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The Patriots News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:24:56 GMT  

The National Popular Vote Fallacy
In 2000, out of a total popular vote of 101,455,900, the Gore-Lieberman ticket won a narrow majority, 50,999,900 votes (50.26%) to 50,456,000 (49.74%) for Bush-Cheney.

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Alaska Energy Boom Starts Cranking Up

In a flurry of Alaskan oil deals, London-based BP announced a sale of interests to Houston-based Hilcorp in four North Slope oil fields and the use of the proceeds for a big growth of investments on the North Slope. The major reason for America’s energy crisis over the last two decades was the 72% decline of Alaska oil production. However, passage of Bill 21’s exploration and development tax cuts is igniting a new American energy boom.

Alaska North Slope (ANS) oil production accounts for over 1/3 of the entire economy of the state and contributes 90% of the state government's discretionary budget. But since oil production began in 1992, production has fallen by 1.3 million barrels a day (mpd) from 1.8 mpd to .5 mpd. The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System that was built to carry over 2 mpd of ANS oil is now 3/4 empty. More importantly, ANS lower volumes combined with distance to markets has made the Alaskan oil relatively more expensive than fracked shale oil in North Dakota (Bakken) and Texas (Eagle Ford), oil from resurgent drilling on older existing fields in the Permian basin, and new oil sands production in Canada.

To try to resuscitate oil production and stay solvent, last year Alaska’s Legislature passed Bill 21, which became law on January 1, 2014. The legislation has a number of oil and gas tax incentive items, but the biggest stimulus is “Gross Revenue Exclusion” (GRE) that on new fields or new projects within existing fields allows 20% of “new oil” to be tax free. It also extends for small-to-medium-sized independent companies loss carry forward tax credits from 2016 to 2022. This works out to a highly lucrative 45% tax credit for smaller drillers on the North Slope until 2016, and then 35% after that.

Although ANWAR and numerous other colossal oil exploration and development projects in Alaska were halted by the Obama administration’s federal moratorium on offshore drilling, all the ANS projects are on State of Alaska lands. Furthermore, the administration’s new delay on the Keystone XL Pipeline Project gives ANS an advantage of guaranteed transport from existing capacity in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

London-based oil giant BP announced that because of the tax cut the company would sell interests in four existing fields for about $10 billion, so that Hilcorp, a smaller, more aggressive company based in Houston, can benefit from the independent company incentives to extract more oil out of existing fields.

BP Exploration president Janet Weiss said, “Our plan is to reinvest 90 cents on every dollar we make back into Alaska. That’s a 60 percent increase over the levels” before taxes were cut.

Prior to the incentives' passage, BP only planned to add a drilling rig in 2015 and another in 2016 at Prudhoe Bay, resulting in a total investment of only $1 billion over five years and maybe 30-40 wells. 

With the tax incentives and proceeds of the transaction, BP is cranking up billions of dollars in ANS oil exploration and development, with plans to:

  • Submit a development plan in 2014 to drill for the Liberty field two miles under the Beaufort Sea to tap 100 million barrels;
  • Start a 3-D seismic survey of the northern edge of Prudhoe Bay covering a 190 square mile area that could hold 55 million barrels of new oil and lead to 30 wells;
  • Develop 200 or more production wells in the Sag River over next 10-year period to add 150 to 220 million barrels of new reserves to the Prudhoe Bay;
  • Drill 7 exploratory wells in the Milne Point that could increase estimates of original oil reserves from 100 million barrels to 330 million barrels.

Hilcorp believes its ability to breathe new life into mature oil basins is a great fit for the fields, said John Barnes, Hilcorp’s senior VP of exploration and production. He said the Bill 21 tax cut that is worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year for Alaska’s largest oil producers is “an encouraging sign for the long-term viability of its operations.”

