The president of the United States should be gracious in victory and reunite a country divided. President Obama, in response to challenges to overturn his bill, chose to stand over his health-care dissenters with a foot on their chests, repeatedly pointing and shouting, “Go for it!” These are not the words of a steady leader. They are divisive and incendiary. And with just three words, President Obama revealed his most dominant characteristic: arrogance.
The arrogant Obama and his Radical Progressive Movement (RPM) have rammed their initiatives down the throat of the country without a single legitimate vote in Congress.
Obama has rammed the health-care bill through reconciliation. He has used the FCC for Internet regulation, the EPA for cap and trade, an executive order for a debt commission, and just this week, a recess appointment for union card check czar Craig Becker. Do they think you’re not paying attention? Clearly, it’s go-for-broke time for the Alinsky-schooled Obama.
Card check czar Craig Becker is any business owner’s worst nightmare. He was super-lawyer extraordinaire—a.k.a. associate general counsel—for SEIU and the AFL-CIO. It appears that as part of the Obama transition team, he was involved in preparing several pro-labor executive orders issued by Obama after his inauguration. So this is Obama’s guy.
Both have ties to Chicago and SEIU. Becker denies any knowledge of SEIU providing contributions to former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in order to give collective bargaining rights to Illinois’s home health-care workers. He admitted only to providing advice and counsel to SEIU related to their collective bargaining rights. The Wall Street Journal reports,
Mr. Becker says he “worked with and provided advice” to SEIU Local 880 in Chicago, a beneficiary of the newly unionized health workers, and one of two SEIU locals currently in the national spotlight for its deep ties with Acorn. Mr. Becker denies working for Acorn or its affiliates, but as recently as April Acorn co-founder Wade Rathke praised Mr. Becker by name, noting “For my money, Craig’s signal contribution has been his work in crafting and executing the legal strategies and protections which have allowed the effective organization of informal workers, and by this I mean home health-care workers.”
The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) is how the RPM and union leaders wish to create more unions. Currently, there are only two ways to form a union: a ballot election where your vote is private or union cards where your signature is public.
EFCA does away with the private-ballot elections, leaving card check as the only option where union leaders can pressure subordinates on how to vote. Can you imagine the pressure the union applies to a young worker with a family to feed?
Craig Becker is a Marxist’s dream; he will stretch the supposedly unbiased NLRB’s powers. In an article titled “Andy Stern’s Go-To Guy,” the editors of The Wall Street Journal write,
In a 1993 Minnesota Law Review article, written when he was a UCLA professor, [Becker] explained that traditional notions of democracy should not apply in union elections. He wrote that employers should be barred from attending NLRB hearings about elections, and from challenging election results even amid evidence of union misconduct. He believes elections should be removed from work sites and held on “neutral grounds,” or via mail ballots. Employers should also be barred from “placing observers at the polls to challenge ballots.”
With the ink from Obamacare barely dry, the president appoints uber-union apparatchik Craig Becker. And the arrogant continue to go for it.