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Sen. Rand Paul submits national "right to work" (for less) bill

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Via Paul's web site, this lovely press release:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul this week introduced the National Right to Work Act, S. 204, which seeks to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.

"Every American worker deserves the right to freedom of association - and I am concerned that the 26 states that allow forced union membership and dues infringes on these workers' rights," Sen. Paul said. "Right to work laws ensure that all Americans are given the choice to refrain from joining or paying dues to a union as a condition for employment. Nearly 80 percent of all Americans support the principles and so I have introduced a national Right to Work Act that will require all states to give their workers the freedom to choose."

Sen. Paul's Right to Work Act does not add a single word to existing federal law, it simply deletes forced unionism provisions in federal law.

Due to six infringing and freedom-crushing provisions in the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the Railway Labor Act (RLA), there are currently 8 million working Americans who are required by law to pay union dues. These workers are not required to join a workers union but they are required to pay the dues; and if workers refuse to pay these union fees, they risk losing their jobs to Big Labor.

As you can see, Rand Paul is all about FREEDOM! What happened to being all about jobs? And fairness? And equality? And freedom to, you know, bargain? And having decent working conditions? And pay?

But see, as he introduces the idea of a new national "right to work" (right to work for less) bill, his emphasis is on FREEDOM! Did I mention FREEDOM?

freedom my ass

And don't get me started on "choice."

As NH Labor News reminds us:

They already have the freedom to pay the representation fee instead of joining.

This is exactly the opposite to everything we are taught to believe in the democratic process.  We can have all the debate we want but in the end, the majority rules.  Now they are taking the minority and placing them ahead of the majority.

This is an ideological and blatantly  anti-union piece of legislation.

It's worth repeating that it is already illegal to force someone to join a union.

But if FREEDOM of choice is so important to Rand Paul, why isn't he a proponent of women's reproductive rights?

rand paul on abortion

The text of the legislation is at Paul's site.

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Sen. Boxer: "Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: I am stunned by the remarks that you made this week regarding U.S. support for Israel."

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My Senator, Barbara Boxer, posted this press release today on her website. You can read the whole letter here:

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu:

[snip]

... I am stunned by the remarks that you made this week regarding U.S. support for Israel. Are you suggesting that the United States is not Israel’s closest ally and does not stand by Israel? Are you saying that Israel, under President Obama, has not received more in annual security assistance from the United States than at any time in its history, including for the Iron Dome Missile Defense System?

          As other Israelis have said, it appears that you have injected politics into one of the most profound security challenges of our time – Iran’s illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons.

          I urge you to step back and clarify your remarks so that the world sees that there is no daylight between the United States and Israel. As you personally stated during an appearance with President Obama in March, “We are you, and you are us. We’re together. So if there’s one thing that stands out clearly in the Middle East today, it’s that Israel and America stand together.”

          Thank you for that statement. I am hoping to hear that statement again.

Sincerely,

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

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Press Release: FBI raids GOP corporate "Airport to Nowhere"

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Yesterday I posted something I hope will make the rounds, "FBI raids CA corporate, taxpayer-funded airport offices. 'Is this the House GOP’s Solyndra?'” in which I wrote:

FBI agents and other law enforcement officers raided an airport out here in SoCal, specifically, in San Bernardino. They poked around storage units and Scot Spencer’s home and offices. Spencer is a convicted felon who got a couple of no-bid contracts four years ago to build the airport.

Republican Rep. Jerry Lewis helped push through congressional earmarks and other federal money that funded the corporate airport project to the tune of over $100 million. Yet, oddly, Darrell Issa, who likes to refer to himself as the "oversight cop", isn't investigating this, because he's way too busy chasing his tail, and our president, over the Solyndra non-scandal.

Here is a screen grab of a press release about that raid from one of the county supervisors:

Airport officials had said that commercial passenger planes would be able to use the airport, but so far, only those corporate jets that we've heard so much about have enjoyed that convenience.

Welcome to Planet GOP Hypocrisy.

Let's hope this story has legs.

H/t: Reader Sanberdoo

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White House threatens veto of GOP bill curbing Consumer Bureau powers

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Elizabeth Warren is out, but not beaten; Richard Cordray is in, but not confirmed; and President Obama is challenged, but not yielding.

Via The Hill:

The White House announced Wednesday it would veto Republican attempts to curb the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). [...]

If Congress passes any legislation that undermines "the core reforms included in the Dodd-Frank Act," President Obama's senior advisors would recommend a veto.The CFPB, set to begin work Thursday, was created by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

Maybe the We Hate Regulation Party should read this.

