The company’s actions were well within the bounds of the National Labor Relations Act, and the Board appears to be simply attempting to create new rules which would put unions on a pedestal above all other entities in the United States to insulate them from the economic pressures which characterize our marketplace. The Act never contemplated this type of surreal special status and this case appears to be uniquely driven by an agenda directed at promoting the union agenda at all costs. It is a short sighted philosophy which, if allowed to prevail, will ultimately lead to the demise of many of our companies and the jobs they produce.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

http://www.uschamber.com/press/releases/2011/april/us-chamber-expresses-grave-concern-over-nlrb%E2%80%99s-complaint-against-boeing

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Haley’s state has a specific interest in it so she’s out in front of it here, but more top Republicans need to speak up. Loudly, and soon.

Yeah, my state too…but…

Nobody says anything unless a lefty claims to be oppressed. That’s how it is now.

AUINSC on May 13, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Boeing should just leave, period.

The feds are going to shut down the one and only airline manufacturer? They are going to suspend all defense cooperation with Boeing? They are going to tax them into bankruptcy?

Boeing you have a gnat flying around your nose. Swat the damn thing.

Limerick on May 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Haley’s state has a specific interest in it so she’s out in front of it here, but more top Republicans need to speak up. Loudly, and soon

Yes. This.

ladyingray on May 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM

As of today, here is a round-up of relevant documents in the controversial complaint against The Boeing Company issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), descending from most recent. Following are some of the key opinion pieces in the media. Be sure to check back here often for more.
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Boeing response to the NLRB complaint (5/4/2011): http://bit.ly/lmIdQH

· Boeing letter to the NLRB (5/3/2011): http://bit.ly/iEJhzl

· Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Lamar Alexander Related Amendment (5/3/2011): http://bit.ly/lJHVTg

· HELP Committee GOP Letter to the NLRB (5/3/2011): http://1.usa.gov/jkveM8

· South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and Attorneys General from Eight Other States Urge NLRB to Drop Boeing Complaint in Letter (4/28/2011): http://bit.ly/ixm8G5

· South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson Letter to Congress Urging Members to Oppose the NLRB Complaint (4/28/2011): http://bit.ly/l6Exlu

· U.S. Chamber Workforce Freedom Initiative Blog Post (4/28/2011): http://bit.ly/ltuTmr

· U.S. Chamber NLRB Insight Blog Post (4/22/2011): http://bit.ly/fP5Y2i

· U.S. Chamber of Commerce Statement (4/22/2011): http://bit.ly/hscmy2

· Sen. Jim DeMint statement (4/20/2011): http://1.usa.gov/gyb5Vd

· Sen. Lindsey Graham statement (4/20/2011): http://1.usa.gov/h92JfI

· National Labor Relations Board Complaint Against Boeing (4/20/2011): http://1.usa.gov/fs4oa2

(More Linkys)
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http://www.workforcefreedom.com/blog/nlrb-boeing-complaint-round

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Well,Hopey won`t say a word,and besides this serves
as a DISTRACTION,and infighting!!

PROGRESSIVES…………………………………

MISSION ALMOST ACCOMPLISHED!!!!!!

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Look, we let them get away with stealing General Motors from the bondholders and the existing stockholders in what was essentially an illegal bankruptcy. They GAVE the company to the union and kept shares for the government as collateral against the bailout money. THEN the government sells their shares at a huge loss to the taxpayers.

Why do we think we can stop this ILLEGAL meddling in an internal corporate decision about where to place production facilities?

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if those thugs try to “deem” barry re-elected without bothering to go through the motions of a real election.

karenhasfreedom on May 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

I don’t understand why South Carolina doesn’t just extend an offer of protection and incentive to Boeing, and encourage them to defy the NRLB.

Let the federal government try to enforce a private company banning relocation. The optics are all wrong for the feds – not to mention their opposition to the constitution – and the NRLB won’t be able to follow through.

IronDioPriest on May 13, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Haley’s state has a specific interest in it so she’s out in front of it here, but more top Republicans need to speak up. Loudly, and soon.

Gee, where is Lindsey Graham…oh, that’s right…he’s not a ‘Top Republican’…he a butt-zit.

AUINSC on May 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Another crr6-free thread…

Patrick S on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

She is busy in Wisconsin… she’s almost found the missing 8,000 votes for Kloppy!!

