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Old 01-28-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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Union Lawyer Becker Re-Nominated by Obama to U.S. Labor Board - Bloomberg

“Less than 24 hours after delivering a State of the Union which largely focused on jobs and the economy,” the president “broke his word” by re-nominating Becker,

“Obama has sent the message to employers across the country that his rhetoric is just that.”

Becker, a lawyer who represented the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union, was appointed in March by Obama after the U.S. Senate failed to confirm his nomination. Republicans and some Democrats sought to block Becker after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups objected to his academic writings proposing that unions get more power.
The appointment, made during a Senate recess, is set to expire this year and a fresh nomination was required. If confirmed, Becker would serve on the board, which handles disputes between unions and companies, until December 2014.


Gee....there's no conflict of interest having a former AFL-CIO and SEIU lawyer who is anti-business handling disputes between unions and companies is there??
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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Oh please. My husband used to be one of the chief negotiators for the side of the state (under a REPUBLICAN governor) vs. the state workers union when he was in state government. The NLRB is supposed to be a balanced board, representing the viewpoint of both labor and business. Did the chamber want the entire board to be anti-labor--I'm sure they did--but that's not the intent of the NLRB. The goal is for them to find the middle ground.

I was an R for 30 years, and I'll go back to being an R if I hear one shred of common sense policy proposals from the R party on how we're going to do policy reform to support private sector job development. Obama's SOTU may be all talk and no action--I'm waiting to hear specific details--but the broad agenda is right on target for moving private industry and small business forward in this country. The R's better get the memo and understand that we have to do more than cut the budget to move things forward. We can cut and cut and cut, but if we don't create an environment conducive to private sector job creation, the economy is just going to get worse. They're being very short sighted.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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Union Lawyer Becker Re-Nominated by Obama to U.S. Labor Board - Bloomberg

“Less than 24 hours after delivering a State of the Union which largely focused on jobs and the economy,” the president “broke his word” by re-nominating Becker,

“Obama has sent the message to employers across the country that his rhetoric is just that.”

Becker, a lawyer who represented the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union, was appointed in March by Obama after the U.S. Senate failed to confirm his nomination. Republicans and some Democrats sought to block Becker after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups objected to his academic writings proposing that unions get more power.
The appointment, made during a Senate recess, is set to expire this year and a fresh nomination was required. If confirmed, Becker would serve on the board, which handles disputes between unions and companies, until December 2014.


Gee....there's no conflict of interest having a former AFL-CIO and SEIU lawyer who is anti-business handling disputes between unions and companies is there??
Just rhetoric? Geez...i hope so. You've just given me a huge surge of hope.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:10 AM
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A tax and spend uber liberal like Obama can never be pro-business.
The the two worlds are mutually exclusive.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:14 AM
 
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A tax and spend uber liberal like Obama can never be pro-business.
The the two worlds are mutually exclusive.
This is the problem. If people listened to the message--instead of automatically discounting the other side--and pushed their elected officials to work together and hash things out, we'd get something done. You automatically shut out any conversation on the issues just because they came from Obama.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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He's for globalist business but not for American business.

Obama is just another internationalist. He wants to encourage more illegal immigration and so talks of amnesty because that gets the dirt-low wages his international corporations desire, and he will give bailouts to big internationalist corporations so they can build more factories off-shore.

A globalist is a globalist. Both Bushes were globalists and so was Clinton.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:17 AM
 
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Union Lawyer Becker Re-Nominated by Obama to U.S. Labor Board - Bloomberg

“Less than 24 hours after delivering a State of the Union which largely focused on jobs and the economy,” the president “broke his word” by re-nominating Becker,

“Obama has sent the message to employers across the country that his rhetoric is just that.”

Becker, a lawyer who represented the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union, was appointed in March by Obama after the U.S. Senate failed to confirm his nomination. Republicans and some Democrats sought to block Becker after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups objected to his academic writings proposing that unions get more power.
The appointment, made during a Senate recess, is set to expire this year and a fresh nomination was required. If confirmed, Becker would serve on the board, which handles disputes between unions and companies, until December 2014.


