Welcome to the fourth installment of a six part series on a suggested agenda that the recent elections show the electorate wants of the politicians we just elected…politicians on probation, not politicians to whom we’ve given free reign.
Contact your elected officials if you agree with this agenda. Tell them what you expect of them as your representatives…and that ignoring “we the people” and the constitution will result in them being part of another electoral bloodbath in 2012.
Cap and trade
Emissions trading, more commonly called cap and trade, is nothing more than a job killer…a huge job killer…period. What’s worse, not only would cap and trade kill jobs, it would increase the cost of everything we buy, not just energy.
Our congressmen need to know that we are onto, and will not tolerate, the government’s lie that cap and trade will reduce pollution. Cap and trade’s dual purpose is to reduce the economic activity of the world’s developed countries, and to give an economic advantage to the world’s “disenfranchised” and “less fortunate” by driving the costs of producing goods in developed countries through the roof. It would allow underdeveloped countries an avenue to fill the manufactured goods gap without having to comply with cap and trade. Cap and trade is nothing more or less than a tax on business that the consumer would ultimately pay…but the rest of the world…the less developed part, including China, would not be participating, giving them an unfair advantage over the US.
A few quotes from the administration and progressives in congress plainly show their intention:
“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity price would necessarily skyrocket. . . . Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, natural gas—you name it—whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.”
— President Barack Obama, January 2008
And from another progressive AFTER Obama took office and began pushing for emissions trading:
“Nobody in this country realizes that cap and trade is a tax, and it’s a great big one.”
— Rep. John Dingell, April 24, 2009
And from progressive Charles Rangel, chairman of the most powerful committee in congress, the House Ways and Means Committee:
“Whether you call it a tax, everyone agrees that it’s going to increase the cost to the consumer.”
— Charlie Rangel quoted in May 14, 2009 Congress Daily
Cap and trade would first triple our electric and gas bills, then send our jobs that we work at to pay those energy bills to a “less fortunate” country.
Ask…no, tell…your representative and senators to oppose cap and trade, and that their support of cap and trade in any form will get them fired in the 2012 election bloodbath when we finish what we started last week.
If ever a piece of legislation was improperly named this is it. The “Employee Free Choice Act”, commonly known as card check, assures the opposite of free choice for employees, instead opening the door for coercion of employees by unions trying to organize a company. How so?
As it stands now, if 30% of a company’s employees request a vote on whether or not to unionize, under National Labor Relations Board regulations a vote is held…a secret vote, just like we elect our politicians. If over 50% of the employees vote against unionization, it doesn’t happen. Since the vote is secret unions cannot effectively coerce employees into voting to unionize since an employee does not have to reveal how they voted. If they feel they might be intimidated by union supporters for being anti-union they can support calling for a vote in the public decision about having a vote, then vote against unionization in the actual vote without fearing union thugs since the vote is by secret ballot.
Under card check that secret ballot would go away, as would the two step process of first (publically) deciding whether to have a vote and then voting by secret ballot on whether or not to actually unionize. Employees would be asked to sign a card favoring a union, and it would be a public process allowing for thug-style coercion that unions have a long history of using. If 50% sign the card (and everyone knows if you did or didn’t), the company is unionized.
Why is defeating card check important enough to make its defeat worthy of inclusion in this proposed agenda? Two reasons:
First, it gives an unprecedented degree of power to unions. Unions have already gotten laws pushed through that put non-union businesses at a competitive disadvantage, and card check will only put more pressure on companies…and employees…that don’t want to unionize. This increased pressure means fewer jobs, not something we need in this economic climate.
Second, it would strike down a basic tenet of our country…the secret ballot. The secret ballot is designed for people to be able to make decisions for themselves without outside pressure and card check would take away that privacy in their decision making.
Coming Monday, the agenda, part 5, addressing foreign policy and foreign aid.
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- The secret ballot protection act (thehill.com)
- The Secret Ballot Protection Act: It’s Time to Make it Law. (redstate.com)
- GOP Introduces Secret Ballot Protection Act (redstate.com)
- GOP won’t compromise secret ballots (politico.com)