Skip to comments.Gov. Nikki Haley: NLRB should be disbanded
Posted on 09/01/2011 3:18:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
After all she has learned about the National Labor Relations Board through her fight on behalf of The Boeing Company, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has come to one conclusion: The agency should be disbanded.
What you have is a rogue agency that is doing the most un-American thing imaginable to our businesses, the governor said this morning on a conference call. And as we are looking at President Obama to give his speech on jobs, the only thing I want to hear from him, the only thing the people of this country want to hear from him is that hes going to disband the NLRB or get them to step down from a great American company that chose to do business in South Carolina as opposed to going overseas.
The NLRB sued Boeing for its decision to build and open a non-union 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., claiming the choice was made in retaliation against the companys unionized workforce in Everett, Wash. Never mind that Boeing has since added more than 1,000 jobs in South Carolina and more than 2,000 jobs in the state of Washington.
The South Carolina governor feels so strongly that the independent agency shouldnt exist that she would even support a decision from the lone Republican member of the NLRB to step down. With the recent departure of NLRB chairman Wilma Leibman, such a resignation from Republican Brian Hayes would reduce the board to just two members i.e., to less than a quorum.
Anything that would disband the NRLB, Id be the biggest cheerleader for, Haley said.
Hayes departure wouldnt paralyze the NLRB for long, however. The board technically consists of five members and the president has already nominated Democrat Terence F. Flynn to fill one of the currently vacant seats on the board. He has yet to nominate a fifth appointee. Hayes resignation would render the NLRB impotent for a time, but, as soon as Flynn was confirmed, the board could again operate.
Haley also expressed disappointment with the president, who has yet to weigh in on the NLRB suit of Boeing in a substantive way.
President Obama has to speak, she said. Silence is not leadership and he continues to be silent on something that impacts our entire country. If he is very serious about jobs, he will speak and say whether he supports the NLRB or whether he opposes them. But to be silent is not leadership and is the most cowardly thing I think any leader could do.
Haley noted that two members of the presidents administration (Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Chief of Staff Bill Daley) served on the board of Boeing at the very time that the company decided to build its Dreamliner plant in South Carolina.
The president either needs to step up and say I made a wrong pick in my commerce secretary and my chief of staff or he needs to side with them and understand that they made the decision that they thought was best for Boeing, she said.
The presidents silence and his decision to replace outgoing Chairman Leibman with longstanding Democratic board member, Mark Pearce suggests he agrees with the NLRB and supports the status quo, Haley said.
He cant stay silent not at a time when the No. 1 issue in this country is jobs.
Does anyone on FR know of ANYTHING that any Labor union has done in this century that has improved the Economy of The United States of America?
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Does anyone on FR know of ANYTHING that the Feds have done in the last half-century that has improved the economy or the well being of the citizens of the United States of America?
Protection of FREE trade?
How about “vaporized”?
Interstate highways and military protection of trade routes, that’s about it. Not much to show for all the money spent.
I have been making distinction of military action to this question in past posts. So what, other than defense has been done that is really good as in exceptional in the last 50 years... recall that the Interstate and Defense Highway System (the interstate system) was done by Eisenhower MORE than 50 years ago... but it was a good thing since I remember traveling without it which was not a good thing.
It’s kind of a silly question really. Practically by definition the only thing the government can do to help an economy is get the hell out of the way and let people go about their business.
As a golfer, I am offended that Obama attempts to play the game.
Go Governor Haley.
I don’t think it is silly at all. Government can facilitate a direction but it should at least be positive or nothing at all. The question asks if anything good has been done in memory. A negative response confirms that what has been done has not been helpful.
This is what government can do to help the economy:
1) Defend the country against invasion
2) Dependably punish unwarranted violence and fraud
3) Establish a clear, predictable set of rules for doing business and settling disputes
4) Adopt a sound currency which maintains its value
The US government is an epic failure on all of these points where it once excelled, and that is why the economy is in the toilet and will not emerge until they are fixed.
And in these things you are correct. I could quibble a bit on the points but the main ideas I can’t dispute.
Have you ever noted the number of tax law changes we have had just in the last 30 years? How can anyone plan? We are constantly off balance.
I have seen what the lack of a steady hand on the tiller does to a company... you get BP.
In the last 50 years we have had about 20 years of Democrats and 30 years of Republican half measure compromise partial recoveries of freedoms. In those 30 years most of the time there was a Democrat Congress in one or both chambers. There is no steady course. We lurch from one extreme to recovery and attempts at moderation.
Yes, the U.S. Government is an epic failure on at least three of your four points. We are so polarized as a country I doubt we can ever reach a middle ground. I see the only one path to a final solution. One side or the other has to win decisively or both sides will need to take separate paths.
Separate paths is pretty much impossible given the tightly integrated geographic distribution of the sides, and when push comes to shove we’re probably talking about more than two sides in the equation. It’s going to get interesting.
Precisely, the geographic distribution is impractical.
The factions, probably more than two so far as ethnicity is concerned but value wise... not so sure. I think it simplifies to left and right. Takers and earners. Assets and liabilities. God and no God.
It will only get interesting if there is a decisive action. Without that it will simply be chronic misery. Just a long lingering hurt.
I don’t think left and right really break down all that neatly. Producers vs. parasites is a decent breakdown but even within each of those groups there are subgroups that can’t live with each other - value systems are too different for compatibility without a heavy hand of government to force people in line. Thank “diversity” for this one.
You may be right. In fact I know you are right in the “diversity” camp. In reality the left is a rabble but they all stand behind the same cause thinking the cause is in favor of their favorite position. This is to say that they see the left as their rally point. The rally point for their leaders is being AGAINST the right. All their group can get behind that somehow.... racism, greed / envy, fear... their common language.
Same for the right but perhaps they are more thinking about the fact that they and their particular cause are part of a bigger effort that contains things they may not support but for the greater good they will go along to get what they desire.
Yes, it is clear that in every movement there are factions that may destroy the movement unless there is a leader that seems to appease all the desires. o-POS is losing his position as the nominal leader because he has not satisfied enough of the various factions? He nor any other left leader can... the factions are too many and too radical.
The right on the other hand has some chance of holding things together because their factions are at least similar.
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