Khun Joe on May 13, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Gee, where is Lindsey Graham…oh, that’s right…he’s not a ‘Top Republican’…he a butt-zit.

AUINSC on May 13, 2011 at 9:47 PM

I’m no Grahamnesty fan, but if you click the link Allah posted to the Daily Caller article, he is leading on this. As he should since he represents South Carolina.

Doughboy on May 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Boy, that Ayn Rand so full of crap wasn’t she?

The Ugly American on May 13, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I’m no Grahamnesty fan, but if you click the link Allah posted to the Daily Caller article, he is leading on this. As he should since he represents South Carolina.

Doughboy on May 13, 2011 at 9:52 PM

I did…and his stuff, compared to that of DeMint (or Alexander, for that matter) is very weak sauce. I get the feeling that he knows he had no choice but to put in some ‘words’ about it…but it’s not convincing.

AUINSC on May 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Former NLRB Chairman Peter Schaumber discusses NLRB And Boeing
Apr 28, 2011
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(Fox News)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcTPxn840LE

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 9:58 PM

An NLRB Appointee Who Is Manipulating Boeing Is In The Team Obama Spotlight
Apr 29, 2011
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c72KothSv3c

canopfor on May 13, 2011 at 10:00 PM

If Boeing’s CEO, McNerney, wouldn’t be so deep up Obama’s ars, on the business advisory board, he’d show steely ones and move his headquarters from Chicago to the South.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Harry Reid is such a clown, invoking checks and balances to support the NLRB. The Complaint for retaliation against Boeing was filed by the NLRB. The regulations were promulgated by the NLRB. It is going to be prosecuted by NLRB staff attorneys, the judges in the case are the NLRB, and the NLRB is going to decide the punishment. Judge, Jury, Exectutioner. It’s Kafka-esque.

Ted Torgerson on May 13, 2011 at 10:01 PM

All I have to say is, Atlas Shrugged is definitely not relevant to this situation.

j_galt on May 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM

“All the manufacturing establishments of the country, of any size and nature, were forbidden to move from their present locations, except when granted a special permission to do so . . . .” Pg.333.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM

The Gutsy Wonder just this week said “it’s time for corporations to start hiring people”.

What planet does he govern on?

Either he is a FOOL or he plays one very well, on purpose.

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM

i was happy Tpaw brought this up in the SC debate. I thought he scored major points when he did so. It is a very important subject. I was also glad when Palin weighted in.

And I was saddened that no other POTUS candidates besides those two have bothered with the issue. It’s like they want Obama to win or something.

unseen on May 13, 2011 at 10:08 PM

but more top Republicans need to speak up. Loudly, and soon.

Haven’t figured out the GOP yet, is that it? They’re too busy working up a publicly palatable cave strategy for the debt ceiling and rehearsing their solicitous talking points for the Sunday morning shows.

rrpjr on May 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Our company has a couple union shops… mostly non-union shops though. They have closed shops before because they say the union made it unworkable to stay open.
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Right after Barry was elected we had a couple all-hands meetings where they talked about Card Check and unionizing in general… Our company has let us know that they will most likely close any shop that goes union.
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The couple they own now were union when they bought them but they will not have a non-union shop unionize because according to them, no one wins… except the union leadership. Nine outta ten times I bet they are right.
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RalphyBoy on May 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Nikki Haley should just stick to governing Mississipi.

— Crr

CWforFreedom on May 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM

It’s a shame it’s not practical for Boeing to move ALL their facilities out of the USA. That would insure Obama would not get reelected, put a major hurt on union leadership.

GFW on May 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

The couple they own now were union when they bought them but they will not have a non-union shop unionize because according to them, no one wins… except the union leadership. Nine outta ten times I bet they are right.
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RalphyBoy on May 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Yep, they’re right.

AUINSC on May 13, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I still can’t believe that The One’s NLRB would engage in strongarm tactics on behalf of his union bankrollers that are quite this shameless.

Um, really? Come on, really?

You still can’t believe it? One would think you’ve been paying attention the last few years – I’m not sure the rest of us are having much trouble believing it at all.

Midas on May 13, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Harry Reid looks like someone gave him a well-deserved black eye.

Unfortunately, he also deserves another one.

Midas on May 13, 2011 at 10:28 PM

I’m tellin’ ya…don’t mess with South Carolina. Especially a South Carolina led by Nikki Haley.