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash said the old Alaska tax regime with rates that rose and fell with the price of oil made transactions like the Hilcorp-BP sale difficult. “Having a stable tax regime is a big factor in trying to evaluate the remaining value of any oil field.” He praised the BP-Hilcorp deal as great news because “folks at Hillcorp want to be here and have demonstrated their ability to increase production out of mature assets.”

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Jeb Bush Tells NY Donors He's 'Thinking about Running for President'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush received a standing ovation from donors in New York after he announced that he was thinking about running for president.

Bush indicated his intentions during a Catholic school benefit in New York on Wednesday that was closed to the press. 

"I'm thinking about running for president," Bush said, according to Fox News reporter Cristina Corbin, who spoke to an event attendee.

The attendee said that Bush's comment was met with a standing ovation, prompting Bush to say, "Can someone call my mother so she can hear this?"

In April 2013, Bush's mother Barbara Bush said, "We've had enough Bushes," when asked if she wanted Jeb Bush to run for president. 








Designer Simplifies Map of United States Highways in Style of Subway Map

Cameron Booth, an Australian designer, has created a simplified road map of the Interstate and US highways of the continental United States that looks like a subway map, with straight lines connecting 4,385 different places along the way.

Booth said:

Design-wise, I just love being able to distill complex networks down to their barest elements: where do the roads go? Where do they cross other roads? When do they run concurrently with other roads? It's a challenge for me to take something like a road map (geographically accurate, drawn in the tiniest detail) and reinvent it using the simple, pared-back design language of a subway/metro map (colored route lines, interchange markers, 45-degree angles), although the entire map ended up far more complex in its overall structure than your typical subway map. Most subway maps don't have over 4,000 stops shown on them, though! Interestingly, the individual state maps still look relatively simple and far more subway map-like: it's only when you see the whole thing put together that it looks so insane.

However, Booth does admit that while the map is elegant and beautiful, it may not be as functional as the usual map. He concluded that his maps couldn’t “replace a proper road map or your smart phone for directions, as they only show a subset of ALL the roads in the US.”









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Colorado House Races Preview
Democrats have been making inroads in Colorado over the last several cycles, turning a somewhat reddish state into a bluish purple one. The House delegation reflects the state's purple partisan makeup with ...
California House Races Preview
The largest state in the nation by population, California boasts the largest congressional delegation with 53 seats in the House. That's 17 more than Texas' next largest delegation. It also features an overwhelming Democratic majority. Just 15 congressmen ...
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Just one of Arkansas' four congressional districts looks to be competitive in 2014. That means at least three seats here will remain in GOP hands. Currently all four in the Arkansas House delegation are Republicans. Two years ago, the red team completed ...

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‘Nation of laws, not men’: Cliven Bundy makes Harry Reid do pitiful impression of John Adams

**Written by Doug Powers

Harry Reid, while taking a short break from winking and waving at people illegally crossing the border and looking the other way while the Obamacare “it’s the law” is unilaterally altered during implementation, cranked up the tough talk about Cliven Bundy while John Adams rolled over in his grave:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land.

“It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”

Meanwhile, Al Sharpton’s group still owes almost $2 million in back taxes and President Obama headlined his conference this month. Any John Adams-ish reaction to that, Harry?

Related:

The government claims Bundy owes about $1.1 million, hence all the hullabaloo. But maybe the government just needs that money so they can pay bonuses to IRS employees who owe back taxes:

The IRS paid a total of about $1.1 million in bonuses over approximately a two-year period to more than 1,100 employees who had been disciplined for “substantiated federal tax compliance problems,” according to an inspector general’s report.

Apparent moral of the story: Cliven Bundy should have worked for the IRS.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Diagnosing David Gregory: Meet the Jerk

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Diagnosing David Gregory: NBC’s Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome
by Michelle Malkin
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Copyright 2014

I’ve always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree.

According to The Washington Post this week, NBC News hired a “psychological consultant” to examine why flailing “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory has been bombing in the ratings. The overpriced shrinks (NBC prefers the euphemism “brand consultants”) came from the New York-based brand fixer-upper Elastic Strategy.

