Monday, June 30, 2014

SCOTUS: Furthers Walker Victories

The United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has issued a number of rulings scaling back the power of President Obama, who has unfaithfully refused to execute the laws of the land while unlawfully issuing directives through executive order.
United States Supreme Court

However, one of the most important SCOTUS rulings, Harris v. Quinn, has blocked organized labor, particularly the public sector union juggernaut, from forcing non-union members to pay dues to any union which negotiates on their behalf.

Incidentally enough, the appellants in that case launched a lawsuit against Liberal Democratic Governor Pat Quinn who (like Obama,) though executive order required that all in-home caretakers pay dues to the Service Employees International Union, since that labor collective represented all in-home care workers compensated by state funds through Medicaid.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
The key appellant, Pamela Harris, who cares for an adult son in her own home, resented having to pay dues to a union which lobbied for policies and values which she disagreed with. She was right to be angry, and her First Amendment rights have been upheld by the SCOTUS.

Hopefully, Illinois residents will not stop with this federal victory, but consider the brave example of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who without initial judicial backing, neither federal nor statewide, instituted collective bargaining reforms to limit the political and financial power of public sector unions.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

With SCOTUS, plus the reforms of Walker and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (and possibly support for right-to-work laws in Missouri), the power of the public sector union lobby will be scaled back indefinitely.

1 comment:

  1. Conservative governors like Rick Snyder, Scott Walker and Kansas' Sam Brownback have been unmitigated disaster for their states.
    Kansas is in the middle of an experiment, of sorts. The state elected an extremely conservative Republican governor, former senator and failed presidential candidate Sam Brownback, and elected a Republican legislature to do his bidding. Together with Arthur Laffer, they got to work approving a far-right policy agenda fit for the Koch brothers.
    In late May, Brownback was so proud of his handiwork, he took a victory lap with an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, boasting about his deep spending cuts and even deeper tax cuts.
    Except as Josh Barro discovered, the Kansas way isn’t working.
    Kansas has a problem. In April and May, the state planned to collect $651 million from personal income tax. But instead, it received only $369 million.
    In 2012, Kansas lawmakers passed a large and rather unusual income tax cut. It was expected to reduce state tax revenue by more than 10 percent, and Gov. Sam Brownback said it would create “tens of thousands of jobs.”
    The governor’s assurances were based on dubious assumptions, and two years later, it’s hard to see any evidence of success.
    For one thing, there’s been no burst of new hiring in Kansas. As Barro noted, job growth in the state “has been modest since he signed the bill, trailing the national average and the rate in three of its four neighboring states.”
    For another, Kansas’ finances are a disaster. We recently learned that the state’s bond rating was downgraded in part due to tax breaks Kansas can’t afford. A Businesweek report added, “[T]he immediate effect has been to blow a hole in the state’s finances without noticeable economic growth.”
    Brownback thought he was creating a template for other states to follow. Instead the far-right governor has created a case study in what not to do.
    As other states recover from the recent recession and turn toward the future, Kansas’ huge tax cuts have left that state’s schools and other public services stuck in the recession, and declining further – a serious threat to the state’s long-term economic vitality. Meanwhile, promises of immediate economic improvement have utterly failed to materialize.
    There’s an important lesson here – but it’s not what you think. Yes, the Kansas debacle shows that tax cuts don’t have magical powers, but we already knew that. The real lesson from Kansas is the enduring power of bad ideas, as long as those ideas serve the interests of the right people.
    Why, after all, should anyone believe at this late date in supply-side economics, which claims that tax cuts boost the economy so much that they largely if not entirely pay for themselves? The doctrine crashed and burned two decades ago, when just about everyone on the right – after claiming, speciously, that the economy’s performance under Ronald Reagan validated their doctrine – went on to predict that Bill Clinton’s tax hike on the wealthy would cause a recession if not an outright depression. What actually happened was a spectacular economic expansion.
    Regrettably, it won’t matter, because evidence just doesn’t seem to change the right’s mind. Brownback remains convinced, right now, that his policies were the right call, just as Darrell Issa believes there’s still an IRS scandal, John McCain believes war in Iraq is a great idea, and the entirety of the Republican Party believes the ACA is failing and the Benghazi conspiracy theories are true.