SouthernGent on May 13, 2011 at 10:28 PM

After we elect a republican president, every single business that can move, should move to Texas or one of the other right to work states.

Let the blue states wallow in their own progressivism.

Rebar on May 13, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Her best line….”Buck Him”

Wine_N_Dine on May 13, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Maybe Obama shouldn’t allow families and individuals to move out of blue states, either. Pass a law or just make an edict that nobody else can leave New York or California.

Yeah, you know, if Obama came out tomorrow and said he was signing an executive order forbidding anymore people or business from leaving a blue state, what do you think would really happen? The media wouldn’t criticize him at all. Chris Matthews would talk about Obama’s charm and smile while the GOP might create a new chart on the effect it would have on the budget or something.
Yeah, Boehner might hold a press conference to say that forbidding families to leave blue states is just going to add a few more trillion to the debt.
I could see him sending a letter to the President asking him to please reconsider. That would probably be about the extent of the opposition within the media and the GOP.

JellyToast on May 13, 2011 at 11:22 PM

The unions would rather see these jobs leave the country than have them in non-union states.
If I was Boeing, I move everything overseas.

lonestar1 on May 13, 2011 at 11:32 PM

The NRLB needs to be defunded. If the Democrats think it is important to shutdown the government over this issue, then we should let them. But we should make it clear whose fault the shutdown is.

thuja on May 13, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Reading this kind of gives me another reason to vote for Obama in 2012 if the GOP nominates another candidate from it’s Ruling Class …

It’s occurred to me – that perhaps the Obama Presidency hasn’t been THAT bad after all. Hear me out … yeah – it’s been a disgrace for our economy, for our liberty, and for our national security – not to mention our foreign policy.

But let’s not forget – America elected this fool – we deserve him. And – in fact – the worse things get, the more he puts his boot on the throat of liberty – THE LESS LIKELY a man like him will ever be elected again.

So for Americans to appreciate liberty – perhaps they needed a little dose of freedom killing Socialism.

The question is – will four years of it be enough? If the GOP nominates another Ruling Class idiot – then it’s clear that four years IS NOT enough.

HondaV65 on May 13, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Harry Reid has to be the dumbest hick to ever be elected Senate majority leader.

InterestedObserver on May 13, 2011 at 11:56 PM

Did I miss something? Who kicked Harry Reid’s azz?

TugboatPhil on May 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Nikki is fantasticm but looks like she’s added 20 pounds since the election.

And THAT’S germane to the conversation.

Stupid observation.

tree hugging sister on May 14, 2011 at 12:06 AM

At any point in this process, the parties could reach a settlement agreement and we remain willing to participate in any such discussions at the request of either or both parties.

In other words, those are some nice federal contracts you have there Boeing, it’d be a shame if something happened to them.

pedestrian on May 14, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Boeing is barely a private company. They’ve benefited plenty from government largesse.

RightOFLeft on May 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

After the tanker deal, this is Boeing’s just desserts.

Christien on May 14, 2011 at 1:27 AM

Boeing is barely a private company. They’ve benefited plenty from government largesse.

RightOFLeft on May 14, 2011 at 1:16 AM

Companies can sponge off of the taxpayer via government contracts replete with overrun costs and that’s somehow supposedly what all of us Conservatives are supposed to buy into, but it’s not OK for citizens employed by state and local government to expect more than minimum wage and (God forbid) unionize for better pay/benefits.

On the other hand, I hope North Carolina and/or Boeing have good grounds to take this to court. Bullying by unions, by the government (ostensibly on behalf of American workers) or states bullying unions are both over the top and nothing good ever comes of either.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 14, 2011 at 1:53 AM

Nice aircraft company you have there – Shame if something were to happen to it.

JFS61 on May 14, 2011 at 1:53 AM

Northrup/EADS says, “Heh.”

Christien on May 14, 2011 at 2:29 AM

Heads have gotta roll over this, and GOP’ers in Congress have gotta make it happen.

If this is bad, and it is, imagine the damage that would be done in a second term for this thug.

petefrt on May 14, 2011 at 7:12 AM

but it’s not OK for citizens employed by state and local government to expect more than minimum wage and (God forbid) unionize for better pay/benefits.

