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While protecting against wolves, don’t forget to watch for termites! March 24, 2009

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When protecting the homestead, it’s a good idea to watch for wolves. They are large and often easy to spot, although they are cunning and can catch you unprepared.

In today’s political climate, the wolves are the economy and the government response to it. Each of us must make decisions about how to best protect our homestead against these wolves, whether the homestead is college, rainy day or retirement savings or simply protecting a way of life granted us by God through the Founding Fathers.

The challenge is this: while we are focused on the wolves, termites can begin to infest the homestead. They are quiet, insidious, and, possibly, more dangerous than the wolves. Termites are those appointees and bureaucrats who actually run the sordid business of government or they are represented by policies and plans that are put forward as legislation that negatively impact the very structure of private enterprise and society.

While protecting against wolves, don’t forget to watch for termites!

I won’t dwell on the wolves. They are covered ad nauseum in the press and everywhere on the Internet moment by moment. I can’t add anything new to that tar pit of pseudo-intellectual bankruptcy. But, you can know more about the termites even if you think you are helpless to combat them. You are not totally helpless if you are informed.

There are a variety of termites in PresBO’s administration. This is change that is unbelievable for those who voted for change they could believe in. Clinton administration appointees infest the new administration, up to, and including the “top unofficial” Clinton administration appointee: Hillary Clinton!

Here’s a few termites to watch: Transition chief John Podesta (served as Clinton’s chief of staff from 1998 to 2001); former Deputy Secretary of Defense John White, former State Department official Wendy Sherman, and former deputies to National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Defense Secretary William Perry, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Michael Froman (served as Rubin’s chief of staff), and Christopher Edley (served Clinton and is married to a former Clinton deputy chief of staff), and let’s not forget former US Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a senior adviser to Clinton, who is Obama’s chief of staff. Did I forget to mention former Clintonistas Jeffery Liebman, Robert Gordon, Xavier de Sousa Briggs, Preeta Bansal, and Kenneth Baer (speechwirter for Al Gore, close enough). That’s just the beginning of the list of termites as appointees and advisors to PresBO who are anything but change to be believed.

Then there are the policy termites. There are too many to cover in a single sitting so let’s take one that you may not have noticed but is critically important no matter where you work, what you do, or who you think you work for. Soon, you could be a union member without casting a secret ballot on your own behalf.

I’ll step aside and let Adam Sichko of the Albany (NY) Business Journal tell it as he did on March 20, 2009 (bold is mine):

“The topic: the Employee Free Choice Act, which Democrats introduced in Congress the day before Burton’s meeting in Coxsackie. The legislation makes it easier and quicker for workers to unionize, and it has ignited this year’s signature battle between business and labor interests.

Business executives like Burton are on notice. Their ability to manage their companies is at stake—and so is the livelihood of the dwindling union movement.

“When you start to take flexibility away from companies that need to be more flexible than ever to survive and remain competitive, that’s certainly not a good thing. And this isn’t only about manufacturing—it affects everybody,” Burton said. He heads the New York facilities of Ducommun AeroStructures Inc., an aerospace manufacturer that acquired the former DynaBil Industries Inc. last year.

The legislation seeks to speed up the process of unionizing workers at a company. Union membership nationwide has declined in recent decades, and the unionizing process “totally favors employers,” said Charles Craver, a labor law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

“If Democrats don’t make enough compromises, they know they won’t get it through the Senate,” he said. “If this doesn’t pass, unions will continue to be almost irrelevant.”

Currently, if 30 percent of a company’s workers sign a card supporting a union, the National Labor Relations Board commissions a company-wide vote on whether to unionize. The process gives company management time to meet with employees and argue against a union.

Under the proposed legislation, if a majority of a company’s workers sign those cards, the union is automatically formed without a full, company-wide vote.

Beyond that, the legislation compels employers to bargain a contract with the new union chapter within four months. If the sides still can’t agree, a government arbitrator would write the contract for the employer, setting wages and benefits.

“I don’t think there’s any employer who can rightfully believe that they are not at risk to an attempt that a union would try to unionize their work force,” said Joanmarie Dowling, a labor attorney at Bond Schoeneck & King’s office in Albany.

Nancy Gold knows that all too well. Earlier this decade, she survived an attempt to unionize her workers, who make luggage and backpacks.

“You’ve run your business your entire life and then some stranger has the final word and will tell you exactly how you will operate? It’s ridiculous,” said Gold, president of Tough Traveler Ltd. in Schenectady.

“How can companies handle this when they’re just barely holding on as it is?”

“They [the business lobbies] are motivated by how they see their economic self-interest. And that’s not a very enlightened approach,” said Benjamin Gordon, director of organizing for the 300,000-member Civil Service Employees Association, based in Albany.

“There’s a lot at stake with this bill. It’s a very, very important piece of our ability to organize,” he added.”

So, keep your eyes peeled for the wolves. They are cunning and resourceful. But, be ever-mindful of the damage termites can do to the very structure of your homestead.

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