They interviewed Gregory’s wife. They interrogated his friends. They crunched their numbers. They compiled their reports. And after all that, the “experts” are still scratching their noggins:

What’s the matter with David Gregory? And why don’t people like to watch him?

I could have saved the honchos at NBC News a lot of time and trouble. The first answer is: David Gregory is a phony. The second answer is: He’s a jerk.

And no amount of brand therapy and rehabilitation consulting can fix him.

Gregory’s predecessor, Tim Russert, was highly respected on both sides of the political aisle. The former chief of staff for iconoclastic U.S. Sen. Daniel Moynihan turned “Meet the Press” into mandatory viewing for any American serious about politics and policy. Yes, he was liberal. But he never pretended to be anything he wasn’t. He did his homework. He didn’t pull punches. He helped enlighten the nation about our entitlement crisis. He conducted interviews, not one-sided partisan lectures.

Russert was also a decent man, as so many warm eulogies across the ideological divide attested. I had a chance to meet him a few times as an intern in the videotape library of the Washington political unit at NBC News in 1992. He was always friendly and engaging. (Andrea Mitchell was a whole ‘nother story. Gah.) Before I left to work for the Los Angeles Daily News, I drafted a little memo on suggestions to improve data collection and entry. I never expected acknowledgment. But Russert took the time to respond and thank me. A lowly intern. I never forgot that.

Gregory is the anti-Russert. His boorish behavior around D.C. is legendary — from his juvenile tantrums with the Bush press staff to his drunken radio appearances to his diva snit fits with innocent bystanders while filming news segments. One of the most telling and notorious anecdotes involves Russert himself, who reportedly reprimanded Gregory in 2008 for going ballistic on a poor waitress while the two TV stars dined at a D.C. restaurant. But “Gregory still treats most of … the newsroom like s**t,” an insider told the website Jossip. “Amazing how NBC cares more about food servers than about the people who have to deal with Gregory’s arrogance every day.”

Since Gregory doesn’t have the intellectual heft to carry in-depth interview segments the way Russert did, “Meet the Press” producers have reduced substantive exchanges to a few minutes and larded the rest of the show with fluff and stunts.

That means: If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Jerk.”

Last fall, Gregory the gun-control activist masquerading as a Sunday talk-show journalist made headlines with his brazen hectoring of NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre — while illegally brandishing a 30-round ammunition magazine on national television. He has used the show to fawn over vulgar, misogynistic “comedian” Bill Maher and to repeatedly browbeat Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, over gay marriage.

As I’ve noted many times over 20-plus years in this business, the problem isn’t bias. It’s the pretense of non-bias. Gregory and his peers suffer from cognitive dissonant hack syndrome, a common affliction among incurable left-wing journalists who sanctimoniously pay lip service every day to neutrality and objectivity, while brazenly using their platforms to promote partisan political narratives.

Desperate NBC suits in denial tried to get Gregory to immerse himself more in social media to appeal to “younger viewers.” But he detests the hoi polloi and refuses to respond to critics. You don’t have to be a high-priced brand guru to know that for social media engagement to work, it requires an engaging personality to actually, you know, engage.

Another NBC muckety-muck gave his expert analysis on the network’s David Gregory Problem: “You need to be who you are. We’re trying to look at who David is.”

Well, there’s the rub, isn’t it? Gregory, like many of his ilk, is a thin-skinned elite who lives in the Beltway bubble and can barely contain his contempt for his audience. With rare exceptions, the supposed watchdogs of Washington journalism are lapdogs for the establishment with “Don’t You Know Who I Am?” egos as big as the politicians they sidle up to every weekend.

To the chagrin of NBC and its brand EMTs, Americans have discovered an effective cure: the “off” button on their remotes.

