Landslide vote against union at Nissan is a win
for Nissan workers and also for Mississippi
On the Monday after the Saturday when workers at the Nissan plant in Canton overwhelmingly rejected the United Automobile Workers attempt to unionize, The Wall Street Journal called the vote “another humiliation” for the UAW. The editorial noted the UAW spent heavily to win the unionization vote and enlisted supporters such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez and actor Danny Glover. Of course, the UAW was supported by Mississippi’s own congressman Bennie Thompson, the state NAACP and Jackson’s new mayor, Chokwe Lumumba. I had previously been told about 65 percent of the workers at the Nissan plant are black, but the WSJ said more than 80 percent of those who voted were African Americans. Of course, the UAW tried to exploit racial politics before the vote. Socialist Sen. Sanders said the UAW supporters were “connecting workers rights with civil rights.” Fortunately for the Nissan workers and future industrial development in Mississippi, playing the race card did not work for the UAW and its supporters like Bennie Thompson, longtime radical Danny Glover and Mayor Lumumba. The WSJ editorial was right on target when it said “race-baiting fell flat in Canton.” Most workers at the plant make $24-26 per hour. What do you think most of them would be making elsewhere? The WSJ also noted, and I assume the Nissan workers were also aware, a week before the vote a deceased UAW vice president teamed up with an official at Fiat-Chrysler to allegedly steal millions of dollars from a fund that was intended to train auto workers. The wife of the late UAW VP and the Fiat-Chrysler official have been indicted. UAW leaders often live high off the hog compared to the workers they represent. It is no wonder during the past 35 years the UAW’s ranks have shrunk by more than 75 percent. The Center for Union Facts also estimates during the past 10 years big labor unions have used more than $1 billion in member dues to donate to the Democratic Party and other left-wing special-interest groups. While workers at Nissan were voting 2,244 to 1,307 against joining the UAW, Toyota and Mazda announced they will spend $1.6 billion to build another assembly plant in the South. The plant is expected to have 4,000 jobs, a huge prize for whatever southern state is the winner of the competition to build the plant. That competition will be very stiff and Mississippi may be a longshot to win the plant, but one thing is very clear – if Nissan had lost the vote to the UAW, Mississippi would have zero chance to secure the economic development prize.
Correction and apology to Clarion-Ledger columnist Billy Watkins
In the August 2 WeidieReport, I commented that popular radio talk show host Bo Bounds noted a disclosure lapse at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. In that post I was incorrect when I wrote that veteran Clarion-Ledger columnist Billy Watkins had written several
Meltdown, mob rule on a university campus and “men with souls made of cotton candy”
Everyone is familiar with all the incidents at the University of Missouri that resulted in the resignation of the school’s president and chancellor. The national publicity really went into high gear when 32 Mizzou football players said they would not practice and boycott football games until the president stepped down. The best commentary on the events were in the lead editorial of The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. I suggest you read that editorial, “Bonfire of the Academy.” Here are just a few of points made in the editorial. “By bonfire of the academy we mean a conflict of values about the idea of a university that now threatens to undermine or destroy universities as a place of learning. Exhibit A is the ruin called the University of Missouri.” The editorial noted that a root cause of the dispute was the decision by the school administration to cut health-care coverage for graduate students. Grad student Jonathan Butler listed this among the reasons for Butler’s hunger strike. Butler said the students were “being robbed of their health insurance.” The WSJ noted, something ignored by most of the media, that the health-insurance “cutbacks are the explicit result of the Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare’s regulations forbid employers, such as universities, from paying for their grad students health insurance.” The WSJ correctly said that “adult leadership” is missing at many colleges and universities, both by school officials and their boards of trustees. National Review Online, in comments about the Missouri situation, said, “Hysteria needs to be stood up to, not cravenly fed with acquiescence. When men with souls made of cotton candy wilt in the face of this sort absurdity, it encourages it.” Graduate student Butler threatened to starve himself to death. Nobody wanted to see that happen. However, in this day of 24-7 news, how long is it before a Jonathan Butler copycat takes action? Could someone threaten a hunger strike at Ole Miss if the Confederate statue in front of the Lyceum is not removed? Will someone threaten a hunger strike at Mississippi State if President Mark Keenum does not remove the state flag from campus? Note a headline on my website’s home page: “How Missouri inspired other campuses.” Dozens of other schools, from coast to coast, have seen walkouts and rallies in the wake of the incidents at the University of Missouri.
WORST “TWEET” OF THE WEEK AWARD – Goes to Clarion.Ledger reporter Sarah Fowler. Regarding the situation at the University of Missouri Fowler “Tweeted” the following: “In love with our current college generation The flag came down across MS campuses because of students and now the @Mizzou pres. Awesome.” I think Ms. Fowler should listen to the editors of National Review: “University of Missouri students need to grow the hell up and start acting like adults. Life is hard, and it’s harder if you’re stupid.”
Some Republicans are GOP’s worst enemies; Trent Lott nails the loose cannons of the far right
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott told a Wall Street Journal writer, “I was conservative before a lot of these cats were even born, so I’m not going to be lectured by them on what’s conservative” Amen. Republican Rep. Peter King also got it right. In a tweet, King said, “The resignation of John Boehner is a victory for the crazies.”
Kimberly Strassel, a conservative and excellent regular columnist for The WSJ made these comments in an article entitled “A Chance to End Republican Dysfunction”: Boehner’s view was “Republicans have better things to do than engage in repeated political showdowns that have no chance of success.” She writes that the anti-Boehner Republicans in the House will have to decide if they want progress “or if they are in it for the talk-radio hosannas.” Another conservative WSJ columnist, William A. Galston, asked, “Do they want to be a party of protest or a party of governance?” I have not always been a fan of Karl Rove, but I recommend that you read a recent column by Rove in The Wall Street Journal. In a column entitled, “Boehner’s Conservative Legacy”, Rove called Boehner a decent and honorable man who “achieved far more than his GOP critics with their shutdown strategy.” He lists numerous conservative accomplishments that took place while Boehner served as Speaker of the House. Rove also notes that the House Freedom Caucus, the group of tea party and other crazies, represent 15 percent of House Republicans but they also represent 36 percent of Republicans in the House that contributed zero to their party’s campaign committee to make sure the GOP keeps its majority in the House.
The earth is flat Republicans
Even after Boehner announced he is resigning at the end of October, it has not slowed down the Tea Party and right-wing extremist organizations like RedState. The crazies are now taking increased aim at Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In an effort to raise money, one such group said McDonnell is even afraid of former Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada. RedState is not even satisfied that Boehner will leave at the end of October. The organization wants the House to proceed with a motion to “vacate the chair” so that Boehner would immediately be removed as speaker. Of course, all these groups have one thing in common. They made fund raising appeals to remove
Republicans’ circular firing squad still has its guns loaded
Nothing illustrates the problem the Republican Party faces from the tea party and the far right than two quotes in a USA TODAY story about the conservative CPAC conference recently held in Washington, D.C. In an article by USA TODAY reporter David Jackson, he quoted a CPAC attendee talking about GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida. While some CPAC members called Bush a RINO (Republican In Name Only), one particular member from California said that Bush should be a Democrat. You can say a lot of things about Jeb Bush and his consideration as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate. He would not be at the top of my personal list of candidates, but those who claim that Bush is not a conservative and should be a Democrat are nuts. In the same story by Jackson, a quote from a 26-year old CPAC attendee made a lot more sense and should be heeded by all Republicans. The legislative aide to a state senator from Hawaii said, “We have a lot of disagreements—which is good—but I think we spend too much time attacking each other. We should be attacking Democrats.”