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public sector unions: fundamentally destructive

In 1959, newly elected Wisconsin Democrat Governor Gaylord Nelson (who later founded Earth Day) signed the first collective bargaining law for public employees.

Gaylord Nelson, Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor in 1959

Jeff Jacoby did a great job yesterday at Townhall explaining why collective bargaining is such a terrible idea in the public sector:

when labor and management bargain in the public sector, they are divvying up public funds, not private profits. Government bureaucrats don’t have to worry about losing business to their competitors; state agencies can’t relocate to another part of the country. There is little incentive to hold down wages and benefits, since the taxpayers who will be picking up the tab have no seat at the table. On the other hand, government managers have a powerful motivation to yield to government unions: Union members vote, and their votes can be deployed to reward politicians who give them what they want — or punish those who don’t

there is no nuance to Obama…

…he simply thinks you’re stupid.  He believes this deeply enough to bet his political future on it.

O knows you’re a dodo

This morning, Obama’s press conference occurred in the Twilight Zone (watch the clip on Right Scoop), in which he floated this whopper:

The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government”

keep screamin’, lefties

Why do leftist anti-capitalist economic know-nothings shill for Obama in incoherent, dishonest anti-Bain tirades? To show their undying support for his “acidic Julia Crow politics.” (hat tip Christopher Chantrill at American Thinker).

To those Americans who retain a shred of common sense (again, hat tip Chantrill): Bain took over a failed unionized (What? Union failure? You don’t say!) KC steel plant in 1993, called it GST Steel (Argh! Faux rage from pseudo intellectuals! Did someone say “Halliburton”?), and invested “$100M into the company over ten years.” GST remained very lazily unionized (hat tip Katrina Trinko at National Review Online) during that period, and (surprise, surprise) Bain had to shut ‘er down in 2001.

Graffiti at GST Steel, image by Allyen E. Wilson III

Keep screamin’, lefties. It’s music to my ears. You’re a stronger asset in defeating Obama than Romney could ever be.

All Quiet on the Freedom Front

Even Alabamians surrender their freedoms willingly.  The state Republican government is succumbing to the temptation of do-gooder-ism, and is working on a statewide texting ban.  Because as we all know, we simply can’t survive on a daily basis without our state government coming to the rescue.

In an effort to regain power at the state level, Democrats will introduce their sure-to-impress 2014 Handshake with the Gullible.  All potential dastardly driver deeds will be banned to correct the severe lack of compassion shown by evil Republicans in the prior government:  sneezing, changing the radio station, checking the speedometer for any reason, telling jokes behind the wheel, laughing at passengers’ jokes, singing to “just the steering wheel”, clipping fingernails, applying makeup, sucking down Big Macs, flirting with drivers in other cars, flirting with passengers in other cars, hearing the phone ring, or honking for any reason.  All of these cause distraction, and distraction kills.  We’ll never get another Nickelback, but hey, sacrifices must be made.

Rep. Bleeding Heart Benny (D, Eva) is drafting an even stronger version of the bill which will outlaw dying behind the wheel.  Because dying kills.

Alabama April 24 GOP runoff results

(5/2) Paul Gattis reported that Joey Parker conceded to Eddie Sisk with no recount.

(4/26, 8a) Dale Jackson reported (from 32:45-36:40 in the podcast) that Joey Parker spoke to John Noel (Madison County GOP chair) and Tommy Ragland (Madison County Probate Judge), and requested a recount. Parker must pay for this recount, since initial count has him behind Eddie Sisk by more than 0.5%. The recount will be conducted by the Madison County GOP, both by machine and manually. According to Paul Gattis‘ & Nick Banaszak‘s reports, this recount will take place next Wednesday (May 2).

(4/24, later) Wade posted Birmingham-area and statewide results.

(9:02p) Paul Gattis reports that Eddie Sisk edged out Joey Parker by < 1%. Gattis also reports that Parker will ask for a recount given the current difference of 32 votes.

(8:54p) Brian LeCompte (@flashpointblog) says Joey Parker has a slight lead over Eddie Sisk with 88% reporting.