Diagnosing David Gregory: NBC’s Cognitive Dissonant Hack Syndrome by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 I’ve always thought entrenched left-wing journalists in Washington needed their heads examined. Much to my satisfaction, it appears the corporate media bosses of at least one Beltway anchor now agree. According to The Washington Post this week, NBC News hired […]
Follow the money: This might help explain why Kathleen Sebelius is still hanging around HHS

**Written by Doug Powers

In a world where Lois Lerner continues to be paid, news that taxpayers will probably be sending Kathleen Sebelius checks for the rest of her life is hardly surprising:

Turns out, there may be a financial incentive for the former Kansas governor to take her time getting out of Washington.

Next week, Sebelius becomes eligible to receive a government pension and continue certain taxpayer-funded health-care benefits when she hits her five-year employment mark with the federal government, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) policy indicates.

Under OPM rules, Sebelius, who was sworn into office on April 28, 2009, would be eligible to receive these benefits after completing five years of continuous service in the federal government.

According to the Daily Caller, in just a few days Sebelius will qualify for a $10,000 per year pension, plus some nice health care perks — for life. Members of Congress qualify for the same deal. Hey, all employers offer departing employees ten grand a year after just five years of service, don’t they? Especially after spearheading hugely expensive disasters.

Can we at least force her to register for the benefits through HealthCare.gov?

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“Look, taxpayers on the hook again! Hahahahaha!”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Lifetime benefits after five years of 'service'?

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Taxpayers Paying Planned Parenthood to Promote Pro-Abortion ObamaCare

Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is being paid (by your tax dollars) to enroll people in ObamaCare.

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Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is being paid (by your tax dollars) to enroll people in ObamaCare.

California’s ObamaCare exchange is paying Certified Enrolment Counselors, including 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates, $58 per person for enrolling people on the state exchange. A “successful application” brings $58 per individual enrolled with a bonus of another $58 for enrolling a dependant. A “successful annual renewal” for these individuals will bring in another $25 per person.

That’s no small sum. The abortion industry has a knack for finding ways to squeeze taxpayer dollars out of the American public. Planned Parenthood receives nearly half of its annual billion-dollar budget courtesy of the taxpayer.

Now taxpayers are paying them to be ObamaCare telemarketers. Many of those ObamaCare plans in turn cover abortion and of course contraception and abortion pills. So with Planned Parenthood committing 327,166 abortions and dispensing over 1.5 million “emergency contraception kits,” i.e. abortion pills, on a yearly basis, they already have plenty of incentive to sign people up for the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade. Yet, now the taxpayer is being forced to pay Planned Parenthood to sign up future customers.

Of course this isn’t the only windfall for the abortion industry. ObamaCare is replete with kickbacks, subsidies, and programs that benefit big abortion.

California isn’t the only government entity partnering with the abortion industry to promote ObamaCare. Similarly, the federal government’s “Champions for Coverage” program operated through CMS is littered with abortion providers and advocacy groups. Though not paying them in the same way as California, the federal government has partnered with numerous Planned Parenthood affiliates, NARAL, and various “reproductive health” organizations (code for abortion) to promote pro-abortion ObamaCare throughout America.

As unbelievable as it is, it’s hardly surprising. The abortion industry and the Obama Administration have been in cahoots from the beginning. The individual mandate, the employer mandate followed by the HHS abortion-pill mandate, “School-based Health Centers,” expansion of Medicaid, federal subsidies, the abortion surcharge on insurance, and on and on make ObamaCare a smorgasbord of opportunity for big abortion.

Isn’t it time we stop subsidizing an industry that makes its living perpetuating death?

 

Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.

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The Simple Truth of Tax Policy

One of the ephemeral trends in Washington policy circles these days is for members of Congress to craft their own draft plans for tax reforms in anticipation of a wholesale reform effort in the coming years.  It’s good that members are discussing reforming our antiquated and anti-growth tax code.  However, conservative members must not fall into the trap of adopting some anti-conservative premises when crafting | Read More »

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One of the ephemeral trends in Washington policy circles these days is for members of Congress to craft their own draft plans for tax reforms in anticipation of a wholesale reform effort in the coming years.  It’s good that members are discussing reforming our antiquated and anti-growth tax code.  However, conservative members must not fall into the trap of adopting some anti-conservative premises when crafting tax plans.