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VIDEO: Pres. Obama nominates Dir. of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren won't confirm or deny run for Senate

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Here is the announcement, and below, the interview with the wonderful Elizabeth Warren, whose very classy statement about Richard Cordray is posted here.

Legoland comes first, thinking about a run comes second (her thoughts on running for Senate at about 3:20):

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Elizabeth Warren's full statement in response to the nomination of Richard Cordray

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Elizabeth Warren is the classiest of class acts. I have nothing but admiration and respect for her, which is the polar opposite of my feelings about the GOP, especially in light of how they've acted since November 2010. Hey Dems, next time you think about sitting out an election, please remember this, okay?

So will she run for U.S. Senate? 

Via email. Bolding is mine:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2011

STATEMENT FROM ELIZABETH WARREN ON THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU

WASHINGTON - Today, Elizabeth Warren issued the following statement in response to the announcement by the White House that President Obama intends to nominate Richard Cordray as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):
 
"Last year, when President Obama and Secretary Geithner asked me to help them stand up the consumer bureau, I enthusiastically accepted the position and got to work because I believe firmly that the CFPB can make the consumer finance markets work better for American families - eliminating fine print, making costs, benefits, and risk clearer, and holding those who break the law accountable. In the time since, we have been hard at work building an agency to do just that.
 
"Today, the President announced his intent to nominate Richard Cordray to serve as the first Director of the CFPB. Rich has a proven track record of fighting for families during his time as head of the CFPB enforcement division, as Attorney General of Ohio, and throughout his career. He was one of the first senior executives I recruited for the agency, and his hard work and deep commitment make it clear that he can make many important contributions in leading this agency. He will make a stellar director. I am very pleased for Rich and very pleased for the CFPB.
 
"In May, forty-four Republican Senators wrote a letter saying that they will block anyone from serving as CFPB Director. Many of them don't like either the agency or the ideas that led to its creation. They lost that fight last summer in a straight up vote, but they have said they will use a filibuster over nomination to undercut the agency and its effectiveness.
 
"I remain hopeful that those who want to cripple this consumer bureau will think again and remember that the financial crisis - and the recession and job losses that it sparked - began one lousy mortgage at a time. I also hope that when those Senators next go home, they ask their constituents how they feel about fine print, about signing contracts with terms that are incomprehensible, and about learning the true costs of a financial transaction only later when fees are piled on or interest rates are reset. I hope they will ask the people in their districts if they are opposed to an agency that is working to make prices clear or if they think budgets should be cut for an agency that is trying to make sure that trillion-dollar banks follow the law. I hope they will ask their constituents if they are opposed to the confirmation of someone who saved $2 billion for retirees, investors, and business owners as Ohio Attorney General and who has worked hard on the front lines fighting against fraudulent foreclosures and abusive lending practices.
 
"Partisanship may be the most important thing in Washington, but in the rest of the country, people expect their public servants to work together to learn from past regulatory failures and to put our energy into solving problems, not scoring political points. In visiting with people and business leaders across the country -- including community bankers and credit unions in all 50 states -- I see a real eagerness to move forward, to work together to repair a broken credit market. I hope that Republicans in the Senate take notice and stop their fight to preserve a regulatory system that failed us.
 
"Prior to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, the President and I fought side by side to make the new agency possible. And, if we need to, I know we will continue to fight side by side, to keep it strong and independent and to make sure it has the tools it needs to serve the American people."

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Leading House Progressives Call for Shift to Withdrawal in Afghanistan Following Bin Laden's Death

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Now you're talkin'.  Via a press release (email):

Washington, DC – Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs, Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), and CPC Peace & Security Task Force Co-Chairs Michael Honda (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), sent a letter to President Obama today renewing their call for a significant and sizeable reduction in U.S. troops in Afghanistan following the recent death of Osama bin Laden.

The Members noted how bin Laden’s recent death not only provided comfort to families of “the victims of his unconscionable attacks on innocent life” but also provided an opportunity to end U.S. involvement in America’s longest war.  The letter also cites the growing bipartisan consensus to ensure that the scheduled July reduction in troops “meet the expectations of Congress (and) the American people.”

Last March, these Members joined a bipartisan group of 76 House colleagues to call on the President to request that the July reduction in U.S. troops levels in Afghanistan be significant and sizable and executed in an orderly fashion.  Recent New York Times/CBS polling shows that almost 50% of respondents believe that bin Laden’s death should lead to a reduction in U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan.

Here's a link to a short statement over at the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Here's the pdf of the letter, and a screen grab:

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