(8:53p) Amanda Gentle very graciously conceded on the Patty Demos 2012 Facebook page: “Congrats patty. Good luck in the general election you have my support 100%”

(updated 8:46p) AL GOP is posting statewide runoff election results.  It shows Twinkle Cavanaugh‘s lead widening (63%) over Chip Brown at the moment.

(8:35p) Chris Messervy appears to have won the Madison County District Judge seat in his race against Linda Coats, with 61.5% of the vote, and 86 of 94 precincts reporting, according to Brian Lawson.

(8:30p) Keith Clines reports that Patty Demos has a large lead (65%) over Amanda Gentle with half of the precincts reporting.

(4/24, 8:20p) Wade Kwon (@WadeOnTweets) says he’ll post Alabama primary results on WadeonBirmingham.com later tonight.

Alabama does not have a revenue problem

Dr. Jess Brown was on Dale Jackson’s show this morning and was floating the idea in the 8:30-9a slot that Alabamians would soon demand that new sources of revenue (translation: higher taxes) be explored to keep basic services going.

Wrong answer. Yes, yes, I know that there’s the Alabama General Fund, and that only covers non-educational spending. But then there’s the all-important Kitchen Table fund, and any accounting smoke & mirrors beyond that is just insider baseball that frankly doesn’t sway us. The state continues building Taj Mahals to Mediocrity at the same old breakneck pace. The new Lee High School is another Construction Boondoggle for Taxpayer Wastage, but apparently even $46.5 million wasn’t enough. Just today we learned that this particular beautiful new indoctrination center needs its own prison fence, to the tune of an additional $600K.

Lee High School now needs a $600K security fence

Lee HS indoctrination center, now to be accented with prison fence

There is no revenue problem, Dr. Brown. There’s a spending problem.

Madison County Republican Runoff Forum

Thanks to the Madison County Young Republicans and the UAH College Republicans for hosting the GOP Runoff forum at UAH on Saturday night. Also thanks to Chip Brown and Twinkle Cavanaugh for making the trip up to Huntsville.

Madison County Young Republicans logo

I put together this voter’s guide over the past few weeks which summarizes information for all 8 candidates. Saturday night’s event illustrated that we have a crop of great candidates.  The event was a huge help in finalizing my personal voting choices:

a Scout is thrifty

Eagle Scout and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions spoke at the Madison County Eagle Luncheon today at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

Eagle Scout and US Senator Jeff Sessions

Senator Sessions speaks at the Madison County Eagle Luncheon (photo by Bob Gathany, Huntsville Times)

As Ranking Member of the Budget Committee, Sessions compared expected Senate budget proceedings next week with wishful reminiscence to his Scouting days: “A Scout is thrifty…” Everyone in the room immediately understood the contrast he drew to our Federal Government today, which is anything but thrifty.

In fact, it strikes me as I write this tonight – modern statists and tyrants are nothing that Boy Scouts strive to be: “A Control Freak is neither trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, nor reverent.”  Give me more Boy Scout leaders any day.

Who Shrank Our President?

From Who Shrank Our President?, by Monty Pelerin (@montypelerin):

“He is known and has a track record. Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, it is replete with stumbles. He is arrogant to a fault and a narcissist. These may be his good qualities.”

“we have a president with the managerial skills of a hippie, the integrity of a con man, and the lust for power normally associated with dictators. That he has been a disaster for the country should be obvious.”

“It was only the hopes and dreams of the public that saw him as oversized. He was and still is a small man. He always has been.”

two offended persons walk into a bar…

I haven’t agreed with much of anything Ann Coulter has said recently.  However, her two Tweets on the “offensive” (gasp!) De Niro joke are right on the money:

(20 Mar) Can we please stop the fake “offended” routine? Pls explain what was allegedly offensive about DeNiro’s joke.
(20 Mar) It’s always a bad idea to imitate liberals. RT @TPCarney It’s just conservatives trying to get offended [like] liberals always get.

So save the outrage, Michelle Obama spokesperson and Newt Gingrich.  Apology unnecessary, Robert De Niro.  Lighten up, folks – at least read and comprehend the joke first.

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