Two of the liberal premises that some conservative proposals have bought into include: 1) the notion that tax reform must produce the same level of revenue as the status quo on a static score, and 2) we need to redistribute more wealth from the rich to working-class families.

With regards to the premise of keeping the same revenue baseline, some conservative policy minds often forget that the ultimate goal is to reduce the size of the federal government, not balance the budget as an end in itself.  At present, the Treasury is taking in a record level of revenue.   CNS news recently reported that the Treasury had raked in a record $1,428,710,000,000 in total taxes (adjusted for inflation) so far this fiscal year.  The CBO projects revenues to rise to over $3 trillion this year and grow steadily over the next ten years.  This is not good news.

We don’t need more money taken from the private sector to feed the rapacious beast in an effort to create more job-killing, price-hiking bureaucracy.  Any tax proposal should not seek to maintain this level of revenue on a static score, but decrease it.

As for the progressivity of the tax code, there is a disturbing trend even from some conservative lawmakers to propose tax plans that will result in higher effective tax rates for the wealthy while growing refundable tax credits at the lower end of the income ladder.  It’s understandable that Republicans want to show empathy with working class families and join in piling on the evil rich, but adopting liberal premises about our tax and entitlement structure will not solve the problem.

Many of the GOP plans call for dramatically curtailing or eliminating tax deductions for upper-income individuals.  Obviously, all conservatives share the goal (short of repealing the 16th Amendment altogether) of pursuing a more flat tax code with lower rates and elimination of market-distorting, social engineering tax preferences.  However, under the current system, especially after the fiscal cliff and Obamacare tax hikes, upper-income earners are subject to a marginal tax rate of over 40%.  Eliminating deductions without a commensurate reduction in marginal rates will result in linear increase in the effective tax rate of those who are already paying most of the income taxes in the country.

Let’s be clear: the tax code is already the most progressive in the world; it certainly doesn’t need to be made more redistributive.  The Joint Committee on Taxation is out with its annual projection of how the federal tax code will affect different levels of income earners in 2014, and it appears that the tax code is more progressive than ever.  If you use the graph that breaks down the distribution of income and payroll taxes by income level, you will find startling results:

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  • Those earning [individuals and joint filers] over $500,000 annually, which roughly corresponds with the much-maligned “one percenters,” earned 16.7 % of the income, yet paid a whopping 45.2% of all federal income taxes.  Even when factoring in all taxes, including the more regressive payroll tax, the top 1% of income earners were still responsible for 26.5% of the tax pie.
  • Those earning over $200,000, which roughly corresponds to the top 5% of filers, earned 32.3% of total income, but paid a whopping 70% of all income taxes.  When all taxes are factored in, they were still responsible for 46.7% of the pie, well over their share of the national income.  If you expand the income threshold to include all those earning more than $100,000, accounting for roughly the top 21% of tax units, you will find that they pay 95.2% of all income taxes and 75.7% of all taxes, even though they only earned 60% of the income.
  • Those earning under $75,000 (again, individual and/or joint), which account for the bottom 69%, actually accrued a -2% income tax liability (all of that coming from those earning less than $50,000).  They pay 14.5% of all taxes, even though they earn 28.7% of the income pie.

Taken as a whole, anyone who believes that the rich don’t pay their fair share are not living on planet earth.  Yet, many Republicans, in an effort to push tax cuts, albeit not for the rich, tend to propose changes to the tax code that actually make the system even more progressive.  The dirty little secret is that the rich already pay all of the income taxes.  These numbers are all final tax liabilities working off of effective tax rates, so they include all of the deductions and so-called loopholes.  And yet, they still pay almost all of the income taxes, while the lower-middle income earners pay almost no income taxes, and in many cases, enjoy a negative tax liability.

