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More Political Rhetoric – The Employee Free Choice Act

28 Jun

Below is a piece of Thomas Sowell’s “A Political Glossary:  Part IV”, in which he gives examples of  politicians making shameless use of pious names to apply to legislation that has far-from-pious intent.

The full essay can be found at http://www.creators.com/conservative/thomas-sowell.html , along with Parts I, II, and III (which I wrote about in an earlier post).

Sowell is a senior fellow in economics at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

An excerpt from this essay:    [Bolding is mine]

The Obama administration introduced legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act.” What would it do? Destroy the free choice of workers as to whether or not they want to be represented by a labor union.

The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 gave workers the right to a federally conducted secret ballot election, in which they could vote to have a union or not have a union. But, as more and more workers in recent years have voted not to have a union, union bosses have pushed for a law to allow this decision to be made without a secret ballot. This would allow union organizers to use pressure and coercion on those who don’t want to have a union.

Since union bosses contributed both money and manpower to the election of Barack Obama, it is hardly surprising that he was willing to reciprocate with the “Employee Free Choice Act.”

In this case, the Act failed to pass in Congress. But President Obama accomplished some of its goals by appointing pro-union members to the National Labor Relations Board, whose regulations tilted elections in the unions’ favor.

If you can’t be bothered to look beyond rhetoric to realities, don’t complain about bad laws, or even about the degeneration of law itself into arbitrary rule over what was once a free people.

[End of excerpt]

 Makes sense to me – how about you?