It's time for a change: The case against Obama

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While the nation debates the debates – and in particular, the propriety and partisanship of the moderators – the central issues of this campaign are obvious and irrefutable. By virtually every benchmark, it’s clear our beloved country is in trouble, and of the two proposed paths forward, only one offers authentic hope for responsible change.

I see no need to re-litigate the 2008 election. Enough Americans voted for Barack Obama to make him president, and whether their support was based on race, ignorance, or ideology, the fact is that he has had four years to implement his policies and keep his promises. His track record has been abysmal, and I believe another term in the White House would cause irreversible damage to the solvency and security of the United States.

Pick any indicator, and things have gotten worse since 2008.

o    The president may celebrate the recently-reported dip in unemployment, but the true indicator – one that includes those who are under-employed, working part-time, or have given up entirely – remains at over 14.5%.
o    Ever-ballooning debit and deficits – and the unrestricted printing of money – are now at a point that becoming Greece is less hyperbole and more a real possibility. There’s a reason our credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history, and it could happen again.
o    The administration claims inflation remains low, but for those struggling in the middle class or on fixed incomes, the real cost of living has skyrocketed. Gas at the pump has doubled, heating oil continues to climb, food prices have jumped, and healthcare costs are escalating even as the restrictions on patient choice and reimbursement embedded in Obamacare are starting to be implemented.
o    Our foreign policy is in dangerous disarray. “Leading from behind” has been interpreted by friends and enemies alike as weakness, and the world is demonstrably less safe. And when the chickens do come home to roost, as with the coordinated attack that killed our ambassador on American soil, the Obama administration lies and attempts to cover up in order to maintain the fiction that terrorism is “back on its heels. “

The list goes on. The bailouts, the failed stimulus, the abuse of executive orders, the ignominy of “Fast and Furious,” a Justice Department that will not live up to its name.

But there is hope, and in my next blog, I will outline the case for Mitt Romney – or as I like to call it, the case for America’s Comeback.

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Obama’s Support of Labor Unions Threatens Our Economic Society as We Know It

From the desk of Steve Cabot: As a labor relations expert, who represents employers globally, I examine most labor relations trends involving unions. What most of us do not understand is how biased President Obama is in favoring labor unions, particularly those in government.

A recent book authored by Mallory Factor entitled “ShadowBosses” portrays the influence of government unions while President Barack Obama has been in the White House. The author claims that “some union officials meet more often with the President and his staff than cabinet officials.” Factor contends, and I agree, that the Obama administration’s decision to allow the TSA to be unionized represents a growing threat to national security as well as deficit reduction efforts that could derail any possible economic recovery. As an illustration, ShadowBosses reveals that 20% of the workforce in the Department of Defense and a third of the employees working for Homeland Security are represented by labor unions. Furthermore, the unionized Homeland Security employees work for border patrol, customs and immigration, and FEMA agents.

Factor contends, and I agree, that the power of union leadership, which pursues political agendas, are not always supported by their membership, which is reflected in the billions of dollars of union dues that it can spend in support of politicians. For example, teacher unions have $2 billion/year in dues and a lot of that is used for political purposes. Also, government employee unions collect at least $14 billion in annual dues and much of that is also used for political purposes.

The growth of governmental unions also has a negative spin for our economy. Factor’s book makes the case that government unions are among the reasons for the growing size of the federal government and the national debt. Almost 500,000 federal government employees earn more than $100,000/year and receive up to 10 weeks of annual vacation. Union leaders, meanwhile earn as much as ten times that of rank and file members, with salaries reaching more than $800,000/year. ShadowBosses critically reveals that taxpayers subsidize this ballooning cost of government which effectively prevents us from more positively attacking the growing budget deficits.

Most labor relations experts, like me, are convinced that these abuses by union and government must end now. The election in November provides an opportunity to end these abuses. Voters must decide now on the correct course for our great country. I believe that a vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket is the necessary first step.

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GROUNDHOG DAY: THE UNFUNNY VERSION

In the 1993 romantic comedy, “Groundhog Day,” weatherman Phil Connors, played by Bill Murray, was forced to live through the same dreadful 24 hours, again and again, where nothing changed – until he did. Central to the plot was that only he was aware of this repetitive phenomenon; everyone else was totally oblivious. It was an amusing film and did well at the box office. Unfortunately, employers – and the rest of America – are being forced to live through a darker, more sinister version of this movie, one in which the lead character continues to push his Big Labor “change” agenda without regard to constitutional restrictions or political precedent. Unlike the original, however, we are all very much aware of what’s going on – only nobody’s laughing, except union leaders and their allies.

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