Hence, it is impossible to cut taxes other than for those who already pay them.  But many Republicans who want to reduce the burden on working class families, and do so in a way that will be revenue neutral, attempt to raise taxes on those who already pay the tab.  It’s fundamentally unfair and anti-growth.

Conservatives who want to encourage pro-growth policies that are consistent with our constitutional values of pursuit of happiness should instead look at the payroll tax for areas to promote upward mobility with working class families.  The payroll tax burden is shouldered by all workers and would provide conservatives with a great opportunity to cut taxes for all income levels.  The only casualty of such a plan would be our record high revenue that purveys the federal leviathan.  And that is a good thing.

Cross-posted from The Madison Project

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Vincent Sheheen: The Molester’s Lawyer

Isiah Outten supplied drugs and beer to two underage girls. He engaged in sexual acts with one of the girls. For this he was arrested, pled guilty, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Mr. Outten hired Vincent Sheheen, who negotiated down Outten’s term to 38 days. Outten was arrested 13 more times, including twice for being in hotel rooms with alcohol and underage | Read More »

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Isiah Outten supplied drugs and beer to two underage girls. He engaged in sexual acts with one of the girls. For this he was arrested, pled guilty, and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Mr. Outten hired Vincent Sheheen, who negotiated down Outten’s term to 38 days. Outten was arrested 13 more times, including twice for being in hotel rooms with alcohol and underage girls.

If Vincent Sheheen wants to represent people like Mr. Outten, it is his right. I was a lawyer too. I chose the cases I wanted to take. Vincent Sheheen made similar choices. Now he has chosen to run against Nikki Haley as the Democrats’ choice for South Carolina Governor.

But now that Republicans in South Carolina are pointing out the types of cases Sheheen took, liberals are squealing like stuck pigs. Rachel Maddow is upset and crying foul. Mind you, Maddow and other liberals tried to attribute every business decision made by any business touched by Mitt Romney to Romney back in 2012.

The South Carolina State Bar is also upset that Sheheen is being attacked for the clients he chose to represent.

Sheehen represented a man like Outten and others charged with domestic violence. He has every right to do so. But Republicans have every right to point out that the man who wants to replace Nikki Haley as South Caorlina’s Governor chose to make his living taking those cases.

Squealing like a stuck pig, with a coordinated defense from MSNBC, suggests Matt Moore, the Chairman of the South Carolina GOP, is right over target. The Republican Governors Association has every right to educate the voters of South Carolina on Vincent Sheheen’s career.

Vincent Sheheen chose to represent criminals charged with dealing drugs, molesting children, and beating their wives. South Carolina voters can choose to judge Sheheen by the way he made his living. One’s vocation and the choices made therein is usually a good way to know the man. And we know a lot more about Vincent Sheheen now.

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Congress Should Investigate UAW’s Neutrality Agreement & Works Council Scam At VW

On Monday, with their Southern Strategy in peril after their devastating defeat at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, United Auto Workers bosses abruptly abandoned their attempt at creating a media circus by withdrawing their absurd election objections with the National Labor Relations Board. A short time after the UAW’s failure to appear at the NLRB (leaving some pro-UAW supporters rather dumbfounded), the NLRB certified the election that | Read More »

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On Monday, with their Southern Strategy in peril after their devastating defeat at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, United Auto Workers bosses abruptly abandoned their attempt at creating a media circus by withdrawing their absurd election objections with the National Labor Relations Board.

A short time after the UAW’s failure to appear at the NLRB (leaving some pro-UAW supporters rather dumbfounded), the NLRB certified the election that took place in mid-February where a majority of VW employees rejected UAW representation.

This, however, is not the end of the UAW in Chattanooga, or in the South for that matter. With BMW, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, as well as other “transnationals” still operating union-free, the stakes are too high for the UAW merely throw in the towel.

Indeed, after spending millions of its members’ dues money—up to $8,000 per vote at VW—a UAW flyer handed out at Volkswagen’s plant gates later in the day stated that “The UAW is here to stay.”

