House passes Union Pension fund bailout – Dems eye Union heavy States


The House bill that just passed ensures that certain Union pension funds have no fear of going broke. Simply get a loan for their badly managed funds and you and me in the name of the government will simply dump our cash into their hopper. May I ask how much better off will these pension funds be in paying off the loans? I suggest this will simply be Billions of buckeroos reimbursed for very bad management and corruption. What incentive is there for better management? Where was the State supervision of these funds? A “Loan?” How stupid do they think we are?

The operative quote:

“For the first time ever, taxpayers will prop up failing, mismanaged union-run pension plans,” Foxx said during debate. “We’re giving failed union pensions a blank check. What a deal.”


Even better, the Dems are smart enough to know this will appeal to the key State voters in the Mid-West that Trump needs to win. First the set up:

The Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (Division O of Pub.L. 113–235) is a federal law that was enacted in the United States on December 16, 2014, with the goal of allowing certain American pension plans that have insufficient funds, and thus are at risk of insolvency, to reduce the benefits they owe.

The House on Wednesday night passed legislation to bolster failing pension funds, an issue that Democrats are hoping will help win over voters in the Midwest’s union-heavy states during the 2020 presidential election.

The bill would bail out multiple-employer pension plans that are on the verge of collapse. The measure would help pension plans sponsored by several employers and managed by a collective bargaining agreement by giving loans to insolvent plans so they can continue to distribute the promised retirement benefits. The legislation passed 264 to 169, with bipartisan support.

The bill, which would aid truck drivers, iron welders, construction workers and employees in other industries, helps bolster Democrats’ case as they look to win back Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan — states Trump won in 2016 — in 2020.

“You need those areas to win the presidency,” said Brad Bannon, a Democratic political consultant. “There is a cloud of uncertainty hanging over ­blue-collar, noneducated workers in those states. They are worried about the cost of health care, pensions and economic security.”

Washington Post

Here is what the Detroit News has to say:

Washington — The Democratic-controlled House late Wednesday approved a bill to help an estimated 45,000 current and retired Teamsters union members in Michigan avoid pension cuts related to the distressed Central States Pension Plan.

Financial problems have left the plan severely underfunded and could force cuts in payments to hundreds of thousands of retirees nationwide who paid into the system over their careers.

Republican leaders said the bill was fiscally irresponsible and that the poor financial situation of multiemployer pension plans is the result of “union and employer negligence,” as California Rep. Virginia Foxx argued Wednesday.

“For the first time ever, taxpayers will prop up failing, mismanaged union-run pension plans,” Foxx said during debate. “We’re giving failed union pensions a blank check. What a deal.”

Detroit News

There is a similar bill in the Senate which has been reported would need to be compromised with the House Bill.

Other than that, all is well in the swamp. For the best aggregator of conservative news – click below

Thanks Whatfngernews for the link…

Clinton’s TTP Emails will not be released until after the election

Classic Clinton. She was for the trade agreement before she was against it. And in case we might know that in fact her against statement is another one of her Bosnia moments of “forget the reality”, the administration will be happy to play along and not give out any information that might be floating around on her machinations until after the election. Let’s just put this post down as “for the record.” Her tis;

State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner defended the agency’s decision to not release Hillary Clinton’s emails about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement until after the presidential election on Tuesday.

Toner’s defense came after a Freedom of Information Act request by David Sirota, a reporter at the International Business Times, for emails from Clinton and her staff that pertained to the controversial trade deal. The State Department responded to Sirota with an estimate that his request would be fulfilled around November 31, 2016—a date that does not exist.

“I understand that this is a rather large request involving large amounts of email that would have to be gone through and looked at, but is it really the case that it would take until almost December?” Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked Toner.

Have a dead pet? Unions demand bereavement time off

Other than killing who knows how many Veterans at unionized VA Hospitals, unions carry on. Having worked at a unionized Hospital I can tell you that this demand is nothing unusual. Of course, no one gets fired as a union worker, so it is Katy bar the door. One wrong statement to a union worker ends up in days of protracted legal wrangling. There, I said it.

Called stretching my angst against unions.

Via Herald Sun:

BEREAVEMENT leave on the death of pets is among outrageous union demands mining bosses say are putting jobs at risk.

Mining giant Rio Tinto says unions are using unreasonable claims to drag out negotiations on employment deals at its mines, costing the resources industry time and money.

