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Welcome back. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. There are a few stories that came out over the holiday weekend and I think they are best tied together by one word — impotence. Barack Obama increasingly appears to be an impotent President and no amount of viagra funded through Obamacare seems capable of helping the man. Please click here for the rest of the post.
You remember how ObamaCare was all about making health care more affordable and protecting the most vulnerable, right? And, surely you remember how much money and resources (i.e., members’ dues) the purple behemoth known as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) put into the fight for ObamaCare—even going so far as (allegedly) beating Kenneth Gladney at a St. Louis town hall meeting. Heck, it was SEIU’s then president Andy Stern who pushed for the tactic known as “demon pass” that gave us final passage of ObamaCare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act. Well, somehow we missed this last week. “One of the largest union-administered health-insurance funds in New York is dropping coverage for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants, union officials said. The union blamed financial problems it said were caused by the state’s health department and new national health-insurance requirements.” Please click here for the rest of the post.
The US Senate has before it a proposed treaty with Russia which according to the administration is nothing more than a benign extension of Ronald Reagan’s “doveryai, no proveryai” or “trust, but verify.” For reasons that are more than a little unclear, the Obama regime has chosen to make ratification of this treaty its highest priority insisting that the ratification take place during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, an act unprecedented in our history. Far from being benign is exemplifies not only weakness and arguably some kind of a 1960s idealism it is nothing more than political desperation. The US Senate should refuse to act upon this treaty during the lame duck session or at anytime in the future. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Pejman Yousefzadeh has a great post on airport security. You’ve probably seen similar things. Throughout the country the full body x-ray machines were turned off for travel the day before Thanksgiving and have largely been unused for several days. Now, the TSA says there is no official policy, but it seems hard to believe it is sheer coincidence that on the busiest travel days of the year at the largest airports across the country the full body scanners were just . . . randomly?. . . turned off. Please click here for the rest of the post.
There’s big money at stake for unions at Delta Air Lines, Inc—over $22 million in annual union dues. As the only (primarily) union-free major airline (Delta’s pilots are unionized), unions have long targeted the Atlanta-based carrier. However, now, with the National Mediation Board members being controlled by unions*, as well as Delta’s recent merger with unionized Northwest Airlines, the unions have declared it open hunting season on Delta. So far, however, the unions have lost eight out of the eight elections they’ve called for—and now are going to rely on the union-controlled NMB to overturn the results so they can hold rerun elections. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Interior Secretary Salazar has decided that America has serious energy needs – needs which must be addressed through an emergency effort to activate new sources quickly. Is this a sudden move to expedite offshore drilling – and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil? Not quite. Please click here for the rest of the post.
Bob Decheine, chief of staff for Rep. Steve Rothman (D, NJ), has been abruptly fired. This came as a bit of a surprise, as Decheine has been a notable figure in NJ Democratic politics: he was a senior adviser to the Obama campaign in 2008, and as Rothman’s CoS had just shepherded his boss to another win in Congress, by fair means or foul. In other words, a bit of a surprise, no? Turns out Decheine got arrested last week for soliciting sex from a minor. It was a sting operation, which means that – thank God – no kids were hurt by this guy. Please click here for the rest of the post.