This is why the UAW’s conduct at Volkswagen is deserving of much greater scrutiny–especially as it relates to those “transnationals” who are determined to have co-determination in their U.S. plants.

In its flyer, the UAW referred to an “ongoing” Congressional investigation (which was only sought last week by union-bought Democrats George Miller [CA] and John Tierney [MA]) to help continue its claims that “outsiders” (rather than its own actions) doomed its election at Volkswagen.

Notwithstanding the possibility that the union may try to cut another backroom deal, as some suspect, and unionize Volkswagen’s employees through “card check,” as the UAW continues to target other foreign-owned auto plants, if Congress is to look into anything regarding the UAW’s Chattanooga campaign, Congress should begin by looking into the actual “neutrality agreement” that the UAW cajoled Volkswagen into agreeing to.

Signed behind Volkswagen employees’ backs on January 27th, the 22-page neutrality agreement (in full below) spelled out the procedures in which Volkswagen would remain “neutral” and allow the UAW access to its employees in order to unionize them.

Although there is currently a federal lawsuit filed over the union’s having obtained “things of value” from Volkswagen in exchange for neutrality, one aspect of the agreement deserves much greater scrutiny is the UAW’s quid pro quo in the agreement—the union’s seemingly unlawful agreement to violate the National Labor Relations Act by delegating its duties as “exclusive bargaining representative” to a Works Council that Volkswagen (and its employees) want.

Under Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act, once a union is certified as the bargaining agent of employees, it is unlawful for a union to delegate any of its responsibilities to another entity.

Yet, at Volkswagen, the UAW agreed to do just that. While the UAW’s delegation of discussed throughout the agreement, Exhibit B specifically details some of the “delegation” of the UAW’s duties

The roles of the Works Council would include:

  • making decisions by majority vote of its elected members for the good of the employees as well as the Employer on all issues for which the Works Council would have responsibility;
  • representing the interests of employees in the day to day running of the plant. The Works Council members would deal with complaints and suggestions and cases where there is a need of individual support or advice;
  • serving as the contact for management for all intra-company issues concerning the topics and tasks assigned to the Works Council under the CBA and the documents establishing the Works Council and its operative documents;
  • communicating to the employees concerning the Works Council’s activities and conveying information given by the Employer to it;
  • initiating, discussing and/or negotiating ideas and other intra-company needs with management;…
  • [Emphasis added.]

    By the above (as well as other areas in the UAW’s neutrality agreement), it seems clear that, if it had won, the UAW agreed to turn over its duties as the employees’ representatives to a yet-to-be-formed Works Council.

    However, under Section 9(a) of the National Labor Relations Act, that would seem to be patently unlawful.

    According to the National Labor Relations Board’s own publication:

    Once an employee representative has been designated by a majority of the employees in an appropriate unit, the Act makes that representative the exclusive bargaining agent for all employees in the unit….Once a collective-bargaining representative has been designated or selected by its employees, it is illegal for an employer to bargain with individual employees, with a group of employees, or with another employee representative.

    If Congress is to investigate anything about the UAW in Chattanooga, it ought to investigate how the UAW and Volkswagen appear to have planned to flagrantly violate the National Labor Relations Act.

    UAW – VW Neutrality Agreement by LaborUnionReport

    [Disclaimer: After having written about the UAW's scheme to infiltrate the South since 2010, I was privileged to have been asked to help Volkswagen employees with their ongoing campaign to inform their co-workers about the UAW. During a three-week period from late January through February 14th, I had the pleasure of working with the employees in Chattanooga (for which my company was paid) in their quest to expose the truth about the UAW. Since leaving Chattanooga on February 14th, all posts related to the UAW at Volkswagen (and elsewhere) are purely for informational purposes and any assistance given to VW employees is without compensation.]
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    Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com.

    The post Congress Should Investigate UAW’s Neutrality Agreement & Works Council Scam At VW appeared first on RedState.


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