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State Republican Legislators plan to waste more time on meaningless legislation. Like their failed attempt at criminalizing abortion they will fall flat on their faces again

UPDATE: Joel Dykstra is spreading lies right now on KCPO (Sunday 10:30 AM – Cable channel 2)

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Kind of sounds like someone is posturing for the Governor’s race;

Two powerful Republican state legislators say they will fight a bill now in Congress that would allow unions to organize without a secret ballot. State Senate Majority Leader Dave Knudson, who also is running for governor, and House Majority Leader Bob Faehn of Watertown will introduce a bill in the next Legislature that would put the issue before state voters. The measure would amend the state constitution to require secret ballots in all political and labor organizing elections.

Only in SD, where we rank 50th in hourly wages, would legislators try to limit union participation and thumb their noses at Federal Law. I’m glad they want to put it on the ballot, because it will fail, just like the stupid abortion ban.

If their effort is successful, the state almost certainly would end up in federal court to defend its authority to require secret ballots in labor votes, Knudson acknowledged.

What’s the point? Instead of trying to limit worker’s rights, why not introduce legislation that actually expands worker’s rights? Oh that’s right, I forget SD’s motto, “Big Business and Special Interests first, citizens second.”

Late thoughts on ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

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In the recent edition of the Hightower Report, Jim Hightower wrote a short article about why the ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ was so successful. He said it was because everyone involved were union workers extensively trained in safety procedures (pilots, stewardesses, fairey captains, firefighters and police). Funny the MSM media didn’t bring that up . . . ahem.

Yeah, those evil unions, where do they get off saving 150 lives? As Archie Bunker would say, “Geeessh!”

I can see your duodenum from here….

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Once again Kronie Krabbenhoft has sunk to new lows in the “Shameless Glorification of T. Denny” game. Sanford announced the closing of the Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union branch that has been on the main campus for almost 30 years, so that First Premier Bank can open a branch instead. They claim that it has nothing to do with the $400 million donation from T.Denny. Oh yeah… let’s not overlook the fact that we aren’t calling the health system Sioux Valley anymore or that they erected a bronze idol of SD’s richest douche bag on the front steps. Nooo noooo … the money had NOTHING to do with this decision. Never mind that almost 2000 Sanford employees conveniently do business EVERY DAY at SFFCU’s Sanford branch, or the fact that Sanford Human Resources lists SFFCU’s convenient location as a benefit to their employees. It is obvious that the relationship between the health system and T. Denny has become a big evil elephant lurking in the corner of the room, waiting for the opportunity to lift a few more dollars out of the common man’s pocket. It makes me a little sick to think about how obvious the connection is, and they’ll tell you straight to your face that it’s “awful” to suggest it. For shame.

What’s next? When you can’t pay your bill in full at the time of service, maybe they’ll offer you a First Premier loan with a low low introductory rate.

We can lobby but you can’t – so nanner, nanner, nanner

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Don’t like being poor? The unions are not the answer. Work five underpaying jobs at the same time, don’t enjoy life and die miserable. It’s the neo-con way.

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If I just work at Walmart 60 hours a week for the next 40 years I’ll get my trailer paid off eventually.

Everyone’s favorite Neo-Con BS letter to the editor writer is back, with another doozey;

Before Juhl gets too giddy over the Employee Free Choice Act, he might be interested to know a recent Rasmussen poll found only 9 percent of nonunion workers expressed a desire to belong to a union while 81 percent did not, which is almost one out of every 10 nonunion workers.

What Stevie Wonderless doesn’t tell you is that there is only 8 workers for every 100 that are union members. If the people he mentions above wanted to join a union, it would over double union participation.

Juhl also should be aware of a study done by the Law and Economics Consulting Group, which concluded that if the Employee Free Choice Act becomes law, unemployment in the United States would increase by another 2 million to 5 million people – or another 1.5 to 3.5 percentage points. Simply put, organized labor becomes much more expensive. If this act is passed, look for Wal-Mart and the health care industry as early targets to be unionized.

The one thing that Mr. Shitslinger also fails to mention is that the breakup of the Unions in the west and southwest caused the massive illegal immigration of Mexicans (around 15 million) to come to our country and work illegally. So when this study talks about 2-5 million becoming unemployed, I will bet my bottom dollar 99% of them are illegals. So how is this a bad thing?

Regarding Ehrenreich’s book, which surprisingly is required reading in thousands of high schools and colleges, her credibility was greatly diminished when interviewed by ABC’s John Stossel in his recent special “Bailouts, Big Spending and Bull.”

Steveless is talking about the bestselling, multiple award winning book, Nickel and Dimed.

It’s one thing to try to discredit a Bill O’Reilly fictional mystery novel, that’s easy, but claiming John Stossel debunked her is laughable at best. John Stossel, BAHAHAAHAH!

And finally, Steve gives some of his good old fashion life advice;

The possibility of making it on your own still exists through hard work and perseverance.

And a lot of groveling, ass kissing and playing reindeer games – especially in Sux Falls.

I worked at two jobs for seven years after getting out of college and would do it again if I had to.

What? Do you want a cookie,?

Granted, we are in the middle of a recession, and I am not attempting to diminish that reality.

Ah, yes you are.

But some proper perspective is needed.

You are correct, it just isn’t coming from you.

 

The Benefits of Unions

Great letter about re-unionizing our country;

The real incomes of middle-class families are lower at the end of the Bush administration’s final term than they were when it started. In the past few years, $400 billion of pre-tax income flowed from the bottom 95 percent of wage earners to the top 5 percent, an average loss of $3,660 per household in the bottom 95 percent.

Bush’s tax cuts in 2008 had no effect on low-income families and lowered the tax liabilities of middle-income families by about $1,000, but they gave tax cuts of more than $50,000 to families in the top 1 percent. The top 1 percent of wage earners now earns 23 percent of the total income in this nation. By 2004 the wealthiest 1 percent of all households controlled a larger share of national wealth than the bottom 90 percent.