Monday, April 8, 2013

Morning Briefing: The Wisconsin Way


Morning Briefing

For April 8, 2013

1.  The American workforce collapses on top of the young

Here's a simple media analysis tool for you: if you hear a "news report" describing the March unemployment report as good news in any way, you are listening to a propaganda operation, a political organ of the Democrat Party, not a "news organization."  Make a note, and treat all further "news" from this source with great suspicion, at least until you receive word of large-scale staff turnovers.

There is absolutely nothing to celebrate about a month in which a mere 88,000 jobs were created – far below the level needed to keep pace with population growth, and even farther below the "expert" projections of 200,000 new jobs.  Not after long years of merciless unemployment and anemic GDP growth, with numerous world crises and the job-smashing avalanche of ObamaCare on the horizon.  This economy is nowhere near strong enough to face the challenges that are coming, and there really aren't any good surprises to hope for. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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2.  Walker Sets Example for Republican Governors Tackling Medicaid

Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) has possibly secured for himself a unique front-runner spot among his fellow Republican governors and rumored 2016 presidential contenders on the issue of healthcare. The expansion of Medicaid, once mandatory under ObamaCare, has now become nothing more than a mere suggestion that states can choose to either accept or reject thanks to the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare. It is quite likely that conservatives reviewing a field of Republican governors in the 2016 campaign will measure each governor's commitment to repealing ObamaCare against how they acted on the voluntary expansion of Medicaid.

In that case, Walker's handling of Medicaid puts him squarely in the lead among his peer governors. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

3.  Rick Perry's Freedom Agenda

Thursday morning, the Texas House voted to begin the expansion of medicaid under Obamacare. Later in the evening, they rescinded the effort. Several reporters and others I talked with explained that while Governor Perry is "rock solid" on the issue, his staff has sent mixed signals on the issue and Joe Straus, the squishy Speaker of the Texas House, and others were taking advantage of it.

I talked to people close to the Governor this morning and they make clear that there is no shadow between the Governor and his staff on this issue. While others may have that impression, they are adamant it is not the case.

More particularly, I'm told that from the Governor to his staff, their position is that the alternative to medicaid expansion pursuant to Obamacare is freedom.  . . . please click here for the rest of the post

4.  Union Bosses Should Imagine A World Without Obama's NLRB

Union bosses may soon be facing a labor relations climate not seen in nearly 80 years–a world where there is no government agency for union bosses to run to. If that occurs, while many will proclaim their indignation, the reality is, a world without the NLRB may not be a bad thing–for unions.

Following the 2010 mid-term elections, union bosses saw their dream of getting legislation passed to effectively eliminate secret-ballot elections die. As an alternative, Barack Obama used "recess appointments" of union stalwarts to the National Labor Relations Board to begin implementing their Plan B Strategy in order to rewrite labor law by regulatory fiat.

Now, following the U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals striking down Obama's appointments as unconstitutional, today's union bosses may face an environment not seen since the 1930s–a nation without the National Labor Relations Board. . . . please click here for the rest of the post

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Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor-in-Chief, RedState

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