Rio Tinto Australia managing director Phil Edmands said other ambit claims put to the company include complaints that seats in portable huts used for meal breaks at mines do not have cushions and calls for an extra 7½ days’ annual holidays.

Keep reading…

HT: Moonbattery

Unions require photo I.D. to vote in their elections

I snagged this from Doug Ross. A picture is worth a thousand words, indeed.

[Via] John Romano at “Yes, But, However!” at the link. He asks the perplexing question of why do Democrats so fear voter ID? Apparently even unions don’t see the requirement of a photo ID as too burdensome.

“A picture is worth a thousand words. According to unions belonging to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have donated over $26 million to Democratic candidates and causes since 1990. During that same period, the union gave a paltry $272,311 to the Republican Party.

As you’ll note in the photo below the union requires its own members to produce a photo ID in order to vote. The photo shows a union worker voting earlier today on whether to sanction a new four-year contract with Boeing, clearly the union understands the need for a picture ID in order to help guarantee a clean election:

In America, one needs an ID to vote in a union election, buy liquor, drive a car, board an airplane, use a credit card and a slew of other things in our society. Yet, the Democratic party refuses to back the idea of requiring an ID to vote in state and federal elections under any circumstances. A sensible voter ID law that respects the rights of the poor, elderly, and minorities is a great idea. What are Democrats afraid of? You connect the dots. More at Doug Ross

Nice going. Answers the question. Yet how much longer are we going to keep up this charade? I guess until Zero gets through the next election.

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Tea Party folks now Barbarians

Biden: “You Are The Only Folks Keeping The Barbarians From the Gates”

After taking a few days off from this blogging thing, and hoping to get rejuvenated for the big push coming up, I neglected to turn off the T.V. Zero kept popping up, here there and everywhere, in his big airplane. Labor Day was particularly disgusting. Of course, the Marxists would be out making hay of the day, and I expected the rhetoric to pick up. We seem to have come to a new low. My one hope is that good thinking rational people will prevail and tire of the attempt at ginning others up. So what will it be, Rule 6 or Rule 7?  My hunch? It will be the Chicago way. Especially if it looks like they might lose. As their master Alinsky said:

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” They’ll keep doing it without urging and come back to do more. They’re doing their thing, and will even suggest better ones. (Radical activists, in this sense, are no different that any other human being. We all avoid “un-fun” activities, and but we revel at and enjoy the ones that work and bring results.)

RULE 7: “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.” Don’t become old news. (Even radical activists get bored. So to keep them excited and involved, organizers are constantly coming up with new tactics.)

So, not only are we sons of bitches, we’re barbarians. Like Hoffa, Jr., Biden also uses the word “fight.” Several times, in fact. He also says “onslaught,” “attack,” “assault,” and “war.”

I can’t say that I like the New Tone. It does sound like tough-guy cheerleading, as Allahpundit says, but there are bound to be a few  out there who will take this as a call to violence, especially given the long history of union-sponsored violence. Let’s hope not, though. H/T: Ace fo Spades

Economic Rationality

The National Labor Relations Board is seeking a court order that in effect would require Boeing Co. to move its second 787 assembly line to Washington state.  The federal agency is alleging in a lawsuit that Boeing engaged in unfair labor practices when it decided to build a new $750 million plant at Charleston International Airport rather than assigning the work to its existing unionized 787 factory in Everett, Wash.

So what?  So what if Boeing wants to move to an area where it doesn’t have to put up with strikes every three years that cost the company money? And now the federal government is going to tell them where they can open shop?

Well written description of the whole mess here:

NLRB’s Boeing attack is a strike against economic reality

This is the perfect example of government intervention and the implications so well described in “Atlas Shrugged”.

Obama’s Wisconsin Strategy? The Chicago Way?

This is a disturbing find. It is amazing. You do not like the results of the election last November? Then simply vote them out the next election. The reports regarding the Wisconsin issue fail to focus that the Democrats are acting like a third tier Banana Republic. Negotiate, Negotiate.. We had an election.. we had a result.. now are we to have Democratic Nullification? Remember– Elections have consequences, You lost.

H/T: and more can be found at: From Your Daddy’s Politics

An add found on calls for Union Swine to bloody the Tea Partiers in the Madison counter protest today. It also refers to assisting with the Egyptian revolution that recently took place. Click to enlarge.

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