On the other hand, I hope North Carolina and/or Boeing have good grounds to take this to court. Bullying by unions, by the government (ostensibly on behalf of American workers) or states bullying unions are both over the top and nothing good ever comes of either.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 14, 2011 at 1:53 AM

God doesn’t forbid govt. workers from unionizing, but citizens and legislatures should. All during my time in the military, my oath and allegiance was to the Constitution AND the Officers appointed over me. Union workers, whether private or govt. owe and give their allegiance to their union. That is wrong. Since you referenced God, He has told us that you can’t serve two masters equally.

If you work for the govt. you work for the citizens, and in the negotiation of govt. union contracts there is no representative of the people present. You might say that the Congressman or Senator is our representative, but if that is the case they should be forbidden from accepting money from unions. It’s basically a money laundering operation for mostly Democrat legislators.

As to your second paragraph, the state in question is SOUTH Carolina. And the “bullying” of states against govt. union workers is really incomparable to the bullying by private labor unions and government bureaucracy against the citizenry.

TugboatPhil on May 14, 2011 at 7:18 AM

Nikki. Haley. Rocks.

miConsevative on May 14, 2011 at 8:37 AM

The Gutsy Wonder just this week said “it’s time for corporations to start hiring people”.

What planet does he govern on?

Schadenfreude on May 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM

He probably bases that on his analysis of the “profit-to-earnings ratios“.

Mind-boggling, breath-taking ignorance, isn’t it. He has not one clue how the private sector operates.

petefrt on May 14, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Slimy? Yes. Stinky? yes. Unexpected or over the top? No.

Look, Boeing created this madness for themselves by (1) dealing with unions, (2) locating in Seattle, (3) continuing to locate in Seattle and (4) not getting out of the State of Washington before now. Now, they harvest what they helped create.

Solution? Shut down everything in Seattle and everywhere else that is not a right-to-work state and move to Texas. Now. Or South Carolina.

Death to Unions. Now.

moochy on May 14, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Did someone put a beatdown on Dingy?

Spectreman on May 14, 2011 at 9:36 AM

“well, if he doesn’t (step up and buck the NLRB ruling) I think the American people will buck him!”

BOOM

Nicki Haley has withstood assault after assault from the evil scumbags, Democrats, and she is still standing tall. The Empty Suit is going to get taken to the rhetorical cleaners if he allows the NLRB to get him into a no-win battle with her, and I predict the White House finds a face saving climb down soon on this issue. It’s just too dumb not to do so.

MTF on May 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The NLRB exists to do the bidding of unions. It should be abolished.

Dasher on May 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM

It’s probably already been said, but “In the same spirit of checks and balances…..?” What an absolute statist tool. The “Checks and Balances” created in the Constitution were put there to limit the power of government, not the freedom of the governed.

29Victor on May 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

Imagine the headlines and all of the publicity if the Feds actually tried to enforce this union ruling. They would never succeed. Let South Carolinians lock arms,sit down, and block the doors so no Fed can get close to the Boeing plant. Go Ghandi style on them. The Fed can’t make them do anything. The news outlets would finally be forced to report on the truth of the matter. Once educated 3/4 of the American people could see this for what it is… it would help accelerate the pace of 2012 Repub victory. The One doesn’t stand a chance. The Union thuggery machine doesn’t stand a chance.

markjohnson2303 on May 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

it really might be the single most disgraceful moment of his presidency

And there’s a lot of competition for the (dis)honor.

Disgraceful and disgusting.

Tim_CA on May 14, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Why is Gov Haley upset with the NLRB ruling? After all, doesn’t everybody know that the machinery of Capitalism is oiled by the blood of the Union workers? /sarc

In the list of despicable actions this misAdministration has done against America and its allies, this one has to be in the Top 100. And keep in mind that the list is well over 2,000 by now. It’s approximately 850 days since this Kenyan Communist Muslim In Chief and his corrupt cronies usurped the Oval Office. Factor in an average of 3 despicable actions a day and voila!, Mr Obama has reached approximately 2,550.

The only thing climbing faster is his National Debt that he’s piling onto us, our kids, our grandkids and our great grandkids.

Mr Obama is despicable and I ain’t talkin’ about in a Daffy Duck sort of way neither. You just watch – when this evil man is booted out of office in January 2013, his last days in office will see all sorts of executive pardons-for-pay, clemency-for-cash and appointments-for-annuities that it will make Clinton’s last days in office look by comparison like it was run by Mother Theresa.

CatchAll on May 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM