President Barack Obama’s nomination of a liberal radical for a powerful position on the National Labor Relations Board was defeated by a bipartisan effort. A key procedural vote to block a republican filibuster was shut down when every republican and two democrats voted against it, effectively dooming the nomination. The two democrat defectors were Ben Nelson and Blanche Lincoln.
Craig Becker is a former union lawyer who supports pro-union policies like “card check,” which flies in the face of the freedom that Hoosiers value. This policy prevents a secret ballot when the union attempts to unionize groups of workers. This opens those who oppose unionization to thuggish tricks and threats. It is a blatant affront to freedom.
Becker was a part of the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) which sent out groups of ruffians to disrupt the town hall meetings over the fall on health care reform. SEIU members attacked political opponents on a number of occasions including some racists attacks.
The SEIU also provided staunch support to Obama from early on in his campaign.
Cheating at Recess
Obama could still get Becker in by using a recess appointment. In that case the appointment would be good only until the beginning of next year’s Congressional Session. Obama has threatened to use recess appointments if the senate does not move as quickly as he would like, though he has not mentioned the Becker nomination specifically.
What About Evan?
Senator Evan Bayh voted FOR Craig Becker.
He voted against freedom, and against the values of Indiana.
The Bottom Line
If Obama uses a recess appointment on Becker he will create an incredibly hostile environment that will be viewed by most Americans as direct opposition to the will of the people.
As far as Bayh is concerned, this is a time when he should be posturing to appear as conservative and Indiana-friendly as possible, and this move is a step down the wrong path. Perhaps he does not think that we are paying attention.
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And make sure when you vote this fall, you remember today.
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