Thursday, February 14, 2008

Barak Obama Considers the Majority of American Businesses "UnPatriotic"

With choices all too limited, it seems the GOP has decided that John McCain (gag!) will be the Grand OLD Party's nominee. On the far left, however, the Democrats are fighting which anti-business, anti-free enterprise candidate to choose from.

Since it would appear that Barak Obama is now likely to be this nation's next president, we thought we should share with you the fact that Barak Obama views the majority of today's American businesses as 'unpatriotic' because they're union-free.

Unfortunately, this only came to our attention this week, but last year, Obama and his Democrat cronies Dick Durbin and Sherrod Brown introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 (S.1945), which gives their definition of what a 'patriotic' corporation is--this definition includes being a company that agrees to union neutrality and card check.

In other words, if an employer doesn't wish to be unionized, that employer is UNPATRIOTIC.

In essence, folks, that's like saying "If you don't want to be sodomized, you're selfish!"

And the incentive for your company to be sodomized, under Obama's bill: A 1% tax break!

Since unionization often increases employers' costs between 10% and 25% (absent labor costs), and since the vast majority of American businesses are union-free and prefer to stay that way, it seems this extortionate labeling of American business as being "unpatriotic" is, in itself, UNAMERICAN.

Welcome to the so-called Change that Mr. Obama promises to bring to America.

By the way, that's not all that Mr. Obama promises to do your companies. Here's more straight from his website:

Obama will strengthen the ability of workers to organize unions. He will fight for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. Obama will ensure that his labor appointees support workers' rights and will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers. Obama will also increase the minimum wage and index it to inflation to ensure it rises every year.

Ensure Freedom to Unionize: Obama believes that workers should have the freedom to choose whether to join a union without harassment or intimidation from their employers. Obama cosponsored and is strong advocate for the Employee Free Choice Act, a bipartisan effort to assure that workers can exercise their right to organize. He will continue to fight for EFCA's passage and sign it into law.

Fight Attacks on Workers' Right to Organize: Obama has fought the Bush National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) efforts to strip workers of their right to organize. He is a cosponsor of legislation to overturn the NLRB's "Kentucky River" decisions classifying hundreds of thousands of nurses, construction, and professional workers as "supervisors" who are not protected by federal labor laws.

Protect Striking Workers: Obama supports the right of workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary. He will work to ban the permanent replacement of striking workers, so workers can stand up for themselves without worrying about losing their livelihoods.

Raise the Minimum Wage: Barack Obama will raise the minimum wage, index it to inflation and increase the Earned Income Tax Credit to make sure that full-time workers earn a living wage that allows them to raise their families and pay for basic needs.

Work/Family Balance

Obama will double funding for after-school programs, expand the Family Medical Leave Act, provide low-income families with a refundable tax credit to help with their child-care expenses, and encourage flexible work schedules.

Expand the Family and Medical Leave Act: The FMLA covers only certain employees of employers with 50 or more employees. Obama will expand it to cover businesses with 25 or more employees. He will expand the FMLA to cover more purposes as well, including allowing workers to take leave for elder care needs; allowing parents up to 24 hours of leave each year to participate in their children's academic activities; and expanding FMLA to cover leave for employees to address domestic violence.

Encourage States to Adopt Paid Leave: As president, Obama will initiate a strategy to encourage all 50 states to adopt paid-leave systems. Obama will provide a $1.5 billion fund to assist states with start-up costs and to help states offset the costs for employees and employers.

Expand High-Quality Afterschool Opportunities: Obama will double funding for the main federal support for afterschool programs, the 21st Century Learning Centers program, to serve a million more children. Obama will include measures to maximize performance and effectiveness across grantees nationwide.

Expand Flexible Work Arrangements: Obama will create a program to inform businesses about the benefits of flexible work schedules; help businesses create flexible work opportunities; and increase federal incentives for telecommuting. Obama will also make the federal government a model employer in terms of adopting flexible work schedules and permitting employees to request flexible arrangements.

On behalf of have a great week's end!

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