Gee....there's no conflict of interest having a former AFL-CIO and SEIU lawyer who is anti-business handling disputes between unions and companies is there??
Government spending is "investment" only if you reside in a socialist/communist society. WTF
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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Oh please. My husband used to be one of the chief negotiators for the side of the state (under a REPUBLICAN governor) vs. the state workers union when he was in state government. The NLRB is supposed to be a balanced board, representing the viewpoint of both labor and business. Did the chamber want the entire board to be anti-labor--I'm sure they did--but that's not the intent of the NLRB. The goal is for them to find the middle ground.

I was an R for 30 years, and I'll go back to being an R if I hear one shred of common sense policy proposals from the R party on how we're going to do policy reform to support private sector job development. Obama's SOTU may be all talk and no action--I'm waiting to hear specific details--but the broad agenda is right on target for moving private industry and small business forward in this country. The R's better get the memo and understand that we have to do more than cut the budget to move things forward. We can cut and cut and cut, but if we don't create an environment conducive to private sector job creation, the economy is just going to get worse. They're being very short sighted.
There are two ways to try to show that you are pro-business. The right way is to have a tax and regulatory policy that seeks to help business, not punish them. The other way is to subvert business by inviting them to suckle at the public teat, as Obama has done with GE. That's called crony capitalism and that is destructive of the economy whoever does it. Obama seems more inclined to the latter approach and that's how we get in these economic bubbles that periodically plague our economy. If you're waiting for true reform from Obama you're going to wait a long time. He doesn't have it in him. His animosity to free enterprise is inbred.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:18 AM
 
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He's been doing this for 2 years now..say X but do Y.
What makes people think he changed ?
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:48 AM
 
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Did any of you listen to the SOTU? I take it the answer is no, but that sure doesn't stop you from automatically discounting it. If you actually listened, you might be surprised.

His proposal was to cut the corporate tax rate to a level competitive with the rest of the world, but then to eliminate the loopholes that keep 2/3 of US corporations paying ZERO taxes, and to stop the subsidies to major companies that are primarily lobbyist driven. That's the problem with business policy in this country--small business is hammered on taxes, when we could be reinvesting that money in jobs, and big business (or at least a good chunk of the companies who operate multi-state or overseas) pay nothing--the loopholes are a mile wide. On top of it, the biggest companies like GE and Exxon turn around and get HUGE SUBSIDIES from the government at the same time that they're hiring off shore instead of here. It makes zero sense.

If he can actually follow up and DO this, he completely changes the way the private sector functions on crony capitalism. Small business is allowed to grow, and big business pays their fair share at a rate competitive with the rest of the world. If every company who doesn't currently pay taxes started paying even what I do in personal income taxes, that would make a big dent in the deficit. The lower tax rate encourages reinvestment in jobs--it's going to be better for your bottom line to keep the money in your company and hire vs. pulling it out in personal income. It encourages foreign investment--right now companies don't want to invest here because their tax consequences are higher than those at home.

The other piece was government investment in infrastructure and new and emerging technologies. We are so far behind other countries in terms of having what we need to build business...he used the example of pervasive high speed internet access and he's spot on. I live 15 miles outside of a major metro area in my state, and I just got DSL this year--there is no incentive for phone companies to run the lines to rural areas because they don't make money doing it. How do you encourage business growth without basic services, and decent roads? We (business owners) can't put people to work if we don't have basic services that much of the world takes for granted.

Another big point was investment in basic research in new and innovative technology. Right now a big argument made by industry is that taxing them would stop their ability to do R&D and new product development. If they're not investing in jobs in this country, who cares? If the country does basic R & D in emerging technology, they can share that with a broad spectrum of industry who can run with it (with much less risk) for applied research into innovative new product design. That's how Silicon Valley worked (based on research by NASA) and that's how the internet was started.

How do you pay for all this? By actually having big companies pay their taxes at the same rate as the rest of the world, vs. the zero many of them pay now, and reducing the outrageous amount that small business is burdened with, so we can create jobs.

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